Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Counterculture Graphic Art / Timglaset 5

The idea of 'media burn' is nothing new, as you can see from the above spread, art work dated 1969. Whereby the medium was once the message in an info-neural-transformative sense (positive) by the end of the decade media saturation was an illness, a plague on propaganda-prone brains. So it was since the mass home invasion by TV sets but it took a while for the idea to sink in once the novelty of armchair entertainment made way for prime time domestic horror show Vietnam war broadcasts and party political persuasion techniques. Enter the underground press as alternative broadcast news. 200 Trips from the Counterculture: Graphics and Stories from the Underground Press Syndicate is a fine collection of graphics from the era.

Whilst today's underground press productions blossom into a million variations on those 60s roots, so many that, as befits our media burn age, it's impossible to keep up with them all, one that's worth noting is Timglaset, out of Sweden. The fact that some of the text is in Swedish shouldn't deter the English-only speakers amongst you, if only because by not purchasing a copy you would miss out on writing by Dolly Dolly along with art by Paul Tone. You get 48 pages for 8 euros (inc p&p). Buy it here.

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