Brutalist wallpaper and the independent group

Highmore, Ben (2013) Brutalist wallpaper and the independent group. Journal of Visual Culture, 12 (2). pp. 205-221. ISSN 1470-4129

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One of the difficulties facing cultural historians studying the Independent Group (IG) is to gauge its significance in the production of visual culture by those who attended the meetings. As a loose discussion group the IG can be seen as emerging from the same cultural forces that would, a little later, produce the academic counter- discipline of cultural studies. With its interests in consumer culture and in the social life of new technologies (particularly mass media technologies) and with a voracious appetite for the latest trends in science and art, the IG constituted a semi-formal extra-mural group of autodidacts filling-in the significant gaps of an official art education that was still framed by 19th-century values. A pedagogic agenda, though, does not necessarily generate a coherent project of aesthetic exploration and result in a consistent visual poetics. In this article the author argues that there is still value in attending to the IG as a cultural research group that produced a visual culture that was simultaneously pluralist (and perhaps contradictory and conflicting) in style but collective in orientation and sensibility.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Subjects: N Fine Arts
Depositing User: Ben Highmore
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2015 07:49
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 02:02

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