A multimedia artist with multimedia commentary on life, arts, culture and everything in between. That’s my personal description of the man that represents contemporary cultural and artistic communism – Stewart Home.
Through all of his work, including performances, videography, and written stories, Stewart has been a radicalist of all sorts, but what I’ve personally considered one of his most interesting projects was The Festival of Plagiarism – his late 1980’s response to the Appropriation art movement obsessed with taking everyday objects and claiming them as art. A book, a proper event and an all-round agitation of art made an incredibly interesting thought process that is as relevant now as it was in 1988.
Flourishing from the Neoist movement and their Eighth International Neoist Apartment Festival of 1984, Home was joined by Karen Eliot, Graham Harwood, Mark Pawson and Stefan Szczelkun to create a place to critique, a place to exist outside the pretentious notion of the time. Only googling through their (not so easy to find) images and videos give you a philosophical stance, a way of thinking that is unique in its voice.
It is quite impossible to explain or describe what The Fesitval of Plagiarism was, but it’s enough to say that it quickly became acknowledged and held in different countries, and therefore different cultural playgrounds from Scotland to the US of A. My words couldn’t be as detailed or accurate as Stewart’s so read what he has to say about it: http://www.stewarthomesociety.org/festplag.html
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