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27 NOVEMBER 2012

Technological advances expand the artist's expressive vocabulary

Exhibition: "Bruno Munari: My Futurist Past", Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39A Canonbury Square, London, N1 2AN, From 19 September 2012 to 23 December 2012.

Bruno Munari was a "founding member of the Movimento Arte Concreta (M.A.C.) in Milan, which was established towards the end of the 1940s. This acted as a catalyst for new developments in Italian abstraction, and aspired to bring about a 'synthesis of arts' in which traditional painting would be complemented by new tools of communication, demonstrating the possibility of a convergence of art and technology, creativity and functionality. Reflecting his belief that technological advances expanded the artist's expressive vocabulary, by 1950 Munari had begun to experiment with creating works by means of projecting light through compositions made from a wide range of materials such as coloured and transparent plastic, organic elements and Polaroid filters, producing beautiful and intriguing images of vast dimensions."

(Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 2012)

Fig.1 Bruno Munari, Aeroplanes and Archers, 1932, mixed media, 34.8 x 24.8cms Courtesy Massimo & Sonia Cirulli Archive

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Simon Perkins
07 OCTOBER 2012

The Space: Building a Broadcaster in a Box

"Back in August last year, Tony Ageh asked us a question: 'How would you deliver a 'pop–up' television channel to desktops, mobiles, tablets and connected TVs?'

The typical response, particularly within the BBC, would be a suggestion to re–purpose much of the infrastructure we already have: media ingest, metadata management, transcoding, web publication, device targeting.

There was a snag, though. In fact, there were a couple. First, this wasn't just a pop–up TV channel – this was a 'broadcaster in a box', which could later be handed over to arts organisations to pick up and run with."

(Mo McRoberts, 1 May 2012, BBC)

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Simon Perkins
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