shrink (various performances)
Malstaf has been performing ‘Shrink’ since 1996.
The piece consists of the artist or volunteers situating themselves between two sheets of clear plastic and allowing themselves to be shrink wrapped, suspended in space. Two transparent tube allow the performer to regulate the vacuum pressure and get fresh air. The performer can control the pose that they take and by releasing a little pressure can move to assume a new pose. The piece plays simultaneously with concepts protection and fragility.
"Of course, the first thing you see is this spectacular image: man as meat," Malstaf said when I emerged, shaking slightly from the muscular effort. "But over time, I want the viewer start to see other things – to see the humanity of it, the breathing, the gentleness, the beauty." For him, it’s a Zen-like experience, a way of slowing time, both for participant and viewer. "It’s hard to tell how much time passes inside." He isn’t wrong. It’s a surprisingly meditative thing, to be packaged.
quote via: Chris Michael's article, I was shrink wrapped for art on the guardian
top image: 1995 Performative Installation © Lawrence Malstaf/Galerie Fortlaan 17, Ghent.
Julissa Lopez. Women Empowerment (experimental work).
Fabian Oefner is a photographer who likes to make science visible, whether that is through visualizing sound waves with tiny crystals, creating nebulae-like images from lamps, or using a drill to photograph the movement of paint within a millisecond.
At TEDxWarwick, he spoke about his work, which includes the amazing photos of soap bubbles bursting seen above. From his talk:
What I do in my work is try to mix art and science together — whether it is an image of a soap bubble that is photographed at the very moment of its bursting, or whether it is strange liquids that form into pop-art-like structures, or if its acrylic paint that is modeled by centrifugal forces, I’m always trying to link art and science together.
We come across [things like magnetism and sound waves] in our daily lives quite often — and most of the time we don’t pay too much attention to them…I try to take these phenomena and show them in a poetic and in an unseen way and therefore invite you, the viewers, to stop for a moment and think about all the magic and the beauty that is constantly surrounding us.
See more of Fabian’s art at his website, and — below — watch his entire talk, which includes some amazing demonstrations of visualized sound waves:
The Surreal World of Philippe Ramette
Born in 1961, Philippe Ramette is a French conceptual artist who plays with the viewer’s mind. Ramette creates gravity-defying photographs that appear to be digitally manipulated, using cleverly designed weight-bearing structures (or lead weights for the underwater shots), but in fact they are real world settings that were carefully arrangement, in order to achieve these impressive scenes. In Ramette’s surreal photography, surrealism literally invades reality. These self-designed devices allow him to stand/sit at seemingly impossible angles, hidden by his clothes or the angle in which the shot is taken. For some of the photographs we can visualize how it can be achieved, and the behind it, but for others, just make us wonder in astonishment. Could be really walking along the side of a cliff? What is actually going on?