Stephen Willats - artist charting ideas and experience of and in society.
Conscious Unconscious In and Out the Reality Check - Exhibition on now at Modern Art Oxford until 16th June, 2013
"Study hard what interests you the most in the most undisciplined, irreverent and original manner possible."
How Long Is A Piece Of Green?
: measuring the unmeasurable
An ASCUS talk and discussion with Alice Ladenburg in The Old Library
School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9XP
Tuesday, 7th May – 11am to midday
How Long Is A Piece Of Green? (HLIAPOG) explores the idea of artist as researcher, cataloging the experience of an artist undertaking a research project in Southern Africa in to Creativity, Innovation and Development. Alice Ladenburg measured her journey according to her experiences, taking samples of time and place through a series of written notes, photographs and sound and video recordings, which were subsequently coded and mapped.
HLIAPOG addresses the notion that for genuine innovative progress we need to consider alternative and creative ways to collect, synthesis and present research data. Taking the project to a range of institutions in South Africa - including the Wits School of Art (University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg), the Institute of Economic Research and Innovation (Tshwane University) and Khanya Africa Institute for Community Driven Development (Johannesburg) – Alice now brings the dialogue to the U.K, starting with ASCUS and the School of Geosciences, Edinburgh University.
An art / research initiative considering spaces between places
"Instead of a fabric, I hold in my hands a bundle of a thousand knotted threads which would occupy hundreds of hands for years to disentangle."
The Journey to the East, Hermann Hesse
"To know is not simply to explore, … it is to be able to make your way back over your own footsteps, following the path you have just marked out."
Circulating Reference – Sampling the Soil in the Amazon Forest
Bruno Latour, 1999
Map drawn by Clifford Mkanthama to explain global economy & environmental policy. Jambula II workshop, Dedza
Observation with a capital O – the way Holmes uses the word when he gives his new companion a brief history of his life with a single glance – does entail more than, well, observation (the lowercase kind). It’s not just about the passive process of letting objects enter into your visual field. It is about knowing what and how to observe and directing your attention accordingly: what details do you focus on? What details do you omit? And how do you take in and capture those details that you do choose to zoom in on? In other words, how do you maximize your brain attic’s potential? You don’t just throw any old detail up there, if you remember Holmes’s early admonitions; you want to keep it as clean as possible. Everything we choose to notice has the potential to become a future furnishing of our attics – and what’s more, its addition will mean a change in the attic’s landscape that will affect, in turn, each future addition. So we have to choose wisely.
from Mastermind, How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes
by Maria Konnikova
Fig 3.8. If two nearby sources generate the same wave signal, an interference pattern in generated. With electromagnetic radiation, this pattern exists in the space infront of the sources rather than as something you actually see.