So I hadn’t really been interested, or even really aware of the Oscars until I got an email about Banksy’s Exit Through the Gift Shop being nominated for best documentary. If you havent seen it, you should. It is genius. In a time when art, wall space, film; really creativity in general has been commodified, the best way to fight back is to become a grifter. Its a sly attack on commercialism, hollywoodism, and art elitism. That’s why it is so ironic that it would ever be nominated to be awarded for its participation and simultaneous attack on the very industry that would hand him that trophy. Here is probably the most famous piece that either he did, or one of the artists in his documentary did, Mr Brainwash. Most people think it is Mr Brainwash’s work. Some people think Mr Brainwash is a creation of Banksy’s…. The plot thickens! check it out:
None of the articles I read seems to understand what is obviously being said here. Hollywood is just another subtler limb belonging to empire.
This event comes at perfect timing as my final project for Imperialism was on walls. One of the main things I focused on was situationist theory regarding cityscapes. It is a concept that explores the ways in which city planning can be a method of control as it governs the very environment that humans live in. Wall space is public space, its something we all have to look at. Before a corporation is given the opportunity to make someone feel inadequate by advertising diet pills, male enhancement pills, acne creams, and demanding anorexic standards of beauty, they should have to ask us for permission. street art is public space taken back by force.