Knossos Is an inspiring place for the artist and engineer

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Knossos – taught the Romans all they knew

Loved visiting Crete, great food, great beaches and the place where civilisation was born (maybe?)

If you put ‘art’ into a chronology, then without a doubt the skills and realistic / mythical design and output of the Cretians is far more advanced than any other civilisation that was about at the time. Their representation of the real world was fluid and not as primitive as other civilisations at the time.

Knossos Is an inspiring place for the artist and engineer.

The site was discovered in 1878 by Minos Kalokairinos. The excavations in Knossos began in AD 1900 by the English archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans (1851–1941) and his team, and they continued for 35 years. The palace was excavated and partially restored under the direction of Arthur Evans in the earliest years of the 20th century. Its size far exceeded his original expectations, as did the discovery of two ancient scripts, which he termed Linear A and Linear B, to distinguish their writing from the pictographs also present. From the layering of the palace Evans developed de novo an archaeological concept of the civilization that used it, which he called Minoan, following the pre-existing custom of labelling all objects from the location Minoan.

The palace of Knossos was undoubtedly the ceremonial and political centre of the Minoan civilization and culture. It appears as a maze of workrooms, living spaces, and storerooms close to a central square. An approximate graphic view of some aspects of Cretan life in the Bronze Age is provided by restorations of the palace’s indoor and outdoor murals, as it is also by the decorative motifs of the pottery and the insignia on the seals and sealings.

The palace was abandoned at some unknown time at the end of the Late Bronze Age, c. 1380–1100 BC. The occasion is not known for certain, but one of the many disasters that befell the palace is generally put forward. The abandoning population were probably Mycenaean Greeks, who had earlier occupied the city-state, and were using Linear B as its administrative script, as opposed to Linear A, the previous administrative script. The hill was never again a settlement or civic site, although squatters may have used it for a time.

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The Light Burns Blue: An interview with Jake Bright

Jake Bright – interview

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composer jake bright has been working hard in the rehearsal room, devising the music for THE LIGHT BURNS BLUE. here, he explores the process of scoring a piece of devised theatre, working COLLABORATIVELY with the young company, and tells us what we can expect from the show…

Jake Bright in the rehearsal room. Photos by Duncan Smith Jake Bright in the rehearsal room. Photos by Duncan Smith

Can you tell us a little bit about the role music plays in The Light Burns Blue?

I’m always trying to work out how to enhance the drama and characters onstage – what they’re thinking, where the story’s going, how the characters feel. That’s the most important thing for me, capturing the moment. Since the whole piece is about a series of photographs, I guess that’s quite a good philosophy!

How do you even begin to approach the process of scoring a play – particularly one that is devised in the rehearsal room?

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We will mail you a signed postcard that has been recycled by Peter Bright, each postcard is different and variations of this image have appeared in exhibitions all over Europe and the USA.

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Originally this recycled postcard was a promo for ‘Cassette Culture‘ a download album from This Window which was released in 2009 (which is available on iTunes etc). The photograph is of Marni De Much, the drummer on the ‘Morgue Studio Demos’ limited edition This Window CDR release.

 

Example: Art Kitchen (USA) – February 2012

The postcard below at was exhibited at The Alabama Art Kitchen (An Art Collective) 2626 University Blvd. Tuscaloosa, AL 35401, USA, during February 2012.

The mission statement of the Alabama Art Kitchen is to provide studio space and equipment for local artists – as well as provide a venue for exhibitions, classes and workshops. They are committed to nurturing creativity, volunteerism and access to the art experience, to increase the interest and involvement of the local Tuscaloosa arts community

Art Kitchen (USA)  - February 2012

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Photograph taken with a Pentax P30 35mm camera using an out of date roll of Kodak Gold film (Kodak GT 800-4).

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Photograph taken with a Pentax P30 35mm camera using an out of date roll of Kodak Gold film (Kodak GT 800-4).

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Photograph taken with a Pentax P30 35mm camera using an out of date roll of Kodak Gold film (Kodak GT 800-4).

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There is profit in land but apparently no value in community.

Derelict public spaces are a common sight within small villages and towns around the UK. It seems to be impossible to keep these meeting places financially viable – they were once used as venues for parties, wedding receptions, exhibitions and discos but now that age as gone. “Essex County Council has sent bulldozers to the site… Read more

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As of the 2011 census it serves a population of 1,393,600, which makes it one of the largest local authorities in England. As a non-metropolitan county council, responsibilities are shared between districts (including boroughs) and in many areas also between civil parish (including town) councils. Births, marriages/civil partnerships and death registration, roads, libraries and archives, refuse disposal, most of state education, of social services and of transport are provided at the county level.


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Lecture Theatre Exeter College of Art (March 2012) I am not a painter - I'm simply naked 'Onions' oil painting by Peter Bright Nude In The Garden Easter 2012 Nude - Woman through glass Front of Exeter College of Art and Design

Creating artists networks can sometimes be a pointless exercise. In the social sciences a social group has been defined as two or more humans who interact with one another,  share similar characteristics and collectively have a sense of unity within their interests. Theorists are a wary of definitions which stress the importance of interdependence or objective similarity. Instead, for researchers in the social identity tradition “a group is defined in terms of those who identify themselves as members of the group”.  The idea of sharing experiences, gallery contacts and clients etc. sounds like a very good idea on the surface. The reality is actually rather disappointing.  Social groups come in a myriad of sizes and varieties. For example, a society can be viewed as a large social group. Artists are no different from any other group of people and have an underlying self serving agenda,   they are simply out there to make a fast profit and steal contacts and ideas – well at least the majority are…

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Francis Bacon and Nazi Propaganda – #review

The work and times of Francis Bacon are well documented. The use and origins of Bacon’s source material are well-known, some of which are even preserved. This book is a shortcut, a narrow, tunnel visioned, easy access pass to the imagery that helped to inspire his art – a snapshot and lightweight introduction from a contemporary point of view.

There are books that bring new perspectives to painting and the lives / methodologies of artists. Unfortunately Francis Bacon and Nazi Propaganda brings nothing new to the party … Continue reading →

The authors over emphasis on Nazi imagery is an attempt by the author to shock and imply a tenuous connection between Bacon and the Nazi regime. This book clouds the issue of how artists draw inspiration from the sources around them. These images of Nazi propaganda were (probably) simply metaphors for violence, death and persecution – had Hitler conquered Britain Bacon’s legacy would not exist. These Nazi images and iconography are still are powerful photographic and graphic images that send a shudder down your spine but they were only a part of Bacon’s bigger picture.

Does one methodology fit all? – painting is more complicated than that.

It would make more sense to see some of the imagery for yourself. BOZAR fine arts museum in Brussels has an exhibition of Bacon bits. The contents from his studio are part of a show running until May 2013. “Changing States: Contemporary Irish Art & Francis Bacon’s Studio”includes hotographs of friends and lovers, medical books, wildlife and sport are jumbled together with classical references and artists monographs as well as unfinished paintings.


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