Presentation Title

Dismaland

Faculty Mentor

Misty, Kolchakian

Start Date

17-11-2018 9:45 AM

End Date

17-11-2018 10:00 AM

Location

C301

Session

Oral 2

Type of Presentation

Oral Talk

Subject Area

creative_arts_design

Abstract

Banksy is an innovative street artist who utilizes his unique skills to create works of art which notable sources such as the Huffington Post have called “a legacy”. While some argue Banksy is not a serious artist because his works lack originality, his anonymity and provocative art style has made him the most reputable street artist in the world. His flare for the satirical is most notably apparent in his 2015 temporary exhibition titled, “Dismaland”, which premiered in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England. The exhibit not only pokes fun at classic Disney characters and attractions the original theme park has to offer, but also delivers a paramount political and social statement. Some critics praise Banksy for the exhibit while others reprimand him and his exhibit for its lack of originality and overwhelming pessimism. In my essay “Dis(mal)neyland” I argue not only how it is a valid piece of art, but also why it is. Banksy not only provides a town in England with an entertaining exhibit open to the public free of charge, but the benefits surpass the passage of time. According to the Huffington Post, Banksy’s exhibit attracted approximately 150,000 visitors and pumped $26 million into the local economy. In my essay, upon analyzing Banksy’s response when he was asked about his exhibit’s theme, one can infer that he may have been trying to make people realize that there are larger problems in the world by presenting something with substance in the form of something reminiscent of a fairy tale.

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Nov 17th, 9:45 AM Nov 17th, 10:00 AM

Dismaland

C301

Banksy is an innovative street artist who utilizes his unique skills to create works of art which notable sources such as the Huffington Post have called “a legacy”. While some argue Banksy is not a serious artist because his works lack originality, his anonymity and provocative art style has made him the most reputable street artist in the world. His flare for the satirical is most notably apparent in his 2015 temporary exhibition titled, “Dismaland”, which premiered in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, England. The exhibit not only pokes fun at classic Disney characters and attractions the original theme park has to offer, but also delivers a paramount political and social statement. Some critics praise Banksy for the exhibit while others reprimand him and his exhibit for its lack of originality and overwhelming pessimism. In my essay “Dis(mal)neyland” I argue not only how it is a valid piece of art, but also why it is. Banksy not only provides a town in England with an entertaining exhibit open to the public free of charge, but the benefits surpass the passage of time. According to the Huffington Post, Banksy’s exhibit attracted approximately 150,000 visitors and pumped $26 million into the local economy. In my essay, upon analyzing Banksy’s response when he was asked about his exhibit’s theme, one can infer that he may have been trying to make people realize that there are larger problems in the world by presenting something with substance in the form of something reminiscent of a fairy tale.