Saturday, 30 April 2016

Russell Moreton Reading Rooms : Waverley Project

Design as an interactive structure, an interlocutory interior in the making of space and spatial relations.

The gaps or relations between things become more interesting than the designed elements.

Interior Design presented as a sociological spatial practice.

The Scriptorium brings together a varied and discursive set of ideas and objects, texts and interior architectures. The performativity of the research is presented through specifically designed apparatuses and staged in a niche like space.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Russell Moreton Observatories

Norman Lockyer Observatory, Seaton.

Celestial Sphere : Stars and Dust Particles.

Astronomical archive

Hawking understood black holes because he could stare at them. Black holes mean oblivion. Mean death. And Hawking has been staring at death all his adult life. Hawking could see.
Martin Amis, Night Train, 1997.

For Baudrilland the actual photographs are beside the point. It is what precedes them that counts in his eyes- the mental event of taking a picture.
Sylvere Lotringer, The Piracy of Art, 2008.

Entanglements of matter and meaning.

Karen Barad, Meeting The Universe Halfway, 2007.

Meeting the Universe Halfway is an ambitious book with far-reaching implications for numerous fields in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. In this volume, Karen Barad, theoretical physicist and feminist theorist, elaborates her theory of agential realism. Offering an account of the world as a whole rather than as composed of separate natural and social realms, agential realism is at once a new epistemology, ontology, and ethics. The starting point for Barad's analysis is the philosophical framework of quantum physicist Niels Bohr. Barad extends and partially revises Bohr's philosophical views in light of current scholarship in physics, science studies, and the philosophy of science as well as feminist, poststructuralist, and other critical social theories. In the process, she significantly reworks understandings of space, time, matter, causality, agency, subjectivity, and objectivity. In an agential realist account, the world is made of entanglements of "social" and "natural" agencies, where the distinction between the two emerges out of specific intra-actions. Intra-activity is an inexhaustible dynamism that configures and reconfigures relations of space-time-matter. In explaining intra-activity, Barad reveals questions about how nature and culture interact and change over time to be fundamentally misguided. And she reframes understanding of the nature of scientific and political practices and their "interrelationship." Thus she pays particular attention to the responsible practice of science, and she emphasizes changes in the understanding of political practices, critically reworking Judith Butler's influential theory of performativity. Finally, Barad uses agential realism to produce a new interpretation of quantum physics, demonstrating that agential realism is more than a means of reflecting on science; it can be used to actually do science.

Friday, 15 April 2016

Zero Theorem Official Trailer (1080p HD) Christoph Waltz, Terry Gilliam

Russell Moreton Found Objects : Archaeological Photogram/Layered Landscapes

When you make photograms, without the use of a camera, you can indeed call that abstract photography, as the lens and the corresponding registration medium are lacking. No longer do you have pictures of reality or objects; you only have their shadows. It is a bit like Plato’s cave, where one could only imagine reality; the objects themselves were not visible.
—Thomas Ruff

Layered Landscape

"Thus we cover the universe with drawings we have lived. These need only to be tonalized on the mode of our inner space."

Gaston Bachelard.
The Poetics of Space.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Russell Moreton Sublime Components 001 : Field Networks (Bramdean)

We are living through a protracted epidemic of confusion about the difference between artworks and documents. A border is being blurred.

The convergence of Minimalism and the Bechers had given documentary images a secure place in the world of art.

Cruel and tender
Carter Ratcliff
1 June 2003

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Russell Moreton VITRINES : Art Spaces/interiors/interventions. 3

Anselm Kiefer :
In the Annenberg Courtyard 2014.
Velimir Khlebnikov: Fates of Nations: The New Theory of War
Anselm Kiefer often dedicates his works to intriguing figures of the past, be they poets or philosophers. This piece is one of a number of works emerging from Kiefer’s ongoing exploration of the Russian Futurist avant-garde writer, theorist and absurdist Velimir Khlebnikov (1885-1922).

After years of study, Khlebnikov concluded that a major sea battle took place every 317 years, or multiples thereof. Kiefer celebrates this heroic and ludicrous activity with a work that is both monument and anti-monument. Measuring almost 17 metres in total and consisting of two large glass vitrines, Kiefer creates a transparent, reflective sea-scape in three dimensions that calls to mind the Romantic sublime of painters from JMW Turner to Caspar David Friedrich. Kiefer uses the frames of the vitrines to stage a mysterious drama, in which viewers, seeing each other and their own reflections, become participants.

Trailer Susan Philipsz – Night and Fog, Kunsthaus Bregenz 2016

TateShots: Iain Sinclair on Susan Philipsz

Russell Moreton Collage Cinema : Tarkovsky : Andrey Rublev the painter-monk.

The Reading Room, Waverley Abbey.

Godfrey Reggio on Singularity 1 on 1: We Are in the Cyborg State!

VISITORS Clip — Behind the Scenes

Iain Sinclair Interview, London October 2014

Russell Moreton Sheltered Environments : Photographic Architectures : Stonehenge Visitors Centre .

New Topographics in Photography and Architecture.
Alternative photographic processes in both digital and analogue image manipulation.