How to Train Your Eyes to See like an Artist – Artsy

A good article which gives a number of practical ways of perceiving the world that help you see the world in a way that leads in to drawing and painting.

Painting and drawing doesn’t copy the world on to a canvas. It makes you look at the world in a way that lets you create an image that can be called art.

It seems kind of obvious but, particularly if you are new to drawing and painting, you get trapped in thinking like a photocopier.

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Tongue & Talk: The Dialect Poets – Radio 4

A great series about Dialect Poets. Here

Given dialect will always change and lives in fear of loss at all times, Dialect Poets seek to both rediscover dialect and by making and performing poetry, both preserve it and make it grow. I loved that this had an angle on place, performance, art, research.

The one I heard about Yorkshire had a poet with English, Indian and Pakistani roots whose dialect reflected all three cultures. Another poet played with her dialect where ‘out’ and ‘art’ sound the same; ‘aaht’. The last line of her poem about dialect as poetry went ‘When it’s aaht it’s aaht’. Which I took to mean once she spoke out her dialect as a performance it turned her words into art. Which is a wicked description of a performative utterance as identified by JL Austin. This is a basis of art theory and I loved it that a working class yorkshire woman expressed it simply and accurately, in five words, and in dialect.

Even a small amount of creativity can help you cope with modern life, reveals new research by BBC Arts and UCL

Good news for those juggling time-pressures in today’s busy, modern life. According to ground breaking research commissioned by BBC Arts, even the briefest time spent on a creative pastime such as painting, pottery or playing the piano, has an impact on our wellbeing and emotions.

In the largest study of its kind, with almost 50,000 people taking part, the BBC Arts Great British Creativity Test – in partnership with UCL – explored for the first time how creative activities can help us manage our mood and boost wellbeing.

08.05.2019 – BBC Arts

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Walking from Dunkirk to Barcelona to Measure the Curvature of the Earth

For 112 days Sara Morawetz retraced the 2,000 kilometre journey of two 18th century astronomers, tasked with defining the length of a metre.

On 24 June 2018 artist Sara Morawetz started walking. In sturdy leather boots and a broad-brimmed, blue felt hat, she headed south from Dunkirk, France’s most northerly town. For 112 days, over 2,000 kilometres, Morawetz negotiated exhaustion, monotony, blisters, anxiety, self-doubt, 100-kilometre-per-hour winds, 37°C heat and the Pyrenees. She walked from the North Sea to the Mediterranean. On 13 October, she arrived at her destination: Barcelona.

Sara-Morawetz, étalon, 2018, performance documentation. Courtesy: the artist

Sara-Morawetz, étalon, 2018, performance documentation. Courtesy: the artist

The walk (étalon, 2018) is a performance in homage to an earlier journey. In 1792 Napoleon ordered two French astronomers, Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Delambre and Pierre-François-André Méchain, to determine a new universal standard unit of measurement. They journeyed from Dunkirk to Barcelona in order to measure the curvature of the earth. It took them seven years. The new unit was a direct result of the data the pair accrued and the calculations they made: one ten-millionth of the distance from the North Pole to the Equator, one mètre-étalon, one metre.

Delambre and Méchain worked in partnership, and throughout her walk Morawetz was accompanied by a succession of artists and writers. Each day, Morawetz and her collaborator took measurements using a GPS receiver, a laser range-finder, and a purpose-built target made of alternating black and white segments. ‘A metre is a distance between two points,’ explains the artist. ‘Throughout the walk is this idea of two points of contact that need to be maintained.’

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dVerse Poetics: On Geography

Geography is the key, the crucial accident of birth. A piece of protein could be a snail, a sea lion, or a systems analyst, but it had to start somewhere. This is not science; it is merely metaphor. And the landscape in which the protein “starts” shapes its end as surely as bowls shape water.

Annie Dillard, Teaching a Stone to Talk: Expeditions and Encounters

A post on a poetry blog about geography.