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Mon, Jul. 20th, 2009 11:37 am
12 visual ideas from the UdK rundgang

What I love about walking round the annual degree shows at the Universität der Künste here in Berlin is the rush of ideas (some good, some bad) I get. They're ideas in visual form, and many of them combine immediacy with originality, proving that things can make sense quickly yet still be quite counter-intuitive and fresh. Here are a dozen ideas I spotted on my tour of the UdK rundgang yesterday:


A visual breakdown of classical portrait faces, from the Art in Context department.


There's unsuspected naked fun to be had with recycled Christmas trees.


You can still do painting and make it fresh and appealing, especially if you prop it on cool chairs.


Birds on a wire: turn them into notes on a stave and play that tune! It sounds random!


Let's document the kind of technology Granny has in her house!


Let's make Michael Jackson a kind of saint in halftone!


What if suits were totally transparent and people wore nothing underneath?


Let's make those maneki neko cats welcome themselves!


A bird cage is like an apartment block, and vice versa! Men are canaries!


A well-placed glass of water would make these sexist dickheads cool down!


Let's shoot pretty, waif-like hipster boys in a tombola rifle game!


In memoriam Web 2.0, with apologies (presumably) to David Shrigley.

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zotz
zotz
Graham Clark
Mon, Jul. 20th, 2009 10:00 am (UTC)

What if suits were totally transparent and people wore nothing underneath?

Everyone would get mistaken for Iggy Pop?


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krskrft
krskrft
Mon, Jul. 20th, 2009 11:42 am (UTC)

And we would basically just be walking saunas, all fogged up so you couldn't see anything anyway.


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zotz
zotz
Graham Clark
Mon, Jul. 20th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)

Judge for yourself.


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krskrft
krskrft
Mon, Jul. 20th, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)

As if Iggy made those himself or something. I'm sick of the "so-and-so did it first" argument.


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zotz
zotz
Graham Clark
Mon, Jul. 20th, 2009 01:39 pm (UTC)

Did anyone say he did it first? I'd guess it was done soon after it became possible, but I haven't bothered looking for earlier examples.

He did it prominently enough that my first thought was of him. I think most of my friends would think the same - it was a point of conversation at the time.


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krskrft
krskrft
Mon, Jul. 20th, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)

Who cares? The art piece was a picture print, not a fashion item.


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zotz
zotz
Graham Clark
Mon, Jul. 20th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)

I beg your pardon. I won't try to contribute to conversation again.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jul. 21st, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)

you're being a dick.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jul. 21st, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)

not you. i mean krskrft.


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(Anonymous)
Mon, Jul. 20th, 2009 01:42 pm (UTC)

#2 Pine-needles and private parts a painful marriage make

#4 No idea who did it first. But Tiga used it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfJ8prhLbtQ


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most_ghost
BW
Mon, Jul. 20th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)

+1

sadly I missed them at the opening of the rundgang... as well as 70% of what was exhibited. The only piece I recall seeing from the post was the cats/mirrors.


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graphismus
graphismus
Mon, Jul. 20th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)

Simon Bolivar was not feeling good in the fourth portrait.


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(Anonymous)
Tue, Jul. 21st, 2009 01:01 am (UTC)
momus, did you perhaps get the name of the face dissecter of the first piece?

I tumblr'd the dissections and would like to credit them


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mercycredence
mercycredence
MercyCredence
Tue, Jul. 21st, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)

#2: The truth why Adam and Eve began wearing clothes.

The clear suit has me thinking though...A rather compelling image, I think. Granted, if the model had a body more like that of a man who wears a suit and sits behind a desk all day, it may hold a bit more merit! But it's striking on a number of levels, at any rate.


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(Anonymous)
Wed, Jul. 22nd, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
see through suits

I remember, a long time ago....like 20 years, seeing Into A Circle live at Glasgow Rooftops. Bee was wearing a suit made from condoms. Completely transparent. Backing images by Joseph Cornell too....


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imomus
imomus
imomus
Wed, Jul. 22nd, 2009 11:58 pm (UTC)

Oh, it's just me in "populist" mode. Otherwise people see art and get scared off.


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