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Culture Jamming

Artist Reasearch

culture jamming is more than a preservation movement. it it the act of signal interruption, taking a message, usually something commercial, political or public and using it to boost a message or cause. drawing on the gorilla girls as an example the use and appropriation of media and the strength that a small, like minded group, can have. by using a historical work of art, a symbol, and a quick hook the guerrilla girls were able to voice their cause.

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in order to make a movement known all that is truly required, according to the article Empire of Signs, is a few people who think alike and a photocopier. what power lies in making an effort and speaking about a topic if that is all that is required. this is essential all that was used in the work “and Babies” a news quote and a photograph combined with the ability to reprint. the group even took advantage of the painting Guernica to make their message even more powerful by using its history and meaning.

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the one thing that does not seem to fit is the idea of essentially graffitiing a billboard and calling it culture jamming. but this may be what the New York artist Banksy was doing whit his spray painted works. using the blank walls of buildings as a canvas to voice his social and political opinions. at what point does graffiti become art and what point is graffiti accepted?

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