Tuesday, April 12, 2011

blog game experiment materials (1): Exit Through the Gift Shop

I wrote the following in January (original post HERE):

"An idea: a type of guest post where I send someone a topic and some (electronic) "materials" (excerpts, quotes, pictures, links), and the recipient is then challenged to turn it all into a post. Personal writing and thoughts, outside quotes/excerpts/photos/writing, or anything else, is allowed. The only rule is that everything I send must be used. The final result would be posted in a way that would alert the reader as to which specific things were supplied by me.

If anyone thinks this sounds like a fun idea, feel free to volunteer or ask questions (email me or post a comment). I can reveal the subject (or provide a few hints) if no one wants to go in completely blind. The basic idea would probably be even more fruitful with more than one participant (the results could be posted side by side), but just one would be great.

Another way of playing: sending materials without providing a topic.


Three people volunteered. The topic I selected was Exit Through the Gift Shop. The first result has been published on my blog, the second will likely not be seen at all (I haven't heard back from the second volunteer), and the third (with a different and less concrete topic) will be published at some unknown date in the future.

Since some of the materials were presented in an "either or" fashion, I decided it would be best to give readers access to what the participant(s) were given.

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Remember, there are NO RULES except to use what I've sent.


Photos (you may resize them if it suits a purpose, as well as use them in any order):

(click to enlarge)

Picture 1 is by Ron English.
Picture 2 is by Thierry "Mr. Brainwash" Guetta
Picture 3 is a poster for Welles' film F for Fake. You have three options to choose from: a, b, or c.
Picture 4 is a still from the film Czech Dream.
Picture 5 is a comic. The author of the comic is not relevant.

You must also use at least one picture found on Banksy's webpage: http://www.banksy.co.uk/

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You must use at least one sentence from this interview with Banksy: http://edendale.typepad.com/weblog/2010/12/banksy-yes-banksy-on-thierry-exit-skepticism-documentary-filmmaking-as-punk.html

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You must use some (or all) of the following excerpt:

"One of the most striking things about the reaction to the current financial meltdown is that, as one of the participants put it: ‘No one really knows what to do.’ The reason is that expectations are part of the game: how the market reacts to a particular intervention depends not only on how much bankers and traders trust the interventions, but even more on how much they think others will trust them. Keynes compared the stock market to a competition in which the participants have to pick several pretty girls from a hundred photographs: ‘It is not a case of choosing those which, to the best of one’s judgment, are really the prettiest, nor even those which average opinion genuinely thinks the prettiest. We have reached the third degree where we devote our intelligence to anticipating what average opinion expects the average opinion to be.‘ We are forced to make choices without having the knowledge that would enable us to make them; or, as John Gray has put it: ‘We are forced to live as if we were free.’

Joseph Stiglitz recently wrote that, although there is a growing consensus among economists that any bailout based on Henry Paulson’s plan won’t work, ‘it is impossible for politicians to do nothing in such a crisis. So we may have to pray that an agreement crafted with the toxic mix of special interests, misguided economics and right-wing ideologies that produced the crisis can somehow produce a rescue plan that works – or whose failure doesn’t do too much damage.’ He’s right: since markets are effectively based on beliefs (even beliefs about other people’s beliefs), how the markets react to the bailout depends not only on its real consequences, but on the belief of the markets in the plan’s efficiency. The bailout may work even if it is economically wrong." --Zizek http://www.lrb.co.uk/2008/10/10/slavoj-zizek/dont-just-do-something-talk


You can quote something Zizek says between the 14 minute and 15:10 minute mark in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gw8LPn4irao&

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You must quote the entirety of one of the following:

"Can Shepard Fairey honestly be described as an artist who can critically assess the "unholy union of government and big business," or offer comments on the "underpinnings of the capitalist machine"? Yet that is exactly how he is promoted in the press release from the Merry Karnowsky Gallery of Los Angeles, where his solo exhibit Imperfect Union opens on December 1, 2007. Missing from that press release, and all other promotional materials released by Fairey, is any mention of his working hand in hand with that "capitalist machine". In a Nov. 3, 2007, interview with the Guardian, Fairey glibly stated, "I’m not against capitalism. If I was, I wouldn’t live in the US. If you get up everyday, work and spend money, you’re participating. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want to critique it." - or profit handsomely from it for that matter." --http://www.art-for-a-change.com/Obey/index.htm


"I believe Fairey exemplifies in many ways the operational model of capitalism. He extracts resources, largely from political struggles of Third World and working class people, and then slightly processes those resources (images), commodifies them (strips them of any history or relationship to where they came from), and sells them on the market. Like capitalism he simultaneously sells high-art versions to wealthy elites and then cheaper mass-commodity versions to the very same communities he is taking images from. This is how the making of all corporate products works." --http://www.justseeds.org/blog/2007/12/a_response_to_obey_plagiarist_1.html

I recommend reading both articles - in the order they're listed - but again, this is not required.

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Finally, you must use the name "Elmyr de Hory" in the text at least once.