Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Martin John Callanan's "A Planetary Order"

This image shows 3D computer model and not the finished globe

Martin John Callanan has created A Planetary Order (Terrestrial Cloud Globe) as part of his residency at University College London's Environment Institute.

Callanan writes:
A Planetary Order is a terrestrial globe showing clouds from one single moment in time, thereby subtly highlighting the fragility and interdependence of the Earth’s environmental systems.
The launch party for A Planetary Order and Extraordinary Clouds (a book by Richard Hamblyn, the writer-in-residence at the Institute) is today (June 30th) in the University College London's main quadrangle at Gower Street at 6:30 pm.


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Monday, June 29, 2009

Mike Patterson's "Commuter"


Commuter (1981), Mike Patterson
Commuter is the Student Academy Award winning animation by Mike Patterson. Patterson is the animator behind Ah-Ha's groundbreaking Take On Me music video.

If you haven't already seen it, the "literal" version of Take On Me is worth a few chuckles: "Band Montage!"

[via BBV]

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

TPG: Stephanie Dean's "Still Life with Strawberries"

Still Life with Strawberries (edition of 50) by Stephanie Dean is the latest offering by The Present Group.

The Present Group is an art subscription service--subscribers receive 4 contemporary artworks per year. Benjamin Rosenbaum and my Anthroptic was TPG's premiere issue.

Stephanie on the Modern Groceries Series:
I am creating a series of still life photographs focusing on the way our purchased food is packaged and consumed. By setting common foods in their packaging and labeling direct from the grocery store into traditional nature mort compositions, our most common and necessary items of life -- food -- are jolted into historical focus. The viewers’ various degrees of knowledge of Dutch still life paintings will be the measure by which the photographs will either found or further the perceived rift between ourselves and nature, and ourselves and our food sources.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

DIY residencies in DIY stores

splash

tout terrain

matin d'automne

Paul Souviron and Antoine Lejolivet's Encastrable series is guerrilla art "residencies"/interventions at Paris-area megastores--mainly Home Depot like places. The artists create amusing tableaus using the materials stocked by the store.

[via WWMNA]

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Story that takes 1,000 years to read


Conceptual artist Jonathon Keats responds to the hyper-fast media cycles by writing a story that will take a millennium to tell.

His story is printed on a the cover of Opium Magazine. When exposed to the sun's ultraviolet light, the words will become visible at the rate of one word per century. Of course, that rate is subject to variation based upon the eroding ozone layer (or taking an ultraviolet lamp to it).

[via Wired via Jason Kottke]

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Jamie O'Shea's "3:2"

9:40 am Jan 9 (2:30 am Jan 11) double exposure, actual time vs imagined time

Jamie O'Shea
writes:
3:2 was an experiment in time travel. On Jan 01 2008 at 12:00 am central, I sealed myself in a room with a slow clock, artificial day and night, and delayed internet. I remained in this artificial time warp until January 19th your time, or January 13th my time. I am now living forever in the future.

last bit of sunlight as room is sealed off


Artificial Sun and Delayed Outside feed

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Small Glass (after Duchamp)

It was an inadvertent intervention... but I like it (and it does still work).

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Monday, June 15, 2009

Mars in Crayons

Back from my honeymoon! Starting today I'll be blogging at my normal pace (e.g., about 3 posts per week). Here's an interesting story that I originally came across on Boing Boing Gadgets posting... but the real details were provided by a comment by Dan Goods in response to the BBG post.




Dan Goods wrote:
Howdy... I co-curated the "Data + Art" show that this was in and interviewed Richard Grumm who is the one who made the image (his initials "RLG" can be seen in the lower right hand corner). The original JPL description is a little outdated...The story is that mangers for the mission were unsure if the tape recorder on Mariner 4 was working correctly.

After the flyby of the planet it would take several hours for the computers to process a real image. There had been some anomalous errors pointing towards the tape recorder so everyone was a little freaked out that they were not going to get any images. So Mr. Grumm, who oversaw the tape recorder, and his crew decided to prove one way or the other. The engineers thought of different ways of taking the 1’s and 0's from the actual data to create an image and decided that printing out the digits and coloring over them was the most efficient.

So Mr. Grumm went to a local art store and was looking for a set of chalk in different grays. The art store replied that they "did not sell chalk" (as that was too low for them, only convenience stores sold "chalk"), but they did have colored pastels. Richard did not want to spend a lot of time arguing with them, so he just picked them up, printed out the 1's and 0's and his team colored them by their brightness level. Though he used a brown/red color scheme the thought that mars was red did not enter his mind. He really was looking for the colors that best represented a grey scale, since that was what they were going to get anway. It is uncanny how close to the actual colors of mars he was as they look like they came right out of current images of the planet. I've seen some of the other color schemes he tried and it could have been green or purple!

Continue reading on Dan Goods's blog.

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