Interdisciplinary to me not only means being between an artist and designer but means not having to have a label above my head that dictates what I can and can’t do whether that be ‘painter’ or ‘sculptor’ or any other art form, I can simply say that I’m an interdisciplinary artist and can choose what I want to do.

Being an artist you can be good at many things and not have to be pinned down to just one, you can create Fine Art but can also fulfil a brief and create an outcome for some-one else, it gives you more opportunities and more scope for the future.

Within one project I like the fact I can learn how to solder metal, cast resin, melt glass, cut out stickers, make 3D cells with a laser and draw large charcoal drawings and have it all fit together as if it were the same material output. Being interdisciplinary is just being an artist.

Abi Mitchell

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Ideology can simply be seen as a set of ideas and ideals, these can be shared or individual, they can form the basis of political manifestos, religions, business set ups and friendships.

Ideology’s are an easy way of targeting people, whether by advertising or politicians, they can pick at our thoughts, feelings and way of life, they can make us think and feel differently just by exploiting what they know we think and believe, everything can be manipulated when you label it.

When researching further into ideology I found the Marxist viewpoint to be very thought provoking and apt, “society’s dominant ideology is integral to its superstructure”, with upper class interests determining the ideology of the community. We don’t always see this happening, but explaining it simply- the richer proportions of society either own the business that makes or sells the product or over sees its use, the poorer class who work for them see this as an attainable goal, to have what they have. We are sold an ideology through our tv sets, through our radios, magazines and computers, we are told that we can have everything the richer classes have, it’s just we not only have to make the products on the shop floor, sell them to ourselves and pay for the privilege.

Abi Mitchell

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The nature of interdisciplinary practice

Are interdisciplinary artists and designers Jack of all trades and masters of none? Interdisciplinary artists and designers are not constrained or limited by material or methods of production. They are artists who respond to creative challenges, in a variety of media and practices, working in a flexible and open minded way to each new project

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Can we be individual in the postmodern age?

In Jameson’s text Postmodernism and Consumer Society he discusses the ‘death of the subject,’ the end of Individuality. He talks about the Modernist views of a unique self, your own unique vision of the world, your own unmistakable style. However did that really ever exist? You can imagine if we didn’t have Internet, TV and Mass media our knowledge and information on the outside world would be pretty limited. We would certainly have less to influence our style, therefore believing it to be unique to us. But would the reality be that there would be many people with the same style, just unaware of the others actions? So is individuality ‘…a philosophical and cultural mystification which sought to persuade people that they ‘had’ individual subjects and possessed some unique personal identity.’ (Jameson 1998 p4)
Or is it that all the ideas and stylistic approaches have been done; only a certain number of combinations are possible? Jameson believes we have lost our ability to represent the present and that ‘…It is no longer clear what the artists and writers of the present period should be doing… All that is left is to speak through the masks and with the voices of the styles in the imaginary museum.’ (Jameson 1998 p4) He makes it sound like a depressing time to be an artist. It’s easy to see why the loss of individuality would seem like a bad thing but why not look at it differently. The same things influence us all from our education to mass media, advertising and popular culture. If we are all receiving similar information we are more likely to be interested in similar ideas. Postmodernism in part is the fragmentation of social groups requires we fit in to one of the many fragmented groups giving us a sense of identity and individuality. So even if it’s impossible to be individual anymore we can still have a strong sense of identity through finding out where our interests lie and what makes us tick.
What do you think?

Kerri Butterworth

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Ideology within Women’s Magazines

Within my 1500 word essay I have been focusing on the varied ideologies within women’s magazine advertisements and how they can be successful in influencing our thoughts and feelings.

For initial research I collected together a few advertisements within the current issue of the UK Glamour magazine (April 2011), I was searching for particular patterns that crop up that may help guide my essay.

There were the obvious things that I expected to find, which were the constant use of beautiful and slim female models, however I never expected to see the floor! -in so much use. Overall I have found that a large majority of ads have use their models to advertise whilst lying on the ground, in sexual, idealistic positions in this issue of Glamour.

Is this telling us something? Is there a particular ideal that these magazines are striving towards? I certainly think that women’s magazines suggest that beauty and perfection is how we should aim to be and we should all fight to look this good, and buy buying into their products we can have that possibility.

Deep down we all might want this to be true, but this is how these ideologies have worked. While I flick through my magazine I’m in a constant critical mode, I compare looks, mine with models, celebrities and it becomes depressing after a while. This is how advertising works, it grasps onto our vulnerabilities while they are at their peak, and they sell, sell, sell!

I can see also that the ads attempt to sell us an ideology of a sexual nature. Some of the ads have women lying on top of men, possibly hinting that if you buy into our product then you will be successful in relationships and sex too. I find that ads illustrate a scenario also, to help the reader to relate to the ad and to visualize herself in that situation.

The use of celebrities gives the reader a sense of familiarity with the brand, and also gives the reader the belief that these famous, rich people use these products, but realistically they probably don’t.

By Stephanie Bryant

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Nature of Interdisciplinary as a result of the Russian constructivist

The russian revolution

Proletariat vs Bourgeois – uprising of a social revolution – led by Lenin.

Empowerment for the fist time from the top -down; peasants were captured in art as being heroes – power of the people.

Propaganda and therefore art was a leading force in the revolution,  slogans such as : Peace! Land! Bread!  Challenged the Tsarist regime that was losing in World War I and causing low food supplies, high unemployment rates, and inflation. This criticised the Tsar widely as well as making promises to the people of change. There were calls for all working men to unite creating a rhetoric force.

In this Lenin is the focus of the image, but shows him almost being carried by the soldiers below showing how he can lead the people to success.


El Lissitzky’s 1919 Russian propaganda piece, “Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge”, meant that avant-garde artists looked to adopt a visual way to translate the social and political changes at the time.

This image uses visual language to get across an idea to the people, The red triangle eats or stabs into the white circle suggesting the two sides of the revolution and also suggeting  violence and defeat.

By Rosie Curtis

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The interdisciplinary nature of Russian contructivism

Russian constructivism is an art movement from 1919 onwards that incorporated fine arts, architecture, poster design and many other aspects of design. Constructivist artists rejected the idea that art should be for social purposes, i.e. propaganda. Constructivism was a movement that incorporated both fine arts and design, bridging the gap between the two. Russian constructivism had a true interdisciplinary nature.

-A book cover design by El Lissitzky for the book ‘The ‘isms’ of art’. (1925)

-Naum Gabo, Construction on space with a crystalline centre







-Naum Gabo, Construction on space with a crystalline centre


-Typical examples of Russian constructivism architecture.






Post by Josie Wells

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