Tag Archives: uppsats

Artiklar, kalas och annat sånt där viktigt

6 Jan

Skickade in min kandidatuppsats igår till min handledare. Ska få feedback, någon ska opponera på den och sedan ska jag fixa till det sista innan slutgiltig inlämning. Men nu är det mest frihet att inte ha fanskapet framför mig på datorn 8h per dag. Istället kan jag fixa lite jobb.

Deadline snart till Moderna Resor nr 3. Jag ska ta med er till Burma, ett land som trots alla svårigheter är fantastiskt vackert att besöka och har en befolkning som verkligen vill ha besök. Låter klyschigt men det är lätt att få nya vänner där. Ska skriva klart den innan söndag, samt redigera bilder och skicka in till chef.red Anna. Kommer bli grymt hoppas jag.

 

Jag ska ha kalas ikväll dessutom. Eller rättare sagt. Vi är ett gäng som ska ut och äta tapas! Sedan får vi se vart vi hamnar. Jag fyllde ju ändå år nyss och ägnade hela dagen (undantag för mysig lunch med familjen) åt att skriva uppsats.

Annonser

Dharamsala, Delhi och Darjeeling

31 Dec

…är de tre platser som min uppsats kretsar kring. Tror jag lyckades med ett genombrott idag och processen går framåt. Skönt och bra eftersom det betyder att nyårskalaset ikväll kan avnjutas ordentligt. Jag tröttnar däremot lite på all vetenskaplig text jag skrivit och kryddar därför min uppsats med lite mjukare rader:

”When the heat in New Delhi raises towards unbearable temperatures and droves of flies’ hordes in the dirty alleyways of Majnu Ka Tilla, the serene atmosphere and fresh air of former British hill stations provides a lure neither pilgrims nor tourists can resist.” – Copyright mig själv

Bara att skriva sådär får ju reslusten att vakna till liv igen. Men det får bli nästa år! När jag tänker på det är det nästan ändå Delhi som är mest inspirerande för mitt skrivande överlag, inte bara uppsatsen.

Intervjuarbetet forsätter…

17 Jun

Hos Learning and Ideas for Tibet fick jag idag ännu en möjlighet att ställa frågor under lektionen i engelsk konversation. Jag frågade bland annat om de värsta problemen i Dharamsala och många påpekade mängden bilar på de smala vägarna, nedskräpningen av miljön och vattenbristen. Jag fråga också vad Dalai Lama betyder för dem personligen och varför tibetanerna behöver honom.

Ett väldigt poetiskt och målande svar på frågan om vad Dalai Lama betyder för dem personligen var:

”To me His Holiness the Dalai Lama is like a parent because his compassion is deep like the ocean. His speech and teachings advise me in my life like the moon shines in darkness.”

Jag kan inte annat än önska att vi i Sverige också hade en sådan förebild och jag måste säga att jag verkligen respekterar Dalai Lamas arbete. Särskilt sådant många inte känner till, som den gradvisa uppbyggnaden av ett demokratiskt system i exil.

Nu på kvällen har molnen hunnit skingras och jag har precis genomfört en gruppintervju med 5 tibetaner födda i Tibet. ”Tenzin” berättade om sin vandring från Kham, östra Tibet, genom Nepal och till Indien. Hon var 10 år och lämnade hela sin familj bakom sig i sökandet efter utbildning i Indien. Hon har nu fått ett stipendium för att studera handel på ett universitet i södra Indien.

Kanske ett passande tillfälle att säga att även jag precis erhållit ett stipendium, denna gång från Helge Ax:son Johnsons Stiftelse för att fortsätta insamlingen av empiri. Denna gång i Nepal. Jag vill passa på att tack så hemskt mycket för denna möjlighet jag nu får till att dyka djupare in i det tibetanska exilsamhället.

Language in street art

3 Feb
Language in street art.  An Evaluation of How Language is used in Urban Intervention Art

An essay by Wilda Nilsson, student of the English Department at Stockholm University.

Through this essay, I will foremost focus on evaluating some of the urban intervention art found in Stockholm, Sweden. By looking closer at some of the works of art and interviewing artist and others within this underground community, I am hoping to find out how and why language is used in this art form. Obviously, this essay will be brief on the subject but hopefully it will lay a useful foundation and inspire others to further their studies in this unexplored field of socio linguistics.

Urban intervention art, usually called street art, is an art form with its roots in the 1970s graffiti culture. During the 1980s, graffitists in New York began to socialise with young talents at the School of Visual Arts. They acquired inspiration from each other and started to experiment with new materials and techniques and suddenly a new art form was born. It spread quickly to capital cities and other major towns across the world. It is illegal in Sweden, but several artists still claim their right to the public areas, such as concrete walls in tunnels and under bridges. According to these people; everybody have a right to express themselves through art, and the Government should not be the only ones to decide which art is good enough to be exhibited. A piece of work, made by one of the numerous underground artists, can be almost anything. From template paintings, stickers, papier-mâché figures to messages made of written words and sentences. These written messages are often misspelled or grammatically wrong with purpose. There are multiple reasons to why this kind of art is preformed and has become as widespread. Those reasons will be examined further below, with emphasis on how the Swedish, as well as the English languages are being used.
To begin with, there is one foremost reason to why the underground artists continue to put artwork on public walls. This is that the artists want to provide the citizens with a counter argument against the increasing commercialism in society nowadays.  According to several street artists, commercials and ads from large companies are thrown at the inhabitants from every direction. There are billboards, hand-outs, posters and many other ways of manipulating the masses through commercial propaganda.It is almost impossible to shield oneself from being brainwashed says Hop Louie on his webpage. He is one of the artists that work under a pseudonym, and he feels that it is of utmost importance to provide the citizens with art and messages that make people think for themselves. In this case language has a central role; it can be easier for an art viewer to give an emotional response about a few words than analyzing one whole picture.
Therefore, artists provide them with raw material in shape of random words or puns placed strategically around town.

As mentioned above, the type and style of language used in street art is most often simple words or catch phrases. According to Hop Louie, street art is meant to be easy to understand and therefore academic words are seldom used. By using one simple expression, the artist makes it possible for everyone to think about something in particular. For example, Hop Louie once wrote; ”It’s better to eat porridge together than fillet of beef alone” (”Hellre äta gröt tillsammans än oxfilé ensam”). This message is as easy to understand as ”Are you also stressed out?” (Är du också stressed?) which could be found in Norra Länken highway (Karlbergstunneln Norra Länken). Another famous Swedish pseudonym artist is GuiltyGuilty. He or she is editing news bills from evening papers, creating new messages. When posting these on the walls of Stockholm, real unedited news bills are posted as well. This creates confusion and it is sometimes impossible to separate the real ones. With these actions, GuiltyGuilty wants to question what is considered valuable enough to put on the front page, and he/she leaves it up to the citizens to decide.

Concerning the fact of street art being illegal, there is of course one main nemesis of the street art fans. His name is Mikael Söderlund and works as Stockholm City Commissioner at the City Planning and Traffic Division. He has become the instigator of the new laws against vandalism. He has a deep conviction that street art is equal to vandalism such as demolishing cars. The street art artists and other supporters do not agree. Therefore, two artists; PRAO and Hop Louie, started to protest against this law through writing the words ” Micke/ Mikael  Söderlund was here”on walls, benches and other places around Stockholm. Others who insist on decorating Stockholm are the crew ”Stickkontakt”. They are using their knitting talents to create ”knitty grafitti” and in some of the art they have even knitted in ”Mikael Söderlund was here”. Once more, language has been used in street art.

To sum up, language plays an important role in urban intervention art even though most artwork is made up by pictures. According to my sources there are three main areas in which language has a huge impact. First, it is a counter reaction against the increasing commercialism today. Secondly the artists want people to think for themselves and therefore provide them with art that are easy to understand. Finally, street art is used as a protest against certain political decisions. These three conclusions prove that language is indeed being used in street art, and that it has several functions.

 

Images from:

streetartwsr.blogspot.com

 

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