Monday, June 6, 2016

Extra Credit Event 1

On Sunday, June 5, I visited the Fowler Museum. To provide a brief introduction, The Fowler Museum is a collection of exhibits that primary focus on exploring African art and other cultural material. As I walked through the exhibit, I was drawn to almost all the exhibits. I particularly enjoyed the aesthetic design as well as the cultural significance of each piece. The artists behind these pieces were able to convey massive amounts of cultural information while maintaining a stunning aesthetic.

Particularly, one of the most notable pieces I noticed from my trip was the one pictured below.








I was amazed by this art piece because of its prophetic nature. If you look closely, the human-like figures are pictured using various forms of technology, such as the bike or some sort of agricultural tool. Obviously, this technology was not available when this piece was carved. It truly amazed me that these individuals were able to have the foresight to depict technology this advanced. Additionally, this act provides some insight into the culture itself. It shows that this particular African culture was highly dependent on technology nd was continually progressing technology.

Another piece I particularly enjoyed was this piece pictured below that acted as some sort of time piece


I enjoyed this piece as it had a strong functional value. From its design, I inferred that this was some sort of device that kept time. The black triangles on the outside could have represented days, and as you keep traveling inside the circle, the time increments measured grew. This is a perfect example of mathematics in conjunction with art. The geometric design of this piece is mathematically derived to serve a functional purpose, but it also maintains its aesthetic design. 

Overall, I truly enjoyed this exhibit as I gained great knowledge regarding African society. After this experience, I plan definitely plan on attending more events like this, as to broaden my cultural knowledge. 







Saturday, June 4, 2016

Event 3

On Thursday, June 2, I attended the exhibit held by UCLA Design Media Arts in Broad Art Center, titled S.A.D. S.A.D, standing for Staring in the Age of Distraction Show, was an exhibit of 55 UCLA seniors, as they broadcasted their final projects before graduation. In this exhibition, the works were commentaries on the current state of society. Many artists spoke to the low attention spans of contemporary individuals.


After walking into the exhibit, I looked around and talked to many of the artists as they described their works. My favorite piece was a cardboard construction of a city, which lights representing the finer details of a city were projecting onto.


After speaking with the creator of this piece, I definitely resonated with it the most. They pointed out the simplicity of the city. It was so simple, that the city could be considered mundane. The artist pointed out that she did that on purpose, as she believes that people fail to realize the beauty of cities. In the eyes of people who live in these cities, it is so familiar, and mundane, that people fail to recognize its beauty, and that is what this piece speaks to. After some thought, this resonated with me as I also fail to recognize the beauty of my environment many times. This piece encouraged me to take some time just to appreciate the world around me.   

Although this exhibit did not align with any of the topics we have discussed specifically, thematically, the message is the same. Specifically, I remember after watching week 1’s lectures and the corresponding video about changing education paradigms, and leaving that with a new found respect for the world around me. The same occurred after this exhibit.



Overall, the experience was very enlightening, and I plan to visit many more exhibits during my time at UCLA and after.  

Event 2

On Thursday, May 19, I attended the LASER (Leonardo Art Science Rendezvous) exhibit which showcased many works by different artists. To provide a brief introduction, the evening began with an exhibition where UCLA students broadcasted some of their art pieces, and then this exhibition was followed by a presentation given by Walter Gekelman, a notable physicist who discussed this idea of the fourth state of matter.

After looking at a few of the pieces at the exhibition, I found my favorite to be Lightning Mandala by July Kim.


Lightning Mandala was a piece made solely out of paper cutouts, that was comprised of a purple sky background, lightning paper cutouts on the exterior, and in the center of the piece, a human-like figure. I was especially moved by this piece because of its symbolic meaning. Derived from the teachings of Buddhism, the piece represented the inner struggles and chaos that occurs in the mind. This form of art most closely related to the topic of Neuroscience and Art. Artists like July are exploring the mind and furthering both science and art.

After the exhibition, Notable physicist Walter Gekelman came and gave a great presentation regarding the 4th state of matter, plasma. Gekelman was driven by the aesthetic beauty of plasma, and how its physical form created beautiful designs.


 I was amazed by the fact that he was conducting very technical, math-based experiments regarding plasma, such as the magnetism and relativity of plasma, and he derived these aesthetically beautiful answers.


Overall, I truly enjoyed the exhibition and lecture and plan attending many more in the future.



Sunday, May 29, 2016


When I enrolled in this class, and as I looked through the weeks and their corresponding topics, I was most excited for this week’s topic. Professor Vesna put it poignantly when she said that the intersection of Space and Art is truly the summation of all the past topics covered, as it is the advent of these previous advancements, that have allowed for the interplay between space and art.  

The first artist that stood out to me that aims to explore this foreign intersection is Richard Clar, an inter-disciplinary artist that explores the many aspects of space, through art, such as orbital debris and the search for extraterrestrial life. One of my personal favorites works from is titled, “Collision 2”.



 This work shows the dangers of space, and tracks the orbital debris around the earth, highlighting the traitorous nature of space exploration. This helped me gain a greater understanding of both art and science, as Clar uses this aesthetic work to convey a great amount of scientific information, which is one of the art’s greater purposes.

Interestingly, the team that comprises the Slovenian Culture Space Program aims to take art in regards to space a step further, and conducts cultural programs physically in space. They beg the question, “what is it like to be a human in space” and they carry out the artistic and humanistic methodology and practice in space.



The above piece is the first theater performance in zero gravity. Groups like this are truly pushing the boundaries of human exploration and truly advancing both art and science forward.

After watching the lectures, I was inspired to conduct my own research to further explore this topic. I was excited when I stumbled upon this video on youtube:



The above is a national graphic short documentary that follows a few artists and physicists as they send physical art into space. This, quite literal, “out-of-world” installation is aimed to inspire scientists and artists alike, to push their own boundaries and conduct their work in unfamiliar environments, in order to fully maximize their personal growth and academic contribution.

Overall, with the advent of technology and increased space exploration, overall creative has seen an exponential increase. As space represents the unknown and unlimited possibility, it also allows for unlimited creative expression. The work that was stated previously is truly pushing not just the scientific and artistic community forward, but more so, the entire world.


References:

1. "MIT Startup Connects Art with Space, and Space with Art." Slice of MIT from the MIT Alumni Association RSS. N.p., 18 Nov. 2015. Web. 29 May 2016.
2. Nagy, Attila. "This Artist's Cheerful Renderings of Space Exploration Look Like Stills From The Martian." Gizmodo. N.p., 20 Oct. 2015. Web. 29 May 2016.
3. "Projects." Space Art at Art Technologies, a Collaboration between Space Technology and the Arts. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2016.
4. "Solar Planet." Experience The Planet. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2016.
5. "Where Art And Space Travel Meet: Why Is The Art World Suddenly So Captivated By The Cosmos? | The Creators Project." The Creators Project. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 May 2016.

Images:

1. http://www.arttechnologies.com/site-2005/projects.html
2. http://www.ksevt.eu/2015/?page_id=1849
3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POHLCbdM-hs



Sunday, May 22, 2016

As stated by the corresponding lectures, Nanotechnology is pivotal in the future of the world in all aspects. Seemingly unrelated subjects, such as economics, biology, medicine, and event art are greatly affected by the evolution of nanotechnology. Specifically, in regards to the intersection of Nanotechnology and Art, these seemingly uncorrelated subjects truly form a dependent relationship.

For example, artist Cris Orfescu is pioneer in the ever growing field of “Nanoart”. According to Orfescu, nanotechnology can be used in art to convey scientific principles in a more aesthetic and digestible form.



This art piece was actually created by hydrolyzing organic compounds and lacing these compounds with gold, and then observed under a Scanning Electron Microscope, a high power microscope able to see objects measured in nanometers. Orfescu showcases the beauty of science by combining seemingly unrelated fields of study, to create an interdisciplinary work that conveys a large amount of information aesthetically.


Whereas artists like Orfescu use nanotechnology to heighten their artistic, the team of Victoria Vesna and James Gimzewski at UCLA (shoutout) argue that art can be used to understand the growing field of nanotechnology. In an attempt to do this, the two showcased an exhibit at the Children’s gallery in Los Angeles. As all the exhibits are greatly influenced by nanotech, users manipulate certain aspects of the exhibits to further their understanding of basic neuroscience principles.


Above is an example of the participatory exhibit, where users manipulate the actual pieces of art to further their understanding.

Although nanotechnology can be used as a tool by scientists and artists alike to greatly benefit the world, artists like Ursula Freer remind us of the dangers of nanotech.


Above is the art piece titled “nanomoth” that Freer says shows nanotech, “Can be used for constructive as well as destructive purposes: for amazing healing procedures and deadly weapons as well”. This art piece specifically highlights nanotech’s ability to create things, as the butterfly is symbol for growth and evolution. Overall, artists like Freer are truly exploring new fields of study and pushing both the world of science and art forward.



References:

1. "Can Art Make Nanotechnology Easier to Understand?" National Geographic. National Geographic Society, n.d. Web. 23 May 2016.
2. "Is Nanoart the New Photography?" Www.nytimes.com. New York Times, n.d. Web.
3. Lilley, Maiken. "The Art of Nanotech." PBS. PBS, 18 Nov. 2010. Web. 23 May 2016.
4. "NANOTECHNOLOGY IN ART AND FILM." Revolution Fibres. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 May 2016.
5. Thomas, Paul. Nanoart: The Immateriality of Art. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.

Images:


http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2008/01/17/technology/20080117_NANOART_SLIDESHOW_7.html

http://victoriavesna.com/index.php?p=projects&item=11