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DAVID CARR-SMITH - IMPROVISATION / DESIGN / ART / KITSCH / CHANCE

KITSCH & STEREOTYPES  

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INDEX  
IMPROVISED-ARCH IN AMSTERDAM INDUSTRIAL SQUATS & COLLECTIVES

IMPROVISATION - PUBLIC & LEGAL - ALLOTMENTS  
IMPROVISED VILLAGES - WANDSWORTH / KEW BRIDGE
VERNACULAR & STYLE - BERDUN, HUESCA
TEMPORARY-ARCHITECTURE - FRANK'S CAFE / SOUTHWARK LIDO 
"HOME" - MY LOCATION VIA MASS-PRODUCTS  
"HOME" - MY LOCATION VIA PERSONAL-CHOICES 

ART - GOTHIC INTO RENAISSANCE INTO 20thC
ART - 20thC COLLAGE INTO MASS-MEDIA 
GRAFFITI INTO STREET-ART  
KITSCH
DESIGN & CHANCE

 

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KITSCH & STEREOS    ... in process

 

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INTRODUCTION  

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1:  KITSCH-DESIGN   ... in process

 

A puerile pretence - often a badly observed and badly made copy of something that has a mass-opinion value. The 'copy' is not usually of some specific original (unless the original is unique and famous eg: Michangelo's David statue), there aren't many of those around (especially in the mass-culture mind), and anyway we want our ordinary objects-of-use to also be 'beautiful', elegant, and to display attributes of status: wealth and connoisseurship. There are difficulties with the latter type of 'practical' object - there is usually no unique example to copy - however any type of practical object has features that typify//identify it in the mass-mind - its mnemonic features: those that evoke it in memory (in the absence of a unique original it must abstract the features that typify a class of objects - the meme of a group (of course the most common feature of such a group is its practical function - however that is often 'taken for granted'), what is named are the features that relate to aesthetics and status: "We need a coach-lamp at the  front door, i want one of those that looks like it adorned "Ye Old Curiosity Shoppe". The 'mnemonic tags' that typify a functionally-similar group (eg: 'coach-lamps') are often ones that have been abstracted from the family-group by commerce (that enable the most economical means of production relative to production quantity and price) and the most desirable aesthetic/status mnemonics associated with the object in mass-culture (as determined via 'Market Research') and if these chosen non-practical features seem successful 'selling points' they will be retained, or otherwise changed for others. If a particular product type is widely needed other companies may try to capture sales by introducing as-yet unexploited motifs.  

 

KITCH-DESIGN: CAR-PARK ENTRY & LAMP: "ANGLERS REACH" FLATS, GROVE RD.,SURBITON, LONDON, 
(pic c. late-1970s)    
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KITCH-DESIGN: FLINTLOCK + THERMOMETER 
(pic 1980)    
... in process

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INDEX   
IMPROVISED-ARCH IN AMSTERDAM INDUSTRIAL SQUATS & COLLECTIVES

IMPROVISATION - PUBLIC & LEGAL - ALLOTMENTS  
IMPROVISED VILLAGES - WANDSWORTH / KEW BRIDGE
VERNACULAR & STYLE - BERDUN, HUESCA
TEMPORARY-ARCHITECTURE - FRANK'S CAFE / SOUTHWARK LIDO 
"HOME" - MY LOCATION VIA MASS-PRODUCTS 
 
"HOME" - MY LOCATION VIA PERSONAL-CHOICES 

ART - GOTHIC INTO RENAISSANCE INTO 20thC
ART - 20thC COLLAGE INTO MASS-MEDIA 

GRAFFITI INTO STREET-ART  
KITSCH
DESIGN & CHANCE

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