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DECADENCE

LATIN - DE CADERE (to fall away): Decline, decay, and LOOSE OF TRADITIONAL VALUES

- Hedonistc, self indulgent, sexual transgessive, FAILED TO RESPECT SOCIAL NORMS. 

"Notion of decadence is inhabited by a doubleness that puts fundamental moral and social values in question"

Decadent style is ARTIFICIAL, ORNAMELTNAL, SUPERFICIAL, DECORATIVE.

A style of decompistion and desintegration.

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Vacuum Process

"Vacuum mold casting, also known in manufacturing industry as the V process, employs a sand mold that contains no moisture or binders. The internal cavity of the mold holds the shape of the casting due to forces exerted by the pressure of a vacuum. Vacuum molding is a casting process that was developed in Japan around 1970."

A special pattern is used for the vacuum mold casting process. It is either a match-plate or a cope and drag pattern with tiny holes to enable a vacuum suction. A thin plastic sheet is placed over the casting pattern and the vacuum pressure is turned on, causing the sheet to adhere to the surface of the pattern."

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NIGHTWOOD By Djuna Barnes

Reading this book was one of the things that inspired me most for this project, the way she creates an exotic and eccentric world is the most amazing thing to read. It the back of the book it says "it is like drinking a wine with a pearl dissolving in your glass, and this is just right.

"Nightwood has neither stereotypes nor caricatures; there is a truth to these damaged hearts that moves us beyond the negative. Humans suffer and, gay or straight, they break themselves into pieces, blur themselves with drink and drugs, choose the wrong lover, crucify themselves on their own longings and, let's not forget, are crucified by a world that fears the stranger - whether in life or in love."

"In Nightwood, they are all strangers, and they speak to those of us who are always, or just sometimes, the stranger; or to the ones who open the door to find the stranger standing outside"

 

This quotes are some reviews of the book that explain better than what I can.

 

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GREY GARDENS

WOLFGANG TILLMANS at TATE

What interested me the most about the exhibition and at the same time can relate with my project is :

- His focus on gender definitions and limitations

- The expression of the night culture, and the human beings who participate

- Politic catastrophes going on, that try to divide the world and separate us

- His interest in deteriorated enviroments and materials

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SERPENTINE GALLERY EXHIBITION

JOHN LATTAM and "SPEAK"

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Crystallisation process

"Crystallisation is a separation technique that is used to separate a solid that has dissolved in a liquid and made a solution.

The solution is warmed in an open container, allowing the solvent to evaporate, leaving a saturated solution.
A solution that has as much solid dissolved in it as it can possibly contain is called a saturated solution
As the saturated solution is allowed to cool, the solid will come out of the solution and crystals will start to grow.
The crystals can then be collected and allowed to dry. 
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a liquid can be separated by filtration.

The size of crystals depends on the rate of cooling. Fast cooling will result in a large number of small crystals.
Slow cooling will result in a smaller number of large crystals. See for example basalt and granite rock formations."

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BIO ENCYCLOPEDIA

 

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BRASSAI

Named on the book ..., I started looking at this photograph and the way he depicts the Paris night scene between 20s-30s  where nicotine-stained lovers in cheap clothes become impossibly desirable through his camera's len

Brassaï's photographs contain a strange mixture of seediness and resilience that ultimately triumphs over any false notions of glamour, its a perfect example of decadence in that time.

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Madame Bijoux by Brassai

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Going to use this idea of fake jewellery to my project.

 

 

 

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DEMIMONDE

The term was often used as one of disapprobation, the behavior of a person in the demimonde being contrary to more traditional values. Such behaviors often included drinking or drug use, gambling, high spending, and sexual promiscuity.

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RROSE IS A RROSE IS A RROSE

This exhibition that took place at the Guggenheim Museum in New York attests to the way in which demimonde portrait galleries of gay outlaws,flesh cutters, cross dressers, sex workers, S/M communities, class pariahs, drag queens, artist,actors, liberated women, and transgender adventures produce a frisson, a com modifiable buzz. The bourgeois public has always enjoyed a walk on the wild side as long as a safe house awaits at the end. But while the commercial return on a demimonde work of art may be reliable the material contains interpretive pitfalls exceeding the usual problems of censorship and bad press./ Perennial Decay book

 

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"Life lying through her in ungainly luminous deteriorations" Djuna Barnes, Nightwood

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Great Gatsby film, 2013, By Baz Lurhman

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ANNETTE MESSENGER

I am interested in how Annette work with materials that used to be something and using different techniques creates artworks.

Her work of using material and her relationship with time is something I want to try in my textile samples

 

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The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant

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FRANSCESCA WOODMAN MERGED IN THE INTERIORS OF A ROOM

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LAWRENCE ALMA TADEMA

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Linda Simpson

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MARNI FALL 2017

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RIPPED WALLS

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Decayed historical garments

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Mona Kuhn

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ALICE 1988, JAN SVANKMAJER

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"Decadent Movement emerged in France from Symbolismt. The Decadent Movement is characterized by a fin de siécle disquiet that is represented with bizarre visions and a fascination for the grotesque. Words like unwholesomeness, morbidity and perversity were constantly used to describe the works."

" ...the woman is a symbol of destruction and evil. Evil is natural while goodness and virtue have to be created. He writes, "All that is beautiful and noble is the result of reason and calculation. Crime... is natural in its origins."

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Book by Aubrey Beardsley

 

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"An entirely new method of drawing and composition, words fail to describe the quality of the workmanship, the subjects were quite mad and a little indecent. Strange hermaphroditic figures wandering about in Pierrot costumes, or modern dress, quite a new world of my own creation."

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DOLLS decrepit DRESSES

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Lori Nix photography of decay doll houses

"The morbid fascination with “ruin porn”—the decrepit or devastated remains of human existence—is hardly a niche interest at this point. People are drawn to the aftermath of destruction or the ravages of time because catastrophe and/or decay is mesmerizing, but many argue that ruin porn is voyeuristic and ghoulish. Well, that’s why we have art, folks—so we can gawk without guilt!." / Dangerous minds website

 

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Internet image I found, by anonymous.

I think its how "Eccentric decadence" Nightclub could look in one of its rooms

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Dolls, film by Stuart Gordon 1987

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vampire hookers 1978 film

 

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Mari Shimzu Surreal dolls

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GRACE JONES AT STUDIO 54 WEARING AN AMAZING BODYSUIT 

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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, 1996 film

PLOT:

Jane Hudson  is an aging child star left to care for her wheelchair-bound sister Blanche (Joan Crawford), also a former child actress. Stuck living together in a mansion in old Hollywood, Blanche plots to get even with Jane for the car crash that left her crippled years earlier. But Jane is desperate to keep Blanche imprisoned as she plans a new rise to fame, and tries to hide Blanche's existence from doctors, visitors and neighbors while she devises a way to get rid of her sister.

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Symbolists and Decadents, By John Milner

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More curtains research, this time decadent style.

 

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GREY GARDENS

An old mother and her middle-aged daughter, the aunt and cousin of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, live their eccentric lives in a filthy, decaying mansion in East Hampton.

Mother and daughter live in a world of their own behind the towering privets that surround their decaying 28-room East Hampton mansion known as "Grey Gardens," a place so far gone that the local authorities once threatened to evict them for violating building and sanitation codes.

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ROOM EXHIBITION AT SADIE COLES

This exhibition was one of the starting points for this projects besides the documentary since is a feminist point of view of what an room means. And at the same time it works with time, and with the ephemeral moments.

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“There's something evil in me that loves evil and degradation--purity's black backside! That loves honesty with a horrid love; or why have I always gone seeking it at the liar's door?” 
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MILAGROS DE LA TORRE

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Penny Slinger 

"lumb the depths of the feminine psyche and subconscious"

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NAN GOLDIN

I decided to look at Nan Goldin work since she is one of the main artists who depict this life o people living in the "Fringe" of social norms. I think its really  interesting to see the kind of fabrics and clothing that her friends were using since make use of the mix of cheap and decayed clothing with bulky and dramatic costumes. Also the idea of using charity shop kind of clothing, making a contrast between who would be supposed to use that garments and who is actually using it, let say a young girl doing drugs using a grandmother typical dress is beautiful for me.

I was really inspired with this idea since the majority of people would see this as a "Freak" there is no reason to be that way. Or even clearer what is to be a freak?

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Martin Margiela

The experimentation of marginal with bacteria to decayed fabric relates with my project with the treat of the time over fabric/garments.

I am interested in make my design look like "Decayed" pieces but not costume look like.

Also I like how crafty and artisanal are the experimentations he does with fabric and I am interested in doing the same with my samples

 

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RUSTING PROCESS

"Rust is the process of iron (molecules) oxidising into iron oxide, or rust. Rust is the common name for a very common compound, iron oxide. Iron (or steel) rusting is an example of corrosion, an electrochemical process involving an anode, an electrolyte and a cathode . When metal corrodes, the electrolyte helps provide oxygen to the anode. As oxygen combines with the metal, electrons are liberated. When they flow through the electrolyte to the cathode, the metal of the anode disappears, swept away by the electrical flow or converted into rust."

Rust block

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Eleonora di Toledo’s Funeral Gown, early 1560s

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(in) decorous style

Decadent interiors

I find it as an exiting challenge include the "decadent" interiors into my research and make something that can be tacky into something that is beautiful at least in my eyes, also I think the use of curtains is an excellent material to drape although its kind of cliche would be also a challenge to do it in a new way

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CLAUDE CAHUN

Claude Cahun work really inspires me, Im exited to go to the exhibition that will be opening about her and Gillian Wearing in the National Portrait. 

How she works with the idea of "gender" really inspires me, and her art really relates with my project since she is part of the "Decadent" society of her time. She is a self-exiled artists

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BILLY MONK

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"DEMIMONDE AS PAGEANT OF SEDUCTION AND NOSTALGIA" Perennial Decay book

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JUERGEN TELLER

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Safe In Hell, 1931, directed by William Wellman

The character of Gilda in this film was a source of inspiration showing a woman from 1931 which is a criminal and does not follow the standards of women in that time, the costume design for this character is amazing too.

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PATTY CARROLL

 

Patty is a photographer that ir her oeuvre has images of human beings merging into curtains. I think this relates with my idea of decadent interiors merging into the human beings life and becoming into it. As in grey gardens the interior """""design" shows their escense I think this idea of placing curtains into the body can be quiet useful

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Doug Aitken, Black Mirror

"An exploration of ocnteporary life on the fringes of society:"

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Corinne Day

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DAISES FILM

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LEONORA CARRINGTON

The color palettes of Leonora Carrington inspired me. Also how she creates an atmosphere with her pieces.

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Edie

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CINDY SHERMANN DOLLS

 

Cindy Sherman dolls where the initiation point for me to think into dolls as an inspiration and as a symbol of decadence.

Her dolls show something that used to be "beautiful" but now looks creepy.

The idea of something that used to be beautiful and now because of the state of it for society it is not but for the artist still something pretty and interesting is super interesting for me

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DECRIPT DOLLS

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KIKI DE MONTPARNASSE

 

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SOLITA SOLANO AND DJUNA BARNES IN PARIS

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Lee Miller, Revenge on Culture

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Jane Calvin, Shh

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Roberta Sorrentino, David, Venus and the others

Interesting method of "conservation" or saving the statues.  I am interested in using plastic and vacuum processes

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Viktor Kolar, Abandoned Gypsy Residence, Ostrava

Decayed interiors

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JAN SVANKMAJER DOLLS

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STUDIO 54

The idea of the night as a "different" world, where the decandet life is present reminded me of the historic nightclub 70s/80s

 

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Earth, Wind & Fire - September

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DECAYING CURTAINS

 

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San Telmo market, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Ladies Almanck film based on Djuna Barnes Book

Leonor Fini

I think the idea of using Leonor Fini came at the beginning from the character she presents in her times as an eccentric woman who does painting and how she depicts the sexuality of women in a open way, not sexualising their bodies but on the contrary showing them as self that can seduce and be the protagonists of their own story and painting and not as something that is being observed by a man

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