The New Aesthetic might conceivably be meeting high-art at last
I’ve always had a bit of a problem with “Art that you have to plug in”… which is what a lot of digital stuff is, if it’s not just collage. Something carved though? Even if it is carved with a machine? that’s something else. I don’t think this guy’s stuff is machine-carved though.
Although it’s supposed to be an experiment in putting together electronics without using traditional components… I think it works really well as art.
(that’s a piano)
And there’s A LOT of it… with recipes for how to do it.
I’ve been tinkering with putting together electronics for the last couple of months – and a serious weak-link is how to solder the various bits together. I’m using through-hold bread-board type things, but it’s kindof ugly, dogs-breakfasty and the sort of thing you’d want to hide away. This stuff is made to be seen.
May not impress audiophiles… but it impresses me :)
Another example of the finished “thing” being a byproduct of the “making-of” video. Kindof. The artefact is the making of video… by the time you read this, the pumpkin will be long-gone. Eaten maybe. Dumped. Nothing lasts for ever but the earth and sky.
In other news… Western Digital have just released a consumer-level (ie: ~$300) 4TB hard-drive… which means we’re 4.5 years away from the planet-wide proliferation of personal devices big enough to store the entire history of recorded music.
There seem to be quite a lot of things in Georgian Display Jars (or whatever you call them) these days (retro is a thing of the past man. Don’t even go there)… I expect you can buy them off the internet (goes off and looks)… yea, you can… only that link says they’re “huge right now”, which is disappointing – I thought I was one of those people who liked things before they were cool.
I do like them though – they make things look important and dignified. That’s why I’ve started wearing glasses etc. It also makes it possible to read.