What is lobbying?

Slick informational video from public affairs outfit Hill and Knowlton about what they do – crying out to be reworked from a different perspective (e.g. Billy didn’t have to give the cleverist kid in his class all his pocket money to talk to his dad on his behalf).

transforming space, continuation of thought trail

I’m inclined to create another category for this vid, ‘anthroponub’, because of it’s exploration into the relation between people and space/buildings/absence. The reason why I’ve been looking at the theme of transforming space in these last two posts is because I want to show the process I am going through to develop a nub of my own. So far, I have just been picking off stuff that goes near a rough idea for a vid I have in my mind. I will use these examples to hone down a proper nub of my own which I will post at the end of this thought trail. This is very much the process I use when I paint – it works for that, so hopefully it will work for this! Let’s call this an experiment…the two I have posted so far have triggered some ideas…they use a visual and narrative language that I understand and rings ‘true’ to my experiences. They also have some institutional embedding in the fine art style of still photography and documentary style voice-overs/interviews; this I think is useful for conveying an idea to a more general audience. Once I get to a point where I am confident enough to film, I’ll doodle a bit, then I’m going to rip these bad boys to do a really punked up version of my own 🙂

been thinking about transforming space

I’ve always had a bit of a flirtation with street art but recently my enthusiasm for it has been renewed. First of all there was that whole face-off between Banksy and old skool graffiti artist Robbo after Bansky “defaced” a vintage piece by Robbo in Camden. Then I stumbled across this great dingy little alleyway for “legal graffiti”. Then a friend sent me this fantastic nub about how a group of graffiti artists transformed a ghost town into a gallery. My fingers are getting itchy…

This is every graffiti artist’s wet dream, and I think what’s really great about it is how the painters took something that was abandoned, neglected and dumped upon, and changed it’s relationship with it’s community, making the town something worth visiting, exploring and interacting with. These days, some types of graffiti do seem to be a lot more legitimised because of the likes of Banksy crossing/straddling the line between streets and galleries, but you don’t see it being used much in the way that agents of change have used it, i.e., to transform a space for the good. Although I have to say, a part of me did love the scrawly mess of the dilapidated town before it was touched.