Virtual tour of the RA Summer exhibition

This came to me via a fellow OCA traveller in one of our groups. I can’t say anything about it just now because I’m less than half way through and it’s too exquisite for casual words. This though, this use of technology to open art up to a larger audience, to give us room to see without the crush of crowds, to let us pause the video to look for longer at something that takes our attention; this is the way forward, this is how to engage the audiences who might never visit a gallery in their lives. Watch full … Continue reading Virtual tour of the RA Summer exhibition

UPM postcard paintings – a video

I’m keen to get a better grip on my video editing software and to begin incorporating better sound tracks and so I used a selection of paintings from one of the earlier exercises to play around with transitions between images and to experiment with adding sound files. I’ve been a little bit rushed (self imposed) with previous films and as a result not really trying out anything new, so the idea was to really rummage around and see what could be achieved with this piece of kit. There’s an upgrade on the horizon, will it be worth the extra outlay? … Continue reading UPM postcard paintings – a video

29 tonnes of unfit carrots

I like this because I like art that not only tells a story but lets us know what that story is. This one is about waste. An MFA student at Goldsmiths university dumped 29 tonnes of carrots deemed ‘unfit for human consumption’ under a tree on the university’s campus to illustrate the easy profligacy of the food industry. The aerial photograph showing the physical space, thereby pointing up the nutritional sacrifice, is sobering. But as the original text makes clear, the installation was temporary, the food was sent on to animals. A good few students also benefited. The photographer is … Continue reading 29 tonnes of unfit carrots

“Would I say this was good if I didn’t know it was a Pollock?”

So what’s this about? To some extent, it’s a follow-on from Brian Eno’s discussions on the matter of art and how to classify and value it. His thesis is that, so long as there is no taxonomic model for positioning different kinds of creative art (the things we do that we don’t need to do – like hair styles), value will always be dictated by a few people at the top who have established a reputation and a kind of provenance by being in the right place with the right people at the right times. This can only lead to … Continue reading “Would I say this was good if I didn’t know it was a Pollock?”

Brian Eno on art, value, and culture

This is from my other blog and comprises a critique of Eno’s lecture to the AA School of Architecture while acknowledging the initial questions Eno asks and his stated premise. Brian Eno’s lecture to the AA School of Architecture takes on the problem of how to talk about, to write about, to classify and describe art. Or that was the plan. The lecture starts well with the idea that the arts – all of them – are everything you don’t have to do as illustrated by screwdrivers. The business end is a fixed design, functional and with no room for … Continue reading Brian Eno on art, value, and culture