In the late 90s & early 00s there was a bubbling micro movement of collaborative freestyle art creation that has since subsided. An artist would mark up a piece of paper and fax it to the next artist. The next artist could either add his mark in ink, post a sticker or tape a clipped image or material to the sheet and run it back through the fax to the next artist. It would go back and forth or circulate around until the page was full or layered too deep to add anything new.
The idea was to compile a volume of this art product and produce a book, though I don’t think a book ever came to fruition. One of the more interesting sects of this collaborative circuit was a network of grafitti artists & designers calling their project Fax Wars. I was surprised to see that their site is still up since it looks like it hasn’t been touched since 2003.
It’s spontaneous, crowdsourced, collaboration incorporating a wonderfully obsolete technology, though no medium for art is obsolete. Fax machines are a laughable technology at this point but they are great for transmitting art over time and space and simultaneously adding personality to the image by degrading it with each generation of toner reproduction.
The image above is mine and was created on fax/copier one day as I lamented that I had no one to fax to anymore. haha.
Scrawling on walls is a primal inclination somewhere between urinating to mark territory and dreaming to understand life. The wall art above was found in a former Taliban compound, presently occupied by US Marines. Check out this article profiling war time grafitti from both sides in Afghanistan.
What started as an effort to create a self-portrait that could function as a 16×16 pixel favicon became a nostalgic exploration of uber-simplified physical media. Conveying a sense of humor and personality in a 16×16 box is a worthy challenge but recreating it with legos is just fun.
“Sound Sculpture” as a medium implies a few things: The shaping/sculpting of sound itself; Or material structures (sculptures) that themselves generate sound. In fact both things are happening. The meaning of the two interpretations are echoes of the same medium.
The artist creates a structure. The structure creates a sound. Therefore the artist creates the sound.
Direct and indirect audiovisual interplay induces a sort of meditation in the experiencer. The residual habit-energy and worn, familiar thought patterns of the mind are tilled back to loose and fertile “soil” upon witnessing these audio objects. Subtle and simple beauty, frantic and also calming. It’s simultaneously manufactured and seemingly organic; a mechanized simulation of falling water in the form of rain, rushing rivers or waves on the sea.
Straight from the Vimeo page:
Zimoun’s sound sculptures and installations are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their structural simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the «artificial» and the «organic».
He is interested in the artistic research of simple and elegant systems to generate and study complex behaviours in sound and motion. He creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns.
Stumbling across 13th Witness on Vimeo, his videos inspire me to want to buy a nice camera this year. His music selections and light choices are beautiful. Add a handful of bike based videos to the collection and he’s made me a fan.