observing matters

Ask me anything   Dave Griffiths is an artist and lecturer based in Manchester, England. This is a deposit of gleanings and gems of possible use in his practice of making and teaching.

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Artemicro, Regina Silveira 1982

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Regina Silveira, 1982 statement for Artemicro. Translation coming soon..

— 3 years ago
Art Strike Hypergraphic, 2009

from Wikipedia: Hypergraphy merges poetry (text) with more visual (graphic) ways of communication such as painting, illustration or signs […] Maurice Lemaître, a Lettrist theorist, defined it as an “ensemble of signs capable of transmitting the reality served by the conscienceness more exactly than all the former fragmentary and partial practices (phonetic alphabets, algebra, geometry, painting, music, and so forth).” (from Stephen C. Foster, “Lettrism: A Point of Views”, in Foster ed., Visible Language, 1983, p. 7 

"If one places an abstract composition - which is simply a fragmentary purification of the former object - in (or alongside) a figurative structure, this second composition digests the first one - transformed into a decorative motif - and then the whole work becomes figurative. However if one places a letterist notation on (or beside) a realist "form," it is the first one which assimilates the second to change the whole thing into a work of hypergraphics or super-writing." Isidore Isou, "The Force Fields of Letterist Painting" , from Les Champs de Force de la Peinture Lettriste (Paris: Avant- Garde, 1964).

— 3 years ago with 1 note
#mapping  #visual-writing 
Rachel Whiteread, Ringmark (2010)

Edition x400 
0.8mm laser-cut stained-black plywood mounted on Heritage Conservation board
61 x 53 cm

— 3 years ago
#drawing  #print 
Michel Francois at Kamel Mennour Paris

If the two centerpieces of the exhibition, Pièce détachée, (2010) and Pavillon Interface II, (2010), are not exactly erotic, they nevertheless evoke a rich and ambiguous tension, instinctually seductive and repulsive. The former consists of an eight foot, open cube armature whose innards are like an asymmetrical web. Remove one element (a bar, a magnet) and the whole web collapses.

— 3 years ago
#drawing  #sculpture 
The Time Machine in alphabetical order, Thomson & Craighead 2010

Fabulous, obsessive, remix cinema - arbitrary rules govern the montage. A reminder of great work by Matthias Muler, Volker Schreiner, Christian Marclay et al

— 3 years ago
#archive 
Nothing is Original

swiss-miss.com.
A manifesto for rebloggers.

— 3 years ago
#archive 

JB Dancer - 1812-87: introduced photography processing service to north-west in liverpool and Manchester, also a conjuror, pianist, microphotographer, astronomer, installed the telegraph in Manchester, lanternist, slidemaker, microscopist & optician, invented electro-plating, and introduced limelight illumination, and discovered ozone.

http://www.manchestermicroscopical.org.uk/danchom.html

— 3 years ago with 10 notes
#microfilm  #micrography  #media-archaeology 
"We become aware of the void as we fill it."
Antonio Porchia
— 3 years ago
#void 
Geometric rosette slide arrangement. Spicule anchors as frame for scale tissues and diatoms. C19th UK.
New species of butterlfy being discovered at the time - slide mounters financed naturalists in return for materials. It was difficult for non-pro mounters to acquire diatoms, or they were exchanged through journal classified ads. Laborious to source, materials were form of intellectual copyright.

Geometric rosette slide arrangement. Spicule anchors as frame for scale tissues and diatoms. C19th UK.

New species of butterlfy being discovered at the time - slide mounters financed naturalists in return for materials. It was difficult for non-pro mounters to acquire diatoms, or they were exchanged through journal classified ads. Laborious to source, materials were form of intellectual copyright.

— 3 years ago with 3 notes
#micrography  #rosette 
Thum, diatom rosettes exhibition arrangements
Slide mounters used hog hair bristles (from shaving brush) or cat whiskers to manoeuver objects

Thum, diatom rosettes exhibition arrangements

Slide mounters used hog hair bristles (from shaving brush) or cat whiskers to manoeuver objects

— 3 years ago with 3 notes
#micrography  #rosette