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29 APRIL 2012

Boundary Functions: personal space exists only in relation to others and changes without our control

"Boundary Functions shows us that personal space exists only in relation to others and changes without our control. ...

By projecting the diagram, the invisible relationships between individuals and the space between them become visible and dynamic. The intangible notion of personal space and the line that always exists between you and another becomes concrete. The installation doesn't function at all with one person, as it requires a physical relationship to someone else. In this way Boundary Functions is a reversal of the lonely self–reflection of virtual reality, or the frustration of virtual communities: here is a virtual space that can only exist with more than one person, and in physical space.

The title, Boundary Functions, refers to Theodore Kaczynski's 1967 University of Michigan PhD thesis. Better known as the Unabomber, Kaczynski is a pathological example of the conflict between the individual and society: engaging with an imperfect world versus an individual solitude uncompromised by the presence of others. The thesis itself is an example of the implicit antisocial quality of some scientific discourse, mired in language and symbols that are impenetrable to the vast majority of society. In this installation, a mathematical abstraction is made instantly knowable by dynamic visual representation."

(Scott Snibbe, 1998)

Fig.1 Scott Snibbe (1998). "Boundary Functions".

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1998art installationboundariesboundary functionsdynamic visual representationdynamically changingfloorgeometryindividualindividual and society • individual solitude • installationinteraction patternsinteractive artinteractive floorinteractive projection • Jonathan Shewchuk • linesmathematical abstractionmathematicspartition of spacepatternpatternspersonal spacephysical interaction • physical relationship • physical spaceprojected from overhead • proxemics • psychology • regions • relationships between individuals • scientific discourse • Scott Snibbesocial interaction • social relationships • Theodore Kaczynski • unabombervideo trackingvirtual spacevoronoiVoronoi diagram

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Simon Perkins
18 JANUARY 2011

The New Art Exchange presents Raghu Rai's Invocations from India

29 January – 30 April 2011, The New Art Exchange, Hyson Green, Nottingham, UK.

"New Art Exchange is delighted to present an exhibition of works by world renowned Magnum photographer Raghu Rai, for the first time in a public gallery in the UK, including new work from 2010.

Rai's work proclaims the rich diversity of contemporary India, with its juxtapositions of ancient and modern, where the people are the landscape. He photographs an India teeming with colour, history, beauty and brilliance whilst uncovering a continent's domestic rituals with these striking images of Indian street life, festivals and the changing seasons.

'Over the centuries, so much has melded into India that it's not really one country, and it's not one culture. It is crowded with crosscurrents of many religions, beliefs, cultures and their practices that may appear incongruous. But India keeps alive the inner spirit of her own civilization with all its contradictions. Here, several centuries have learnt to live side by side at the same time. And a good photograph is a lasting witness to that, as photography is a history of our times: being a multi–lingual, multi– cultured and multi– religious society, the images must speak these complexities through a multi–layered experience.' – Raghu Rai"

(The New Art Exchange, 2011)

Fig.1 Raghu Rai (1964). 'Traffic At Chawri Bazar', Delhi

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2011artistartsauthorshipcontemporary art • contemporary India • contradictioncultural practicedocumentaryexhibitionfestivalIndia • Indian street life • juxtapositionlandscape • Magnum Photo Agency • multiculturalNAENew Art ExchangeNottinghampersonal spacephotography • Raghu Rai • ritualsocial changesocial realitySouth AsiaspacespectacletraditiontransformationUKvisual arts

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Simon Perkins
07 JULY 2009

Pantalaine: Provisioners of America's Finest Plural Clothing

"I so want to believe that Pantalaine really has been 'Provisioners of America's Finest Plural Clothing' since 1950, but something tells me that they are just getting their jollies making fun of the unfortunately real Slankets and Snuggies out there. Having said that, I kind of like the idea of mutated accessories and clothing that encourages interaction with our fellow humans."
('GiggleSugar', Sugar Inc.)

[It appears that 'Pantalaine' is an invention of the US literary journal McSweeney's Quarterly Concern.]

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1950blanketclothingcouch dressfashionideal form • McSweeneys Quarterly Concern • mutant • Pantalaine • parodypersonal spacespectaclespeculative designtongue-in-cheek

CONTRIBUTOR

Simon Perkins
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