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Blog Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

How Art and Culture Can Help Us Rethink Time

by Ahmed Kabil on May 22nd, 02019

A new piece in BBC’s Deep Civilisation series explores the role of art in long-term thinking. The piece is authored by founders of a new organization, The Long Time Project, whose mission is to “[stretch] our capacity to care about the long-term so that we take responsibility for it in the short. . .   Read More

A History of Land Art in the American West, Part III

by Ahmed Kabil on May 21st, 02019

As installation begins at the Texas site for Long Now’s monumental 10,000 Year Clock, it’s worth taking a step back to examine the Clock’s larger artistic context and its place in the history of Land Art in the American West.

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Laura Welcher speaks at Rhizome 7 x 7

by Ahmed Kabil on May 10th, 02019

Last month, Long Now’s Laura Welcher was part of the group of artists and technologists that were invited to Rhizome’s Seven on Seven conference in New York City. Welcher and artist Hayal Pozanti presented their art project WantNot. From Art News:

“Fate brought us together,” Laura Welcher, the director of operations at the. . .   Read More

Trevor Paglen’s Orbital Reflector Goes “Unrealized”

by Ahmed Kabil on May 8th, 02019

On December 3rd, 02018, Trevor Paglen’s Orbital Reflector launched into low orbit as part of the payload on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket. The 100-foot-long diamond shaped mylar balloon was intended to be the world’s first space sculpture. It would be visible to the naked eye, appearing as a slowly-moving. . .   Read More

Transmissions from the Ambient Frontier

by Ahmed Kabil on March 26th, 02019

This is the third article in our series, Music, Time and Long-term Thinking. Two previous articles explored long-term thinking in several musical domains, with focus on. . .   Read More

The 26,000-Year Astronomical Monument Hidden in Plain Sight

by Alexander Rose - Twitter: @zander on January 29th, 02019

On the western flank of the Hoover Dam stands a little-understood monument, commissioned by the US Bureau of Reclamation when construction of the dam began in 01931. The most noticeable parts of this corner of the dam, now known as Monument Plaza, are the massive winged bronze sculptures and central flagpole which are often. . .   Read More

James Turrell’s Roden Crater, an Artwork 45 Years in the Making, Set to Open…Sooner

by Ahmed Kabil on January 18th, 02019

James Turrell’s Roden Crater. Last month, Kanye West visited James Turrell’s monumental art project, Roden Crater. Turrell bought the extinct volcano, located in Northern Arizona, in 01977. Since then, work at the site has been aimed at creating a naked-eye observatory using principles of light and perception similar to Turrell’s more accessible installations, but cosmic in […]

Nevada Museum of Art Launches a Piece of Art into Orbit

by Ahmed Kabil on December 5th, 02018

Earlier this week, Trevor Paglen’s Orbital Reflector launched into low orbit and became the world’s first space sculpture. “The point for me,” Paglen says in a WIRED profile, “was to create a kind of catalyst for looking at the sky and thinking about everything from planets to satellites to space junk to public. . .   Read More

Lightning, Stars and Space: Art That Leaves the Gallery Behind

by Ahmed Kabil on July 30th, 02018

Star Axis by Charles Ross.

In Part I of our exploration of Land Art in the American West, we covered the birth of the Land Art movement in the 01960s and some of the seminal works created by Robert Smithson, Michael Heizer, Nancy Holt and James Turrell, which expanded the definition of art and opened. . .   Read More

The Role of Art in Addressing Climate Change: An interview with José Luis de Vicente

by Ahmed Kabil on May 15th, 02018

“Sounds super depressing,” she texted. “That’s why I haven’t gone. Sort of went full ostrich.”
That was my friend’s response when I asked her if she had attended Després de la fi del món (After the End of the World), the exhibition on the present and future of climate change. . .   Read More

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