It’s been a lovely Easter and I hope everyone has been having a ‘smashing’ time! (gettit, smashing eggs…?)
Anyway, now I’m back at my coputer, with a sea of RSS to wade through, I’d thought I’d highlight the more interesting news from the art world…here they are:
March 28th, 2010
Photography’s bodies of evidence
Ever since its inception, the mortal ambivalence of photography has been evident – as has its propensity for deception.
“Dead and alive, the human body has perpetually hovered on the mortal threshold between visibility and disappearance that frames every photograph.”
Can Google gauge the greatest art?
The search engine may list only obvious artworks – and a limited number at that – but it’s hard to argue with its taste.
“What’s more worrying is the lack of correlation between the immense online archive of art and the even more immense reality. Because so many works can be found online, there’s a danger of forgetting how many cannot (not to mention the inadequacy of a picture on your screen compared with the real thing). A student can’t really research a dissertation on art from digital sources alone, however tempting the illusion. And there lies the real vice of Google.”
The Polaroid revival
Thanks to the Impossible Project, run by three Polaroid enthusiastists, the beauty and banality of film that ‘develops in the palm of your hand’ is being kept alive.
“The Impossible Project took its name from a quote by Edwin Land, the man credited with the invention of instant photography. “Don’t undertake a project”, Land once said, “unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible”.”