Despotism (2)

Would quite like to incorporate this idea with my gif idea that I had earlier, I have been looking at classical styled frames to put over gifs within a web page and quite like the concept of a digital gallery sort of thing.

Need to think more into what the gifs will actually be but ive created a shitty concept to show what it is I intend to do

Renaissance book ideas – Despotism

From reading the new book I got “The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy” by Jacob Burckhardt I have been thinking over the idea which the author discusses in the first chapter – Despotism – and how this could be reflected into the context of the 21st century.

Found this definition of Despotism on wikipedia – Despotism is a form of government in which a single entity rules with absolute power. That entity may be an individual, as in anautocracy, or it may be a group,[1] as in an oligarchy. The word despotism means to “rule in the fashion of a despot” and does not necessarily require a singular “despot”, an individual.

During the 14th and 15th centuries there were many of these despot states within the Renaissance world, where leaders and families would fight for control of their territories, often with conflict and betrayals ending one rule, beginning a fresh one and repeating often. The inevitable violence that ensued from the way these states were run produced revolt and Tyrannicide, where groups of people would plot to overthrow the existing tyrant in power. Giovanni Boccaccio, and Italian author and poet famously stated:

Shall I call the tyrant king or prince, and obey him loyally as my lord? No, for he is the enemy of the commonwealth. Against him I may use arms, conspiracies, spies, ambushes and fraud; to do so is a sacred and necessary work. There is no more acceptable sacrifice than the blood of a tyrant.

In the context of the 21st century, similar events around the globe, mainly in the middle east could be compared to the events of these despot states in the Renaissance era. The Arab Spring beginning in 2010 witnessed the people of countries such as Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Bahrain rise up against the ruling government of these states who often displayed characteristics of dictatorships. The violent overthrowing of the current regime to form a new one draws parallels with the events of the Renaissance states, the wars in Iraq and the situation developing in Iran are also good examples of “regime change”.

The role of technology on the ground is also an aspect to think about in relation to this subject, would these revolutions have taken shape the way they have done without the coverage of global television reporting or without the use of Twitter and Facebook, the Egyptian government restricted access to the Internet during the trouble there in an effort to stop the protestors communicating.

I have not completed the full chapter of the book where Burckhardt discuses these characteristics in relation to the Renaissance yet, but the books has definatly got me thinking about how our countries are run, how we interact with other nations and how technology is used as a tool for the people of the countries to communicate as opposed to the governments speaking for them.

Body and beauty in the 21st century update

Been working on this for a few weeks now, playing around with layouts and designs, still not got my website sorted out so don’t have the server space to upload it. Still not had a good think about making it mobile friendly yet which I think is going to cause some major problems.

Photoshop techniques (3)

Another play around with experiments using Brutus, a character who is discussed in the Renaissance book I bought. I’ve incorporated a sculpture of his face with a gradient background and other straight gradients on top. For the image to the right I have used the text of the face technique to include a extract from a Shakespeare play in relation to him

Photoshop techniques (2)

Another technique I was playing around with today, merging text with faces.

Photoshop techniques

I have been playing around with some photoshop techniques today, mainly look at dispersion and displacement. Here is an experiment I done trying to hack away at this sculpture, not very good but it was a good experiment I thought.

New Book

Recently I have been finding it increasingly difficult to sit, read and develop other trains of thought to pursue on the project. I’ve bought a book entitled “The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy” by Jacob Burckhardt which details many of the issues surrounding the running of Renaissance Italy. I hope this will help as a good starting point to further develop my research phase 3, here is a list of the sections the book is broken up into:

  • The State as a Work of Art
  • The Development of the Individual
  • The Revival of Antiquity
  • The Discovery of the World and of Man
  • Society and Festivals
  • Morality and Religion

From an initial look at the book, many good comparisons could be created from this that would relate to the world in the 21st century.