Monday, February 19, 2018

Aestheticizing Darwin's Ideas

Ernst Haeckel

 Selections from the the film Proteus, a documentary concerning the life, work, and philosophy of Ernst Haeckel, a 19th century naturalist. The film tells of the man's character and influences while using his detailed engravings of Radiolaria, single celled marine organisms, to make animated progressions. 

Jean Painleve

Extract from Jean Painlevé The Seahorse 1934  

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Harry Smith

"Tracking and gathering are interdependent. It is tracking that holds the murmuration together, and it is the collective intelligence or gathering of the flock that enables it to track the sky. This reiterative process is an oscillation of author, work, world, and intention. It simultaneously absorbs, propels, corrects, and posits."
...Creativity, page 63

Monday, January 22, 2018

Frank Lloyd Wright's Problem

BBC - Frank Lloyd Wright: The Man Who Built America (2017) --Highly Recommended

Preconceptions=Louis Sullivan's Boxes.

Creative breakthrough=Organic Architecture.

Problem=No historical precedent, no engineering continuum.

Making=Observing Nature, Experimenting, Believing.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Dylan...shape shifting

A excerpt from a BBC Omnibus film about Bob Dylan's starring role in the movie 'HEARTS OF FIRE', directed by Richard Marquand and co-starring Fiona and Rupert Everett. Features Dylan drawing.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Our Neighbor Rudy Rotter

  • ©1998 J. Shimon & J. Lindemann

Rudy Rotter in 1998.

The frigid oppression of Lake Michigan and impassive restraint of early Northern European settlers shapes the character of the people of Manitowoc. Compulsion and obsession are only understood if focused on order and cleanliness. Creative compulsion is unfathomable. You can see this in the architecture. Ornate buildings crafted by European artisans have been replaced by parking lots, vinyl-sided storefronts, and franchise stores. Art is conceptually interchangeable with the idea of decoration, which is often a print picked up at the Wal-Mart for $1.89 or some collector plates.
Transcending this milieu is Dr. Rudy Rotter, a retired dentist turned sculptor. He has created 15,000 figurative and abstract artworks that fill his three story, block-long museum just across the street from the Elbow Room Supper Club.
He notices the things people in town throw away. As industry evolves, people move, fashions change, home decors are updated and another old building comes down, he watches and extracts the gems to make his art. He sees figures, animals and patterns in the textures and materials that surround him. He’s tapped into his imagination and in the sanctity of his studio, it doesn’t matter who or what is outside the door. 

--J. Shimon & J. Lindemann