Month: October 2009

Google Earth Art

angrytundra2kleinEvert Schut uses “Google Earth as a source of inspiration” to paint landscapes and to address issues related to the environment. I am not sure Google Earth, and virtual globes in general, can serve to stimulate the revival of lanscape painting as Evert suggests, but it has certainly stimulated the emergence of new forms of hybridations between cartography and art.

This blog is literally all about a new perspective for landscape painting: looking down on earth from a satellite up there in space! Google Earth has made it possible for anyone with a computer and internet to roam the Earth like a birds or even an astronout. For an artist like me this has become a huge new source of inspiration. Is this the revival landscape painting needs?


Symposium “Monitoring Scenography 3″

glashouse_web-2The symposium “Monitoring Scenography 3: Space and Desire / Raum und Begehren” (October 8th to 10th,  2009), will take place at the Institute for Design and Technology (idt) in Zurich.

In the 3 day symposium MONITORING SCENOGRAPHY 3: SPACE AND DESIRE, artistic and academic researchers in the visual arts, architecture, theatre studies and art history discuss the existence and textures of spatial languages, choreographies, mise-en-scenes and spatial representations of desire.
The scenographies of desire are both site-specific and global, artistic and commercial, real and virtual. Success stories in popular culture, advertisement and marketing rely heavily on a carefully designed analysis of desire and its translation into product-specific scenographies. In the staged and mediatised lives of the 21st century, the spaces of desire take on many forms. Inscribed onto them is the desire for uniqueness, inimitability and immersion – as both service and response to the spectacle.
MONITORING SCENOGRAPHY 3: SPACE AND DESIRE is the third in a series of annual symposia curated by the members of the Doctorate Program Scenography, a practice-based research unit between the Zurich University of the Arts and the University of Vienna. Its members are a diverse and international group of emerging and established artists and academics engaged in expanding the discourse on scenography toward the intersection of architecture, media, theatre and exhibition.

Podcasts from the previous symposium on Space and Truth are also available from the web site.