Ryoji Ikeda - The Transfinite (2011)
“A huge, immersive, electronic light-and-sound installation consisting of an immense wall — 54 feet wide by 40 feet tall — which serves as a screen for streaming video projections.
On one side, horizontal black, gray and white stripes and bands divided into left and right sections scroll downward, flickering furiously to the sound of aggressively percussive, buzzing and whistling electronic music emitted by powerful speakers. T
he bar-code-like patterns extend across the white floor in front of the wall, where visitors who have doffed their shoes may loll, dance or meditate. It’s like a walk-in, animated Op Art painting.
On the other side, the floor is covered by soft black fabric and the wall is flooded by finely articulated, incomprehensibly complicated numerical and graphic data.
What is it to be human in such a universe? What values other than statistical ones sustain us?”
Today’s we’re interviewing simianamber!
Please introduce yourself
Hi, I’m Simon, I post my Descriptive Art under the name simianAmber.
Your concept is very interesting.. Explain your work to us!
It’s a new art form I came up with to suit what I wanted to do…called Descriptive Art, it’s made to exist only in the mind of the reader, the piece is completed in the readers imagination. It grew out of my artistic practice, I’ve written down ideas for art works for as long as I can remember, instead of sketches and so on…one day I realised that’s the bit I like best…and for the great majority of conceptual art you need the concept written down next to the physical piece in order to understand or decode the work…I decided that it’s actually the written part of the equation (the idea) that’s the important bit, not the physical manifestation of it.
Why do you rely on the power of words and imagination? Isn’t an image more clear to the viewer?
Well, have you ever read a novel, then seen a movie of the book afterwards? For me the book pretty much always beats the movie…because your imagination has done all the interesting stuff when you read the book…no matter how good the movie, it still can’t touch you the way the novel did. For me Descriptive Art does the same thing, it describes a piece but leaves out more than it includes, as you read through the piece you’re filling in the gaps almost without realizing it…you’re using your minds eye, your imagination, to complete the piece how you’d like to see it…I think it’s engaging the viewer (the reader) in a much more immersive and (hopefully) fulfilling way than more traditional formats.
Have you ever thought about making one of your ideas come true rather than only keeping them written down?
Some of them are real…but you’ll have to guess which ones! If you visit the Facebook link I include under each piece when I post it, you will find some posts I made there that explain how the idea came into being…
I was a ‘traditional’ artist for over 20 years before I developed Descriptive Art…paintings, sculptures, mixed media…but always starting from a written idea…in the past some of those written ideas became physical pieces…
If you had to make one of the ideas come true (no matter the cost) which one would it be and why?
Good question…if cost wasn’t an issue I guess it would have to be making the worlds most expensive object, (Death and taxes) just for the fuckyeahworldsmostexpensiveobjectness of doing it…then sell it and give all the money to homeless people.
Do you create in any other form of art?
Not at the moment in terms of pure art, Descriptive Art’s where I’m at these days. As for creating, I’m a furniture designer and maker, which isn’t the same as artist, but does lead into using lots of different materials and techniques, which is always engaging and sometimes leads in unexpected directions, which is the best direction to be led in.
Last but not least, what are some of your hobbies?
Walking, thinking, staring out the window, exploring the web…and of course Tumblr…what the hell did I do before it?
Fabiola by Francis Alÿs
Fabiola is an installation of over 300 painted copies and reproductions of fourth century Saint-Fabiola, collected by Francis Alÿs from flea markets and antique shops throughout Europe and America in the last 20 years. They are all based on a now lost original painting by french artist Jean-Jacques Henner made in the nineteenth century.