I like British artist Jeremy Deller's work a lot. I referred to his Acid Brass project years ago - in a very early entry on music metadata - as well as his moving recreation of the Battle of Orgreave (in Sheffield and The North). Recently I heard about his 'It Is What It Is' as I was ploughing through old Studio 360 shows, given the iPhone's new double-speed playback mode (which I'm loving, although I think it doubles my heart-rate too. Particularly listening to New Yorkers.)
So I watched his recent 'Procession' for the Manchester International Festival with interest. An actual procession through the centre of Manchester, it's a great big ramshackle civil serpent; sometime endearing, sometimes camp, sometimes misplaced, sometimes sad. Not everything works but it's a great idea - in a 'the city is shaped by events' sense. Here's a video on the artwork from The Guardian's report.
So imagine my surprise when someone's Twitter feed led me to the new advert for 'legendary' Australian beer VB. It's a beautifully done ad; pretty bloody funny - I can't decide between 'Cashed-Up Bogans', 'Manscapers' or 'Blokes Punching Above Their Weight'. Obviously the tone, location and purpose is quite different, but being a former resident of one city and a current resident of the other country, it's almost like I can imagine the two processions colliding, with hilarious consequences, The VB ad perhaps owes, well, a bit of a debt to Deller, no? [Higher quality here, embedded below]