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Something’s Brewing BIER When hegemony just won’t do !. Edith Abeyta & Judith Thissen. point of departure Watts Towers built 1921-1954 by Simon Rodia. building the "Hollywood Sci Fi Garbage Heap" house. a post-apocalyptic domicile of found materials, industrial products and garbage.
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When hegemony just won’t do!
Edith Abeyta & Judith Thissen
built 1921-1954 by Simon Rodia
Simon RodiaEdith Abeytaart examing capitalism's inability to scratch the itchcomprised of re-constructed post-consumer cast-offs found on the streets of Los Angeles
Medium: openopen callfor labels
The Pregnant Manphrase from famous futurist poet David Burluk
Art & the ideology of the market
1. Complete autonomy: In no way should our project be altered,influenced or affected because a corporate brewer or any other brewer is going to sponsor CO-OPs. We don't want to be asked or feel pressure to pander or not have a critique because they are providing funds and/or free beer.2. Equal billing as a beer sponsor. Our BIER "logo" on all printed material, acknowledgement that Something's Brewing BIER is also a sponsor of CO-OPs.
Edith’s and Judith’s experiences are a warning to us all about the power of the image. Images are in charge, they rule the land, even if they are false. This reminds me that it is important to question the image, even if it’s presented as truth. Often we praise the documentation and photos of the “project,” when there is little or no substance behind the work. We should continually question the integrity of what we are looking at.
Likewise, as artists, we must be aware that our images and creative products are frequently hijacked by unsavory people and companies who use this work as a meal ticket, as prestige or as validation to receive money. The mis-use of our creative product ranges from the labeling of warehouses as “artist lofts” or “arts districts” in real estate, to securing government grant money with proposals for mysterious non-existent events. This falsification at the artist’s expense seems to becoming more and more common. Someone is making money in all this madness, and it usually isn’t the artist.