Photography & Intermedia

September 22, 2014, 12:00 pm
Filed under: repost, Sound Art

Luigi Russolo with his assistant Ugo Piatti and their Intonarumori (noise machines)

The Art of Noise
by Luigi Russolo February 22, 2004


Luigi Russolo (1885 – 1947), Italian futurist painter and musician and inventor of the “intonarumori” expounded his musical theories in 1913 in this manifesto entitled “L’arte dei rumori” (The Art of Noises) in which he presented his ideas about the use of noises in music.

Dear Balilla Pratella, great Futurist composer,

In Rome, in the Costanzi Theatre, packed to capacity, while I was listening to the orchestral performance of your overwhelming FUTURIST MUSIC, with my Futurist friends, Marinetti, Boccioni, Carrà, Balla, Soffici, Papini and Cavacchioli, a new art came into my mind which only you can create, the Art of Noises, the logical consequence of your marvelous innovations.

Ancient life was all silence. In the nineteenth century, with the invention of the machine, Noise was born. Today, Noise triumphs and reigns supreme over the sensibility of men. For many centuries life went by in silence, or at most in muted tones. The strongest noises which interrupted this silence were not intense or prolonged or varied. If we overlook such exceptional movements as earthquakes, hurricanes, storms, avalanches and waterfalls, nature is silent.

Amidst this dearth of noises, the first sounds that man drew from a pieced reed or streched string were regarded with amazement as new and marvelous things. Primitive races attributed sound to the gods; it was considered sacred and reserved for priests, who used it to enrich the mystery of their rites. And so was born the concept of sound as a thing in itself, distinct and independent of life, and the result was music, a fantastic world superimposed on the real one, an inviolatable and sacred world. It is easy to understand how such a concept of music resulted inevitable in the hindering of its progress by comparison with the other arts. The Greeks themselves, with their musical theories calculated mathematically by Pythagoras and according to which only a few consonant intervals could be used, limited the field of music considerably, rendering harmony, of which they were unaware, impossible.
More on Theremin Vox

Ballpoint Barber // Stop-motion Reverse Haircut and Beard-cut
September 21, 2014, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Student Pick, Video Art

Painted: An Adventure in Stop Motion Body Art
September 19, 2014, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Student Pick, Video Art

Picasso & Braque Go to the Movies
September 17, 2014, 1:00 pm
Filed under: Documentaries, repost

Produced by Martin Scorsese and Robert Greenhut and directed by Arne Glimcher, PICASSO AND BRAQUE GO TO THE MOVIES is a cinematic tour through the effects of the technological revolution, specifically the invention of aviation, the creation of cinema and their interdependent influence on artists Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. With narration by Scorsese and interviews with art scholars and artists including Chuck Close, Julian Schnabel and Eric Fischl, the film looks at the collision between film and art at the turn of the 20th Century and helps us to realize cinema’s continuing influence on the art of our time.

Eatliz – Lose This Child
September 17, 2014, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Student Pick, Video Art

Rila Fukushima
September 15, 2014, 12:00 pm
Filed under: Student Pick, Web Art

A conceptual stop-motion portrait of Rila Fukushima. Photographed by Matthew Donaldson, edited and graded by me.

Kiera Faber
September 14, 2014, 12:00 pm
Filed under: repost, Video Art


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 52 other followers