Friday, 31 August 2012

Pulp, Doncaster Dome, 26th November 1998

So the last plug on the blog for my own art but this one is kind of a gig review anyhow.
My MA work has focussed on the first gig I ever attended Pulp at Doncaster Dome, 26th November 1998 and uses it as an exploration into the banality of internet culture and modern societies obsession with nostalgia and sentiment, no matter how attainable or worthwhile.

The 17 songs that Pulp played that evening form the circular wall pattern and are accompanied by a series of foil prints, positioning these ridiculous binary shapes alongside Yugoslavian war memorials (not dissimilar in structure to Doncaster Dome itself). In Simon Reynolds Retromania he talks about the (pop) moment becoming a monument which is what I kind of wanted to recreate. A ridiculous, religious like experience that totally misses all the important parts out.  I remember very little of that gig in 1998 but after a few clicks on the net I can find every detail about what happened.

Why are people at gigs viewing the entire event through a mobile phone screen? A desperate need to archive everything. Why listen to a ten track album when you can listen to 5 seconds of every song ever made on the internet? Saturation point has arrived. 

Anyhow, the flowers were a nod towards Ringos 'Welcome Back to the Beatles' floral drumkit surprise (re-imagined on Oasis' Don't Look Back in Anger sleeve) and the video can be seen beneath this image.

An artist statement can be found HERE on my website which should hopefully help to explain it a bit better, but for those who prefer their art just with their eyes there is a bunch of photos below. I passed.



And with regards to the 'best album of the nineties' debate raging on this blog This is Hardcore would probably be up in second place behind Loveless in my list. But more of that to come no doubt...

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