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Week 12: Field Trip / Artist Research / Tutorials (ART718)

Week beginning: 19th December 2023

Field Trip / Workshop / Tutorials


Last week I also took another visit London to gain some inspiration for future works, I was extremely lucky to visit the Flagship Space, The Now Building where the latest exhibition had just opened. The Butterfly Trail is the latest exhibition within this building, featuring 23,000 square feet, floor to ceiling, 360- degree, 8k screens across four stories. Its a beautiful combination butterfly paintings, animation, particle stimulations and 3D visuals. The Butterfly Trail guides visitors through the intrepid explorer Professor Peter Pelgrin’s Botanical Workshop, into his Glass House where they can interact and explore the experience using just their smartphone. Using their phone, visitors will be able to release magical AR butterflies and trigger real-time animations. 

Various Forests and Woodlands around Shropshire

List Of Influential Artists

Banksy is a pseudonymous England-based street artist, political activist and film director whose real name and identity remain unconfirmed and the subject of speculation. Active since the 1990s, his satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique. His works of political and social commentary have appeared on streets, walls and bridges throughout the world.

Keith Allen Haring (May 4, 1958 – February 16, 1990) was an American artist whose pop art emerged from the New York City graffiti subculture of the 1980s. His animated imagery has "become a widely recognized visual language". Much of his work includes sexual allusions that turned into social activism by using the images to advocate for safe sex and AIDS awareness.

Protest Art

Protest art is the creative works produced by activists and social movements. It is a traditional means of communication, utilized by a cross section of collectives and the state to inform and persuade citizens. Protest art helps arouse base emotions in their audiences, and in return may increase the climate of tension and create new opportunities to dissent. Since art, unlike other forms of dissent, take few financial resources, less financially able groups and parties can rely more on performance art and street art as an affordable tactic.

Protest art acts as an important tool to form social consciousness, create networks, operate accessibly, and be cost-effective. Social movements produce such works as the signs, banners, posters, and other printed materials used to convey a particular cause or message. Often, such art is used as part of demonstrations or acts of civil disobedience. These works tend to be ephemeral, characterized by their portability and disposability, and are frequently not authored or owned by any one person. The various peace symbols, and the raised fist are two examples that highlight the democratic ownership of these signs.


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