Another artistic interlude

This time Walking In My Mind at The Hayward Gallery.

I was so totally blown away by Keith Tyson‘s work, which is near the beginning, that the rest of the installations that make up the exhibition didn’t really stand much of a chance. But this is hardly surprising given where he’s coming from:

Keith Tyson’s work can be characterised as an artistic exploration of some of the basic mysteries of human experience. His artistic motivations lie in an interest in generative systems, and an embrace of the complexity and interconnectedness of existence. Philosophical problems such as the nature of causality, the roles of probability and design in human experience, and the limits and possibilities of human knowledge, animate much of his work. His practice is also defined by a direct engagement with scientific and technological ideas.

His installation consists of two walls of selected Studio Wall Drawings and one wall of an assemblage called “Locked Out Of Eden – Viewing The Children Playing In The Garden From The Safety Of My Cerebral Fortress”. Tyson says the Studio Wall Drawings exist “in a space somewhere between a map, a poem, a diary and a painting.” Many address and describe painful mental states and I was frequently reminded of Bobby Baker’s Diary Drawings (see previous post). However it has to be said this perceived similarity could also be due to the fact that they’re the only two art events I’ve been to for quite some time.

I wish I had known before I went that it is possible to download the curator’s audio tour from the internet to an MP3 player. What a great idea, particularly if it’s an interesting and well-produced example of the genre which would augment rather than distract from the experience. I haven’t listened so can’t give an opinion. I’m so out of everything I can’t tell whether this is an exciting innovation on the part of the Hayward or merely standard practice in these internet-augmented days.

I also wish I was going to be in London for the associated event Brain Making:

Make a model of a brain with scientist Dr Lizzie Burns, who in the process attempts to explain the mysteries of the creative mind. She discussed the work in the exhibition from a neurogical perspective and shows how the artist’s dreams, hallucinations and memories influence their work.

I shall, instead, be mashing up the words “walking”, “brain”, “mind” and “making” in a different way on a mindfulness meditation retreat.

However I can’t resist mentioning that, having finally had the long-awaited MRI scan, I now have my very own brain to play with. It arrived as a couple of files requiring a specialised piece of medical image viewing software to open. I haven’t had much time to play with it yet, but it’s been awesome so far being able to go through my own head like a packet of honey roast ham (slice by slice).

storm trooper

There’s a bit of a startled Star Wars Storm Trooper look going on here, I reckon.

Or how about the Yubaba/Zeniba clone/crone/fairygodmother? (That link to a picture of Yubaba is taken from a fascinating blog post – the trouble with coraline (or: fear of witches) from a blog which after this serendipitous discovery I am going to bookmark.)


Oh yes. There’s much more where those came from. And just wait til I start drawing on them.

Meanwhile I’m mostly offline again until September.

4 Replies to “Another artistic interlude”

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  2. This is fascinating stuff! One artist here in Vancouver has done several series based on various medical scans, resonance imaging and such on herself and I found them extremely compelling pieces. I look forward to seeing what you will be doing with your MRIs.

    Have a great holiday, see you in September!

  3. More hot tips that make me regret that a decent trip down to town would take a whole day!

    As the old song has it, see you in September. But we’ll be expecting you to stick around from then!

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