Dying Gauls (2007) – Sophie Ernst

The Dying Gauls are plaster casts of Hellenistic sculptures on which video interviews of young men from Lahore are superimposed. The men are asked about their view of heaven, hell, death and dying.

The casts used here are Dying Gauls. The Dying Gauls were commissioned in commemoration of the victory of the Greek over the Galatians, Celts from Asia Minor. They are part of a larger group of defeated enemies made up of Gauls, Amazons, giants and Persians. Unique in the representations of these Greek enemies is that they are depicted without a triumphing victor. They are seen as defeated but heroic warriors. (via rhizome)

Beethoven and Miles Davis as extreme limits for media capacity

From the FAQ for Bandcamp (a music-selling platform):

What’s the maximum upload size?
It’s 290MB, or more precisely, 305,088,054 bytes (that’s 297,937.6 kibibytes or 290.95 mebibytes to you, Lieutenant Commander La Forge). Never you mind that though. The important thing is that it’s the exact size of “Inamorata and Narration by Conrad Roberts” from side 4 of Miles Davis’ Live-Evil (assuming we’re talking 16/44.1, which we always are). If you have something to say that’s longer/larger than that, you are a jam band and we cannot be a party to the dissemination of your output (j/k jam bands, we love you too — but please take a quick hacky-sack break at 26:29).
Reminds me of the maximum length of a CD (74 minutes), which has to do with Beethoven’s 9th:
An audio compact disc (CD) holds up to 74 minutes, 33 seconds of sound, just enough for a complete mono recording of Ludwig von Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony (‘Alle Menschen werden Brüder’) at probably the slowest pace it has ever been played, during the Bayreuther Festspiele in 1951 and conducted by Wilhelm Furtwängler. [via the IEEE Information Theory Newsletter, Dec 2007]
I guess the lesson here is that it’s good to stay away from arbitrary limits when working with disruptive technology!

Gayngs (Relayted)

I’ll just quote from their myspace page:

After a year of tracking and mixing, GAYNGS is officially ready to release the album, entitled Relayted. The initial goal was achieved perfectly, yet Relayted sounds refreshing and modern. With each song written at 69 BPM’s, and tripped-out transitions from song to song, it is truly an audio experience from start to finish.

I got their album and it’s very warm and comfortable but dramatic–the 69bpm feature is partly to blame. Go get it.

For a textual teaser, below are lyrics for “The Last Prom on Earth” Continue reading “Gayngs (Relayted)”

Won Ju Lim – Baroque Pet Shop

Really dig these projection installations by Won Ju Lim (‘Baroque Pet Shop’ @ Patrick Painter Gallery in LA)

Reminds me of Willa Koerner’s work (excellent use of ultraviolet/purple spookiness)

For her fifth solo show at the gallery, Lim will be presenting a large-scale installation in the West gallery and in the East Gallery she will exhibit a series of new sculptures and collages. Lim’s work consistently explores the body’s relationship to space, time and memory through the terms of architecture, sculpture and atmosphere. As a part of the Media Arts Fellowship, she traveled to five European cities, each of which uniquely evokes the Northern Baroque architecture style: Dresden, Munich, St. Petersburg, Prague, and Vienna. The memory and the impression of her experience abroad was one of the direct inspirations for her new body of work. This, combined with her unique vision for a local Highland Park pet shop, resulted in Lim creating an experience where the interiors of the pet shop and the architectural motifs of the Northern Baroque intrude and interrupt one another, and as a result they ultimately come together. (via press release)

The Beautiful Brain

Site of the week! (a non-recurring weekly feature on Moneydick.com)

The Beautiful Brain

The Beautiful Brain explores the latest findings from the ever-growing field of neuroscience through monthly podcasts, essays, reviews, galleries and more, with particular attention to the dialogue between the arts and sciences. The site illuminates important new questions about creativity, the mind of the artist, and the mind of the observer that modern neuroscience is helping us to answer, or at least to provide part of an answer. Instances where art seeks to answer questions of a traditionally scientific nature are also of great interest, and for that reason you will hear from artists as well as scientists on The Beautiful Brain.

Their most recent post: “Exquisite Data: a Review of Cajal’s Butterflies of the Soul” is completely RAD.

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