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Anthropomorphic art to make you question the human condition

Anthropomorphic art to make you question the human condition

“Eye of needle, leg of chair; a tooth of comb to smooth the hair. That isn’t some magical incantation — sorry to disappoint — but a short regalement made up of words which describe very particular parts of objects. Interestingly, though, you won’t be able to find an alternative name; there is no other word which can be used to describe the eye, leg or tooth in question.

You could, of course, describe them — the hole in the top of the needle, or the long supporting member of the seat — but there are no other nouns. These are catachreses: things for which there is simply no other name, so we misappropriate nouns from elsewhere so we have something to call them. Look around you, and you’ll find there’s no shortage; our everyday lives are full of them.

Many of these words are peculiarly anthropomorphized: the elbow of a pipe, neck of a bottle, join the three name-checked in my little rhyme. This curiosity is something that Argentinean-born, London-based artist Amalia Pica takes and runs with in her Catachresis series, which is currently on show at Modern Art Oxford.

The works sit together in tension, the collection as a whole simultaneously reinforcing and undermining the logic behind the concept of catachresis. #20 (teeth of the comb, legs of the table, tongue of the shoe), for instance, uses those very objects to depict crude body parts, naturalizing the urge we have to view the objects around us as an extension of our own form.”

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Workshop Conservering en Restauratie van Nieuwe Mediakunst

Vanaf 7 januari 2013 vindt een workshop Conservering en Restauratie van Nieuwe Mediakunst plaats in het Duurzaamheidslab van LIMA, Arie Biemondstraat 111, Amsterdam. Studenten, professionals van de nieuwe stichting Living Media Art (LIMA) en Ellen Jansen, docent Conservering en Restauratie van Moderne en Hedendaagse Kunst aan de UvA onderzoeken vier case-studies. Gedurende een maand documenteren de studenten alle onderdelen van de kunstwerken, ze onderzoeken de technologische, conceptuele en kunsthistorische geschiedenis en raadplegen verschillende specialisten, waaronder de kunstenaars zelf. Daarnaast zullen de werken voor verdere inspectie worden geïnstalleerd in de ruimte van het lab. Tot slot doen de studenten verslag over hun bevindingen in de vorm van een behandelingsvoorstel.

Sinds hun ontstaan, zijn nieuwe media zoals film, video en digitale technologie experimenteel gebruikt door kunstenaars. Een van de grootste uitdagingen is de snelle veroudering van de technologische componenten van deze werken en de vraag hoe om ze te vervangen. In een schilderij zijn het medium en de drager, de verf en het doek, in het geval van nieuwe media installaties is het niet altijd duidelijk welke onderdelen cruciaal zijn voor zijn identiteit van het werk. Kan bijvoorbeeld de specifieke TV console in Nam June Paiks TV-Buddha (1974) bij een defect vervangen worden door een moderne flat screen?

… LEES MEER

Bright Collisions: panel discussion – video

On September 12, 2012 STT and Todays Art festival organised the Bright Collisions symposium, dedicated to the exploration of new interactions between art and technology. The theme of the day was ”Art/Technology/Industry: Future Collaborations”. Learn more about the symposium HERE

Watch the panel discussion with:

Daan Roosegaarde (Studio Daan Roosegaarde)

John Hennequin (HKU)

Harry Webers (Witteveen+Bos)

Martin Hoorweg

Paul Kwakkenbos (E.ON)

Rob Bouwman (Shell)

Bright Collisions: Daan Roosegaarde – video

On September 12, 2012 STT and Todays Art festival organised the Bright Collisions symposium, dedicated to the exploration of new interactions between art and technology. The theme of the day was ”Art/Technology/Industry: Future Collaborations”. Learn more about the symposium HERE

One of our speakers was Daan Roosegaarde.

Watch Daan’s presentation

Artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde (1979) explores the dawn of a new nature that is evolving from technological innovations. With projects ranging from fashion to architecture, he creates smart and social designs that instinctively interact with sound and movement. Roosegaarde’s remarkable works function as exploration of the dynamic relation between architecture, people, and technology. His sculptures, such as Dune and Intimacy, are tactilehigh-tech environments in which viewer and space become one. This connection, established between ideology and technology, results in what Roosegaarde calls “techno-poetry”. Roosegaarde has won the Charlotte Köhler Award, Dutch Design Award, Design for Asia Award and China’s Most Successful Design Award. He has been the focus of exhibitions at the Tate Modern, the National Museum in Tokyo, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and various public spaces in Rotterdam and Hong Kong.

Bright Collisions: Harry Webers (Witteveen+Bos) – video

On September 12, 2012 STT and Todays Art festival organised the Bright Collisions symposium, dedicated to the exploration of new interactions between art and technology. The theme of the day was “Art/Technology/Industry: Future Collaborations”. Learn more about the symposium HERE

One of our speakers was Harry Webers, CEO of Dutch engineering firm Witteveen+Bos

Watch his presentation:

Harry Webers is CEO of Dutch engineering firm Witteveen+Bos since april 2003. After graduating (cum laude) in Sanitary Engineering at the Agricultural University Wageningen in February 1983, he joined Witteveen+Bos. Harry has held various positions in the company, including head of the branch office Maastricht (1986-1995) and the department Environment (1996-2006). In 2001 Witteveen+Bos launched the The Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award to mark the firm’s 55th anniversary. The award goes to a visual artist whose work unites the disciplines of art and technology in an exceptional manner and for whom engineering is far more than a means to an end. The award consists of a cash prize of €15,000, publication of a book dedicated to the winner and an exhibition of his/her work in the Bergkerk church in Deventer. Among the winners of the The Witteveen+Bos Art+Technology Award are Dick Raaijmakers, Geert Mul en Theo Jansen. 2012’s winner is Angelo Vermeulen.

Bright Collisions: John Hennequin (HKU) – video

On September 12, 2012 STT and Todays Art festival organised the Bright Collisions symposium, dedicated to the exploration of new interactions between art and technology. The theme of the day was “Art/Technology/Industry: Future Collaborations”. Learn more about the symposium HERE

One of our speakers was John Hennequin, Head of the School of Media and Technology at the Faculty of Art, Media & Technology, HKU

Watch his presentation:

John Hennequin, Head of the School of Media and Technology at the Faculty of Art, Media & Technology, HKU. Leader of the Research Programme Applied Narrative Design at the Utrecht School of the Arts (HKU). With research based research programmes the HKU creates a collaborative learning environment (creative design studios) for students from 15 specialized disciplines. The complex design and research projects has a strong focus on and linkages with creative industries and applied sectors (such as cultural heritage, health, sustainability, education etc).

Bright Collisions: Rob Bouwman (Shell) – video

On September 12, 2012 STT and Todays Art festival organised the Bright Collisions symposium, dedicated to the exploration of new interactions between art and technology. The theme of the day was “Art/Technology/Industry: Future Collaborations”. Learn more about the symposium HERE

One of our speakers was Rob Bouwman, former director at Shell Netherlands.

Watch his presentation:

Dr. Rob Bouwman, born 1940 in the former Dutch-Indies, went to the Netherlands in 1954, pursued academic studies in physical chemistry and a doctorate in physics, worked 12 years in research at Shell in Amsterdam and Houston, then had various positions in management, the last one as director in the Board of Shell Nederland responsible for the relations with the outside world. Since his retirement he continued his link with Shell as an advisor on matters at the interface of Shell and the world of Arts. He is presently engaged with the “Van Gogh at work” project.

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