Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Monday, February 26, 2007
My print project is sort of taking shape. At the moment I aim to make a series of posters with code and/or music in the background and maybe well known open sourcerers in the foreground. It all has to be stencilled, so there are limitations. But ... could be good.
Any nominations for FOSS people to put in my hall of fame?
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I want to combine my interests in FS/OSS, art and music and produce some material that can be used by FOSS folk. (See 2 posts below for the brief.)
What I need is some ideas and slogans that I can incorporate into art. I'd aim to publish the artwork with some sort of open license so anyone who wants to use, add to it or disseminate it can do so.
But ... I need a little help from my friends. Software patents is an issue that really gets my goat, but that is hard to sloganify. Maybe you can think of other issue ... a slogan .. a song??
To the tune of 'Tea for Two' : Gnu for Me and Me for Gnu.
Any better ideas?
Monday, February 19, 2007
The lecturer has tasked us with working up propaganda material addressing 'something that really pisses us off'. (Among the issues people nominated were child abuse, our shopaholic society, lack of a feeling of safety, pressure to look beautiful...)
My first idea is to produce material to shame the city council into doing more for the environment. In Dunedin you have to tie your newspapers into plastic shopping bags or the firm contracted to collect recyclables will not remove them. I suspect they just recycle the bottles and dump the paper in the landfill. Then you see huge truck of logs being taken to the wharf where an equally huge pile of wood chips dwarfs the boats.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
(Schlingensief Parsifal of 2006 in Bayyreuth)
(I've scarcely moved, yet I seem to have travelled far.)
Gurnemanz: Du siehst mein Sohn, Zum Raum wird hier die Zeit
(You see my son, here time becomes space.)
(English translation of Parsifal)
In Bayreuth last year, I saw all the operas produced but the production that moved me most was the one that many people hated, Parsifal. People who attended Bayreuth in 2006 from the NSW Wagner Society were asked to talk about their experience, so I talked about Parsifal and one member told me later that I had shown him why he hated it.
"I responded to all the triggers, didn't I," he said.
So here is 'My First Parsifal'.
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Sunday, February 11, 2007
I have just been to a retrospective of Julia Morison’s work that I found inspiring. It made me feel that I am where I should be, explained why I am here in this cool city where, though high summer, maximum temperatures are hovering between 14-17C.
It was an accident really that I saw the exhibition. I went to Modaks for a coffee and to paint but the parking spot I found was limited to 10 minutes so I just had the coffee and left. On my way out of town, which is 4 km from where I live, I found a 60-minute parking spot near the art gallery and stopped for a look. The Dunedin Art Gallery is one of the reasons I am here as I remembered how good it was when I was deciding where to do an art course. An excellent gallery says something about the environment it is in.
I seldom stay long in exhibitions but this one was different and I needed my hour.
Morison’s work is about the symbols we use in life and what they mean to us. She creates her own symbols and I was reminded of the symbols Schlingensief created for his Parsifal production. We all create our own symbols I suppose. In a way we create ourselves as well.