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Satire Unit

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on 17 August 2016

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Who is JR?
*Born in Paris; grew up in 'burbs

*Dabbled in art as a teen as graffiti artist - worked lacked message/meaning
*Life changed when he found a lost camera on the Metro.
*At first, used it to document fellow graffiti artists.
*Morphed into large, illegal street exhibits featuring massive photographs of people on walls and buildings in Paris
What Is Street Art?
Street Art (n): unsanctioned visual art created in public locations and outside the context of traditional art venues
Why Create Street Art?
*Wish to communicate with the public directly
*To provoke, inspire social action
*Anonymous graffiti artist, satirist, political activist from the UK
*Known for distinctive stenciling technique
*Academy Award nominee for best documentary ("Exit Through the Gift Shop", 2011)
JR's Projects
*28 Millimeters: Portraits of a Generation
*Face2Face
*Women Are Heroes
*Inside Out
*Wrinkles of the City
Unit: Written and Visual Satire + Social Change
Goals:
*Write articles for our new satirical paper.
*Create a piece of visual satirical artwork for public display
*React to social issues with the hope of triggering social change
*Read notorious works of satire and analyze street art which questions the dominant ideology.

PRIZE
Each year, TED gives a $100,000 prize to someone with a plan to spark global change.
PLAN
Create a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work, by making digitally uploaded images into posters to display in diverse communities. Posters can be placed anywhere, from office windows to a wall of an abandoned building. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and viewable online.
CURRENT STATUS
The INSIDE OUT project has traveled from Ecuador to Nepal, and Mexico to Palestine, inspiring group actions on varied themes such as hope, diversity, gender-based violenece,and climate change. Over 110,000 portraits have been pasted in 108 countries worldwide. An HBO documentary feature on the project is due for worldwide release this Spring.
Adbusters is a non-profit anti-consumerism, pro-environment group. They publish a magazine dedicated to challenging capitalism and consumerism.
A main component of the Adbusters magazine is ad 'spoofs', which challenge the dominant ideology:
Satire
Challenging the dominant ideology through humor and subversion; pointing out what's ridiculous about society through sarcasm.
Satire Article Assignment (2nd Quarter)
+With a partner, you will create a 200 -word, single paragraph satire in the style of The Onion.
+You must include a headline and an image above the text.
+Above all else, your satire must provide scathing commentary on an issue in world news, sports, entertainment, science, politics, and/or economics.
satire (n):
the use of humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule to expose and criticize people's/society's stupidity.
Analyze what is satirical about the video you just watched with Zach Galifianakis and Michael Showalter.
Between Quarter 1 and Quarter 2:
Wednesday (10/8): Recognizing Satire
Tuesday (10/14): Street Art + Satire + Brainstorming satire article topics
Wednesday (10/15): In lab writing one-paragraph satire article
We'll get started on this one today
This means challenging what most people in a culture think is normal. For example, a few years ago, the dominant ideology in America was that marriage was between a man and a woman. Things have changed a bit in recent years.
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