New York: Slash

Slash: Paper Under the Knife takes the pulse of the international art world's renewed interest in paper as a creative medium and source of artistic inspiration, examining the remarkably diverse use of paper in a range of art forms. Slash is the third exhibition in MAD's Materials and Process series, which examines the renaissance of traditional hand craft materials and techniques in contemporary art and design. The exhibition surveys unusual paper treatments, including works that are burned, torn, cut by lasers, and shredded. A section of the exhibition will focus on artists who modify books to transform them into sculpture, while another will highlight the use of cut paper for film and video animations.

I Thoroughly enjoyed this exhibition, some of the Artists works were relevant towards my silence project and have given me a lot of inspiration.

Brian Dettmer

In his work Dettmer takes things that contain a vast amount of information and reuses it in a different way.

Ariana Boussard-Reifel’s Between the Lines, 2007.  

Ariana removed all the black text from a book distributed by a white supremacist group so that the book was stark white and full of holes. Silencing their extremist views.

New York Idea: You Have the Right to Remain Silent?

Whilst Travelling through customs upon arrival in Newark Airport NY certain things got me thinking. I was expecting the security checks to be extremely tight for understandable reasons, but as I Had my photograph taken, my fingerprints scanned and then was asked a series of questions in an intimidating fashion, I wondered what happens to that information once I have been let into the country? Could the US Government use it to check up on me if they felt a need to?

Tabloids Silenced

Here are My three silenced Tabloid newspapers.

The Mirror

The Sun

The Star

I feel that changing my methods of editing was a good choice, I am pleased with how they have turned out. As a set I think they work well, each papers characteristics are still visible but will all of the information stripped away, they become silent. I have simplified the image silhouettes, making them into block shapes because I think a detailed silhouette gives the viewer too much information about the image that has been silenced.

Tabloid news deserves silencing more.

I have now applied the same editing technique to The Mirror, having done this I realize that it is much more fitting for me to focus on silencing Tabloid newspapers because I dislike their type of journalism. Ironically I also think they create more effective final pieces due to their bright colours and bold type, which is one of the other reasons I dislike tabloids.

After talking to Hitch about how the final product was looking, and how long the process of editing each one was taking I decided that I would change my methods slightly. here is a version of The Star which I was mid way through editing when I came to this decision.


The Gurdian silenced

Here is my first attempt at silencing a news paper. I am happy with how it has turned out although the process was much more laborious than I expected. I have edited out all of the words, leaving just the punctuation and simplified the images down to just one colour and a silhouette.

Silencing News

Taking inspiration from the Research i have done into Censorship, I decided to buy a selection of today's newspaper and see if i can Silence them using my own style of censorship.


Censorship is the suppression of speech. “Speech” can mean what I would call “meaningful speech” (information, reporting, data, art, opinions etc.), or other speech. Both can be censored, with some very specific censoring techniques for the latter (e.g. “bleeping”, “pixelation”, black stripes over naked breasts etc.).The suppression of speech can be enforced by the government and by a government appointed “official” censor, but there are other types of censorship as well. Newspapers, for example, may decide that an article should not be published because the owners or the sponsors/advertisers of the newspaper would object. Or because there is some other reason, such as national security, patriotism, political correctness, the willingness to avoid offense etc.
In such cases we speak of self-censorship, a voluntary self-inflicted restriction of speech. However, what appears to be self-censorship is often more like indirect censorship. Governments can censor indirectly. They can pressure people to censor themselves, for example by way of intimidation. Another indirect way for governments to censor is to take over the media, outlaw independent media and create a government controlled media monopoly.

Speech can be censored in many ways: books can be burned, newspaper articles can be replaced by white space, the internet can be filtered, texts can be “edited”, images or maps can be altered, satellite dishes or other tools of information gathering can be prohibited, people can be indoctrinated into accepting taboos, writers can be intimidated, imprisoned or killed etc.

The great firewall of China 


In the space of about a decade, China's tech development has raced ahead to catch up with some of the most advanced countries in the West. But there are still stark differences, finds Richard Taylor. Link

Wartime Censorship

This is a portion of a letter (second page) which shows how soldiers letters were censored while in the CTC.  The areas that appear black in the image are actually parts that were physically cut out from the page by a censor at the CTC Headquartes in Bournemouth, England.  Return addresses were always removed to keep the location of the CTC schools secret.  The censor would sometimes write in a return address (which would be the Headquarters' address in Bournemouth).  If there was a reference in the letter to towns or landmarks in the vicinity of the CTC school, that would also be cut out.  Letters written on both sides of a piece of paper were especially hard to read since they could get chopped up from both sides.