contexual

501 contexual studies blog

This term we have been asked to keep a blog to collect and build my understand of contextual studies in my field. We have been asked to write a essay in the form of this blog . Over the next few weeks i hope to develop my own opions and views on the subjects, artist and movements and display this knowledge and understanding here on tumbler sm.

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In Praise of Contextual Libertarianism

These issues are very complex, so I will state the main point very briefly to begin with: there are two basic methods of thinking that we can often see in the way people approach any given issue. One is what we might call a contextualapproach: people who use this method look at any particular issue in the overall context in which it arises, or the system in which it is embedded. Liberals are often associated with this approach. They will analyze racism or the “power differential” between women and men in terms of the entiresystem in which those issues arise. And in a similar manner, their proposed solutions will often be systemic solutions, aimed at eradicating what they consider to be the ultimate causes of the particular problem that concerns them.

The other fundamental approach is to focus on the basic principles involved, but with scant (or no) attention paid to the overall context in which the principles are being analyzed. In this manner, this approach treats principles like Plato’s Forms, as will become clearer shortly. I will use an example from a discussion here to illustrate the point, a discussion about certain cultural aspects related to homosexuality. I should note that, as a libertarian, I do not advocate any “special” rights for gays and lesbians; I want only those rights which everyone should have – and foremost among those is the right to be left alone by the government. For that reason, I am opposed across the board to any laws which criminalize consenting behavior between adults.

Contextual Menus coming to rust! (New GUI)

Garry just uploaded some screenshots to the trello project showcasing the ability to have contextual menus in Rust.  Whether we can create them via plugin is still up in the air, though.

If we can get supported via oxide/magma this means we can do away with some of those pesky /chat commands for certain things!

Post-modernism

The Post-modernist era and the Modernist era have different ways of thinking behind them. Post-modernism is dominant, irrational, unscientific and is based on subjectivity and belief, whereas modernism is about learning from the past and changing the world’s view. It is practical and theoretical. Post-modernism is a confused state of culture whilst modernism reflects understanding and appreciation with the underlying hope of a utopia.

(Andy Warhol’s ‘Campbell’s Soup Cans’ -1962)

(Philip Johnson’s 'Puerta de Eurpa’ also known as 'Gate of Europe’ - 1996)

(Vivienne Westwood’s 'Shirt’ - 1976)

 

A post-modernist artist with work similar to my post modernist portrait of Amy Winehouse would be Marcus Harvey, born in 1963 in Leeds and one of a group of artists known as the Young British Artists. 'Sensation’ was an exhibition for contemporary art owned by Charlies Saatchi. This exhibition showed many works by the Young British Artists. In 1995, Harvey painted a famous portrait -‘Myra’ - of the infamous Myra Hindley. Myra Hindley was notorious as the lover and accomplice of Ian Brady, a torturer and serial killer of children. She and Ian Brady were widely known as the “Moors Murderers” because they buried their victims’ bodies on Saddleworth Moor in Yorkshire. Hindley died in prison in 2002 but Brady continues to live out a life sentence.

(Above left is the original photo and above right is Marcus Harvey’s portrait, 'Myra’)

 

‘Myra’ was painted in white, grey and black acrylic paint on canvas and uses the famous image of Hindley from the time of her arrest but with the twist that the portrait was actually made up of the open palm prints of a child.

Marcus Harvey received a lot of serious criticism for this work, not only for using an enlarged copy of Myra Hindley’s mug shot, which had already become a memorable image and because she was such a hate-figure in society but also because of his use of a child’s handprints to make up the image.

When the painting was exhibited by the Royal Academy of Art, it was defaced on two occasions and had to be displayed behind a screen. Several members of the Royal Academy resigned in protest at it being shown and Hindley herself even wrote from prison to ask for it to be removed.

Much of the criticism of Hindley at the time stemmed from the fact that her actions as a child murderer challenged society’s stereotypical views of women as nurturers of children. People were still outraged, 30 years later, by the fact that Harvey chose to create her face in the portrait from the handprints of a child.

(Above on the left my original painting of Amy Winehouse and above on the right my final painting of Amy Winehouse)

 

There are similarities with my painting as I also painted it on a canvas with acrylic paint and chose as my subject a famous person – singer Amy Winehouse - who, during her short life, was also the subject of a lot of tabloid speculation and gossip. Harvey’s twist of using the handprints highlights Hindley’s history as a child killer.

In my painting, I use Amy Winehouse’s song lyrics to create the background to highlight her much-documented substance abuse that contributed to her early death.

(Above on the left - a bottle of Chopin vodka and on the right - my bottle with Amy Winehouse’s picture inside)

 

The original bottle of Chopin’s Vodka carries a picture of the famous Polish composer, Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) on one side, so that when you look through the bottle, you see his picture. I decided to do the same with my picture of Amy Winehouse, as alcohol abuse seems to have played a large part in her demise.

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When I got shown this video by Fischli and Weiss in the lecture I found it really interesting, using a wide amount of materials. Although even in the comments for this video, someone asks “Is this really art, or just incredibly interesting?” which brings up the earlier arguments of what is creativity and what is being made. I think that this is creative, because this idea has been thought up and put together in a series of creative ways that all work together with reactions. I feel this is more of a scientific creation than an artistic one, although all in all I feel this is still creative. It also shows us that we can use any sort of material, we just have to make it work in our idea. 

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#NowPlaying Placebo – Without You I’m Nothing

Even though I’ve been playing Placebo for the better part of the year to date on Pandora, I’ve been methodically and periodically listening to their full albums on Spotify. I’ve played Without You I’m Nothing multiple times this month alone, just to fully appreciate the album. Even though I’ve heard a few songs from the album through Pandora – “Pure Morning” was my first introduction to Placebo and not only does it continue their streak of great opening numbers, the songs still holds up eighteen years later – hearing the entire album contexualizes the individual songs better.

Without You I’m Nothing is a much more mature and focused album that streamlines the more punky edges from their debut into something closer to David Bowie than Oasis. It’s easy to forget the fact that Placebo debuted around the same time as Blur, Suede and Oasis; however, since their glam-infused punk ran antithetical to the aforementioned bands, they never really fit into that 90s Britpop scene, owing more to Bowie and U2 than The Smiths. Songs like “Pure Morning” or “Summer’s Gone” or the title track – some of the best songs on the album – sound nothing like “Live Forever” or “Song 2” but stand out nonetheless. Without You I’m Nothing establishes Placebo’s under-the-radar greatness in the realm of British guitar rock, a place they would occupy for the next few albums.

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