Composer Ken Ueno, Professor of Music at UC Berkeley, recently received a commission to compose “Four Contemplations,” a piece for eleven string players and an extended vocalist, in commemoration of RISD Museum’s restored Dainichi Buddha.
In light of this new work his colleague, Professor Seth Cluett thought that this would be a good time to discuss with Professor Ken Ueno the details of his new piece and the range of his work. Below is the discussion between two composers that leads to fascinating insights into contemporary composing. Continue reading
Community MusicWorks has commissioned composer Ken Ueno to create a site-specific work for the Community MusicWorks Players at the RISD Museum inspired by the Museum’s Dainichi Buddha. Encompassing live performances by Ueno and Community MusicWorks Players, the project will engage diverse urban communities in contemporary music and ancient Asian art. Continue reading
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Some have called him a Renaissance man because over the past 24 years he has developed a broad range of activities. He does art tours, assist artists and are a consultant for art fairs and organizing exhibitions. He curates, write essays, oversee public relations activities, and can be an adviser on starting galleries, coordinate event management, research and locate pieces for collectors and commissions. Continue reading
Departing from the ambiguity between the significations of taste as a sense and taste as aesthetic discernment, Anicka Yi’s work for the MIT List Visual Arts Center foregrounds her ongoing project The Flavor Genome. The artist’s sculptural installation examines how “flavors”—visual, olfactory, gustatory, auditory—can form sense memories and spur longing, though their cultural and economic value is subject to global consumerism and a politics of taste. Continue reading
[KE] 3 is a series of three collaborative solo exhibitions in New York that feature kinetic
sculpture by Swiss installation artist Zimoun.
With an extreme sensitivity to location and rhythmic potential, Zimoun produces works that evoke control, humor, absence, and nature. Highly ordered systems of movement are derived from simple and low-tech means. His projects can easily be compared with mathematical formulas or a science experiment, as he demploys wit and a keen observation of space and sound. In this spirit, [KE] 3 is a series of exhibitions that takes artistic license in considering “KE”, a notation found in physics equations that describe kinetic energy. Continue reading
Nicola L’s Atmosphere in White is an exhibition which spans five decades of functional objects and furniture, and conceptual sculptures by the artist. This version of Atmosphere in White is a re-installation of the work presented at Liverpool’s Biennale in 2014 and curated by Anthony Huberman. Gary Indiana, critic and writer, observes that, “Nicola lives in a human universe, a world constructed by humans, and her work reclaims this humanity by reminding us at every point that our constructions emanate from within the envelope of flesh we inhabit.” Continue reading
Clint Fulkerson is an artist from Maine who began his career with a degree in metalsmithing. As a metal smith he said he learned to become slow and precise which was the opposite to the painting he was doing at the time with broad gestural strokes. This became his new method of working and he now forces himself to “slow down and consider each moment in the present” which allows him to think about the influences of his work that range from science and math to information technology. Continue reading
Elizabeth Goldring calls her “Retina Prints” visual poems that interpret what she “sees” with her own blind eyes—“traces of laborious experiences with seeing, memories of woven words and images ‘sitting’ on my retinas.”
Goldring, the Charlotte Moorman Senior Fellow at MIT’s Center for Advanced Visual Studies, uses a medical device called a Continue reading
The Boston Cyberarts Gallery’s first exhibition in 2015 is Otto Piene & Electronic Art in New England. This exhibition examines Otto Piene and his role as a founding figure in art and technology in New England. From the time that György Kepes invited Piene to be a Fellow at his newly founded Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS) at MIT in 1968, Piene catalyzed several generations of artists in collaborative ventures to harness nature and technology and create interactive, participatory events that engaged the public in spectacular feats of what he coined “Sky Art.” His career marks the initiation of New England as a center of art in technology in Continue reading
Complex media art of the famous Constructivist and Bauhaus teacher László Moholy-Nagy (1895–1946) is the topic of the exhibition ‘Sensing the Future: László Moholy-Nagy, the Media and the Arts’. As a pioneer of multimedia and conceptual art, Moholy-Nagy was one of the twentieth century’s most influential artists. In addition to his own works dating from the 1920s to the 1940s, the exhibition Sensing the Future, will also be showing works by contemporary artists such as Olafur Eliasson and Eduardo Kac, who have taken up Moholy-Nagy’s ideas – underlining his continuing relevance. Moholy-Nagy explored the interactions between the various media and the senses both in practice and in theory, while experimenting with film and photography. Continue reading