How to Make a Dadaist Poem
(method of Tristan Tzara)
To make a Dadaist poem:
Take a newspaper.
Take a pair of scissors.
Choose an article as long as you are planning to make your poem.
Cut out the article.
Then cut out each of the words that make up this article and put them in a bag.
Shake it gently.
Then take out the scraps one after the other in the order in which they left the bag.
The poem will be like you.
And here are you a writer, infinitely original and endowed with a sensibility that is charming though beyond the understanding of the vulgar.
–Tristan Tzara (1920)
This is the design brief for an Open Call at the Schwartz Gallery, Hackney Wick, London.
Conceptual Pop. Conceptual Living. Pop Living invites artists to submit work that builds on ideas of ‘pop’ thinking in art and culture; the re/production of culture and living mediated through technology and advertising is captured in a constant techno-documentation of society and the self. The hyper-real and contemporary constructions of living come together in a celebrity-fuelled world of sleek design and fictional future-spaces. Pop Living invites artists working with wall based work to respond to concepts of contemporary living, hyper-reality and transmitted spaces.
I have chosen to focus my project on two electronic music organisations that I have had contact with during the past 12 months. Intrinsic and Chapade. Both of these independent groups focus on delivering there own take on electronic dance music practice, each with their own lens. The two projects are vastly different in there approach, but are part of the same global electronic dance music scene. I have chosen to create fictional branding using a self developed digital cubist technique, to highlight the multifaceted approaches of such underground organisations.
The colour schemes of the two final images correlate to how I view these projects. Red and Purple for Intrinsic to represent the fiery warmth inside the reclaimed water pumping station and the colour scheme delivered by visual artist Cotes. For Chapade I choose a green theme, to represent its portugese meaning and what the group is named after: High. The Chapade events are also more darkened affairs, so the colouring of the image in turn is darkened.
The form of both images centres around a futuristic depiction of an alternative reality. These images were designed to exist as a 2D multi-angled view of hyper-realistic 3D models of the chosen words, with curves and shapes of colour that are used to both join the images and keep them deliberately separate.
The two images I have submitted for this project were composed using the Cubist method set out by the art masters of 100 years ago. It would of been easy to have composed an oil-on-canvas painting which took an imagined 3D view of the two chosen words and layered those parts flat as to make it 2D image such as Picasso’s ‘Man with a Violin (1912)’ painting does, but as Gleizes and Metzinger point out in their ‘On Cubism (1915)‘ writing “Imitation is the only error possible in art; it attacks the law of time, which is Law.” So instead this project has utilised this law and updated Cubism with a century’s worth of technological advancements. Using open-source 3D modelling software, I have taken the two subject words ‘Chapade’ and ‘Intrinsic’ and created 3D models of what they would look like as solid constructions.
With the virtual camera set at various angles, multiply shots were taken, and test images were rendered containing cropped parts of the camera shots:
The final images make up the application for this project and will be two 59.4cm x 42cm ink screen prints. Photos of those will be posted on this blog at a later date.
Extremism in a bid to hide insecurity = Kiasuism. Sadly very apt today
Improbably wedged between two larger neighbours, Singapore is a country keen on superlatives: world’s biggest aquarium; world’s best airport; world’s fastest walkers. The city-state is constantly primed to adapt and innovate, seeking out that extra competitive edge over its rivals. But the relentless drive for achievement also translates to what Singaporeans call kiasuism.
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Not that we wish to belittle decoration in order to benefit painting; it is enough for us to prove that if wisdom is the science of putting everything in its place, then the majority are far from possessing it. Enough decorative plastic art and pictorial decoration, enough confusion and ambiguity!
Gleizes and Metzinger – On Cubism, 1912.
This is my aural representation of Kasimir Malevich’s Suprematist concept. I chose four geometric shapes and related various elements of the sound design directly to these shapes. More information is available upon request, but for now, sit back and enjoy my version of pure sound art (27.43 future minimal)