Computer may have quietly killed its easy-to-use programming tool,
HyperCard, but it has an afterlife -- in art.
The near-redundant, 18-year-old technology has
found a new lease on life at the cutting edge of European art.
When Michaelangelo hand-painted the Sistine chapel, he did not
have any idea that one day, the painting that took him years
to make, can be made in a matter of hours, maybe days. With
just a simple push of the buttons, a few shove at the mouse
and a vivid and wide imagination. And of course, not to mention,
the use of highly-modernized machines and gadgetries. If only
he had known that one day, machines will be able to do things
that human can, then maybe, he would just had sat there and
let it do his paintings. [read
to frequently take the cleanliness of toilets as indicative
of how civilised a country might be. Modern artists pretty much
do the same thing. Defining a "threshold of civilization" by
means of a toilet pot is however by no means simple. Neither
is it likely to lead to a conclusive, once and for all outcome.
On the contrary. When we are faced with a toilet pot as the
focal point for debate, arguments rich of historic content emerge.
Arguments that we realise we digested somehow only as and when
we enter into the debate.
by The Bogside Artists
The abstract notion of ‘society’, much touted by politicians,
is, of course, a shibboleth. Society is the sum total of human
relationships especially those we designate as "role-playing".
Man is a social being and his life is by definition contextual.
How he relates to himself, his work, his friends, his past,
his present, his future, his family and the world in general
determines his life and defines him. From the wastelands of
the social pariah to the media touted ‘pillar of the establishment’
is a broad spectrum indeed. It is a spectrum explored by satirists
in general and by many of the major playwrights. Beckett’s “Waiting
for Godot”, for example, is essentially an expose of the craziness
of man as a social being. The theatre deals expressly with all
aspects of social relationships. Is theatrical expression political?
How can it not?
Modern Art Galleries
Gallery Of Modern Art
GoMA is the second most visited contemporary
art gallery outside London, offering a thought-provoking
programme of temporary exhibitions and workshops. GoMA displays
work by local and international artists as well as addressing
contemporary social issues through its major biannual projects.