Saturday, May 30, 2009

Field Trip: Musée Magritte Museum

Festive Opening Today
Musée Magritte Museum, Brussels, Belgium (link) (more)

Friday, May 22, 2009

Field Trip: Event Horizon

David Hominal Le Troue (2009)

Event Horizon@Raster, Warsaw, Poland (link) (more)

Within the gallery itself the opening scene consists of David Hominal’s corridor-sculpture Through the Window (2009), an assemblage that comprises an armchair, a lighter, a packet of cigarettes and a Polish translation of Andrei Bely’s modernist novel Saint Petersburg (1913, revised 1922). Recounting the story of Russia in 1905, the paperback is one of a pair of literary references made by Hominal. In the large room, Le Troue (2009) comprises the collected works of Victor Hugo, a stake rammed through the middle of their pages. Little squares of paper, scraps displaced by the spike, hang on the wall in three collages. The works recall Marcel Duchamp’s instructions for a window-hung geometry book The Unhappy Readymade (1919). ‘It amused me,’ Duchamp later admitted, ‘to disparage the seriousness of a book full of principles.’ (Daniel Miller, Frieze Magazine (link)  

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Field Trip: Go Figure

Gerhard Richter Deck Chair II oil on canvas 39 1/4 x 78 3/8 inches (1965)

Go Figure@Gagosian Gallery NYC (link) May 9-June 13, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

gathering ingredients

Dekka Raymaker
Dekka Raymaker's Prim Soup (slurl)

Hi all! This is the new blog for Soup, for now. Do you have suggestions on how it could be made to work better for everyone? The previous 2 posts are just random fillers to show how the text will look and visuals. (Although the Art21 video trailer is intriguing- I believe that Second Life® will feature in the next season as example of newMedia!)

I'll tweak the Soup invite along with the landmarks for all the different spaces and post it here so we'll have it as reference and can change the wording as we go along as we see what works and what doesn't, also how much some of that stuff matters or not. It's possible that it might read better in FAQ form, with images.

We need to decide if this blog should be private or public. I do think that outsiders will find it interesting. On the other hand it's possible that we might be using the blog to discuss things that some might not be prepared to take public just yet. Sometimes things lose a sense of spontaneity with outside pressures. What do you think?

As with all Second Life® artmaking, this blog will be a work in progress as well as a record of what we've done. I hope to make plenty of pictures to document the process and will invite experienced machinima artists to make of it what they will. Some time very soon I'll invite the next batch of artists/guests. And then the third batch (or step in the recipe haha) will be to invite reporters/bloggers for public relations, and then finally the public as a result.

Which leads to the next question. Should the sim be public access at this point? I left it public for a day to see what would happen and there were more unknown visitors than I would have thought. There is no visitor tracking since I'm not up on that yet. I directly observed the ones I could see for a good while (probably about 15 minutes). This unscientific experiment makes me think the SIM is "sticky" which most would think a good thing.

Ok, I had more to say but can't remember what it was and I've run out of steam. Hope to see you all soon!


Saturday, May 9, 2009

Soup Spoon

Andy Warhol was a Ruthenian. He ate soup every day for lunch. He made soup's portrait, time and again, copy after copy. Did he really have to build so many? Yes, he did. He created his own virtual world. He even had alts. If he were alive today, he would be in the vanguard of the newest media. One would see his work everywhere. (link)