Monday, November 20, 2017

ArtsLab S2 Ep.47: Carpets

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Series 2 Episode 47: Carpets
Broadcast Monday 20 November 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.
Special guest David Heke.

ArtsLab content is typically original, created by artists and poets for each episode.

Lavinia Murray, Carpet Diem
Mark Sheeky, Blue Carpet (The Hotel Carpet Blues)
Robert Burgess, Carpets Are Noisier Than You Think
Andrew Williams, Dance Of The Dust Bunnies
Stephen Pennell, The Dog Of The Tele
Rebecca Cherrington, Carpets
Lavinia Murray, Carpet Flag
Mike Fuller, Car Pet

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Blue Carpet (or The Hotel Carpet Blues)

Blue Carpet

I'm threadbare, pulled thin,
trodden like the mud on my skin,
Walked on and ignored,
and covered in dust,
my yellowing fibres resembling rust.

I'm flaky, snaky, falling apart,
the weave on my soul chokes the wool in my heart,
I'm holding together as dust,
My skin is a colourless crust.

I'm a hotel carpet, in a cheap Parisian backstreet,
I'm choking on the nothing and the cigarette friends that I meet,
well, they meet me,
they fall on my face and get crushed in,
its the closest to love I get these days.

I'm a hotel carpet, yellowy beigey putrid,
Yes why not drag your rotten luggage over me.

Walked on and ignored,
covered in rust,
my yellowing fibres resembling dust.

Rug!
Rug!
Rug!

Composed and recorded for broadcast on RedShift Radio, 20th November 2017 at 2pm, for ArtsLab Series 2 Episode 47.

Monday, November 13, 2017

ArtsLab S2 Ep.46: Snow

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Series 2 Episode 46: Snow
Broadcast Monday 13 November 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.

ArtsLab content is typically original, created by artists and poets for each episode.

Lavinia Murray, Quick Fisted Blizzard
Deborah Edgeley, The Candle Burns
Mark Sheeky, Snow In My Dreams
Stephen Pennell, Santa Needs To Go The Gym
Lavinia Murray, Snow Poker
Stephen Pennell, Winter's Here
Andrew Williams, Blizzard
Lavinia Murray, The Abominable Snow-Bobble-Head
Steven Goodwin, The Truth About Snowmen
Mark Sheeky, Snowlophone
Mark Sheeky, I Snowman
Rebecca Cherrington, Winter Tale
Deborah Edgeley, 50 Words For Snow
Mark Sheeky, All My World Has Turned To Winter

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
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Monday, November 06, 2017

ArtsLab S2 Ep.45: Money

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Series 2 Episode 45: Money
Broadcast Monday 6 November 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.
Special guest Joy France.

ArtsLab content is typically original, created by artists and poets for each episode.

Andrew Williams, Interesting
Tim Prevett, Jen Haugan Interview
Tim Prevett, Jen Haugan Sonic Ensemble Edit
Lavinia Murray, Counting Money On My Tongue
Lavinia Murray, Valery's Salary
Steven Goodwin, Little Jimmys Savings
Stephen Pennell, From Your Dearest
Mark Sheeky, Money
Rebecca Cherrington, Money
Lavinia Murray, Counting Short
Robert Burgess, Imperial Currency
Andrew Williams, Coins
Stephen Pennell, Misery

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
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Monday, October 30, 2017

ArtsLab S2 Ep.44: Chess

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Series 2 Episode 44: Chess
Broadcast Monday 30 October 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.
Special guest Aneta Talbot.

ArtsLab content is typically original, created by artists and poets for each episode.

Lavinia Murray, The Anomaly Chasing Chess Set
Mike Fuller, The King of Trees
Andrew Williams, Chess
Helen Kay, Six Ways of Looking at a Chess Piece
Robert Burgess, I Hate Chess
Mark Sheeky, Pawn Off The Board
Lavinia Murray, Rook
Rebecca Cherrington, Chess
Lavinia Murray, Fairy Chess Piece

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
www.redshiftradio.co.uk

Monday, October 23, 2017

ArtsLab S2 Ep.43: Memory

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Series 2 Episode 43: Memory
Broadcast Monday 23 October 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.
Special guests Claire Rocuzzi, Mike Daws & Autumn Evans.

ArtsLab content is typically original, created by artists and poets for each episode.

Mark Sheeky, Everything We See Is A Memory
Lavinia Murray, Forget It
Ian Parr, Moon Landing
Andrew Williams, Follow The Leader
Steven Goodwin, Your Mind
Deborah Edgeley, Time Falling
Lavinia Murray, Weedkiller
Mark Sheeky, Bubbles
Lavinia Murray, Medieval Mnemonics
Rebecca Cherrington, Memory
Mike Fuller, Without Fail

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
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Friday, October 20, 2017

The Specialist, The Anti-Artist

Artists often become specialists, gradually becoming better and better at their chosen technique to the point of mastery, yet this, like any restriction, is a death of creativity, and thus the death of artistry. In such artists, their technique becomes less and less creative as it becomes more and more focused and refined (consider, for example, a hyper-realistic portrait painter). The philosophy at work is that the subject is what is creative in such artists, not the technique, yet frequently this too becomes more and more restricted because as artists attain their mastery they tend to specialise in subjects as well as in their craft, specialising in portraits, or trees, or animals, limiting both their subject and their technique, always moving down a narrower and narrower tunnel as they work over the years, more and more constricted, mechanical, blind. At this point, is the artist creative at all? More to the point, does and artist need to be creative?

The answer is of course, yes, yes! The point of art is creativity, to discover new things and to push humanity towards new ideals. If art is about humanity, communication between people, then the artist must be an explorer and curious, a communicator or feelings and ideas. To specialise is to become more mechanical, as machine-like as our hyper-realistic portrait painter. A camera or computer can never be an artist, they can only communicate what it means to be a camera or a computer, which is of interest only to other cameras (or academics, the killers of art by analysis).

The artist is an explorer, and what he or she explores is the new, the future, things that are now unseen. The only way this can be accomplished is creatively. Specialisation limits creativity, and at its most extreme is a hindrance, not an aid.

If art is about creativity, how can an artist learn? Advancement is ruling in and ruling out, evolution, and mastery of technique is important if an artist is to create good quality work, yet an artist must always be aware of the limitations of specialisation. In short, the ideal artist is master of all techniques, and able to pick and choose the best one for each situation.

It is always more creative, and a greater display of ability, to be good at several techniques than to master any one.

Errors and omissions frankly probable. This is one of several musings on life the universe and everything listed in the Writing and Essays section of www.marksheeky.com

Monday, October 16, 2017

ArtsLab S2 Ep.42: Modern Philosophers

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Series 2 Episode 42: Modern Philosophers
Broadcast Monday 16 October 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.
Special guest Steven Goodwin.

ArtsLab content is typically original, created by artists and poets for each episode.

Deborah Edgeley, An Uncanny Solitary
Mike Fuller, John Cage
Mark Sheeky, Homage to 4:33 by John Cage
Andrew Williams, Nietzsche
Stephen Pennell, New Wisdom
Spephen Pennell, Ideology
Lavinia Murray, Descartes Dinner
Lavinia Murray, Jean Baudrillard Goes Shopping
Rebecca Cherrington, Philosophers
Lavinia Murray, Swedenborg

All past ArtsLab programmes can be listened to here:
https://www.mixcloud.com/RedShiftRadio/playlists/artslab/

You can listen live during the broadcast on:
www.redshiftradio.co.uk