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Loek Grootjans

artist in Breda

Storage for Distorted Matter

PRESENTED ON FEB 28, 2013
IN BREDA @ VOL 5

Loek Grootjans (b. 1955 in Arnemuiden) collects and keeps a record of whatever touches him as an artist and a human being. In 2008 he launched Storage for Distorted Matter, a wide-ranging project that sets out to register and store life. Thus for many years the artist collected the dust in his studio, as well as Vincent van Gogh’s native soil; he also stored the water in which drowned bodies washed ashore on the Dutch island of Vlieland.

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Modern Touch DJing

BY LASSE LAURSEN
@ VOL 101 ON MAR 27, 2013

The availability of touch interfaces for DJing has exponentially increased along with the obiquitous influence of smartphones and tablets. But many of these "modern" interfaces stick to applying dated interaction patterns that are unfitting for this new type of interface. In this presentation, Lasse Laursen talks about where he believes the strength of mixing using touch interfaces lie, along with a sneak peak at his own work-in-progress interface.

"Presentation of the Day" on April 4, 2013.

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Art is a Matter of Perception

BY JESSICA SWEAT
@ VOL 7 ON MAY 24, 2014

This is Jessica Sweat's third PechaKucha presentation, and we can see the progression and growth she is developing in both her technique and thought behind what she creates. As in her previous PechaKucha's, she presents a combination of her art and her poetry.

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21st Century History Painter

BY SANDOW BIRK
@ UNITED STATES ARTISTS 2014 ARTISTS ASSEMBLY ON MAR 24, 2015

Artist Sandow Birk work includes painitngs and woodblock prints. He is influenced by nineteen century European romantic painting which he layers with hip-hop culture and his art evolves from fictional history to real history painting. His themes are current events, the war in Iraq. His last project was a creation of illuminated manuscript based on traditional islamic manuscripts.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on July 27th 2015.

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"Please Touch" Connected Art

BY LE PENHER SOPHIE ET GUILLAUME
@ VOL 10 ON JUL 01, 2015

"To us there seemed to be an obvious link between the transparent surfaces of interactive technology, omnipresent in our lives, and the tactile nature of our glass wood art pieces.

Just as interactive technology requires the human touch to activate, what if our sculpture responded to the human touch?  Could we fuse these two notions--a traditional art form and interactive technology--while maintaining aesthetic integrity and technical functionality? Our idea for a tactile and interactive installation was born." Sophie et Guillaume Le Penher

 

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The Myth of Perfection: Tolerance is a Matter of Plus or Minus, Choose Your Degree

BY ALEXANDRA P. SPAULDING
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 04, 2016

"You know there's no such thing as perfection, right?...If you can collectively make the imperfections work, you have perfection."

In The Myth of Perfection (Tolerance is a Matter of Plus or Minus, Choose Your Degree) from PechaKucha Night Buffalo Vol. 15, Buffalo-based artist and engineer Alexandra P. Spaulding reflects on her artistic practice, her love of minimalism, and her eventual acceptance of inevitable imperfections. Examining the notions of tolerance and how exacting to the millionth decimal point does not equal perfection, Spaulding focuses both on the visual arts (Minimalism), her own practice (aurally immersive installation art), engineering and manufacturing, and how the conflux of these three schools of thought have made her more accepting of 'the happy accident' and a better artist.  

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Species of Space

BY ROBERT POWELL
@ VOL 33 ON APR 22, 2016

Robert Powell has long been interested in encyclopaedic and organisational forms. His practice explores representations of reality that are universal, yet constantly subverted as they are enmeshed in a web of cultural and personal memory, of national histories and myths, always with the covering cherub of art history looming above. This interest was also exemplified his recent solo exhibition in Quebec City entitled ‘A Universal History of Iniquity’, which the artist has described as ‘a universal history viewed through the prism of Borges’ Aleph relocated to a Stockbridge basement.’

http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/artist/robert-powell

 

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Size Doesn’t Matter When You Make Your Own Clothes

BY BURKE BREWER
@ VOL 20 ON AUG 18, 2016

In Size Doesn’t Matter When You Make Your Own Clothes at PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 20, Owner Burke Brewer shares how sewing transformed her love of her body, forced her to consider the consequences of buying clothing, and finally why everyone should take up the art of garment sewing. 

Modern Seamstress was created to empower women - to teach them to love their bodies and delight in dressing their bodies. Women fight a war every day for healthy body image, and most of the stress comes from the fashion industry and mass produced clothing. 

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Why Portraits Matter

BY DAVID PARISH
@ VOL 15 ON FEB 17, 2017

"We should capture who we are at this moment."
 
In Why Portraits Matter from PechaKucha Night El Paso Vol. 15, David Parish shares his decision to create portraits in a world of selfies and why portraits matter.  Utilizing his background in psychology to connect with his subjects, David brings new life to the art of the portrait.  His studio portraiture takes on a painterly quality while revealing the humanity of his subjects through a classical eye.

This was "Presentation of the Day" on June 29th, 2017. 
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Mistranslated History

BY KRISTIN O'SULLIVAN PEREN
@ VOL 2 ON MAR 14, 2017

Kristin O'Sullivan Peren presents the insites into a semi real Art Practice