Sound – (Blog Post 03)

The Devil’s Music

The devil has always treasured music… what better arena to inspire, cultivate, and spread his will into the affairs of man? Music has served as both calming and exciting, soothing the savage or awakening dormant passions. Music is magic, a medium for man to communicate with the devil.

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The Legend Of Delta Blues, Robert Johnson.

“In the first half of the twentieth century, Jazz was considered particularly dangerous, with its imagined potential to unleash animal passions, especially among those unsuspecting ones.

More directly tied to deviltry than Jazz, and likewise imbued with the potency of its racial origins, was Blues. Black slaves often adopted Christianity after their enforced arrival in America, but melded it with native or Voudoun strains, Blue songs abound with references to devils, demons, and spirits. One of the most influential Blues singers of all time, Robert Johnson, is said to have sold his soul to the Devil at a crossroads in the Mississippi Delta, and the surviving recordings of his haunting songs give credence to the legend that Satan rewarded his pact with the ability to play.”

BLACK METAL?

Defined by high pitched screechy vocals mixed with low death growls, fast riffs and tempos, blast beats, tremolo picking, long and abnormal song structures with long instrumental sections, and single notes played quickly and repeatedly, making the note sound long and drawn out. Unlike many other extreme subgenres, black metal bands favor higher pitched guitars and the use of tri-tones.

 

THE FIRST WAVE OF THE BLACK METAL SCENE

The First Wave of Black Metal was an ERA (not a genre) Which lasted from around 1981 to 1991 that consisted of various Thrash Metal, Speed Metal, Doom Metal and Heavy Metal acts that influenced the sounds and ideas of the genre “Black Metal” and other future Extreme Metal Genres. The First Wave of Black Metal consists of bands such as Bathory, Celtic Frost, Venom….

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(Venom created the name “BLACK METAL” on their 1982 album titled BLACK METAL.)

 

THE SECOND WAVE OF THE BLACK METAL SCENE

The Second wave of the Black Metal scene started around 1992, It is credited with creating the modern black metal genre and produced some of the most highly acclaimed and influential artists in extreme metal. The scene attracted massive media attention when it was revealed that its members had been responsible for numerous murders, suicides and a wave of church burnings in Norway.

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The scene had an ideology and ethos and was likened to a cult, with the core members referring to themselves as “The Black Circle” or “Black Metal Inner Circle”. It consisted primarily of young men, many of whom gathered at the record shop Helvete (Hell) in Oslo. Artists in the second wave use ONLY black and white images on the album cover as a contrast to the American Death Metal scene (colorful gore images), they often wear corpse paint on their face and their music are heavily distorted in sound with Satanic lyrical theme, most of the bands (the major one including Mayhem, Burzum, Emperor…) does not believe in Satan or practices witchcraft nor do they believe in any religion, the Satanic theme is used as shock value. The group of artists from “The Black Circle” including the owner Øystein Aarseth “Euronymous” (also a member of the infamous group/band Mayhem) has always planned to burn down several famous historical churches in Norway (two succeeded, the future planned one failed due to the murder of Euronymous).

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MAYHEM

Mayhem is a Norwegian black metal band formed in 1984 in Oslo, regarded as one of the pioneers of the Norwegian black metal scene. Mayhem’s career has been highly controversial, primarily due to their violent stage performances, the 1991 suicide of vocalist Per Yngve Ohlin “Dead” and the 1993 murder of guitarist Øystein Aarseth “Euronymous” by former member Varg Vikernes “Count Grishnackh”, of Burzum.

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DEAD, Per Yngve Ohlin (“Dead”) A vocalist who joined the band Mayhem (1988-1991) In 1990, the members of Mayhem moved to an old house in the forest near Oslo, which was used as a place for the band to rehearse. They began writing songs for their coming album “De Mysteriis Dom Sathanas”. On 8 April 1991, Dead committed suicide in the house owned by the band. He was found by Euronymous with slit wrists and a shotgun wound to the head. Dead’s suicide note notably read “Excuse all the blood, cheers.” and included an apology for firing the weapon indoors. Instead of calling the police, Euronymous went to a nearby store and bought a disposable camera to photograph the corpse, after re-arranging some items, he also used some of the bones from his skull to create necklaces and gave them to what he stated “worthy artists”. One of the corpses photographs was later used as the cover of a bootleg live album “Dawn of the Black Hearts”.

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(Dawn of The Black Hearts):

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“Biography | Robert Johnson Blues Foundation.” Robert Johnson Blues Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 07 Nov. 2016. <http://www.robertjohnsonbluesfoundation.org/biography/&gt;.

“Black Metal.” Metal Descent RSS. Web. 05 Nov. 2016. <http://metaldescent.com/black-metal/&gt;.

By the Lake Near the Forest Metal. “On the Modern Black Metal Scene.” On the Modern Black Metal Scene. Web. 06 Nov. 2016. <http://www.morbidcurse.com/article2.html&gt;.

Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell. “Until the Light Takes Us – Full Documentary (2009) 720p HD.” YouTube. YouTube, 06 Oct. 2014. Web. 06 Nov. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFfB3QXVHRE&gt;.

“Mayhem.” – Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives. Web. 07 Nov. 2016. <http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Mayhem/67&gt;.

Moynihan, Michael, and Didrik Søderlind. Lords of Chaos: The Bloody Rise of the Satanic Metal Underground. Los Angeles, CA: Feral House, 2003. Print.

 

Virtual / Mixed Realities – (Blog Post 02)

The virtual / Mixed reality is a hybrid reality that merges the real and virtual worlds to generate new visualizations and environments where physical and digital objects co-exist and interact in real time. Virtual / Mixed reality not only takes place in our physical world but also inside another form of medium, including the world of digital reality.

 

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— The Stanley Parable —

The Stanley Parable game is a first-person exploration game designed by Davey Wreden, an illustration of a mixed reality within a virtual reality in the physical reality.

In the game, the player will play as Stanley, and will not play as Stanley. The player will follow a story, and will not follow a story. The player will have a choice; the player will have no choice. The game will end; the game will never end. Illogicality follows contradiction, the rules of the game and how it should work are broken, then broken again and again. – Davey Wreden

There is numerous reality within the physical reality Stanley is in and within this physical reality the protagonist, there are numbers of path the player can follow, and also the player can choose to not do anything for years (more than a year in our physical world with the game consciously running) to get to another reality in the game and to get certain achievement, there are also a narrator in the game that the player can listen to in order to enter certain world or ignore and go by its way to find another gateway to another reality within the game. The game Stanley Parable questions our mindset on how we perceive messages given by others (the narrator in the game), moreover, the reality within the game interacts directly with the physical reality we are in.

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— Pokémon Go —

The mobile app game “Pokémon Go”, produced by CEO John Hanke and Artist, Dennis Hwang. The game operates the augmented reality by using the GPS function in our mobile phones to locate Pokémon’s on the screen for the player to interact with. It presents a real-life Pokémon hunting experiencing allowing the players to capture Pokémon just like how the protagonist in the original cartoon catches their Pokémon. Moreover, the game carries certain benefits by forcing the player to travel (to catch Pokémon), exercise and socialize, but on the other hand it also causes problems such as road accidents due to player focusing too much on their mobile and not aware of their surroundings. The game Pokémon Go generates a whole new reality that brings in a huge community of players and it also innovates the use of technology on GPS and mobile gaming.

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— Playtest (Black Mirror, Third Series, Second Episode) —

“Playtest” is the second episode of the third series of Black Mirror, written by series creator Charlie Brooker and directed by Dan Trachtenberg. AR and VR system (in the gaming industry) is investigated in this episode, as the protagonist puts on a headband and a chip that is inserted into the back of his neck, the physical and virtual reality crashes and generated a reality of only fear that haunted and damaged the protagonist. In the end of the episode, it hints that the AR/VR system the protagonist is using is however damaged and he is trapped in his distorted reality of fear.

 

 

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Images Used in Black Mirror:

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Haller, Michael, Mark Billinghurst, and Bruce Thomas. Emerging Technologies of Augmented Reality: Interfaces and Design. Hershey: Idea Group Pub., 2007. Print.

Stuart, Keith. “Has a Black Mirror Episode Predicted the Future of Video Games?” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 26 Oct. 2016. Web. 30 Oct. 2016. <https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/oct/26/black-mirror-episode-playtest-predicted-future-video-games-augmented-reality&gt;.

“The Stanley Parable.” |. Web. 31 Oct. 2016. <https://www.stanleyparable.com/&gt;.

“What Is Really behind the Pokémon Go Craze.” Washington Post. The Washington Post, n.d. Web. 31 Oct. 2016. <https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-switch/wp/2016/07/12/what-is-really-behind-the-pokemon-go-craze/&gt;.

“What Is Virtual Reality? – Virtual Reality.” Virtual Reality Society. N.p., 10 Jan. 2016. Web. 31 Oct. 2016. <http://www.vrs.org.uk/virtual-reality/what-is-virtual-reality.html&gt;.

 

Bio Art – (Blog Post 01)

Numerous of provocative artists today manipulates with biotechnology, they work with engineers, doctors and scientists to aid converting and transforming their own bodies into works of art, creating the chimera of perfection with the artists will.

— Project Pandrogeny —

Sex Work… Occultism… Gender Issues… A diverse number of themes explored by English musician, writer, poet and performance artist, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge (b.1950). S/he is most famous for the work “Project Pandrogeny”, a collaborative project with his/her wife Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge (b.1969) in which both trying to create an amalgam of their two selves. Project Pandrogeny consists of themes such as deep interpersonal coupling, transformation, postgenderism as well as Androgyny.

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The term Androgyny could be defined as a condition of having both female and male characteristics in either bodily appearance, attitudes, and behavior, for those who describe themselves as androgynies, often claim that fitting into society’s gender roles is a distress for them. In this case, Genesis P-Orridge has taken this one stage further and developed the concept of “Pandrogyny”, a chimera of gender.

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“Pandrogyny is the conscious embracing of gender roles, sexual orientations, or cultural traditions to render the person’s original identity completely indecipherable. It is the “third gender”, a type of gender-neutral living being more akin to the OTHER…a pandrogyne is about making one’s life (a brief existence) into an art form.” – Genesis

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Eduardo Kac (b.1962), a Brazilian-American “transgenic artist” who also uses biotechnology to aid his work. In his first work “Genesis”, he planned to create a dichotomy between biblical injunctions against tampering with nature. Eduardo Kac took a verse from the bible and translated it into Morse code, and have it converted into the base pairs of genetics and he grew an unspecified bacterium in a petri dish for implanting the resulting genes into it.

— Ear on Arm —

Stelarc (b.1946 – “Stelios Arcadiou”, legally changed his name in 1972), a Cypriot-Australian artist that focuses heavily on the use of technology to extend the capacities of the human body as well as how our body becoming increasingly obsolete at the same time. Stelarc’s states that he is neither utopian or a dystopian, and in this age of time human being are progressively extending themselves into the environment and the technological artifacts, and thus, the transformation of human into both zombies and cyborgs occurs.

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“The possibilities of people anywhere being able to listen at any time to what’s going on, if I’m in Perth and you’re in London or in New York or wherever I am, you’ll be able to listen in to what my ear is hearing.” – Stelarc

The EXTRA EAR was originally planned as an ear on the side of Stelarc’s head, the process of this transformation for the 1/4 scale ear involved growing small replicas of his ear using living cells. However, it has altered into another project “THE EAR ON ARM” which involved a surgical construction of a full-sized ear on Stelarc’s forearm, one that would transmit the sounds it hears. The work “THE EAR ON ARM” seeks the body as an extended operational system, which also extrudes its awareness and experience. Another alternate functionality, aside from the remote listening, is the idea of the ear functioning as an extended and distributed Bluetooth system.

 

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Images used in Project Pandrogeny:

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Dodero, Camille. “Artist Provocateur Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Lives By the Last Exit To Brooklyn.” Village Voice., 02 Apr. 2016. Web. 31 Oct. 2016. <http://www.villagevoice.com/news/artist-provocateur-genesis-breyer-p-orridge-lives-by-the-last-exit-to-brooklyn-6430094&gt;.

Manderson, Lenore. Surface Tensions: Surgery, Bodily Boundaries, and the Social Self. Walnut Creek: Left Coast, 2011. Print.

Stelarc – Art, Design, Future of Man. Dir. Adam A. Ford. Perf. Stelarc. Web. 27 Oct. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1SPish8ZwQ&gt;.

Stelarc // Ear on Arm. Web. 26 Oct. 2016. <http://stelarc.org/?catID=20242&gt;.

““The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye”: Genesis P-Orridge’s Transformative ‘Pandrogeny Project’.” – Night Flight. Web. 29 Oct. 2016. <http://nightflight.com/the-ballad-of-genesis-and-lady-jaye-genesis-p-orridges-transformative-pandrogeny-project/&gt;.

 

 

 

Contemporary Art exhibition New Romance: art and the posthuman

Contemporary Art exhibition New Romance: art and the posthuman.

PATRICIA PICCININI (1965) & PETER HENNESSEY (1968)

 

Alone with the gods 2016 is one of my favorite work in the exhibition, the sculptural work fascinates me, as I am always interested in works that shows the morbidity side of our mind. Before knowing the details behind the works, my first thoughts are how fascinating the details are on the sculptures, such as how each hair is planted on the “body” of the work and one of my favorite ones in Alone with the gods is the antique electronic piano, the way the lights dim on the “organisms” shows the chaotic spikes and movement of the sculpture.