Miki Yui: Small Sounds, the Cosmos

(Excerpt from Accompaniment for A-O-I-E-U by Cardero Gala through Youtube)
Sitting on the chair, Miki Yui faced to the mixer on the table and concentrated adjusting the sounds with both hands. The sound was from the mixer and from the surroundings, from toy-instruments and found objects which were set up by Rie Nakajima. Yui was so focused on composing the small sounds as if she was weaving fabrics. The experimental music from the environment she was “weaving,” however, intriguingly with the dynamics as Noh, although she managed the sounds simply with digital and analogue equipment. This live performance was composed with different ideas and artistic core of Yui and of Nakajima. The performance A-O-I-E-U however worked as a dialogue between both artists and the surroundings and generated something new, at Experimental Intermedia in New York in 2012. Continue reading

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Art of Kara Walker

“A lot of my works have been about the unexpected…”  — Kara Walker at Art21, 2003.

( by Art21 on Youtube)

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Karen Walker, Darkytown Rebellion 2001, cut paper and projection on wall, 14 x 37 ft. (4.3 x 11.3 m), Collection Musee d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg

I really love Kara Walker’s works. Especially her light projection and video, film, and performance. Like her wall-sized murals and cyclorama, Kara Walker employs light projection to cast shadows and create all-encompassing environments for viewers. In Darkytown Rebellion Walker applies paper-cut silhouettes to the wall and then washes them with vibrant light from colored transparencies on several overhead projects placed on the floor of the gallery. Viewers are further involved with this installation as their shadows are also cast onto the wall as they walk through the space. In this way, visitors literally enter the narrative and the history it suggests through their own silhouettes. Continue reading

Trinh T. Minh-ha: The Infinite Reflection Between Mirrors

(“Reassemblage: From the Firelight to the Screen” by walkinthaprospects on Youtube)

Still-image of film A Tale of Love. Produced and directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha and Jean-Paul Bourdier. Photo © Trinh T. Minh-ha

Still-image of film A Tale of Love. Produced and directed by Trinh T. Minh-ha and Jean-Paul Bourdier. Photo © Trinh T. Minh-ha

The image of this mirror reflects another mirror’s reflecting of the other mirror’s reflection… The endless reflective images between the mirrors, is one of the major concepts of Trinh T. Minh-ha’s works. Born in Vietnam, the prolific writer and artist Trinh studied composition, literature and ethnology in Vietnam, the Philippines, France and America. Her insightful cross-cultural and educational backgrounds profoundly contributed to her cross-disciplinary art practice. In her artworks and writings, naturally, Trinh offers multiple perspectives which have challenged the conventional and western notions. Continue reading

Ai Weiwei: Life is in Danger Everyday

Ai Weiwei talks about his concept: (“Ai Weiwei: Life is in danger everyday” by Louisiana Channel)

Ai Weiwei and Coke Cola Urns: The Democratizing or Commercializing of Art?

Ai Weiwei, Neolithic Culture Pot with Coca-Cola Logo, 1992, Neolithic pot with acrylic paint, 12” x 13.125”. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Ai Weiwei, Neolithic Culture Pot with Coca-Cola Logo, 1992, Neolithic pot with acrylic paint, 12” x 13.125”. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

Ai Weiwei’s works often questions the exchange value of the cultural product in the global capitalistic system. One of the example is “Neolithic Culture Pot with Coca-Cola Logo.” Coca Cola as an art object easily brings us back to Andy Warhol’s concept: art belong to the pop. Warhol’s Pop art establishes the model that brought art to the public eye, not just for the elite. That pop culture can be art is not only revealing the commercial value but also to a certain degree, the democratic preference. Continue reading

Frida Kahlo in Fashion: Beauty and Strength

If you recognized the adorable artist-to-be as Frida Kahlo, you were correct!

If you recognized the adorable artist-to-be as Frida Kahlo, you were correct!

Intriguing photos of young Frida Kahlo! Although in pain, She controls her life. Frida is a feminist even before the term came out. “Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.” – Frida Kahlo Continue reading