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why i’ve converted to gagaism. PART TWO.

December 29, 2009


is gagaism the dadaism of the 21st century?


From the Dada wiki page:
“Dada activities included public gatherings, demonstrations, and publication of art/literary journals; passionate coverage of art, politics, and culture were topics often discussed in a variety of media. The movement influenced later styles like the avant-garde and downtown music movements, and groups including surrealism, Nouveau réalisme, pop art, Fluxus and punk rock.
Dada is the groundwork to abstract art and sound poetry, a starting point for performance art, a prelude to postmodernism, an influence on pop art, a celebration of anti-art to be later embraced for anarcho-political uses in the 1960s and the movement that lay the foundation for Surrealism.”

See also: Neo-Dada

“I went to art school, I studied pop culture, I know everything about music and iconography, pop, cultural and religious, I’m self-manufactured. . .. (I look) at it not as poison or lowbrow, but looking at it in a very highbrow way, and self-making myself to be a powerful visionary and say something that will genuinely speak to people”
— Lady GaGa / June 25, 2009

I’ve been watching interviews with Lady GaGa all day, she mentions performance art many times, she is a performance artist, a bit of a shock star.

“What has been lost in pop music these days is the combination of the visual and the imagery of the artist, along with the music – and both are just as important… When I’m writing music, I’m thinking about the clothes I want to wear onstage. It’s all about everything altogether – performance art, pop performance art, fashion. For me, it’s everything coming together and being a real story that will bring back the super-fan. I want to bring that back. I want the imagery to be so strong that fans will want to eat and taste and lick every part of us.”

She’s bizarre, she’s strange, but above all, she’s Lady GaGa, she’s inspiring, she’s everything a rock star should be. She’s real, she’s not cookie-cutter pretty, or talented… she’s a super-idol, super-star. She’s got it all, she’s multifaceted, she does it all, she IS it all.

“My realization of GaGa was five years ago, but GaGa’s always been who I am”

She prefers not to be called by her real name, her mother even refers to her as GaGa. She totally lives in this.

“I don’t appreciate when people call me Stefani, because if they don’t know me, I feel like it’s their way of acting like they do … they’re completely ignoring my creative existence… (Lady Gaga) is who I am. Me and my hair bow, we go to bed together. She sleeps where I sleep”

GaGa started playing piano at age 4, started performing at open mic nights in dive bars at age 14, escorted by her mother.  She originally started at Interscope as a songwriter, until Akon discovered her vocal talent. She wrote the song, “Telephone” featuring Beyonce, for Britney Spears, but Brit turned it down.

I truly believe GaGa is the wave of the future, I believe she is the 2010 we were promised, with flying cars and frequent trips to Mars, contact with aliens, and robot butlers. Lady Gaga’s fashion is what I sense we’d be striving toward (her’s still being eccentric, due to the fact that she is.. a rock star.), her music, her vision, her reality, our reality. I feel GaGa could be refueling our aspiration of this future and inspiring us to create it.

Lady GaGa is fresh, is NEW, she’s something we’ve never seen before, yet she’s bringing something back. Originality? The super star?  She is a true icon, a leader, she’s bringing a new era. She gives me hope.

…to be continued…


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