Chronicles of a Concrete Jungle (Week 6)

Art has become abundant all over the globe, in the form of sculptures, graffiti, constructions, the human body, music festivals and even forms that haven’t yet been discovered. But what does this mean in terms of correlating creative cities and public media spaces?

Our week 6 tutorial and blog presentation, really made me question the definition of a creative city. Can it be defined? or is it something that creates emotion or any sense of feeling in one individual? Thus, everything being labelled as art and/or a creative city.

O’Donnell (2014), suggests that art installations can tell a story quite directly, or somewhat ambiguously through associations and feelings. The type of art, observer’s knowledge and prior experiences shape the way virtuosity is narrated and interpreted. One particular city that I would label as creative and that generates positive feelings in me is the city of Melbourne, a metropolis that has used their artistic and everyday individuals creativity to generate the vast array of graffiti art on it’s streets, and practically all over it’s concrete jungle. By doing so, it generates a more dynamic public space, in which people come together and discuss their own ideas and opinions.

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Melbourne has used the technique of aesthetic journalism, by “converting what they feel about nature and the human race into a concrete visual experience” (Cramerotti, 2011, pg.21). It is used as an alternative to stray away from traditional mainstream media, create different experiences and involve audience interaction.

Who doesn’t love food! The use of oral experience in Melbourne’s food festivals generates an even larger creative public space, telling stories through sustenance. It attempts to combine reality and our experiences in the real world, through using sight, taste, and smell.

For example, the use of texture and combination of flavours by Melbourne restaurant ‘Dessert Story’ has unruffled an experience that is full of curiosity. Don’t forget the setting and context, which makes you feel as though you are enclosed within a vintage library (My Broadsheet, 2014). I’m so glad that in today’s society, individuals and cities as a whole are allowing for creative expression and the ability of society to interpret stories from such things as art and food is a new journalistic technique.

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Reference List:

Adobe Nordic, 2013, ‘Photoshop Live-Street Retouch Prank’, YouTube, accessed 11/04/2013, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRAM8MpqIeA

Clarinna 2012, ‘Desert Story-China town’s new favourite’, weblog post, 1st April, accessed 11/04/2013, http://mydietstartstomorow.blogspot.com.au/2012/04/dessert-story-chinatowns-new-favorite.html

Cramerotti, A 2011, ‘What is aesthetic journalism? In Aesthetic Journalism: How to inform without informing’, Intellect, London, pg.21

My Broadsheet, 2014, Desert Story, accessed 11/04/2013, http://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/food-and-drink/directory/restaurant/dessert-story-profile

My Broadsheet 2014, ‘Desert Story Restaurant’, JPEG, accessed 11/04/2013, http://www.broadsheet.com.au/melbourne/food-and-drink/directory/restaurant/dessert-story-profile

O’Donnell, C 2014, Creative Cities and Public Media Spaces, lecture, BCM310 Emerging Issues in Media and Communications, delivered 7 April

The World and Then Some, 2014, ‘Melbourne Graffiti and Street Art’, JPEG, accessed 11/04/2013, http://www.theworldandthensome.com/melbourne-street-art-graffiti-pure-awesome/

Visit Melbourne, 2013, ‘Insider Guide to Melbourne’s Food Scene’, YouTube, accessed 11/04/2013, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj0Fn2NzOkk

 

 

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