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A Marvelous Art Of Books

This video accompanies the exhibition entitled, Rebound: Dissections and Excavations in Book Art. Curated by Karen Ann Myers, Assistant Director of the Halsey Institute, Rebound brings together the work of five mixed-media artists from around the world who, using books as a point of departure, sculpt, scrape, bend, and carve to create astonishing compositions. Doug Beube, Long-Bin Chen, Brian Dettmer, Guy Laramée, and Francesca Pastine transform various types of literature and/or printed books through sculptural intervention. To learn more, please … More

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Claire Falkenstein - Striking Structures of Every Medium

Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution Claire Falkenstein (1908 – 1997) was an American sculptor, painter, printmaker, jewelry designer and teacher, known for both abstract and functional works. Her first one-woman exhibition, at a San Francisco gallery was opened in 1930, before her graduation at University of California at Berkeley with a major in art and minors in anthropology and philosophy. Falkenstein continued her art education at Mills College, where she took a master class with Alexander Archipenko, and met … More

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Kinfolk's Food Passion

Living in a hurry 25 hours per day – this is a result of capitalism and competition for survival. Supermarkets, fast food restaurants, socializing through social network pages – everything is made to make our life easier, more comfortable, more productive and more numb. The contact with our consciousness is blurred and the magic of this moment is hardly remembered. But the truth is that in every action one can find passion, meaning and spirit; only one little thing is … More

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Claudia Meza - Water

Claudia Meza is a Portland-based artist and composer who studied music composition and digital music production at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. She has recorded and toured with the bands Japanther and Explode Into Colors, and has performed her own work in clubs, basements, dance halls, ballrooms, art galleries, and music festivals internationally. Meza started New Musics, a platform for supporting new classical musicians and composers in Portland. ‘Water’ is a collection of hanging Califone cassette players that facilitate … More

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Mary Wigman's Witch Dance

Mary Wigman (born Marie Wiegmann, 13 November 1886 – 18 September 1973) was a German dancer, choreographer, notable as the pioneer of expressionist dance, dance therapy, and movement training without pointe shoes. She is considered one of the most important figures in the history of European dance. She became one of the most iconic figures of Weimar German culture and her work was hailed for bringing the deepest of existential experiences to the stage. Her dances were often accompanied by … More

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Jamie McCartney - The Great Wall of Vagina

Jamie McCartney (born 1971) is a professional British sculptor and fine artist working and living in England. His works are distinguished for being three-dimensional in nature and experimental in approach. McCartney is a professional artist working in many disciplines. Generally his work has been three-dimensional in nature and often experimental in approach. After graduating he worked for several London model making companies such as Complete Fabrication and Gavin Lyndsey. Eventually he entered film industry where he worked as a sculptor … More

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Maurits Cornelis Escher

Maurits Cornelis Escher (17 June 1898 – 27 March 1972), usually referred as M. C. Escher, was a Duch graphic artist who is widely known for his often mathematically inspired woodcuts, lithographs and mezzotints. httpv:// Video copyright – The M.C. Escher Company B.V. M. C. Escher’s first print of an impossible reality was Still Life and Street, made in 1937. After this, works of art by M.C. Escher could never be mistaken for someone else’s. His artistic expression was based … More

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Pierre Henry - a founder of musique concrète

The experimental French composer Pierre Henry is famous for being among the pivotal forces behind the development of musique concrete. After his trainings at the Paris Conservatoire at the age of ten (piano studies under Nadia Boulanger, percussion under Felix Passerone and the classes of Olivier Messiaen), Pierre Henry become the first formally educated musician to devote his energies to the electronic medium. httpvh:// This documentary, directed by Eric Darmon, traces Pierre Henry‘s development of a new sound that shocked … More

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Sun Ra - A Joyful Noise

Sun Ra (Le Sony’r Ra; May 22, 1914 – May 30, 1993) was a prolific jazz composer, bandleader, piano and synthesizer player, poet and philosopher known for his “cosmic philosophy,” musical compositions and performances. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He is a 1979 inductee of the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. From the mid-1950s to his death, Sun Ra led “The Arkestra”, an ensemble with an ever-changing lineup and name. His music ranged from keyboard solos to big bands … More

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A genious graphic designer Irma Boom

Irma Boom is an Amsterdam-based graphic designer who specializes in book making. She has received many awards for her book designs and is famous for becoming the youngest-ever laureate to receive the prestigious Gutenberg prize for her complete oeuvre. Her creative and intellectual processes are highlighted in the New York MoMA which now has 50 of her books in its permanent collection. Irma Boom founded Irma Boom Office in 1991, which works nationally and internationally in both the cultural and … More

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Interview about Charles and Ray Eames

Charles Ormond Eames, Jr (1907–1978) and Bernice Alexandra “Ray” Eames née Bernice Kaiser (1912–1988) were American designers, who worked in and made major contributions to modern architecture and furniture. They also worked in the fields of industrial and graphic design, fine art and film. Interview with Marilyn Neuhart, author of “The Story of Eames Furniture”, and her husband John. Both have worked with the Eames Office in various capacities from the 1950s. More about Eames: Wikipedia

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Sol LeWitt

Solomon “Sol” LeWitt was an American artist linked to various movements, including Conceptual art and Minimalism. He was one of the main figures of his time as he managed to transform the idea and practice of drawing and changed the relationship between an idea and the art it produces. Sol LeWit prolific two and three-dimensional work ranges from wall drawings to hundreds of works on paper extending to structures in the form of towers, pyramids, geometric forms, and progressions. These … More