Sandy Son

Originally from South Korea, Sandy immigrated to New Zealand with her family when she was thirteen years old. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of Auckland, NZ last May and is now very excited to be interning with IAM for the Fall. She is interested in collaborative art making process. In the future, she wants to work on bringing artists from different fields (art, music, dance, culinary art etc.) to engage in interdisciplinary art making. She is particularly passionate about sharing and understanding different cultures through art and food. She is a food enthusiast, and enjoys listening to music in her free time.

‘Perspective is Everything’

At TED, Rory Sutherland makes a compelling case for how re-framing is the key to happiness.

A quote from the talk: “When you can’t smoke, if you stand and stare out of the window on your own, you’re an antisocial, friendless idiot. If you stand and stare out of the window on your own with a cigarette, you’re a philosopher.”


Watch it here.

A pop-up shop in a house

The Design Files (Australian design blog) has created a pop-up shop in a beautiful home in Melbourne, Australia.

“I kind of asked myself a question, if The Design Files was a physical space, what would it look like? Just seemed to make perfect sense that it would be beautiful Australian homes.”

(See the video here)

What’s so cool about this project is that it brings people in the community together while allowing them to appreciate and shop for beautiful designer goods in the comfortable residential setting.

Thought this is a great idea for anyone looking to launch their as yet baby-size projects or test out ideas. If you are an artist who is struggling to find a venue to present your art projects etc, why not try out at home?

If you had the opportunity, what kind of shop would you like to create for your own community?

The shop is now closed, but check out the link here to see what kinds of beautiful things were on the shelves!

“How good are you at loving?”

An article by Elliot D. Cohen from Psychology Today:

“To love,” said Stendhal, “is to derive pleasure from seeing, touching, and feeling through all one’s senses and as closely as possible, a lovable person who loves us.” This is the popular view of what love is–a deep, all-pervasive positive feeling toward another person.  Indeed, it is such a view of love that leads many of us to ask questions like these: “Is this feeling that I have really love?”  “Yes I feel comfortable with him (her), but is this love?”  “I thought falling in love would feel like fireworks going off, and this doesn’t.”  “We have great sex but I am just not sure if it’s love.”

The answer I want to suggest is in the affirmative; for in my view, love is not a feeling in the first place.  While people in love do indeed experience tingles, titillations, or other warm and fuzzy churnings, these are not themselves what love is.  These positive feelings and sensations may be like the icing on the cake, but not the cake.

Love, I submit, is a purposive activity undertaken by two (or more) people in a close, intimate relationship such as the aforementioned ones.

Want to know how to get better at loving or find out how good you are at it?

Click here to read the full article.

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“Technology Transforms Tradition”

Following on from a recent post on IAM Facebook page about innovative painting apps for smartphone, here’s an article from Glasschord about an artist Mikko Ijas, who has created extensive bodies of work using Brushes application on an iPhone and iPad.

While Ijäs is a skilled draftsman, he is anything but a traditionalist. Using digital media enables him to work quickly and directly in his chosen landscape or setting. The device’s portability allows him to capture the exact quality of a mid-day, sunlit landscape viewed from a hilltop in Namibia’s remote Damaraland, as he does in Ugab River……

In his drawings Ijäs balances an interest in perception and realism with meaningful, productive distortion. In doing so his work is in dialogue with the history and traditions of painting. His interest in the work of Matisse, the Fauves, and Van Gogh is reflected in his use of luminous, intense color, expressive linework, and a painterly approach……

-Andries Fourie, Curator, Roger W. Rogers Gallery


To view the full article with images of his wonderful works, click here.

Or visit the artist’s website:

The Death of Honesty

An article by William Damon, published on Defining Ideas

Although truthfulness is essential for good human relationships and personal integrity, it is often abandoned in pursuit of other life priorities.

The problem now is that we seem to be reaching a dysfunctional tipping point in which an essential commitment to truthfulness no longer seems to be assumed in our society. If this is indeed the case, the danger is that the bonds of trust important in any society, and essential for a free and democratic one, will dissolve so that the kinds of discourse required to self-govern will become impossible.

Oh, So Silly…So Worth It.

Ah, how refreshing. Sometimes, small acts of silliness are all we need to brighten up our days. In this TED talk Charlie Todd, the creator of Improv Everywhere, presents some of the absurd and funny public scenes the group has created. I love the Best Buy and the Subway Hi-5. To know what I’m talking about, you’ll have to watch the video here. What’s your favorite?

(via TED)

To learn more about Improv Everywhere, go to

JR’s TED Prize wish: Use art to turn the world inside out

From TED

About the video: JR, a semi-anonymous French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face, by pasting photos of the human face across massive canvases. At TED2011, he makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. Learn more about his work and learn how you can join in at


“In some ways, art can change the world. Art is not supposed to change the world, to change practical things but to change perceptions. Art can change the way we see the world. Art can create an analogy. Actually the fact that art cannot change things makes it a neutral place for exchanges and discussions, and then enables you to change the world.” -JR

To see the video, click here.

Quirky stuff: Edible Headpieces From Raw Veggies & Flowers

“If you thought that the Brits had a monopoly on crazy headgear, take a gander at Japanese artist Takaya’s breathtaking—if unconventional—noggin toppers. Using raw vegetables and cascading blossoms, Takaya creates artful arrangements much like a florist does. The former chef uses only fresh ingredients, which he attaches to styled hair using a technique he invented. We’re used to seeing flowers in women’s hair, but a bouquet of broccoli, radishes, and bell peppers certainly makes an unexpected, not to mention tasty, entrance.”

To see more photos visit here.

The All Important Inspiration, Inspiration, Inspiration!

“When your Daemon is in charge, do not try to think consciously. Drift, wait, and obey.” — Rudyard Kipling

In a culture obsessed with measuring talent and ability, we often overlook the important role of inspiration. Inspiration awakens us to new possibilities by allowing us to transcend our ordinary experiences and limitations. Inspiration propels a person from apathy to possibility, and transforms the way we perceive our own capabilities. Inspiration may sometimes be overlooked because of its elusive nature. Its history of being treated as supernatural or divine hasn’t helped the situation. But as recent research shows, inspiration can be activated, captured, and manipulated, and it has a major effect on important life outcomes.

To read full article, click the link: ‘Why Inspiration Matters’ by Scott Barry Kaufman (at  Harvard Business Review).

Flexible Cellphone by Samsung: Bend It, Fold It, Twist It Any Way You Like

I just had to post this. How cool is this? Samsung is planning to launch a flexible OLED cellphone in 2012. It looks very light too. Personally, I would like it to have some weight so I know I’m carrying it, but what’s your preference? Seeing this makes me think that one day, scenes from Minority Report (computers with clear touch screens, identity confirmation by eye-scan) could really become the reality……As exciting as these technological advancement may be though, I feel we’re increasingly becoming ‘immaterialised’ in an ultimately material world. Think I’ll miss touching actual material objects in the future…

(via inhabitat, click the link for more photos)


What is Excellence in the Arts?

Excellence in the arts? It’s a tricky business. And how can arts practitioners elevate the craft to the level of excellence? Franklin Einspruch discusses these questions and suggests learning to stick to your guts.

Excerpt from High and Low: What is Excellence in the Arts? :

So I have worked out a pragmatic answer: Excellence is art’s reproductive drive. Excellent traits in art trigger the feelings, emotions, and attentions of the viewer. Thus aroused, an artist sets out to reproduce those traits in a new arrangement of materials. Thus the cycle begins anew. It’s not subjective or objective because it’s dynamic……

We don’t use the term “middle art,” and in my opinion there is no middle art. There doesn’t have to be, with so much overlap between high and low. There is, however, middlebrow taste. Middlebrow taste is a kind of chickening out of taste, in which you settle for familiarity instead of demanding excellence……

Go high, go low, but demand it. Whatever you do, don’t chicken out.

Read the full article here.

“Sadness is a Strange Companion”

Here is a transcript of a beautiful letter Paul Banks (of Interpol) wrote to a downbeat fan.

Dear Hailey,

No matter how sad you may get, it’s always passing. You may wake up blue, and by the afternoon, everything will be rosey. Sadness is a strange companion. And a nuisance. So try not to pay it too much mind. And be present in your happy moments — and weigh them against the sad. It’s all worth it. And you will arrive somewhere wonderful with peace in your heart.

All my love and hope to you, young lady.


(via Letters of Note)

Interview with George Dyson: “Information Is Cheap, Meaning Is Expensive”

The European in conversation with George Dyson about computers, internet, progress, human life, and the deeper topics associated with it. They throw out some really interesting questions. What are some of your thoughts on these issues?

We now live in a world where information is potentially unlimited. Information is cheap, but meaning is expensive. Where is the meaning? Only human beings can tell you where it is……

I am not sure whether computers are just tools. When you look at your iPhone to get directions, are you asking the phone where to go or is the phone telling you where to go? You cannot draw a strict line between active and passive information exchange. If some alien form of life came to earth, they might be convinced that there is a bodiless form of intelligence that is telling its constituent parts to turn left or right. So there is a symbiosis that works both ways……

The danger is not that machines are advancing. The danger is that we are losing our intelligence if we rely on computers instead of our own minds. On a fundamental level, we have to ask ourselves: Do we need human intelligence? And what happens if we fail to exercise it?…..


Click here to read full interview.

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“The New Museum: A Playground!”


The New Museum is showing a survey exhibition of the German artist Carsten Höller (b. 1961, Brussels, lives and works in Stockholm)

He has transformed the gallery into a playground. It sounds like there are heaps of art works on display that visitors can actually have A LOT OF FUN with. Would you like to connect to the inner child once again?

Here’s a list of what Joanna Goddard at A Cup Of Joe found enjoyable:

“…a mirrored carousel, where you sit on swings and rotate slowly, while listening to actual birds singing. It was incredibly relaxing, and you felt like you were five years old…

102-foot-long slide that runs from the museum’s fourth floor to the second floor…Whoosh! The slide was FAST with twists, turns and blinking lights. You basically fly out of the tunnel at the end; I definitely screamed! 🙂 What a trip!

…and upside-down goggles, which make you see the world (you guessed it) upside down.”


It would be a perfect show for families or bored adults alike.

I’m dying to check this out!

To read the full post with more photos on A Cup Of Joe, please click here

Click here to learn more about the exhibition.

The Cool Culture

I say “cool,” all the time, seriously. “What, exactly, is cool?” Colin Eatock asks in this fun article. He talks about what it means to be cool in the current culture, when and how ‘being cool’ became cool and everything else in between!


And of course people can be (or not be) cool. Steve McQueen was very cool. Clint Eastwood? – not really: he’s too edgy and tightly wound. Collectively, the Beatles could be cool, but viewed individually, John Lennon was cooler than the other three put together. The Dalai Lama is cool (or, at least, admiring him is), but it’s hard to imagine anyone seeing a pope as cool. Barack Obama is sort of cool, for a politician – although the word on the street says he’s failed to live up to his full cool potential. Tony Blair tried very hard to be cool, and for a while he seemed to enjoy some success. But you can’t fool all the people all the time……

What, exactly, is cool? Cool is a cocktail (stirred not shaken) of modern virtues: relaxed, even-tempered, flexible, fair-minded, broadminded, egalitarian, forward-looking, liberal, socially adept, creative, adventurous, urbane, cosmopolitan, stylish, fit, sexy and smart. Cool has confidence, independence, and its own kind of dignity. Moreover, cool possesses these qualities unselfconsciously and without apparent effort……

But cool also has a down side. Cool can be cruel, as any nerdy, socially awkward teenager can tell you. Such kids experience cool as a malevolent force designed to intimidate and marginalize them. And cool can be snobbish – even though snobbery is officially contrary to cool’s values. To be uncool is, well, very uncool……

Read the full article here

(via 3quarksdaily)

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Finally, Someone Says Doodling Is Important!

Have you ever felt guilty of doodling in a boring lecture or workplace? Well, good news is here. There’s no need to feel that way anymore! It turns out that you were trying to take more in.

Sunni Brown shows us how through out history doodling has been viewed in a negative light. But she reveals the importance of doodling by presenting facts and studies about the act of doodling and its consequences.

Brown says:

I think that our culture is so intensely focused on verbal information that we’re almost blinded to the value of doodling……Doodling is really to make spontaneous marks to help yourself think……Under no circumstances should doodling be eradicated from a classroom or a boardroom or even the war room.

It’s time to doodle, doodle, doodle!

To view the full video, click here

(via TED)

Colorful Umbrellas Manifesting the Beauty of Community

Artist Stephanie Imbeau manifests in her statement:

…the work explores the idea of community, belonging, and the role that architecture plays in contextualizing life. She is interested in how homes and the built environment affect the way people live and interact with others. Play and exploration also have significant roles…feels that retaining a sense of child-like wonder when looking at the world is important and an effective antidote to the stresses and anxieties faced in life. The use of industrial or everyday materials is a recurring theme throughout… pointing at the importance, beauty and significance of daily life.

Her works (especially the ones with umbrellas) clearly show us how individuals can come together (without losing their own unique colors) to form something greater and more beautiful. Imagine what we’d be capable of creating if we are unafraid to grab and mix the chances (whether it’s ideas, interests or people we get to meet) that come rolling down our ways. Surely the possibilities are endless!

To see more of her work, please click here

DIY Modular Gourmet Chocolates

Now you can design your own chocolate, customize it to satisfy your own taste and craving.

The picture on the right gives you an idea. French designer Elsa Lambinet has designed modular chocolates that has a little dip on the top for toppings such as fruits, nuts and liquids. They also contain a hallowed compartment for inserted flavored wafers, perhaps nougat or caramel.

Now it’s time to indulge, in the pictures. Click here to see more.

(via Colossal)


Words As Image

Here’s a personal project that designer Ji Lee works on in his free time. He fully integrates typography in design communication so that it serves to create pictures, messages, and stories instead of merely being a text complementing the graphics. It goes beyond making smiley face using : and ). Graphic designers and anyone in need of fun things to look at, you’ll love this!

See the video here

(via swissmiss)

Music That Depends On Your Move

Rachel Tepper from Huffington Post DC introduces a project by Bluebrain, an experimental music group:

Following up on an interactive musical experience designed for the National Mall, D.C.’s experimental-pop duo Bluebrain on Tuesday released “Listen to the Light,” a mobile app that uses a phone’s GPS location to weave together musical themes inspired by New York City’s Central Park.

As you approach one area, you hear one piece of music. As you move, the music changes — the melody could be generally the same, but the piece may begin incorporating different instruments, different volume levels and other variations. As you move to other areas of the park, the melodies may change completely. How it changes is up to you and how you move through the park, but it’s designed to always blend seamlessly.

A great example of utilizing technology in the creative process to explore new ways to create.

Read the full article here

Go to Bluebrain to find out more about their projects.


RIP Steve Jobs, A True Culture-Maker

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” -Steve Jobs

People all over the world are mourning the death of Steve Jobs. I think it simply shows us the magnitude of the work he did for humanity and culture in the realm of technology. Rest in Peace Steve Jobs, thank you.

+In this video Steve Jobs is presenting iPhone for the first time. You see the creative genius constantly at work and re-generating ideas. It seems he wasn’t just content with producing products that would sell, but be a visionary. He came up with ideas that expanded boundaries of what technology can do for human beings. Very inspiring.

+Andy Crouch at Culture Making also writes:

Steve Jobs was a supreme example of a culture maker.

He made cultural goods, in every sense of that word. “Real artists ship,” he famously told his engineers. Culture is only changed when you make more of it, and, boy, did Steve Jobs make more of it.

He pursued excellence, and in particular he pursued beauty. In every market Apple entered, it did things more cleanly, elegantly, and beautifully than its competitors. It’s not too much to credit Steve Jobs with the return of beauty to the center of our culture’s aspirations.

He built teams. Yes, by all accounts he could be an abrasive manager, to say the least (though one hears fewer stories of that from the last ten years, when Apple had been rescued from disaster and, perhaps, illness had chastened him in some ways). But he pulled together teams of 3, 12, and 120 that demonstrated tenacious loyalty and disciplined creativity in the otherwise fickle world of Silicon Valley. He was a celebrity, but he was not a rock star—he was a leader. That makes all the difference in the world.

But all this, and so much more, is fairly obvious. I think something less obvious will be Steve Jobs’s greatest legacy.

The most fundamental question of our technological age is this: Will technology make us more, or less, fully human?

Steve Jobs just may have decisively shifted the answer to that question. He embodied the hope that the answer is more.

The Mac was launched with this brilliant promise: “1984 won’t be like 1984.” Apple’s products respected human beings—their embodiment, their quest for beauty and meaning and even joy—in a way that their competitors’ did not. And Steve himself, who exuded calm and confidence and vision even while he stirred consumers to frenzies of desire and competitors to distraction, envy, and imitation, represented our vision of ourselves as we hope we can be: not slaves to technology, but free and creative users of it.

In this broken, beautiful world, there are no pure icons—but neither are there any completely empty idols. Apple’s bitten apple is not an icon—like all idols, the more fervent the worship the more it will disappoint. And yet, it is, and Steve Jobs was, a sign of something true and worth seeking: a fully human life. For all of us who seek that life, the only proper response to Steve Jobs’s extraordinary culture making is: thank you.

Richard Feynman on Beauty

On many dimensions where beauty can be seen, on the beauty of the mystery in the world, and of not knowing.

Excerpt from the video:

And therefore, when we go to investigate it, we shouldn’t pre-decide what it is we’re trying to do except to find out more about it……I can live with doubt, an uncertainty and not knowing. I think it’s much more interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which might be wrong…… I don’t have to know an answer, I don’t feel frightened by not knowing things.


William Ury: The walk from “no” to “yes”

In this TED talk, William Ury , author of “Getting to Yes,” offers an elegant, simple (but not easy) way to create agreement in even the most difficult situations — from family conflict to, perhaps, the Middle East.

Excerpt from the talk:

There’s a lot of conflict. And the question is, how do we deal with our differences? How do we deal with our deepest differences given the human propensity for conflict and the human genius at devising weapons of enormous destruction?……The secret to peace is us. It’s us who act as the surrounding community around any conflict, who can play a constructive role.


See the video here

Mmmmmm~ Can You Smell The Art In This?

Artist Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva is the first artist chosen for the Artist in Residence program at Pied a Terre, a gastronomic restaurant in London. Love these cross-disciplinary ‘art-ing’ going around places!

My main course of black-leg chicken arrives. “Oh good,” says Hadzi-Vasileva, peering greedily at my plate. “I’m glad you ordered that, I need more wishbones. They make great patterns.”

(Alice Jones from The Independent)


Read full article here.

Artist website:

Won’t You Play With Me Dear Rubber Tree

Artist AnneMarie van Splunter has created a giant tree/an interactive sculpture using tires headed for landfills. ‘Tree out of tires? Gross!’ No, actually it is quite beautiful and the whole spectacle is rather surreal. What I love about this project is that she has not only created an amazing artwork, but by recycling tires, she is doing something useful for the environment. Plus the sculpture is fully engaging; with so many holes to watch out for and different branches to climb up, you could so play with it for hours.

To see more photos, click here


According to the Recycling Revolution website, consumers in the United States discard 220,000,000 automobile tires per year. And that’s just one country. With stats like this it is easy to embrace AnneMarie van Splunter’s conceptual design for ‘Rubber Tree‘, a playground that utilizes tires headed for landfills by re-purposing them as primary building materials.
Conceived as a playground for refugee children in Thailand, van Splunter’s ‘Rubber Tree’ envisions a play area constructed entirely of reused and sustainable materials. The recycled tires that give form to the tree are held in place by conjoined lengths of bamboo that thread throughout the structure without need for metal hardware. What’s more, van Splunter sees the tires as being used “from cradle to cradle”. “Tires are made from the latex of the rubber tree,” says van Splunter in her artist statement. “And now they have served their duty, becoming the sculpture of a rubber tree.” (Desmond Williams from Inhabitots)

I love doing laundry!

Thanks to Lee Wei Chen for her amazing creation, a hybrid laundry-video game; now we can enjoy ourselves while doing the chore!

A great project/product that brings art, design, technology and play together. Love it.

Check it out here.

Rethinking City Life

The BMW Guggenheim Lab is a mobile laboratory traveling to nine major cities worldwide over six years. Led by international, interdisciplinary teams of emerging talents in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability, the Lab addresses issues of contemporary urban life through programs and public discourse. Its goal is the exploration of new ideas, experimentation, and ultimately the creation of forward-thinking solutions for city life.

To learn more visit: The  BMW Guggenheim Lab,

“Authentic? Get Real”

An article by Stephanie Rosenbloom on The New York Times, published on September, 9, 2011:

Authenticity seems to be the value of the moment……

The word has been bandied about for ages, be it by politicians or Oprah Winfrey, who popularized the notion of discovering your “authentic self” in the late 1990s after reading Sarah Ban Breathnach’s “Something More.” But “authentic” is enjoying renewed popularity in an age of online social networking and dating, in which people are cultivating digital versions of themselves. The theme is so pervasive that even one of the oldest institutions in the world has weighed in. In a June statement entitled “Truth, Proclamation and Authenticity of Life in the Digital Age,” Pope Benedict XVI said that increasing involvement in online life “inevitably poses questions not only of how to act properly, but also about the authenticity of one’s own being.” He added that “there is the challenge to be authentic and faithful, and not give in to the illusion of constructing an artificial public profile for oneself.”

And therein lies the problem eventually. The more people shill their authenticity, Professor Pooley said, “the more we want something real.”

Or at least some acknowledgment of the artifice.


Why are we not inclined to believe someone when they claim that they are ‘authentic’? Why do we even think about showing how authentic we are if we’re really ‘real’ from within. Do we feel that a sense of authenticity is lacking in ourselves, therefore find the need to make one up? Why would that be? What do we really want to see from ‘authentic’ people, what other words could substitute ‘Authenticity’ to describe that quality/character?

Experimental Philosophy: Taking the Search for Wisdom to the Streets

David Manconi from Stanford Magazine reports on a new approach to philosophy:

Knobe is one of the leading lights of a new field called experimental philosophy, or “x-phi” for short. These scholars use the tools of social science—they devise questionnaires, go out and conduct surveys, gather data—and then try to figure out what philosophical truths they reveal. At times, experimental philosophy looks no different than social psychology. (It is perhaps telling that Knobe has office space in both the philosophy and psychology departments at Yale.) It’s a lot more likely than conventional philosophy to be a collaborative effort, too.

Read the full article here.

“What does Photoshop make of the world?”

Andy Crouch from Culture Making asks:

1. What does Photoshop assume about the way the world is?

2. What does Photoshop assume about the way the world should be?

3. What does Photoshop make possible?

4. What does Photoshop make impossible (or at least a lot more difficult)?

5. What new culture is created in response?


Share your ideas and find out what others have said here.

“PoMo: Everybody’s doing it”

An engaging article on found on The Independent by Jay Merrick:

Now we are profoundly immersed in the tortuous, commercially controlled currents of postmodern design and thought, and its weapons of mass psychic deconstruction. Has this made our lives richer in meaning, or just richly vacuous?

Modernism’s either/or mindset has been obliterated by this pervasive whateverness. Few of us now imagine any prospect of lives in which ideas, behaviour and outcomes can be clearly determined. To many, the details of the present must seem increasingly indeterminate or ambiguous; which duly turns our perceptions of the past and the future into cabinets of equally trivial curiosities, rather than illuminating points of perspective.

The and/but vibe now suffuses almost everything we think and do. Surface has become more important than depth. Style – or, more accurately, stylee – trumps coordinated articulation; disbelief is more acceptable than belief.


A great article that helps us reflect on the past/get an insight into what may be happening now in our culture. Food for thought.

Where do you think we are going? Feel free to share any experiences, ideas, and/or comments.

Jennifer Rubell Combines Art and Food


check out this cool project The Reconciliation Dinner (2009) by artist Jennifer Rubell, who uses food as art medium, material, and a tool to convey meaning in her work.

Here’s an excerpt from the statement:

The Reconciliation Dinner was conceived to capture that liminal moment, the space between disagreement and agreement, between antagonism and understanding, between hostility and peace……. We will use that bread as a utensil, as a vehicle, as a means of connection to those around us. Breaking bread will be our first shared action. The bread will not reconcile our differences, but it will bring us into conversation. We will learn to give and to take…….And we will, we hope, begin to reconcile.

Interview with artist Michael Oatman

An interview with Michael Oatman by Peggy Nelson, published on HiLobrow.


Michael Oatman is a maker whose work investigates a culture seemingly capering about the ambient plateau, yet reeling from the broken promises of progress. From the space race to a well-applianced domesticity, has the cone of uncertainty drained us of direction? Or is that very uncertainty the direction we thought we were looking for?

David Hockney’s Art and the Experience of Seeing

A review of David Hockney’s art in Technology Review in an article The Mind’s Eye by Martin Gayford.

It talks about a project by Hockney called May 12th 2011 Rudston to Kilham Road 5 PM (2011), where the artist employed technology in an interesting way to create “moving collage” that extends our understanding of everyday experience of the world.


Long preoccupied with technology, David Hockney is exploring a new artistic medium that uses high-definition cameras, screens, software, and moving images to capture the experience of seeing.

All Hockney’s work and thought is dedicated to the proposition that there is always more to see in the world around us. Art is a way—you might say a set of technologies—for making images, preserving them in time, and also for showing us things we aren’t normally aware of.

Gerald Dworkin on Food as Art

Over at Culture Making Nate Barksdale references an article from 3 Quarks Daily called Penne For Your Thought.


By and large two central interests in my life–food and philosophy– have gone their separate ways. I propose in this essay to combine them by considering the question in aesthetics of whether cooking can be considered an art form.


Objection: Great art must be capable of expressing deep emotions. We can be moved and transformed by art. Art is capable of stretching our knowledge by harnessing the power of imagination–particularly poetry and fiction. Having read Remains of the Day I know understand what it is to have a professional ethics–in this case that of a manservant– in a way which I did not before.
Reply: I saved this for last because I think there is something right about it. . As the aesthetician Frank Sibley puts it: ” …flavors, natural or artificial, are necessarily limited: unlike the major arts they have no major connections with emotions, love or hate, death, grief, joy, terror, suffering, yearning, pity or sorrow.”


I would like to think about this some more. But my tentative conclusion is that, at most, what this shows is that cooking is what might be called a minor art form. It is not as deep as literature, or music, or painting. It is what it is, and our lives would be less rich without it.