Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Steve MacDonald; swipple 01/08; Cargo ships

Communication, attempts at communication, or the mutability of communication are recurring motifs in Steve's work. Through his photography, sculpture, and films, the message is always at least in part the transmission of messages.

In Bay Crossing (a film which documents the artist crossing the San Francisco Bay in a home made rowboat), the story is told through recorded telephone conversations between Steve and various representatives of local agencies (Coast Guard, Parks and Recreation, etc.). This dialogue runs the length of the film, and overlays the visual footage of the actual crossing in progress. Thus we witness the "real" event while listening to Steve attempt to explain his plans for the event (which are for the most part met with - at best skepticism, and sometimes alarm). This juxtaposition provides more than the (sweet) irony of being cautioned not to do something while doing it; it highlights the ambiguity of communication - I say one thing, you hear another. Of course Steve is aware of this, and his deadpan inquisitiveness is the perfect foil for the bureaucratic mindset on the other end of the line. We know that he knows communication is slippery business. The visual quality of the film, washed out super8 footage which simply presents us with the repetitive act of rowing the boat, is contrasted with the immediacy and specifics of the telephone dialogue. This fleeting sense of meaning, and misunderstanding, strikes a chord familiar in Steve's work: funny, yes, but not without a touch of longing and melancholy.

Another of Steve's films, Can-String Telephone, employs an elaborately constructed imaginary world of can-string-telephone technology, including answering machines that record on wax cylinders and cell phones that use kites to transmit their signal. A tragic love story of crossed signals and missed messages, the film is narrated in French for a protagonist who doesn't speak French, so language acts dually here as cliche as well as barrier. The subject of communication is here played out through plausibly constructed yet ultimately failed systems of communication - systems that were perhaps once hoped to enhance a connection, are revealed as undermining it.

There is a photograph of Steve's that documents one of his early exhibits. In it, a painting is hanging on the side of a rental truck, parked on the street. Next to it is a sign which reads "Art Show." I think the story was that he got kicked out of a show somewhere, and instead of packing it in he rented the truck and parked it out in front of the museum, filled with the work he had made for the show. I always liked what that said about Steve's fortitude and determination, but what really strikes me as significant is how this photograph, and the event it documents, seems to set the stage for so much of his subsequent work. Steve seems committed to exploring both the necessity, as well as the folly, of attempts at communication. And in this photo he seems to be saying, "ok, you don't get it that way, maybe like this?"

Plywood cuckoo-clocks and power lines made of thread, can-string telecommunications and home made boats - sure, it's funny. But the novel design and careful construction of these objects tells us that they are more than just a joke. They are also a sincere attempt to bridge the gap, and not just comment on it - from someone who cares.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Large Hadron Collider

Most of the activities at CERN are currently directed towards building a new collider, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) and the experiments for it. The LHC represents a large-scale, worldwide scientific cooperation project. Physics experiments were expected to start May 2008, delayed due to an inner triplet magnet assembly failing a pressure test in March 2007[4][5].

The LHC tunnel is located 100 metres underground, in the region between the Geneva airport and the nearby Jura mountains. It uses the 27 km circumference circular tunnel previously occupied by LEP which was closed down in November 2000. CERN's existing PS/SPS accelerator complexes will be used to pre-accelerate protons which will then be injected into the LHC.

Six experiments (CMS, ATLAS, LHCb, TOTEM, LHC-forward and ALICE) are currently being built, and will be running on the collider; each of them will study particle collisions under a different point of view, and with different technologies. Construction for these experiments required an extraordinary engineering effort. Just as an example, to lower the pieces for the CMS experiment into the underground cavern which will host it, a special crane will have to be rented from Belgium, which will be able to lift the almost 2000 tons for each piece. The first of the approximately 5,000 magnets necessary for construction was lowered down a special shaft at 13:00 GMT on 7 March 2005.

This accelerator will generate vast quantities of computer data, which CERN will stream to laboratories around the world for distributed processing (making use of a specialised GRID infrastructure, the LHC Computing Grid). In April 2005, a trial successfully streamed 600 MB per second to seven different sites across the world. If all the data generated by the LHC is to be analysed, then scientists must achieve 1,800 MB per second before 2008.

As of July 2008 the majority of the LHC ring is now cooled to the 1.9K operating temperature, and injection of first beam is currently expected to occur on the 9th August 2008[citation needed]. This should be considered subject to revision, however.

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Yin-Yang and Eight Triagrams according to the Book of Changes

Figure 4.4-5 is a symbol that has been used since ancient times in China to symbolize the subdivision of the earth into the '8' stages in the cycle of the moon. This is the written symbol for 'space' in the fourth dimension. The square and the circle are the '2' symbols of the '4' dimensional 'area'. The square is a symbol of subdivision (Yin). The circle has no distinct sides, but seems to have only '1' (Yang) side. The circle is a symbol of unity (Yang). Because space is Yang, the written symbol of space uses only '1' (Yang) symbol of the 'area'. The symbol is in the form of a circle, which symbolizes the Tai-Ji, the Chinese symbol of unity (Yang).

Figure 4.4-5

There are '8' symbols that make up the written symbol for space. Each of these symbolizes '1' of the '8' fingers. Each symbol has '3' rows. Each of these rows symbolizes '1' of the bones of the fingers. Half of the segments are composed of '1' (Yang) unified (Yang) segment, and half of the segments are composed of '2' (Yin) subdivided (Yin) segments. (Figure 4.4-6).

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Yin-Yang and Eight Triagrams according to the Book of Changes
The Book of Changes is an ancient Chinese book of divination dating from the Zhou dynasty (1100 B.C.-221 B.C.). The Taiji is the symbol of the Tao School, popularly known in the West as the "yin-yang symbol." Taiji evolves into the Eight Triagrams. The Eight Triagrams is a prehistoric diagram thought to disclose the changes of the course of nature. Eight Triagrams multiplied by Eight Triagrams is 64 changes. Each of them has a meaning.

The relationship between the site of Chang'an City and divinatory symbols.

The image above shows that the site of Chang'an City had a gentle downward slope from the southeast to the northwest. According to the geographical altitude, it could be divided into 6 levels. After calculations using Book of Changes, each level corresponds to one of the 64 changes. From the best to the worst, the order of each level in the area was ascertained, then the function of each area was decided by the virtue reflected from the meaning of each change.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Apocalypse (Greek: Ἀποκάλυψις Apokálypsis; "lifting of the veil"), is a term applied to the disclosure to certain privileged persons of something hidden from the majority of humankind. Today the term is often used to refer to the end of the world, which may be a shortening of the phrase apokalupsis eschaton which literally means "revelation at the end of the æon, or age".


St. John at Patmos - Pine panel; Alte Pinakothek at Munich


[1] - Photo by Carol Gerten-Jackson




Hans Burgkmair the Elder (1473-1531)

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

The Garden of Earthly Delights

Bosch produced several triptychs. Among his most famous is The Garden of Earthly Delights. This painting depicts paradise with Adam and Eve and many wondrous animals on the left panel, the earthly delights with numerous nude figures and tremendous fruit and birds on the middle panel, and hell with depictions of fantastic punishments of the various types of sinners on the right panel. When the exterior panels are closed the viewer can see, painted in grisaille, God creating the Earth. These paintings have a rough surface from the application of paint; this contrasts with the traditional Flemish style of paintings, where the smooth surface attempts to hide the fact that the painting is man-made.

Bosch never dated his paintings and may have signed only some of them (other signatures are certainly not his). Fewer than 25 paintings remain today that can be attributed to him. Philip II of Spain acquired many of Bosch's paintings after the painter's death; as a result, the Prado Museum in Madrid now owns several of his works, including The Garden of Earthly Delights.

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

Penguin books / Great Ideas volume III

Phil Baines, Catherine Dixon og David Pearson har vært faste designere for penguins “great-ideas” serie. Etter en glimrende samling bokomslag til volume 1 som de fleste burde kjenne til, har nå i det siste også volum 2 & 3 kommet. Konseptet er det samme, men med nye fargekoder. De briljerer med typografisk innsikt og vittige ideer. Flott inspirasjon og noe alle som interreserer seg for typografi burde høyre klikke og lagre på maskin. Alle bilder fra volume 3 via

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Monday, July 21, 2008

A barázdán is csomót! / Crate Soul Brothers radio show (2004.06.24. 22-00h)

'Show me what you've got'

1. To The Moon (Time-Life)
2. Build An Ark - Blessing Song (Kindred Spirit)
3. Mark Murphy - Why and How (MPS)
4. ? - Frontin (bootleg)
5. Erykah Badu - On & On (Summer In Sidney Mix) (?)
6. Rima - Subdued - Amp Fiddler Future mix (Compost)
7. Pete Rock feat. Slum Village - Da Villa (BBE)
8. Ancient Astronauts - What Does It Take... (Switchstance)
9. Erik Sumo - Friday I'll Be Dead (cdr)
10. Larry Robins Studio Ban - Are You Free (Stricktly Breaks)
11. Starvin Artists Crew - 5 Days Trippin (SAC)
12. Kabanjak - Joined Forces (Switchstance)
13. KRS One - Sound of da Police (Jive)
14. Uptown Felaz - Brainstorm - Hint remix (Wah Wah cdr)
15. PTA - Dutch (Throw Away)
16. Simbad - Peaktime (Earth Project)
17. Jazztronik - Samurai (Chez)
18. Amy Winehouse - Take The Box - Seiji mix (Island cdr)
19. Marathon Men - All I Want (Je Ne Sas Quoi)
20. Allen Hoist - Inner City Blues - 4 Hero mix (Soulution)
21. Boris Carloff - First Joy (Red Salamanda)
22. Force of Nature - A Dark Nebula - Moonstar remix (Exceptional)
23. Erik Sumo - Summertime (cdr)
24. Horace Silver - Preservance and Endurance (Blue Note)
25. Junior Mance - I Believe To My Soul (Atlantic)
26. Tempo Perdido - Theme from Juan (Yoruba)

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USC Lab Creates 3-D Holographic Displays, Brings TIE Fighters to Life

In an impressive mix of visual sciences and sci-fi, the ICT Graphics Lab at USC has created a low-cost volumetric 3-D display that brings every kid's hologram dreams closer to reality.

The process is not simple but can be defined through a few key concepts: Spinning mirrors, high-speed DLP Projections, and very precise math that figures out the correct axial perspective needed for a 360-degree image (even taking into account a viewer's positioning.)

Mirror_usc_hologram Different companies have been trying to create a viable 3-D technology for years, but have found several barriers in their way: Small viewing areas, high costs and the viewer disconnect with blurry optical illusions. The most recent attempts have included Helio displays that recreate 2-D projections into floating 3-D illusions, as well as Jeff Han’s Holodust, which involves infrared lasers 'lighting up' particles in space.

But the USC project is different and way more realistic. When projecting video frames into a rapidly spinning mirror, close to 5,000 individual images are reflected every second within the surface area and come together to create a real-space three-dimensional object.

Because the images projected from the mirror jump out "toward multiple viewpoints in space," the USC team created a formula that renders individual projections at different heights and traces each projected beam back to the display area to find the correct position of the viewer.

The system also updates itself in real time (at 200Hz), adjusting to the height and distance of the viewer, producing an image that will "stay in place," (or rather, that "adjusts its projected perspective.")


In this way, every person in a room will be able to have a correct POV of a holographic image,Display_usc_hologram_wired_tie_figh like that of the TIE fighters in the image above. It also allows for the correct image occlusion as well as the appropriate image shading necessary for each item. More importantly, it enables simultaneous viewing -- no one will need to use dorky, uncomfortable glasses to see them battle in mid air.

Ultimately, this breakthrough in 3-D holographs is another key push toward the technology’s inevitable conclusion. It's only a matter of time before our own Princess Leias tell us we’re their only hope.

Source: ICT Graphics Lab

Gadget Lab 2.0: Jose Fermoso’s Twitter; Gadget Lab on Facebook.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Daniel Buren

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Daniel Buren, Inside (Centre of Guggenheim), 1971

Daniel Buren, Inside (Centre of Guggenheim), 1971. Installed for one day.

I came across this color reproduction of Buren's 1971 Guggenheim piece over the weekend. This title is different - I thought it was called Peinture-Sculpture. Maybe one title is for the piece and the other for the exhibition, like with the latest exhibition The Eye of the Storm and the big centerpiece Around the Corner? Doesn't he have another title for the gel-covered windows at the top, something like The Rose Window? Isn't it all one piece? Why the different titles?

Here's Daniel Baird's Brooklyn Rail article on Buren's 2005 Guggenheim installation.

I blogged the Daniel Buren lecture, part one here and part two here.

Monday, July 14, 2008


Neck Face is a graffiti artist born in 1984 in Stockton, California. He is known for his frightening drawing style.

Neck Face originally worked in Stockton and Lodi, California, where he attended Bear Creek High School and Tokay High School. Neck Face gained a great deal of notice through his affixing stickers emblazoned with his art to public objects throughout Stockton and Lodi. Later he evolved into other graffiti techniques and also spread his work to San Francisco, California, where his name can still be seen on many newspaper stands and walls throughout the city. He attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and was based in Brooklyn, New York City for two years before dropping out.[citation needed] In 2005 he relocated his studio to California, and now splits his time between California, New York, Australia, and Spain.[citation needed]

His most famous public art piece once appropriated the sign on an abandoned storefront of the store "My Old Lady" in New York City's Chelsea neighborhood; he painted under that "...Loves Neckface". Recent renovations to the storefront, however, have removed the sign.

In addition to appearing across billboards and buildings in the United States, Neckface's work can be seen internationally in places such as Sydney and Melbourne, Australia and Tokyo, Japan.

[edit] Commercial Projects

As a skateboarder himself, neckface is the art director at Baker Skateboards, and rumored to be the art director of Andrew Reynolds brainchild Deathwish skateboards, Neck Face has collaborated with a series of skateboard and related brands by designing decorations for their products. The most notable among these brands are: Vans, Stüssy, and most recently Altamont Apparel.

Neck Face graffiti can be seen in the video game EA Skate.

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Thursday, July 10, 2008

Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt (January 7, 1830 - February 18, 1902) was a German-American painter best known for his large landscapes of the American West. In obtaining the subject matter for these works, Bierstadt joined several journeys of the Westward Expansion. Though not the first artist to record these sites, Bierstadt was the foremost painter of these scenes for the remainder of the 19th century.

Bierstadt was part of the Hudson River School, not an institution but rather an informal group of like-minded painters. The Hudson River School style involved carefully detailed paintings with romantic, almost glowing lighting, sometimes called luminism.



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Bierstadt was born in Solingen, Germany. His family moved to New Bedford, Massachusetts, in 1833. He studied painting with the members of the Düsseldorf School in Düsseldorf, Germany from 1853 to 1857. He taught drawing and painting briefly before devoting himself to painting.

Bierstadt began making paintings in New England and upstate New York. In 1859, he traveled westward in the company of a Land Surveyor for the U.S. government, returning with sketches that would result in numerous finished paintings. In 1863 he returned West again, in the company of the author Fitz Hugh Ludlow, whose wife he would later marry. He continued to visit the American West throughout his career.

Though his paintings sold for princely sums, Bierstadt was not held in particularly high esteem by critics of his day. His use of uncommonly large canvases was thought to be an egotistical indulgence, as his paintings would invariably dwarf those of his contemporaries when they were displayed together. The romanticism evident in his choices of subject[1] and in his use of light was felt to be excessive by contemporary critics. His paintings emphasized atmospheric elements like fog, clouds and mist to accentuate and complement the feel of his work. Bierstadt sometimes changed details of the landscape to inspire awe. The colors he used are also not always true. He painted what he believed is the way things should be: water is ultramarine, vegetation is lush and green, etc. The shift from foreground to background was very dramatic and there was almost no middle distance.[citation needed]

Nonetheless, his paintings remain popular. He was a prolific artist, having completed over 500 [2] (possibly as many as 4000) paintings during his lifetime, most of which have survived. Many are scattered through museums around the United States. Prints are available commercially for many. Original paintings themselves do occasionally come up for sale, at ever increasing prices.

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Storm in the Rocky Mountains (Mount Rosa), 1886

Nano Photos Rival Modern Art

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It may be a scanning-electron-microscope image of polymers covering a porous silicon mold, but to researcher Fatih Buyukserin at the University of Texas, it looked like a forest bordering the Hudson River.

Image courtesy Materials Research Society

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El Paso Archaeological Society

Welcome to the El Paso Archaeological Society Website...

EPAS is a dynamic organization of approximately 250 avocational and professional archaeologists. We are a nonprofit group dedicated to conservation and preservation of cultural resources. Our activities offer something for almost everyone interested in archaeology - from interesting speakers to hands-on experience. Look around our website and see if there is something for you and thanks for visiting our site. EPAS is celebrating it 85 years as an organization and this is the 30th year of the museum. Please remember that all donations to EPAS are a tax free deduction.

Come back soon!

El Paso Archaeology Society
P.O. Box 4345
El Paso, TX 79914-4345

A nonprofit organization founded in 1922


Artifacts for sale - Our own publications


Congratulations to this year's Thomas Naylor Scholarship Recipient

Angela Chavez

Call for papers

We are currently seeking nominations for the annual Award of Distinction. Please send your nominations to Mary Russell

See some of the photos from the 85th Anniversary Celebration

Please go and see new photos of TAM provided by Keith Rihn

New Mexico Archaeological Council CD/Publication for Sale

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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Sunday, July 6, 2008

PG Named Co-Director of the Paralelo Festival in Madrid, Spain & Monterrey, Mexico

The impact that a Festival like Paralelo has on the community is primarily due to the possibility offered to all citizens to be active in this cultural melting pot. This is an event of the highest artistic level and it involves everyone. Paralelo brings artists and music closer to the public, with the ultimate purpose of musical creation in a much less rigid structure.

Parelelo takes advantage of public and private spaces, to use them as auditoriums that revitalize the city and free the music from clichés. Paralelo is directly involved with and participates in the cultural and artistic development of the neighborhoods that are chosen, regardless of their economic status. Paralelo brings the artists and the public closer together. Paralelo is a cultural meeting point where artists of all nationalities find the right setting for artistic creation.

Paralelo presents concert cycles that take place in un-conventional venues, with the main objective of stimulating and welcoming all citizens to enjoy the music of our time. Paralelo offers the public an unusually broad repertoire and premieres a significant number of new works. Paralelo constantly searches for a public that is stimulated by an attractive, dynamic and innovative offering.

Paralelo not only presents different musical trends, but it also fosters interaction with other artistic disciplines which encourages creation.

The Sociedad Artística Daniel is in charge of Paralelo's programming. The Sociedad, founded in New York City almost one hundred years ago, has been responsible for the promotion of classical music in North and South America as well as in Europe. NYC composer Patrick Grant, founder of sTRANGEmUSIC, and Indonesian musician Ananda Sukarlan, pianist responsible for the premier of more than 100 works, are co-directors of Paralelo.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

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We are a multimedia label with a very very different model.
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Wednesday, July 2, 2008


This week in the arts and culture scene of SL: a creative writing seminar, a cartoon avatar contest, a virtual rave, and-- I love this-- a tech/mech/steampunk fashion show. (As above.) Details after the break.

All times SLT, i.e. Pacific Standard...

Wednesday, May 24

2:00PM - 3:00PM: Writing & Performance Discussion. Hosted by Deidru Valentine, a discussion on creating character and plot.

Saturday, May 27, 2006:

2:00PM - 4:00PM: "Tech and Mech: a unique fashion show featuring the exotic beauty of technology." Currently set to be held in Emerald Gardens Fashion Center. "Witness some of the most unique avatars in Second Life by some of the best designers and builders of cyberpunk, steampunk, modern, and futuristic technology in the world. Fourteen incredible styles will be featured," event publicist Adri Saarinen e-mails me. The event is by reservation only, with preference for designers and members of the media, though Saarinen says they plan to move the show to an island to allow for a larger audience. IM Adri for more information.

7:00PM - 8:00PM: Cartoon AV Contest. Dress as your favorite cartoon character with L$500 in prizes for the top three avatars.

9:00PM - 11:00PM: Trance 'til you drop! DJ Baeo spins trance, techno, and a touch industrial at a virtual rave. L$ for the couple with the best raver outfit.

Found Here:

Olafur Eliasson again.

Looking into the future, Eliasson sees opportunities for a new kind of practice, that actually looks just like his one: a combination of art and architecture that could attain a ‘new responsive criticality’, working from an engagement with reality. Not socialist, not left wing or right wing, but to provide people with the sense that their lives matters, and that they are part of a community. Social and environmental sustainability. And laughing: ‘Art shows the way’. To finish: ‘I have a dream that content wins over form. I don’t want to kill form completely, because that is what my work is about, but almost.’

After the lecture when were toasting beers I ask Olafur Eliasson if there are (still) critical architects. His answer is surprising and almost metaphorical: architects run through life, are always in a hurry, have time for almost nothing, and are obsessed with power. Quality of life, time for a conversation, don’t exist – exceptions discarded. With Rem Koolhaas he summarizes ‘the architect’: ‘If you don’t say something interesting, in five seconds his attention is gone.’

In theory a building is the largest art installation that is possible Eliasson seems to think. Architecture is however not art, but a consumer product. Promising though is the fact that more and more architects seem to find inspiration of their designs in art. Take for instance a look at the work of Herzog & de Meuron, and on Dutch soil at the work of Claus & Kaan.

Today published on Archined (Dutch/English).

The Weather Project

Although there was no heat at all coming from the 'Sun', visitors were drawn to the light and 'sunbathed' on the smooth floor.

With ceiling mirrors reflecting their every move, people often grouped together to make strange shapes or spell out words (sometimes rather naughty!).