An obvious parasitic tendency is evident throughout the brothers entire portfolio. Mockery and allusion follow this tendency, and add to its sarcastic potency. Their vast understanding of art history compliments every fabricated reference and allows for a wonderful ability to create obscenities. No matter what the Chapman team creates next it will definitely shock the public and cause the art world to lapse, for at least a moment.
Sagazan’s performance explores extreme emotional states provoking more questions than answers. The contemporary “primitivism” movement in design and art examines objects that will become ritualized, layered with another spirit or energy - embedding them with a soul. Primitivism is, ins... ... middle of paper ... ...r pure philosophy. It is anecdote - it is a memento of someone. In that sense perhaps every Transfiguration performance here is a form of self-portrait, but Sagazan complicates this dynamic by also transforming himself into the subject.
The works he wrote were absurd as a means to caution and expose the nature of sex, war, violence, obsession and government power. The nature of his satire was strange and demented because the things he was criticizing displayed the same characteristics. His works were brilliant, eye opening and raw because of his personal ties to them.
One of Oliver Stones masterpieces, Natural Born Killers, caused severe controversy due to the graphic, but sincere portrayal of how the media devilishly feeds on violence and how the people of the country respond to these glamorized acts of wrong doing. Although the nation has condemned the movie for its shockingly violent scenes, critics like Roger Ebert and devoted Stone fans like Jason O’Brien have a different perspective on the message that this movie is trying to portray. That is, the simple fact that we, a television based society, have narrowed our variety of entertainment to violence, sex, and sexual violence. A master a satire, Oliver Stone takes film viewers through a twisted tale of two mass murderers, their glorification by a journalist and the nation’s idolization of them. The techniques used in this film create a feeling of violence beyond that of the actual murders that take place.
Francis Bacon was a British artist that is known for his violent and disturbing artwork, where his subjects are extremely distorted and are odd. I chose Francis Bacon because his paintings are interesting yet, frightening and they speak to me on a personal level. His work is not beautiful; it is scary and can possibly give you nightmares, but it is rather intriguing. Bacon has many pieces of artwork that are considered graphic due to its content and to its physical looks. Francis Bacon has made all his works with the realness of the world in mind.
Pinter, whose performances often focus upon overtly political commentary about matters such as government oppression or violation of human rights, understands that creating a performance with liberal usages of on stage violence has the potential to obscure the overall meaning of his work. Indeed, if Pinter truly depicted actions such as the rape of Gila for the entire audience to see, their attention would be drawn to the spectacle of the moment rather than to the underlying social criticism that such an action is intended to embody. Rather, the audience is only informed that Gila is raped when Nicolas asks her “have my soldier been raping you… how many times have you been raped?” (p. 70-71). Likewise, the death of Nicky is only conveyed to the audience, and in effect, Gila and Victor, by Nicolas’ usage of the past tense when he says that, “Your son. I wouldn’t worry about him.
The shocking theatricalisation of violence that previously has not been seen in the theatre meant the spectators would often be upset, distressed and offended by what they witnessed. This forced the audiences of the plays to look at theatre from a different point of view. In-yer-face theatre openly presents the spectators with problems with addiction, sex and violence enabling the audience to see it's more profound meaning. The confrontational forms of the plays showing phycological and emotional extremities shocked some of the audience and stimulated their moral responsibilities, for other audience members the violent nature of the plays made for unnecessary viewings in the theatre, critics reactions to the productions were not always the positive realisations that the playwrights aimed for, “...[Blasted] an awful play and an awful waste of taxpayers’ money” (De Vos and Saunders, 2010:13). Both plays exhibit problems that were prominent during the nineties and showed the spectators why society needed to change.
Most importantly, Golding achieved the above using metaphorical and didactic writing techniques that unquestionably shocked his readers - and still shocks them today. "Lord of the Flies" is essentially an allegory. It reveals how people can descend into barbarism in an atmosphere of chaos. The main issues in the novel are that of the divide between civilization and savagery, the innate human evil, power and its consequences, and grouping. The theme of the breakdown of civilization toward savagery emphasizes the struggle between the ruling elements of society which include law, morality, culture and the chaotic elements of humanity's savage instincts which include anarchy, bloodlust, amorality, selfishness and a desire for power.
Paintings such as St. Francis and Borgia Exorcising or The Bogeyman is Coming represent his preoccupation with the unknown or strange. Goya’s work focuses on both the potentials of human behaviour and the strang and unusual qualities of fantasy and reality. Observing an earlier painting such as The Bogeyman is Coming in comparison to the Third of May, Goya makes a shift in subject matter from an imagined fantasy to a real life event. Although this change has occurred his element of the macabre are still present. The immediate impression of The Third of May is of terror and immoralized human behavior.
This shock is often achieved by either the violation of human rights, exhibition of animal cruelty, display of violence in an explicit or crude way, tasteless sexual references, or the presentation of topics that are “delicate” within the community in a morbid or perverse way. Other methods are through repulsive and horrifying images, or the defiance or disregard for tradition and law. Evidently, this type of art is bound to make the audience feel uncomfortable, scared, and even angry. All this only to send a bold political message, challenging the audience to change their way of thinking. But, who is the one responsible for drawing the