Tuesday, 28 February 2012

SHIRO TAKATANI - La Chambre claire

La Chambre claire © Shiro Takatani (Japan, 2008)
Performance at the Biwako Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Shiga, Japan, 2010.






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Monday, 27 February 2012

Internet Umbrella

SHO HASHIMOTO AND TAKASHI MATSUMOTO pileus: internet umbrella

This is so clever - what a wonderful idea to create an internet umbrella.


"Pileus is an umbrella connected to the Internet to make walking in rainy days fun. Pileus has a large screen on the top surface, a built-in camera, a motion sensor, GPS, and a digital compass. The current prototype has two main functions: photo-sharing and 3D map navigation.
The photo function is connected to a major web service: Flickr API. A user can take photo with a camera on the umbrella, and pictures are uploaded to Flickr in two minutes with context tags via a wireless Internet connection. User can also enjoy theirselves watching photo-streams downloaded from Flickr with simple operation of wrist snapping."
Source: http://www.pileus.net/


Vimeo Embed Demonstration

 
Pileus Internet Umbrella from Takashi Matsumoto on Vimeo.
Pileus is the internet umbrella to make rainy days fun! Prod. by T. Matsumoto & S. Hashimoto. from Keio University. pileus.net

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Audio Palimpsest


"Audio palimpsest is an interactive sound-based installation which explores applications of indeterminacy and randomness in an interactive platform. Based on a reconfigured cassette recorder, Audio Palimpsest is meant to be viewed indoors, where upon interaction, it will start recording ambient sounds in the space and playing it back simultaneously. Over time and after multiple interactions, content of the magnetic tape builds up, layering previous recordings thus creating a palimpsest of sound."
source: http://youtu.be/cxU-EA4sWO4

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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Luis Buñuel Films

Luis Buñuel Films



The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Ensayo de un Crimen)

Youtube - Full Film
http://youtu.be/7-_6xm7ccR4



The Exterminating Angel

Youtube - Full Film
http://youtu.be/b3UKk0Q9Ftk

    


The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie


Youtube - Full Film
http://youtu.be/43wZwNkGSaE

 

USEFUL LINKS
plot descriptions: http://www.filmref.com/directors/dirpages/bunuel.html#obscure





Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Futurism – Movement and Sensation

FUTURISM - MOVEMENT AND SENSATION
by Maura McDonnell

Futurism praised and glorified the energy, speed and danger of machines in art.  The futurists had disgust for and rebelled against the 'relics of the past' (interestingly these relics in museums were ok for the old, the disabled and prisoners - people with no future?).  The new beauty was not the old art of the past, such as the sculptor piece 'Victory of Samothrace', but the beauty of speed.

Victory of Samothrace

How was something so ephemeral and invisible to the eye as speed to be rendered in painting?
Something invisible but felt?

In the two painting manifestos and in particular the Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting, added to the futurist list of statements is the celebration of science - 'victorious science'.  Science could reveal what was hidden in nature and to our vision, x-rays had penetrated the 'opacity' and materiality of the body.  Chronophotography and the time-lapse photography of Eadweard Muybridge and Étienne-Jules Marey had provided a means of analysing and seeing movement via  an image by breaking down movement into a sequence of superimposed images, emulated then in futurist painting.

Giacomo Balla, Speed of a Motorcycle, 1913, Oil on Canvas
Invisible phenomenon to the eye such as motion, speed, movement could be revealed through photography and painting and therefore simulated in painting creating a sensation of movement.

Science also provided artists with new knowledge at the time about colour theory and how our eye mixed light.  These related to how the eye responded to light and vibrancy, in particular Michel Chevreul's theory of simultaneous contrast which influenced the divisionist technique in painting and as such divisionism was promoted by the futurists.  Divisionism a form of additive colour mixing, was considered to assist in creating vibrancy and luminosity in a painting.  Here, contrasting colours laid side by side create a new colour and one that is more vibrant than traditional colour mixing.

With such ephemeral, vibrant sensation sought in their paintings, more statements from their manifesto sum up their ideas.  'Movement and light destroy the materiality of bodies' and 'Our bodies penetrate the sofas upon which we sit, and the sofas penetrate our bodies. The motor bus rushes into the houses which it passes, and in their turn the houses throw themselves upon the motor bus and are blended with it'. It is then to this incredible painting that I end my presentation -  The Street Enters The House by Umberto Boccioni.




This very short writing on Futurism was prepared for a presentation on the History and Theory of Digital Arts Seminar on Thursday 8th February 2012, where Mathew Causey asked us to prepare a short presentation on one of a number of topics.  I chose Futurism as I have always been fascinated with the emphasis painters put on motion and sensation in their works.  This short presentation is based on three pieces of art work and based on reading the following futurist manifestos. The Futurist Manifesto by F. T. Marinetti, 1909 http://cscs.umich.edu/~crshalizi/T4PM/futurist-manifesto.html Manifesto of the Futurist Painters by Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Luigi Russolo, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini http://www.unknown.nu/futurism/painters.html Technical Manifesto of Futurist Painting by Umberto Boccioni, Carlo Carrà, Luigi Russolo, Giacomo Balla, Gino Severini http://www.unknown.nu/futurism/techpaint.html

source images from:
http://musee.louvre.fr/oal/victoiredesamothrace/victoiredesamothrace_acc_en.html
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/0e/Umberto_Boccioni_-_A_strada_entra_nella_casa.jpg/574px-Umberto_Boccioni_-_A_strada_entra_nella_casa.jpg

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Dumb Type Memorandum

"Dumb Type, the artists´ collective that was founded in 1987 in Kyoto is almost unparalleled in its fusion of the body and new media. Both artists and audience are transported to border zones of perception between life and death, inner and outer, image and reality. The group asks the question posed by many Performers in East Asia: is the body a projection space for social, economic and political processes which are written into every individual? Or is the body the last core of resistance of archaically anchored identity in a culture?"
Source: 
http://www.culturebase.net/artist.php?195






VISIT WEBSITE: http://dumbtype.com/works/memorandum


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Ballet triadico 1970

Reconstruction of Ballet Tradico from the Margarete Hastings sketches.

Part 1



Part 2


A very interesting website (in French) - an online research website of the work of Oskar Schlemmer at:
A really interesting seminar - Rerunning Ballet Tradico Seminar "the seminar is intended as a space for reflection on the creation stage, particularly on what some call "broad-ranging dance reconstruction" and that we are more interested in the processes that determine results, we have called "rerunning" a term that assumes more open as interpreter of anyone who wants to rerun a past stage work."
http://triadicos.wordpress.com/seminario-de-reejecucion/