Ronald van der Meijs Sound Architecture IV

sound-architecture-IV-Ronald-van-der-Meijs-537x356Amsterdam-based artist Ronald van der Meijs designs architectonical installations and sculptural art, and his project called Sound Architecture IV that is made from 5,000 repurposed bicycle bells set on steel pins. As the wind picks up, the bells gently ring against one another, lending a visual and auditory component to invisible breezes. The installation is currently open in the art garden of the Anningahof Gallery in Zwolle, the Netherlands.
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Clint Fulkerson’s Rule Based Drawings

Clint Fulkerson-Dissipate Temp Wall DrawingClint Fulkerson’s artwork features complex patterns and forms made by an accumulation of hand drawn marks. Each new mark is applied in response to the previous one and so on. For each piece he sets up a starting condition and devise a set of rules, which are much like algorithms, that limit what and how forms develop.   Continue reading

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Paul Matisse’s Charlestown Bells

ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

ARAM BOGHOSIAN FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Paul Matisse is the grandson of the historical French painter Henri Matisse. In 2000 he erected a piece in Massachusetts called “Charlestown Bells” an interactive sculpture attached to a bridge along a path between Charlestown and North Station.

Over the years the work became a favorite of Charlestown residents but went into disrepair due to
the weather and “relentless banging” by evening revelers. Continue reading

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Richard Humann’s “Same River Twice”: A Study in Accidental Fractals

"Same River Twice," 2013 Richard Humann

“Same River Twice,” 2013 Richard Humann

Considering information and concepts as fractal in nature is a basis of mathematical analyses. Fractals are a tool for carrying out analysis of complex forms to reveal simple underlying structures. Yet exploring fractals in ideas and artwork is an odd concept, until we consider fractals not just as complex algorithms but as ways to examine complexity. We can see this proposition in Richard Humann’s work “The Same River Twice” shown at CR10, Linlithgo, NY, Summer 2013 by looking at how the work presents a visual representation of the natural form of the Hudson river shaped by broken pieces of printed text.  If the viewer contemplates the intersection formed by paintings Continue reading

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Republic of the Moon

 Leonid Tishkov, Personal Moon, 2010

Leonid Tishkov, Personal Moon, 2010

How will we live on the Moon? Artists have been fascinated by our nearest astronomical neighbour for centuries. In a new space age artists might influence design, architecture and astronaut training as well as sending objects, concepts and performances to the Moon. We could even see an artist-astronaut on the Moon.

Just three days away by rocket, it is likely that any long-term Continue reading

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“The Chemistry Notebook of Maxfield Parrish” by Rapahel Rosen

The Dinky-Bird, 1904

The Dinky-Bird, 1904

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

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China Blue’s 8-Bit Cricket

8-Bit Cricket by China Blue

8-Bit Cricket
by China Blue

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

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Drome by Kimoto Keisuke

"Drone" at the  Future Instrument Library

“Drone” at the
Future Musical Instrument Library

“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

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Future Musical Instrument Library, Senju, Tokyo

Future Instrument Library, Tokyo, Japan

Future Musical Instrument Library, Tokyo, Japan

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

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Mari Ohno-Acoustic Cluster

Acoustic Cluster  by Mari Ohno

Acoustic Cluster
by Mari Ohno

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

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