أرشيف الوسم: culture

The da Vinci Yawn

the davinci yawn

I bought The da Vinci Code (the book) last June, so I had it for about a year now. At first I thought I will start reading it on the airplane which was supposed to take us to our vacation (which didn’t happen). So I delayed reading the book until my next flight, which was the flight that took me to my current home last September.

First of all, I don’t know about you but reading in an airplane never worked for me, I don’t know why. After arriving and settling down I tried my best to finish the book before the film is released. The book was my companion on the long train journeys for exmaple, but most of the times I read it while I was doing the laundry in the laundry place (you know, the place where you use coins for the large washing and drying machines) so there is always a connection in my mind between the book and doing the laundry. So washing machines reminds with the book, and the book remind me with washing machines some how.

After about 8 months of reading I realized that I’m still in chapter 21 or something like that (out of 105 chapters)! I am not much of a novel reader, but 112 pages and Langdon and Sophie still haven’t left the Louvre!! That was too much garga for me!

I almost gave up, but when I finished my course and my essays I decided to give it another try, specially now that the film is released. I am still reading while doing the laundry, but now I also read a chapter or two every night in bed before sleeping.
Last night I reached chapter 60, and things are just starting to get more interesting :). I can’t say that I’m impressed with what I read so far, but I can’t give my artistic and art historical opinion untill I finish, so wait for the full review en shaa Allah.

From now on I will start my own da Vinci counter. At the end of each post I will write down just how far I am :).

The da Vinci counter: (60/105)

Web Art #1

In this series I will display some websites which I think are Art Works by themselves. Some of these sites are really cool and trendy, others are just plain weird.. just like all contemporary art.

So what make a web site an art work?

Well, it’s a complicated subject which we will discuss as we go along.

I will start with a site called:

unCONTROL (www.uncontrol.com)

unCONTROL is what its author Manny Tan call ‘Algorithm Art’. A collection of visual experiments Tan programmed using programming and scripting languages like Flash Action-script and Java which creates interactive moving elements inspired by things observed in nature.

Web Art still hasn’t got a clear academic definition, but this site has the interactivity and the “Neen” bits, so it could be counted as Web Art. What could be questioned is the fact that each one of the experiments is somehow separated from the others. Each experiment could be thought of as a different work connected only by the navigation interface.

So could unControl be thought of as an Art Gallery instead of an Art Work?