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Friday, 5 August 2011

warhols_brillo_boxes - the reification of the unoriginal


excerpt : The Authentication Board hastily examined the Stockholm Type boxes and issued a letter to owners, saying there were two types of Stockholm Box, one of which might actually have been made in 1968 or so. Maybe there are 10 of those. But there are no documents so far authorizing either those 10, or the 105 Hulten made, only the Stable Gallery and the Pasadena boxes, that's it. So far. And yet they fully accepted the Stockholm Boxes, no sweat. At this point, the only thing the Warhol Foundation people are saying is that they had nothing to do with this mess.

Friday, 17 June 2011

The Creative Act

Duchamp - The Creative Act

Friday, 3 June 2011

Uncanny Valley - Masahiro Mori

Mori's hypothesis states that as a robot is made more humanlike in its appearance and motion, the emotional response from a human being to the robot will become increasingly positive and empathic, until a point is reached beyond which the response quickly becomes that of strong revulsion. However, as the appearance and motion continue to become less distinguishable from a human being, the emotional response becomes positive once more and approaches human-to-human empathy levels.[6]

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Friday, 20 May 2011

justin mortimer

Adrian Ghenie

Monday, 16 May 2011

The Existential vs. the Absurd

 Pictured: Sisyphus (1548-1549) by Titan

                                            The Existential vs. the Absurd 
                                   The Aesthetics of Nietzsche and Camus

The following Link will take you to an academic paper that is well worth the effort to get your hands on, whether through the proper licensing or a jstor account access to this document will allow for a brilliant resource on the understanding of Absurd & Existential Aesthetics of Art.

The document that is linked below discuss the various aspects in depth, that make up the Aesthetics of Existentialism & The Absurd both in specific regard to their pioneers, Nietzsche & Camus. The study of these specific philosophers and their contributions to these fields fit extremely well with my own conceptual handling of works in literature, art and film.

I recommend reading this essay, the conclusion of which fits nicely in furthering our understanding of how these philosophical benchmarks have effected our current context, the post-modern world.

"An artist...  if he can tell himself that, finally, as a result of his long effort, he has eased or decreased the various forms of bondage weighing upon men, then in a sense he is justified...."
-Albert Camus

"The profound Greek, so uniquely susceptible to the subtlest and deepest sufferings ... was saved by art, and through art life reclaimed him...." 
- Friedrich Nietzsche

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Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Before Radar, We We're Quite Deaf...

The Failed Inventions of A Desperate Situation
The Image above was taken during a period where radar technology was yet to be invented & airplane's ruled the sky's. In a desperate attempt to combat this threat and weakness in the worlds military at the time many inventors took to the labs to find some answer. From this came obscure, cumbersome and failed but all interesting inventions, machines of war that looked more like humorous prop than a potential answer to disaster. As this period came to an end and radar was invented and various other devices to combat the problem we are left with these strange, forgotten images of inventions now mostly lost that seem completely surreal and out of context to any situation, especially that of wartime.
These images leave behind an absurd theme of mankind struggling to perceive or understand this danger beyond their natural sensory ability to the point that science and the government are grabbing at strings, in some a vein attempt for survival.
"Jean Auscher's maritime acoustic locator: 1960.
This remarkable headgear was invented by Frenchman Jean Auscher as an acoustic navigation device in case of radar failure on small vessels. Shown at the 1960 Brussels Inventor's Fair, and, one suspects, nowhere else ever again. "
^ Refrence