Color: Kees Goudzwaard

July 9, 2015 § Leave a comment

Oil paintings of collages of tape, acetate, and colored paper by Dutch artist Kees Goudzwaard

More on Goudzwaard and his method here

  
  
  
  
  
  

Sounds: Ordinarily Unheard

July 7, 2015 § Leave a comment

 
Ordinarily Unheard: An Evening of Performed Sound

Thursday, July 16, 7-9pm
Calico Gallery, 67 West St. #203, Brooklyn, NY 11222
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Sal Randolph, David B. Smith, and Audra Wolowiec will each present a performed sound work integral to their broader practices, which include visual, textual, and sculptural projects dealing with themes such as language, imagination, and memory.

Sal Randolph Airport Scores for Drift

These Airport Scores are part of an experimental novel, Drift, being written on Twitter and other social media, with elements distributed in real space and on the web. They are “ambience scores,” transcriptions into language of the ordinarily unheard sounds of place; from this alphabetically rendered sound composition, places may then be performed in voice or imagination.
David B. Smith Forgetting Your Name (extended version)

Smith will lead a participatory ceremony where members of the audience are invited to speak a name of their choice as raw material for an electronic sound composition. The composition will unfold organically and unexpectedly and will waver between found sound and music, and between evolution and deterioration. The words the audience speaks will, like memories, fade in and out of legibility, repeating and building, yet obscuring and changing original meanings and intentions.
Audra Wolowiec  (         )

(         ) is a language based short film with two slide projectors and sound components. Held by punctuation, signals from two lighthouses begin to flash across the screen, communicating through fragments. As the sound of breaths continue to locate each other, waves allude that geometry is of no use to calculate a proximity that is felt. This work was first performed at the Poetry Project at St. Marks Church, Jan 2015.

Sounds: The Great Molasses Flood

July 6, 2015 § Leave a comment

 
A description of the sounds of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919

“Witnesses reported, variously, that as it collapsed, they felt the ground shake and heard a roar, a long rumble similar to the passing of an elevated train, a tremendous crashing, a deep growling, or a thunderclap-like bang! and, as the rivets shot out of the tank, a machine-gun-like rat-tat-tat sound.”

Text: Printing Wikipedia

July 3, 2015 § Leave a comment

Michael Mandiburg’s From Aaaaa! to ZZZap!,  an attempt at a 7600 volume print edition of Wikipedia’s entire contents, is a data visualization of Wikipedia’s huge, even impossible,  size. 

  
More on Mandiburg’s Print Wikipedia here.

A history of attempts to print Wikipedia here (many wonderful projects).

  
  

Textile: Embroidered Wikipedia Magna Carta

June 28, 2015 § Leave a comment

 
Artist Cornelia Parker’s Magna Carta – the Wikipedia entry on the Magna Carta collectively embroidered by prisoners, judges,  art world luminaries, and members of the embroiderers guild. 
  
Cornelia Parker’s Magna Carta on view at the British Library. 
 

  
 

Text: Su Hui’s matrix poem, Star Gauge

June 26, 2015 § Leave a comment

  

  

4th century poet Su Hui’s embroidered, 29 x 29 character, 5 color grid-matrix poem, Star Gauge. 

Read an interview with artist Jen Bervin about the poem here.

Translator David Hinton on the poem here, and his translation here.

  

Color: Japanese Boro Cloth

June 24, 2015 § Leave a comment

  
From Vestoj – The Journal of Sartorial Matters – Issue Five – On Slowness

“In Slowness Milan Kundera, the Czech writer, remarks that ‘there is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting’…”

More on boro here & here

A history of boro, related textiles anf Japanese indigo dyeing here

  

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