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The fearsome crater


the fearsome crater by Ambrosine Allen

Photo Credit: Ambrosine Allen

The Fearsome Crater, 2010 by Ambrosine Allen
Paper collage (paper, archival glue, archival varnish) 44cm x 45.5cm
From Axisweb http://www.axisweb.org/artwork.aspx?workid=82311

Linnaeus tired out after a day in the fields

linnaeus tired out after a day in the fields

found reproduction of a painting by B D Jackson

Shake Rattle and Roll (fluxmix)

Christian Marclay’s 2004 residency at the Walker Art Center included fiddling with fluxus:

and with his white gloves making him look more like a magician than a conservator, Marclay transforms these objects yet again.

Much of the Fluxus and Beuys materials that Marclay researched for his video installation exist as mail ephemera, instructions, posters, and newspapers, and also as boxes that include a medley of objects by many different artists: wooden toys and games, puzzles, and nonsensical items. Marclay wanted to bring these eccentric, historic objects back to life by capturing his playful investigation of their sonic possibilities. Shake Rattle and Roll (fluxmix) presents them in a surprising new light as he frees them from storage to create a clamorous symphony of images, a portfolio of sounds. The philosophy of Fluxus referred to the fluidity between media, and by extension, between art and life. Beuys’ work similarly engaged with multiplying the definitions of art.

Christian Marclay (b. 1955, San Rafael, California) grew up in Geneva, Switzerland, where he studied at the Ecole Supérieure d’Art Visuel. In 1977, he moved to Boston and attended the Massachusetts College of Art, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Marclay’s work has been shown at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C; the Venice Biennial; the Musée d’Art et d’histoire, Geneva; the Kunsthaus in Zurich; and the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris in New York. His 2004 retrospective exhibition organized by the UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.

Marclay’s visual art practice, which combines video installations, sculpture, photography, and collage, addresses the overlapping of aural and visual realms, reflecting on how sound and image are related. He is also a prolific musician. His work is full of nods to popular culture, but he also plays on the tradition of an expanded idea of music inherited from avant-garde composers like John Cage. He has performed throughout Europe, Japan, the United States and in New York City, where he lives and works, with collaborators as diverse as John Zorn, the Kronos Quartet, and Sonic Youth. As a pioneer of “turntablism,” he was sampling before the term was invented.


Photography in the field

natural history photography

First anniversary of Eyjafjallajöku eruption

The icelandic earthquake Eyjafjallajöku erupted a number of times in April and May 2010 causing considerable interference to airplane travel.

According to Wikipedia what made this volcanic activity so disruptive to air travel was the combination of the following four factors:

  1. The volcano’s location is directly under the jet stream
  2. The direction of the jet stream was unusually stable at the time of the eruption’s second phase, maintaining a continuous south-easterly heading
  3. The second eruptive phase took place under 200 m (660 ft) of glacial ice. The resulting meltwater flowed back into the erupting volcano which created two specific phenomena:
    1. The rapidly vapourising water significantly increased the eruption’s explosive power
    2. The erupting lava cooled very rapidly, which created a cloud of highly abrasive, glass-rich ash, this caused a large amount of flights to be cancelled in the U.K.
  4. The volcano’s explosive power was sufficient to inject ash directly into the Jet Stream.

However, just something to put it into perspective as a CO2 emitting event… Whilst there is a degree of difficulty in putting numbers to these events, David McCandless had a go (this one is from 20 April 2010).


planes and volcanos

http://www.informationisbeautiful.net/2010/planes-or-volcano/ [!sigh! broken link]

David’s book, Information is Beautiful, is on my Amazon wishlist.

The field

The Field

The field (Celoria, 1970, p. 128)

my last holiday (not)

Can’t vouch for the veracity of this found photo

my last holiday (not)

the end of a mouse plague

It is said that the end of a mouse plague is heralded when a live mouse is seen eating a live mouse

one of the most curious people I know

at any time


Victoria’s interactive literary map


Victoria's interactive literary map

You can see the live version here http://literarymap.libraries.vic.gov.au/