Category: Exhibitions, Books & Films

Cinematic film, expanded cinema and site-specific experience

Reading the book Between the Black-Box and the White Cube: Expanded Cinema and Postwar Art by Uroskie (2014) as a preparatory exploration of the cinematic film and crossovers with post-modernist art. Cinematic experience and the conception of the expanded cinema in the 1960s was an influential cultural product on post-modernist art. Cinema films screened in movie theaters developed from a…

Richard Serra – Thinking on your feet (DVD)

“To see is to think” – Richard Serra During part 5 I was facing several times works by Richard Serra (Ex. 5.0, Ex.5.5, site specificity, Minimal Art). Thus. I was interested in watching a DVD documentary about his work in context of a major retrospective at MoMA. I’ve attached some film stills – knowing that Serra’s work can only truly be…

Film ‘The Visual Language fo Herbert Matter’

Its’ not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see – Henri David Thoreau A film about the perhaps not so well known Swiss graphic designer and photographer Herbert Matter (1907-1984). The film ‘The Visual Language of Herbert Matter‘ captures as a visual story and documentary the life of Herbert Matter from his birthplace Engelberg in Switzerland to…

Olkowski – Deleuze and the Ruin of Representation 

In parallel to my readind of Deleuze Differnce and Repetiton, I started to read Olkowski’s book on Deleuze and the ‘Ruin of Representation’. Ruin of Representation Not having read it yet completely, I was pleasant surprised to see how the author critically interrogates feminist critiques of Deleuze (and his co-writer at times Guattari) and suggests a different viewpoint in understanding…

Margaret Olin: ‘Touching Photographs’

While interacting with fellow student Stephanie on her blog, she shared me with an article on signification of photography and photographs by Margaret Olin (2002). It’s about Roland Barthes and his ‘Mistaken Identification’ with photographs of his mother and aunt. Barthes description in Camera Lucida (1980) as a personal experience with old family photos is based on Peirce’s semiotics alongside…

'Drawing space', (c) StefanJSchaffeld, 2017

Deleuze: Difference and Repetition

In context of this part of the course and to understand better underlying theories and motivations, I decided to read, at least partly, some key texts by Gilles Deleuze (1925 – 1995). The following notes and reflections are based on Difference and Repetition (2017), focusing on the last chapter ‘Conclusion’. In parallel, I am reading Olkowski Gilles Deleuze and the Ruin of Representation,…

The Primitive and the Authentic

Modern art and the primitive The course materials mentioned briefly the ‘primitive’ and the influence of it on Western modern art as a search for basics and simple authenticity. Tribal art and especially exotic tribal art was attractive to artists in the late 19th century. Inspired by anthropology, natural science e.g. Darwin, and circulation of Japanese wood prints artists as…

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Meaning and Difference

I already figured out that some aspects will be challenging in this part. Reading through the course material once, making notes and preparing the next exercise, I stumbled over a few statements in the course material that I really didn’t understand well. A few quotes (Open College of the Arts, 2016): ‘Resemblance accounts for difference by degree – visual difference,…

Preparation A3 – Reality experience and embodied meaning

Introduction My research so far left me with an unsettling feeling that all theorists from Plato to Deleuze, the structuralists and post-structuralists were very much looking from a logocentric perspective. The tradition was based on the concept that language and writing followed ideas, other as the structuralists were taken the positions that meaning is the effect of language (Belsey, 2002,…

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Preparation A3 – Allegory of the Cave

My working thesis Reality perception a question of power  I looked at Plato and The Republic alongside the Simile of the Sun and the Divided Line in a previous post Here I will take the essence from the Allegory of the Cave, as part of my brainstorming and initial essay outline I read it once. I figured out that through…

Preparation A3 – Plato and a dualistic philosophy / The Republic

Plato (around 428  BC – around 348 BC) was student of Socrates and teacher of Aristotle and founder of the Academy in Athens. I wanted to understand more about the motivation and rationale behind Plato’s Politeia (The Republic). What was the background for him and what the idea that made him to write the Allegory of the Cave? As Deleuze…

CHECK: Planned reading list for part 3: June-July 2017

Important for understanding and introduction Pooke, Newall Art History: The Basics (Chapter 4 ‘Semiotics and poststructuralism’)  – Done Christopher Butler Postmodernism – Very Short Introduction – Done C. Freeland Art Theory – Very Short Introductio‘ – in progress C. Belsey Poststructuralism – Very Short Introduction – Done D. Chandler Semiotics – the basics – Done Bryson, Holly, Mosey Visual Theory – in progress Relevant for coursework…

CHECK: Planned reading list for Part 2: March – May 2017

My plan for reading on Part 2 and Modernism: General:  Mirzoeff ‘Visual Culture reader’ – OPEN Sturken, Cartwright ‘Practices of Looking’  –PARTLY Specific C. Butler ‘Modernism – A Very Short Introduction’ DONE D. Cottington ‘Modern Art – A Very Short Introduction’ DONE F. Frascina, C. Harrison (eds) ‘Modern Art and Modernism: A Critical Anthology’ –PARTLY Wood, Frascina, Harris, Harrison (eds) ‘Modernism in…

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Assignment 2 Preparation: Monochrome in Art History

Part of the assignment is looking at the relationship of Allan McCollum’s ‘Surrogates’ and the monochrome painting that were created since Kazimir Malevich’s ‘Black Square’, 1915. I am not looking at monochrome paintings that are done with one or two hues only or the grisaille technique that was essential as part of chiarosuro and ‘illusionstic’ painting in art history. Here…

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Assignment 2 Preparation: Allan McCollum, Surrogates and his time

In preparation of my assignment with Allan McCollum-s ‘Plaster Surrogates’ as subject matter I am looking here more into the artist McCollum and his time in art and culture. For this purpose, I created a Pinterest board with collection of Allan McCollum’s works as well as with other assignment relevant images (e.g. ‘Monochrome’, cultural images) I describe here in the…

Impact of photography and reality

“We cannot claim to have really seen anything before having photographed it”  – Emile Zola In the context of my recent investitgation of reality, modern art, flatness and subjective perception, I I was wondering why Greenberg did not mention in his most known essays (‘Avant-Garde and Kitsch’, ‘Modernist Painting’, and ‘After Abstract Expressionism’) the medium of photography. What does photography make…

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Exhibition and Spectacle: Dana Schutz at Whitney Biennial

The Swiss newspaper NZZ (4 April 2017) as well as plenty of other global media reported on the recent protest at the Whitney Biennial. Focus point was the painting ‘Open Casket’ (2016) by Dana Schutz. An American artist who is known for at times grotesque figurative paintings in a gestural and abstract approach. The point of departure of the protest…

Avant-Garde

Pages from my paper log – clips and others.     What are key aspects of Avant-Garde? For answering this question I looked up what Greenberg said in his essay ‘Avant-Garde and Kitsch (Greenberger, 1988, p.5-22) as well reading the short introduction on Modern Art by Cottington (Cottington, 2005), that I found a fantastic overview on Modern Art. Avant-Garde art and…