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Exploring the 'Middle' in a Soft Matter through Artistic Manifestations
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artist Jack Strange creating methaphors out of the banal

artist Jack Strange creating methaphors out of the banal | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

“All Fish”, 2011 by Jack Strange. Plastic Bags, water, iPod Touch, video file with sound.You want to see the most beautiful thing I’ve ever filmed?’ teenage videographer and voyeur-next-door Ricky Fitts asks in Sam Mendes’ film American Beauty (1999), before revealing a hand-held video of an empty plastic bag floating and whirling in the wind. This focus on a mundane moment and a nondescript object was not intended to be ironic, but it was suggestive of a telling trend in contemporary art of finding beauty in the banal. For Jack Strange banality lies at the core of his tricksy, Conceptualist practice. A recent graduate of London’s Slade School of Art, Strange has produced a variety of sculptures, videos, works on paper and photographs – among them Plastic Bag (2008), a digital print of a shredded and impaled bag flailing on a stretch of jagged barbed wire – that recall Fitts’ ‘artsy’ backyard cinéma verité but which provide a cheeky, wistful and at times revealing subtext.

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Private Moon - Photography by Leonid Tishkov • Selectism

Private Moon - Photography by Leonid Tishkov • Selectism | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

Here’s a look at the work of Russian photographer Leonid Tishkov. Using some visual tricks we couldn’t possibly reveal (because we have no idea how he did it either) he’s created this set of images. So stop reading this and click the ‘more’ button, you know it makes sense

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Fellini’s Fantastic TV Commercials

Fellini’s Fantastic TV Commercials | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Last month we brought you some little-known soap commercials by Ingmar Bergman. Today we present a series of lyrical television advertisements made by the great Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini during the final decade of his life.
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Ai Wewei world premieres the installation "81 Wooden Balls" at Art Museums of Bergen

Ai Wewei world premieres the installation "81 Wooden Balls" at Art Museums of Bergen | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
B BERGEN.- /B Tonight, Ai Weiwei’s new installation 81 Wooden Balls world premiered at a href= http://www.kunstmuseene.no target= _blank Art...

Via Yohai Barak, Samy David
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emergent behaviour sculptures by thomas jackson

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emergent behaviour sculptures by thomas jackson

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A Loose History of Art Collectives

A Loose History of Art Collectives | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

Today feels more threatened and threatening today than at any time since the 1960's. Terrorism, nuclear proliferation, the prospect of war on Iraq and ever tightening security measures at home has sent a hum of tension through daily life.

In the 1960's, comparable tension, excruciatingly amplified, produced a big response: the spread of a counterculture, one that began with political protest movements and became an alternative way of life. Among other things, it delivered a sustained, collective "no" to certain values (imperialism, moralism, technological destruction), and a collective "yes" to others: peace, liberation, a return-to-childhood innocence.

The collective itself, as a social unit, was an important element in the 60's. Whatever form the collective concept took, its implications of shared resources and global implications made it a model for change.

The collective impulse has never died in American art and now it is surfacing again.� An old countercultural model, often much changed, is being revived, in some cases by artists barely out of their teens.

Computer-savvy collectives are starting to gain attention. �They are housed in apartments, storefronts, art schools and minivans. �Their members � who often support themselves with day jobs as designers, programmers, teachers or temps � are identified by a group name, like rock bands. �And their art is often a multitasking mix of painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, digital art, video, zine production and musical performances.

Such Net-centric collectives are electronic descendants of earlier American groups that cohered and dissolved from the 1960's through the 1990's: PAD/D (Political Art Documentation and Distribution), Colab, Group Material, Guerrilla Girls, REPOhistory, Act Up and General Idea, which originated in Canada, to name but a few. The full history of this phenomenon has yet to be written, though a few art historians are now working on it.

I would like to give a quick overview of some of the more notable art collectives and focus on the politics of each.

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Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues - we make money not art

Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues - we make money not art | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

Euphoria & Dystopia: The Banff New Media Institute Dialogues, edited by Sarah Cook and Sara Diamond. Foreword by Kellogg Booth and Sidney Fels. Essays by Sandra Buckley, Steve Dietz, Jean Gagnon, N. Katherine Hayles, Eric Kluitenberg, Jeff Leiper, Allucquere Rosanne Stone. Afterword by Susan Kennard.

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Jim Hodges’ Buoyant Monoliths: The Walker’s Newest Outdoor Commission

Jim Hodges’ Buoyant Monoliths: The Walker’s Newest Outdoor Commission | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
What began as a sketch on Jim Hodges’ studio wall—an image of a boulder with a small swatch of pink foil added—will become the newest addition to the Walker campus this spring.
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Technological Mandalas Made from Soldered Computer and Radio Components | Colossal

Technological Mandalas Made from Soldered Computer and Radio Components | Colossal | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

With the Technological Mandala series I combined the suggestive and spiritual meaning of the Indian Mandalas with something that has been perceived as far from that sphere of influence, technology. The search of perfection as necessity within the electronics industry has stimulated my curiosity to produce this series of pieces in order to evocate that specific need. I wanted to show what has been hidden from the eyes of the consumer, representing electronic circuits as extraordinary objects where the perfection of the design can becomes almost something ethereal. The shapes and colors of the single components intrigued me for pure aesthetic reasons with the consequent loss of the actual functionality of the component itself. My circuits/ Mandalas do not activate lights or do other complicated function, but they simply function as stimulus to produce simple questions like: what will happen if a real electric current flows through the Circuit/Mandala?

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Art in the age of “big data”

Art in the age of “big data” | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

 

I’m currently at ISEA2012, the 18th International Symposium on Electronic Art, a six-day international conference, this year taking place in Albuquerque under the glorious banner ‘Machine Wilderness’, which references the New Mexico region as an area of rapid growth and technology within vast expanses of open land.

Astrophysicist and President of the Leonardo Institute for Art, Science and Technology, Roger Malina gave a keynote to a packed auditorium, in which he discussed (in a rich and wide-ranging lecture) the epistemological revolution that is underway with the arrival of the era of “big data”. The amount of data in our world has exploded, Malina explained. Today, each day we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data (source: IBM). This trend is accelerating so fast that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. Data sets have become so large and complex that it has become extremely difficult to process using current tools. Malina argued that there is a critical role for artists in creating new systems of data representation, visualisation, sonification, and simulation, across fields ranging from astronomy, geology, nanoscience and medicine, to business and finance. It’s not a field in which I am an expert, but it strikes me that – as well as the systems that Malina outlines – the key contribution that artists can make is in helping to create meaning and poetry from these vast data fields.

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Computers match humans in understanding art

Computers match humans in understanding art | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Understanding and evaluating art has widely been considered as a task meant for humans, until now.
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Six Solos at the Wexner Center

Watch Christopher Bedford, Chief Curator of Exhibitions at the Wexner Center, and Ashley Brook, Associate Producer of Artzine discuss and interact with this playful exhibition!

Six Solos is a set of independent exhibitions featuring the work of six rising international artists on view inside and outside the Wexner Center. Organized by the Wexner Center and opening in conjunction with the center's 21st anniversary celebrations, the presentations continue the Wex's tradition of supporting younger artists in their efforts.

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TateShots: Frank Bowling

Frank Bowling studied at the Royal College of Art with David Hockney and Derek Boshier.
Bowling's shift from Figuration to Abstraction came when he moved from London to New York. Here, Bowling looks back over his long career and explains why he made the change.

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Excerpt from "Quasi-Objects / Cinematic Environment 3" (2008)

"Quasi-Objects" is a new media art project consisting of 3d generated videos and prints; a practice of organic re-design - started in 2003 and still in progress - that aims to stimulate thought and dialogue about the progressive relativisation of natural forms of life as a result of techno-biological evolution.

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Jonathan Zawada and Kris Moyes interview /// Concrete Playground Sydney

Concrete Playground presents Conspirators Episode 1 /// Long-time friends and collaborators Jonathan Zawada (artist, creative director and Trust Fun! founder) and Kris Moyes (artist and director) discuss with each other some of their more brutally honest thoughts and feelings about what drives them as artists and the industry as a whole. http://concreteplayground.com.au

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Jorge Oteiza’s Radical Thought

Jorge Oteiza’s Radical Thought | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

“Art does not transform anything, it does not change the world, it does not change reality. What really transforms the artist, whilst advancing, transforming and completing his modes of expression, is himself. And it is this man, transformed by art, who can attempt to transform reality through life.”

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Contemporary art collectives: gelitin, Bernadette Corporation, Paper Rad, Claire Fontaine, Artists Anonymous

Contemporary art collectives: gelitin, Bernadette Corporation, Paper Rad, Claire Fontaine, Artists Anonymous | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Art collectives make up some of the most distinctive players in today's contemporary art scene. Our overview presents established stars alongside emerging art collectives.
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on Ilkka Halso - Architecture of Fear | Z33

curator talk - Ils Huygens about the work 'The Nature Museum' of in the theme exhibition Architecture of Fear (02.10 - 31.12.2011) at Z33. Ilkka Halso Museum...
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ArtSlant - KRIS SCHEIFELE Rackroom

ArtSlant - KRIS SCHEIFELE Rackroom | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Rackroom interview for contemporary artist KRIS SCHEIFELE.New York, Sept. 2012: For her second solo show “Fade” at Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Kris Scheifele has made a series of sixteen paint-sculptures. Body-like and reminiscent of flayed meat, they hang from thin nails on the wall. They allude to the human form but they also suggest handbags, torn yoga mats, the friction-burned undersides of tennis shoes—plastic detritus in the process of breaking down, the kind you might find in a garbage dump. But they are beautifully made. They sag and droop and—juiced up with color—these lovingly (and maybe frustratingly) cut slabs of acrylic offer the viewer lessons about history and aesthetics. The most significant and exciting is: so much can be done with paint and color and gravity. “Fade” continues through October 7, 2012.
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Mark Bradford | The Artist's Museum

The Artist's Museum video series looks at eight significant artists who have produced some of the finest contemporary works in Los Angeles from 1980 to present day. Structured as extended studio visits, these videos capture each artists’ creative process and motivations, developing a rich narrative on the vitality of the Los Angeles artist community.

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Abandon Normal Devices 2012 - we make money not art

Abandon Normal Devices 2012 - we make money not art | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

Finally! An art & tech festival that makes sense. A festival that resonates with the media art expert and the casual passerby alike. An event that values art above in-your-face tech prowess. It was my first visit to an AND festival. I found it witty, surprising, often thought-provoking and enlightening.

Exhibitions, performances, open air cinema and workshops were free and distributed all over the city. My first stop was for the CUBE which was showing two works dealing with biotechnology. Pigs Bladder Football by John O'Shea and Reproductive Futures by Zoe Papadopoulou.

Pigs Bladder Football looks back at the time when football balls were made from pig bladders but instead of using an existing organ, the project tissue engineered small balls from animal cells harvested from abattoir waste. The artist was showing a video, a DIY incubator case as well as prototype of bladder muscle cell growing on 3D-printed polymer scaffold.

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Bare-Knuckle Reflections About Art and Commerce from a Digital Nomad | Art21 Blog

Bare-Knuckle Reflections About Art and Commerce from a Digital Nomad | Art21 Blog | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it
Brendan Carroll talks to artist Marius Watz about the ramifications of being a digital artist in today's art market.
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Interview with sound artist Signe Lidén - we make money not art

Interview with sound artist Signe Lidén - we make money not art | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

I met Signe Lidén over the Summer at FARM, a festival that brings digital art into rural contexts. The event was set in Tufo, a small town famous for its wine. Tufo is located in the mountains near Naples, people there are fantastically friendly, there's only one bar with wifi, the supermarket is inside a pastel-coloured ex-cinema but damn that place was so hot and sunny i almost got a tan.

In Tufo, Signe was performing the sound pieces she had recorded while traveling on the train line between Benevento-Avellino. The field recording were an homage to the rural train line that is threatened to be shut down next month.

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The works of Artist John Isaacs

The works of Artist John Isaacs | The Aesthetic Ground | Scoop.it

There's nothing subtle about the artworks of John Isaacs. While some artists would like to make pretty pictures and beautify the world with their expression, John's work comments critically on how screwed up the world has become and demands attention. Every piece is a morally critical statement on the way we choose to live our lives as a species in this modern world. His hideously confronting executions can't help but make you think and riddle you with guilt on what we have become... It's like being bludgeoned about the head with our fast food guzzling, consumer driven, resource eating, air polluting, Prozac popping ways.

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