Monday, February 5, 2007

ENGL 1020: Blog Post IV

Choose a person, place, or activity for your Observational Essay--this should be some(one/thing) you are NOT related to or overly-intimate with. (You should also have a backup subject in case you are unable to perform the actual observation & interview in a timely fashion.) For your second post of the week, find 3 sites that relate to your subject matter. Using information from these three sites, compose a post that engages information that will be pertinent to the writing of your essay. You may want to ask yourself questions about your audiences expectations: Who is my audience? What are they likely to think about the subject? What would they want to know about it? You might also find it imporant to ask yourself some questions as well: Why do I want to research this subject? What can I expect to find out about it? What aspects do I expect to be interesting or entertaining? These questions should direct you when searching for appropriate background material. Ulimately, the background material you gather should guide your observations & interviews, as well as provide you with a context in which to set your writing. (500 words & at least 3 hyperlinks.)

The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver recently moved from it previous location in Sakura Square (20th & Larimer) to a temporary location at 15th & Delgany. Dubbed “Temporary Contemporary,” the space anticipates MCA’s new, permanent location being constructed across the street. Currently, the facility displays an Erwin Redl exhibit entitled FADE. The installation opened on 11.17.06 & runs through 03.11.07.

Redl is an Austrian-born artist who first studied musical composition & electronic music before receiving an MFA in Computer Art in 1995 from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Since then, Redl has created & participated in an array of multi-media projects & installations worldwide.

The projects Redl currently creates utilize elaborate lighting techniques; the FADE exhibit at MCA, comprising part of the larger FADE series, is one such example. Other FADE installations have found homes in Paris & New York.

Besides Redl’s basic biography, accomplishments, & the nature of the projects MCA curates, most of the relevant background information for my Observational Essay will relate directly to installation artwork, specifically those that deal with lighting, & the theories that correspond to this genre (with particular focus paid to Redl's pieces). As a source of cursory information & preparatory research, Wikipedia is an adequate site.

According to Wikipedia, installation art “uses sculptural materials and other media to modify the way we experience a particular space. Installation art is not necessarily confined to gallery spaces and can refer to any material intervention in everyday public or private spaces.” It should be further noted that “installation art incorporates almost any media to create a visceral and/or conceptual experience in a particular environment. Materials used in contemporary installation art range from everyday and natural materials to new media such as video, sound, performance, computers and the internet. Some installations are site-specific in that they are designed to only exist in the space for which they were created.” As this latter definition states, installation art is inextricably linked with conceptual art. Conceptual art, then, “is art in which the concept(s) or idea(s) involved in the work take precedence over traditional aesthetic and material concerns. In some cases, Conceptual art may not entail any art object per se, but instead manifest solely as documentary evidence for an "art idea." In other, less extreme cases, Conceptual art may involve the construction of images and objects in a manner that frees the artist from their traditional role as a maker of aesthetic decisions.”

Tuesday, 02.06.07, I will visit the MCA's "Temporary Contemporary" building. Through my observations & a series of interviews with curators of the museum (&, fingers-crossed, email correspondence with Redl), I should have the foundation for my Observational Essay.

For more information regarding Redl, check out these URLs: Truth is a Moving Target (your computer needs Shockwave to interact with this project), ACE Gallery, &

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