Existential questions concerning the offset of death and the continuation of life abound in this installation by Korean artist Min Jeong Seo.
Composed of the dried stalks of roses and medical infusion bags, Seo’s rose blooms are kept alive with the aid of the bags. As Seo states, the installation comments on the “progress of medicine and the prolongation of human life.”
2889. ‘To Live On.’ Eerily beautiful.
Xu Bing, A Book From the Sky, 1987. Installation at Chazen Museum of Art, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991. Moveable-type prints and books.
Xu trained as a printmaker in Beijing. A Book From the Sky, with its invented Chinese woodblock characters, may be a stinging critique of the meaninglessness of contemporary political language.
Fuck, this is amazing.
ABECEDARY (NABOKOV’S THEORY OF A COLORED ALPHABET APPLIED TO HEISENBERG’S UNCERTAINTY PRINCIPLE) 2004 by Spencer Finch
Ink and watercolour on paper.
Sarah U G posted some installations by Spencer Finch on her tumblr and now I can’t stop looking at/sharing all of his work.
THE SHIELD OF ACHILLES (NIGHT SKY OVER TROY) 2009 by Spencer Finch
This installation is an illuminated star map of the night sky as it appeared during the siege of Troy. This star map, comprised of 384 cans hanging from the ceiling, each illuminated by a single light bulb and punctured with a small hole representing a single star, is based on the Almagest, Ptolemy’s original catalog of the 48 constellations named by the ancient Greeks. The magnitude and wavelength of each star is accurately depicted by the size of the hole and the color of the light. The hanging height of each star is determined by its distance (in light years) from Earth.
Bloom by Anna Schuleit is an installation in the soon to be demolished Massachusetts Mental Health Center. Anna and her team filled the center with a variety of nearly 28,000 plants and invited past patients and family to reflect on their time there.
The title, Daisy Bell, refers to a particular moment in the history of science and culture: 1962, Bell Labs used the IBM 704 computer to voice synthesize the popular 19th-century English song of the same name. The song was also used in the climactic scene of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey in which the supercomputer HAL 9000 begins to sing daisy daisy as his consciousness is degraded.
The Daisy Bell series is comprised of a variety of poisonous flowers that appear to cascade down the gallery walls.