Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Recent Reading

"In-ear headphones" Image
           This recent reading continues my investigations with phenomenology[1], but from the art perspective. I am reading Hannah Higgins’, Fluxus Experience to consider the Fluxkits as objects, along with the experiences associated with them.             
           The descriptions of the Fluxkits were about the content of items having multisensory information. Since the activity of the Fluxkits and events was concerned with primary experiences, this implied that the participants are experiencing the objects and events for themselves.[2] 
            The introduction of a specific FLuxkit, Orifice Flux Plugs by Larry Miller an American Fluxus Artist, was used as an example to link experiences to the personal inquiry of the senses. Higgins descriptions of the objects included the ideas of a tactile experience that examined scale, touch, and other sensory encounters.[3]
            While I could relate to Higgins writing and observing the images from the book, I immediately could locate a couple of the “plugs” in my own household. I have included two of my own visuals with this blog post. These objects (a cork and In-ear headphones) were seen in the image with the text of the Orifice Flux Plugs.
"Cork" image
            Higgins does state, “… in offering a primary experience of matter as art, Fluxkit and Events have ramifications that both do and do not necessarily include the normative context called fine art.”[4] This is part of the characteristic of the Fluxus Experience that began to redefine art in the mid-Twentieth Century.

[2] Hannah Higgins, Fluxus Experience (Berkely; University of California, 2002), 37
[3] Ibid, 34 -37
[4] Ibid, 37

Friday, January 9, 2015

Anthropology News/ January Column

For 2015, I will be writing a monthly column for Anthropology News entitled Crossing Disciplines: Art and Anthropology.  My January column, Remixing 20th Century Media, is a review of the Ethnographic Terminalia curatorial collective project entitled The Bureau of Memories Archives & Ephemera
The text and accompany video can be viewed at this link.  

Link Disclaimer: This link is only active for 4 months. The monthly section of the column will be archived in AnthroSource a digital database of American Anthropological Association publications.

Screenshot of January Column - Courtesy of Anthropology News

Saturday, January 3, 2015

December 2014 New Addition to the Mouth Collection

           Reflecting on my December 2014 new additions for the Mouth Collection, the included video clips represent the three sub-themes of this collection. The sub-themes inquire about the physical aspects of the body, the act of consuming substance, and the interaction with objects.
            The video clip of the plastic toy depicts my main focus of the social interaction between a person and object. A sweeter idea of individual consumption is eating a chocolate caramel candy bar, which is the last video clip in this addition of the collection. Both of these collection examples continue the investigation with the consistent consumption in the material Western Culture. 

Plastic Toy used for December 2014 Addition/ Mouth Collection

Visual Icon for Mouth Collection

The third video clip of myself humming involves body and sound. My memory and the use of my body (mouth) are intertwined to be able to carry out this personal activity. I have always perceived humming as personal entertainment that is produced from recollections of a single or several musical tunes. A similar concept is the activity of whistling that is included in the September 2012 Mouth Collection.  

The Mouth Collection in its entirety can be viewed at the same link.