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Constellation Keynote - Theo Humphries

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  • 1. ‘Iron Man’ (lullaby rendition of Black Sabbath, Rockabye Baby, 2010Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 2. Why Did They Do That?! Understanding Critical Practices in Art & DesignTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 3. Key aims... – Explore ‘critical practice’ as a way of identifying and challenging orthodoxies and assumptions in order to evolve art/design, and to enrich, and invite us to question, our experience of the world.Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 4. Key aims... – Explore ‘critical practice’ as a way of identifying and challenging orthodoxies and assumptions... – ...in order to evolve art/design,... – ...and to enrich, and invite us to question, our experience of the world.Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 5. Key aims... – Explore ‘critical practice’ as a way of identifying and challenging orthodoxies and assumptions... – ...in order to evolve art/design,... – ...and to enrich, and invite us to question, our experience of the world. – Consider your practice.Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 6. “Why did they do that?!”Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 7. “Why did they do that?!” Not... “Why do people make art/design?” But... “Why did that person do that, like that, rather than something else, like something else?”Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 8. The world is full of beautiful things...Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 9. Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 10. Fixes temporality freezes time ‘The Kiss’ Rodin, 1889Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 11. ‘The Lovers of Valdaro’ died: ~4000BCE, discovered: 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 12. Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 13. Fractures geography Lunar Surface NASA, 1969Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 14. ‘La Pietà’ Michelangelo, 1499Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 15. ‘La Pietà’ (detail) Michelangelo, 1499Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 16. The lecture today is not about BEAUTY (although it is a bit)Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 17. ‘Cosmic Synchromy’ SYNCHRONISM Russell, 1914Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 18. The lecture today is not about the MATERIALISATION and EXPRESSION of IMAGINATION (although, of course, it is)Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 19. Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 20. The lecture today is not about ‘STYLE’ (but it will have to be)Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 21. The lecture today is not about CRITICAL THEORY (although there is some (deconstruction, appropriation, etc.))Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 22. Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 23. Pussy Riot 2012Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 24. The lecture today is not about PROTEST or ‘EXTERNAL’ criticism (although it sometimes is)Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 25. The lecture today IS about art/design being critical OF art/design (an introverted criticism)Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 26. ?Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 27. Portrait of the Artists Mother 1896Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 28. Portrait of the Artists Mother Picasso, 1896Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 29. ‘Femme en Pleurs’ Picasso, 1937Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 30. ‘Revival’ DAB Radio Roberts, 2012Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 31. ‘Radio in a Bag’ Weil, 1982Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 32. I am going to present a number of art/design works and the hope is that a more contingent and nuanced understanding of ‘criticality’ will emerge...Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 33. I am going to present a number of art/design works and the hope is that a more contingent and nuanced understanding of ‘criticality’ will emerge... – There will likely be more questions than answers todayTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 34. I am going to present a number of art/design works and the hope is that a more contingent and nuanced understanding of ‘criticality’ will emerge... – There will likely be more questions than answers today – So why is this useful to you?Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 35. Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 36. Make things look beautifulTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 37. Make things look beautiful vs. Make things use beautifulTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 38. Make things look beautiful vs. Make things use interestingTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 39. Make things look beautiful vs. Make ‘things’ that are ‘interesting’ to useTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 40. ‘Aesthetics of use’* –––––––––––––––––– Visual Aesthetics * (Dunne, 1999)Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 41. Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 42. Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 43. ‘Hertzian Tales: Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience, and Critical Desgn’. Dunne, 1999, pp.14Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 44. Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 45. Critical design: “It’s design that aims to uncover human ideas rather than shift product” ‘Hertzian Tales: Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience, and Critical Desgn’. Dunne, 1999Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 46. Collection of Critical Design Objects from ‘Design Noir’ Dunne & Raby, 2005Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 47. Post-optimality ‘Hertzian Tales: Electronic Products, Aesthetic Experience, and Critical Desgn’. Dunne, 1999Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 48. Post-optimality Chindogu Kawakami, 1985+Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 49. Chindogu Kawakami, 1985+ Kawakami, 2004Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 50. Collection of Objects from ‘Accessories for a Lonely Man’ Toran, 2001Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 51. Criticality as a mode of thought, some ideas... – Deconstruction – AppropriationTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 52. What do I mean by deconstruction...? The word deconstruction has different meanings for different people...Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 53. Deconstructionism (Philosophy) Deconstruction (deconstructing and ‘un-constructing’) Deconstructivism (Architecture)Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 54. ‘South Wind, Clear Sky’ (2nd of ‘36 Views of Mount Fuji’) Hokusai, 1830Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 55. mountainTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 56. Ferdinand De SaussureTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 57. Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 58. Jaques DerridaTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 59. Jaques DerridaTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 60. "Deconstruction is not synonymous with ‘destruction’, however. It is in fact much closer to the original meaning of the word analysis itself, which [...] means "to undo" [...] If anything is destroyed in a deconstructive reading, it is not the text, but the claim to unequivocal domination of one mode of signifying over another.” ‘The Critical Difference’. Johnson, 1981Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 61. Jaques DerridaTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 62. Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 63. ‘Bleu Remix’ Marussich, 2008Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 64. ‘Bleu Remix’ Marussich, 2008Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 65. ‘Bleu Remix’ Marussich, 2008Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 66. ‘Bleu Remix’ Marussich, 2008Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 67. ‘Bleu Remix’ After 20-mins Marussich, 2008Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 68. ‘Bleu Remix’ After 40-mins Marussich, 2008Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 69. ‘Bleu Remix’ After 60-mins Marussich, 2008Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 70. ‘Bleu Remix’ Marussich, 2008Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 71. Razzle-dazzle camouflageTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 72. ‘100 Special Moments’ Salavon, 2006Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 73. ‘Image Fulgurator’ Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 74. “The Image Fulgurator is a device for physically manipulating photographs. It intervenes when a photo is being taken, without the photographer being able to detect anything. The manipulation is only visible on the photo afterwards.” ‘Image Fulgurator’ Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 75. LENS RECORDING MEDIUM (unexposed) LIGHT APERTURE (closed) Inside a cameraTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 76. LENS RECORDING MEDIUM (exposed) LIGHT APERTURE (open) Inside a cameraTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 77. ‘NORMAL’ PHOTOGRAPHY View Finder Aperture Closed Projection from Fulgurator Final Photo ‘Image Fulgurator’ stage ONE: ‘looking’ Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 78. ‘NORMAL’ PHOTOGRAPHY View Finder Aperture Opens Projection from Fulgurator Final Photo ‘Image Fulgurator’ stage TWO: ‘button pressed...’ Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 79. ‘NORMAL’ PHOTOGRAPHY View Finder Aperture Open Projection from Fulgurator Final Photo ‘Image Fulgurator’ stage THREE: ‘camera flash’ Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 80. ‘NORMAL’ PHOTOGRAPHY View Finder Aperture Closes Projection from Fulgurator Final Photo ‘Image Fulgurator’ stage FOUR: ‘photograph taken’ Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 81. ‘Image Fulgurator’ Final ‘Normal’ Photograph Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 82. ‘Image Fulgurator’ Inside the Image Fulgurator Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 83. ‘FULGURATED’ PHOTOGRAPHY View Finder Aperture Closed Projection from Fulgurator Final Photo ‘Image Fulgurator’ stage ONE: ‘looking’ Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 84. ‘FULGURATED’ PHOTOGRAPHY View Finder Aperture Opens Projection from Fulgurator Final Photo ‘Image Fulgurator’ stage TWO: ‘button pressed...’ Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 85. ‘FULGURATED’ PHOTOGRAPHY View Finder Aperture Open Projection from Fulgurator Final Photo ‘Image Fulgurator’ stage THREE: ‘camera flashes’ Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 86. ‘FULGURATED’ PHOTOGRAPHY View Finder Aperture Open Projection from Fulgurator Final Photo ‘Image Fulgurator’ stage FOUR: ‘Fulgurator detects flash’ Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 87. ‘FULGURATED’ PHOTOGRAPHY View Finder Aperture Open Projection from Fulgurator Final Photo ‘Image Fulgurator’ stage FIVE: ‘Fulgurator flashes’ Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 88. ‘FULGURATED’ PHOTOGRAPHY View Finder Aperture Closes Projection from Fulgurator Final Photo ‘Image Fulgurator’ stage SIX: ‘photograph taken’ Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 89. ‘Image Fulgurator’ Expected ‘Normal’ Photograph Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 90. ‘Image Fulgurator’ Actual ‘Fulgurated’ Photograph Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 91. ‘L’Homme au Chapeau Melon’ Magritte, 1964Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 92. Tianamen Square, China Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 93. Reichstag, Berlin Von Bismark, 2007Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 94. Live Fulgarator demo at Ars Electronica, Linz Von Bismark, 2008Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 95. What do I mean by appropriation...? “...a process by which images, forms or styles from non-art contexts, or differing art & design fields, are taken and assimilated into artistic practice.”Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 96. ‘Photographs of the Burroughs Family’ (Alabama share-croppers) Evans, 1936Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 97. Photographs of Walker Evan’s photographs Levine, 1979Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 98. Scans of Sherrie Levine’s photographs Mandiberg, 2001Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 99. Appropriation ‘Corrupt’ Sukyoung, 2009Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 100. Appropriation ‘Corrupt’ Sukyoung, 2009Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 101. Appropriation ‘Corrupt’ Sukyoung, 2009Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 102. Isn’t all art/design practice appropriation to some extent? These ideas of appropriation are brought to the fore in art, and made tangible/recognisable.Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 103. ‘Great Deeds Against the Dead’ (plate 39 from ‘Disasters of War’) Goya, 1810Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 104. ‘Great Deeds Against the Dead’ Chapman Bros, 1994Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 105. ‘Sex’ Chapman Bros, 2003Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 106. ‘Chapmans’ Dead Guys’ Cake & Neave, 2004Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 107. ‘Hirst’s Shark Tank (Renovated)’ Cake & Neave, 2008Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 108. ‘Emin’s Bed’ Cake & Neave, 2004Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 109. ‘Sunflowers’ Van Gogh, 1889,Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 110. Sunflowers From Petrol Station (part of the‘Crude Oils’ collection) Banksy, 2005,Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 111. Modified Oil Painting ‘#18’ (from the ‘Crude Oils’ collection) BanksyTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 112. objectivesTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 113. objectivesTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 114. objectivesTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 115. objectivesTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 116. objectivesTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 117. objectives ‘Sunset Barn’ from the ‘War’ collectionTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 118. objectivesTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 119. ‘Tourists’ from the ‘Tourists’ collectionTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 120. ‘Tourists II’ by Duane Hanson, 1988Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 121. ‘Polar Bear Cub’ from the ‘Polar’ collectionTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 122. ‘Paradise’ from the ‘Guerrillas in the Misc.’ collectionTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 123. objectives Crapestry.co.ukTuesday, 13 November 12
  • 124. Theo’s final thoughts... Consider your practice. Think about the expected ways that you do things (and everyone else does). Think about changing them. ...this is a core drive of my option and I hope to see you there...Tuesday, 13 November 12
  • 125. Tuesday, 13 November 12