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Taking over New York City

By Gjoko Muratovski

Abstract

'Taking over New York City' is a design work commissioned by the Guerrilla Lit Reading Series, a New York-based literature circle that hosts monthly readings of emerging and established authors in Manhattan's East Village---a neighbourhood widely known as a centre of the counterculture in New York. Recent Guerrilla Lit readers of note have included New York Times bestselling author Lev Grossman, critically acclaimed novelist Donald Antrim, the editor at the The New Yorker and writer Ben Greenman, and John Reed---author and member of the board of directors of the National Book Critics Circle. The illustration for the poster is based on a vintage Cultural Revolution papercut propaganda collection from the late 1960s China. The original work, which can be found in the collection at the Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan, is painstakingly cut out of red paper in the tradition of the age-old Chinese handicraft. The papercut shows rallying writers and journalists threatening to stab feudal capitalists with giant fountain pens that look like spears. 'Taking over New York City' draws strongly on this theme and the symbolic reference is appropriate, considering the name of the client

Topics: Design, Graphic design, Literature, New York, Papercuts, Subversive culture, Symbolism, Visual communication, 1203 Design Practice and Management
Publisher: Icograda
Year: 2012
OAI identifier: oai:vtl.cc.swin.edu.au:swin:29518
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