Splash at Northwestern: Winter Splash February 26th, 2023


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JOSEPH BURKE, ESP Teacher




College: Northwestern University

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Year of Graduation: 2017

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A266: The OBEY Giant: Mass Culture and Phenomenology in Splash 2014 (Apr. 06, 2014)
Street art has become more and more relevant over the years with the rise of enigmatic, but captivating pieces that find themselves distributed all over the world. We will look specifically at the story of how a humble sticker pasted in some skate parks became the counter-cultural icon: the OBEY Giant. How did it gain such a following with almost no context? How and why does iconography spread so quickly? Is the OBEY campaign purely immature, rebellious graffiti, or truly art? Does its popularity make it more or less relevant? Most importantly, we will discuss why "Andre the Giant Has a Posse." Don’t know what that means? Perfect, you’ll find out.