art mashups

The art I get most excited about these days seems to mostly be ‘mashups’ – crossing genres, breaking up classifications, creating a jolt of interest.

Out of Ice, by Elizabeth Ogilvie, currently on at the massive underground gallery of Ambika P3 in London, creates a kind of surround-world experience, including water itself, photographs, and video. I’m amazed at the depth of Ogilvie’s investigations: she looks at the science, the culture, the aesthetics. Her obsession is with water, not art; so she uses methods across genre too: this makes her a true conceptual artist, I think, like Lindsay Seers who I wrote about here.

ice floe and text

from Elizabeth Ogilvie’s ‘Out of Ice’ at ambika p3 in London

I love the word defined on the image: nuannarpoq – to take extravagant pleasure in being alive. It shows how genre-crossing can find things to surprise and delight us as humans, not intellectual point-scorers. Like in Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow or Shaun of the Dead, the genre framework sneaks deeper insights past our prejudices and expectations (maybe I should mention Pride and Prejudice with Zombies here, although Lost in Austen‘s a better work).

Amy Cutler’s blog pointed me to some upcoming events in academia. I don’t really know enough to know what genre’s being busted in cultural geography circles, but British Waters and Beyond: the cultural significance of the sea sounds really interesting in any case!

mashup in ceramics

mashup in ceramics

I’ve been looking at mashups in ceramics – sometimes digital-analogue, like the digital flip-flop, and
certainly mashups of poetry and pots. I’m currently working on animations of plate-stacks – more next week, I hope, on this.

Any ideas or links for other kinds of mashups?

4 responses to “art mashups

  1. Talking of mash ups, did you see this small film…

    Jim Le Fevre and Mike Paterson and my friends Ramp Ceramics, commissioned by the Crafts Council
    Sorry if you’ve already seen/mentioned it.


    • I love it! I’ve been trying to do simple stop-motion animations myself – which I’ll post next week I hope, but this one is really great: really uses the joint qualities of wheels and film cameras! Congratulations to Ramp Ceramics too – I love the little bird


    • I’ve seen the work – Sarah was at the Stoke Biennial – but not the process though… I’ll have to search for more online. I used to work a lot with CAD/CAM and prototyping when I worked in engineering but you need a lot of expensive kit, I have camera/scanner only at the moment! Saving for a hardened video camera for the dusty clay studio.

      Did you see these guys in California? I love the idea of repetition, the ability to scale up which you can only model in CAD… I’m slowly trying to find a ‘hack shop’ where maybe I can get hold of kit, like the fabulous Black Country Atelier….


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