Art world up in arms over ‘light bulb’ law

“London. The art world has reacted with astonishment to a European ruling which has determined that works by Bill Viola and Dan Flavin, when disassembled, should not be considered works of art for tax ­purposes. Dealers warn that the decision will inhibit the European art trade.”

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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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JR’s TED Prize wish: Use art to turn the world inside out

JR, a French street artist, uses his camera to show the world its true face. He makes his audacious TED Prize wish: to use art to turn the world inside out. A funny, moving talk about art and who we are. Learn more at

The Inside out project was launched in March this year. The project is a global initiative that allows participants (yes you can participate in this) to upload their photo and story to the project site, they will in turn mail a poster of your photograph for you to put up anywhere that you deem suitable.

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Time running out for Shanghai artists’ colony

“Following the demolition of Ai Weiwei’s Shanghai studio in the city’s outskirts, other artists in the city are also facing the loss of their spaces. An old factory in downtown Shanghai, which has survived for more than four years as a dissident artist colony, and is only a few hundred meters from Shanghai’s main luxury fashion street Nanjing Road, which hosts the Louis Vuitton China flagship store, Prada and numerous other big-name brands, now faces its final shutdown as the local government has moved in to evict the tenants of its 72 sub-divisions.”……..Art Newspaper

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The Veil

This was one of my earlier fractal animation videos, (original soundtrack). I guess it’s logical to show this in the light of talking about working with students who are submitting video as part of their HSC body of work. This work was exhibited at last years Digital Fringe in Melbourne and screened internationally as part of that festival. I think it’s relevant and also good that students see that the person teaching them also practices.

What’s also interesting is that it was through learning about it, i.e., to teaching students how to edit and work with video, that my eyes were opened to the possibilities, and I became interested in working with this art form.

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