Saturday, May 17, 2008

Street Horrrsing

Walking through our neighborhood, Testaccio, Hillary noticed that one of the noise bands that I have been listening to lately had an add up for their new album, Street Horrrsing. It is now covered up by another poster for a photographic exhibition. These poster hangers are all over Rome and carry posters concerning anything from obscure noise bands to important political figures like the Prime Minister of Italy, Silvio Berlusconi. Like the talking statues of old, these posters offer a space for the direct public display of discourse. The dual purposes, both for the advertisement of art and for the advertisement of power, of the poster hangers demonstrates the complex interrelationship of power and art. As I develop my theme on power and its representations, I will have to pay careful attention to the messages that these poster holders carry. If possible, looking at the which posters cover which might lend some insight into the rhetoric of political advertisement in Rome.

1 comment:

Hillary A. Jones said...

Wo! We were just there a day ago--the new posters go up so quickly!