Contemporary Art

Identifying art

Post by iSiZ

When I visit a museum, certainly some works of art touch me more than others. When that happens, ‘Wow, this is good, I want to spend some time here!’, I somehow seem to identify myself to that piece of art.

Why do some works of art touch me more than others? Where does that ‘Wow, this is good!’ come from? There may be many subconscious or conscious reasons for this. The artwork might be touching a topic that has played an important role in my life or I recognize a feeling I’ve had. Or it might summarize a personal characteristic, like order or neatness in an abstract painting. I even can get angry when I see a shitty work of art hanging in an established gallery, ‘How the f… did this come here!’

Contemporary art is a reflection of the society we live in, that is why we sometimes can identify ourselves to a piece of art, in a moment of recognition.

Phil Toledano has even made it his topic in his photography. His 2004 ‘Hope&Fear’ photograph series represents of what he believes the external manifestation of internal desires and paranoia that are adrift in contemporary American society. What are we afraid of? What do we love? How does our society function, and what does it worship?

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In, British writers and philosophers, Alain de Botton & John Armstrong latest book ‘Art as Therapy’ they claim art can self-help us with the problems of the soul. They introduce a new method of interpreting art: art as a form of therapy, providing powerful solutions to many of life’s problems.

From 25 April 2014, Alain de Botton & John Armstrong will be showing in the Rijksmuseum what art can mean to visitors.

Watch this interesting introduction, a 45 minute lecture by Alain de Botton about ‘Art as Therapy’:

 

 

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Simulating movement from a far away place

Post by iSiZ

David Bowen is an artist who specializes in kinetic, robotic and interactive sculptures. The video below shows an art installation that captures the movement of waves from the Pacific Ocean and projects it in real-time.

The ‘Tele-present water’ installation was part op the 14th WRO Media Art Biennale in The National Museum in the city of  Wroclaw in Poland in 2011.

The wave intensity and frequency is collected from an oceanic data station. The data is scaled and transfered to the mechanical grid structures and servomotors in the museum. This results in a simulation of the physical effects caused by the movement of water.

Is it not amazing how this movement from a remote place like the Pacific Ocean is visible to people far away visiting an exhibition in a museum. This makes our world so much smaller!

 


Special crowdfunding project: Stories from Southeast

Post by iSiZ

Blue Dress Pictures has launched a new and exciting project that is to be realized through crowdfunding. The documentary is about the much discussed Southeast district of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

In this documentary we will portray an almost unknown image of Southeast Amsterdam: an honest and personal image about its real life.

In four personal portraits of people who work or live there, we show how the district Amsterdam Southeast affects their lives. The trailer of the movie introduces one of the four persons, Gerard, a photographer. It moves him as he notices that his grandson, who has dark skin, sometimes experiences this as something negative.

Watch the trailer:

 

The subject of the film, cultural differences, can be used as an instrument for polarization, intolerance and destruction. By reducing culture back to its essence, the individual man, the film attempts to paint a clear picture in an otherwise clouded subject.

For the first time we are attempting to have a project financed through crowdfunding. Therefore we have placed the documentary on the online crowdfunding platform voordekunst.

We have until the 21st of october 2012 to get the full funding of 18.150 euro. We still need to raise 68% of the total fund before this beautiful project can see the light.

You can help us make history by donating to this project. For every donation we will send you a reward. Check the rewards and how you can donate should you not be a resident in Holland by going to the information page on this blog.

For people backing the project from abroad, you’ll receive your reward by post and a private link to preview the English version of the documentary online. All the sponsors will be welcome to see the film on a big screen coming January. The film will be featured in a special preview movie night in Amsterdam Southeast. After which it will be send to various film festival around the world.

You can also support our project by sharing this project with your friends on facebook, twitter, wordpress or other social media platforms you’re connected to. We really hope you’ll find this project worth-while and hope to welcome you as a sponsor and friend!

Kind Regard,
iSiZ

 


‘Each viewer’s cultural history is perfect’

Post by iSiZ

Last week I had the opportunity to see Jeff Koons’s artwork in Frankfurt, Germany. It is quite impressive to see so many works from close by.
 

I especially like the Banality series. He blows up kitch sculptures, gives them a personal touch and brings it back to life by making them life-size. In my experience the sculptures radiate a happy feeling. Watch a short video from 2011 by SothebysTV. At the time they were selling one of four Pink Panther porcelain sculptures. The woman portrayed in de sculpture is Jayne Mansfield holding the cartoon character Pink Panther.