Screen Book Tabloid
As is common in Bristol (and other cities), you’ll see advertising spaces [eg. billboards] torn down revealing multiple layers that came before, like the wallpaper of previous inhabitants discovered whilst decorating.
A Screen Book Tabloid was a book full of stories and interviews about celebrities in the Hollywood movie scene around the 1930s. It could be considered a precursor to the likes of OK! magazine. Here we see the front and back of reappropriated pages from a 1933 issue.
The main idea is to elevate the ‘researcher’ to occupy the same level of visual space as the ‘celebrity’. Research’s value to society is greater, yet celebrity and manufacturing economies still dominate mainstream visual culture.
These images are informed by what is taken away as much as what is added. Is taste the only difference between defacing and amending, vandalism and editing?