Thursday, 30 April 2009

Tutorial with Richard Launder

Associate Professor at Subject Area Ceramics at the Dept of Specialised Art, Bergen National Academy of the Arts.

Showed three dresses, porcelain one and the two bronze ones and powerpoint of clay models, wax landscape and large scale drawings.

People to look at:
Marek Cecula - inspirational portfolio of an artist and designer (juggling being both).
Nicola Constantino - human skin bags
Barnaby Barford - porcelain figures, animation

Its important the translation from the dream. Work on the retainability of the raw material. Try speaking the dream again, taking it from the original sound recording, what happens - are the emotions different? Collect many versions of the same dream as possible. What about recording a daily diary as well to correspond to the dream diary. Within this inaccessibility could be something key/important.

All these methods of capture / themes in the work are filters. You testing different systems. Rule making. Look at Brian Eno - Oblique Strategies (here is a link to get them!)

For example - I could record, instead of the physical things happening in the dream, only the emotional sense for five days and then make something based on this instead of representational objects.

Make different inventories of objects.

With the wax pieces, could try melting with hot air - invisible source and then reverse, play with the order of the video. Reversal, missing sections, fuzzy.

Money plant miniature jungle excitement

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Symposiums - Book Arts & Designer Maker

Sun Yin

Her project was also about dreams. Spoke about Odilon Redon:

It wasn't until 1870s that Redon's true creative period began . He published a series of lithographs done in chiefly charcoal and pencil. He originally planned a series based on Blaise Pascal's "Pensees," but only executed two pencil drawings for the series, opting to concentrate on a sequence titled "In Dream" (1878). The lithographs were often surreal and nightmarish visions of giant eyes, spiders and mythological images, and his images were often compared to those of Goya. "Vision" (1881), a large eyeball floating like an ominous balloon, is a prime example of Redon's chiaroscuro drawing style.

As a Book Arts student she had split the project into different elements which would be different 'books'. Invisible, Fragment, Reflective... Containers of memory.

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Crate Magic!

Ok what can I do with this?

Dreams @ Viewfinder Gallery - Greenwich

Can't believe I missed this! GRRRRR. Shaun Caton and Nicolas Gonzales present the almost impossible: photographed dreams.

Shaun Caton's series 'Dreamed Polaroids' are Polaroid records of dreams from people with brain injuries at the Neurological Rehabilitation Unit in Homerton Hospital. Some have profound short term memory loss, others embellish and embroider their invented memories. An inventory is prepared of objects and locations required to recreate the dream fragments: cabbages, bicycles to be set on fire, shells, dolls, flowers. The photographed dream enactments are presented here with snippets from patients' dreams.

Nicolas Gonzalez' series 'The Blind Horse' is a personal diary that explores the influence of dreams in daily life. Without intending to literally illustrate or translate dreams into photographs, Gonzalez' work is guided by a spontaneous use of the camera, an expressive use of photography. His photographs were taken at night, often with exposures of up to eight hours. Fragments of Gonzalez' dream diary are exhibited alongside his photographs.

Jan Svankmajer - Leonardo's Diary

I remember ordering this on my lovefilm about 4 months ago, I think because I read somewhere about his surrealist films. Only got 1964072 but this is my favourite. The juxtaposition of the clips with the old movie clips is genius. Instant visual links between them, similar to what I'm trying to do with the dreams - find either stills or clips that have the same situation and atmospheric feeling for me that I had in the dream - this is very specific and I've had trouble finding exactly the right images as they are in my head which then led to the large dream sketches. But I still think its worth experimenting with a visual collage of information about particular dreams....

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Sky Trails

Lazy day... from the roof terrace, beautiful trails...

22nd Paril

  • Photo/video montages - Jan films, Animation then video clip associations very interesting parallels. Collect together the relevant images for each dream/scene/atmosphere/feeling - maybe the difference between reality and my memory of it?
  • Develop shadow - unconscious drawings - how to make these 3D - fuzzy areas - melted, blurry.
  • Thin porcelain layers - can you see through? or tracing paper - the CRATE.
Notes from TrAin symposium - Formalism - looking at things in a formal way (process), practitioner concerned with aesthetics. Put your name first and blog address at the end.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Burst of Beaden

I wasn't going to blog this as I have done a lot of posts recently about people making miniature stuff but I do keep thinking about this iceberg - its great! Also check out his animations - good atmosphere. (Jon Klassen)

Amy Bennett

Amy Bennett makes miniature models of imaginary places, and then paints scenes from them. Very nice..

Thursday, 16 April 2009

Seven days in the art world by Sarah Thornton

'The art world is a sphere where many people don't just work but reside full-time. Its a symbolic economy where people swap thoughts and where cultural worth is debated rather than determined by brute wealth.[...]

Art is about experimenting and ideas, but it is also about excellence and exclusion. It's structured about nebulous and often contradictory hierarchies of fame, credibility, imagined historical importance, institutional affiliation, education, perceived intelligence, wealth and attributes such as the size of one's collection.[...]

Contemporary art has become a kind of alternative religion for atheists. The artist Francis Bacon once said that when "Man" realises that he is just an accident in the greater scheme of things, he can only "beguile himself for a time." He then added: "Painting, or all art, has now become completely a game by which man distracts himself...and the artist must really deepen the game to be any good at all." [...] concept-driven art is a kind of existential channel through which they bring meaning to their lives. It demands leaps of faith, but it rewards the believer with a sense of consequence.

Rebecca Warren:

"I don't necessarily love the things that I'm making, its about allowing yourself to accept what you do."
"A great work, allows you to look at it without it nagging you. It's not that it's open to any interpretation, but it's not got a limited fixed meaning."

Why Us? How science rediscovered the mystery of ourselves by James Le Fanu

The two orders of reality (e.g.):

pg. 21

'The first or primary reality of water is that personal knowledge of its diverse states and properties that includes not just how we perceive it through our senses, but also the memories, emotions and feelings with which we respond to it. By contrast, the second order of reality is water's materiality, its chemical composition. [...] These two radically different, yet complementary, 'orders of reality' of water are mutually exclusive. There is nothing in our personal experience that hints at water's chemical composition, nor conversely is there anything in its chemical formula that hints at its many diverse states of rain, snow, babbling brook, as we know them from personal experience. This seemly unbridgeable gap between these two order of reality corresponds, if not precisely, to the notion of the 'dual nature of reality', composed of a non-material realm, epitomised by the thoughts and perceptions of the mind, and an objective material realm of, for example, chairs and tables.

The 'first order' philosophic view is the aggregate of human knowledge of the world as known through the senses, interpreted and comprehended by the powers of reason and imagination. The 'second order' scientific view is limited to the material methods. They are both equally REAL, but from the eighteenth century onwards scientific knowledge has been prioritised, through its ability to 'reduce' the seemingly inscrutable complexities of the natural world to their more readily explicable parts and mechanisms.


Parts of the self:

'unique subjective experience' of the world (self explanatory)
'autonomous agent' freedom of choice, prompted by initiative, act and make decisions
'memory' rich inner landscape of people, places and events
'reason and imagination' that through the power of language transcend the boundaries of personal experience of commune with the minds of others and make sense of the world

These are interdependent e.g. my subjective impressions of the trees outside are influenced by my memories and emotional feelings about trees in general. Thus, the self though clearly non material in that it has no substance and cannot be weighed or measured, [...] is the indestructible solid 'inner core' that is each one of us. That self, is grounded in the human brain which gives rise to it, but has its own coherent durable 'reality' that cannot be explained by the ever-changing transient electrical activity of its neuronal circuits. This conundrum of the dual character of a spiritual human mind, seemingly floated off from the physical brain [...] the human mind transcends that materiality and is not easily accessible. [...] crystalised around the concept of the soul.


The world out there: capturing an instant

The most difficult of all scientific propositions to come to terms with is that the three-dimensional world we inhabit is not as it seems 'out there' but is created by the electrical activity inside our brains. [...] Particles of light impacting on the retina are colourless, waves of sound are slient and scent molecules have no smell. They are all invisible, weightless, sub-atomic particles of matter travelling through space. It is the brain that impresses the colours, sounds and smells upon them.


[with the] ascendancy of scientific materialism, and the loss of appreciation of there being a non-material reality that transcends our everyday concerns. We have lost that sense of living in an enchanted world.

I guess I want to bring the non-material experiences that I have in dreams into a material outcome. Encouraging that science cannot explain the concept of our souls. So maybe I am trying to do something worthwhile!

Dreamlines by Leonardo Solaas

dreamlines is a non-linear, interactive visual experience. The user enters one or more words that define the subject of a dream he would like to dream. The system looks in the Web for images related to those words, and takes them as input to generate an ambiguous painting, in perpetual change, where elements fuse into one another, in a process analogous to memory and free association.[...]

The subject of this work is, many times, multiplicity. That of the particles in endless movement, that of the vast contents of the Internet, that of the users and the dreams they wish to dream.

All this multiplicities get together on the verge of chaos, on a process that mixes randomness and strict but complex logics, very much alike the processes that take place in our heads. Even when we rest.

This is what it cam up with when I typed in 'bunny rabbit':

Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Sophie Calle book

Exhibition book from 'Appointment with Sigmund Freud' where she installed objects and stories in his house in North London. These are scans of my favourite pages:

This room reminds me of a friends house when I was 5 and we lived in Kings Worthy - Charlotte with the German Shepherd, we used to watch TV from behind the sofa and she told me a story once about chucking TK over the dining room which I imagined/remembered to look like this room...

António Damásio

António Rosa Damásio, GOSE (pron. IPA: [ɐ̃'tɔniu dɐ'maziu], born 1944) is a Portuguese behavioral neurologist and neuroscientist working in the United States. He is David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience at the University of Southern California, where he heads USC's Brain and Creativity Institute. Prior to taking up his posts at USC, in 2005, Damásio was M.W. Van Allen Professor and Head of Neurology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. His career at Iowa lasted from 1976-2005. Besides being a well-known researcher in several areas of the neurology, he is a best-selling author of books which describe his scientific thinking.

Mythologies at Haunch of Venison

AMAZING exhibition of 40 artists at the new Haunch of Venison gallery (used to be Museum of Mankind) behind Piccadilly.

Love this by Jennifer Wen Ma - the video projection onto the stone is so sharp and bright - fantastic. 'New adventures of havoc in heaven II' (2008)

Hard to photograph these installations by Jamie Shovlin, small crate with a tiny crack to see in, to see a miniature staircase leading to a closed door, like a basement and another box with a projection inside. His work is all about hoaxes etc (read links).Jamie Shovlin, Family Album (Box), 2002-2005, Cardboard, paper, wood, ink, paint, pencil, inkjet prints, frames, trophy, scrapbook, video cases, cassettes, 1/12th scale miniature set, and carpet with timed slide projection, CD sound loop and speakers, 130 cm diameter, height 26 cm. Interior dimensions 26 cm x 26 cm x 12 cm.

Some of my favourite work by Heather and Ivan Morison - mentioned b4 in my blog as I loved their card from Danielle Arnaud, and my rubbish quality video of Dark Star (1997).

Lightbox work by Daniele Buetti - Is my soul losing control (2008) Just liked the effect and contrast of the black glossy perspex/glass and glowing spots.
Didn't get time to see the whole thing as it was closing but great curation, interpretive material and exhibition design - especially liked the quotes.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

HELMO - can't get enough of these guys!

Shame its all in French...


oooo - found this through Its Nice That (ta Bryony!) Coloured Smoke & White Smoke

Sunday, 5 April 2009

Rebecca Warren at Serpentine Gallery

Interested to go to the Serpentine for the first time (to my shame!) to see Rebecca Warren's work. Frustrating not to be able to touch the bronzes. Not amazing - liked the compositions in boxes and expressive nature of the clay pieces - emotion led?

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Joyia's cabinet

Interesting for me to spend a day building something and then destroy it...obviously the video isn't really special or working as an idea but its something i've been meaning to try for a while. This was a cabinet I had a very specific dream about, decorated like our kitchen cupboards with the surface of the turquoise tin - ooooo - colour the wax???

***I can't get the video how I want it without Premiere so for now here are just the pictures - maybe I want to be in reverse, more step changes, multiple views and no sound all of which I need to learn to do***