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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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/

Earth | Creative Inspiration

Although not exactly beaming with artistic input this video has been noted recently by various designers as an interesting source of inspiration, whether it’s taken literally or looked into deeper. Filmed from the International Space Station… I( n space… but you got that… ) This clip shows a round the world trip in about 5 minutes. The detailing is incredible and it’s a great watch.

Helvetica, 2007 Film

In 2007 this cracking film came out, created for Graphic Designers, Typographers and other Creatives alike. This film explores the birth and use of a font called Helvetica, this may sound boring, but once you start watching it and the interviews start rolling in, you grasp how fundamental this font has been in the world of design.

The film explores the personality of fonts and it’s effect on design.

Even if you’re a creative but type isn’t your thing this is a great little film. It’s well filmed and the discussions and comments from world renowned designers are first class.

You haven’t even got to rent it, below is the entire film.

 

EepyBird’s Sticky Note Experiment

In keeping with the competition being held in the FLA currently, here is a small video showing the endless possibilities that are provided with the humble post-it note. Enjoy.

 

Our society is doomed….?

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“I spend an inordinate amount of time going from one black rectangle to the next — whether it’s a smart phone or a TV screen or a laptop — and it wasn’t the case six years ago. The way you spend a lot of your time, the way you connect with other people, the way you communicate with other people, that’s fundamentally changed in a short period of time.” Charlie Brooker, The Guardian.
I came across this image this morning in a post titled, ’23 pictures that prove that society is doomed’. This image depicts a group of students leaving senior school for the last time.
Dependence on screens has been a big topic for sometime, in sociological and theatrical circles. Check out Philip Auslander’s ‘Liveness’ which discusses both the pitfalls and victories of technology from a philosophical point of view and in relation to performance.

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The online community is rife with opinions which re-instate the democratic, innovative and creative potential which smartphones and tablets can add to our lives. Charles Leadbeater is a pioneer for such a viewpoint, which is brillinantly summed up in this animation, We Think :
Whilst a lot can be said for freedom of information and accessibility –our society’s dependence on technology, and screens in particular, has become an irreversible feature in our society. Young children and babies are fascinated by the stimulating colours bursting from screens and tablets, whilst there is an argument that as a result we are less critical, and have shorter attention spans and are actually less able to think due to the saturation of information at our fingertips.
This brings me to performativity – by no means an easy topic and one which has been tackled by performance studies scholars for decades now. Put simply, performativity is concerned with the construction of identity and how we behave differently according to the context in which we’re in. Charlie Brooker neatly sums up how performativity relates to our online selves, our personal web presence and attraction to demonstrating how successful we are;
“I don’t quite understand the need to share every waking moment. I don’t understand when people tweet something like, “Just had a brilliant evening out with X, Y and Z. Good times!” I just sort of think, “What are you doing?” I sort of think: “you cant really be having a good time if you’re telling everyone about it”. To what extent are you living your life and to what extent are you performing your life to other people? Pictures on Facebook streams of people looking happy at parties, out in nightclubs… But surely if you’re having that good of a time, you’re not posing for photos?”Charlie Brooker’s series, Black Mirror, available on 4OD is a fantastic insight into our interdependence on technology and its darker sides. Particularly relevant now if you consider the recent revelations concerning privacy, spying and personal data in the PRISM system, as disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The predictions shown in the film Minority Report may not be too far from the truth…

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Such thorny topics are often disseminated and examined artistically through the performance work of Blast Theory. Their approach to pervasive gaming, where they bring together gaming, performance and technology and place the audience member in a position of control, where they can define their own experience offers a fantastic case study for anyone studying spectatorship, participation, digital art and so on. What their work does, in my opinion, is bring together the online self and the real self, the self in the street, surrounded by other people rather than the online self, settled and isolated in a bedroom.


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So do you think our society is doomed?