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LATITUDE FESTIVAL 2014

My short film EMERGENCE EMERGENCY will be shown at Latitude’s Big Screen!

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The Lavish Big Screen 2014 presents Golden Gang by Chicks on Speed, Trailer by Saskia Olde Wolbers, a live performance by film artists Guy Sherwin and Lynn Loo, the debut of 100 Foot III artist’s 16mm film selection by Jim Hobbs and an interactive screening of Starvecrow by John Carver. 

This year’s line up also introduces a student submission competition New Moves, showcasing the best up and coming film and video talent in the UK.

Late into the night we have DJs and VJs- Phil Hartnol (Orbital), Don Letts, Cursor Miner, GO BANG!, Paul Burgess and the resident DJ Harry K

Please read more for full line up details

FRIDAY 18th

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Con Chrisoulis - Graduate Show 2014

Con Chrisoulis
Graduate Show 6-15 June 2014
Grand Parade
University of Brighton
BA (Hons) Graphic Design/Illustration
Class of 2011-2014
Studio 250/Second Floor
Con Chrisoulis’ space includes:
13 short films, played in a show reel
Antiroyalist illustrated booklet
Kate Middleton mock doll and packaging
Tales of The Smiths sample comics
2 x A2 posters (The Medium is not the Message)
1 x A1 poster (Athens)

conchrisoulis:

KIRBY IS HERE 2: British Creators On Jack Kirby
Part two of a series of tributes to Jack Kirby
Directed by Con Chrisoulis

On the 20th anniversary from the death of comic book legend Jack Kirby, I asked the members of the Cartoonist and Comic Strip Creators Association of Sussex (aka Cartoon County) how he influenced them and on his innovation as a creator.
The full interviews will be released in the future.

*Filmed as part of my Moving Image project in my final year of BA (Hons) Graphic Design studies at the University of Brighton.

conchrisoulis:

Apparently my EMERGENCE EMERGENCY video has been selected to be shown at this year’s LATITUDE Festival Big Screen! Whoa!

A few words about my work and Emergence Emergency:
My work integrates my professional experience as a comicbook creator, my need to conceptualize music and my love for post-punk political sensitivity and graphics.
In Emergence Emergency I investigate modern day culture’s regurgitation and constant appropriation of retro trends which has dumbed down the emergence, cutting edge trends and cultural revolutions that were expected in the 21st century.
The current resurgence of ’90s trends and music, a decade even more notorious for its general bad usage of graphics than even the ’80s, is the epitome of an imagination crisis.
Someone’s gotta press the restart button.
www.facebook.com/con.chrisoulis.artist

Brighton University
BA (Hons) Graphic Design Level 6 
Project 3 Typographic Detailing part A3
Presentation Friday 25 Oct 2013

This was the task: "Highlight and explain a current issue that affects you. Your information must be divided into a typographic hierarchy. Use: A1, 1 x image".

In the crit I was blasted for simply accusing the classist system currently running rampant in the UK (incl. the feudal medieval classist system headed by royalty and higher-class aristocracy, middle class’ complacency, the sociopolitical status quo etc).

There was barely any criticism on the poster itself, but a full on attack on my morals and beliefs.

This led to a full on attack on the working class’ binge drinking, street behaviour, bad clothing choices, lack of education etc, as if that is not exactly the result of the classist system that my poster points out. The working class is in the condition that it is due to intentional political decisions to dumb down any social uproar, backed up by the middle class vote that slavishly serves the two-party system.

Meanwhile, any student presenting a first world problem as their current issue affecting them, cruised through the crit.

I’ve definitely learnt my lesson. Next poster on social issues: People tagging me on Facebook without my consent! Now that is something that everyone can relate to <3

GHOSTS OF FUTURE PAST /// live at The Blue Man, Brighton
Poster by Con Chrisoulis

My concept album band, GHOSTS OF FUTURE PAST, will be performing live on Saturday 2nd of November at The Blue Man, Brighton, with GERTRUDE, who will be celebrating the release of their new album.
Tickets £2.5advance / £3door
Gig info: www.facebook.com/events/209982245832681

EMERGENCE EMERGENCY by Con Chrisoulis
Put the volume reeeal high

This is my Personal Project for my 2nd year’s studies for a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at the University of Brighton.

In philosophy, systems theory, science, and art, emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions.
Emergence is central to the theories of integrative levels and of complex systems.

My intention was to investigate and showcase how modern day culture regurgitation and constant appropriation of retro trends has led to a dumbing down in the emergence and cutting edge trends and cultural revolutions that were expected in the 21st century. The current resurgence of 90’s trends and music, a decade even more notorious for its bad usage of graphics than the 80’s, is the epitome of an imagination crisis.

*If the quality of the video is meh, then go to the bottom right of your youtube window and click on the little gear ⚙ symbol and choose a better quality (preferably HD)!

During the past few years, I have done my duty as a good democrat and dissed Thatcher before it became hip, thus becoming the world’s first and greatest Thipster. As Baroness Maggie fries in hell by the very hand of her former ally, Satan, I hopes she’s got a little laptop next to that boiling pot to read My Very Own Top 3 Margaret Thatcher disses from 2012:

Let The Con Chrisoulis Thipster List Commence:

1) The top video is from a Uni Graphic Design project I did last year which was a sequence on a theme I was personally quite fond about; i.e. politicians and their bullshit smiles. Maggie’s teeth obviously had to play a pivotal role. After playing it, you can read more HERE

2) The below strip is from my daily comic, Tales of The Smiths, in which I retell the early unknown days of the seminal indie band, The Smiths. This is Tales of The Smiths #113 in which I retold Thatcher’s rise to power in 1975. Click the below image to read the whole comic strip.3) The below video is from a performance I made with my band, GH▽STS OF FUTURE PAST, in Brighton. The track ‘Ray Gun and Hatchet’ is a futuristic allegory on Reaganomics, Thatcherism, Perestroika, and much more, written by me, and will feature on the album we’re recording, 4X84.
After playing it, you can read/listen more of Ghosts of Future Past and like us on facebook by clicking HERE

Don’t forget to turn the captions/subtitles ON so you can read the lyrics!

Brighton University 
BA (Hons)Graphic Design/Illustration Level 5
Project 9 Tidemarks and Lunar Detachments - Brighton Undercliff Walk
We walked for a couple of hours on a cloudy day from Brighton to Rottingdean by the undercliff footpath.
The task was to explore the role of typography within that environment.
From the three choices that were provided I went for the last one: Design A Signage System for the Undercliff Walk.
I redesigned and reinterpreted modern signage itself and what signs can be in the 21st Century.
I opted for repeating animated gifs within 2001: A Space Odyssey-inspired crystal clear monoliths, which would also serve as wifi mini-centers, cell phone power providers, call phones, traffic/weather/bus route info providers and as lights which would illuminate the footpaths at night.
My proposal was presented in the form of the animated gifs provided within this post.
*Some elements (ex. the bus routes) were taken off the net, but the crystal monolith and its GUI is of my own design.
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Brighton University 

BA (Hons)Graphic Design/Illustration Level 5

Project 9 Tidemarks and Lunar Detachments - Brighton Undercliff Walk

We walked for a couple of hours on a cloudy day from Brighton to Rottingdean by the undercliff footpath.

The task was to explore the role of typography within that environment.

From the three choices that were provided I went for the last one: Design A Signage System for the Undercliff Walk.

I redesigned and reinterpreted modern signage itself and what signs can be in the 21st Century.

I opted for repeating animated gifs within 2001: A Space Odyssey-inspired crystal clear monoliths, which would also serve as wifi mini-centers, cell phone power providers, call phones, traffic/weather/bus route info providers and as lights which would illuminate the footpaths at night.

My proposal was presented in the form of the animated gifs provided within this post.

*Some elements (ex. the bus routes) were taken off the net, but the crystal monolith and its GUI is of my own design.

Brighton University
BA (Hons) Graphic Design/Illustration Level 5
Project 9 Professional Practice Lecture Poster 1 of 3
Presentation Thursday 7 March 2013

We were given the last minute task to create posters for the Professional Practice Lecture that we are given every Thursday by people that mostly had a career 30 years ago. One of them was today’s Roger Dean, who although played a pivotal role in my childhood gaming packaging drools (he designed the Psygnosis and Tetris logos amongst others), he was also the creator of all those LP covers for all those horrific prog rock bands (Yes, Asia etc) that haunted me forever in the 80s and disgusted me even more in the 90s.

When given the brief, my first thought was Johnny Rotten’s 1975 “I Hate Pink Floydt-shirt that led directly to Malcolm McLaren placing him as the singer of the newborn Sex Pistols.

It was due to prog rock’s horrific music that punk (and therefore post-punk and new wave) was born; it was the horrific macho clothes, posture and bravado that the post-hippy prog bands supported that gave birth to the emancipated punk clothing, hairstyles and attitudes; it was those pompous and conceited covers that led Jamie Reid to create the Never Mind The Bollocks collage that graced the Sex Pistols’ debut album and ushered in a new era in …well everything (Factory Records’ Peter Saville would never have been able to pull off those layouts or use strictly typography, had it not been for Reid’s reinvention of the LP cover).

So yeah, nuff said. I think my cover’s blurb is self-explanatory.

When Dean went through the posters he chuckled a bit once he saw this, but didn’t expand on it; thank goodness, cause I was wearing Johnny Rotten’s t-shirt.

The context, layout and technique in these two Jamie Reed posters altered society as we know it.

Sex Pistols Jamie Reid 
Sex Pistols - Jamie Reid

Examples of Roger Dean’s artwork:

Psygnosis

Yes Yesterdays

Yes logo

Asia Astra

Tetris

University of Brighton /// Faculty of Arts
BA (Hons) Graphic Design /// Level 5 /// Semester 1 ///
Assessment portfolio

This is all the work I did at Uni in my first Semester of Level 5 from Sept 2012-Jan 2013.

I was hard on cash in order to splash out and make a totally non-ecofriendly hardcopy presentation and opted to design a dedicated website for my assessment that includes the brief, preliminary work, crits and final work.

Hope you dig.
conchrisoulis.com/assessment

Pantone 17-5641 (an Emerald hue) Official Pantone Colour of the Year 2013.

Evidently, the Pantone 17-5641 (an Emerald hue) will be the Official Pantone Colour of the Year 2013.
Pantone usually sets the next year’s trend in design and fashion hues, by carefully selecting their colour of the year.
Our lives are affected by this choice (in the clothes we wear, graphic design we observe etc) more than you would think. 
*if you scroll down you can see the previous years’ colours too :)

CLICK HERE TO VISIT PANTONE’S WEBSITE AND ANNOUNCEMENT

University of Brighton / Faculty of Arts
Graphic Design / Illustration Level 4
Cultural and Critical Studies

Group Essay on Deep Throat and An Analysis of Pornography
Group consisting of Con Chrisoulis (me), Patrick Colgan, Steffan Dafydd, Joseph Lau, Callum Round
Hand in date: 16 April 2012

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According to the brief, we were to form a group and provide/submit the following three:
 
1. “Each student must submit their research written up in 1200 words. It must be supported by a bibliography and use the MLA Style of referencing. The essays of the group must be collated into a Log Book in which each students essay contribution can be considered and read as part of a whole study.
2. We were also to provide A visual display, one PowerPoint slide per group that illustrates your findings. This will, of course, include your selected image. But you may also want to include diagrams, text or other supporting images. Your display will be projected onto the screen from a laptop in G7, Pavilion Parade, so consider the size of the screen and don’t cram too much into the slide.”
3. We also had to make, as a group, “a verbal presentation (max 10 minutes per group) that explains your focussed study in relation to the key terms/concepts and the visual example, your research and answers any questions from tutors and other students. All students in the group must contribute to the presentation.
After our group was formed we kind of quickly decided that the legendary porn movie, Deep Throat, (at my insistence? gulp, dunno), become the focus of the group, as it would clash with all the faux feminist talk that was preached in the cultural and critical lectures (and possibly cause a laugh within all that serious atmosphere).
Half the group was missing at most meetings, so we hastily split responsibilities and essay chapters and I took up the role of putting the log book and the presentation image together, as well as researching and writing the book’s ending chapter concerning Porn Sales and Marketing Statistics.
When presentation time came, all the previous groups overseeded their 10 minute mark and we were left with very little time to talk, not to mention the fact that we were the only group to utilise a single frame/image for the presentation, as demanded in the brief (most used a series of images, thus providing their presentations with tons of eye candy that would cover any oral gaps).
Anyhow, as predicted our theme of Deep Throat and the manipulation of the female within the porn industry raised some eyebrows and it indeed was worth the time and effort! Pop Porn trivia and fun for all (and some educational info as topping)!
The image at the top of this post is the presentation image shown in front of class and tutors and below is the log book which I put together and submitted to the tutors. You can flip through it and read the individual essays of each group member! Wahoo! Treats for all!  :-I

Here’s links to the rest of the group’s tumblr accounts: 
Con Chrisoulis (me)
Patrick Colgan
Steffan Dafydd
Joseph Lau
Callum Round

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