What will the next art movement be?- Third research round


My question is: What will the next art movement be?

Hello! In my third round of research I will be asking “Are there pieces that match up with the struggles/tech/past movements? Based on the information gathered (struggles, new technology, and past movements) what/ where will the next art movement be?”

First thing that I am going to do is look for art that lines up with the struggles I found in the places, Germany, UK, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Singapore, South Korea, Russia, Hong Kong, Chile and France. But the art must fit a struggle.

Here are recent art pieces surrounding the problems that caused protests in Hong Kong, France, and Chile.


Hong Kong

In Hong Kong there is protest art made by an artist named Y. Y makes art that seems to use pop culture to catch people’s attention and then use the platform to get their message about Hong Kong out into the world. Y says, “We even study what pro-government media is and is not reporting, to make sure we fill that void and keep people informed” which shows that he is trying to deliver the truth about the protests to the people who aren’t there to see it for themselves through their art. (1)

This piece was used to let the people know that there was going to be a citywide strike. Since the ad for McDonald’s features the sound ‘ba’, Y used it in their art because the sound ‘ba’ sounds like ‘strike’ in Cantonese. (1)

https://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/long-reads/article/3024096/hong-kong-protest-art-meet-student-leading (1)


In France there is a protest performance art piece by Deborah De Robertis that features girls wearing red hoodies with tricolour cockades and painted in silver. (2) The girls were supposed to represent Marianne, a symbol of the French Republic (3). De Robertis says she did this, “to disrupt the two-dimensional vision of Marianne and create a plurality of autonomous female subjects capable of looking back at power, not merely symbolizing it from on high. In this performance, “Marianne, dressed in a red hooded sweatshirt, climbs down from her pedestal and into the streets, freeing herself from the insignia of power and patriarchy,” (2)

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/deborah-de-robertis-performance-yellow-vest-1428205 (2)

https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france/france-facts/symbols-of-the-republic/article/marianne (3)


In Chile there is something called “The eyes of Chile” that has been used for protest art.(4) Since so many protesters in Chile have bandaged eyes because of police spraying tear gas and shooting rubber bullets it has become a symbol of protest to bandage an eye while protesting or displaying it in art; a lot of it being street art or on cardboard. (5)

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/11/month-protests-chile-persist-gov-concessions-191118231609475.html (4)

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/19/world/americas/chile-protests-eye-injuries.html (5)

I already found art with new technology in my last post, but I’ll summarize.

There’s is a piece called “Rising Colorspace” that changes every day you come to see it because the artists have programmed a robot to paint for them little by little.

Another is the piece Dmitry Morozov made out of pollution.

Lastly, Eric Standley makes art with paper that has been laser cut thin.

Economic issues In Germany, UK, Italy, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Singapore, South Korea, Russia but I couldn’t find any art. This may be because the topic is too specific.

 Using old movements to predict new movements.

I attempted to find new pieces that took components of old movements and renewed them but unfortunately, I couldn’t find any.

From these potential movement starters I conclude that Chile is the location of the first movement I think will take off because there is police brutality in a lot of places. I bet that a lot of other places that have protests going on right now and have been mistreated by law enforcement. This symbol from Chile could become a universal symbol if it was advertised properly. The fact that the people of Chile are using the eye as a symbol of their injustice shows that our spark is starting to light.

I think the second piece that will take off is the “rising colorspace” piece by Michael Haas and Julian Adenauer in Berlin because people love the idea of something always changing. I think it can be made in many different ways and doesn’t limit the artist so it could definitely take off as an art movement. The only problem with this movement would be designing the robot. The artist would have to have programming knowledge. But as I said, movements can be done differently as long as they stick to the foundation of the movement.

The last piece that I think could take off is Eric Standley’s paper that has been laser cut thin to make intricate designs. Since the movement is broad it works well for artists who dislike restrictions. The cool thing about this piece and thinking about it as a movement is that the medium and way of using the medium is new, which is refreshing. The use of extremely thin paper compacted on one another feels so rural but at the same time, it’s interesting because I haven’t seen something like this in a while. Again, the movement doesn’t have to be done the same way that Standley did. It’s laughable to think everyone would use this style to make windows like Standley did.

2 Replies to “What will the next art movement be?- Third research round”

  1. Wow, hi my name is Simone, I have always been so curious about what gets people started on doing protest art pieces. Of course it is all in there background but what you have written here is very interesting. I have seen different kinds of art in many places but have not done the research behind it. Most of the time when I have heard of protest/awarness art pieces, they have been done on a wall or somewhere public. It hasn’t occurred to me that many of these protest pieces have been shown in an actual protest. Thank you for sharing this and I wish you luck!

  2. Hey Shieva!

    What an interesting inquiry! I really enjoyed reading about these types of “protest art” as it is something I haven’t really heard of before – especially in other countries. I find it perticularily interesting that some of the art you mentionned is being used directly in the protests. From what I’ve seen, it is this art that becomes symbols for these protests; they are what people remember. This is why I believe art is so immensely important.

    I think it could be interesting if you could touch more on Canadian art as well as I think we, the Canadian students of the site, could personally relate/understand your inquiry even more.

    Here are some sources that may be of use to you:

    Great job and good luck!

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