© Alexandra Hall, Individual Beauty – D
“This years festival outline seems to be the most difficult till now. Many submissions sadly did not respond to the theme RADICAL BEAUTY”, the Memefest collective resumed. “This years visual submissions had problems to match the complexity of communication in terms of including all three levels in a productive way. We know it is a hard task, but good design work needs to include all this levels.”
|| field : visual arts – static visuals
|| category : undergraduate
INDIVIDUAL BEAUTY by Alexandra Hall
Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) is our make up and what makes us unique. Yet where is beauty headed in the future, with the knowledge scientists have, that they can manipulate our genetic traits. We are individuals because of our genetic make up. This pack of three 10cm x 15 cm postcards (each with the same back) shows clinical but beautiful images of hair, blood and skin – the main physical external components containing our DNA. The typography presents the word ‘INDIVIDUAL’ and highlights the letters D, N and A through each card, enforcing the notion that DNA makes the individual, and the effect manipulated DNA could make in individual beauty becoming extinct. The postcards are intended to be sent between friends and family to create awareness of where we need to make sure science does not take beauty.
With the current progression and speed at which technology and science is moving there is no doubt that the industry will soon become involved with that of the beauty one. Be unique, be beautiful, it is your own make up and what makes you you.
/ INDIVIDUAL BEAUTY
/ MEMEFEST 2008 results
A selection of works from this year’s festival will also be included in issue 10 23:56.
tags : festival, culture jamming, network
The Billboard Liberation Front partners with monochrom to erect the Great Firewall of China on Google’s Mountain View campus.
As shareholders at Google’s annual convention were counting their well earned dividends, America’s premier billboard improvement corporation, Billboard Liberation Front, assisted the Austrian arts collective monochrom in a monumental advertising coup designed to celebrate Google’s online partnership with the Peoples Republic of China.
China’s heroic effort to protect their enormous internet market (162 million!) from an overload of useless information includes a moratorium on abrasive, ugly, and thoroughly misleading concepts such as truth. China’s Internet “Cultural Revolution” is made possible through support from America’s most leviathanesque behemoth, Google Inc. ‘Don’t be evil’ says Google’s PR department!
“I am NOT Tyc!”
stated the member of Ztohoven, who was accused to change the faces of 48 traffic light in Prague, or as he stated, to animate them in 2007.
The change of those, as Tyc says “boring and sad” lights, entertained Prague citizens and tourists, but the Technical board of communications don’t have sense of humor, and they want the artist to make amends worth 3.280 €. / abcprague
Ztohoven pranksters last TV.hack Media Reality went unpunished. Ztohoven had spotted a weak point in the television system and broadcast a fictitious nuclear explosion over an actual weather report on the Czech regions.
The Chicago festival VERSION is produced by the Public Media Institute, a non-profit 501(c)-3 corporation. Version brings together individuals, groups and networks that utilize visual and conceptual art strategies, innovative social practice, public art projects, and new music to push the counter cultures forward. It’s received critical acclaim internationally and abroad.
In 2008, Dark Matter is all around us. Us artists, us activists, us outlaws. All of us, we are engaged in a culture war and economic struggle against establishments in all their guises. We form communities to counter the alienation of everyday life, and the commercial and institutional structures that stifle reality. We desire another world.
:. VERSION 08 April 17 – 27 2008
For the seventh year now, the organisers of MEMEFEST, a “festival of radical communication,” are encouraging students, professionals, artists and activists alike to contribute their talents to our collective counter-culture.
With this theme Radical Beauty we want you to explore radical beauty and use it for creation and social action for grassroots initiatives in your communities in ways that let the world fall in love with it.
Submission deadline is : May 20th 2008
Participation is free of charge
:. MEMEFEST 08
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