Profound wisdom / insight of the day#8

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“the responsibility of the artist is to imitate nature in her manner of operations”… in her complex, chance-dependant evolutionary patterns and seemingly infinite possibilities.

John Cage

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‘Data-bending’

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At a recent meeting with my supervisor, whilst ‘pinning down’ the terms reproduction and interpretation in the context of equivalents between alternative art forms (i.e visual & audible), I was introduced to the concept of ‘databending’. Databending Continue reading

profound wisdom / insight of the day #6

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“Chance Operations are not mysterious sources of ‘the right answers’. They are a means of locating a single one among a multiplicity of answers, and, at the same time, of freeing the ego from its taste and memory, its concern for profit and power, of silencing the ego so that the rest of the world has a chance to enter into the ego’s own experience whether that be outside or inside”.

John Cage, Preface to ‘Lecture on the Weather’ 1975

Rolywholyover: a circus

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Having previously come across Cage’s stunning ‘Ryoanji’ series of drawings and prints from the 1980’s, (see John Cage: Ryoanji Series) inspired by his visit to the Ryoanji temple in Kyoto. I was familiar with the working processes and concept of employing ‘chance’ to dictate the compositional properties and physical application of mark for these pieces. After undertaking further reading around the series I had Continue reading

Aural Observations 3: DeLonghi Dragon Two. Oil filled radiator

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I have an oil filled radiator. My radiator generally resides in my study / studio but gets moved around between rooms to service the heating needs of my apartment as and when required. Over a period of time I began to observe a peculiar, regular tapping noise encompassing the space of my apartment. Continue reading

a few of my favourite things #4 : ‘wabi-sabi’

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Wabi-Sabi is an ancient Buddhist philosophy and principle of Japanese aesthetics centred around the ‘perfection’ in im-perfection and transience. The principle can be described as judging beauty in the ‘imperfect, impermanent and incomplete’. Characteristics of Wabi-Sabi can include; asymmetry, texture and tone, Continue reading