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Documentaire sur l'artiste Sud Coréenne Cha Jong-Rye, 2011. Documentary about South Korean artist Cha Jong-Rye, 2011.
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Cha Jongrye was born in Daejeon, Korea, a historic province now known as the silicon valley of Korea, but whose name translates to “large field,” harkening back to its simple, organic roots. Those roots in the simplicity of nature are the basis for Jongrye’s monumental works which seem to defy the confines of space and the natural world.

Cha Jongrye works with wood, but not in the way we’re used to. She challenges the material to do more than replicate the frozen recollection of a person, place or thing. Making wood fluid, she reminds the observer of its moment of creation, the organic process before the wood was firmed and placed in the world.

Cha’s works has an earthy sensuality that only hints at the possibly deeper meaning. The surface is a technically masterful manipulation of material; layering delicate wood pieces and sanding them by hand, fusing and grinding wooden slivers, Cha meticulously fits together topographical contours that have no beginning or end.

Cha calls on the ideas of creation, infinity and eternity. The cone shape that is prevalent in her work references birth in nature where a pointed tip bursts through the earth’s surface and continues to reach upward as it grows. It is also a metaphor for the human egoic experience of continually reaching to create more and more, greater and greater as we cement our place in the universe.

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Street Kabinett Opening eve ALBEDO 20.08.15

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Street Kabinett

Street Kabinett is a place for experimental dialogues between visual art, performance and site specific installation. We wish to host varied artists from different…
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Two Documentaries Introduce Delia Derbyshire, the Pioneer in Electronic Music

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With her buttoned-up style, work with the UN, and name like a plucky character in a certain English wizard series, Delia Derbyshire may not seem a likely pioneer of experimental electronic music.
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This Is What Happens When Machines Dream - Singularity HUB

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When we let our minds wander, sleeping or waking, they begin mixing and remixing our experiences to create weird images, hallucinations, even epiphanies.

These might be the result of idle daydreaming on the side of a hill, when we see a whale in the clouds. Or they might be more significant, like the famous tale that the chemist Friedrich Kekulé discovered the circular shape of benzene after daydreaming about a snake eating its own tail.

There is little doubt we are a species consumed by our dreams—that our ability to find unexpected new patterns in the noise is what makes us human and what makes us creative.

Maybe that’s why a set of incredibly dream-like images recently released by Google are causing such a stir. These particular images were dreamed up by computers.

Google calls the process by which the images were created inceptionism, recalling the movie, and likewise, the images themselves range from beautiful to bizarre.

So, what exactly is going on here? We recently wrote about the torrid advances in image recognition using deep learning algorithms. By feeding these algorithms millions of labeled images ("cat", "cow," "chair," etc.), they learn to recognize and identify objects in unlabeled images. Earlier this year, machines at Google, Microsoft, and Baidu beat a human benchmark at image recognition.

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Jorge Luis Borges, as any reader of his stories knows, had a lot of ideas. Some of his ideas must have seemed pretty fantastical when he wrote stories around them from the 1920s to the 1950s.
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Artist Cai Guo­-Qiang Sends a 500-Meter Ladder of Fire into the Sky Above China

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In the early morning hours of June 15, a huge white balloon filled with 6,200 cubic meters of helium slowly ascended into the sky above Huiyu Island Harbour, Quanzhou, China. Attached to it was a 500-meter long ladder coated completely with quick burning fuses and gold fireworks that was the
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The Emotions That Make Us More Creative

The Emotions That Make Us More Creative | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Artists and scientists throughout history have remarked on the bliss that accompanies a sudden creative insight. Einstein described his realization of the general theory of relativity as the happiest moment of his life. More poetically, Virginia Woolf once observed, “Odd how the creative power brings the whole universe at once to order.”

But what about before such moments of creative insight? What emotions actually fuel creativity?

The long-standing view in psychology is that positive emotions are conducive to creativity because they broaden the mind, whereas negative emotions are detrimental to creativity because they narrow one’s focus. But this view is too simplistic for a number of reasons.

It’s true that attentional focus does have important effects on creative thinking: a broad scope of attention is associated with the free-floating colliding of ideas, and a narrow scope of attention is more conducive to linear, step-by-step goal attainment. However, emerging research suggests that the positive vs. negative emotions distinction may not be the most important contrast for understanding attentional focus. Over the past seven years, research conducted by psychologist Eddie Harmon-Jones and his colleagues suggests that the critical variable influencing one’s scope of attention is not emotional valence (positive vs. negative emotions) but motivational intensity, or how strongly you feel compelled to either approach or avoid something. For example, pleasant is a positive emotion, but it has low motivational intensity. In contrast, desire is a positive emotion with high motivational intensity.

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Gabriel Grey Boyd's curator insight, August 16, 7:22 PM

    Two world collide. Science and art have long been distant cousins in the existence of the question of where the truth lies. This article brings them both together and explains emotions' effect on our behavior in the workplace or everyday life. To become overwhelmed with passion as a beggar would toward a feast actually blinds you from your tasks. It is best to maintain a "pleasant" mood in order to completely absorb the environment and it's full cast of beauty. One could use this too realize being on the job overly angry or overly happy may actually inhibit the progress of their work. 

Instituut voor Toegepaste Filosofie's curator insight, August 21, 4:09 AM

Emoties ondersteunen onze creativiteit.

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Art-A-Porter

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The wearable art gallery showcases exclusive artworks from some of the world’s most respected artists, produced on high-end clothing made in Montreal (Canada) in limited and numbered editions.
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The art business is booming, but many galleries are barely getting by. One German expert thinks he knows the answers
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re:publica 2015 - James Bridle: Living in the Electromagnetic Spectrum - YouTube

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