Towards authentic art

Towards the end of my MA I re-discovered the writings of Herbert Marcuse.   He wrote: “A work of art is authentic or true not by virtue of its content nor by its ‘pure’ form, but by the content having become form.”  (Marcuse, H. (1978:8)
The Aesthetic Dimension)

In my work Disconnected 2.0 I felt that content had become form.

Some lessons from history

The Leica is 100 years old and many well known photographers used this now iconic camera to capture historic moments in time.  John Naughton writes in The Guardian today about the enduring legacy of not only the camera and the photographers who use it but also the design decisions made at the time by the inventor.  A fascinating story of innovation, engineering and the impact on the business model underpinning photography.

Look up

Look up from your mobile and connect to the real world with real friends.   A brilliant video with voice commentry that really tells a poignant story comparing and contrasting a life with and without a screen.


Is Art smoke and mirrors?

Or is it just a reflection of self?   Interesting work done by Saul Leiter (above) and Ernst Haas (below) around ideas of screens, reflections, and distance.

Particularly like the ones taken in New York in the rain, with backgrounds often out of focus but with very clear shape and form.

Searching for a signal

Source: World Press Photo,

This picture, taken by John Stanmeyer won first prize in the contemporary issues section of the world press photo of the year 2014.

“African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city at night, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia—a tenuous link to relatives abroad. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit from such countries as Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East.”   John Stanmeyer (2014)