Assignment 3 Final Draft: The Relevance of Time and Place to the Interpretation of the European Flag

The European flag (fig. 1) is widely seen on European Union (EU) products, online, citizenship documents such as passports and Customs signs at border crossings. Although designed to signify unity in 1955, Banksy responded to the UK’s EU referendum result in 2016 by creating a work that re-appropriated the flag, subverting its intended meaning. Semiotics suggests that there were two main ‘orders’ of signification: denotation (what can be seen) and connotation (possible meanings). Downs (2012) argues that there is a third-order of signification based on ideology. With this in mind, comparison of the EU flag’s design with Banksy’s work shows how time and place influences the flag’s interpretation and how appropriation in art raises questions of originality and authenticity in the Modernist tradition of asking “what is art?”. (Wilson & Lack, 2016) Continue reading “Assignment 3 Final Draft: The Relevance of Time and Place to the Interpretation of the European Flag”

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Assignment 3 – Re-appropriating Images: The Relevance of Time and Place to the Interpretation of the European Flag

The image of the European flag (fig. 1) is widely seen on European Union (EU) products, online, citizenship documents such as passports and Customs signs at border crossings. It was designed to signify unity in 1955 but in 2016 Banksy responded to the UK’s EU referendum result by creating a work that re-appropriated the flag, subverting its intended meaning. Continue reading “Assignment 3 – Re-appropriating Images: The Relevance of Time and Place to the Interpretation of the European Flag”