List of Monumental sculpture projects 2015

  • 1 http://swannbb.blogspot.fr/2015/02/sunday-robot-play.html
  • 2 http://shuengitswannjie.blogspot.fr/2015/02/interactive-reading-room-tea-house-2015.html
  • 3 http://swannbb.blogspot.fr/2014/06/neo-ming-bed-luxembourg.html
  • 4 http://swannbb.blogspot.fr/2013/02/yuzi-paradise-tell-moon.html
  • 5 http://swannbb.blogspot.com/2011/09/12th-changchun-international-sculpture.html
  • 6 http://www.saatchionline.com/Shuen-git

Saturday, 28 March 2015

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 12 : Questions from what I see around me, and answer.

 好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 12 : Questions from what I see around me, and answers.

Question : why my house is so jammed full of things? 
Answer: it makes me laugh, at myself. So incredible, so ridiculous, so so... home.

問:為什麼我的房子現在充滿東西?
答:它讓我發笑,笑我自己。如此不可思議,如此荒唐,如此, 如此...... 家。

(Here some 4 photos of what I see.)

Some answers:
Cheung Minghang:  因為珍惜,認為人和物都還有將來。

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 10 : PatchWork in Sweden, women's art; Joyce Wieland

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 10 : PatchWork in Sweden

Patch work quilts has always been "women's art" for hobbyists, and professional artists alike.  One of the most famous artist who worked with quilt is Canadian Joyce Wieland

http://www.arthistoryarchive.com/arthistory/canadian/Joyce-Wieland-Canadian-Artist.html 

Joyce Wieland (1930 - 1998 )

"I think being an artist is about following your own way, and having the courage to be who you are and what you are. To have self-knowledge ... that deep, dark discovery of self, part of which is maturing, part of which is creating wholeness."


Reason over Passion

"Reason over Passion" artist: Joyce Wieland, 1968
256.5 x 302.3 x 8 cm; quilted cotton

The classic quilt art are often so beautiful as a craft work, and we see them in homes and museums, small town exhibition halls, tourist fancy shops.  

But the one exhibition that somehow remained in my memory for a long time was a Swedish exhibition in Paris, it was a show featuring old quilts from materially difficult times.  

Somebody used all the old cloths, discolored, different shades of red, pink often very worn and made a quilt cover.  Somehow this quilt is very different from the fabulous pretty quilts I have seen since then.  

This faded quilt had much more than formal beauty.  
It speaks of human spirit beauty from the inside to the outside.
I have tried to find a photo of the said quilt, but not yet succeeded.

So here, I show some fabulous quilts, made in non-material stricken times.



StripedCity_m

Patchwork in Sweden

Kaffe Fassett`s Quilts in Sweden

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 9 : Futuro House

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 9 : Futuro House

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H44jLsyPdjk

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 8 : Adult Coloring Book ; self colored in wall paper, Osmo the portrait software

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 8 : Adult Coloring Book; PS, studio painting, studio sculpture. 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/13/coloring-for-stress_n_5975832.html 
New type of de-stressing activity, coloring books for adults.  
These turns out to be a few Mandala's - not exactly for self expression.  Real adult coloring books have found some buyers.  (link here... stay tuned)

Coloring books/ surfaces/ paint by number sets are all great ideas for people who use the activity for de-stressing or pass time, these are hobby activities.  
In fact, once you started, if you are the curious kind, you probably will extrapolate and find lots of other things to color in - this is when the work becomes interesting.
Many years ago, I saw a black and white wall paper which was designed to be colored in by hand whenever you like.
Just a few days ago, an artist published a coloring book for adults these are pretty flower, bird pictures.
Then ipad has a new drawing application, you could take any photo and trace an outline - then, of course color away!  
DIY portrait software for ipad voted best invention of the year by Time Magazine. Osmo.
https://www.playosmo.com/fr/schools/

Are these portraits equal to artists portraits?  We will see in another article what are the differences between software treated images and hand painted images - the non digital painting.

Using Photoshop, we had tools to reduce any drawing with any style of representaion, chalk, mosaic, charcoal. It was all possible many years ago.

With all these available tools, how do they differ from say, the traditional oil painting activity?

Photoshop was created for many purposes, including touching up photos, making prettier the composition etc.

What has all these nifty tools and technology give us and how will they make visible what is still impossible to replicate with software?

Would a "charcoalised" portrait be the same as a real charcoal drawing?  The artist still must make many decisions to render the work to something originally his.

Similar to automatic translation softwares, it gives you a rough outline, then you tweak all the funny areas.

Similar to in the olden days, the master sculptor gets a lot of apprentices who rough out the sculpture block, then the master comes to do the fine parts.  Because the apprentice is unable to tell which line is important, how to fine tune details etc.

Similar to the olden days, when master painters in their huge studios creates monumental paintings. These 4 meter x 3 meter paintings you see in the Louvre, the giants ones are mainly first painted by apprentices - then, the master comes and adds his painterly eye and touches.

So we have now colorings books for adults - we want to see our own hands doing things, but we dont have the mental time and energy to focus, so a little coloring for fun to enter the age of pre-school days, we could color in and feel happy.

Next:  what kinds of "coloring" books are available today? (to be cont'd)

 


 

Friday, 27 March 2015

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 7 : 實時計算機造-動畫影片 Machinima

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 7 :  實時計算機造-動畫影片 Machinima

http://swannbb.blogspot.fr/2013/11/machinima-eitc-conference-paper.html

Machinima 是 Machine計算機 + Cinema影片

的動畫影片.  這類動畫利用實時計算機圖形引擎,來創建的一種合成電腦圖像動畫。大多數的實時計算機動畫都是從電腦遊戲裏的人物預定動作借用過來, 加上新的遊戲規則, 再把這新的畫面, 故事取橋段錄影再編輯成影片.  玩家(MMORPG : massive multiple online role playing games = 大規模, 眾多人物在線角色扮演遊戲) 操作人物 - 如同一種電玩傀儡娃娃 - 與其他在線的玩家共同創作的實時動畫視頻遊戲的計算機動畫。
我 的興趣和創作的主要焦點是 通過新媒體的平台 - 如虛擬世界 - 把中國古代藝術文化帶到當代.   透過各種當代數字實時動畫, 我嘗試把古中國文化保存及介紹; 以便當代的跨國世界人- 老少來者都不拒 - 都可以體驗; 無論有強烈儀式化, 需要典範的, 到從容自由自在的, 各式各樣的中華文化的詩意; 都可以開始親近.
我現在介紹三類主要實時電腦動畫.  連帶精選的例子給大家分享.  每種類型的主要挑選原則以其獨特創新的用途及表現手法的藝術性為先.  大多數的在線玩家的"粉絲"作品將不會被包括在內.

第一類: 生活實用及教育

醫療用途, 教學用途: 外語, 建築, 設計, 時裝, 危急情況模擬訓練, 社交禮節, 禮儀; 綱上買賣商業, 虛擬商店, 廣告活動
" 第二人生" 2003- (SecondLife = sl)的 在線的免費虛擬世界平台- 這是最大最多人用的沒有既定的遊戲元素的創作平台.  所有見到的人物,互相, 故事都是用戶創造的, 是他們自己的微形, 精神內在轉化成畫面的世界. "第二人生"開始時是空白的.  只提供存儲圖形工能及引擎建設工具, 沒有腳本。因此,它是不是一個遊戲,而是一個在線工具,分享實時圖文信息 - 實時打造扮演角色的各種要素 。
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyiiWxNguGo 
The Drax Files: World Makers [ Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's





利用secondlife來作治療用途的 第二個例子 ( 27 march 2015 ):
http://nwn.blogs.com/nwn/2015/03/stroke-victim-saves-herself-second-life.html#more

Second Life for disabled


第二類: 藝術, 文化, 實驗, 創造

有或沒有腳本的遊戲記錄編輯成動畫電影藝術。
這 包括原形遊戲的人物及動作被大幅度改編情節來創作成新的另類, 非主流電影故事. 玩家使用在遊戲中已預設的塲景, 動作來創造要說的故事 或 音影藝術效果。玩家本身就是主角; 與他人互動的過程就是故事的來源.  他可以很抽離地造實驗, 也可以將自己作為縮小的自我來延伸到真身上.

這類的重點在於開發還未存在, 或現實中不可能存在的情景.

例 1 : 一個行為藝術作品: 實時環球性共同參觀一朵花的內部結構, 和在裏面遊走及與偶然相遇的人交往.

例 2 :  創建一座單間雲中高樓: 一朵有電梯功能的小花蕾為家!  而這朵花蕾屋是有真人接收的聖誕禮物.  這個建築創作的藝術性遠遠超過一般的實用性, 是個別人類感情世界透過象徵性實物呈現的共通詩意藝術性創作.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbroeNoRfRk&list=PLCC11C8482D665F29 

Vola Vola : film maquette shot in Secondlife as preparation for the real life feature film




第三類: 商業

視頻遊戲動畫作商業用途的經濟效益和電腦遊戲動畫的應用狀態。

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nSJpzzN4Ug
 
 Drax Files: interview of a motion capture artist in sl from Scotland




以上各類都有例子, 請各位自行進入, 啟動在線錄像觀賞.
http://swannbb.blogspot.tw/2013/11/machinima-eitc-conference-paper.html


Shuen-git Natasha Chow  
Interdisciplinary Artist


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好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 6 : Chinese words

好奇藝術 Kunstkammer 6 : Chinese words

Something I love that has accompanied me for many many days, through good times, bad times.  Chinese words, my lovely pictures, my ideas, my dreams, my feelings.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfV5Ig-ZYFk#t=95
Chinese words 


Thursday, 26 March 2015

好奇藝術 (Kunstkammer) 5 : Food in the City / sushi bar/ salade bar/ wonton noodles/ teacoffee cantines / Interior design as art work/ Chinese garden in a Museum

好奇藝術 (Kunstkammer) 5 : Food in the City / sushi bar/ salade bar/ wonton noodles/ teacoffee cantines/ drinking bars  (to be cont'd)

Everyday art work - why is it that people dont really care for "high art", they prefer to get better "everyday art" instead.

A sushi bar by Kuramata the famous Japanese designer who created a most famous chair with embedded rose had been interior designer for a sushi bar.  This bar has been acquired by M+ as an art work for a good price.  Should a working sushi bar be removed to be put on display as a non-working sushi bar?  I think the original sushi bar was most attractive not only because of the interior design but because of the kind of people who eat there!  And the cook, the conversations, and the dim lighting on a narrow street before entering the sushi bar.

This is a little like the Chinese Garden thats partly replicated in a famous Museum in New York.  It truly gives the dimension of the original Suzhou garden and has the calm and beauty of the essence of the garden - but how far away it is from the real living garden! 
Is this the best we could do to display interior design?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C92bYFQDTzA


Interior design is not a walk-in fixture to be visited and viewed (and in a museum setting its not even allowed to be walked in probably).  

It is a frozen structure with no live action.  

Of course, I could imagine for special evenings, for special people under special circumstances, a fancy sushi event might happen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgqIB_5_LR0

 

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Some questions I have for the museum experience designers:
What is the real art of interior design for a restaurant?
To eat good food sit in a memorable place with memorable people.
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What are some of the choices we have in HK today?
So we start with the planning of a day and insert a necessary casual eating event.

Could be ::
1// shopping - lunch - more shopping
2// going to a talk - lunch - visit an exhibition
3// meeting with a friend - lunch - going to a movie
4// after work - quick dinner with a friend - go to a movie 
5// going to a lecture class - lunch - more classes
6// going to work - lunch with colleagues - work some more
7// working in the atelier - lunch break - more work
Sometimes you read about a writer describing their bar hopping experience and on the street.  You feel that the entire time spent was not so much about drinking nor about the bar but the cinematic moments on the street where you come across teenage girls all made up to have some fun and their miming adult talks, their boredom, sadness, the no-way out period of adolescent life.

Sometimes you read about ordinary people picking the usual McDonalds and the food and how they really dont see their surroundings, they just eat and go.

Then, there is the famous wonton noodle place - you line up for more than half an hour to eat the famous nostalgic noodles with your girlfriend.

Or that French restaurant, newly started by two young people who graduated from French cooking school - and they serve a somewhat nice French menu with waiter, waitresses in the classic black and white uniform aprons and all.  The service is cordial, warm, charming, its entertainment.

What is truly HK?  When I go to HK, is the normal Starbucks so interesting?  No.  Are all tea/coffee cantines equal no.

So, maybe I will visit some and do a critique of them with pictures.  

I remember one situated in MongKok area, the decor is contemporary, efficient well designed, nice.  And there was a front open kitchen area for noodles and back kitchen where dishes are really cooked.  

The waiter and waitress and cooks are all in the late middle ages, as they were very efficient, they served the super fresh steam fish menu and they gossiped about an eccentric client who just exited.  The colorful vulgar language they throw at each other is so local.  They are not putting on a show, that is their everyday playful/working life.  

Everybody works hard, and what we encounter everyday is in real time.  
Its the real thing.   
Not frozen time and space without interaction.