Painting by Jan Mandyn – The Temptation of Saint Anthony - 1530
“Possibly, Flaubert was responding to an experience of the fantastic which was singularly modern and relatively unknown before his time, to the discovery of a new imaginative space in the 19th century. This domain of phantasms is no longer the night, the sleep of reason, or the uncertain void that stands before desire, but, on the contrary, wakefulness, untiring attention, zealous erudition, and constant vigilance. Henceforth, the visionary experience arises from the black and white surface of printed signs, from the closed and dusty volume that opens with a flight of forgotten words; fantasies are carefully deployed in the hushed library, with its columns of books, with its titles aligned on shelves to form a tight enclosure, but within confines that also liberate impossible worlds. The imaginary now resides between the book and the lamp.”
Michel Foucault, Fantasia of the Library (on Flaubert’s Temptation of Saint Anthony)
Via: INVISIBLE STORIES
William Blake : Ah! Sunflower
Ah! sunflower, weary of time,
Who countest the steps of the sun,
Seeking after that sweet golden clime
Where the traveller’s journey is done;
Where the youth pined away with desire,
And the pale virgin shrouded in snow,
Arise from their graves and aspire;
Where my sunflower wishes to go.
William Blake (1757-1827)
My friend Mike Berg designed a trellis for other friends, The Lathams. Chris and Alida Latham live here in Seattle, Mike lives in Istanbul.
Alida took some photos of the installation process you can see those here. It was an impressive process, the location is four stories above the street.
A few years ago we were lucky to have a large sculptural piece by Mike Berg installed at our home, I have a photo set of that here. Mike’s work is figurative, imaginative and in the case of these two pieces, very substantial. Mike often works with metal, bronze, steel, copper. Some of his pieces are extremely light and seem to be made of gossamer [link]. He also works with crafts people in Turkey and has amazing weavings done based on his designs [link].
Mike Berg is extremely talented and worthy a little of your time, check him out.
Video by James Houston
Only Internet could distribute such a unique video remix of a song. No traditional medium would have touched this. Read the full accompanying text by the artist or see the original here.
James Houston the creator says:
I decided to take the piss a bit, as the contest seemed to be in that spirit.
Based on the lyric (and alternate title) “Big Ideas: Don’t get any” I grouped together a collection of old redundant hardware, and placed them in a situation where they’re trying their best to do something that they’re not exactly designed to do, and not quite getting there.
It doesn’t sound great, as it’s not supposed to.
Sinclair ZX Spectrum – Guitars (rhythm & lead)
Epson LX-81 Dot Matrix Printer – Drums
HP Scanjet 3c – Bass Guitar
Hard Drive array – Act as a collection of bad speakers – Vocals & FX
Enjoy, I did!
Thanks to Jemima Kiss for Twitting this