Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wal & Banksy in Bristol

On Saturday the national train took me to Bristol so I could have a look at the new Banksy exhibition (watch this video). It was one of the best museum visits I've been to. After queueing for almost two hours we saw the entrance area, fully taken over by Banksy. Inside there was another queue to see the 'Banksy Room' with lots of his stuff and tools. The next room was full of cages with the best animated sculptures I've seen. But that's only where the fun began, the rest of the museum looked normal but if you'd be very observant you could discover the details he changed, sometimes more prominent, sometime less – like a dildo in between different stones and minerals. Because of those hidden goodies you would doubt many things in the old museum. Is this real? Is this Banksy? Very very amusing. Go have a look if you don't mind a ride to Bristol. A train journey makes for a nice place to think about ideas.

I'm writing this from Stockholm. I arrived in my Hotel a bit ago and will go to sleep now, as the Hyper Island fun will start tomorrow rather early. I'm excited. Don't know what to expect.


Anonymous said...

Bristol? Banksy? Stockholm? Hotels?

Blimey you must be the world's richest unemployed art director.

Lend us a couple of quid will you?

Anonymous said...

Wal does your wallet have a never ending bottom or connected straight up to a magical cash machine that hands out money at a whim. Hmm what shall i do today - i know i shall just galavant up to bristol and see the banksy exhibition. Wal maybe some creative directors may have the choice between yourself and another to employ and if it's a head to head, nothing to seperate you both decision they may think - ahh well that wal can prob survive a bit longer he always seems to have the funds!!

Anonymous said...

Who said I'm unemployed? I've been freelancing for quite a bit in London. And I also earn money with graphic design & packaging on the side. No magic wallet I'm afraid.

Anonymous said...

God, why do so many people have a chip on their shoulders about money!? He can do what he wants. Like he says he earns it. At the end of the day it's talent and desire that's important - which Wal has in abundance. He could very well be royalty in Kazakhstan. The guy I got hired with was minted, but at the end of the day we wouldn't have got anywhere if he didn't have the skills, the personality and the drive.

Anonymous said...

Talent, desire, money . . . but no job. Hmmmm!

Anonymous said...

Freelancing for a couple of months in advertising out of three years.

Good on you for sticking up for yourself though and the graphic design work sounds good too. As long as you can keep afloat doing what you enjoy, who cares what others think really.

I doubt very much a CD would care how much money you have or not, it won't influencing their hiring decisions.

I guess you give a sense of having money at will, whether it's hard earned or not, and that probably frustrates some who find things difficult. It's not your fault though. There's nothing you can do about it, and why should you!?

Ferris said...

Exactly. Most people will always find money to spend on the things they love doing, whether it's beer, footie, raving, clothes...in this case it's ads/creative stuff. Can't believe he gets a hard time for getting out there and doing things. My guess is most people would happily blow £50 on a night out in London, yet flying to Sweden or wherever for the same price is frowned upon. Odd.

Anonymous said...

But you can understand a certain level of resentment for this kind of extravagance when so many creatives have been "let go" by their agencies this year. It's a bit rich when some young-ish whippersnapper can think about spending what must be a five figure sum on studying and living in Stockholm for a year just because they've found they can't walk into their choice of London agency.

Anonymous said...

Understandable yes!

Does it matter? No!

I would question why this talent, desire etc isn't getting you a job though Wal.

Is another course really the right answer? Are you playing it safe knowing you'll do well in an academic environment?

Anonymous said...

Not a single comment on MJ all day Wal - I'm shocked!

Sad news. Shame you'd planned to watch him live soon too.