Tag: visual culture

Galaxus- advertisement - Switzerland - Sep 2017

Postmodern advertisement

To commute these days in Switzerland with public transportation makes one aware of a recent advertisement campaign by the Swiss electronic seller Galaxus. Galaxus is the ‘Amazon’ in Switzerland. Switzerland is a small country and sellers and chains are still Swiss origin rather than international global companies. Migros and Coop were and are the main food market chains, nowadays challenged…

Preparation A3 – Reality in film, between fiction and manipulation

In preparation for my assignment essay with regards to ‘shadows’ of reality on screens (TV, cinema) and the way we perceive or conceive reality, facts, and truth, I want to look on another category of visual culture: Documentary and Reality TV and how those provide us with illusions or delusions “Mirror with a Memory” – O. W. Holmes Holmes notion on photography…

‘The Matrix’

It is quite some time ago since I’ve seen Matrix the last time. Actually, I cannot recall it. The film is mentioned in the course material relating to simulacrcum and articulate intelligence with some relations to Plato’s cave and Baudrillard’s rather dystopian description of simulacrum reality. I was curious to see what to take from it. One aspect became very…

The Repatriation of the White Cube – the CATPC in Congo

While reading the Dutch newspaper NRC from 27 April 2017, I came across an image of white cube with Afrian people around. I was curious to know more about this. My recent research on modern art and the rise of MoMA as an influential cultural institution that led the art world since Alfred Barr’s curated exhibition of ‘Cubism and Abstract Art’…

Stefan513593 - Dana Schutz 'Open Casket', 2016 - Exhibition and Spectacle

Exhibition and Spectacle: Dana Schutz at Whitney Biennial

The Swiss newspaper NZZ (4 April 2017) as well as plenty of other global media reported on the recent protest at the Whitney Biennial. Focus point was the painting ‘Open Casket’ (2016) by Dana Schutz. An American artist who is known for at times grotesque figurative paintings in a gestural and abstract approach. The point of departure of the protest…

Stefan513593 - Visual images in protest and propaganda - 2

Visual images and ‘Advertisment’ in political protest

A provocative banner placed anonymously on the Bundesplatz in Bern, Switzerland resulted in a nationwide shock and a drastic response from the depicted person (Erdogan, Turkey). The established and trustworthy Swiss newspaper NZZ wrote an article about it on 28 March 2015 (Gemperli, 2017). The main topic was a banner in public space in the capital of Switzerland during a political demonstration…

Shigetaka Kurita 'NTT DOCOMO. Emoji (original set of 176)' 1998–99

Emoji: A reflection on daily visual language

Attracted by an article in the Swiss newspaper NZZ from March 24, 2017. As quite typical for media the title is challenging and perhaps unsettling ‘Wenn der Schleier zum Emoji wird (When the veil becomes an emoji). Starting point of that article is the submission of en emoji proposal by a Saudi teenager living in Germany who felt that she with her…