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Saturday
May262018

Selfie-ops as 4D Definition (China-style)

The hot trend of building environments (Museum of Ice Cream, et al.) to attract crowds of WOW-seeking Selfie-gatherers is a global phenomenon. In 2011 Gavin Allen of the Daily Mail (UK) got ahead of the event-arc and penned a lavishly illustrated article on a promotional art project in China that combined interactive paintings and the ubiquitous mobile camera to suggest a new take on 4D. Which sort of ignores the Platonic assessment of art/illusion (bad thing > artists banned from the Republic) a couple thousand years ago. Allen's story notes the efforts by Chinese players in conjunction with the State to compete with the West w/re Art. If you track the art industrial figures (sales, etc.) you know that the efforts of China to frame itself as a global cultural powerhouse are yielding astonishing results in a short period of time. Lastly, I think it ought to be noted that Yayoi Kusama's installations are structurally similar to the stuff in the China show, the Museum of Ice Cream, and so on.

 

Saturday
May262018

A Nice Summary of 4D Art (>Art History)

Dali's Christ crucified on a floating hypercube is one canonical 4D citation. Click the image to read a straightforward article at ThoughtCo outlining key points in the art historical narrative for 4D + art. The established proponent of this narrative is Dalrymple Henderson, who published her book on the subject in 1983 (linked below). It was re-issued with an update-chapter a few years ago. Bill Davenport of Glasstire covered the re-release HERE.

Wednesday
May162018

4D+ Art: Reading List

These texts (along with Flatland) provide a fundamental introduction to the discipline. Henderson's book has been the go-to art historical resource going on a couple of decades, now. A new chapter in the latest printing adds much needed material. The Fourth Dimension... contains excellent research and approaches 4D+ primarily through the lens of the epistemological, which is a quarter of the story. Mueller's Elements... is as far as I know the first 4D primer. The linking of art & design in the text I am not down with, and I'm not down with the author's basic definition of 4D for art (Time). Yet, the Elements... is a great first classroom text, very user friendly for teachers and students. I'm a big fan of the manifesto. Rudy Rucker is a unique figure and to my mind just the best ambassador for the discipline.

Artie takes the 4D & makes it real/not-real.

Tuesday
May082018

ORIENTATION: 4D POPPING LAUNCH 2018

Let's get this out of the way. What is 4D Art? Here's a working, minimal definition: the 4Dimension is where material things and immaterial (not-things) perceptibly mingle. Artists can utilize this 4D condition to make art that makes better sense as a multi-dimensional Thing (not-thing). For example - art that exists IRL and also has a virtual "existence" online.

Poppy is a good reference.