"2012’s Venice architecture Biennale might not open until the end of the month, but Zaha Hadid Architects has already unveiled its installation. Described as an ‘arum shell’, the pleated metal structure is inspired by Russian Suprematism - the early 20th century movement reducing art to simple geometric shapes - as well as the work of German architect Frei Otto. Indeed, Hadid’s installation seizes upon Biennale president David Chipperfield’s theme of 'common ground', which Chipperfield says is meant to “reassert the existence of an architectural culture, made up not just of singular talents but a rich continuity of diverse ideas united in a common history.”
We’ve got great news! Today we’re live with our first online collection catalogue, the Rauschenberg Research Project, which includes a huge array of artwork images, photographs, videos, essays, and research. Best of all, the whole catalogue (which would be over 600 pages if printed) is available online, for free, to everyone! Check it out here.
"Curated by tate and developed by UK creative studio ISO, ‘the gallery of lost art' is a year-long online exhibition of artworks that have disappeared
For reasons of theft, arson, rejection, discarding, or the temporary nature of the project itself, among other reasons. ‘art history tends to be the history of what has survived,' reflects the gallery's curator jennifer mundy, 'but loss has shaped our sense of art’s history in ways that we are often not aware of.’
The website is visually structured as an open warehouse floor, viewed from above, with different chalk headers on the ground delineating the subject of that area of the gallery: destroyed, stolen, discarded, rejected, erased, or ephemeral. users can zoom into particular areas, and by clicking on specific projects they can access essays, photos, film footage or interviews, and other material about the artwork. the circumstances behind the loss of the piece are also documented.
initially opened with the works of 20 renowned artists— among them frida kahlo, marcel duchamp, and tracey emin— the ‘gallery of lost art’ is expected to more than double its exhibition pieces by the end of 2012, adding one new work each week for six months. six months after it is complete, the website itself will disappear like the pieces that it had preserved.”
With his multimedia treatment of the forests around his East Yorkshire home, David Hockney has almost single-handedly made landscape relevant again. For the past several years, the artist has sketched (on paper and iPad), painted, and made digital videos depicting Woldgate Woods, a body of work that harkens back to impressionist seriality, while remaining inherently contemporary.
"Ways Of Something morphs, warbles, seizes and glitches. It populates classic paintings with World of Warcraft characters. It shines a flashlight on the male gaze. And as you listen to that voice-of-God narration, that narrative ruptures with flashes of the future.”
This film is a must-see for anyone interested in artmaking after the Internet.
"Blind Ear is a collective of composers and musicians who present interactive concerts combining new music with cutting-edge technology.
Blind Ear is founded on the belief that composing is a living, ever-changing art form, and that composers should have the ability to shape and control their music during a performance.
Our re-imagined concert experience replaces music stands with laptops and musicians’ parts that appear on their screens. The Blind Ear composer has transformed into a performer, sending the music to musicians and orchestrating each composition in real-time. By blending improvisation, electronics, and traditional composition, Blind Ear produces concerts that offer an ever-changing soundscape.”
In the early 1960s digital computers became available to artists for the first time (although extremely costly and cumbersome, and programs and data had to be prepared with the keypunch, punch cards then fed into the computer; systems were not interactive and could produce only still images). The output medium was usually a pen plotter, microfilm plotter, line printer or an alphanumeric printout, which was then manually transferred into a visual medium…