But is it art?

September 22, 2007

A few interesting visual sites have come my way recently thanks to the random wanderings created by using Stumbleupon.

Particular favorites include this alphabet from typography student, Lisa Rienermann from the University of Duisberg-Essen (translated by Google translation as Duisberg Meal). Some of these letters have been Photoshopped, but most are images of the sky between buildings as she found them. Clever stuff. But is it art?

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Or this one? The first image is one that I have removed the shadow from the background. The second is as it was intended by the artists who produced it – Tim Nobel and Sue Webster. That website asks the question itself “is it art?”

Not art:

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Art?:

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Coolidge’s ‘A Friend in Need’ copied in the dust of a car windscreen by an unnamed artist (?)

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These also uncredited hand art examples.

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Let’s not leave sculpture out. Again sculptor uncredited.

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There is an enormous amount of creative energy out there in the world. Long may it continue – art or not.

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By any measure, pirates are undesirable creatures. So how is it that we continue to romanticise them? I don’t see other criminal activities being given the same treatment, so why do we think that people who terrorise, steal, assault and sometimes murder should be regarded as objects of admiration. Yes the Pirates of the Caribbean films were fun and Captain Hook gets his comeuppance in Peter Pan, but really?

This was prompted by the discovery that today is ‘Talk Like A Pirate Day’. Yes it is silly and no I don’t know why it is such. I did like this video though. Mainly for its ludicrous seriousness.

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Just when you think that you’ve seen everything possible built from Lego (see Versatile Lego and Lego Again) you find another extraordinary use of Lego. This time it’s Henry Lim’s remarkable, playable harpsichord made from the little blocks.  Every part of the instrument is Lego except the strings.  Henry Lim has built a quire remarkable stegosaurus as well.

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Make you wonder what else can be made!

NASSA

September 5, 2007

I have been interested for some time in the idea of producing films for ‘new media’ such as mobile phones and the Internet, but have not been able to see a clear funding model that would both enable quality production and would be a real source of income for the producer. There has been much talk about the theoretical possibilities but few concrete examples. There have been some heavily sponsored experiments and plenty of amateur examples but little by way of well-produced, watchable, commercial product.

For that reason, I am intrigued to discover a delightful short film that was made for the Internet. The Old Negro Space Program is a spoof documentary made by writer/producer/director Andy Bobrow about NASSA, an alternate, black space program.

Although it was made several years ago and even has its own Wikipedia and IMDB entries, I’ve only just come across it. It is a lovely piece of work. Low budget but terrific production values. All I wonder now is, who paid for it and is Andy making any money? Certainly he is not earning anything from it being posted on You Tube … nor from me putting it here!

This is a job?

September 5, 2007

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So your child comes home one day and tells you that he knows what he wants to be when he grows up. You wait in anticipation for the possibilities – a teacher, plumber, stockbroker, dentist. No. wrong, wrong, wrong. Your beloved offspring has decided to become a professional cardstacker! What? Yes, someone who builds card houses as a living. Ridiculous? Think again.

Brian Berg is a professional cardstacker. Brian travels the world building card houses and demonstrating his techniques. And he holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest house of freestanding playing cards.

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His constructions are fantastic but as a profession??

Still it probably beats professional eating. You can find everything you need to know about the extraordinary gluttonous eating contests at the serious looking International Federation of Competitive Eating website.

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If you want to make yourself ill, read the fastest eating records page. Surely a modern entry for the Channel 4 series “The Worst Jobs in History“.

I continue to marvel at what people do for a living. And what people will pay for.