Week one

During class this week we looked at aesthetic and political examples of contemporary art.

Some brief points I took…


-formal, colour, design

-familiarity in subject matter

-publicly acceptable

Aesthetic artists 

-Simon Finch?


-should it be propaganda?

-should it express a particular opinion?

Political artworks

-socialist monuments e.g. North Korea

-monument park in Hungary

-soviet leader & east german leader locked in a kiss- illustration on Berlin wall

-‘The Digger’ Anzac day sculpture, mass produced and can now be found erected in different locations all around Australia

-Palestinian/Israeli wall art (power play)

-Culture jamming… what is this?

Political artists

-Richards Bell’s ‘How to judge an art contest’

-Richard Bell’s ‘Tent Embassy’

-Fiona Foley- in not telling the truth when it comes to showing her contemporary artworks

Stuff that interests me

I can’t remember why I was trying to find out more about marxism but I do remember wanting to know more so I googled it and found a podcast run by some young men. Having no background but a ignorant interest in philosophy it was perfect for me, I learned about Karl Marx and what he thought drives history (partially examined life, 2013) it ran for about two hours and I started to link it concepts expressed in the fictional book I am reading at the moment.


after this podcast I found myself at TED and was really taken by this talk on why humans evolved the way we did by Yuval Noah Harari…


As I’m listening to ted talks I keeps connecting spoken concepts back to the fictional realities written by G.

Wade Davis’ talk: Dreams from endangered cultures speaks of the significance of loss of culture. In his talk he mentioned someone saying ‘wouldn’t it be easier if we just all spoke the same language. – I link this back to the fiction written by G. Winston sitting with Selem? S talks of writing the 11th edition of the dictionary. Simplifying the dictionary so that everyone speaks the same language and through that language, the use of words-thought is limited, this has a direct impact on what we can communicate.

I though about this in relation to life now in 2017, when I visited Uganda back in 2012 the language wasn’t spoken much, this is a real life example, and we are moving towards one language. In G’s fiction they call it newspeak, in the real world we call it English.

What else does Wade have to say?


Filmed February 2003 at TED2003

Wade Davis: Dreams from endangered cultures

Ethno sphere: the Sum total of all thoughts and dreams, myths, ideas, inspirations, intuitions brought into being by the human imagination since the dawn of consciousness the ethno sphere is humanities great legacy it’s a symbol of all that we are and all that we can be as an astonishingly inquisitive species.

Maybe I could look at Ethnocide.

Wade points out that Genocide on a global is condemned but ethnocide in many cultures is celebrated as a development stargergy (Wade Davis)



The fight is never over

So long as human life exists so will the fight to preserve it

Wade Davis Info & Ted Talk

Wades talk on language and death of cultures resonates with me on a personal level. His brings up the phenomenon of dying languages and movement towards one language. I am also reading the fiction novel 84. curious.
Another interest of mine is human behaviour, crime and reasoning.
I am interested in power tactics used in prison and the Stanford prison experiment is a good example of humans behaviour in an environment based on control and power. I am interested in the concept of control.


Talk with Chris about my Contemporary Artwork


Genocide-condemned globally but

-Ethnocide-celebrated as a development strategy

Wades Davis talk on language and death of cultures resonates with me on a personal level. His brings up the phenomenon of dying languages and movement towards one language.


Conceptual Interests

-Human behavior, social norms, whets acceptable in public places OR

Argumentum ad populum- argumentation theory.

-Power tactics- a good example is the Stanford prison experiment

-Political (tank man tango) (West Bank Wall Palestine/Israel) (Fiona Foley)

-Philosophical artwork??




The Physical

-Deconstruction- noticed when I engage with a natural material I start to physically break it down- what does this mean? Do we as humans do this often? What does it say about the world at large?


Contact researchers


Feedback from Chris

-Go home and start making, engage with materials, make bad things, don’t worry about ideas yet


So what can I work with?

Metal? meh

Earth? Meh

Video –Chris loves it


Sticks, big ones, thick branches from trees

Ownership and consensus


acrylic box- sand

I considered different options of constructing this perspex box, I could drill holes into it and screw into it, I could glue it with adhesive- a down side to this-it could yellow. I searched online for methods others had used…

typed ‘how to make an acrylic box’ into google search bar these are the relevant sources I found useful


I typed into GODgle, I mean Google ‘how many people don’t give a fuck about the environment’ and this was a top hit…