Week One Theme Research

The following is the individual research I did when we were choosing which themes to look at in our group.


  • Short for retrospective = looking back
  • Imitative of a style or fashion from the recent past
  • Typically consciously derivative of trends, music, fashion or attitudes of the recent past
  • Retro style – new things that display characteristics of the past
  • Ironic stance
  • Retro shows nostalgia with a dose of cynicism (inclination to believe that people are motivated purely by self-interest) and detachment


Pop Art:

  • Emerged in the 1950’s, but flourished in the 1960’s in America and Britain
  • Inspiration from popular and commercial culture – advertising, pop music etc.
  • Revolt against dominant approaches to art and design – traditional views on what art should be
  • Hollywood movies, advertising, product packaging, pop music and comic books
  • Post war consumer boom
  • Globalisation of pop music and youth culture
  • Seductive imagery of American popular culture
  • Consumerist lifestyle

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