Friday 28 August 2009
The Unfashionable - explained
The Dada Cabaret is where this will all begin.
Actually, this will all begin in my History of Modern Design class at school, where my passion for design exploded through the passionate lectures of my professor. I found this class to be the most inspirational class I have ever taken, and thus, I have found my inspiration in one of our lessons about Design.
'To be a good designer, you must be Unfashionable' was the first statement of the class made by my professor. This seemingly simple statement seemed to create an uproar of commentary by many classmates who didn't seem to understand, or agree with this concept. They argued that 'how could you be a good designer by being unfashionable, if design is all about being fashionable and in style. How can you sell your designs? how will people like your work if its ugly and uncool?'
Those were the thoughts that filled the minds of many hopeful designers. But the message was not that.
The message was this: "To be a good designer, you must start trends, not follow them." Simple enough. But so, so very important.
So that leads me to the Dada Cabaret. An in-your-face-over-the-top-breaking-barriers display of the anti-performance, anti-art. And as Dada was/is unfashionable, so is the Dada Cabaret.
A performance art exhibit that broke down the barriers of performance. The audience was just as much part of the show as the performers - a concept, which in the 1920s, was quite revolutionary.
Be Unfashionable. That is what Dada did, and that is what I aim to do.
Welcome to the show.