” For us ( Dadaists ), art is not an end in itself, but rather an opportunity for true perception and criticism of the times we live in ” – Hugo Ball, Zurich 1916
Re-engaging art with vitally important everyday issues in society is finally gaining traction – even trending – within the art establishment itself, for the first time since the brave anti-fascist expressions of early 1930s Berlin Dadaists such as John Heartfield.
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© Michael St.Mark 2018
Thinly-disguised diptych stitch, but still..
Welwyn Garden City
London Dada; 2005 -2018
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Dada and the Eye of God
© Michael St.Mark 2018
Found traffic-battered relic (c. 50 yrs of constant use ) Cat’s Eye on disused – the old A76 , now by-passed – Kilmarnock to Dumfries road. Click x2 to expand the image and fuller appreciation.
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Last in the Damien Hirst at Houghton Hall Dada Infiltration mini series
” Who let the spots out ? ”
Let the spots be Free / Free Art from Limitation
© Art Axis 2018
Direct action Work
Multicolored paper spots 1cm dia scattered in front of one of many Damien Hirst spot paintings hung in Houghton Hall, Norfolk earlier this year.
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The Hats Make the Couple
Free Art from its Dark Prison
Highlight of the Show
Links in principle to London Dada protest Happening Tate Modern Transition from 2016
” The artist expands awareness and when the breakthrough is made, this becomes part of the general awareness ” -William S. Burroughs
Links to Damien Hirst‘s blatant plagiarism of London Dada;s ” Log Fish – An Unbelievable treasure from the Deep ” for his cynical 2017 Venice show ” Treasures from the wreck of the unbelievable “
- Where do the spots go from here? ( published 04 / 09/ 2018 )The boy Hirst exhausted his regimented spots way back, then this year at Houghton Hall he exhibited them loosened and slightly overlapping..
Also at HH were London Dada’s spots, freed from their 2D world and out, but static, on the floor.
So artist Michael St.Mark proposes a giant see-thru perspex container to occupy Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, over which visitors cross on suspended walkways, underneath which, near the floor, are a bank of industrial AC fans that set hundreds of thousands of mono or multicoloured wafer-thin environmentally- friendly plastic or paper spots in a perpetual swirling snowstorm within the container.
Alternatively, and probably logistically more straightforward, would be to fit the Hall with a grid-like network or challenging maze of large ( c. 7 -8ft ) diameter tubes, through which the spots are blown and circulated – and of course also through which visitors walk. A marvellous and guaranteed crowd-pulling visually immersive spectacle and experience – and at last the spots are airborne en masse and literally surrounding the public, thus finally democratising them – and the idea herewith given to Maria Balshaw for safe keeping.
Location; M1 between junctions 16 & 19 ( click to enlarge )
Highways England‘s much publicized roadworks project, “upgrading to smart motorways”, in which the present hard shoulder is being converted into a separate traffic lane to be used during periods of congestion ( much of the time ). Emergency refuges are being created between the two junctions in case of emergencies.. but Highways England neglect to explain how they plan to deal with a vehicle breaking down between the refuges and being unable to move ( a likely common scenario ).
Is that really so smart?
More serious at the present time ( July – ? 2018 ) is Highways England‘s incredulous use of tarmac-colored steel crash barriers ( again, see above ) to protect workers engaged in various works on the hard shoulder in preparation for the smart lane.
You have to say, the choice of color to exactly match the road is not smart – it’s out and out genius. In this key safety area Highways England have well and truly excelled themselves.
As the above digital collage shows, even in clear dry conditions the barriers appear uncannily akin to an inside lane of the same road.
Why has no-one noticed, or complained about the obvious danger to life of these same-color barriers – that are being extensively used – leading to pile-ups, when less aware or tired motorists may well mistake them for another lane and veer into them, especially in bad light or wet conditions where HGV wheel spray often seriously impairs vision ahead. Perhaps “ghost lane” accidents have already occurred?
Highways England management; you are invited to immediately instigate the repainting or the addition of standout graphics to all tarmac-gray crash barriers being used in your various current and planned smart motorway upgrades, before their name becomes commonly all too tragically literal.
July 23rd 2018
Recent compliance victory involving Highways England’s complacence in the face of urgent road safety improvements.
Defeats to France in the qualifying stages was the main reason Holland failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup..
Title refers to Graham Taylor’s England squad being beaten by the Netherlands in 1993 ” Do I not like orange”
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