Category: Performance


Cloud sculptures made indoors exist for just 10 seconds

Amsterdam-based artist Berndnaut Smilde creates temporary sculptures that exist for just 10 seconds. Thankfully the photographs of the indoor clouds exist for much longer, evoking the strange ethereal sensation that can only be achieved by such an unlikely image. The series titled 'Nimbus' uses just smoke and water-vapor in a space where conditions are just right for cloud making—cold, damp, and no air circulation. Each space requires a slightly different formula to get an ideal cloud form, and the artist creates about 100 clouds in order for his collaborating photographer to capture just the right shot. “I see them as temporary sculptures of almost nothing—the edge of materiality,” said the artist. “It looks like you can dive into them or grab them, but they just fall apart. There’s a duality that I really like where you’re trying to achieve this ideal thing that then collapses just moments later.”   ...

NYC trash transformed into living room photography sets

It takes a person of vision to see the value in what others discard. Photographer Justin Bettman and stylist Gozde Eker have collaborated on a project that sources discarded materials and combines them in such a way to create a vignette of a home interior. Titled 'Set in the Street,' the sets are built and documented, but the installations live on in unexpected ways. The artists leave the sets intact with a note encouraging passersby to create their own photographs and share them on Instagram with the hashtag #setinthestreet. Just as an interior space was created within the exterior world, the creation of a private set is then explored by the public.  ...

Dancing triggers pyrotechnics in this spectacular temporary club

Bushveld of Johannesburg, South Africa got a temporary addition to their night life when Absolut commissioned artist Charlie Gadeken to create a pyrotechnic dance floor. The constructed venue was a giant cube made of glass and mirrors wired with pyrotechnics, triggered by the audience’s feet dancing on the floor. As the fireworks display went off it lit up the exterior of the structure, transforming the desert landscape with fire, smoke and color, and making for a wild night of dancing. Watch the video below to see the massive spectacle. ...

When drawing turns to performance – “Draw to perform” in London

'Draw to perform' is an international two-day art symposium, where artists from around the world gather to perform, drawing on a large scale in front of the public. This unique art event, which is a second annual symposium held in London, focuses entirely on the connection between performance art and drawing. In addition to live drawing performances, the symposium invites viewers to video screenings, talks and lectures by artists and art historians. Many well-recognized artists took part in the symposium, including Ram Samocha (UK/Israel) who is the curator of this event, Gerald Royston Curtis (UK), Kevin Townsend (USA), and Kellie O’Dempsey (Australia) to name a few. Please see the videos from the last year's event below. ...
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