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|THINGS THAT WILL HAPPEN ON 08/08/08
- The Olympics start. I think the Olympic Ring Bike is kind of amazing. Usually I associate the Olympics with Bombay, mad humidity and my grandmother’s house with rattan paneling on the walls. Don’t know that I’ll see any of this episode though.
- This film premieres in NYC. It describes itself as being “rooted in the DIY subcultures of skateboarding, hiphop, punk and graffiti” and celebrates “the spirit behind today’s most influential cultural movement“. I’d daresay reality TV trumps these today, but either way,
- I will be on a transatlantic flight to a wedding in Surrey, then Dubai and maybe South India for a few weeks.
- After having presumably bombed the Arabic oral which is in 9 hours (but unwritten) and the final exam the next day. Oh dear?
Rooftops by Pete Yahnke
The artwork for the film got me thinking about revolutionary aesthetics though.
Seriously, think about it – it’s almost like magnetic poetry, with a few choice words and images. Roofs, hearts, fists, worlds, carnivorous flowers, bike wheels, bandannas, guns, twisty trees, raised fists, crumbling buildings and of course the token harried and lined-faced peasants and/or indigenous peoples. With bonus points for Situationist references and the scrapey woodcut look The artists over at Just Seeds do it particularly well. (And don’t get me wrong, I adore much of the stuff on there).
Maybe it’s just my personal aesthetic, but phrases/slogans I love follow the same track:
Or Buenaventura Durutti’s “We are not in the least afraid of ruins. We are going to inherit the earth, there is not the slightest doubt about that. The bourgeoisie might blast and ruin its own world before it leaves the stage of history. We carry a new world, here, in our hearts.“
Or “Trenches full of poets”
“Sous les pavés, la mine terrestre”
We Want Peace by Meredith Stern
Possibly my favourite, the Yippies’“Class struggle begins in class”, though their intent was pretty different to anything like Student Power for Accessible Education
Cochabamba by Swoon
Check your own favourite phrases/slogans/imagery. Chances are they fit too?
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