Profound Wisdom of the day #1

 

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Art is way of life. It is for all the world like taking a bus, picking flowers, making love, sweeping the floor, getting bitten by a monkey, reading a book, etc … Art is not separate from life (nor is dish-washing when it is done in this spirit)’

John Cage 1951

Aural Observations 3: DeLonghi Dragon Two. Oil filled radiator

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I have an oil filled radiator. My radiator generally resides in my study / studio but gets moved around between rooms to service the heating needs of my apartment as and when required. Over a period of time I began to observe a peculiar, regular tapping noise encompassing the space of my apartment. Continue reading

a few of my favourite things #4 : ‘wabi-sabi’

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Wabi-Sabi is an ancient Buddhist philosophy and principle of Japanese aesthetics centred around the ‘perfection’ in im-perfection and transience. The principle can be described as judging beauty in the ‘imperfect, impermanent and incomplete’. Characteristics of Wabi-Sabi can include; asymmetry, texture and tone, Continue reading

The truth or: how to teach the piano Chinese

 

57-PET~1When visiting The Powerhouse of Art museum in Shanghai China, I was fortunate enough to see a very insightful sound-art installation by the composer Peter Ablinger, and Winfired Ritsch. The piece, entitled: The Truth or: How to teach the Piano Chinese, incorporated a computer controlled piano and screened text. Continue reading

Aural Observations 2: drain pipe harmonics

bankThere is an old iron drain pipe on a building on the high street in Aberystwyth. Whenever there has been any substantial rain fall, (which is quite often in Aber) and the ferocity of the rain has ceased, or at least eased, the powers of gravity takes over and the remaining water in the guttering proceeds to drip down the drainpipe towards the ground. Continue reading

Tom Marioni

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Tom Marioni is a conceptual artist who has produced a  series of drawings which ‘privilage actions over objects’. one of his most famous pieces, ‘One second sculpture’ 1969 is a piece where he released a coiled measuring tape into the air, allowing it to unravel and fall to the ground, producing an action, a sound work and a drawing through a Continue reading