Urszula Szulakowska has written extensively on the history of alchemical illustrations, alongside work exploring the influence of alchemical imagery in contemporary art. In this article she discusses how an increasing number of Australian artists are using alchemy as a metaphor to explore Australian identity and the political struggle of the aboriginals.
How can you define consciousness? In his article, F David Peat looks to art and music for answers and explores how consciousness may not limited to the mind, but the physicality of the entire body. Drawing on the personal experiences from artists and musicians such as Anish Kapoor and Michael Tippet to the physicist David Bohm, he explores how the creative process resembles an alchemical cycle whereby creative ‘gold’ is generated from the mind and the body.
A photographer with a fast growing reputation, Ed Norton’s images evoke a strong sense of place – identifying oneself in relation to a particular piece of land on the surface of planet Earth. As Wendell Berry famously said, ‘If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are’.
The Reenchantment of the the Tree concentrates on images of trees found predominantly in the arid zone of far western NSW. Louise Fowler Smith layers or glazes light onto specially chosen trees, that may otherwise have been disregarded and ignored; concentrating on its individual qualities or personality. This process draws out the tree, making it special, individualistic, even sacred.
Between stillness and movement, absorption and play; between being utterly ’in the moment’ and on the brink of imminent, inescapable change, Dryden Goodwin’s film ‘Poised’ provides multiple meanings.
The first woman artist to work with kinetic text, exploring both light and text as early as 1962, and internationally recognised for pioneering the interaction of art, science, technology, eastern philosophy and female mythology, Liliane Lijn’s interests cover a wide area. Her work transmutes traditional materials into new and vibrant elements by juxtaposing them with new technologies. In this exclusive interview she discusses her ideas, her work and artistic processes
Arhtur I Miller is fascinated by the nature of creative thinking and, in particular, in creativity in art on the one hand, and science on the other. His latest book, ‘Colliding Worlds: How Cutting-Edge Science is Redefining Contemporary Art’, takes readers on a wild journey to explore a new frontier.In recent decades, an exciting new art movement has emerged in which artists illuminate the latest advances in science.
Innovate Heritage: Conversations between Arts and Heritage, was an international and inter/transdisciplinary conference composed of lectures, panel discussions, seminars, visual arts, performances and films, which took place on June 6-8, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. It provided a platform that united artists, scholars, and heritage and arts professionals in exploring relationships, promoting creative approaches to theoretical and […]
More than any other artist of the modern era, the work of Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968) has shifted how art is understood. His views have altered not only the way art is made, but also the way it is presented to and experienced by the public, erasing the barrier between art and life, and integrating art into the real world. Jacquelynn Baas discusses his work and ideas in relation to contemporary artists.
“Dialogue is not to communicate. It is much deeper. It addresses the blocks in communication, not merely to understand them, but to meet them directly” (David Bohm). In this article, Marina Wallace, Director of Artakt, discusses the new art&science collaborations in the project MitoSys: Lens on Life.