Art suggestion for someone

Art suggestion for someone

Postby timotiis » Sun Mar 09, 2008 3:37 pm

I can't make it this year unfortunately, but here's a suggestion for an art piece if someone wants to make it.

Basically, the American Dream seems to now be making as much money as possible, hopefully by exploiting your fellow man through corporations. So let's celebrate it! Collect as many corporate logos as you can, cut out of shirts, stitched onto fabric, the works. Sew them together into a flag. Presto, we have the real face of America. If you want, allow viewers to contribute more pieces to be added on, so that it grows through the week.

You could also try sewing price tags in, sale offers, and so on.

Whaddya think?
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Postby theCryptofishist » Sun Mar 09, 2008 7:59 pm

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Postby timotiis » Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:50 am

I wasn't thinking of quite that much of an American flag, but I'm not surprised someone's thought of it already.
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Postby Bob » Mon Mar 10, 2008 11:24 am

Blame Canada.

http://www.crwflags.com/FOTW/flags/ca$hbc.html

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The flag illustrates English heraldry which flourished in the 14th and 15th centuries. When Charles II granted the Hudson's Bay Company charter to his cousin Prince Rupert and 17 gentlemen in 1670, he asked that whenever the king visited the H.B.C. area, Prince Rupert should receive as a tribute the furs of one fox, two elk and four beavers. These seven animals make up the heraldic design.

Under the shield with its red cross of St. George is the gold-lettered motto "Pro Pelle Cutem" meaning "fair value in exchange for pelts." The H.B.C. began using such a flag in 1767 both on its ships and its forts.
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Mon Mar 10, 2008 2:31 pm

I had four beavers in my camp one year. Does that count?
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Re: Art suggestion for someone

Postby Teo del Fuego » Mon Mar 10, 2008 3:14 pm

timotiis wrote:Basically, the American Dream seems to now be making as much money as possible,


America is whatever you want it to be. America is the country who gave you Burning Man, afterall. Im not offended and not wishing to engage in jingoistic shin-kicking, but what, pray tell, does the UK now seem to be about, in your opinion? Jes curious.
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Postby BitterDan » Mon Mar 10, 2008 6:27 pm

jingoistic??? WTF does that mean? Is that like when you get 3 flat tires on Jungo Road and you've got no cell phone signal? Wait, that would be Jungoistic!

Just an observation here... I find it interesting that when an American says that America is all about corporate greed he/she is correct. But when someone from another country says the same thing we get defensive about it. Things that make you go hmm.
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Postby Bob » Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:21 pm

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Flag of the Russian American Company, former claimants to Alaska & portions of California, 1806-1861.
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Postby Sensei » Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:13 pm

BitterDan wrote:... But when someone from another country says the same thing we get defensive about it.

But, he's a limey. They're the worst. I can't believe the org. even allows them to attend at all. Oh yeah, that's right: it's only because they look pretty good standing next to the krauts. Don't even get me started on the frogs. And what about those fat, stinking Belgians and their 'waffle' eh?

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Postby roamer » Tue Mar 11, 2008 5:10 am

Chuckles at the observant BitterDan.

Expect lots of Capitalist leg-pulling this year from non-USians. It's only done in jest though as we know that we're all in the same small boat and we're only contributing to the theme in our own way.

The very first reaction of many Burners outside of the US, upon learning of this year's theme, was a sense of exclusion. At least this was the case amongst many of my friends.

And as far as I can tell, from this side of the pond, America didn't give me Burning Man. That great little country called California did.
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Postby RedheadBarbie » Tue Mar 11, 2008 9:45 am

[quote="roamer"]The very first reaction of many Burners outside of the US, upon learning of this year's theme, was a sense of exclusion. At least this was the case amongst many of my friends.[/quote]

Awww, come on now. We are all from the same McWorld.
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Re: Art suggestion for someone

Postby timotiis » Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:29 am

[quote="Teo del Fuego"][quote="timotiis"]Basically, the American Dream seems to now be making as much money as possible, [/quote]

America is whatever you want it to be. America is the country who gave you Burning Man, afterall. Im not offended and not wishing to engage in jingoistic shin-kicking, but what, pray tell, does the UK now seem to be about, in your opinion? Jes curious.[/quote]

Well, in one word, I'd have to go with "1984". By the way, I'm an American ex-pat, I'm allowed to say things like that about America.
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Re: Art suggestion for someone

Postby Sensei » Tue Mar 11, 2008 10:57 am

timotiis wrote:By the way, I'm an American ex-pat, I'm allowed to say things like that about America.

Ahem. Not since you turned your back on your country you don't, you Benidict Arnold.
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Postby BitterDan » Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:09 am

That great little country called California did.


Ah yes, our not-so-humble home where the streets are paved in gold. :D

Ahem. Not since you turned your back on your country you don't, you Benidict Arnold.


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Postby Teo del Fuego » Tue Mar 11, 2008 11:35 am

BitterDan wrote:I find it interesting that when an American says that America is all about corporate greed he/she is correct.


I pretty much have the same reaction to stereotypes regardless of the nationality of the source.
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Re: Art suggestion for someone

Postby timotiis » Tue Mar 11, 2008 1:57 pm

Sensei wrote:
timotiis wrote:By the way, I'm an American ex-pat, I'm allowed to say things like that about America.

Ahem. Not since you turned your back on your country you don't, you Benidict Arnold.


With pride, thank you, with pride. I turn my back on all countries, I wouldn't want America to think they were special like that.

Good response though.
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Postby BitterDan » Tue Mar 11, 2008 2:26 pm

I pretty much have the same reaction to stereotypes regardless of the nationality of the source.


Stereotypes are generally based on observations.
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Postby Teo del Fuego » Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:37 pm

BitterDan wrote:Stereotypes are generally based on observations.


Yeah, faulty ones. For example, racism. But ya know Bitter Dan, you can win this argument.

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Postby BitterDan » Tue Mar 11, 2008 3:42 pm

Nah I'm not arguing at all. No beef whatsoever on this topic. I was just playing around. :D

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Postby theCryptofishist » Tue Mar 11, 2008 8:11 pm

roamer wrote:Expect lots of Capitalist leg-pulling this year from non-USians.
Lots of luck pulling mine. And the Austrians better not even try.
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Postby Bob » Wed Mar 12, 2008 10:03 am

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