Neoidiotism

Neoidiotism

by Various Artists


Neoidiotism by Various Artists

Started

in 1995 by Yellowhead, Bookadehuk and Yamba.

Started

in 1995 by Yellowhead, Bookadehuk and Yamba.

Each piece of neoidiotism consists of two components: a purposely simplified image and a caption. The main idea behind this non-separable pair is a complete discordance of text and picture. The harder it is to find logic in a given combination is the better.

The very first examples of neoidiotism appeared in 1995, when Yellowhead, Bookadehuk and Yamba came up with the idea and started realizing it in a form of street art. Later, in order to present neoidiotism at the “Exhibition Nr. 56” (1998), as well on an early version of the 56 Stuff’s website, they made a few neoidiotic works on paper and in a digital format. Then, other artists joined the movement and neoidiotism was applied to surfaces which suit the conception in the best way: walls, doors, facades, fences and so on.

At the above-mentioned event one of 56 Stuff pioneers and the exhibition guide Pavel Bor was demonstrating the idea of all-permeating of logic. He was standing in front of the neoidiotic exposition, denoting different correlations between texts and pictures. Perhaps, viewer’s fixation of meaning is the highest point and the final goal of neoidiotism. However, artists didn’t put any implications in their works. Furthermore, they tried to avoid them.

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