Representing Place

Sound as artifacts of place

Posted in maps, student presentations by wrriley on March 24, 2010

Sound is part of how we inhabit and embody a place.  One of the primary thoughts I took from Casey’s Earth-Mapping was the idea of mapping as tracing or dragging something across a surface.  I wanted to see if I could map a sound to a surface.  I started this project by collecting sounds as artifacts of place, specifically the daily sounds I create or interact with in my living space.  I was interested in the kind of sounds we become so accustomed to that they hover on the periphery of awareness or dissolve completely, such as, a squeaky board or all the electronic hums that accompany our existence.  Could these sounds be resituated within a visual context while retaining reference to the aural origins?

I choose to visualize the sound as a waveform because it is a kind of recognizable graph of sound.  Embroidery was used as a means to embody the waveform in that it is a kind of textural drawing or writing that can be read but also felt.

This is the beginning of exploration of what I hope to be a long-term project that I envision as creating a sense of lived place through a collection of visualized sounds.


Mapping the Ice: Arctic Aesthetics and the Materiality of Place

Posted in maps, student presentations by mjcaraccioli on March 24, 2010

Francoise Oklaga and Martha Noah - The Right Spot

There are entire worlds beneath the surface of what we see…

Ananaisie Alikatuktuk - Taleelayu and Family (1976)

Entire histories swim beneath our gaze, oblivious to our categories as we are to theirs…

Manasie Akpaliapik - Shaman Summoning Taleelayu to Release Animals (1989)

And yet these worlds often intersect through our most basic sensations, desires, and impressions…

Parr - My People (1961)

They come together in that sense of meaning that precedes all constructions and ideology…

Paul Akkuardjuk - Winter Camp (1974)

We often try to grasp these realities from high above…

Pacome Kolaut - Bear Hunt (1967)

We fail to see that their permanence is in what lies below…

Pitseolak Ashoona - Summer Camp Scene (1974)

For in the silence of that which lies within can be found great horizons filled with love and struggle…

Luke Anguhadluq - Drum Dance (1970)

All of which fall flat before the greatness of the universe…

Janet Kigusiuq - Upiknivik Summer Camp (1992)

And as its landscapes trickle down the furthest reaches of the globe: solitary and untouched in the distance…

Mary Okheena - The Strange Drummer (1992)

We feel its breath in all we touch and all we see, slightly deeper than the sea…

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Around My World in 80 Days (Chalet)

Posted in student presentations by chaletchalet on March 23, 2010

“Around My World in 80 Days”

Memory mapping with artifacts

Altered book project.

The first 80 pages of this repurposed book are used as a ships log, a diary of my previous semester in graduate school. From first review to final review it was coincidentally 80 days! I have cut flaps in the book and carved out many of the pages to create a compartment that holds artifacts or “treasures” in small containers. It has a roll out map that plots the course of events that happened during the semester. Each marker on the map correlates to a container that holds a sample of the earth taken from each site on the map. There is also a map of the MFA Warehouse where all of the grad student art studios are housed. This is the place the journey begins and ends. I have attempted to take an existing narrative about a journey and recreate it using my own memories and artifacts. The story cannot be retold to the viewer by looking at the map, there are no specific details and the journal entries are cryptic. I have simply appropriated devices of a map to simply suggest to the viewer that a journey was plotted and this book is a memory of those events.

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Marking Journeys of Transitory Spaces: A Few Artist Travelers

Posted in student presentations by thegreer on March 22, 2010

Richard Long, A Line Made By Walking, 1967

Richard Long, A Line in the Himalayas, 1975

National Museum of Science and Technology, Stockholm, Sweden

Nordic Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

Francis Alys, Fairy Tales, 1995-8

Division between Israel and the West Bank

Alban Biaussat, The Green(er) Side of the Line, 2005

Alban Biaussat, The Green(er) Side of the Line, 2005

Alban Biaussat, The Green(er) Side of the Line, 2005

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Christoph Niemann

Posted in maps by Owen on March 20, 2010
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Eve Ingalls at SOHO20

Posted in artists by Owen on March 17, 2010
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El Anatsui in Chelsea

Posted in artists by Owen on March 10, 2010

Jack Shainman Gallery Chelsea 513 West 20th Street

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Michael Rakowitz lecture: Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Posted in artists by Owen on March 1, 2010
Michael Rakowitz artist lecture
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
7:00 pm, FAB 249

Michael Rakowitz (b. 1973, New York) is an artist based in Chicago and New York CIty. In 1998 he initiated paraSITE, an ongoing project in which the artist custom builds inflatable shelters for homeless people that attach to the exterior outtake vents of a building’s heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system. His work has appeared in venues worldwide including P.S.1, MoMA, MassMOCA, Castello di Rivoli, the 16th Biennale of Sydney, the 10th Istanbul Biennial, Sharjah Biennial 8, Tirana Biennale, National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt, and Transmediale 05. He has had solo exhibitions at Lombard-Freid Projects in New York, Alberto Peola Arte Contemporanea in Torino, and Stadtturmgalerie/Kunstraum Innsbruck. His public project, “Return,” was presented by Creative Time in New York in 2006. He is the recipient of a 2008 Creative Capital Grant for “Dark Turquoise,” a collaboration with artist Emna Zghal; a Sharjah Biennial Jury Award; a 2006 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship Grant in Architecture and Environmental Structures; the 2003 Dena Foundation Award, and the 2002 Design 21 Grand Prix from UNESCO. Upcoming solo shows include the Tate Modern in London in 2010 . Rakowitz is an Associate Professor in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University.

All lectures are in the FIne Arts Building, Room 249 at 7 pm.
530 Call Street, Tallahassee, FL 32306
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Posted in maps by wrriley on February 24, 2010

Just thought everyone might enjoy these images.  They are google satellite images of an aviation graveyard at David-Monthan Air Force Base via an article on the Telegraph:

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Artists from discussion: Feb 24

Posted in artists, maps by Owen on February 24, 2010

The Subconscious Art of Graffiti Removal (excerpt) by Matt McCormick, narrated by Miranda July

Which Came First, the Chicken or the Egg? by Errol Morris, NYT. September 25, 2007.
A three-part series at NYT about how the canon balls came to be on the road in Roger Fenton’s, “Valley of The Shadow of Death.”
Fenton, Roger. Valley of The Shadow of Death. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin.
Fenton, Roger. Valley of The Shadow of Death. Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, The University of Texas at Austin.

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