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Ben Waddington

Historian, Self employed in Birmingham

Art in the Biogenetic Age

PRESENTED ON MAR 13, 2017
IN BIRMINGHAM @ VOL 17

Laurie Ramsell talks about his sculptural work and the creation of a 'Pseudo-Siren' from bacterial cellulose and human hair, which featured at the Birmingham Open Media - 'Genecraft: Art in the Biogenetic Age'.

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Noh: The Sculpture of Time

BY JOHN OGLEVEE
@ VOL 103 ON MAY 29, 2013

Finding the "now" in the "then." Noh evokes the contemporary through its use of space, materials and lines resulting in a sculpture of time. Listen to John Oglevee explain all of these concepts, as part of the noh performances he performs himself for English-speaking audiences.

"Presentation of the Day" on June 6, 2013.

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Quest for Truth in a Digital Age

BY LISA WENGER
@ VOL 10 ON JUN 06, 2014

Lisa Wenger's work is a quest for truth in a digital age. As viewers, we are constantly bombarded with images of perfection, which are often so beautiful that they have become grotesque. She chooses to emphasize and praise imperfections in her portraits rather than allow media to persuade us that only perfection is beautiful. 

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Bike-Powered Kinetic Sculpture

BY RAYMOND RAWLS
@ VOL 10 ON AUG 01, 2014

Sculptors Raymond Rawls and Lorraine Duerden explore the potential for using abandoned, recycled bicycles as the foundation to create large-scale ambulatory kinetic sculpture. Here they speak about the creation process of these animal-themed rideable sculptures, and the community parades where they put them on display.

"Presentation of the Day" on August 14, 2014. 

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Mata is Meta-Data: Mapping the Anthropolithic Age

BY SOLOMON ENOS
@ VOL 23 ON APR 10, 2015

Solomon Enos received his first commission as a sixth grader, illustrating curriculum for lower grade levels at Makaha Elementary School. From there he illustrated books such as Na Akua Hawai`i (The Gods and Goddesses of Hawai`i), and The centennial edition of The Epic Tales of Hi`iakaikapoliopele to name a couple. Solomon is also known for large scale murals at various public schools and private venues. His most recent project, “Polyfantastica”, has been published and Solomon continues working on another life-long project called “Mata” that he hopes may unify all the global mythologies and theologies into the final human narrative, hosted as an International Public Game, in line with the Public Radio and Television.

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What Sculpture Gives to Me, What I Hope Sculpture Can Give to Everyone

BY BILL MCGRATH
@ VOL 3 ON MAY 12, 2016

Contemplating retirement after successive careers as an attorney then city administrator in his hometown of Batavia, Illinois, Bill McGrath has begun pursuing his love for art, specifically working in metal sculpture. Sculpture, like any artistic endeavor, presents the opportunity to express oneself to others, but also requires some emotional distance to remain true to one’s visions. He also shows how public art, sculpture in particular, can add to a community’s sense of place by speaking to values, history, and universal experiences, such as fear.

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Complicating Things: Experimenting with Authority

BY PAUL VANOUSE
@ VOL 17 ON SEP 15, 2016

“I’m a bio media artist. And what that means is I work self-reflexively, with the tools and technologies of the life sciences.” 

In Complicating Things: Experimenting with Authority from PechaKucha Buffalo vol. 17, Professor of Art at the University at Buffalo, Paul Vanouse, provides an overview of his work as a bio media artist. As Director of the newly created Coalesce Center for Biological Art at the University at Buffalo, Vanouse works with artists and philosophers and people who wouldn’t normally have a direct connection to do create work in a life sciences laboratory, and is actively engaged with Coalesce’s artist residency program. Vanouse’s own work has recently focused on DNA fingerprinting, removing the inherent layers of authority from DNA with an interest in the very visual representation of DNA. His recent projects, Latent Figure Protocol and Ocular Revision use molecular biology techniques to challenge “genome-hype” and to confront issues surrounding DNA fingerprinting. 

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Shakespeare in Sculpture

BY JUDY SIGUNICK
@ VOL 7 ON SEP 14, 2016

Sculptor Judy Sigunick presents her large scale ceramic figurative work and how its inspired by the fiction of Shakespeare. Plus a little kimchi.

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Industrial Sculpture

BY JOE HENSEL
IN PITTSBURGH, PA

Joe Hensel, horder of industrial artifacts, talks about his recent projects and industrial sculpture. 

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Art in the Biogenetic Age

BY LAURIE RAMSELL
@ VOL 17 ON MAR 13, 2017

Laurie Ramsell talks about his sculptural work and the creation of a 'Pseudo-Siren' from bacterial cellulose and human hair, currently being exhibited at Birmingham Open Media. How can art lean from scientific research, and perhaps vice versa?