Tag: culture

Haveit Neox - City Inside Out Cyberspace

City Inside Out

Wander through a world of stories, written along the walls of a labyrinth turned inside out, to reveal its hidden layers of reality. City Inside Out, an exhibit by Haveit Neox, now at LEA20.

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There was a sky somewhere above the tops of the buildings, with stars and a moon and all the things there are in a sky, but they were content to think of the distant street lights as planets and stars. If the lights prevented you from seeing the heavens, then perform a little magic and change reality to fit the need. The street lights were now planets and stars and moon. ”
― Hubert Selby Jr., Requiem for a Dream

Cyberspace

Digital Nostalgia

Time is the substance I am made of. Time is a river which sweeps me along, but I am the river; it is a tiger which destroys me, but I am the tiger; it is a fire which consumes me, but I am the fire.
― Jorge Luis Borges, Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings

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Do we remember digital experiences the same way we remember past events in our lives? or do they become as fluid as a vivid dream you cant grasp, escaping across a landscape of cotton, as soon your head lifts off the pillow?

Do they hover somewhere in between, a blur trapped between keystrokes and pixels?

Cyberspace

▶Moving Islands

It’s a challenge to explain, with words alone, how virtual art becomes a universe of imagination that explodes around you, how such a vast universe can even exist, still contained by the small space of a computer screen. It’s not much easier to express with images, as they too lose layers of experience and complexity.

Sometimes that loss can never be compensated. Sometimes, it inspires a unique poetic vision. Eupalinos Ugajin presents perspectives of virtual creativity, where sights, sounds, space, and emotion intertwine. Moving Islands is a wonderland, in film, about a wonderland in space. A project by Eupalinos Ugajin.

Intertwined

The Black and Blue Duck-Rabbit

One of the most simple, and effective optical illusions is the Duck-Rabbit.

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As a metapicture, the duck-rabbit shifts between two images to the observer, but as the meaning flickers between duck and rabbit in our minds, it is always both, and neither. We are drawn into the picture, becoming a part of it lines, and are asked to choose. Of course, the metapicture knows we will never make up our minds, smiling as it holds on to our attention, until we finally look away.

Recently a new picture has been playing this game, capturing the attention, amusement, and irritation, of eyes glaring at screens all over the globe. Yes, the dress.

Black and Blue, White and Gold, Duck and Rabbit?
Black and Blue, White and Gold, Duck and Rabbit?

While it can be explained by logic, the illusion of the dress became an internet phenomenon because it caused confusion, and provoked questions about images in general, and how we perceive them. It also happened to sprout a fresh bunch of internet memes (interesting work on memes here and here):

When you realize it really was black and blue..
When you realize it really was black and blue..

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Intertwined

▶ Kin-Dza-Dza

The vast desert landscape of Kin Dza Dza! (1986) perfectly symbolizes what this film offers; a minimalistic presentation with a complexity of layers hidden beneath the surface. Absurdity, melancholy, and thoughtful symbolism come together in this unique work. Watch with English subtitles on Youtube:

Part 1: http://youtu.be/I47CNxwlt9U

Part 2: http://youtu.be/eti9Qn4bZDg

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ceci n'est pas une pipe ©rene magritte Paper

The Metapicture

W.J.T. Mitchell explores how images provoke their own self-analysis, creating a dialogue within the image itself. He calls this unique type of image “metapictures.” Metapictures refer to their own making, they are self-reflective as they attempt to understand themselves.Matroska ©cybertwigs.com

“Pictures reveal and know themselves, where they reflect on the intersections of visuality, language, and similitude, where they engage in speculation on their nature and history” -W.J.T Mitchell

Self-reflexivity thrives through self-nesting recursive structures, commonly related to “russian dolls,” where one element is nested within another layer of its same form. In other cases, to be self-reflexive is to draw in the viewer to question the structure of the image. In effect, our experiences as viewers often become an extension of that structure. Metapictures elicit a double vision between language and visual experience; they interrogate the authority of language over image. In Ren Magritte’s The Treachery of Images, the relationship between the visual and the verbal is inseparable; without acknowledging the visible element of the picture the text itself also disappears with it, denying it the ability to negate the image in the first place. The beauty of a metapicture is its unfaltering curiosity and playfulness towards perception.

ceci n'est pas une pipe by Rene Magritte

“If I had written ‘this is a pipe’ under my picture, I would have been lying!”

-Rene Magritte