This article from nj.com stirs up an interesting issue. A work of art called Release is causing some alarm in Jersey City. Created by Roger Sayre and Charlotte Becket, professors at Pace University, this art installation, described as an "urban catastrophe image", consists of a shipping container which belches forth water vapor every day at noon and at 8pm. … Continue reading Thoughts on A Foggy Day in Jersey City
Outsider Art Challenges Convention: BBC Culture This is an interesting piece by Alistair Sooke about the Venice Biennale which has chosen outsider art for a theme this year. The exhibition, which decries the commercialism rife in modern art, is about celebrating the authentic and the individual. It is the kind of thing that Synkroniciti embraces … Continue reading Outsider Art Challenges Convention: BBC Culture
Jean Stapleton may be remembered as the dingy but long-suffering Edith Bunker, possessing a voice that could scratch glass in the rendition of Those Were the Days that opened the Archie Bunker Show. She embodied the character so perfectly that she became Edith in our minds, but she was much more. A brilliant woman who had her … Continue reading Remembering Jean Stapleton: Rebel in a Housedress from Emancipation Conversation
Observations on Film Art: The Eye's Mind by David Bordwell This is a fantastic article about how our eyes and mind coordinate to interpret the world around us and how that influences our understanding of films. It's a great and interesting read. Enjoy!
The planets of our solar system have grand names drawn from Greek and Roman mythology. Even their moons have appellations from Shakespeare or other literary or mythological sources, yet the name of our planet is derived from the word for ground or soil. Our ancestors knew the earth beneath their feet long before they realized … Continue reading The Familiar Name of Earth
Did you know trees make noise when they get thirsty? Bioacoustician Bernie Krause has amplified and recorded these sounds, which are generally inaudible to human ears. You can read and listen here. Even more interesting is his work dealing with biophony and the idea that each component in an ecosystem makes sound within its own … Continue reading Listen to the Thirsty Trees
We often feel we must choose between representation of the external and expression of the internal. Can't we enjoy both? With the advent of the digital camera ideas about image quality changed radically. Photographers became obsessed with clarity, and the presence of image grain, known to photographers as noise, became a contentious issue. A wide … Continue reading Look at the Beautiful Noise: Noise Photography and Jeff Ascough