Monday, March 11, 2013

Reading, doing, watching #3.

Read these books:

  • Stephanie Lacava's An Extraordinary Theory of Objects - A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris

A disappointment, unfortunately. The title really appealed to me and promised all kinds of wonders, a true cabinet of curiosities, but in the end it did not deliver. The objects chosen seemed random - and although the notes on each are interesting, it comes off as a gimmick to make the book appear to be more than it is - a rather boring story of one teenager's angst and feelings of rejection and dejection. I kept waiting for it to turn into something, but it didn't. Nice illustrations by Matthew Nelson though. I painted this one to make up for my disappointment.

  • The Oxford Murders - a well-written and very enjoyable murder mystery by Argentine writer Guillermo Martinez. He has a Ph.D. in Mathematics, which makes the book (his first) a little more interesting  than the usual The-Butler-Did-It story. Godel's Incompleteness Theorem, the Pythagorean Brotherhood, Wittgenstein's Finite Rule paradox and Fermat's Last Theorem get discussed. Even Andrew Wiles, who finally published a proof for Fermat's Last Theorem in 1995, appears in the book. In fact, I thought he was simply a character, until I googled him!

  • By Hand - The Use of Craft in Contemporary Art edited by Shu Hung and Joseph Magliaro - lists and briefly discusses over 30 artists and how they use craft techniques in creating their art. Totally my kind of thing.

Watched this:
  • The second series of the excellent Danish political drama series Borgen. (Danish with English sub-titles). Snous is thinking of emigrating to Denmark. Nyborg for Prime Minister!
  • Walked to the end of our road yesterday to watch the Argus cyclists whizz by. The largest individually timed cycling event in the world, this year the Argus Cycle Tour attracted over 30,000 cyclists.

  • Finished the drawings and writing for my triangular book on Karl Blossfeldt (eventually!) - will show it later this week.
  • Attended a paper making workshop with Colleen Ross.
  • And started printing The Games We Play series.
  • Caught up with the Complex Systems course. Last week I did the unit on fractals, and over the weekend I started the unit on Information, Order and Randomness, and met Maxwell's Demon - that cheeky little devil. I have watched all the (available) videos and done all my homework. Yippee, now I can go out and play ...


Leenie said...

You've been BUSY! Jealous of your paper making classes.

BTW--your ink-blot prove-you're-not-a-robot word verification is a real challenge. Maybe you could find a way to remove it?

Okay I've tried to get past it five times here goes six---

Leenie said...

Back again to leave a comment and test your word verification settings.
Oh yes, and 30,000 cyclists must have been quite a sight!

Leenie said...

No word verification. Well done!