Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Research Paper

Wanted to post the whole thing with images etc but would probably go over several pages and not be easy to read. Word doc here. so just put up the title/abstract.

By exploring how we perceive illusion in art installations and contemporary film, this paper will compare The Dark Pool by Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller with the film Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, looking at the nature of the viewer’s interaction and how imagination can be manipulated.


This paper discusses firstly, a brief background of contemporary installation art, sound art and illusion in film, followed by a discussion of The Dark Pool and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and the parallels between these two immersive experiences. Multiple techniques are used by both the art installation and the film in different ways to distort our sense of reality and provide us with an illusionary experience.

Both media use sound, and it is argued that this enables our imagination to enrich our encounters of the works. In the installation, the multiple layers of sound, presented as an overlapping narrative, helps us to visualise the stories presented as part of the work. In the film, the soundtrack helps to engage us emotionally and presents dual layers of reality as the plot jumps through time and across parallel storylines.

Also, both are presented with a disorganised chronology that affects our sense of ‘being in the present’ and invites the question: what is fiction or reality? The difference between them is that within the installation, as a viewer, you are free to explore the space and discover elements of the story in a self defined order, whereas the film already has the jumbled chronology decided for us.

Lastly, objects are used in The Dark Pool, some familiar to us to invoke a feeling of nostalgia for the past, combined with strange inventions only technologically possible in the present to confuse our sense of time and in Eternal objects are used in forced perspective to create a visual illusion.

Ultimately, both have a similar aim to immerse us as viewers and for a short space of time at least, present to us a different or as described by Cardiff ‘parallel’ world, free from the constraints of reality.

Key Words

Illusion, dream, installation, film, sound

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Telling Tales @ V&A

well, unfortunately I have been waiting for this exhibition for months and it wasn't worth waiting for! The selection of work was really dull and considering that on this topic there are so many amazing makers in London alone, they managed to pick such a short sighted collection - often having the same designers present more than one work which could have made room for some much more interesting work. I think these were the only two pieces I found interesting:


Wieki Somers

'Lathe Chair VIII'

Sebastian Brajkovic

The 'Lathe Chair' series was conceived by rotating 19th-century chair shapes around a central axis to stretch them. The finished chairs were cast in bronze, like sculpture, but remain functional as furniture. The upholstery was digitally designed. The result is a marriage of tradition and modernity.

In the interpretation material there were a few quotes:
'Design should indeed play the role of art in people's homes, offices and public spaces, be a material for thinking, self-searching, reflecting and not just for passive enjoyment. That opens the door for non-functional objects in design. Or should we say that the function itself should be re-defined?' Constantin Boym

[What are your objects trying to tell me?]
'They try to show you a different truth. They will always refer to things you already know from your past, like a material use, or a pattern, or a decoration, or a function or use. But they will give you something new as well. They cause a pleasant confusion and change your perspective on things. They challenge you to look in a different way at the world around you.' Niels Van Eijk and Miriam Van Der Lubbe


Thursday, 17 September 2009

Exchanges at the Frontier: Lawrence Krauss

@ Wellcome Trust. Anthony Grayling, Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck interviewing Lawrence Krauss, Director, Origins Initiative, Arizona State University.

Can't quite describe how amazing this talk was. The first of four to be organised by Anthony Grayling to explain further to the public the latest advances at the forefront of various disciplines, and making connections between science, philosophy, art etc. I didn't make loads of notes as I had to concentrate to understand all the theories we went through!

Lawrence Krauss started as a particle physicist and became interested in all the big stuff i.e. the universe as it is all essentially described by particle physics, can read about the rest of his career here.

Open, Flat, Closed universe:

Spoke about Neutrinos, supersymmetry, inflationary cosmology, dark energy, dark matter

There is an argument for the universe being flat, as + and - gravity = 0 energy, so something that has come from nothing (big bang, and as in Quantum Mechanics where flucuations cause particles to come into and out of existence all the time). (ps probably no space or time existed before that).

Universe is just over 14 billion years old and during the inflation there was a phase transition and there could be another one where the symmetry of the universe will change and although the rules of physics will remain the properties governing elementary particles might change. i.e. water to ice, different rule if it is supercooled.

Dark energy could be responsible for the universe expanding as it is repulsive in empty space, negative pressure. So the matter has to do work on the dark energy and that work causes energy, which cause the universe to expand - I think this is right, got a bit lost in the explanation!

Anthropic Principle, Multiverse - Metauniverse.

ooo and just found this about the dream argument.

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Thursday, 10 September 2009

Aluminium landscape

found this offcut of scrap aluminium in the foundry. looking through it reminds me of Flash Gordon landscape. worth a photo? miniatureness.

Tuesday, 8 September 2009

WebTrend Maps

In the spirit of the previous post:

awesome, if I had $49 lying around I would buy the poster and start makin me own!

Tuesday, 1 September 2009

How to....try and keep up with everything

Thanks: Wal

Iain Tait from Poke

What do you think about all the new trends and technologies that are popping up daily? How do you keep yourself in the look and how are you able to keep up with everything? Do you have any tips on how to filter the important stuff out?

Iain: That's a great question. And it's actually at least 2 questions.
Keeping up with everything is impossible. You need to give up now or your brain will explode. It's always been impossible to keep up. The problem is that we've now been sold a lie. We've been told that thanks to wonderful software and gadgets it's possible to stay in the loop with everything. It's not.

Here's my tip for everyone. *Fish in different ponds from everyone else*. Of course you should make sure you know about the big important stuff. But don't just read the same blogs as everyone else. Find some niche stuff. Find some crazy MIT department that specialises in quantum storage theory and subscribe to their RSS feed. Join a Russian techno forum. See how oddballs are using technology. Then start making connections. Interesting stuff happens when you make connections.

Knowing how to filter the good stuff from the bad is tough. It's just a case of watching things over and over again, then you start to spot what works and what doesn't. You'll never get it right all the time, but you'll start to spot patterns and develop instincts. It's the same as anything really, the more you do it, the quicker and better you become.

Felt Cloud

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