It worked for Arctic Monkeys; it worked for Sandi Thom. No one should be too surprised that another act have now used the MySpace website - which spreads word of a band (and their downloadable songs) via a growing network of internet "friends" - to launch themselves to stardom. The difference is that Hope Against Hope are a scam, a spoof indie band "with no talent whatsoever" invented by Q magazine in order to prove that the Rupert Murdoch-owned site is now just another cog in the older industry phenomenon of hype.
After just four weeks, Hope Against Hope had a devoted fanbase. Alan McGee - once a member of Tony Blair's Creative Industry Taskforce, and the man who discovered Oasis and the Libertines - even offered them a gig at his influential Death Disco club night.
Hopes and Fears, Artistic concept/ description of the projectHopes and Fears, (group exhibition), August 01 - 14, 2006
Rael Artel Gallery: Non-Profit Project Space Lõuna 20, Pärnu, Estonia
Artists: Maurice Blok, Martijn Stellinga, Frank Koolen, Tsui-lun Liu, Ola Vasiljeva, Ivo van Werkhoven, Anne Schiffer and Marcel van den Berg.
Artistic concept/ description of the project
Hopes and Fears is a group exhibition based on a combination of the topics ‘Reflecting Space’ and ‘Utopias and Unwelts’ at the Rael Artel Gallery. Since the gallery operates in two exhibition spaces, the artists proposed to create two ‘seperated’ and contrasting theme rooms; one for ‘Hopes’; the other for ‘Fears’; a ‘dark’ and a ‘white’ room. The ramshackle garage is especially appropriate for a project that deals with impurity, with the ‘anti-pure’. The white cube space (our pilot space) would be perfect to deal with the opposite. In this way the artists like to present a confrontation of differing contemporary artistic visions on both subjects to the audience.
Hopes The conviction that one is somehow destined to achieve the gold medal in an Olympic event, or become the next President, movie-star, singer or Nobel prize winner is a constant theme in so many interviews with such accomplished persons. Achieving such success requires discipline, talent, practice and drive. But underlying it all one almost needs to become tunnel-visioned to that particular goal and prune away anything that might hinder it from being fulfilled. Hopes, dreams and other elusive desires: some will call it perseverance. That what we often call the ‘drive for success’ is in fact a distant brother to obsession. ‘Hopes’ will be curated by Anne Schiffer, who in her work investigates the relation between (mostly commercial) stereotypes and human desires. Fears
‘Fears’ focuses on the dark side of our existence and our human fascination with it. Our society recently seems to evince an acquiescence -even embracing- of fear and darkness; an uncomfortable, unhappy stateof mind undoubtly ascribable to recent developments in our society. ‘Fears’ will refer to the current zeitgeist while playing with its varying and sometimes antithetical aspects. ‘Fears’ will be curated by Marcel van den Berg.
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