How many times do we appreciate the way something feels? Maybe when we are trying on new clothes or testing the texture of our cooking, we rarely spend longer than a few moments exploring this facet of reality. Sight is a dominant sense for most people, it over lays the others in a primary manner. What we hear, smell, feel, and taste are usually subordinate unless we are deliberately using the other senses. For blind people, touch is a lifeline for the receiving of passive information. Braille is an ingenious way of writing via texture shapes that, with practice, people can learn to read like script. The level of resolution required to determine the shapes of each letter is higher that what most people are used to. Imagine what experiences we are missing out on because our fingers are out of focus?
Multi-disciplinary artist Fulvio Morella has invented a method of putting this faculty of human interaction to work. Known for producing geometry and angular shapes in nearly everything he does, this latest exhibition is no different. Only this time, the idea is that you have to handle the work and explore it via the sense of touch. Of course, the works look fantastic without the blindfold but when you take the plunge and explore the series through the fingertips, a whole new artistic experience is opened.
With the work, Morella wants to rework the idea that sight is what gives us knowledge of the world. A hidden landscape of subtle and fine surface characters is hiding in plain sight. We must close our eyes and let the fingers do the work. Beginning with woodturning in 2019, the artist began experimenting with Greek Braille inscriptions on mixed media creations. Since then, he’s taken the concept to an ever-increasing reach of media that has various identifiable touch qualities. The set, the grain, the nap, and finish all stand as portraits for inner thoughts and abstract conceptual understanding.
Currently on display in Rome until 31st of May.
Via World Art News
Renewing the public affection for pixel-based works of art, digital creator Kim Asendorf has minted a run of colour and sound themed pieces on the Ethereum network via Feral File. A cool 0.25 ETH each, all but three of the fifty originals are available to own as non-fungible tokens. The concept might seem complex at first, in which sounds generated by colour via computer code are projected into a Moire pattern style visual output. Taking something visual and applying a function to produce something else visual that describes the original scene is analogous to many of life’s processes.
The entire experience of Kim Asendorf’s work involves the sound of the colour played alongside the visual display. As we can experience this simultaneous expression of translation, the scope of information’s ability to adapt and reproduce is exhibited. Being able to see various colours in action through the medium of pixel-based visuals, we can see how their influence on our lives can be determined. We know that white noise is good for helping us to sleep, other colours of noise have different properties we can also make use of. The unique algorithm used in Colors Of Noise is designed to be coherent with this psychological principle.
The audio-visual experience that is contained within each of the 50 pieces of art can be described as multi-sensory and unique. The vibrancy of the audio soundscape is only enhanced by the retro-esque visuals made into static pictures for us to observe. The vastness of the work encapsulates the massive influence of colour on our psychology and subconscious. If the various qualities of subtle difference in frequency can be shown with a stable platform such as this, we can only guess as to how the much more complicated mechanism of the brain is put to work by their various inputs.
Via Fad Magazine
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It’s not clear when the centre will be finished, however the contracts have been signed. A well-known institution, The Shelburne Museum has recently unveiled its plans to build a $12.6m art centre especially dedicated to the Indigenous community. Built to represent over eighty unique North American tribes, bands, and peoples, the building is to be encapsulated by award-winning architect David Adjaye.
Carrying the name of a long-term resident of Vermont and a notable benefactor to the museum, the Tony Perry Centre for Native American Art will be a permanent home to a growing and rich collection of gifted and professionally purchased pieces. In the spirit of the culture, the building is to be made completely sustainably with as many renewable products as possible. The iconic interpretations of various woods and stones will be taken into proper consideration when defining the shape, structure, and positioning of the building. A keen eye for detail will ensure the Indigenous people of North America will have a building they can tell stories about.
Born in Ghana, a long way from the skyscrapers of the United States, David Adjaye has already established himself as a virtuous designer of modern buildings. His outsider’s touch has enabled him to build fantastic yet practical monuments to modern living. Recently working in Washington DC, Adjaye was enlisted to design the National Museum of American History and Culture. Indeed, David Adjaye is a busy man, as he’s been head-hunted to expand the Studio Museum in Harlem and the International Financial Corporation Headquarters in Dakar.
We are sure it’s no problem at all to have so many projects on the go at once and that each one can be surpassed with exceptional quality. The people of the North American Indigenous Community surely deserve plenty more spaces dedicated to their masters, what’s in a Picasso that isn’t in a work from an equally as enlightened Native American?
Via Art Forum
When I started Alternative Fruit, I wanted to find a way of bringing academic humanities to the public for free. With a media format, it follows a typical model with unusual content to make it stand out. Although there isn’t as much humanities-based academia available to the public for free as there is science or mathematics, people like me have identified the need for it. A mission to dig a well and produce a fountain where people of all walks of life can learn about what it means to be who they are is not as unusual as it might seem.
Gresham College was founded in 1597 and has been putting on free lectures for over four hundred years. A whole range of topics have been taught from within the walls, however the humanities are an important element in their continual output. Now in the modern age, Gresham College has a YouTube channel that displays professional standard lectures on a plethora of subjects.
Whether you’re interested in Women Leaders of Early Christianity or the Gods of Pagan Britain, you can be submerged in mindful and academically sourced information on the topic. Sit back and indulge yourself in nearly two hours of seminar on Sir Christopher Wren, the British mathematician, taught by Katherine Blundell and Sarah Hart. If art is more your thing, then why not investigate the Portraiture and Power series in which the iconic images of some of history’s most famous faces are explored.
There are literally thousands of videos on hundreds of subjects sitting there waiting for us to watch. We can get a daily fix of university level in-depth thought about art, history, science, mathematics, politics, and much more with no real end in sight. For as long as it takes to catch up on everything so far, there will be many more fresh ones to discover after that. When combining a regular routine of watching these lectures and filling half an hour or so with free learning on Futurelearn, the result will be a formidable mindset few would find the need to contradict.
Here are some Alternative Fruit picks from Gresham College to get you started. Visit the channel for the whole selection.
Media: Trust and Society
The Life Of Chords
Books, Libraries and Civilisations
Cultural Heritage and War
In its third year running, the Shrewsbury creative trail is the proud home of not one but three complete Salvador Dali sculptures. The Spanish surrealist, who died in 1989 at the age of 84, preferred to use the term Transformations. His juxtapositions between concept, medium, and object bring a sense of otherworldliness and dream to our everyday lives. His character still lives on in his many creations and the various films he has been in.
His legacy is kept in perfect condition by The Dali Universe, in Switzerland, who receive requests from all over the world to exhibit his work. Shrewsbury in the UK is one of the lucky places to have been selected. The three works will be guarded by CCTV and closely monitored day and night. Not that Shrewsbury is known for troublemakers, it’s just good to be sure.
A 1954 surrealist piano with human legs is one of the sights visitors can see. To fit in with the theme of movement, the trail also will exhibit Homage to Terpsichore and Dalinian Dancer. Chosen to coincide with the 350th anniversary of John Weaver’s birth, the British choreographer and writer is being honoured with this international and multi-disciplined effort.
via The Guardian
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