Banksy’s scathing criticism of advertising industry
‘People are taking the piss out of you everyday. They butt into your life, take a cheap shot at you and then disappear. They leer at you from tall buildings and make you feel small. They make flippant comments from buses that imply you’re not sexy enough and that all the fun is happening somewhere else. They are on TV making your girlfriend feel inadequate. They have access to the most sophisticated technology the world has ever seen and they bully you with it. They are ‘The Advertisers’ and they are laughing at you.
You, however, are forbidden to touch them. Trademarks, intellectual property rights and copyright law mean advertisers can say what they like wherever they like with total impunity.
Fuck that. Any advert in a public space that gives you no choice whether you see it or not is yours. It’s yours to take, re-arrange and re-use. You can do whatever you like with it. Asking for permission is like asking to keep a rock someone just threw at your head.
You owe the companies nothing. Less than nothing, you especially don’t owe them any courtesy. They owe you. They have re-arranged the world to put themselves in front of you. They never asked for your permission, don’t even start asking for theirs’.
Among Savages is 24 year old Nashville resident, Peter Barbee, a composer since his young years.
Start at the Beginning is a stunning offering, showing off an expansive musical palette that not many have the ability or talent to draw out. The tension builds like a symphony, egging the listener’s ear on with layer upon layer of texture with each new section of the song. The stark, sparse harmonies, paired with the falsetto of Barbee’s voice reminds us of Elbow’s recent outing, Antony and the Johnsons, Grizzly Bear, and Arcade Fire. The drums and rhythmic elements appear halfway through the song, using rhythm in the same way that Miike Snow might.
What would happen if we used 20% less materials and energy to make products? On the one year anniversary of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, Muji presents a display at the Design Museum that reconsiders the way we look at what makes good product design.
The natural disaster and the ongoing concern about damaged power plants in Japan, has prompted Muji to rethink the way in which design impacts on the way we use energy.
The products in the exhibition all address the question, what would happen if we used 20% less materials and energy in the actual process of making products?
And in terms of the final object, what is then the role of the user in customising, re-using and recycling products in order to reduce energy consumption?
Motivated by an ideal of equality, the dedication with which architects and designers strive to achieve even small improvements in living conditions opens up new perspectives for design, politics and the management of public and private sectors.
A very interesting design report from New York by Paola Antonelli, senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.
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