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Gaspar Noé is a French-Argentinian director, known for such films as Enter the Void, Love, and Irreversible. What I find most interesting is his use of infresound and the use of the camera as if it were also a character in his films. The camera work he implements creates discombobulates the viewer, and feels as if you are privileged to be viewing what a body-less spirit is viewing.
Pace Gallery, teamLab
My first gallery visit was to the Pace Gallery in Menlo Park, California. This gallery is something I have been wanting to experience for some time now. The current exhibit was created by the Japanese art collective teamLAB they are a group of as they put it “ultra-technologists whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, technology, design and the natural world.”
The exhibit consisted of large warehouses filled with large video screens and projections. Some rooms consisted of 3d spaces that intersected with the video and also allowed for people to interact with it. Surprisingly, there was also an phone application in which you could interact with certain pieces and control its lighting.
I believe that the goal of this exhibit is to think of new ways of having technology and human interaction, since it seems inevitable that both will one day become one.
“I will not make any more boring art”
The print is based on an installation created at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, but not by John Baldessari’s hand. “As there wasn’t enough money for me to travel to Nova Scotia, I proposed that the students voluntarily write ‘I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art’ on the walls of the gallery, like punishment. To my surprise they covered the walls.” Those same students made this print, but Baldessari wasn’t at the workshop when the print was made. In both cases, Baldessari gave scant instructions to the students from thousands of miles away, and he was not present to supervise, raising questions of authorship and the role of the artist. Baldessari points out that language has made-up rules that we all agree to follow. Conventional notions of art may be as ingrained, passed down, and unquestioned as rules of language, but artists like Baldessari aimed to show that they are equally arbitrary, and open to interpretation. Baldesssari described his conceptual works as “what I thought art should be, not what somebody else would think art would be. You know, received wisdom, what you would get in school. And so a lot of my work was about questioning this received wisdom.”