Saturday, April 3, 2010

Level 4: Finding The Roots Of Celebritarianism

At this last level we now proceed to analyze the artistic legacy that Marilyn Manson wanted to continue, which is known as Celebritarianism.

Loosely based on the provocative art of Dadaism, Expressionism and Surrealism on Celebritarianism it can be manifested in various disciplines (visual art, movies, music, etc..) Common stock or philosophy which is "sell our shadow to those who stand in it".


The term surfaced around the time the Holywood album was released in 2000, although it says that it began to hatch since 1996, in the form of a secret site known as

There are a couple of songs that refer to this movement, this is the case of "The Fall Of Adam"

"The Abraham Lincoln town cars arrive to dispose of our king and queen, they orchestrated dramatic new scenes for Celebritarian needs."

like "Mutilation Is The Most Sincere Form of Flattery"

"Rebels Without Applause
I sell my shadow to Those
Who are standing in it

It is on October 2005 when Celebritarianism begins to take shape in alternative or dummy pages, which were accompanied by a design based on the Cross of Lorraine, which illustrates the dichotomy that has characterized the visual language of MM.


* Gottfried Helnwein
* Steven Klein
* Anthony Silva
* John Galliano
* Charles Koutris
* Perou
* Evan Rachel Wood (has been credited for several pictures taken of MM)
* Lily Cole
* Tilda Swinton
* Vivienne Westwood
* Madonna (presumably because MM has metaphysical affinity towards her)


- Phantasmagoria: The Visions Of Lewis Carroll (still pending)

- Hollywood's novel (still pending)

- Changes in the official website of


In the words of Marilyn Manson Celebritarianism is defined as:

"... A reflection on contemporary Western culture in which the celebrity is attacked by such violent means as death." According to him, with the figures of Jesus and John F. Kennedy, the world is accustomed to this glorification of death which leads the individual to a bizarre world, celebrities and powerful abstract."

The movement also in his point of is a recent form of anti-journalism. The members of the corporation are different artists, whose success has been proven, but they try to control what the media made public. The main idea is to work together in art projects that combine different style (couture, painting, Music, photography ... etc.)

More thoughts:

"Rather, to me, looking back at all the art I created, is the review of the desire of our culture to really enjoy - under detention or not - a guilty pleasure of the worship of death the cult of martyrdom, the promotion of fame at any cost; die when not enough people watching. It's an idea that has been implanted in the minds of people who have created a culture that generates the assassination of John F. Kennedy that spawns the Oklahoma bombing, which generates Harris and Klebold, which generates 9 / 11. People may well realize that they can get exactly what they want and are always willing to give. So in that sense, Celebritarianism realizes and recognizes that. "


There were key sites such as Hierophant Council (, which is no longer available) that had a little more detail about the movement, while there are as databases to support the concept. Still, it is understandable that the movement brings together a small elite of artists, but does not rule out the possibility that there may be other members.

Here are other contemporary artists that although you can not call Celebritarian similarly pursuing a style similar to the philosophy of Manson.

- Damien Hirst and Tracey Hemin, belonging to the current Young British Artists that appeared in 1992, known for their "high-impact tactics" or shock by using waste materials as well as dead animals.

- Floria Sigismondi. Before being a filmmaker she started as a video artist and photographer for various projects. While not seeking a particular style she continued to be attractive to describe "entropic underworlds inhabited by tortured souls and omnipotent beings." You could say that his art has a degree of impact as interesting as for inclusion in the "shock art".

- Gottfried Helnwein, of Austrian origin. Known for his series of photographs based on his own childhood and the horrors of World War II, has collaborated with artists such as Marilyn Manson, Rammstein. Manson in his own words describes Helnwein: Gottfried Helnwein is my mentor. His fight for expression and stance against oppression are reasons why I chose to collaborate with me. An artist that does not provoke will be invisible. Art does not cause strong emotions makes no sense. Helnwein has internalized all that.

- Lowbrow art (or Surreal Pop) Arising from the decade of the eighties, the movement is based on the visual language typical of underground comics, punk music and street culture of the hot rod street art. Although its intent is not to impact some artists have resonated loud for its blend of animated characters and surreal environments. Known artists: Kenny Shcarf, Takashi Murakami, Gary Baseman and unofficially but more commercial animator John Kricfalusi, Paul Budnitz (creator of Kidrobot Munny), Simone Legno (creator of Tokidoki)

- Hyperrealism. Movement characterized as a "way of high definition art" that exaggerates the detail of the painting far beyond what makes a photograph. Emerged in the early seventies but resumed in the 2000s. Gottfried Helnwein also uses this technique.

- Haus of Gaga. Although defined as the design team behind Lady Gaga, the concept is very similar to Celebritarianism, and having several high-fashion designers, photographers like David LaChapelle, DJ Space Cowboy, among many others. Its unique style goes back to glam rock, somewhat Dadaist and the environment of electronic music. As a matter of fact the most recent Lady Gaga videos "Paparazzi" and "Telephone" are intended to be as a parody of the media glorifying the rise and the fall of a celebrity.

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