Archive for February, 2007

This is the Blogoshpere: Matt Hurst

Blogosphere

Pretty! And this is the explaination from creator, Matt Hurst (not Nathan Gilliat-correction 3:48PM):

Data – I took a hefty amount of blog data – approximately 6 weeks of full index from blogpulse. I then pulled out all the links in posts that were to other blogs and created a data set of blog to blog links.

Graph Building – By inspecting this data set for blogs that have reciprocal links (A links to B and B links to A) we can form a graph of what we might call a social network of the blogosphere.

Partitionaing – This graph will have distinct partitions. For two partitions (X and Y) there are no links between any blog in X and any blog in Y. Each partition may be thought of as a community.

Layout – Each of the communities can be laid out using a standard graph layout algorithm. Further, as there are non-reciprocal links between some of the communities we can actually use these links to layout the different communities with respect to each other (this can be thought of almost as hierarchical graph layout).

Projection – A blog is selected to be the centre of the image and the whole picture is projected on a hyperbolic surface (which gives it something like a fish-eye lens look).

What I have done in this instance is select a blog in a part of the graph that is off centre and used it to form the centre of the projection – thus pushing of the large core mass of the blogosphere to the edge of the hyperbolic surface.

via reBlog

French Court limits Pinocelli Vandalism Fine to $18,600

Duchamp26fountain_1 PORT’s Jessica Bromer reports that a French court has reduced the original $260,000 fine against 78-year-old M. Pinocelli to $18,600. Pinocelli chipped M. Duchamp’s Fountain with a hammer and scrawled on it with a pen.

I imagine M. Duchamp would approve:

"The artist himself does not count, because there is no actual existence for the work of art. The work of art is always based on the two poles of the onlooker and the maker, and the spark that comes from the bipolar action gives birth to something – like electricity. But the onlooker has the last word, and it is always posterity that makes the masterpiece. The artist should not concern himself with this, because it has nothing to do with him.

- Marcel Duchamp, In Art

via PORT

The Watercube: Beijing Bubble for the 2008 Olympics

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If a building’s form ever advertised its function better than this, I’ve yet to see it. The National Swim Center in Beijing, (aka ‘Watercube’) is skinned in a lightweight, transparent teflon material called ETFE and when completed this design will retain 90% of the solar energy it recieves. Simply fantastic. The following is from Inhabitat:

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"With all the new construction going up in China, it’s easy to lose track of “one more cool-looking” building. But PTW’s National Swimming Center for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing exemplifies what all this new construction should aim to be: beautiful, functional, forward-thinking, and most importantly, a good example for future development in a nation whose growth appears to know no bounds. The design, which won a competition in 2003 and will sit adjacent to Herzog and DeMeuron’s main stadium, boasts a striking blue “bubble” aesthetic, which is both eye-catching and indicative of the function it houses (we love this interior-exterior architectural connection).

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via Inhabitat

Steve Boyer @ Upgrade! Seattle 3.8.07

Steve_boyer Steve Boyer is the ‘real deal’. Countless artists claim to cross disciplines, bridging the gap between art and commerce, finding new connections amidst the constantly shifting landscape of technology, culture, entertainment and communication. Boyer is one of the few with the chops to make that claim legitamately. He’s developed computer games, arcade games and toys. He’s worked as a software engineer, an audio producer and an art director. He holds two patents. All this while continuing his art practice, showing at SIGGRAPH, MoCA Chicago, Santa Barbara Museum of Art and many others.

Be sure to check him out next week:

"Humanity is undergoing an Evolution of Abstraction. The physical forms and social and economic structures that have previously defined human identity are disintegrating, often being replaced by their symbolic representations. As these new modes of being replace the old we are faced with a Crisis of Identity in that assumptions about what it means to be human are challenged by new technologies, social narratives and biological realities. But every crisis presents an opportunity and at this critical turning point in human history we have a unique opportunity to rewrite the narrative codes that allow societies to self-organize and prosper. and to re-synthesize what it means to be human.

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In this presentation connections will be drawn between medieval trompe l’oeil painting, cellular biology, insect robots and reality television in an attempt to elucidate some of the opportunities (and risks) that are posed by electronic and bio-technologies and to examine the role of electronic media in both the writing and re-writing of narrative codes.

Upgrade! Seattle: CODE – The Evolution of Abstraction and the Crisis of Human Identity by steve boyer :: 7pm Thursday March 8, 2007 :: 911 Media Arts Center • 402 9th Ave N • Seattle, WA.

Jacque Rivette’s l’Amour Fou @ NWFF March 2, 07

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This is a big weekend for film up in Seattle. NWFF will be screening Rivette l’Amour Fou, a film that has not (ever?) and most likely will not be seen again on the west coast any time soon. From the press release:

"Next Friday we open our 12 film series Lighter Than Air: The Films of Jacque Rivette with L’AMOUR FOU, a work of pure genius – undistributed in N. America and shown here in a 35mm print from France. It is a largely improvised, masterpiece that chronicles a married couple’s break-up during rehearsals for a production of Racine’s passion-filled tragedy Andromaque…

"Sprawling across nearly 13 hours, in eight episodes involving dozens of speaking roles and what seems like most of Paris’ arondissements, Jacques Rivette’s OUT 1 emerged earlier this year from the mists of film history and legend to confirm its status as a monumental culmination of the French New Wave. And although we’re screening the much shorter but just as rare OUT 1 SPECTRE (a mere 4 hours long), it’s still a momentous occasion in the history of Seattle film exhibition. We’re one of the only venues this side of the Rockies screening it! Save those extra eight hours for a round trip drive if need be, cause you’ll probably never see this film again, anywhere!

Did I happen to mention that most Rivette films are not available on DVD from any source! So if you were to come out to Northwest Film Forum just once this year, pretty much any film from this man who seems more in tune with cinema, theatre and magic than any other in history, is the worth the price of admission."

-Adam Sekuler

Don’t miss it!

schedule is HERE

Gulag Nationalism: Solzhenitsyn Weighs-in @ Rossiyskaya Gazeta

SolzhenitsynIn tomorrow’s Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Alexander Solzhenitsyn will once again publish writing critical of his native Russia. Though he has recently supported Putin’s international policy, Solzhenitsyn still finds much to criticize in Putin’s Russia.

Personally, I find it tragic that this icon of resistance has had to align himself with Putin’s nationalistic agenda, though I suppose it should come as no surprise. It is a truism that with age comes conservatism.

The impending end of Putin’s term in 2008, and his ‘required’ resignation, provides a glimmer of hope that new leadership will be able to lead the Russian Bear safely into the 21st Century–a faint glimmer. From the Independent:

"Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn warns in the preface to a newly republished article that Russia is still struggling with challenges similar to those of the revolutionary turmoil of 1917 that led to the demise of the czarist empire.

"The article – which will appear tomorrow in the influential government daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta – analyzes the roots of the February revolution 90 years ago that forced the abdication of the last czar, Nicholas II, and helped pave the way for the Bolsheviks.

"It’s all the more bitter that a quarter of a century later, some of these conclusions are still applicable to the alarming disorder of today," Solzhenitsyn wrote in a preface to the article first written in the early 1980s.

"Solzhenitsyn’s wife, Natalya, said it should serve as a reminder to Russia’s political class about the dangers stemming from the huge gap between the rich and the poor, and the stark contrast in lifestyle and moral attitudes in the glitzy Russian capital compared to the far less prosperous provinces.

"Alexander Isayevich is deeply worried by this gap," Natalya Solzhenitsyn told a news conference Monday. "It’s necessary to pay attention to that. If the government fails to do that, consequences would be grave."

for the rest, click HERE.

The West by the West. Landscapes @ LACMA 3.4.07

I can’t wait to see how Jackson Pollack fits in here. Stay tuned…

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Discover how the modern west was won in the first exhibition to highlight how our local landscape shaped the modern art movement. With masterpieces from Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, and Frederic Remington, The Modern West offers a fresh and innovative look at modernism through a very personal lens.

For more information visit <http://www.lacma.org>.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 857-6000
E-mail, lacma@lacma.org
Web site, http://www.lacma.org
Please direct e-mail inquiries about the exhibition to the museums’ address (above); DO NOT use “Reply” button, it will send to ArtScene.
To view formatted version of this announcement online: 
http://artscenecal.com/Announcements/0207/LACMA0207.html

Image credit:  John Henry Twachtman, Emerald Pool, Yellowstone (detail), c. 1895, oil on canvas. Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut. Bequest of George A. Gay, by exchange, and the Ellen Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Fund

This exhibition was organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Generous funding was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Los Angeles presentation was made possible in part by the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. In-kind support for the Los Angeles presentation was made possible by official hotel sponsor Millennium Biltmore as part of the Millennium on View program. 


Glory Days: Cézanne in Florence at The Palazzo Strozzi

Ah, to be back in Florence. After strolling the halls of the Strozzi, we would head over to Vivoli for some Gelato al limone and then have a picnic on the Arno…oh shit, nostalgia!

Cezanne "Some of Cézanne’s most important works return to Florence. About a century ago, they were an integral part of the collections found in the Florentine homes of two young collectors, Egisto Paolo Fabbri and Charles Loeser. The exhibition at Palazzo Strozzi is a unique occasion to admire side by side dozens of Cézanne’s masterpieces, usually found scattered to the four corners of the earth.

"In fact, today these works are found in the world’s most important museums, which include the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in London, the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence as well as in private collections such as the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collections."

via ArtDaily

The Way We Are by David Sedaris

In case you did not get a chance to read the article by David Sedaris in last weeks New Yorker, here is a taste. Follow the jump for the rest:

Pansies_odilon20redon_large "In Paris they warn you before cutting off the water, but out in Normandy you’re just supposed to know. You’re also supposed to be prepared, and it’s this last part that gets me every time. Still, though, I try to make do. A saucepan of chicken broth will do for shaving, and in a pinch I can always find something to pour into the toilet tank: orange juice, milk, a lesser champagne. If I really got hard up, I suppose I could hike through the woods and bathe in the river, though it’s never quite come to that.

Most often, our water is shut off because of some reconstruction project, either in our village or in the next one over. A hole is dug, a pipe is replaced, and within a few hours things are back to normal. The mystery is that it’s so perfectly timed to my schedule. This is to say that the tap dries up at the exact moment I roll out of bed, which is usually between ten and ten-thirty. For me this is early, but for Hugh and most of our neighbors it’s something closer to midday. What they do at 6 A.M. is anyone’s guess. I only know that they’re incredibly self-righteous about it, and talk about the dawn as if it’s a personal reward, bestowed on account of their great virtue.

The last time our water went off, it was early summer. I got up at my regular hour, and saw that Hugh was off somewhere, doing whatever it is he does. This left me alone to solve the coffee problem—a sort of Catch-22, as in order to think straight I needed caffeine, and in order to make that happen I needed to think straight. Once, in a half-sleep, I made it with Perrier, which sounds plausible but really isn’t. On another occasion, I heated up some leftover tea and poured that over the grounds. Had the tea been black rather than green, the coffee might have worked out, but, as it was, the result was vile. It wasn’t the sort of thing you’d try more than once, so this time I skipped the teapot and headed straight for a vase of wildflowers sitting by the phone on one of the living-room tables."

read the rest HERE

Skyscraper Museum’s VIVA2 Live!

And in more skyscraper news, eOculus pointed us to the opening of the Skyscraper Museum’s brand new, interactive feature, VIVA2. The Museum says of its new feature:

Empire20state20building20modern "The Visual Index to the Virtual Archive 2 is an interactive interface providing access to The Skyscraper Museum’s unique collection of more than 1,000 photographs of the construction of the Empire State Building and the World Trade Center towers. Visitors can explore the building progress for each project and view photographs of the rising structures, workers, machinery, ceremonies, and city scenes. Complete with captions and descriptions of the images, VIVA 2 allows visitors to discover and compare the building technologies and methods of the Empire State Building in the 1930′s and of the World Trade Center towers in the 1960′s and the 1970′s."

We’ve already wasted too much time there. Enjoy!

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