Wednesday, July 12, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 92: Blender Struggles

Another day of Blender struggles, but hopefully soon will have a breakthrough.

Hong Kong's main container terminal, Kwai Tsing Container Terminals (Kwai Chung Container Terminals until Container Terminal 9 was opened on Tsing Yi)

I'm using a Blender addon called blender-osm (documentation on Git Hub). I wanted to download the port, downtown buildings and mountains (makes it clearly Hong Kong), but the model became too complicated.

The addon allows you download terrain...

Then OSM buildings. See Open Street Map wiki to figure out how the edges of land masses are tagged. Still figuring that out

But building do not seem to land correctly (note on the left, the plaza floats above the land)

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 91: Wim Wenders and Laurie Anderson


Today, HFBK's 250 Year Anniversary Celebrations kicked off with Laurie Anderson's film Heart of a Dog. She was there, introduced by Wim Wender's who said: "A film is about what you invest, and if you invest a lot of love, that’s what you get out of it." Owen and I were feeling that recently during our studio production for the Korean hackathon. Sounds cheesy but it's absolutely so true.

Also true: Laurie Anderson's thoughts on death, the focus of this film. Released in 2015, the film was created as she mourned the death of her husband Lou Reed in October 2013. There is no mention of him until the end, but during the film she walks us through her mother and their dog's death. A Buddhist, she explains that the Buddhist do not cry when someone is dying, it confused the dead. As my aunt on the other side of the Atlantic is dying, I find this comforting, especially since I cry so easily. More here and here: From a Buddhist viewpoint, that kind of situation is one that’s just going to set off your attachment and make it incredibly difficult to leave. If somebody’s dying and their relatives are in there crying and crying, “How am I going to live without you? I love you so much!” Doing these things invokes a person’s clinging and attachment, making it very difficult for them to die peacefully. The mind is agitated, making it more likely for negative karma to arise.

That makes so much sense. So impressed by Anderson and Wenders. Both seem to be filled with kindness and compassion. 

Sunday, July 09, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 77-89: Conference Studio Production Blur


Should I be lumping together Fulbright days on this blog? It is what it is. It has been a long time since I’ve been in such a happy, frenzied state of studio production so that needs to take priority over blogging. Because I get to make fun animations like the one posted above! But a few quick highlights from my last two weeks.

Unity Unite Europe conference in Amsterdam (June 27-29)

Filled with non-stop workshops, Unity Unite Europe inspired a week of game-making, from which we’re now just emerging…and about to dive back in.

Women in Gaming Meeting at the Conference

My best guess is that there were about 100 women at a conference of about 1000 people, and many of those women seemed be running registration or testing the games (maybe paid to do so?)…I can’t say any of that with certainty. What I can say with confidence is that I was grateful for the Women in Gaming meeting. Producer Veronica Peshterianu from System Era Softworks emphasized the importance of mentors for young women in the field. So true.

MIT Lab Observatory of Economic Complexity

This lab’s research completely aligns with our blockchain game.
I need to be in touch.

Korean Hackathon during the G20 Protests

While Trump visited Hamburg and the G20 Protests raged on, Owen and I participated in Hackathon held at the Art Center Nabi in Seoul. We won the top prize and will be in the exhibition this coming October. The plug animation is from that event. More details soon…



Monday, June 26, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 76: Women in Gaming at Unity Unite Europe 2017

Screenshot from Astroneer, space-based sandbox adventure game released in 2016 by System Era Softworks
https://astroneer.space/ Veronica Peshterianu from System Era Softworks will speak at the Women in Gaming Speaker Series
I'm excited to attend the Women in Gaming Speaker Series event, on Wednesday June 28, at Mossel & Gin restaurant, located next to Unity Unite Europe's main conference venue.

The session will include learnings from Producer Veronica Peshterianu, who has spent time at a variety of gaming companies (Pop Cap, Msft etc), and insights from Unity Technologies CEO John Riccitiello and Head of HR, Elizabeth Brown.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 75: Back in Hamburg, Off to Unity Unite Europe 2017

Unity Unite Europe 2017, https://unite.unity.com/2017/europe
Excited for Unity Unite Europe 2017 in Amsterdam this week. The schedule is packed. Handy tip: use the Unite 2017 app to access the schedule and bookmark your favorites. Many thanks to Davidson College for funding to attend!

#unity, #unityunite, #amsterdam, #gameresearch, #conference

Sunday, June 11, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Days 61-74: 2-Week Blog Break

Image source: From the boat tour of Hamburg’s harbor that I attended one week ago.
Details about “Port of Hope” Harbor Tour – Colonialism, Migration and Racism
I’m taking a two-week break from the blog to deliver my daughter back to my parents in the States. This six-year old bravely navigated my husband’s Fulbright to Austria last spring but has done less well here in Germany. This morning I’m reading the collection of Fulbrighters with families posted here: https://storify.com/FulbrightPrgrm/fulbright-families  I see I am not alone with my daughter’s range of reactions to this experience. It’s both amazing and hard to be overseas. If we had a year-long Fulbright in one place, we would make this work and she would adapt, but in the unusual case of my 3-country global award, it’s time to take her back and give her a much deserved break.

While back home, I’ll continue my Fulbright-related research and related studio production, but it’s time to take a brief break on the blog. Bis bald.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 58: Building a City

Hamburg 1700. Created by Johann Baptist Homann, German cartographer, publisher and copper cutter. Image source.
I’m still focused on blender, but finally working the whole city for our game. I’m not so zoomed out as the image above, but I love this image. From the 1700s.

Different view below. Plague hit in Hamburg in 1712 so below is from after. I have similar images of Rotterdam maps that I found during a research trip to the Getty in LA. For a later post.

Hamburg 1730. Published by Covens & Mortier. Image source.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 56: Exhibition Catalog Research

Oblique Drawing: A History of Anti-Perspective (Writing Architecture) 
by Massimo Scolari et al. The MIT Press. 2015. http://a.co/eGawgmF

As Owen and I oscillate between 2D, 2.5D and 3D spaces in our game experiments, how refreshing to stumble upon Oblique Drawing: A History of Anti-Perspective by Massimo Scolari, who was a visiting professor at Yale University until 2012...not sure what he's up to now. Today was spent looking up such books for own library and an exhibition catalog review assignment that I will give my students in the fall. List coming soon.

Saturday, June 03, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 54: Lithium in Chile

An aerial view of the brine pools and processing areas of the Soquimich lithium mine on the Atacama salt flat.
Photo by Ivan Alvarado/Reuters.
Research-based art practices are best when they take an unexpected turn. My 3-country Fulbright originally proposed to trace the history of the potassium nitrate trade from the late 19th / early 20th century between Germany and Chile. The profits from this business arrangement helped to build the fortune of shipping magnate Henry B. Sloman and the local landmark the Chilehaus. 100 years later, the extraction of lithium from those same salt beds in the Atacama desert, from which potassium nitrate was mined, is a focus for global trade. More on this soon, but a few links to get me started.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-01-09/where-your-smartphone-juice-comes-from

http://business.financialpost.com/news/mining/lithium-is-the-latest-hot-metal-commodity-but-investor-fever-could-be-cooling

http://www.amusingplanet.com/2015/10/the-lithium-mine-fields-of-atacama.html

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 53: Exhibition Catalog Collection

Pictured above: a favorite catalog Experimental Geography by Nato Thompson from 2009. http://a.co/026qmxb 
I spent too much time yesterday and today trying to update my collection of new media art exhibition catalogs in preparation for my fall 2017 class Art and Electronic Media. In that class, the students choose a catalog, write a review of it, and then design their own exhibition. I’ll post the assignment once and list the recommended catalogs once it’s finished. But in the meantime, it seems like fewer venues are producing print exhibition catalogs.

Reader, I offer you this post from 2007 art journalist Marc Spiegler to start thinking about this debate: http://www.artworldsalon.com/blog/2007/03/exhibition-catalogs-time-for-a-serious-rethink/

Onwards…

Friday, June 02, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 52: Grand Urban Rules

All images from the author's website about the book: http://www.plansandpolitics.com/publications/grand-urban-rules/ 
Another studio production day in Blender, but bookmarking this text as a possible influence.

Lehnerer, Alex. Grand Urban Rules. Rotterdam, Netherlands: nai010 publishers, 2014.

Link: http://a.co/d0nU925
Author’s website on the book: http://www.plansandpolitics.com/publications/grand-urban-rules/

Related links:

The author’s website: http://www.alexlehnerer.com/
His page as Assistant Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at ETH ZÜRICH  (currently ranked as 5th best university in the world for the subject of engineering and technology in the QS World University Rankings by Subject): http://www.plansandpolitics.com/

Alex Lehnerer | October 20, 2014 | UIC School of Architecture
UIC School of Architecture
https://youtu.be/2I3U9p5ctCI

German Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale 2014
Interview with Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis
Questions discussed:
- How is architecture used as a means of communication? How do we productively complicate easy meanings of architecture (i.e. glass equals transparency?)
- How do architects get into a productive relationship with the past?
https://vimeo.com/98869906

Alex Lehnerer - Architecture’s Present Perfect
Lecture date: 2015-03-12
AA School of Architecture
- Insisting on importance of urban planning
https://youtu.be/q7h8ggvwqMc

17 Volcanoes: Presentation by curators Alex Lehnerer and Philip Ursprung
CCAchannel, Talk at CCA's Octagonal gallery, October 6, 2016
Support from National Research Foundation in Singapore
https://youtu.be/jQ0Q7LQ4xTs

City planning with rules as index, spread example 1

City planning with rules as index, spread example 2






Thursday, June 01, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 51: Blender


Small post. Head and heart in Blender...the software program, not a machine that grinds up objects. :)

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 50: IBM and the Port of Rotterdam



My Fulbright proposal outlined my intention to look at the IT systems of ports. Today I’m researching blockchains recently developed by IBM for the Port of Rotterdam. More at http://fortune.com/2017/03/05/maersk-tests-blockchain-based-freight-tracking/

Image from February 24, 2016 article by Eric Piscini, Joe Guastella, Alex Rozman, Tom Nassim at Deloitte titled “Blockchain: Democratized trust: Distributed ledgers and the future of value” https://dupress.deloitte.com/dup-us-en/focus/tech-trends/2016/blockchain-applications-and-trust-in-a-global-economy.html

Monday, May 29, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 49: 20 Years of N.Paradoxa


This summer, the international feminist art journal n.paradoxa also celebrates 20 years
with a one-day conference.

Quick details:

Full details and tickets (£10/£5) :
http://www.onlinestore.mdx.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/faculty-of-arts-and-creative-industries/event/localglobal-dynamics-in-feminism-and-contemporary-art

From Editor Katy Deepwell’s post on the FACES List Serv:

The focus will be on feminist art criticism/women artists but there are
breakout sessions on performance, film and video and sound art.

n.paradoxa published a very early volume in 1998 on ‘Women and New Media’ in
the midst of discussions of cyberfeminism – which included Faith Wilding’s
essay ‘Where is the feminism in cyberfeminism?’, Marina Grzinic’s essay on
her films with Aina Smid; writing by Alla Mitrofanova, Olesya Turkina and
Irina Aktuganova (from the former Cyber-femin Club in St Petersburg);
Susanna Paasonen on the politics of cyberfeminism; Lynn Bell and Carol
Williams interviewing Sara Diamond; Jayne Wark on Kate Craig’s work; Kathy
Kennedy on her work,  and artists’ pages from Vera Frenkel, Gina Czarnecki,
Roshini Kempadoo and Helen Sear, Nina Czegledy wrote about the CD Roms of
Christine Tamblyn and Adriene Jenik, and there is an essay by Angelika
Beckmann on ‘Women Artists at ZKM’.

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 48: Faces Gets a Face Lift

This morning I realized that the Faces List-Serv, formed in the 1990s for women in new media, has gotten a face lift, in anticipation of their 20th anniversary celebrations in Berlin, Graz, and hopefully Los Angeles at the next College Art Association conference. More details on all that soon. Note open call for work due June 2017. Anniversary details page still in progress, but familiar archive still firmly intact.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 47: Hydrarchy


This morning, Sunday morning, I attended what I thought would be a talk by Keller Easterling, but due to misinformation provided by an organizer and vague online schedules that gave several dates and no times (and misspelled speaker’s names), I learned at the entrance of the boat-venue that Keller gave her talk the day before, on Saturday. It is not clear who is in charge of this chaos. I’ll not name names, but Hamburg seems to be full of social practice interventionists who, though refreshingly different fare, are not organized enough to gain critical mass and a lasting impact. As a past community-based art practitioner and an occasional lover of social practice (when done well), I realize how much it takes to organize such events, but still…

Rather than go on about my time wasted online searching for details, I’ll focus on the talk that I DID attend by Marcus Rediker, who with Peter Linebaugh, wrote the 2013 book The Many-Headed Hydra: Sailors, Slaves, Commoners, and the Hidden History of the Revolutionary Atlantic.

This 2013 book, which won the International Labor History Award, provides a fascinating history into the early seventeenth century’s launch of the first global economy. Giving special attention to rebellious slaves, sailors and commoners, the book discusses how those disenfranchised seafarers organized themselves into what the authors call a hydrarchy.

The term combines “–archy,” meaning “the rule of,” and hydra-, the famous Greek, multi-headed, sea-snake monster who would grow two heads where one severed. Rediker was pleasantly surprised to find the term’s co-option for various of contemporary resistance.

Typical characteristics of hydrarchy include:
1) Secretive
2) Unexpected
3) Subversive
4) Fugitive
5) In solidarity (workers united in the face of life-threatening environments)
6) With distance from state authority / distrust of authority
7) Egalitarian

He explained that pirates most embodied the term. Like today’s Somali pirates, many of the early pirates were oppressed by authority figures, such as their hometown economy and the captain of the ship. In response to poor working and living conditions, the pirates would take over the ship. And when they’d capture another ship, they’d ask the ship’s crew to join them.

Another favorite term from the talk: terra-centrism or sea-blindness. As noted in pass posts, 90% of contemporary goods travel by sea, but we have always been afraid of the sea, and rightfully so—it still has the power to destroy people who cannot organize themselves enough to build a giant ship. As a case in point, the organizers of the event talked about building ships, hot tubs (?) and other structures to reclaim their “Right to the Sea” (the name of the symposium), but somehow these suggestions left me empty. In light of the refugee crisis, when the idea for this symposium is important and timely, I wish the event could have gained the momentum it needed.

To do so, it would have needed trust—trust in good design, in effective strategy, in open source tech as aid without commercial manipulation, and in the promise for real change. Marcus Rediker ended the Q&A by emphasizing the importance of trust in forming a strong hydrarchy.



Friday, May 26, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 46: Studio, Theory and the MKG

"Introduction of Swedish gymnastics in Hamburg by training inspector Carl Möller - Hang exercises on the new Ribbstol". Johann Hinrich W. Hamann, via MKG Hamburg. Search collection online.
This morning I woke up eager to revisit the writing of Keller Easterling (see her recent E-Flux article and Yale Paprika interview) before attending an adventure on a boat with her and other artist activists to talk about current trends in global trade, but I find myself made grumpy by theory and dense rhetoric. Perhaps I'm just to eager to get in the studio. And time for that is so precious when you are mother and navigating this particular Fulbright.

For today, with the kid, off to the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG) in hopes of connecting to their 20th century poster collection.  Specifically I need to contact:

Grafische Sammlung und Plakatsammlung

Dr. Jürgen Döring | Leitung | juergen.doering(at)mkg-hamburg.de
Uta Jeschke | Sammlungsverwalterin | uta.jeschke(at)mkg-hamburg.de

or for digital resources:
Projekt Digitale Inventarisierung

Dr. Antje Schmidt | Leitung | antje.schmidt(at)mkg-hamburg.de

http://www.mkg-hamburg.de/de/das-mkg/team.html
Search collection online

Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG)

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 45: Access Points


Still trying to make sense of this series of events over the next week here in Hamburg http://www.geheimagentur.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Hydrarchy_final_web_neu.pdf

"Today we suffer from sea blindness," says the head of the
British Navy, and he is right: London, New York,
Hong Kong, Hamburg - everywhere the same picture: the
Ports are mutated into human security zones.

For centuries, life in Hamburg was marked by the
Seafaring. Today there are no sailors
In the city, and Hamburgers no longer drive
at sea. Today, only multinational corporations are in the port
Welcome. Spaces for life and action
On the water are narrow and narrow.
Close to the city, the harbor becomes an event setting, the maritime
Adventure mutates to the all-inclusive cruise, the
Fine dust values.
At the same time, there are activists and artists
All over the world the right to sea new: you build
Rafts of rubbish, try floating the lagoons
Before cruise ships connect
Through precarious sea trade, explore the links between
Migration and modern logistics, and get together,
To save fugitives from distress. On
All seas and also in Hamburg.
Welcome to a right-on-city movement, the
Can swim!
For theater of the world 2017 have become secret agency
And the International Theater Institute,
To access access points from the solid to the liquid
And the right to sea again - with
Performance, symposium and workshops.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 44: More about HFBK 250 Years Celebration

Aula der Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg mit dem restaurierten Wandbild "Die ewige Welle" von Willy von Beckerath (1868-1938). Photo by Tim Albrecht in 2013 after complete renovation.
My highlights:

Symposium
O Superman
11.-12. July 2017
Organization: Michael Diers and Wim Wenders
with Barbara Albert, Laurie Anderson, Monica Bonvicini, Adam Broomberg, Thomas Demand, Helmut Färber, Peter Geimer, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Philipp Ruch, Angela Schanelec and Beat Wyss

Symposium Survival
Rate 4% - Current Front Reports from the Kunstakademie
July 14, 2017
Organization: Werner Büttner
with Diedrich Diederichsen, Walter Grasskamp, ​​Annette Tietenberg, Wolfgang Ullrich, Bettina Uppenkamp and others

Conference
The Global Art Academy
July 13, 2017
Meeting of the Presidents of the ASA Partner College
• School of the Fine Arts, Boston
• Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires
• School of the Art Institute, Chicago
• Hamburg University of the Arts
• China Academy Of Art, Hangzhou
• Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
• Goldsmiths, University of London, Department of Art
• California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles
• Yale University, New Haven, School of Art
• Bard College, New York
• Purchase College, New York, School of Art + Design
• Kinday University, Osaka, Department of Cultural Design
• École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts
• San Francisco Art Institute
• China Academy of Art, Shanghai (Institute of Design)
• Academy of Fine Arts Vienna

HFBK Graduate Exhibition 2017
July 13, 2017
Opening with the award of the Karl H. Ditze Prize
Exhibition 14-16. July 2017

http://www.hfbk-hamburg.de/250years/

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 43: Keller Easterling in Hamburg

Keller Easterling's 2014 book Extrastatecrafthttps://www.versobooks.com/books/2163-extrastatecraft
I just found out that Keller Easterling is giving a talk in Hamburg this Sunday, May 28 at 11:00...I think on the MS Stubnitz in Baakenhöft, HafenCity...although online documentation is a little cryptic. More info here: http://www.geheimagentur.net/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Hydrarchy_final_web_neu.pdf and http://www.iti-germany.de/en/projects/theater-der-welt/program/ and http://www.iti-germany.de/projekte/theater-der-welt/ So excited. Extrastatecraft ideas and projects are outlined here.

And the awkwardness of google translation of the flyer (its own sort of poetry):

Subsequently the Stubnitz becomes the research vessel, the
Cabins are made by thinkers and researchers
occupied. For two days the secret agency discusses
To you and to the Seablindness: What role
Plays the sea in the current social events?
What are the theories of "logistical"
Turn "and the" infrastructural space "for the fight
To the right to port? With Marcus Rediker ("The Many
Headed Hydra ") is about the question of what hydrarchy
Today, with Keller Easterling ("Extrastatecraft")
To the history and future visions of a free port.
The artist and researcher Ranjit Kandalgaonkar from Mumbai
Tells of his research trips along the
External maritime maritime logistics. Constance Hockaday,
Member of the legendary Floating Neutrinos family
Of interventions on the water in battle
The right to city. The dispute about the
Lagoon in Venice and against the cruise ships
We with the artist and activist Marco
Baravalle (Comitato No Grandi Navi). The floating
Platform, Anarche '(Berlin) invites to a debate
The contradictions between political activism, cultural
Interventions and the sheer survival in the
Neo-liberal city.

The symposium will take place in English.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 42: Elisabeth Condon

Elisabeth Condon, Unnatural Life, 2016. Acrylic and ink on linen, 54 x 72 inches.
Courtesy Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, Florida/Phillip Reed.
A colorful post and shout out to friend Elisabeth Condon as I transition from Portugal to Hamburg and back into the studio. A recent article describes the influence of her upbringing in Los Angeles with a landscape similar to Portugal...with "eucalyptus and palm trees, bougainvillea, and ice plant surrounded modernist homes on winding streets" and her mother's way of decorating in Hawaiian Modern style. In the painting above, I hang tight to the visual punch of the black petals outlined in white. And to the parallel lines, like wallpaper, in healthy contrast to her more typical organic material in contrast, which can get kitschy fast (best when it plays the line well). Below, the expanse of pink reminds me of my sketches on yupo. That visual breathing spaces allows her to the pull off the red white and blue, which is most successful in the leaves, lower left, one of which starts to turn, becoming 3-dimensional, next to others that flatten and wrestle with the splatters and stripes. Also critical: that yellow mid-bottom edge.

Elisabeth Condon, Housing Unit, 2016. Watercolour, 22 x 30 inches.
Courtesy Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, Florida/Phillip Reed.
Perhaps this post is part-protest to the German love for bad painting or the gray, windy skies here in Hamburg, siding with the intense greens and flowers in this city's landscape, fed by the rainy weather. Clearly a compelling tension between.

Elisabeth Condon, Love, American Style, 2016. Acrylic on linen, 54 x 72 inches.
Courtesy Emerson Dorsch Gallery, Miami, Florida/Phillip Reed.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 41: Chilehaus Marketing

Image from the PR page for Kontorhaus, http://www.kontorhausviertel.com/kontorhausviertel-hamburg

I'm giving a tour of the Kontorhaus this Friday. Become increasingly curious about how the marketing around the Chilehaus has always worked. Again see earlier posted poster of Chilehaus. This was based on a photograph of the building (below) was made by Hamburg-based photographer Carl Dransfeld and shaped the notoriety of the building. As Manfred F. Fischer, former head of the Hamburg monument conservation department, wrote: "It was not the Chilean architecture, but the photograph of [it] that had written art history. The invented reality was stronger than reality."

From Manfred F. Fischer: The Chilehaus in Hamburg. Architecture and vision. With 28 picture panels by Klaus Frahm, Gebr. Mann Verlag, Berlin 1999, ISBN 3-7861-2299-7.

Chilehaus photo by Carl Dransfeld (1880-1941), taken between 1924 and 1938. 



Friday, May 19, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 37: Large Drawing Conservation

Ferdinand Ahm Krag. Waves Over Graves. 2011. Mixed Media. 223.3 by 239.6 cm.
Short post (and a break from the container residency) as we're about to travel. As I prep for upcoming exhibitions with large drawings, this seemed helpful and worth sharing: http://www.smk.dk/en/explore-the-art/visit-the-conservator/stories-from-the-conservators/fra-rulle-til-vaeg-montering-af-kaempe-papirvaerk/

Thursday, May 18, 2017

100 Days on a Fulbright: Day 36: Erin Diebboll

House of Three Brothers / marker on paper - 2016. http://www.erindiebboll.com/projects/7_house_of_three_brothers.html
Thoughts about container artist residency route #4 Erin Diebboll


I love many of Diebboll’s drawings, especially her House of Three Brothers, pictured at the top of this post. Its warping sense of space echoes the resonance of certain objects, walls, corners. My Sherwin Series prints likewise documented the same emotionally warped perception of homes, particularly during times of crisis. Likewise, her decision to cut the paper at unusual angles has the same affect as my wall paintings: it heightens awareness of the gallery architecture in relationship to the depicted domestic space. I also like some moments in her 2010 drawings titled Thirty Years - Basement, posted below, and again, they remind me of the work that I was doing in 2010.

Thirty Years - Basement / pencil on paper - 50 x 96 inches - 2010. http://www.erindiebboll.com/projects/4_basement.html
Her playful drawings of shipped objects remind viewers that many staff on shift or personal at ports do not know the contents of the containers. In fact, only 5 percent of containers shipped to the US are inspected. It also emphasizes art labor—in this case, repetitive, meticulous and for the right soul, meditative—that often goes unnoticed.

Voyage 51E / pencil on paper, metal frames - dimensions variable - 2016. http://www.erindiebboll.com/projects/8_voyage_51E.html