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Sunday, 28 September 2008

CAFE SCIENTIFIQUE


Seeing through the body: Join them for a discussion about action, perception and the brain. With Andrea Serino from the University of Bologna.

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - PHOTOGRAPHERS GALLERY

SPEEDS OF TIME


Bill Fontana's Speeds of Time is a real-time sculptural sound map derived from the sounds of Big Ben. A network of microphones starts at the House of Commons from the bell tower itself, spreading out to rooftops and terraces around and beyond Parliament Square. As it does so, Speeds of Time traces the contours of the temporal deformation of the bells. Some of the microphone locations include Westminster Abbey, the Treasury Building and the Horse Guards Clock at Whitehall.

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STRING


A series exploring the structures of lived experience and modes of human existence. What can be learned from other people's experience of things we rarely think about? The seventh event in the series focuses on string: tying, knotting, measuring, adorning, playing. What are the origins of the modest string? Does an illlusionist use string the same way a musician does? Does a physicist think of string in similar terms to an artist?

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SLSA - LECTURES


These are free and they get some interesting characters in - check them out if you can.

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UNIT A - LONDON TRIP 1




Westminster to Tower Bridge via Dans Le Noir - uploaded photos in the flickr gallery.

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - SOUTH BANK CENTRE
RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - NATIONAL THEATRE
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RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - TOWER OF LONDON
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Saturday, 27 September 2008

DUMBO


Dont expect to go over - not very carbon friendly - but check the gallery for small interventions around the city. Perhaps check the artists works? Over the FESTIVAL weekend, art will be happening everywhere: streets, sidewalks, storefronts, elevators, lobbies, the water, the waterfront, parks, nooks, crannnies, on the NY Water Taxi, and more. Along with the 65+ new public art projects, over 100 local artists will open their studios to the public and at the new Galapagos Art Space, video_dumbo will feature a non-stop program of cutting edge video art from NYC and around the world.

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A NICE IDEA

24 hour film

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Henrik Håkansson



Midnight at noon(Myotis nattereri)The Batlab Sessions


http://www.haakansson.net/

Friday, 26 September 2008

Sunday, 21 September 2008

TWILIGHT


This exhibition focuses on eight contemporary artists whose photography and installations are made at, or suggest, the fleeting state of the world at dusk. It explores a time of day and a quality of light that presents technical challenges but also embodies a haunting mood and the possibility of narrative intrigue or psychological tension. At twilight, the colour and quality of light go through rapid and dramatic changes. For photographers, who are highly attuned to the subtleties of light, this is a particularly significant and poignant time. The artists in the exhibition have all made work that focuses on the end of the day and investigates twilight, as distinct from night.

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - VAM TWILIGHT

NOCTURNE SERIES


The Nocturne began in London in 2007 with the inaugural Smithfield Nocturne creating a new exciting evening of bike racing and entertainment. In 2008 the Nocturne Series has been created with the addition of the Salford Nocturne. More events are planned in 2009 with locations planned across the UK.

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - NOCTURNE SERIES
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Saturday, 20 September 2008

JONZE

Tuesday, 16 September 2008

HIDDEN CITY


The Hidden City Symposium:
Mythogeography, Writing, & Site Specific Performance

4 October 2008 at the Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - HIDDEN PAPERS
RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - HIDDEN CITY FESTIVAL

Monday, 15 September 2008

FLOATER


Floater is an architectural online production. Contributions are assembled by different editors for each issue around a theme. Floater aims to present not the contemporaneity of architecture, but amalgamations of essays, articles, past and present projects within processes of recollection, appropriation and archiving.

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - FLOATER MAGAZINE

Friday, 12 September 2008

WODICZKO


Wodiczko is most well known for his over 40 large-scale outdoor projections, which have been installed in over a dozen countries. His works are usually socially conscious, and often political in nature. Examples include projections onto buildings of hands or faces of people who speak about personal experiences or crimes they have suffered, allowing the public airing of issues usually kept private.

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - MIT
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CAMERA FLASH EXPERIMENT



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OPEN CITY


OPEN CITY: Tools For Public Action– a glimpse into the current media and tactics of artists who take their practices into the street. Be it through projection, writing on walls or robotic pamphleteering, Open City presents the work of artists who communicate through the surfaces and structures of our communal spaces and offers a deeper look at the means and motivations of urban action and creativity.

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - EYEBEAM

INTERSPECIES

Can artists work with animals as equals? It has recently been discovered that humans are closer to the higher primates than was previously thought. This exhibition, organised by The Arts Catalyst on the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth brings together a group of artists who actively question the sovereignty of the human species over the all other animal species.

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - CORNERHOUSE

THE CONQUEST OF IMPERFECTION


The Conquest of Imperfection is the first major UK exhibition of Japanese media artist Masaki Fujihata's acclaimed interactive work, featuring eight installations created by the artist between 1996 - 2008 and a new work specially created for the Manchester exhibition.

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Monday, 8 September 2008

ARCHITECTURE FOUNDATION NIGHTS

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NIGHTWATCH


Over the past 5 years, Alÿs has been walking the streets of London, evolving Seven Walks an ambitious new project for Artangel which delves into the everyday rituals and habits of the metropolis. The walks are enacted in different parts of the city – Hyde Park, the City of London, the National Portrait Gallery, the streets close to Regents Park.

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - SEVEN WALKS
RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - SEVEN WALKS

Saturday, 6 September 2008

SURVIVAL IN THE CITY


Extracts from Survival in the City, Anthony Greenbank, 1974

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - THINGS BLOG

4 O'CLOCK IN THE MORNING

video
Poet Rives does 8 minutes of lyrical origami, folding history into a series of coincidences surrounding that most surreal of hours, 4 o'clock in the morning.

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - TED TALKS

NIGHT-TIME FIXATIONS


Night-time Fixations
7pm -7am
25th October 2008
Phoenix Brighton, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton

The Institute of Unnecessary Research will be participating and curating performances in "Night-time Fixations" at Phoenix Brighton for the White Night Festival. Phoenix Brighton, the largest and most eclectic hotbed of creativity in the city invites you to join them for a night of experimentation. Including an all night opening of the Photo Fringe show ‘Incident’ with work by photographer Sarah Pickering. Phoenix will offer an array of experimental art, including performances, music and installations by Beatabet Collective and The Institute of Unnecessary Research plus special guests and anything else that fixates us. All night long!

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - UNNECESSARY RESEARCH
RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - PHOENIX ARTS

IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS


A wonderful essay, from the early 20th century, on Japanese aesthetics.

RIGHT CLICK FOR THE LINK HERE - PUBLICATION

PHYLETIC MUSEUM


The projection consists of five “living paintings” which turned the Phyletic Museum into an architectural canvas. These “tableaux vivants” refer to the accommodated phylogenetic collection which was given to the public by Ernst Haeckel in 1908. Additional inspiration comes from the nearby Institute of Systematic Zoology and Evolutionary Biology, where Seidel used to study and which, for instance, researches the locomotion of animals. All these impressions of color, movement and form are combined with his personal artistic research into intertwining primordial structures, whirring micro-surfaces, traces of smeared motion-fragments, nostalgic optical aberrations, pulsating mirage shadows as well as biographical reflections.

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - PHYLETIC MUSEUM

Friday, 5 September 2008

LONDON AT NIGHT FROM THE AIR


"Shooting aerial photography during the daytime had its own difficulties, you are strapped tightly into a harness leaning out of the helicopter, shouting directions through the headsets to the pilot. If shooting in the day can be difficult, night and the lack of light causes its own set of problems, but overcoming them is half the fun and the results can be stunning. I shoot at night using the very latest digital cameras, mounted on either one or two gyro stablazied mounts, depending on the format of the camera and length of lens I'm having to use."

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - BOSTON BIG PICTURE

NIGHT BUS



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THAMES FESTIVAL


The Mayor’s Thames Festival is a spectacular, free celebration of London and its river. Taking place over the middle weekend in September between Westminster Bridge and Tower Bridge, the festival brings Londoners together in the very heart of the capital to dance, make sculptures, listen to music, watch movies, drink, eat, enjoy performances, sing, play on the beach, sail on the Thames and dance in the streets.

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - THAMES FESTIVAL MAP

UNLOCKED


Oxford Castle – Unlocked is thought to be one of the most haunted buildings in the country. Throughout its dark and foreboding history, the Castle has served time as a royal residence, a centre of justice and as the County Gaol. With the help of Fright Nights, the UK’s leading ghost hunting specialists, Ghost Fest sets out to uncover the dark secrets that lie within the grounds of Oxford Castle. Are you brave enough to join them?

RIGHT CLICK LINK HERE - OXFORD CASTLE

THE MAGIC HOUR


The Magic Hour is a six month long project produced by Oxford Contemporary Music in partnership with the Oxford University Botanic Gardens. Artists, scientists and gardeners will work together to explore each other’s worlds and the subject of dusk, twilight or “the magic hour” (as it’s called amongst cameramen and photographers).
The project will culminate in a three night event in early September when you will be able to explore the garden at dusk and during the evening experience magical sounds and impromptu performances.
The artists working on the project are some of the country’s most exciting sound artists and composers. From April to September they will be researching the garden and its plants, building and composing and working with community groups and schools around Oxford as their work progresses.

RIGHT CLICK THE LINK HERE - OXFORD BOTANICAL GARDEN

LATES


"...guzzle down some after-hours enlightenment."

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FRIDAY LATES


Chill out with the original contemporary late night event. Held on the last Friday in every month (except December) when the Museum is open from 10.00 to 22.00 with Friday Late events starting at 18.30. Live performances, cutting-edge fashion, debates, one-off displays, special guests, bar and food, guest DJs, late-night exhibition opening. ADMISSION is FREE to the museum although some events may be ticketed. Call information / booking office: +44 (0)20 7942 2820 , 9.00-17.30, seven days a week, for further details.

RIGHT CLICK FOR LINK HERE - VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM

NIGHT JAM


In early Summer 2006, Scanner invited young people at New Horizon Youth Centre in King's Cross to collaborate on a creative project that expresses how the city at night looks and sounds to their eyes and ears. Through music and voice the group explored the sense of freedom and fear, exhilaration and solitude of the concealing darkness. Between sessions, they captured their nights on camera. NightJam presents two elusive visual and musical journeys through the city’s ‘quiet’ hours.

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NIGHT HAUNTS


Commissioned by Artangel Interaction, Night Haunts is a collaboration between writer Sukhdev Sandhu, website designer Ian Budden and sound artist and musician Scanner. Night Haunts unfolds in monthly episodes through 2006 on this specially designed site.
In this contemporary nocturnal journal, Sandhu prospects in the London night with the people who drive its pulse from night cleaners to praying nuns, security guards to the Samaritans. In each episode, Sandhu reflects on the nature of the urban night. Has night life been corroded by light and entertainment? What are the invisible forces that pulse through the sleeping city? Is real darkness possible any more?

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Wednesday, 3 September 2008

UNIT A EVOLUTION


Evolution, concept that embodies the belief that existing animals and plants developed by a process of gradual, continuous change from previously existing forms. This theory, also known as descent with modification, constitutes organic evolution. Inorganic evolution, on the other hand, is concerned with the development of the physical universe from unorganized matter. Organic evolution, as opposed to belief in the special creation of each individual species as an immutable form, conceives of life as having had its beginnings in a simple primordial protoplasmic mass (probably originating in the sea) from which, through the long eras of time, arose all subsequent living forms.