121 posts tagged art
‘Dreamings’ and dreaming narratives: what’s the relationship?
To imagine what “Australia” was like B.C. (“Before Cook”, or before colonisation), one needs to envision the entire landmass of this island/continent and most of its surrounding islands and waters as crisscrossed by “Dreamings” (in popular parlance sometimes referred to as “Songlines”). Each of the approximately 250 separate Australian languages had their own words for and substantial vocabularies relating to what has now become known in English almost universally as “The Dreamtime” or “The Dreaming”. These usages have now entered other world languages as global tags for Indigenous Australian religion, thereby dramatically reducing outsiders’ capacity to grasp the diversity of Australian languages and cultures. (It should be noted here that “Australian languages” is the linguistically accurate terminology for Aboriginal languages – which have no connection to any other language families in the world. The terminology “Australian languages” also takes on a political edge for Aboriginal language speakers, many of whom regard all other languages spoken in Australia, including English, as foreign imports). In the Ngunnawal and Ngarigo languages, for instance, in and around today’s national capital, Canberra, The Dreaming is called “Daramoolen”, and it’s “Nura” in the Dharug language, in the vicinity of Sydney. Across some of the dialects of Western Desert languages, including Pitjantjatjara, which crosses the borders of three states, South Australia, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, the word-concept is “Tjukurpa”. As a result of processes of colonisation, all of these words have been reduced to the catch-all English translation, “Dreaming”, or sometimes, “Dream Time”. (via 'Dreamings’ and dreaming narratives: what's the relationship?)
Science and art don’t intersect nearly as often as they should, despite their many similarities. Chief among those shared qualities is creativity — whether of thought, experimentation, or presentation. When science and art do meet one other, the results can be an astonishing blend of expression and fact. Each year, we report on the winners of the International Science & Engineering Visualization Challenge, a competition run by the journal Science and the U.S. National Science Foundation. This year, teams submitted more than 200 entries. The winners include a swirling, animated planetary video, a citizen science neuron-mapping interactive, and a most ingenious way of visualizing the ways in which water swirls around coral polyps. (via The Best Science and Engineering Visualizations of 2013 - Wired Science)
Hugh Turvey is a British artist and photographer who uses x-ray technology to create what he calls Xograms, a fusion of visible light and x-ray imagery.
The Getty and Google Unleash Free Art — And Your Creative Potential
Open sharing has been around forever, accelerating progress in diverse fields. Computing (e.g., Homebrew Computer Club), code (open source), and even academic publishing (“open access,” which goes beyond peer review) are just a few that have multiplied their social impact thanks to this openness. Art may be next, and here, too, technology will play a central role. Just a couple months ago, The Getty quietly released 5,400 new, high-resolution (800dpi) images from its Getty Research Institute for public use. But here’s the revolutionary part: They did it without fees or restriction. To put this in perspective: Not one of New York’s largest museums — the MoMA, the Whitney, the Guggenheim, the Metropolitan, or the Frick have done that yet. The big deal here isn’t just that a premiere cultural institution is making so many images available to all, but that it signals a broader, emerging “open content” art movement. Besides the Getty, the other art institutions leading this open content movement include Los Angeles’ LACMA (which made 20,000 images available for free, albeit in a smaller file size than Getty did), as well as D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, Baltimore’s Walters Art Museum, and the Yale University Art Gallery. And Google. Yes, Google: its Google Art Project (now called the Google Cultural Institute) has been working since 2010 on changing attitudes towards digitization among cultural institutions. The resulting meta-museum now includes high-resolution images of artworks from over 300 institutions available online. Google’s collection is the largest and, not surprisingly, has the most sophisticated and user-friendly UI. However, unlike the Getty, LACMA, or the National Gallery, Google restricts image downloading and sharing. This is a huge shift in attitude compared to fairly recently, when art museums viewed the web cautiously, at best. (via The Getty and Google Unleash Free Art — And Your Creative Potential | Wired Opinion | Wired.com)
Artist Turns Her Small Studio Room Into Surreal Dreamscapes Without Using Photoshop
Young Korean artist Jee Young Lee recently presented her beautiful, surrealistic and Photoshop-free photography exhibition named “Stage of Mind”. The magic happens in the artist’s small 3,6 x 4,1 x 2,4-meter studio in Seoul. The artist builds these highly dramatic, psychedelic and visually intense scenes herself, ensuring that every teeny tiny detail is hauntingly perfect and leaves the viewer in awe. Jee Young Lee works with such precision that the creation of a set often takes weeks or even months of work. As soon as the otherworldly sets are done, the artist incorporates herself in them in various different ways and takes these stunning self-portraits. According to the artist herself, all of the photography sets and her specific roles in them tell a particular story about her personal life experiences or resurrect traditional Korean fables or other cultural heritage from around the world. Her work is a deep self-reflection for the artist and a means to explore her psychological identity. Jee Young’s amazing work will be on display at the OPIOM Gallery in Opio France from Feb. 7 to March 7, 2014. Take a look at Jee Young Lee‘s photos and embrace her enchanting world! (via Artist Turns Her Small Studio Room Into Surreal Dreamscapes Without Using Photoshop | Bored Panda)
Circuit Scribe mixes art with electronics
A new company called Electroninks is seeking to make DIY electronics child’s play … literally. Circuit Scribe is a roller-ball pen filled with conductive silver ink that enables the creation of circuits by simply drawing them. The circuit-drawing pen first caught our attention back in 2011 during its research phase at the University of Illinois’ research lab of Professor Jennifer Lewis. Now Lewis, along with reactive silver ink wizard Brett Walker, has co-founded a company called Electroninks to produce and market the Circuit Scribe. The pair wants to offer a simpler, less messy and more fun alternative to breadboards used to build circuits. All that is required is a coin battery, paper clip, and LED. By using the pen to draw lines with the silver ink, anyone can create functioning circuits. The more technically-minded can resort to a larger number of components to make more complex circuits. Electroninks says Circuit Scribe is compatible with several electronic platforms such as the open source Arduino and the invention kit Makey Makey. (via Circuit Scribe mixes art with electronics)
Blade Runner - The Aquarelle Edition
This animation consists of 12 597 handmade aquarelle paintings, each painting is approximately 1,5*3cm in size. Together they form my 35 minute long paraphrase on the motion picture Blade Runner (1982) by Ridley Scott.
(by Anders Ramsell)
Gyorgy Kepes - The New Landscape in Art and Science (1956)