Date of Award
Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
The rate of consumption is at an all time high and cultural attributes are endlessly appropriated in order to make fresh, new products. The market can bring the marginalized into the mainstream and expedite the process of assimilation; however, in the process, cultural symbols/ideas/identities are depoliticized and removed from their origins, leaving only a hollow shell. In Gimme $helter, Jesse Bandler brings together clothing, posters, blankets, and chackis, effectively turning the Des Lee Gallery into a place of commerce. Gimme $helter is able to seamlessly occupy two distinct spheres of culture: within the gallery, Gimme $helter offers an intimate critique of contemporary consumer culture; when stripped of its formal context in Art and placed in a mall (or any commercial district), Gimme $helter and its contents are reduced to nothing more than vapid products.
firestone, jesse, "Experiments in Remix and Worldmaking" (2014). Undergraduate Theses—Unrestricted. 24.