Did anyone see Chris Ofili collect his Turner Prize? He got up on
to the podium, said: ’You got my cheque then?’, collected the prize and
His honesty was so refreshing. Like a beacon shining across the pimps
and whores of the front-row dinner-party establishment.
The sanctity of art must be preserved from becoming just another product
Advertising is a corruption of art - remember the similarities between
the VW campaign featuring ’sex, chocolate, sex’ and an installation by
Gillian Wearing in a previous Turner Prize exhibition.
Yet before Wearing exhibited her piece, I remember a commercial by HHCL
& Partners which featured a man holding up lyric boards to a song
advertising cassette tapes. Art and advertising are two destinations on
the same subway map that includes sculpture, fashion (see the list of
Turner Prize judges) and opera.
The corruption arrives when someone attempts to swap Pimlico with
In the ad industry this type of ’subversive thinking’ can be seen in the
relationship between account men and creatives. The creatives are the
whores of the industry. Young, fresh and exciting until fully used, then
thrown on to the streets. The pimps find fresh meat because they have no
Should Soho be cleaned up before the rot reaches the Royal Boroughs?
Too late. It started in 1749, when the British physician, David Hartley,
explained how ideas become associated with one another through resonance
eg: ’kerching’ ’ker-app’. The ultimate sin is where the whore and pimp
marry. Sadly, these days there are only two types of agency left for the
client to choose from. Mothers and motherfuckers.
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