Art Deco in Life and in Bioshock

Art deco in real life is shown very clearly in Vogue. They have art and photography showing a variety of true life art deco. There are flappers, symmetrical buildings and an overall classy artistic look to the surroundings.

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Betty Boop
Betty Boop is also an example of real life art deco. She was invented in 1930. She was originally based on flapper, Helen Kane, so she is used in a ‘Roaring 20s’ American environment, so she will have been surrounded by contemporary art.

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Bugsy Malone
Bugsy maloneis a 1976 musical based on gangsters of the 1920s. The actors are all children imitating adults; in roles as flappers and gangsters similar to Bugs Moran.
The movie is immersed in 20’s stile which means it shows a lot of the same aspects as Bioshock, except not underwater.The entire theme of the movie relies fully on the time period.

All of these themes relate straight back to the game Bioshock. Bioshock is themed around a sunken 20’s city. All of the luminous lights are still shining in the darkened city so the whole place has an ominous vibe. It was a modern idea in a historic setting. The whole city is full of art deco. Big, bold, symmetrical features. Statues based on thrice and the rich lifestyle. Portraits of the wealthy in 20’s culture. The game isn’t just based in a time, its based a class- upper class. City life, rather than the life in the South, was all about the BOOM. Everyone was getting richer by the second, earning thousands in stocks. Unfortunately soon after everyone would end up poor once again in the great depression.


I like this theme as it makes use of art in games more than any other I’ve seen.


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