The body and the visual, an update.

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After a few months to rest our eyes, SOS is currently planning its re-launch featuring more contemporary art, and updates from my video art work and research in Tangier. Stay tuned. But for now, a quick citation to get the ideas flowing…

“My body is the seat or rather the very actuality of the phenomenon of expression, and there the visual and auditory experiences, for example, are pregnant one with the other, and their expressive value is the ground of the antepredicative unity of the percieved world, and, through it, of verbal expression and intellectual significance. My body is the fabric into which all objects are woven, and it is, at least in relation to the perceived world, the general instrument of my ‘comprehension.’

– From Maurice Merleau-Ponty, The Phenomenology of Perception

 

Signs of Seeing iPaper Series on iTunes

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For the New Year, we’ve decided to take things one step further. Signs of Seeing iPapers will soon become available for free download in the iBooks store, bringing you in depth research and reflection in an interactive iBook format readable on your iPad or Mac. 

In the first issue, slated to hit the iBooks store sometime this week, I’ll start a discussion on the future of media and bodily experience as envisaged by Google in Project Glass. How does Google script life with Glass visually? What kinds of discourse about media and the body does this enable? How does this problematize our current thinking about convergence?

Check it out in: Signs of Seeing iPapers #1 — Glass: The Future of Convergence 

For users of other devices, we are working out how to publish across platforms, but will be glad to send you PDFs upon request.

Check out: Art Basel Miami

Art Basel, one of the worlds biggest contemporary art fairs is under way in Miami Beach today until December 8th. 

Curated under the theme ‘Social Animals’ by Nicholas Baume, Director and Chief, Curator of Public Art Fund, the artworks selected for this year’s Public sector will transform Collins Park into an outdoor exhibition space. Public, a sector of Art Basel’s Miami Beach show, features over 30 large-scale sculptures and installations by leading and emerging international artists, including Olaf Breuning, Sam Falls, Jeppe Hein, Thomas Houseago, Alicja Kwade, Richard Long, Santiago Roose, Oscar Tuazon, and Ursula von Rydingsvard. For the third straight year the sector is produced in partnership with the Bass Museum of Art. A selection of artworks will continue to be installed in Collins Park through March 2014. The Public sector’s opening night on Wednesday, December 4 will include a special program of performances, free of charge and open to the public.

The Guardian reports that after  insane sales at New York auction houses where the ultra-rich spent over a billion dollars on contemporary art, gallery owners and art dealers participating in Art Basel are looking to cash in on this spike in the contemporary art market, where world record prices were recently fetched for painting – Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud sold for $142.5m –  and work by a living artist – Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog (Orange) set a new high of $58.4m.

Definitely worth the madness if you’re in Miami this time of year, if not to see some incredible contemporary art at the beach, then to watch the contemporary art market go ape-shit as cashed up art collectors try to stake their claim on contemporary visual culture. We’ll see if Lewis is up for a post or two.