Having a hard time rapping my mind around Metropolis theme.

This theme is great?

Yes, I got my Metropollis project all thought out!
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I'm bring back my old shit from last year.
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21%
Who care about the theme. I do my own theme everyyear.
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Having a hard time rapping my mind around Metropolis theme.

Postby Marscrumbs » Thu Jan 14, 2010 6:22 pm

Ok, this is the City as Sgt. Friday would say. Every year it's the City. But outside of Superman and Fritz Lange this year's theme just doesn't send up any obvious flares of creativity in my cranium. How about some inspiration anybody?
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Postby geospyder » Thu Jan 14, 2010 9:30 pm

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Re: Having a hard time rapping my mind around Metropolis the

Postby ehcsztein » Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:04 am

Marscrumbs wrote:Ok, this is the City as Sgt. Friday would say. Every year it's the City. But outside of Superman and Fritz Lange this year's theme just doesn't send up any obvious flares of creativity in my cranium. How about some inspiration anybody?


As someone who is currently struggling with having to cancel my installation for this year I would throw out the following ideas...

1) The invisible conflict between those who build/maintain a city and the elite that take it for granted as a playground to pursue decadence (nod to Lang's depiction of class structure.)

2) The illusion that compressing people together into minimal space is healthier than allowing individuals to explore open spaces.

3) Villages change when they become towns, when they become cities, when the grow beyond anything we have conceived/manifest as a species to date.

4) The fabrication of frameworks of appropriate behavior in order support the collective best interests of people that can not understand underlying necessity for such structures.

5) Urban vs. suburban.

6) Where we will be two hundred years for now when one hundred years ago we didn't have street lights. What will be rewired to maintain order?

7) The evolution of intoxication used to cope with with Metropolitan living.

8) The city as moral compass.

10) metropolitan vs rural "fashion" and aesthetic values

11) Technological necessity to enable urban progress

12) Folk art vs. Metropolitan art

Or these are the near drunken ramblings of a sad artist that doubts he will be able to contribute this year... :(
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Postby Victorian » Fri Jan 15, 2010 6:25 am

I almost keep thinking "Industrial Revolution" for some reason.
Industry, steele, steam, smog, skyscrapers, "sin city"-like feel to it...

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Just my interpretation....

ANd yes.... Muther Effin BATMAN saving Gotham City

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Postby C.f.M. » Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:11 am

It's not a very hard thing to wrap your mind around. It's just a movie. Watch it.

Me, I think a theme is kinda silly, and I never pay it no mind.
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Postby Victorian » Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:12 am

I am paying a little mind being my first year. I'm trying to just incorporate it with whatever art I come up with this summer....

We shall see!
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Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:50 am

Civilization versus.... oh, I don't know....

Barbarism?
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Postby Fire_Moose » Fri Jan 15, 2010 10:55 am

Babarism??


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Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:14 pm

If you're having trouble rapping your mind around something maybe Dr. Dre or Ice T. can help.
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Postby C.f.M. » Fri Jan 15, 2010 12:21 pm

Fire_Moose wrote:Babarism??


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YES. He's a burner.

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Postby Fire_Moose » Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:15 pm

I kinda figured that CFM, i mean who the hell else walks around in a green suit and a crown?
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Postby C.f.M. » Fri Jan 15, 2010 1:33 pm

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Postby Victorian » Fri Jan 15, 2010 4:36 pm

Here's another thought I had.. watching Repo! The Genetic Opera

Look it up, watch, you may not agree--but I feel this would fit the theme, sort of. Anything city-like and futuristic of human cities becoming our haven and hell all at the same time....

Here's a short bit of lyrics from one of the songs in the musical:

Industrialization has crippled the globe
(Enjoy GeneCo's day and nighttime formula of Zydrate)
Nature failed as technology spread
(Ask a gentern if Zydrate is right for you)
And in this wake, a market erected
(Buying Zydrate from an unlicensed source is illegal)
An entire city built on top of the dead
And you can finance your bones and your kidneys
For every market, a sub-market grows.
But best you be punctual with making your payments
Lest it be you on the concrete below.


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Postby Simon of the Playa » Fri Jan 15, 2010 5:47 pm

As someone who is currently struggling with having to cancel my installation for this year I would throw out the following ideas...

1) The invisible conflict between those who build/maintain a city and the elite that take it for granted as a playground to pursue decadence (nod to Lang's depiction of class structure.)

2) The illusion that compressing people together into minimal space is healthier than allowing individuals to explore open spaces.

3) Villages change when they become towns, when they become cities, when the grow beyond anything we have conceived/manifest as a species to date.

4) The fabrication of frameworks of appropriate behavior in order support the collective best interests of people that can not understand underlying necessity for such structures.

5) Urban vs. suburban.

6) Where we will be two hundred years for now when one hundred years ago we didn't have street lights. What will be rewired to maintain order?

7) The evolution of intoxication used to cope with with Metropolitan living.

8) The city as moral compass.

10) metropolitan vs rural "fashion" and aesthetic values

11) Technological necessity to enable urban progress

12) Folk art vs. Metropolitan art

Or these are the near drunken ramblings of a sad artist that doubts he will be able to contribute this year... :(



you contributed more in your drunken ramblings than some who "participate"...

all excellent questions, and or points, and more importantly, why, oh, why would you not come this year, explain what circumstances would prevent this from occurring.
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Postby Marscrumbs » Fri Jan 15, 2010 7:30 pm

Hmmm. Poll results at the moment are a perfect parabola 1:4:9.
I think I can make a metaphorical suspension bridge out of it.

Maybe I'll get out my Babar yoga book to pirate some cool pic for tommorrow.
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Postby Captain Goddammit » Fri Jan 15, 2010 9:11 pm

Two words. Steampunk.
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Postby geospyder » Fri Jan 15, 2010 11:02 pm

Captain Goddammit wrote:Two words. Steampunk.


Does that mean I have to get new goggles?
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:45 am

Captain Goddammit wrote:
Two words. Steampunk.



4 words, Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang.


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Postby goathead » Sat Jan 16, 2010 1:58 am

Victorian wrote:I almost keep thinking "Industrial Revolution" for some reason.
Industry, steele, steam, smog, skyscrapers, "sin city"-like feel to it...

Image


Just my interpretation....

ANd yes.... Muther Effin BATMAN saving Gotham City

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Postby Victorian » Sat Jan 16, 2010 10:53 am

Sorry.. my bad... I did uncheck them after about 10 posts, realizing what the problem was.. heh
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Postby Marscrumbs » Sat Jan 16, 2010 9:04 pm

Captain Goddammit wrote:

4 words, Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang.


[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZU4S1G0JCk[/youtube]


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Postby Parasitoid » Sun Jan 17, 2010 10:13 am

This is kind of interesting and related:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcology
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Postby Generic Anonymity » Sun Jan 17, 2010 7:56 pm

The one thing that keeps popping into my head is a line from The Spirit - "My City Screams"
My messenger in disguise
Makes up for such short goodbyes
You can't come home again
Each time it's different
And the yards around your feet
Fall away while you're asleep
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Postby webba » Mon Jan 18, 2010 3:30 am

What about a "Safety First" theme?

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Postby trystanthegypsy » Tue Jan 19, 2010 3:12 am

Mayan cities in ruins... Downtown skyscrapers overgrown by jungle...
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Postby Simon of the Playa » Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:04 am

Stranglely Bond, James Bond.




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