Coronavirus: COVID-19

This post is replicated from my PoP blog because this module, as the previous one, is likely to be dominated by the threats and constraints placed on all of us by this global pandemic. 15th March 2020. As a note for the chronology of this set of circumstances, and because the relevance of those circumstances may not immediately come to mind in the future, Europe is now the epicentre of the Coronavirus (CORVID-19) pandemic. Here in the UK, those of us over 70 years of age or with health vulnerabilities are advised to stay away from enclosed spaces and to … Continue reading Coronavirus: COVID-19

Brian Eno on art, value, and culture

This is from my other blog and comprises a critique of Eno’s lecture to the AA School of Architecture while acknowledging the initial questions Eno asks and his stated premise. Brian Eno’s lecture to the AA School of Architecture takes on the problem of how to talk about, to write about, to classify and describe art. Or that was the plan. The lecture starts well with the idea that the arts – all of them – are everything you don’t have to do as illustrated by screwdrivers. The business end is a fixed design, functional and with no room for … Continue reading Brian Eno on art, value, and culture

Part 2, Research point – collections and materials

Tabitha Moses: The web page above, the artist’s own, has been somewhat unreliable as a source; quite often failing to load. Other sources are variable but the overriding message is that she is focused on fertility and uses a great deal of stitch work in her art. Some pieces are satin limbs dotted with sequins or pins and representing the discomfort of eczema or other skin diseases. It is very emotive work that seems driven by Moses’s own experiences. This is from an exhibition/talk in 2019: Tabitha Moses practices at the intersection of art, health and wellbeing; drawing on … Continue reading Part 2, Research point – collections and materials

Assignment 2 with AR via QR – blue butterflies anyone?

This very primitive demonstration shows how augmentation can be applied to paintings wherever they are and accessed using QR scanning. A second way of making the AR visible is to upload the target image, in this case the painting, and the video file – this one made in Thyng – to the Thyng website. Once live, scanning the image with the Thyng app will bring up the AR embedded video. QR scanners are ubiquitous for smart devices. Thyng may be a new um, thing but is also a smart device app. This is an experiment; I’m paddling in the shallows … Continue reading Assignment 2 with AR via QR – blue butterflies anyone?

Part 2, Research point – unusual materials

I have steered round the materials I find uncomfortable; food items for instance which seems profligate and irresponsible at a time people are having to rely on food banks, and in fact when many of us experienced food insecurity for the first time in our lives as shops emptied, supermarkets had no delivery slots, and staples like flour disappeared for months. I’ve also skipped materials that give off fumes because, however interesting they might be, I am unlikely to use those products. This meant going on a search of my own for artists who use unusual materials to make their … Continue reading Part 2, Research point – unusual materials

Part 2, exercise 2:3 – painting on a 3D surface

One of the options for this is a stone, which I interpret as a pebble and which gives me an opportunity to dispose of one that must have come as a gift because it bears an image of a ginger Persian cat in an unlikely pose. I have the penguin in mind for this. Early on in the pandemic, I painted large numbers of pebbles and left them outside for people to take home [a big card reminded people about hand hygiene if they took one and keeping a distance from others while they looked]. Someone called out to me … Continue reading Part 2, exercise 2:3 – painting on a 3D surface

The meaning of art

After a lifetime in health care with varying degrees of responsibility, it was a joy to retire and do something less critical. Art would be about footling around with paint and getting charcoal on your nose, and nobody would die if I forgot who Matisse was. I was wrong on all counts except, obviously, the one about people dying of my sudden-onset Matisse Amnesia. Art has a complex history of decoration, illumination, and exploitation, but latterly has also had a political edge – take Banksy’s various visual commentaries, especially his dystopian fairground, Dismaland. I had been largely unaware of much … Continue reading The meaning of art