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.

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.

The Longest Way

Really simple idea…

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/

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

INFLUENCERS | R+I CREATIVE

Everyone is influenced by something, whether it’s something in nature, something in the news, or for some a person in particular… This short video from looks at a few people in history and present day who are major influencers in modern culture. One of the main outcomes covers how fashion, music and the creative industry in general are all influenced by the same characters and people, in one way or another.