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Bringing Outsider In: Creativity/Outsider Art

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Transcript of Bringing Outsider In: Creativity/Outsider Art

INTRODUCTION DIY PUNKS CRAFTS STREET ART DIGITAL ARTISTS TEACHING
OUTSIDERS THE END who are today's outsiders?
where is art made? what media is being used? what are the implications
for art education? • Alternative to a consumption-centered culture
• “a self proclaimed cultural movement, challenging the symbolic codes
of mainstream culture” (Purdue, Durrschmidt, Jowers, & O’Doherty, 1997,
p. 647).
• detachment from global commercial and corporate powers, and to return
the reins to the every-person
• alienation of labor – proletariat/bourgeois conflict now played out through
manipulation of signs, symbols, and information
• DIY forms of artistic production signal the power of outsiders to
effect the art world and world at large • cut-and paste fanzines, low-fi production and
performance
• a “working class credibility” at odds with the main-
stream music scene
• inspired the marketing of this hand-made aesthetic
to mainstream and corporate campaigns • handmade vs. mass-produced
– Faythe Levine claims that it is
empowering for people to make things
by hand, and that this empowerment is
powerfully contagious. (Walker, 2009,
p. 38)

• growing subculture of boutiques, swap
meets, and craft fairs
• generally refer to selves as makers
rather than artists • Tagging vs. graffiti vs. street art
• Transgressive activity
• Progression of artistry in train tagging,
stenciling, postering, stickers, etc. Beautiful Losers self-created community of “outsiders” who broke into the art world
Barry McGee, Shepard Fairey, Harmony Korine, Margaret Killgallen, Geoff McFetridge
neogotiating street credibility with commercial success BANKSY EXIT THROUGH THE GIFT SHOP VS. THE MUSEUM DIY culture has been an integral
part of communication and creating
on the Internet Prosumers: signpost a changing tide in
the relationship between consumer and
producer of media YOUTUBE YOU'RE THE MAN NOW, DOG 4CHAN BLENDER DEVIANTART ETSY WHITNEY LEE CRAFTIVISM HACKTIVISM Play/Experimentation
Resourcefulness
Obsession
Personalization/Localization
Folklore/Inherited Narrative
Vison
Please join the University of Illinois
Art Education department for complementary
food, drinks, and conversation!

TONIGHT! 7-11 PM
Homewood Suites, 1011 Pike Street
Rm. 603 Bringing Outsider In:
Creativity In The World Of Outsider Art
Susan Livingston and Brad Olson University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign OUTSIDERS in the classroom
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