Versus 2: Design Changes

graphic artwork explosion in Manila for a better world...
...this August...

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Let there be light in August. Like many emerging art, i find graphic art totally exciting and exhilarating, for one reason: I am part of it. Well, i have to admit that given all my tasks to 1) Design the NSCM (National Science Club Month) Brochure, 2) Design Tarpaulins for specific events, 3) Design for AVPs for the whole NSCM, i am basically part of the graphic design junkees who work during late nights, with a cup of coffee, and couple of sketches floating around the room. I am not much of a graphic artist, but i know what graphic art is: it is what you see---a blog. Graphic Design is very crucial nowadays especially in advertising. It has become a new media for communication, and also, for the lack of a verbose expression, an emerging venue for self-expression.

The Designism Art movement
[LINK HERE]Versus II is an art advocacy, in essence, a venue for promoting the arts. As with the purpose of this blog to put art movements central to its discussions, Versus II is certainly part of the Designism movement which was formed by Milton Glaser in 2006, about four years ago. The Designism art movement is in its infancy. And i would always recall what my PSYSC friends discussed a while ago over lunch about logos.

As we all know logos (i assume everyone has seen a logo in their lifetime) is a form of graphic art. Kim, who enrolled English 30 (a GE subject in UP focusing on or anything related to job hunting), told us a trivia that most of the companies today preferred a personal logo in a resume, the one that reflects yourself. I was utterly shocked by this information. It is as if i am a product for sale and that my saleability depends on how good my logo is. This concept of logo-defined-oneself is a direct manifestation of a consumerist society that you and me are part today. Every product has its own logo or characteristic that separates them from the rest.

Designism originates from this consumerist notion of society. The Art Directors Club wanted to exploit this idea. With Malton Glaser forging a new frontier in design media, designism promotes graphic design for 'social intent to create a better world.' It is a radical approach, and with only three years in its existence, designism surely is one of the most exciting art movement of the 21st century.

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VERSUS II

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What: Versus II: Design Change - An Artvocacy Exhibit

Who: From Independent to well-known contemporary artists and studios namely: 27+20 / Robert Alejandro / The Acid House / Electrolychee / Dan Matutina / Darkbulb / EveryWhereWeShoot (EWWS) / Inodoro / Erickson Enriquez / Ge Madriaga-Mapa / Christian San Jose / Mike Sicam / Springboard / Studio Dialogo / Team Manila / Vgrafiks Design + Consultancy Agency will be there.

When: August 13 - September 4, 2009

Where: Alliance Fran├žaise de Manille, 209 Nicanor Garcia Street, Bel-Air II, Makati City.

Why: From their site:
"Giving form to intent, artworks created for the exhibit will be inspired by the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG). These goals– “which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’s countries and all the world’s leading development institutions. They have galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.”"
Project Versus is part of the Designism movement. With its similar objective from Designism, it has become a local venue for graphic artists 'to present a body of work that represents their ever-evolving craft, alongside stalwarts whom we've always looked up to even before the computer became an indispensable design tool, and young bloods who continue to push the boundaries of graphic design.' (here)

This August, Versus II will held their exhibit for the benefit of two NGOs: The Outlook Pointee Foundation and The Farm Projects. If you are artistic enough, visit Alliance Francaise de Manille on August 13, 2009 at 8PM. I think it is invitational, but hey, let us support this advocacy and be part of Designism.