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Just Intonation vs. Equal Temperament

June 4, 2009

Kind of a follow up to the previous post. Interesting visualization of the difference between equally tempered tuning (standard) and just intonation.

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La Monte Young – The Well Tuned Piano

I’m amazed at how difficult it remains to find recordings by La Monte Young. Some bits on youtube though. Here, the first 10 minutes of The Well Tuned Piano with an unfortunately abrupt ending. And please find something else to look at if you’re listening.

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Out of Context

June 1, 2009

Jonathan Monk, This painting should ideally be hung opposite a John Baldessari, 2004

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Jan Kempenaers

Kempenaers’ photo series Spomenik, The End of History has popped up on several sites in the past few days, but I’m gonna post them again. Because they’re captivating. The monuments depicted are Yugoslavian socialist-futurist memorials, most employing cast-concrete and a good number of them in a state of advanced disrepair.

Spomenik 2, 2006

Spomenik 5, 2007

Spomenik 6, 2007

Spomenik 9, 2007

Spomenik 10, 2007

Spomenik 12, 2007

Spomenik 13 2007

Spomenik 14, 2007

Spomenik 15, 2007

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May 31, 2009

We stumbled on this George Nelson-designed Omni System at an antique mall in Seattle. The Omni System a precursor to the better known, Herman Miller produced, CSS System. The system was produced by Aluminum Extrusions.

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Gas Works Park

Something astounding about an old gas company being used as a park:

This 20 acre point on Lake Union was cleared in 1906 to construct a plant to manufacture gas from coal – later converted to crude oil. Import of natural gas in the 1950’s made the plant obsolete. The city acquired the site for a park in 1962. The park was opened to the public in 1975. The boiler house has been converted to a picnic shelter with tables, fire grills and an open area. The former exhauster-compressor building, now a children’s play barn, features a maze of brightly painted machinery.

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Stressful Cities

May 26, 2009

Biomapping is a community project that lets people “map” the stress levels of different parts of big cities. From the site:

…participants are wired up with an innovative device which records the wearer’s Galvanic Skin Response (GSR), which is a simple indicator of the emotional arousal in conjunction with their geographical location. People re-eplore their local area by walking the neighbourhood with the device and on their return a map is created which visualises points of high and low arousal. By interpreting and annotating this data, communal emotion maps are constructed that are packed full of personal observations which show the areas that people feel strongly about and truly visualise the social space of a community.

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Kazuko Miyamoto (+ Sol LeWitt)

A retrospective of the little-known Japanese artist just ended at the Exile Gallery in Berlin. From the press release:

Kazuko Miyamoto (born 1942) left Japan for New York in 1964. In 1969, she met the artist Sol LeWitt, with whom she engaged in a life-long creative and conceptual dialogue. The exhibition String and Thread begins with a particular period in the 1970’s when Miyamoto created a series of ephemeral constructions using only nails and string. Based on existing conceptual drawings and vintage photographs Miyamoto will re-create and re-interpret two of these String pieces specifically for this exhibition.

Central to her work has always been the notion of the line as a link between two points. In Miyamoto’s artistic career this line has evolved from being part of a geometric grid towards a more organically shaped object. In recent years Miyamoto explored elements of dance and performance based on ideas of improvisational music. String And Thread will show Miyamoto’s creative process through the decades and, with the inclusion of Wall Drawing 815, pay tribute and homage to Sol LeWitt.

Exile Edition 05/1: Woman in Snow, Photograph of Performance in upstate NY, 1978. Printed 2009, Edition of 25

Untitled, String Construction, Installation at 597 Broadway, New York, 1978

String Construction around a Cylinder of my Height, Painted Wood, String and Nails, 1975 (Installation at A.I.R.Gallery, NY. In photo: Kazuko Miyamoto)

Archway to Cellar, String Construction, Installation at A.I.R. Gallery, 1978 (in photo: Kazuko Miyamoto)

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Kuo Plays Jeezy

The invitation for his closing party is one of the best I’ve ever seen. I think it’s great that he had an opening and a closing.

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Sam Taylor-Wood

Noticed Sam Taylor-Wood’s Escape Artist series in my rss today, and got thinking about how she produces these impossible portraits. It appears the London Evening Standard wondered the same.

Production shot, before digital removal of the apparatus.

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