‘Useless’ art.. and why Luke Syson loves it

TED talk by Luke Syson: ”Useless’ art.. and why he loves it

‘Luke Syson was a curator of Renaissance art, of transcendent paintings of saints and solemn Italian ladies — serious art. And then he changed jobs, and inherited the Met’s collection of ceramics — pretty, frilly, “useless” candlesticks and vases. He didn’t like it. He didn’t get it. Until one day …’

Draws attention to the question of what art is and what it is ‘for’. To explore imagination as well as what we can see?
What makes it mean something and why first impressions aren’t everything.


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William Forsythe’s choreographic object populates the old municipal market space with hundreds of delicate pendulums, swinging in timed sequences. As you move around without touching the pendulums, your strides and side-steps will produce a lively choreography of manifold and intricate avoidance strategies.

Forsythe’s blend of choreography and artwork, in which you become the dancer, contrasts reactive spontaneity and pre-programmed precision. This is the latest reinvention of a piece that evolves in reaction to the space it occupies: a tribute to a great Brighton landmark destined to become a new Dance Space for the city.

William Forsythe is hailed as one of the world’s most innovative choreographers, credited with moving the focus of dance from the classical tradition to a dynamic, 21st century artform. In recent years he has been exploring the notion of movement in its widest context, with a series of acclaimed installations, artworks and films.

The Cyborg who Hears Colour

Neil Harbisson is a cyborg… and an artist whose work blurs the boundary between sight and sound. He has had a sensor implanted into his brain which allows him to hear colour.

Harbisson's visualisation of Amy Winehouse's Rehab
An image of one of Harbisson’s paintings: a visualisation of ‘Rehab’ by Amy Winehouse

Neil Harbisson
A photograph of Harbisson wearing his implant. Harbisson considers his ‘eyeborg’ to be a part of his body, making him a new kind of human being.

In Harbisson’s paintings, red is ‘serene’, whilst violet is ‘savage’. They are difficult to understand in this respect; his visual representations of speeches by Hitler and Martin Luther King are particularly disorientating.


This idea of visual sound and audio colour is an interesting one and adds a new sensory dimension to art connected to technology.
Apps for your brain, anyone?

Harbisson’s Website: http://eyeborg.wix.com/neil-harbisson

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