Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Decades presentation

As a group we had to create a presentation that educated our audience on our decade in an interesting, and engaging way.
our idea initially started because none of our group where particularly comfortable with speaking in front of a large group. Our idea therefore became to perform a silent movie. we decided that to make this movie most definately 1920s we had to incorporate certain obvious elements that keep it unique to this decade.
so we decided to evolve our movie around the Chrysler Building designed my architect William Van Allen in 1928. we also included flappers, Louis Armstrong Jazz.
to justify why we decided to act out our film instead of pre record it we decided to use the fact that the first 3D movie was shown in the mid 1920s. for this we cut out over 100 pairs of 3D glasses to give out to our audience
here our some pictures from our preparation week

Monday, 3 November 2008

Man Ray


Cecil Beaton

Born in 1904 in London and coming of age at the peak of the 20s, Cecil Beaton was in love with the worlds of high society, theater, and glamour. Beauty in his hands was transformed into elegance, fantasy, romance and charm.
His inspired amateurism led to a following among fashionable debutantes and eventually a full fledged career as the foremost fashion and portrait photographer of his day. He was so attuned to the changes of fashion that his career maintained its momentum for five decades

1920 Photography : Imogen Cunningham



In direct contrast to Poetism, Constructivism stressed objectivity and machine production. Optimistic and sometimes even utopian, Constructivist design celebrated technology, progress, and the future. Bauhaus and de Stijl influences can be seen in Czech Constructivist book design, which was particularly dominant in the mid- to late 1920s. Photography, typography, and theater sets provided rich areas of activity for Constructivist designers, and architecture was also an important source of inspiration. Ladislav Sutnar's design for a 1932 translation of George Bernard Shaw's Captain Brassbound's Conversion [1932] utilizes many devices characteristic of Constructivism: photomontage; functional, sanserif typography; a strong grid structure with diagonal orientation; and the presence of a circle, an important iconic element for many Constructivist designers and a characteristic of all book designs for Devetsil by Odeon Press, their publisher from 1925. 

Art Deco

Art Deco was a popular international design movement from 1925 until 1939, affecting the decorative arts such as architectureinterior design, andindustrial design, as well as the visual arts such as fashionpainting, the graphic arts and film. This movement was, in a sense, an amalgam of many different styles and movements of the early 20th century, including NeoclassicalConstructivismCubismModernismBauhausArt Nouveau, andFuturism. Its popularity peaked in Europe during the Roaring Twenties and continued strongly in the United States through the 1930s. Although many design movements have political or philosophical roots or intentions, Art Deco was purely decorative. At the time, this style was seen as elegant, functional, and modern.

some more poetism...


During the earlier 1920s, Poetism dominated the discourse of the Czech avant-garde. Poetism stressed the personal vision of the individual artist, reveled in the imagination, and encouraged self-expression. Like Artificialism, essentially a later form of Poetism which explored the beauty of new technologies, Poetism was a uniquely Czech innovation. Artist Karel Teige and poet Vítezslav Nezval introduced Poetism in 1923; artists Jindrich Štyrsky and Toyen (Marie Cermínová) pioneered Artificialism between 1926 and 1931. Poetism lent itself to expression through poetry, drama, and painting, and these were the main areas in which the style was used. Karel Teige (typographer) and Jindrich Štyrsky (photographer) designed Vítezslav Nezval's Pantomimi.Verše 1922-1924 [1924], which beautifully illustrates the approach of Poetism. The arrangement of the photographs echoes the content of the poems, functioning as visual verse. Often, letterforms express the mood or form of a poem. The visual design of the book is as much an artistic expression as the poetry itself.

1920 : Art & Design

The 1920s was an exciting time for the young generations. people lived for music, dancing, movies, and art.
during the 1920s there were alot of exciting, new and very revolutionary movements in art & design.