Carsten Höller and Ranti Tjan on happiness and perception

The artist Carsten Höller has wide interests. He conducted biological research into how plants and insects communicate with one another. He put on Congolese music festivals and he pored over the hallucinatory effects of mushrooms. In a conversation with Ranti Tjan, director of the European Ceramic Work Centre, he tells about his fascination for the distance between humans and animals and about his aim to ‘synchronise moods’ with his exhibition Divided Divided in Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen.

link to video: http://arttube.boijmans.nl/video/carsten-holler-NL/

Robbert Morris, Notes on Sculpture @ museum Abteiberg

Robert Morris, an influential theorist and artist, wrote a three part essay, “Notes on Sculpture 1-3”, originally published across three issues of Artforum in 1966. In these essays, Morris attempted to define a conceptual framework and formal elements for himself and one that would embrace the practices of his contemporaries. These essays paid great attention to the idea of the gestalt – “parts… bound together in such a way that they create a maximum resistance to perceptual separation.” Morris later described an art represented by a “marked lateral spread and no regularized units or symmetrical intervals…” in “Notes on Sculpture 4: Beyond Objects”, originally published in Artforum, 1969, continuing to say that “indeterminacy of arrangement of parts is a literal aspect of the physical existence of the thing.” The general shift in theory of which this essay is an expression suggests the transitions into what would later be referred to as Postminimalism.

In New York, Morris began to explore the work of Marcel Duchamp making pieces that directly responded to Duchamp’s (Box with the Sound of its Own Making (1961), Fountain (1963)). In 1963 he had an exhibition of Minimal sculptures at the Green Gallery in New York that was written about by Donald Judd. In 1964 Morris devised and performed two celebrated performance artworks 21.3 in which he lip syncs to a reading of an essay by Erwin Panofsky and Site with Carolee Schneemann. Morris enrolled at Hunter College in New York (his masters thesis was on the work of Brancusi) and in 1966 published a series of influential essays “Notes on Sculpture” in Artforum. He exhibited two L Beams in the seminal 1966 exhibit, “Primary Structures” at the Jewish Museum in New York.

(source: wikipedia)

Box with the Sound of its Own Making (1961)

Manifesto for CCTV Filmmakers

Filmmakers render aspects of nature, human activity and imagination visible. The documentary film continues to be a potent form in all its variety, from the personal video diary to “objective” fly-on-the-wall shoots, to the hybrid fact/fiction (“faction”) film. But the most prolific documentarists are no longer to be found in film schools and TV stations. In some European and American cities, every street corner is under constant surveillance using recording closed-circuit TV (CCTV) cameras. Such cameras are typically operated by local government, police, private security firms, large corporations, small businesses and private individuals, and may be automatic or controlled (zoomed and panned) from a remote control room. Filmmakers, and in particular documentarists of all flavours, should reflect on this constant gaze. Why bring in additional cameras, when much private and public urban space is already covered from numerous angles?

link: http://publication.nodel.org/The-Filmmaker-as-Symbiont

link: http://www.ambienttv.net/content/?q=dpamanifesto

link: http://vimeo.com/307940

Contact microphone

A contact microphone, otherwise known as a pickup or a piezo, is a form of microphone designed to transmit audio vibrations through solid objects. Unlike normal air microphones, contact mics act as transducers which pick up vibrations and convert them into a voltage which can then be made audible. Often used as acoustic leakage probes, they also enjoy wide usage by noise music artists experimenting with sound. Plain contact microphones are passive and high-impedance and this can cause them to sound ‘tinny’ unless used with a matching preamp.

wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contact_microphone

google: http://www.google.nl/search?hl=nl&um=1&q=contact%20microphone&ndsp=18&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=iw

Spatial sound perception

Classic psychoacoustic experiments showed that, when excited with simple sine
waves, the hearing system uses two strong cues for estimating the apparent
direction of a sound source. Namely, interaural intensity and time differences
(IID and ITD) are jointly used to that purpose. IID is mainly useful above
1500Hz, where the acoustic shadow produced by the head becomes effective,
thus reducing the intensity of the waves reaching the contralateral ear. For this
high-frequency range and for stationary waves, the ITD is also far less reliable,
since it produces phase differences in sine waves which often exceed 360

linkt to article: http://www.faqs.org/docs/sp/sp-181.html

David Claerbout

Beeldmanipulatie neemt in Claerbout’s werk een bepalende rol in. Foto’s worden met films gecombineerd of verschillende films worden over elkaar gelegd en in versneld of vertraagd tempo afgespeeld. Zijn technieken zijn weliswaar gestileerd van aard maar hebben verbluffende beelden tot gevolg. De video installaties verrassen in hun ogenschijnlijke eenvoud. door de zorgvuldig gekozen composities.

link to article: http://www.metropolism.com/reviews/the-shape-of-time-david-claerbou/