MAVA may or may not be an
art movement started by
Nom de Plume
in Yorkshire, England,
Taking influences from DADA, conceptual art, existentialism, revolution and nihilism, MAVA poses deadly serious dialectical theories about the status of fine art within a gluttonous capitalism amid the anthroposcenic globalisation of nothing.
Is this art or is art this?
MAVA creates non-art in order to promote thinking about thinking.
Thinking about art
and arting about thinking.
awake english breakfast
artified by NdeP, J ZZ, TS and SN.
Plinthed by NdeP and JZZ
This is Art sign by NdeP
Potato with child (S Newman)
Floor art by J ZZ
Nom de Plume at A Woman's Place
Abbey House Museum, Kirkstall, Leeds
Until Dec 31 2018
At the start of the second year of the MA in
Visual Arts, Five artists met in the canteen
following a lecture and discussion on image
On the table where they were sitting, someone
had left a teabag which had been squeezed and
rolled on top of a white plastic cup lid. A snapped wooden stirrer had been poked into the
Contextualising this found art, it was suggested
that the stirrer represented the back pain
suffered by tea leaf pickers. After a discussion
it was decided to take it to the MA studio space
and place it on a plinth.
S Newman/Nom de Plume
Mavaists would communicate with each other by creating notes and then sending them digitally via social networking sites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Right - the note sent by Nom de Plume in attempt to rally MAVA supporters to follow the DADAist cause. The notes on the right were sent in reply by JZZ.
Nom de Plume Jan 2018
AGITATE and ANNOY
SATIRISE and SHOCK
The second year of the MA visual arts group consisted of five artists.
Among them was Nom de Plume who suggested that the 100th (or thereabouts) anniversary of DADA could prompt a new art 'movement' or non movement to address the absurd validity of art in the current social and political climate.
Initially conceived as having a core of five - or V - members of the Visual Arts course, the early arts were created by two focal artists NdeP and JZZ, although several artists and thinkers were peripherally active. Sam N produced 'Potato with Child' and JZZ created 'This is Art' on the MA studio floor.
As the first semester evolved, NdeP began to experiment with the 'This is Art' statement which had become the MAVA manifesto. Using stencils made on a laser cutter, Photoshop and other media, Nom de Plume created digital images incorporating the themes of paper bags - representing anonymity; protest and revolution; social and political issues; word play; fine art and so on ad infinitum. (Was existentialism included?)
This is art
This is art
Nom de Plume developed the MAVA themes using a variety of resources.
An amalgam of algorithms