These photos were extremely inspirational for the project; the wall as a symbol for freedom, a platform for international artists to leave their message about freedom, politics and peace, these people becoming a part of the wall's history. The same way, all the photographs taken of the wall, the people in these pictures, will mark the history and keep telling the story of freedom of speech. I love the photo of the little boy wearing green jacket, matching the graffiti in the wall, pointing at the hole in the wall with a joyful expression, at the same time the soldiers standing in position in their uniforms on the wall.
Ich denke was ich will und was mich beglücket,
doch alles in der Still', und wie es sich schicket.
Mein Wunsch und Begehren kann niemand verwehren,
es bleibet dabei: Die Gedanken sind frei!
Die Gedanken sind frei
Thoughts are free
using COLOR to communicate a message .
The color workshop made me think about the symbolic and personal meanings of colors; it was very interesting comparing our reactions to different colours.
I chose these two most dominant colours from my color palette and searched what they traditionally represent:
"With its enthusiasm for life, the color orange relates to adventure and risk-taking, inspiring physical confidence, competition and independence. Those inspired by orange are always on the go!
In relation to the meaning of colors, orange is extroverted and uninhibited, often encouraging exhibitionism or, at the very least, showing-off!
The color orange relates to social communication, stimulating two way conversations. A warm and inviting color, it is both physically and mentally stimulating, so it gets people thinking and talking!"
"Too much of the color gray creates sadness and depression and a tendency to loneliness and isolation. Add some color to change this.
Most people are indifferent to gray- it relates to the corporate worker in the gray suit - conservative, reliable, formal and independent and maybe boring."
The descriptions do correspond with my concept perfectly. This was so interesting to me that I wanted to go deeper into the idea of using color to communicate emotion/message, that I continued to add one more color to my project, this time I looked up what colour symbolises "freedom", and in most cultures, the colour for freedom is blue.
"Blue often represents freedom, vigilance, perseverance, justice, prosperity, peace, and/or patriotism."
Camouflage Tim Newark
body art / prison tattoos
- 000: blood (Crips)
- 006: silence (Black Gangster Disciples)
- 023: watch your back (Bloods)
- 6-6-6: (Crips and Folks)
- 7: symbol for the 7th letter of the alphabet "G", stands for God or Gangster.
- 14: used by Hispanic gangs in California.
- 18: stands for 18th street gang, a Hispanic gang in LA.
- RRR: Respect, Reputation, Revenge
- 50/50: non-gang member
"When Auschwitz was liberated on January 26 and 27 by the 322nd Rifle Division of the Red Army, the soldiers found 7,500 prisoners alive and over 600 corpses. Among items found by the Soviet soldiers were 370,000 men's suits, 837,000 women's garments, and 7.7 tonnes (8.5 short tons) of human hair"
LIBERATION/REBELLION, post-wall, underground club scene
"In some ways it was pure coincidence. When the Berlin Wall came down in 1989, there was already music from Detroit ? futuristic, industrial, and energetic ? that was the ideal soundtrack for a new era. Techno brought the East and West together before reunification did, as people from either side built a new party scene together in the ruins of the partition. With an abundance of deserted spaces suddenly made available to them, a former no-mans land was transformed into a raver's paradise."
In these underground techno parties, people can express themselves freely, including the way they look; on the dancefloor, they can become whoever, disguised in uniforms and masks, living their fantasies and meeting other people who won't judge it.
becoming a number
"prisoner number 409"
When I looked at group pictures of soldiers, the concentration camp prisoners, and read their stories, I paid attention to how these people lose their individuality and become a number, and wearing the same uniform strengthens this. These people mark the history but not as individuals. These photographs of groups inspired me to study repetition (by draping) and camouflage (colors)
Camouflage Tim Newark
Uniform of the German Soldier Alejandro M. De Quesada
Workwear 2 Mono (magazine)
LIBERATION/REBELLION, contemporary designers
"2015 was a year that threw the focus on institutional misuses of power? from police brutality to government corruption. In his graphic-heavy label SCREVVFACE, Toronto-based designer Tobin Reid explores these abuses, celebrating the otherness of those who see through and rebel against them."
LIBERATION/REBELLION, post-war nazi aesthetics
Why these images have shock value?
1920-1930's ----- 1933 --------- 1946 ------------------- 1990
Weimar culture - Hitler: propaganda & censorship - construction of Berlin Wall - destruction of the Wall