Momentum – United Visual Artists (UVA)

united-visual-artists-momentum-barbican_05Our internal model of time, movement, mass and space is based on a lifetime of experience, perhaps even genetically encoded. What happens when we build a new model? What happens when we bend the rules?’

United Visual Artists has created Momentum, a carefully choreographed sequence of light, sound and movement, which responds to the unique space of the Barbican’s Curve. Continue reading

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Xylophone plays Bach with the whirl of a wooden ball

XylophoneGo to the woods of Kyushu, Japan. Engineer a massive xylophone (or is it a marimba?) to run down the slope of a forested hill. Take a wooden ball, place it at the top of said instrument, and push it. What do you get? Bach’s treatment of a traditional church hymn! Namely, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” See the video here.

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It Only Happens All of the Time – Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon

NoTouch, IWYWMWYWM #2Los Angeles-based artist Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon works in sound, installation, and sculpture. Her work is often devised around audio and spatial feedback systems that manipulate the visitor’s awareness of sound and space, incorporating the physical and sonic qualities of surrounding architecture to engage the viewer’s senses.

Through June 15, 2014
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts – San Francisco

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The Light Hours – Haroon Mirza

The Light Hours - Haroon Mirza / Villa Savoye, Poissy (Yvelines)Based on the history and functional evolutions of the Villa Savoye, Haroon Mirza will install a system of solar panels to power the LED lights that will shape his installation. This will enable him to organize a vast network of acoustic vibrations, thus transforming into a sound-space that which Le Corbusier used to call an
“unspeakable space”. The formal simplicity of the architecture of Continue reading

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Transcending Perception: Paul Myoda’s “Glittering Machines”

Myoda, "Billowy-Thorny Sconce," 2010

Myoda, “Billowy-Thorny Sconce,” 2010

Paul Myoda’s “Glittering Machines” (2008-2013) dance between illusion and fantasy, attempting to tie dreams to shadows with their ephemeral reflections and deep graphic penumbrae. Yet these sculptures are more than just a whimsical engagement with the intangible play of light and dark. They are a view into the development of future beings. Continue reading

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Famous paintings help study the Earth’s past atmosphere

Turner, "The Lake Petworth Sunset Fighting Bucks"

Turner, “The Lake Petworth Sunset Fighting Bucks”

A team of Greek and German researchers has shown that the colours of sunsets painted by famous artists can be used to estimate pollution levels in the Earth’s past atmosphere. In particular, the paintings reveal that ash and gas released during major volcanic eruptions scatter the different colours of sunlight, making sunsets appear more red. The results are published today in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, an open access journal of the European Geosciences Union (EGU). Read more here.

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Aquarium of Equations Guang Zhu

guang1Guang Zhu’s art practice is founded in the versatile world of exploratory research and computer art. She works with mathematical equations and computer code to create charismatic abstract simulations. She is fascinated by the artificial movement of mathematical visualizations and has always being curious to explore what metaphysical understandings objects of art can offer in the embodiment of mathematical symbols and computational processes. She was a grantee of LMCC 2013, also her research papers has been published by Fylkingen Publishing’s Hz Journal in Stockholm, Sweden, 2013 and The Arts in Society conference, Rome, Italy, 2014.

Read more about her work here.

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David Datuna Creates Billions Series with Google Glass

David DatunaArtist David Datuna worked closely with a team of Glass developers to produce his latest series ‘Viewpoint of Billions,’ a groundbreaking interactive, social experience with Glass. One of the most important aspects that was paramount to the project, was not letting the technology get in the way of the art–the technology is meant to work a high-tech tool of engagement. ‘Portrait of America,’ the seminal work of David Datuna’s “Viewpoint of Billions” series, is a 12-foot multi-media flag that is the first public installation and artwork in the world to utilize Google Glass. The vision of an artist whose story is akin to the American dream, ‘Portrait of America’ chronicles the journey of a diverse and great nation through a new visual language.

Click here to read more about the work.

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f(Glitch) Festival-Stony Brook University

Antonio Robertsf(Glitch), or The Function of Glitch, is an interlinked series of events that includes an art exhibit at the Simons Center, a theatrical production in the Wang Chapel, a musical concert at the Staller Recital Hall and a series of colloquia at the Humanities Institute and the Simons Center. It will bring together a wide range of scientists, scholars, and artists to consider the utility of noise, for scientific and humanistic research as well as for artistic production. This is the fourth in a series of large-scale events produced by cDACT (Consortium for Digital Arts, Culture and Technology). Previous events considered sound, space, and data—each a central concept for digital culture—with a broad range of participants from the arts and sciences. We now turn to another crucial topic: error and noise.

f(Glitch) Festival at Stony Brook University continues through March 29.

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Vermeer and the Camera Obscura

Girl With red Hat

Girl With Red Hat

The Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer (1632-75) is suprisingly a mainstream topic. Vermeer is an artist known for his masterful treatment of light in his paintings of domestic interiors. Yet, The Essential Vermeer postulates that Vermeer could have used the camera obsura, a camera known to both European and Chinese scholars since about 470 BCE, to help create his paintings. Continue reading

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