I don’t think many people would speak of Maxfield Parrish the painter of fairy tale figures in etherial light and chemistry in the same breath. But, Mr. Rosen, in discovering Parrish’s chemistry notebook made during his days at Haverford College in Pannsylvania has stumbled upon a fascinating example of one artist’s approach to his scientific notebook. In this piece Rosen discusses the nature of chemistry journals and that they, like other scientific diaries often include drawings. But drawings by Maxfield Parrish are a very different kind on a chemistry notebook. What became evident to Continue reading
China Blue was the American Representative at the Tokyo Experimental Festival Vol.8, where she presented her piece the “8-Bit Cricket”.
8-Bit refers to the early data format that was embraced as the
first level of computational power to be used for the consumer
level and underlies the basis of the first home computers and
video games like Pong. It is now seen as a basic, almost primitive computer format but one that evokes a kind of Continue reading
“Drome” (2011 -) consists of a group of single stringed instruments that vibrate the strings through electromagnetic induction. This allows them to each produce a different unprocessed sound which when heard together results in a subtle and beautiful drone. This stunning and meditative installation can be seen and heard dynamically filling the second floor room at the “Future Musical Instrument Library” in Shenju, Tokyo. Continue reading
Located at the edge of the town Senju in Tokyo is a former tofu shop that was a traditional two-story house built more than 50 years ago. This simple building has been turned into the “Future Instrument Library” specializing in presenting cutting-edge sound works and “instruments of the future” created by artists and musicians. There you can experience new sounds and can actually play the instruments.
There the current exhibition “Drome” by Kimoto Keisuke will built up gradually over the next two months. He has posed questions like: “Is it possible to make an instrument only out of paper or can a line play Continue reading
Ms. Ohno is interested in unheard sounds. With “Acoustic Cluster” a work she exhibited for the first time at the Tokyo Wonder Sites’ Tokyo Experimental Festival Vol.8, she illustrates this idea in a beautiful way. She uses the concept of microphone feedback to create and compose the “howling” phenomenon. Feedback is generated by the twelve varying length plexiglass pipes with a microphone suspended in each of the pipes and a speaker mounted on a robot that moves Continue reading
The evening’s program includes presentations by Meredith Tromble, past Leonardo Board member, on the collaborative work she is doing with a geobiologist at the KeckCAVES visualization Continue reading
In the September 11th issue of the Brooklyn Rail, Jonny Farrow does a good job flushing out the meaning of sound art. He goes on to outline a bifurcation occurring in the field between “works that use sound as a material and seem committed to medium specificity, and works that use sound as a poetics and are not committed to the materiality of sound-in-and-of-itself.” This is a rigorous and fascinating analysis of the evolving trends in sound art. Read the article here.
The Grunwald Gallery of Art is pleased to present Imag(in)ing Science, an exhibit and series of events based on collaborative projects by artist and scientist teams from Indiana University. The exhibit will open to the public with a panel discussion on Friday, August 30, from 5 to 6pm in the Grunwald Gallery. The panel discussion will feature several of the artist/scientist teams and the discussion will center on the theme of collaboration and a general overall investigation into the creative nature of the visual arts and its similarities and Continue reading
I was asked by Informed by Nature why I loved Science. Funny, its not a question I ask myself- I was raised and trained as a scientist but grew up in a home where art and science were all part of being in the world. These days I like the ‘ways of knowing’ way of talking about being in the world. In any case here is what I answered. The discussion about adding coding to the three R’s of Reading, Writing and Arithmetic comes from Paul Fishwick who Continue reading
Benoit Mandelbrot, the creator of fractal geometry, has significantly improved our understanding of, among other things, financial variability Continue reading