Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ryoji Ikeda @ DHC ART


Ryoji Ikeda's massive installations spanning the two DHC ART sites are an opus on the analysis, representation and interpretation of data. The primary medium used by Ikeda in this series is light; one part video projection and one part illumination of plastic and filmstrip transparency. Several of the datasets represented consist of cosmic maps and information relating to the sequence of DNA, I did not recognise the majority though; their contents are not made explicit and so the data exists without context, as an abstraction removed from the phenomena which it was created to describe. Ikeda is also a composer of music, a clicking, pulsing electronic score accompanies the video projection of the data, which runs about 8 minutes. Through the context of the gallery and the "curation" of the data and re-presentation as a film clip, Ikeda disembodies the raw data and projects it into the realm of aesthetics, where it becomes form and experience, information itself interpreted as art.


DHC/ART: Ryoji Ikeda (English) from DHC/ART on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Mikalojus Konstantinas ─îiurlionis


─îiurlionis, primarily a composer of music, produced a body of around 300 paintings and drawings in six years (1903-1909).

Dominique Petrin "GALA" review

Had to do a review for a writing assignment and make it look like a magazine article, good practice because I haven't really been required to produce essays or writing for a very long time.

Thursday, November 8, 2012


Mandala rooms in Jodorowsky's "The Holy Mountain".

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Intaglio Project 2 Complete

Spent way more time on this project that I anticipated, mostly due to computer issues which reminded me why I hate working on a computer, waking up at 3 and 4am to check whether or not a 90+ minute render has failed. I couldn't even render the full 9x12 image I had planned due to the 300dpi requirement necessary for printing, I changed my plans entirely at the last minute and created a layout of several smaller images.
Plate 1: Ambient Occlusion pass - an approximation of light radiating off non-reflective surfaces, self-occlusion and occlusion of and by surrounding objects
Plate 2: Reflections pass - surfaces set to 100% reflectivity, simulated generation of photon radiance emitted from 100% white surface "lights"
Designs for both plates printed on film with Xante digital printer which adds halftone dots
Copper plates coated with adhesive photosensitive film, allowed to dry then exposed with UV point light in vacuum table, developed like a photo in darkroom
Plates going in the acid bath, ferric chloride acts as an etchant on exposed copper
Closeup of etched copper plate magnified with jeweler's loupe, areas of photosensitive film that received the most exposure remain on the plate while areas that were occluded by the image remain as exposed copper that can be etched with acid
Finally, pulling prints from inked plates
"Consistent" edition of 7 prints on Yuki Gampi paper, 16x12
A schematic montage of a post-urban virtual space, digitally created and accessible as 3D geometry, printed anachronistically. Concrete jungle gives way to tropical cyberspace, ageographical networks driven by efficiency of connectivity, proximity to novelty, the appeal of the city extrapolated into the appeal of the "social network", the malleable, user-oriented virtual interactive environment.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012