For the past few months, work has focused on a climate change project.
Simon Schama’s remake of Kenneth Clarke’s book and television documentary series, Civilisation (1969), Civilisations episode 1:3 was screened on SBS TV in 2018. He looks at the work of Pieter Bruegal the Elder (1526-30-1569) at the Kunst Historiches Museum, Vienna amongst other master pieces. Schama refers to three main works, The Gloomy Day (1565), The Return of the Herd (1565) and Hunters in the Snow (1656) all done for the same patron’s house. The narrative is not about nature but rather the philosophical relationships that humankind has with nature and people; that there is a universality to the human experience.
There has been a fundamental shift in the relationship between God/religion – nature – man since the 1500’s. Climate change is an example of a crisis of technology; its impact on nature is undeniable.
The project looks at this shift as it pertains the seasons and contemporary Australian climate. These are the works that the project will be based upon.Hunters in the SnowThe Gloomy Day The Return of the Herd
This is a magical exhibition of digital numbers – floating, swimming, clicking, transforming – in every imaginable permutation. Tatsuo Miyajima “Connect with Everything”includes sculptures, installations, water ponds, windows and rooms by one of Japan’s leading contemporary artists. Watching the train go round the huge pile of coal with its flickering numbers embedded in it is quite mesmerising and references the people cargo trains of Nazi Germany. The room with a ceiling of suspended lights/numbers with cushions to lie in and gaze at the constellations is ethereal. Using a basic building block of digital numbers he creates digital sketches about time, place, space, past , present and future.
The first time I’ve come across in-table screen menus – or perhaps you can call them e-menus – was at Barney’s, New York. Whilst having a break from being a tourist there we had a late lunch in their cafe.
And if we wanted more fashion then there there it was on the screens that we could scroll along. But Barney’s hasn’t lost the human touch with waiters/waitresses still asking you for orders and serving you after going through the on-screen menu.
This new technology is in the place you eat – there are lots more apps and websites that help you in other ways related to eating or even paying for a taxi which is what at least one taxi driver had in the US. The e-wallet approach is taking us to a cashless economy some would say. An article in Choice magazine clearly describes the basics of e-wallets and what is and isn’t currently possible on different phone systems.
Square.com is a cashless mobile app and there are other apps that help with pre-ordering food or drinks. I’m glad though that Barney’s still has people and that the service even runs late sometimes.