Graffitti artist Banksy reveals his largest presentation to date with a surprise intallation at the Bristol City Museum in the UK

June 13th, 2009

The entry installation via the Telegraph

Graffiti artist Bansky unveils his biggest exhibition to date at the Bristol City Museum featuring more than 100 works of which 70 are new pieces including a burned-out ice cream van. The show, which opens today, has been kept secret from the media, local politicians, and even top museum staff.  Of the exhibition the artist said, “This is the first show I’ve ever done where taxpayers’ money is being used to hang my pictures up rather than scrape them off.”

Bansky at Bristol City Museum [The Guardian]
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A work by Bansky via The GuardianUK

The reason behind the museum’s closure was kept secret from top council officials.  Only a few museum directors were in the loop about the show.  According to Kate Brindley, the city council’s director of museums and galleries, during the many months of preparation including the complete shutdown of the museum for 36 hours last week for installation, she had never met the artist. No one even spoke with the artist; it was all done through his agents. Brindley told BBC that at one point she worried if the whole thing were a con.

Bansky-fish tank-Bristol
Bansky’s ‘Fish Tank’ via The Guardian

Bansky was previously sought for vandalism by the police and council in his home town of Bristol.  Running this show was hence a big risk.  His art has covered Bristol city walls but this is his first offical indoor exhibition in the city since 2000.  Nevertheless there are many people in Bristol who love the artist and internationally, he’s become a star.  An anthology of his recent work is a top-selling art book.  In the press release accompanying the exhibition Banksy states that “Maybe one day graffiti art will hang in lots of museums and be viewed in the same way as other modern art, although personally I hope it never sinks that low.”

Bansky via The Guardian

Bansky has become one of Britain’s and perhaps the world’s most followed after graffiti artists. The exhibition is a way for him to give back to the city where he grew up. “This show is my vision of the future, to which many people will say: ‘You should have gone to Specsavers.'”

Bansky via The Guardian

Simon Cook from the Bristol City Council said that the exhibition is expected to attract at least 10,000 visitors. The exhibition opens  will run through the end of August.

Bansky at Bristol-09
Bansky via The Guardian

Banksy repositions Jean-François Millet’s The Gleaners via the Telegraph

The original The Gleaners by Jean-François Millet via ArtandAesthetics

A rat via the Telegraph

A Banksy work in Bristol via the Telegraph

A Banksy work in Bristol via the Telegraph

Another Banksy work via the Telegraph


Banksy manipulates an original Damien Hirst work via the Telegraph

Bansky-wrecked ice cream van-Bristol Museum
Bansky’s ‘Wrecked ice-cream van’ via The Guardian

Why can’t we be FRIENDS? Facebook has blurred the lines between teachers and students, forcing districts to grapple with what’s appropriate online.(NEWS)

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) May 14, 2010 Byline: ALLIE SHAH; STAFF WRITER In the classrooms and halls, they are teachers and students.

But in the communal online world, many teachers and students are Facebook “friends.” Other teachers shy away.

Who’s right?

As the popular social networking site continues to grow, school districts in Minnesota and elsewhere are increasingly tackling the question. Some are drafting guidelines to help teachers navigate a pervasively open world where being “friends” means sharing access to personal information that can go far beyond the student-teacher relationship in a classroom. go to site chanhassen high school

“Teachers in society are held to a higher standard than whoever runs the beauty shop or the meat shop,” said Aimee Bissonette, a lawyer who speaks to school groups about Internet safety issues. “They just need to be careful. Sometimes it’s as simple as setting your privacy setting.” Minnetonka school leaders recently adopted a policy on social media use — perhaps the first of its kind in the state — that advises teachers who friend a student to do so wearing their teacher hat.

“It holds teachers to a higher standard so if they see something that may be harmful to kids, they may need to report that,” said Janet Swiecichowski, a spokeswoman for the Minnetonka Public Schools. “Our purpose with the policy was to raise awareness.” Teachers have always had to walk a fine line between being friendly with students and being a friend, and not an authority figure.

But the friending issue on Facebook has caused some to wonder if the lines between teachers and students are becoming blurred online, opening the door to potential problems.

“Schools are in a bind,” Bissonette said. “We know we have teachers and students engaging in social networking.” A recent series of student-teacher sexual relationships in Missouri led to a crackdown on social-networking friendships between teachers and students. Last fall, Louisiana legislators passed a law requiring districts to monitor all employee-student electronic communication.

In Minnesota, the Mankato area school district last summer came up with staff guidelines about appropriate conduct on social networking sites.

Mounds View Public Schools, one of many school districts that have launched Facebook pages, has no formal policy per se. In establishing rules for posting something on the page, the district’s social media task force advises: “Don’t be surprised or offended if your attempt to friend an employee is ignored.” “We felt we needed to put that in there because we were seeing parents or students who would want to friend us personally,” said Colin Sokolowski, a Mounds View schools spokesman. “That’s awkward.” Discussions are also underway in the Stillwater school district about the friending issue. “People are looking for clarity,” said Carissa Keister, a spokeswoman for the Stillwater Area Public Schools. “We have in-depth policies on technology use, which are more about the tools that are in place. People are looking for something on social media.” Walk the line In the absence of clear policies, most teachers set their own rules on friending students. Teachers who do it say it’s because Facebook is an invaluable way to connect with their students. web site chanhassen high school

Travis Rother, an English teacher at Chanhassen High School and the speech coach, is one. He also heads the school’s freshman orientation group, called Link Crew.

He said his personal Facebook page allows students to see photos only related to school activities and messages that people post on his wall. In general, Rother accepts friend requests only from speech team members or those involved in Link Crew. He uses Facebook regularly to alert the team about upcoming events such as team banquets.

“I can just pop up a quick message that says: we have this and see you then,” he said.

Rother didn’t always accept friend invitations from students. “Back when I first started teaching I was unsure about walking that balance,” he said. “I always told kids who asked to be my friend: After you graduate, then you can be my Facebook friend.” His views changed as he grew more comfortable with social networking. Not only is it an effective way to communicate with students, but also he believes it presents good teaching opportunities.

“It’s important that we teach kids about what’s appropriate for social media,” Rother said. “With so many employers going on Facebook to check for things, I think it’s a good thing for them to know I’m on there. If they’re on my speech team, and they post a picture of themselves drinking, they’re going to get in trouble.” Teacher Trey Wodele uses both Facebook and Twitter. But he said he only friends former students. When he receives a friend request from a current student, he issues this standard reply: “When you’ve graduated, ask me again.” Wodele teaches video arts and screenwriting at the Minnesota Transitions School, a charter high school in Minneapolis. He uses separate Facebook and Twitter accounts to contact students for school reasons. But tweets and postings don’t come from “Trey Wodele.” They come from “MTS video arts department.” Count Symone Randle among those students who see no harm in having teachers as Facebook friends. She said she finds it helpful to talk with her teachers on Facebook about assignments, because she can ask them questions whenever she gets stuck, even on the weekends.

“We don’t talk every day and they don’t tell us their personal business,” said Randle, who attends Minnesota Transitions high school. “It’s school-related. It’s always appropriate, of course.” Allie Shah – 612-673-4488