Brighton Festival is ON. Don’t miss it!!

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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.

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Half Cut Tea

Short viedo about a couple who built their own log cabin, made almost entirely of old windows. Design, light, space… making ideas and dreams a reality. Visually pleasing video.

The Artist is Present

Performace artist Marina Abramovic’s most recent show The Artist is Present at MoMA. Beautiful documentary if you get a chance to watch it. Simplicity and challenge of ‘just sitting’. It is a static, silent piece, in which she sat immobile in the museum’s atrium while spectators were invited to take turns sitting opposite her. She holds eye contact with anyone who comes to sit down… and the piece lasted for 736 hours and 30 minutes…!

Marina Abramovic is a famous Serbian performance artist based in New York, who began her career in the early 1970s. Active for over three decades, she has recently begun to describe herself as the “grandmother of performance art.” Abramović’s work explores the relationship between performer and audience, the limits of the body, and the possibilities of the mind.

Junk as street art

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“Essentially I create sentinels from junk and install them in strategic positions around the place to help remind passers by that if they continue to create so much waste in their lives one day it may come back to haunt them.” – Junkie, street artist.

Interesting and eccentric street artist, uses rubbish as their medium… kind of cute, kind of creepy.
more pics at: http://junkyprojects.weebly.com/

Teaching to See: Inge Druckrey


A beautiful and inspirational documentation of visual values. This film is about about learning to look and visualize in order to design and the importance of drawing. It is one designer’s personal experience of issues that face all designers, expressed with sympathy and encouragement, and illustrated with examples of Inge Druckrey’s own work.
Simple phrases give insights into complex matters, such as, letterforms are ‘memories of motion.’

Swarming bahaviour: Dance and Mathematics

Starlings swarming over the west pier

Starlings swarming over the west pier

You’ve probably seen the starlings swarming over the west pier in Brighton (or elsewhere)…

Swarming bahviour of the kind that creates the starling birdswarm over the pier in the evenings (see Vimeo video from New Orleans below, great example of it 1) looks organised but yet completely random.

It is created by surprisingly simple rules of interraction, comparable to the rules of a dance. Mathematics has been used to create a simple animation to imitate the naturally occuring phenomenon (see wolfram link below 2) based on the idea that each ‘dancer’ randomly chooses one other to follow and one other to avoid, and then ‘randomly’ re-chooses. See wiki link 3 for more info on swarming behaviour and artificial intelligence.

1. http://vimeo.com/18365296

2. http://community.wolfram.com/groups/-/m/t/122095

3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swarm_behaviour

TEEBS / ANTE VOS / L.A.

A very short clip looking at an artist in L.A. who has used 400 record sleeves as his canvas in his latest exhibition. He paints over the record sleeves to create quite abstract pieces but also uses the imagery that’s on them already, he says this is to “bring them back to life”.