Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Expansive Lens

Peter Campus, Douglas Gordon and David A Ross in conversation @ TATE Etc.

Peter Campus was one of the first artists to explore the formal possibilities of film and video technology. Douglas Gordon, who admires Campus's work, is best known for his iconic video installation 24 Hour Psycho. The two artists talk to curator David A Ross.

DAVID A ROSS : Both of you have worked in the medium of video, but starting in different decades and different cultural environments. For example, Peter, when you showed your video installations at the Bykert Gallery in 1975 there wasn’t much cable television. However, what you have in common is a deep and serious engagement with cinema. I know you are both fans of Michael Powell’s Peeping Tom, a film that underscores the idea of looking, the psychological complexity of being looked at, the gaze of the camera, but also the obsession of recording and filming – all aspects that relate to both your bodies of work.


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Adobe CS4

Adobe's SVP of the Creative Business Unit - Johnny L and Photoshop Product Manager John Nack show off some upcoming CS4 technologies as well as technology Adobe is working on beyond CS4.


Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Indecisive moments

Australian and Japanese artists explore the ambiguity of time, memory and reality

Special to The Japan Times

Henri Cartier-Bresson's legacy of the "decisive moment" had a profound impact on photography. As a cofounder of the photographic cooperative Magnum Photos in 1947, his philosophy influenced a whole generation of photojournalists, and, for decades, Magnum photographers were instrumental in constructing the popular impression of reality. They crafted a collective memory of history as a set of succinct narratives told through images captured in the briefest of instants.

echnology and developments in "photomedia" since the '80s, contemporary artists have rethought the role of time in photography. With this in mind, the curators of "Trace Elements: Spirit and Memory in Japanese and Australian Photomedia" have brought together 10 artists from Australia and Japan for a heady exhibition that is meant to address the notion of photomedia as a "memory- creation device."