Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Yuck 'n Yum - Mercy Guest Blog 10.05.11

All this week Yuck 'n Yum will be writing a guest blog over at the Liverpool-based art and design site Mercy. Today's inaugural post sees each member of the team explaining what Yuck 'n Yum means to them. You can see the post here or the answers are below:

Alex Tobin:

There's a dichotomy: Yuck or Yum, but there's a monochotomy as well: Yuck is the same as Yum.

Look at food, for example.

Food, the most repulsive entity on Earth, is derived almost universally from dead matter. Food inhabits the same Uncanny Valley as corpses and mannequins, and it disgusts us equally.
We find food so abhorrent that our first instinct, on seeing it, is to destroy it utterly, in the most efficient method available to us: total molecular decomposition.
We crave every opportunity to annihilate food. And when we finish, the well-mannered among us exclaim "Yuck AND Yum!"

Alexandra Ross:

For me, Yuck 'n Yum is all of the following:
Creative individuals working collectively
Friends working professionally
Ideas occurring intuitively

For me, Yuck 'n Yum is none of the following:
Flippant – rather, humourous
Self-serving – rather, a vehicle for other artists

What do we actually do though?
We publish a zine and curate events
We try to rethink curatorial conventions and methods of distributing artwork

Little known info about Yuck ’n Yum:
We are surprisingly organised for an artistic collective
We have an odd and broad skills base
Three members have an obsession with Japanese horror
One member is an amazing cook
One member is an OCD tidy freak

Over this week you will get to know us a little better and you can decide who is who!

Andrew Maclean:

Cool Facts about Yuck 'n Yum!

The Yuck 'n Yum zine has a deliberate punctuation mistake and has done since issue 2.

Yuck badges are more popular than Yum badges. We live in cynical times. 

The Yuck 'n Yum team spend a lot of time arguing over font. 

Not all of the Yuck and Yum team are pseuds. 

Yuck 'n Yum need you to contribute. DO IT.
Thinking about submitting? (to the zine ) - It does matter if you’re not black and white.

The Yuck 'n Yum team are a friendly bunch... except the pseud.

Ben Robinson:

“Mummy, what’s a Yuck ’n Yum?”

What does Yuck ’n Yum mean to me? That all depends on what you mean by “mean”. The zine is black and white and the size of each page is A5. There’s always a consistent attitude and you can recognise that when you see it. As the name suggests, Yuck ’n Yum is a dichotomy that contains beauty and ugliness, the yin and the yang, and it all comes together to form part of life’s rich tapestry. The content is so diverse that any attempt to describe it would be like trying to catch oxygen with a butterfly net.

Gayle Meikle:

Yuck 'n Yum is art
a collective
an ideology
not for profit
a platform
a publication
an organisation

Yuck 'n Yum relies on others

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