“1. A project about how I feel about Britain at the moment using slogans on trade union style banners.” from my note book in January 2016
I started writing slogans after a bad day at work. I wasn’t very happy and things kept popping into my mind. Depression Tourettes. So desperately low I came to the conclusion that the whole world was awful. This project is about being honest. Calling out the crap as I see it.
Or more sensitively put, finding better platforms to express feelings and thoughts on what society looks like to me at a given moment.
I began writing these “slogans” in January (2016) as a means to clear out rants that were building up in my mind. After the EU Referendum (I voted to remain) I couldn’t contain my fear and sorrow. This shouty series of sentences kept building. I had so many that it seemed enough for a whole project. Starting off with a handful I began a Tumblr blog, a Twitter account, a Facebook page and an Instagram account. From Friday 1st July 2016 I posted one a day and every Friday wrote a summary including explanations for the seven pictures from that week.
As the project progressed I got some good feedback from people directly but on the whole there were very few comments made on each post. I liked the discipline that came with coming up with a new sentence, statement or feeling, creating a new picture from scratch and posting it everyday before midnight. Funnily enough it improved my general day to day routine. It wasn’t all plain sailing. Sometimes I questioned why I was bothering with this. I’m not pleased with every single picture made in this series. Often I was devoid of ideas.
There was no definite end to the project. I had envisioned it continuing for much longer but eventually it became more of a burden than a useful daily exercise. By the first week of October I knew it was time to give this project a rest. At 100 days of slogans I decided that this would be a good point to break.
This project is now on hiatus but I would like to continue with it at some point. I’m writing this on Thursday 2nd February 2017, the world is not currently without tensions. So far this year I could make several poster slogans a day based on news stories.
Slogans Are Not A New Device But They Are Still A Useful Tactic was a bit of a mouthful when talking about this project so I’ve renamed it 100 Days in 2016.
Hope you enjoy them and thank you for reading
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