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Damien Hirst – The first look

Whats the start of the show – “It starts with embarrassment and ends with hope” After what was considered a failure of the freeze exhibition it gave Damien the incentive to make contemporary that you could not ignore.

“I think it’s just babbling of the mind can’t you just focus and make some proper art” well said Damien i think you should take your own advice, but while the saps with money are willing to pay why bother?

“Love it or hate it along as you can’t get it out of your head” this is true generally the things that annoy you or you disagree with tend to stick in your head more than the things you enjoy and i think this is what contemporary art is about, alienating people enough it gets such a big audience then people then believe for this that people enjoy it, but it hunk its out love of hate that is drying this theme an i stick to my guns when i say it is a waste of money to panda on these meaningless subjects.

How is this man a millionaire? people paying for these abstract things this says nothing but the pretentious sheep that people have become.” you take two meaningless objects put them together and they create meaning” their we have it the words i have been searching for, now it does not mean they suddenly have meaning, they put the flavours cherry and coke together its nice but it doesn’t suddenly men there is meaning, as coke is coke and will always be more successful as the original and cherry flavour has many different uses so keeping thing separate and within their own uses means they are more meaningful in there created sense not by placing to meaningless objects and then there’s a revelation because a person believes there is and idea from doing this.

For the love of god – this cost 14 million pounds to make. The skull is about immortality.

The physical impossibility of death in the mind of someone living – brian sewell art critic what you have is a shark a big fish in a tank of formaldehyde how does it become a work of art?

What you can’t take away is Damien really believes that tho is art i think it is more to do with his fascination of fear with a shark than art itself, and itself is not an original idea as this has been done before. But i  have to agree with the critic just by placing this in an art gallery does not then make it art itself.

A thousand years – Even this piece shocks Damien, A box hatching maggots into flies, a rotting cows head, And a bug killer, it’s a gruesome life circle.

I do get the whole circle of life reference but however this is forced, and whether i is just a flies life you should not play god and produce the flies entrap them for a show to then kill them that is total representation of you enabling a god act, this truly can not be called a work of art.

Mother and child divided – “Its amazing what you can do with an E in a level art, a twisted imagination and a chain saw” i couldn’t area more this piece as disturbing as it is quite fascinating but i can’t help feel it belongs in a museum of learning rather than being called an art piece.

spot painting – he only ever did 20 paintings himself before he handed them over to his assistants how then can he claim this is his exhibition when other people are creating the art in subject? He doesn’t even seem to have a reason for making this, he prefers colour over people so lets paint a load of dots over the walls shall we? “i hate people” then why make millions off people because we are pretentious enough to believe that these are works or art with meaning when they appear to be neither.? He seems in awe of his own work which to be fair we should all be fair of our accomplishments but these are simply dots on a wall which you make other people paint because you haven’t got the patience. I think i would rather frame a twister matt.

“Is there anything in them other than he spots, does it matter how big the spots are does it mean anything” Brian sewell


In and out of love – He moved is obsession with flies then onto butterflies, dead butterflies are fixed onto canvas, in the other they are born, How is this art go to any zoo or natural exhibit this is not an original thought this is just nature trapped in a room. “Butterflies give us hope because they look alive when dead.””Its just a butterfly house isn’t it?” the words spoken by Damien why would you admit this that it isn’t in fact art you have just placed this for a random idea.

They keep saying kids love this is this all Damien creates art for to entertain children, just because it entertains the innocence of children dos not make it good art.

Turning cigarette buts into sculpture – It seems all Damien does is go look at other artists do their work with a slight element change, and he admits the title for one of his cigarette pieces where it is just a desk with an ashtray and cigarettes on was not his thought for a title but someone else’s. Can this man think of an original idea for a meaningful purpose. or lets create anything with a title that is more interesting than the piece of so-called art its self.

pills – the  temple to our belief of the power of pills, seriously you have created a pharmacy another duplicate idea, the idea that the promise of these tablets block out the fear of what they can do for us. I do get the emphasise to death but seriously create something do not simply duplicate a pharmacy and place it in an art gallery.

angel –

I think the fact that Noel Fielding presented this documentary was a spot on character defence to the audience that thrives on these products, the weird, insane and the ones off their heads on drugs that find entertainment is meaningless subjects.

Anish Kapoor

Music as a way of bringing hope to those suffering in the aftermath of the tragic earthquake that struck Japan on 11 March 2011. This is the aim of the project entitled Ark Nova – A Tribute to Higashi Nihon. In collaboration withArata Isozaki.The mobile concert hall being built, can be transported to various locations in the devastated region. The multi-component design includes a hall with seating for between 500 to 700 spectators. The inflatable shell is made of an elastic material that allows quick erection and dismantling.

  The stages of the project:
Showing the stages of design  is very important to full understand how your design will work, first the rough sketch so that you can visualise the image then bring it to 3D with a model the reefing the image with rendering techniques.
Leviathan Project:
Nottingham Castle 2011

Anish Kapoor has done amazing work and has so much relevance to the research i am doing. Some of his structures with the twist of art are beautiful but then on the other hand some of the contemporary art does fall in my category of nonfunctional art, and looses its purpose. For more of this work Anish Kapoor


My research is focused more on Los carpinteros at the moment as their work amazes and inspires me. Here are some examples of their inspirational designs.

Gabriel Orozco at Tate Modern

 “Much of the work is travel inspired, and an obvious appreciation of world and native art methods is what gives much of his work its substance. His use of found items is reworked again in “Chicotes” which is comprised of burst tyres found on roads in Mexico. Whether intentionally formed with this in mind, or whether by chance, we immediately drew comparisons with Cornelia Parkers “Thirty Pieces of Silver” which is also housed in the Tate Modern. Yet again it is an apparently chance meeting of form and order, with Orozco providing an everyday counterpart to Parker’s otherworldly, dream-like silver.”

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The comparison

 “Another wonderful piece by Cornelia Parker was her work called “30 Pieces of Silver.”  In this work she took items that someone might use everyday such as, forks, plates, and other pieces of silver and then she went to the extreme of having it all rolled over by a steam rolling.  She displayed the items in 30 different circular forms and had each suspended from the ceiling.  These 30 circular forms of silver take up an entire room.  The ideas that she comes up with are amazing, as well as the meaning behind each of her works.  In this work she took something that had so much use and wealth associated with it and then she completely destroyed all that meaning by taking away the value of the objects.”


Both pieces of these artwork are excellent examples of what my project is about surely these pieces can be more practical and useful to modern design rather than just being an exhibit piece. If exhibit pieces could be used after show surely this would be more practical and each piece would become unique one of a kind.

An Understanding

To go in-depth with analysing the art work one has to understand art work and the networking side of the artworld.

  • “Value of an institutional approach to understanding the Artworld
  • Provides a way of describing the social and economic conditions that make art possible today.
  • Can be plugged into a complexity or systems model like mediology.
  • Opens up analysis of the art work itself as being constituted by a complex field of forces that are not visible in art object itself, but are the grounds of possibility for art to appear for us at all.
  • A constitutive, contingent, and interdependent view.
  • Situates art, art making, art exhibition, and the art market in a large social and economic field of interdependent communities of social actors, whose exchanges and working agreements constitute the art world as such.
  • Removes solitary individual agency (artist, art viewer) from the question of art (what is art? how does a work become art? does it have to be good to be art?).

The art world is a social and economic network, and, like all networks, has externalities or network effects that create more incentives to be connected to the network than disincentives to remain disconnected”


Art Theory Contexts

Art theory shift since late 1970s toward semiotics, cultural theory, and pan-humanities critical theory

  • Academic pan-humanities-social science theory becomes part of the professionalization of artworld careers: curators, art historians, critics.
  • Identity politics theory wave from early 1980s-mid 1990s (race, class, gender theory; feminisms).
  • So-called “culture wars” debates in public-funded art and political alignments of artists and artworld (1970s-early 1990s).
  • Question of the “state of the arts today” is largely overdetermined and generated through an institutional context and a universe of discourse used to pose questions and posit answers.

Semiotics, intertextuality (intermediality) and the current art scene

  • Differentiating synchronic (concurrent relationships) and diachronic (historical narrative) analysis, art in social and economic relations
  • Meaning viewed through semiotic model of differences and oppositions that structure the possible cultural significance of work
  • Viability of the “semiotic square” of oppositions and differentiations in analyzing art in a social context: network of relations is more complex than simple oppositional model.
  • Intertextuality: a model for “intermediality”: art making and art interpreting in contexts of prior work, traditions, codes, and values assumed by interpretive community.
    • Intertextuality refers to the network of content and code interdependencies for meaning, prior and concurrent works presupposed for the intelligibility of the work being viewed
    • What do the art works themselves and the “communities of practice” or “communities of reception” unconsciously presuppose about prior and contemporary work through which (and only through which) the work is intelligible?
    • A text is intelligible only through “a mosaic of references and quotations that have lost their origins” (Kristeva’s definition of intertextuality). Art works are similar in mosaics of implied references and responses.
    • What is already encoded, part of a cultural encyclopedia, prior to anyone’s interpretation (Eco).
  • Now we have “intermediation” (all media, beyond intertextuality): network of presupposed prior and contemporary works through which anything is interpreted.
  • Semiosis: art works in ongoing chain or dialogue of interpretations and responses; meaning produced through semiotic structure like language and other symbolic forms.
  • “The interpretation of a text will always take the form of another text.” (Eco)
    • Translated to art: “The interpretation of an art work will always the take form of another work.
    • New works as interpretations of prior or contemporary works (semiosis).

Applied mediology

  • status/role/function of the material art object in a digital and post-Internet world
  • social value of the “dematerialized” media of video and digital multimedia


Los Carpinteros you are slowly becoming my favourite ..


And again Los Carpinteros you amaze me with this unusual art.

Natures roots to contemporary design

Miami Basel

Contemporary art seems to me purely aesthetic, with a great methodology behind it. This design however is quite clever it holds the key to art as it intrigues you and pulls you in to explore the design more, and yet it still holds a practical use. This is a great example of what i am researching into ,that contemporary art needs to be more than aesthetic, these methodologies need to be put into practical use to help design the future.