Explanations of class art ideas today (as far as i can remember!)
Paper memories - a series of doors made out of paper, in each next 'room' thre are objects from different stages of life. In the last room the participant writes a letter to themselves saying thier hopes for the future.
Space rain - the participant walks through a series of small mirrors which reflect around them like 'space rain'. This was my group, we also had the idea of an audience facing a large black screen in darkness and them gradually the screen is cut to reveal the light behind by higning blades - possibly set in motion somehow by the audience themselves. Another ide was to project an image onto the audience who then must use hand-held mirrors to reflect all the pieces of the image onto the screen in front of them to see what it is.
Jalopy Jalopy - remaking childhood objects into new things
Rebirth - participants experinnce birth again in a hospital setting
There is no top there is no bottom - a messy chaotic sculpture with wires etc coming out of a car
Untitled no. 7 - layers of water reppellant and absorbant paper moves the water around in a glass box, the exhibit changes as time goes on.
Quote from above
Published by the Museum of Modern Art (New York)
"I have always enjoyed the sea, and now I can no longer go for a swim I have surrounded myself with it" - Henri Matisse
I love how Matisse's cut outs were a way of overcoming his illness to access and respond to the world in a new way. Sometime limitations can mean we are more creative as we have to invent new ways of overcoming them or it means we are not confused by too many options!
from 'Jazz' by Henri Matisse, published in New York by George Brazillier, Inc.1983 (originally published Paris, Editions Verve, 1947)
Quotes from reading - 'Inside the White Cube...'
Brian O'Doherty 1976 (1999ed)
University of California Press
p14 "The history of modernism is intimately frames by that [gallery] space; or rather the history of modern art can be correlated with changes in that space and in the way we see it. We have now reached a point where we see not the art but the space first."
... An image of the white, ideal, space that, more than any single picture, may be the architypal image of twentieth century art"
"Some of the sanctity of the church , the formality of the courtroom, the mystique of the experiemental laboratory joins with chic design to produce a unique chamber of esthetics."
p18 [on the security of the frame] "It's limiting security completely defines the experience within."
p24 "The way pictures are hung makes assumptions about what is offered. Hanging editorialises on matters of interpretation and value, and is unconciously influenced by taste and fashion."
p29" Now a participant in, rather than a passive support for the art, the wall became the locus of contending ideologies"
"Most of us now "read" the hanging as we would chew gum- unconciously and from habit."
Our group ideas for pieces of art inspired by our processes, practitioners and materials
Class brainstorms 11th Sept
'Crocodile Scars' - National Geographic
Thoughts on Es Delvin
Es Delvin works with big names and creates spectacles almost like present-day tempoprary cathedrals to a demi-god. She brings the audience together at a significant moment and is part of creating the significance.
Moving on by James, viseo directed by Ainslie Henderson
I have been thinking about how string is associated with a life span and cutting it with dieing - this is what happens in Greek myths. I love this music video by Ainslie Henderson for the band James called 'Moving On'. it is about life and death and time slipping away. It is sooooo sad but I think if there was nothing moving in life happy or dad then it woudl be quite boring!
Jan Harlan producer of Eyes Wide Shut: "It is much better to leave the end of 2001 and the whole story in fact as it stands, unexplained, as a bow to the unknowable."
Milgram Obedience Experiment - "In the early 60s to the early 70s a group of social scientists coducted a series of experiments examining the nature of human behavior and it's relationship to social conventions and situations"
Bregenz Festival 2001 Andre Chenier
Marina Abramovic 'Rhythm 0' 1974
notes from Behind the Shadows: understanding a Wayang performance
by Helen Pausacker
Indonesian Arts Society
(more or less)
"The lakon (plots or stories) for Wayang performances are derived from Mahabharata and Ramayan [Hindu] epics, though some charachters are thought to be Javan in origin."
More recenty adaptations have involved thier use by the government to tell people of contemporary events and ideas.
I also thought it was facinating how some of the demon charicters' charicteristics are thought to be based on Dutch colonial people (fiery hair and wotnot). p 29
Finally, electrical lights are now often used rather than oil lamps, this effecgts the aesthetics, it becomes less spirital and more akin to cinema. p34-35