Art + Jazz

Here are some interesting and quintessential album covers influenced by Modern Art aesthetic.

The delicate relationship between art and music is given the full treatment in this article 

Abstract: Jazz Uncovered

Read the full article here at BBC Arts

Chan Hwee Chong

Extraordinary work from this young designer. All these images are drawn with a single line.

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images courtesy of Faber Castell @ behance

watch a video of the process here

see his portfolio here

Surabhi Saraf : Winner of Art vs Design

PEEL presents a visual and sonic echo of the present instance: it takes an unexamined moment and gives it life. The transitional motion of going to the fridge to get an ingredient is stretched into the echo of an unforgettable instant, and what emerges is an examination of the subtlety and hidden beauty of that moment.

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After all this time

After so many resource posts, time to talk.

Years ago after moving to a new school I was confronted with the task of assisting a student with editing a video submission as part of the HSC Body of Work. Up to that point I had not had to handle anything like that, but I figured it couldn’t be too hard. I had taught myself Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, had a working knowledge of Logic, Cubase and FL Studio and worked with procedural and fractal landscape generators like Terragen and Mojoworld, so finding my way around a new interface shouldn’t be all that difficult….learning curve No1.

I had just stepped into a Mac environment and was discovering a mini version of heaven. Having been a long time PC user who had just crossed over I certainly welcomed the opportunity to get ‘under the bonnet’ and learn more.

I cut my teeth on IMovie HD, (I still keep a copy because it’s the only version that can export to mini DV). The student I was working with was not mine, but was an HSC candidate of another teacher in the faculty. However, I had her in my Design class and this was where we worked on solving some of the technical problems that turned up in the process of the work being put together. I quickly learned the basics of editing and this student was fast in picking it up, and in a very short time had a substantial amount of footage to work with and a head full of ideas that quickly exhausted the editing capability of iMovie. So the next logical step was to upgrade to Final Cut HD and relearn. This was possibly the best thing that could have happened.

Having the basic principles of editing under control it proved to be substantially easier to move across to a new interface and multi-layers. The addition of Soundtrack and Live Type made the crossover even more pleasurable. However refining the process to the point where I could fluently instruct someone else, meant long hours after work sorting out all the pros and cons of codex related issues and the finer points of the craft of editing. No one told me how time consuming it would be (and still is).

Putting the soundtrack together meant taking my iMac into school and working with her there. Using an extensive library of royalty free loops, the piece came together with relative ease:) and the ability to sync video and audio in Soundtrack took the strain out of the final edits. As far as I remember the soundtrack had something like 15-20 seperate tracks………….there was some very interesting dialogue in the development of this piece.

Exporting the completed project to iDVD proved to be an interesting experience. The 06 version of iDVD had some interesting idiosyncrasies and again provided another learning curve that was relatively painless but time consuming for both student and teacher.

So here it is, (from 2007), a small part of an extensive body of work comprising photography, graphics, video and an interactive website and my initiation into the world of teaching video editing.

Frank O. Gehry Since 1997 at Vitra Design Museum

The Vitra Design Museum is the first building that Frank O. Gehry realized in Europe. In total there are four buildings by Frank Gehry in the Basel region: the Vitra furniture factory and the Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, the Vitra headquarters in Birsfelden, and the building on the Novartis campus in Basel.

On display at the Design Museum are 12 projects,  in the form of large competition models, original drawings by the architect, and developmental models from the Gehry Partners archive. Among the projects shown are the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Museum, the DZ Bank Building in Berlin, the Neue Zollhof in Düsseldorf, the AGO Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, the Ray and Maria Stata Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago, the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the IAC Building in New York, and the Beekman Street Housing skyscraper in New York.

In the video below, Jochen Eisenbrand talks about the concept of the exhibition, the importance of Frank Gehry’s work for architecture, how he got the commission

The Essence of Things | Design and the Art of Reduction

“The Essence of Things. Design and the Art of Reduction is an exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum that brings together objects such as the iPod, the Thonet chair No. 14, and furniture and product design by Gerrit Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Max Bill, Dieter Rams, Shiro Kuramata, and Jasper Morrison.The Essence of Things (Die Essenz der Dinge). Design and the Art of Reduction. Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein. Opening reception, March 19, 2010.” Vernissage Art

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Interview with Designer Yves Béhar / Part 1/2: Issey Miyake Watch Series

Yves Behar says….

“A watch is a Mindset about the idea of time. When considering reading the time of day, my main question is: why do I need to see all twelve numbers when only one is needed? The watch’s unique approach is to present one number appearing only, while the previous hour slowly fades out of view, and the next one fades into view. This magical appearance reminds me of the time just passed, and the future incoming…it says, ‘time is precious, yet always presents us with a surprise ahead. The mindset of the watch is to let the mystery of time be experienced: the watch is a way to feel time’s appearance and disappearance in our lives. By seeing only the current hour, while the last hour representing the past and the next one representing the future subtly fade in and out, we can live a new view of time.”

It’s an interesting approach and one worth checking out….

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MCA | Refurbishment plans.

For those who have not seen it, or know about it, the MCA has a refurbishment plan in the pipeline.

The MCA cites the following planned additions to it’s new space. “There will be new facilities for the MCA’s renowned Bella program for young people with specific needs, as well as a digital classroom, multi media room, artists research library, resource room and lecture theatre/new media events space, which will allow the delivery of a greater range of educational programs to more Australians living in remote and regional areas.”

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