Mashups – Art and Pop Culture

Digitalisation has changed the way we work, the way we communicate and so much more. Trends evolve so fast in the world wide web, leaving space for every taste and opinion. Nowadays, it’s so easy to insert a picture into another picture and edit it to the way you want it. A recent trend is mashing up art with pop culture. If you look at the pictures, you’re not really sure if this is still art or already reality. Art pieces are formed into some kind of modern contemporary work, that people can relate to. A Japanese Graphic Designer on instagram is one of these people mashing art and pop culture together, have a look at a few of his pictures:


If you are interested in more, click on this link to his instagram page. 😊

Pop culture in general can be attitudes, ideas or cultural activities reflecting the tastes of the general masses of people within a certain culture, especially Western culture. It is aimed at the mass, usually younger people, by demonstrating the entirety of mainstream perspectives or images and therefore heavily influenced by the mass media. The most common pop culture categories are: entertainment (movies, music, television, games), sports, news (as in people/places in news), politics, fashion/clothes, technology, and slang. Popular culture has a way of influencing an individual’s attitude towards certain topics. Popular culture is often viewed as being tirvial and dumbed down, since it is supposed to find acceptance of the mass. Critics from non-mainstream sources believe that these kind of mainstream perceptions are very superficial, consumerist or sensationalist.

Now, pop culture is mashed up with historic, well-known pieces of art. Does that change the general perception some people have of the trivial, „dumbed down“ pop culture? In some way the mashups maybe now even reach a wider range of people, with higher education, art historians and other people, that weren’t even interested in the classic pop culture we know. The mixture of historical art of great masters and modern popular culture transmitted via the mass media has a different effect than the pop culture we know. This form of pop culture transforms great historic art into something modern that people can relate to, but vice versa, pop art can be newly interpretated by being transformed and put into a new context. In both directions, it is something fairly new and quite interesting, since it offers the basis for many different interpretations and perceptions.

What do you think about the mashups of art and pop culture? Is it unnessary to you or do you think there is more behind it? Please let us know by commenting below. 🙂


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