Sunday, 22 April 2012

Arts Future Book

You have got 60-80 thousand written words on art? Why not try print them in the academic book series ArtsFutureBook? I should hope it is open to all.

Call for Submissions

We invite proposals for monographs, single author studies and essay collections (including anthologies based upon conference proceedings) on arts and visual culture. Our objective is to publish texts that will redefine academic arts and humanities publishing through their content and format, as well as reach wider academic audiences and foster new knowledge experiences. This being the case, we welcome proposals on recent developments in art and visual culture that clearly benefit from not being confined to print alone. We favour the exploration of art’s relationship with technology as well as works that pioneer new theories or critical systems. Text length and final formats (in addition to the printed book) will vary according to the type of publication, with the average being 60,000–80,000 words.

See more on the ArtsFutureBook website.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Art and Kids - Safe Play with Baby Color

This is a special post, dedicated to colours, kids and parents concerned with safe toys, safe crayons and white walls. Art educators in schools and museums may sneak a peek.

NEWS* In Japan, "Baby Color" (Privee A.G. Corporation Japan) has won the Kids Design Award 2011 and was chosen 1st in the Kids Safety section.

The Honey Sticks Beewax Crayons from New Zealand are comparably smart, yet Baby Color's "spinning top" design has many more features.

BABY COLOR crayons (Japan):

They do not break.

They can be chewed on.

The colours are easily removed from your walls.


DESIGN: They look fantastic.

FUN GAMES: Kids can spin them like tops.

ART EDUCATION: You can teach your kids about art.

Teach your kids about abstract art, modern sculpture, Parisian artists and the Endless Column.

Constantin Brancusi, Endless Column, in Targu-Jiu
uploaded by dlee29 here on 27Feb2007

Read to them about another of Brancusi's sculptures bearing the same title, Endless Column, in the MoMA collection in New York.

Kids know that art is not just about drawing trees and flowers.


These coloured tops are so so much fun.

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Fair enough?

ART OSAKA 2012 has launched a new website. Great job, Arakawa-kun, designer at Gallery Nomart in Osaka !

Did you spot the photographic contribution of the most talented, one-and-only, The Other Martin Tenbones , in the Access section?

Or our text in the Information section?

More to come here and there.

So freakin' proud !

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Pin it ! The Best Museum in the World - touch and feel (the enamel)

Whoaaahhh... When we created The Coolest Museum in Japan video, we did not know that The Otsuka Museum of Art of fakes has already been nominated for The Best Museum in the World title.


The treachery of images. This is a pipe. This is not a pipe.

Rene Magritte, The Treachery of Images.This is not a pipe (1929)

Question. (Art Historians and 3 others like this)

(Supposing that the answer was no, this is not a pipe) Does an image of an object satisfy emotionally? Hmmm...

Magritte knits verbal signs and plastic elements together, but without referring them to a prior isotopism. He skirts the base of affirmative discourse on which resemblance calmly reposes, and he brings pure similitudes and nonaffirmative verbal statements into play within the instability of a disoriented volume and an unmapped space. A process whose formulation is in some sense given by Ceci n’est pas une pipe.
(Michel Foucault, This is Not a Pipe, 1968) 

Answer. (Art Historians and 2 others dislike this, Martin cogitates)

We do not know. Yet an image of an image might. Or might not. Disclose, enclose the meaning of the world that is ready-at-hand. Reveal, shut down the truth of the artwork. The relations in which Dasein, or human beings of global communities whose culture has changed, exists.

This is not a pipe. This is a museum of fakes. The biggest museum in Japan. No canvases. No guards. No thefts. No iconoclasm. No crates. No condition-check. No restauration. (No emotion or butterflies stirred by the exciting view of thick layers of old paint dried on canvas either.) A real museum of fakes. Open to enamel-lovers only.

Gallery Talks (by robots) thrice a day.

The Best Museum in the World: The Otsuka Museum of Art , Japan

video uploaded by nordanstad on 8 Jan 2011 here

Even Google Art Project cannot do much here !