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Pastiche and Postmodernism: Its Relevancy an Relationship

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Transcript of Pastiche and Postmodernism: Its Relevancy an Relationship

Pastiche and Postmodernism
Defining 'Pastiche'
Pastiche: “An artistic work in a style that imitates that of another work, artist, or period – most often a homage or parody of that source.”

Q: Why is pastiche important?
A: It can be used to celebrate, comment on, or mock the work it imitates - usually as a means of sending a message about the theme(s) of that work.
Take a look at the following image and write down your responses to the following questions:

1. Do you recognize the appearance or style of this image? If so, where have you seen it before?
2. What elements of this advertisement's appearance make it familiar to you?
Warm-up:
Ah, that looks familiar.

Here is one of the more "authentic" examples of the original style of artwork and design: Coca Cola advertisements!

The advertisements in this warm-up are one of many examples of "pastiche."
Warm-up (continued):
Examples of Pastiche:
You can find pastiche in many different mediums, such as art. Here we see a modern artist and icon in a parody - or perhaps an homage - to Grant Wood's 'American Gothic' (1930).


Pastiche is even found in popular films. Quentin Tarantino is famous for his use of pastiche in his movies, and has been quoted as saying: "I steal from every single film ever made. I love it." In reference to his movies, he claims they are not one movie - "they are movies."
Examples of Pastiche, con't:
Pastiche is also found in fashion. Many clothing designs today are inspired by trends from the past. Take Marc Jacob's Spring 2013 line (left) for example! Back in the 60s, Brigitte Bardot wore something similar.
Examples of Pastiche, con't:
Pastiche: Controversial?
There are conflicting opinions about pastiche...

Viewpoint #1: Pastiche is just a recycling of art already thought of - and that it lacks creativity.

Viewpoint #2: Pastiche has a distinct purpose - to put old and new things together to create, comment on, or question cultural meaning/themes.

Critical question: How does this controversy relate to and reflect the ideals of Postmodernism?
Pick Your Pastiche!
Choose a form of pastiche in any medium (i.e.: art, advertisement, film, music, fashion) and write a description of that piece along with an analysis of it that answers the following questions:

1. Why do you think the creator of this piece decided to imitate the style of another piece while incorporating the new elements that he/she did?
2. What significance does it have to the creator and/or society?
3. Is it meant to send a message, and if so, what is it?

Note: If you’re having trouble thinking of a piece, you can use one of the examples from the presentation to analyze!
Pastiche is also found in literature. The ever-popular Sherlock Holmes series has served as inspiration for many mystery novels, such as Laurie R. King's 'The Beekeeper's Apprentice.'
Examples of Pastiche, con't:
Believe it or not, many video games are examples of pastiche. The 'Halo' franchise draws inspiration for their monsters from the creepy "facehuggers" from the 1979 Science Fiction thriller, 'Alien.'
Examples of Pastiche, con't:
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