Saturday, June 29, 2013

29/6/2013: WLASze Part 2: Weekend Links on Arts, Sciences and Zero Economics

This is the second part of my usual Weekend Links on Arts, Sciences and zero economics (WLASze). The first part is linked here.

An insightful piece on what philosophers as a group believe in:
Very interesting and can be followed by the very brief (and as such not very deep, but still interesting)
and by brilliantly extensive .
The latter literally is a sort of a merger of art (of symbol or word or meaning) and sciences.
And while on the above topics, here's John Lennox of Oxford on science and belief…

Back to art-meets-science, a major mapping/visualization geek alert:
Love the images:
Laborious, but beautiful mapping, sadly in relatively low res only...

But blending cheeky with complex does not make it either art or science in the end, in my opinion, of course:
"And when you slice a scone in the shape of a cone, you get a sconic section – the latest craze in edible mathematics, a vibrant new culinary field" Err… not really. @pavelprokopchik great photo by Pavel Prokopchik for NY Times:

Sadly, only in low res quality, again...

Good review via @farnamstreet of a very interesting book on occasionally mindless fascination we hold for scientific explaining away of reality (or is this fascination itself an behavioural bias?):
Which makes me wonder, are biases endogenous to biases? Liam, your suggestions?!. And to MrsG a gentle suggestion: my birthday is coming up...

Bad news:

"Art Southampton Presented by Art Miami for Art Collectors NYC and In-Crowd East Coast with Cars Italia and Galleries Kitsch USA" for the crowd of those who think a horse bronze with polished detail is worth a silver metal couch and all that shines…
You can almost see the parallel to the previous screenshot: animate duo 'racing' to the cocktails counter with an enlightened look about them of a floodlight set to highlight the Maserati... being vs object - all denoting the same fake-ness of the art world that fits a dressed-up-white hangar… in dressed-up Hamptons… Watch the preview slideshow… it is frightening (and as such so anti-artistic as to become almost artful).


slj said...

Branding of art to the culturally ignorant one percent (to be blunt)

slj said...

That is, the one percent not at the Diebenkorn exhibit at Lacma--from the ridiculous to the sublime

TrueEconomics said...

Not sure what your comment is about, SLJ.

I enjoyed the likes of LACMA and MoMA, et al for years as a student in UCLA, and enjoy art today even more, with my income down 50% than when my income was up. Art is a fantastic area to engage with and it is by far not elitist. No one cares if you arrive to the museum in a Ferrari or by a bus. Paintings most certainly do not. Neither does music.

Myself and MrsG loved a night of Glastonbury this month, without spending a cent by watching BBC.

I don't have money to see Deibenkorns (sadly), but I can enjoy his paintings still via images on the web.

To me, the appeal of this art is in attempts to deal with issues much bigger than any other field of inquiry, save mathematics and philosophy, can - issues of life, death, space, time, memory, love, loss, gain, values, balance, chaos, etc. And a welcome travel beyond the day-to-day world of economics.

In all of the years of engaging with art, from childhood through today, I have never met a single person from the '1%' set that I know. I encountered people of different ages, different incomes, different cultures, etc. But, again, to me art is not a journey for meeting people or dealing with people, it is a journey into my own world, a journey to build my own world.

slj said...

One per cent comment was meant to refer to the Art Southampton franchise, not to LACMA! I wish I were in LA just to see Elvis Mitchell's film programs there. Sorry for the confusion.

I agree completely with your point about great art speaking to universals and available to all through now mostly free institutions.

Here's an artist inspired by Diebenkorn:

TrueEconomics said...

Totally agree on South Hampton show... hence loads of sarcasm... :-)