Listened to a talk tonight by Julia Holderness at the Christchurch Art Galery.
Wonderful exploration of metaxy, medial aspect, “truth”, as I call it. (See this post with a quote from Harold Bloom about that idea.) An archive is in itself a construction. It becomes really interesting when this intentionally so. Julia Holderness also has some expansive ideas about persona and role reversal. That was what I got from her explanation from this sentence in her talk. “The production was never staged publicly, and in the absence of any surviving documentation, Holderness imagines these designs in an appliqué series.” It would be good to see her thesis!
Exhibitions | University of Canterbury
— Read on www.canterbury.ac.nz/arts/schools-and-departments/school-of-fine-arts/exhibitions/ (no longer on that site).
Working with a range of archival materials from the Macmillan Brown Library & Heritage Collections, Julia Holderness explores her own textile making alongside that of artist and teacher Florence Akins (1906-2012). Akins’ documents relate to her teaching of textiles at the Canterbury College School of Art, and include lecture notes and other instructional resources such as colour diagrams. Holderness reworks them and presents their possible entanglement with the international Bauhaus movement. Connections are also made with Florence Weir (1899-1979), currently the only known New Zealander to have studied at the Bauhaus. In 1936 Weir designed the costumes and sets for a local Christchurch production, and these were said to have been inspired by her time at the Bauhaus. The production was never staged publicly, and in the absence of any surviving documentation, Holderness imagines these designs in an appliqué series. This exhibition is part of a Visual Arts PhD in practice-led research at Auckland University of Technology, in which Holderness develops practices of fabrication, approximation and invention to interrogate archives and their construction of art-historical narratives.
“…construction of art-history.” ? I prefer that that way of putting it.
More here now. Saturday, 10 November 2018
Through the use of invented personae, artworks and exhibitions, Holderness traces alternative histories of modernism in New Zealand, whilst exploring questions of truth and representation in historiography.
David Eagleman is very clear on
- how we evolved
- how we are evolving
- education for spontaneity not content
Notice, again, how the cultural conserves stimulate creativity.
Now I want to watch the PBS doco
Later the same day!
Watched the first two episodes of the PBS series. They are on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvPu2kYstcg
Very good. Well done. And yet as we watched we realised the misses a psychological dimension. Metaphor. Surplus reality. Theatre of truth.
For example. He shows some remarkable research about the implanting of false memories. But he draws the wrong conclusion. These memories my not be literally true, but literalism is the enemy soul. The story that is recontructed like dreams interpreted may have more meaning than the literal truths. Give the psyche a story, and it will use it to reveal depths.
I called this an autopix when I did them. I could do the outline with my eyes shut. Love to re-kindle.
Just read this here:
The reader is the musician of the book
“Books are frozen voices, in the same way that musical scores are frozen music. The score is a way of transmitting the music to someone who can play it, releasing it into the air where it can once more be heard. And the black alphabet marks on the page represent words that were once spoken, if only in the writer’s head. They lie there inert until a reader comes along and transforms the letters into living sounds. The reader is the musician of the book: each reader may read the same text, just as each violinist plays the same piece, but each interpretation is different.”
This of course rhymes and echoes with the concept of the Canon of Creativity – conserves > warm up > spontaneity > creativity.
I’m writing this post as it goes well with a thought we developed recently about The Writer.
The writer is the servant of the vision.
The writer can give the voice to the vision. The writer is not you, or the whole of you. The writer has a job to to. The vision needs no bounds. The writer will prune and edit in a way the visionary can’t.
The discipline of the writer will paradoxically enhance the vision.
In 2012 I wrote this post:
Indeed why do I have these two blogs – the other one http://www.walterlogeman.com/art is about art and art online. My art.
I’m thinking of importing that one into this one – but found it quite hard to do it. It is an identity thing. I’m more a psychodrama person than a Psyberspace person these days. Dropped psychotherapy online. But is it an art blog? I’m wring a book called D R A M A http://www.walterlogeman.com/art/new-art-project/
It is not that I’m importing one blog into another – I’m integrating two identities I have. I think it will be good for me!
Some categories to fix, and that is it. ONE
Now what to call the site?
Psyberspace (that can stay) Walter Logeman’s Journal
And the details & history can go in the new About
Later Monday 29 Jan 18
Also found this on the integration theme
Podcast: Speech Bubbles: Understanding Comics with Scott McCloud
Great. Inspiring. Here is the blurb
Cartoonist and theorist Scott McCloud has been making and thinking about comics for decades. He is the author of Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art. This classic volume explores formal aspects of comics, the historical development of the medium, its fundamental vocabulary, and various ways in which these elements have been used.
Scott McCloud breaks down some of the universals in comics and guides us through some of the comic books that pushed the art form forward. Then we use that lens to look at graphic communication in the world at large.
Speech Bubbles: Understanding Comics with Scott McCloud
Just discovered Kōji. Wow. I love this stuff.
PS . Putting art stuff here now. Art Blog http://www.walterlogeman.com/art hacked. Might keep that going afterall its all psyche in cyberspace.
I’m learning to use Jetpack for this blog. I’m also working on my art journal This is one of the Gallery sets that was in is my art blog but is not there now! Jetpack is doing a nice job!
I used to a lot of these, but no more? I still like them. I’d even forgotten there was a name for the genre.
I’ve joined a creativity group with Jan Allsopp who I’ve known online for a long time. My commitment is for a month (at least). Committed to 15 min a day for the month of January – I’m working on a book. I’ll post more about the book as time goes on. Today is day six and I’ve produced a lot each day. I find it helpful to have such a strong focus. A simple idea, choose a route – i.e. the tools. Mine are the Google files (Doc and Slides) I’m using to write the book. In addition we create ‘cruise control’ – a voluntary frame in which to work. Some voluntary restrictions I’m using are:
- No new sketches.
- Work on the book proposal only, not the whole book.
Also good to see other peoples art – so far so good. It will get harder as the month intensifies.
This is what the spreads in the book look like:
ITM – About this art book project
What do you think? I like it but I can change my mind at any time.
Posted earlier in this blog. Also the titles here may change.