Pop Cult

Check out my page entirely devoted to the Pop Culture movement; what inspires it, what drives it and what influences it. With a little slice of Hip Hop
The image is a portrait of British Art Critic Lawrence Alloway
The word ‘POP’ was first coined in 1954, by the British art critic Lawrence Alloway, to describe a new type of art that was inspired by the imagery of popular culture. Alloway, alongside the artists Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi, was among the founding members of the Independent Group, a collective of artists, architects, and writers who explored radical approaches to contemporary visual culture during their meetings at ICA in London between 1952 and 1955. They became the forerunners to British Pop art. At their first meeting Paolozzi gave a visual lecture entitled ‘Bunk’ (short for ‘bunkum’ meaning nonsense) which took an ironic look at the all-American lifestyle. This was illustrated by a series collages created from American magazines that he received from GI’s still resident in Paris in the late 1940s. ‘I was a Rich Man’s Plaything’, one of the ‘Bunk’ series, was the first visual artwork to include the word ‘POP’.

The image is a portrait of British Art Critic Lawrence Alloway

The word ‘POP’ was first coined in 1954, by the British art critic Lawrence Alloway, to describe a new type of art that was inspired by the imagery of popular culture. Alloway, alongside the artists Richard Hamilton and Eduardo Paolozzi, was among the founding members of the Independent Group, a collective of artists, architects, and writers who explored radical approaches to contemporary visual culture during their meetings at ICA in London between 1952 and 1955. They became the forerunners to British Pop art. At their first meeting Paolozzi gave a visual lecture entitled ‘Bunk’ (short for ‘bunkum’ meaning nonsense) which took an ironic look at the all-American lifestyle. This was illustrated by a series collages created from American magazines that he received from GI’s still resident in Paris in the late 1940s. ‘I was a Rich Man’s Plaything’, one of the ‘Bunk’ series, was the first visual artwork to include the word ‘POP’.

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Here’s another related video showing you contemporary day Pop Art one of the defining movements of the Pop Culture movement. 

Space Invader

Space Invader-street artist


This is a French urban Artist known as Space Invader that I saw on my trip to Paris. His works are blown up Space Invader logo’s built out of small tiles that he sticks on walls using a glue and clay compound. The entire appeal of space invader is built around that fact that Invader chooses to remain anonymous, so that he can continue to put up his works in public unnoticed and invade public spaces, hence the name space invader. 

This video gives a good insight in to the conceptual process and design process of space invader. 

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Ziggy Stardust David Bowie

'Ziggy Stardust'
Ziggy Stardust is intrinsically  Pop Culture. The duo of Iggy Pop and David Bowie began one of the most influential movements in the music industry and is renowned today as the forefathers of artistic expression in any sense of the word. 

'Ziggy Stardust'


Ziggy Stardust is intrinsically  Pop Culture. The duo of Iggy Pop and David Bowie began one of the most influential movements in the music industry and is renowned today as the forefathers of artistic expression in any sense of the word. 

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                                   The origins of music in Popular Culture

As I have previously spoken about, music is one of the greatest elements and subjects of inspiration and influence in Popular culture. I spoke in previous posts about how a new form of music originated in the late 80’s and that is hip hop. Although it is a genre of music that began its own pop cult movement, it is always important to remember when music firstly began to influence what was ‘trendy and what was in’ figuratively speaking. This form of influence came from a band that originated in England, The Beatles. Their commercial success started an almost immediate wave of changes—including a shift from US global dominance of rock and roll to UK acts, from soloists to groups, from professional songwriters to self-penned songs, and to changes in fashion. Their worldly influence was unmatched and their music spoke to a generation craving for rebellion and something disparate to their conservative consumer driven lives. The Beatles broke through the boundaries of censorship in music and created a style of music that wasn’t afraid to challenge societal values and attitudes and in all honestly was never going to back down. 

                                   The origins of music in Popular Culture

As I have previously spoken about, music is one of the greatest elements and subjects of inspiration and influence in Popular culture. I spoke in previous posts about how a new form of music originated in the late 80’s and that is hip hop. Although it is a genre of music that began its own pop cult movement, it is always important to remember when music firstly began to influence what was ‘trendy and what was in’ figuratively speaking. This form of influence came from a band that originated in England, The Beatles. Their commercial success started an almost immediate wave of changes—including a shift from US global dominance of rock and roll to UK acts, from soloists to groups, from professional songwriters to self-penned songs, and to changes in fashion. Their worldly influence was unmatched and their music spoke to a generation craving for rebellion and something disparate to their conservative consumer driven lives. The Beatles broke through the boundaries of censorship in music and created a style of music that wasn’t afraid to challenge societal values and attitudes and in all honestly was never going to back down. 

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