Monday, August 14, 2017

ArtsLab II Episode 35: Africa

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Episode 35: Africa
Broadcast Monday 14 August 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.
Special guest Pamela Field.

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

Mark Sheeky, Paradise Lost (A Clown Drenched In Brutality)
Lavinia Murray, I Woke Up To Find My Friends Had Mummified Me For A Laff
Andrew Williams, Voices And Drums
Lavinia Murray, Tie Dyed Lions
Rebecca Cherrington, Africa
Steven Goodwin, African Treasure

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, August 07, 2017

Painting In 2017

It is 2017 and painting as an art form is at a great nadir. The proliferation of images due to a technological revolution, plus a swarm of decorative paintings, have discredited painting, and 2D images in general, as a force for great emotional communication.

Music too is suffering. Drama and dance, as yet immune to digitisation, are the dominant art forms. Even poetry recital is resurgent, an art form that is at least 3000 years old(!) has supplanted one that is merely a few hundred.

Yet the storm driven by technology, by the impact of social media, but ten years old, is abating.

The brain operates using images; these will always constitute art. Painting is superior to photography and digital art because it is difficult. What is easy is ubiquitous, any idiot can do it. Less people can do what is difficult, and the most difficult things are the domain of genius. It is for this reason that painting will not only survive digitisation, but forever be an important art form.

So, what should be said?

Art is in constant flux because it is a reaction against contemporary society and its moods. The first battle must be against the digital, the lazy, the emotionless, and the easy. Painting must prove itself.

ArtsLab II Episode 34: Medicine

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Episode 34: Medicine
Broadcast Monday 7 August 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.
Special guest Ann Roach.

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

Andrew Williams, Homeopathy
Lavinia Murray, Sugar The Pill
Steven Pennell, Medicine
Andrew Williams, Tell Your Doctor
Claire Bassi, Microscopic
Mark Sheeky, Lost In The Tube
Rebecca Cherrington, Medicines
Mark Sheeky, Medicine Man
Steven Goodwin, Medicine

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, July 31, 2017

ArtsLab II Episode 33: The Dark Ages

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Episode 33: The Dark Ages
Broadcast Monday 31 July 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.

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

Mark Sheeky, Light Into Darkness
Deborah Edgeley, Ship Of Fools (Tribute to Jeanette Winterson's Gut Symmetries)
Mike Blow, Colony Extract
Lavinia Murrray, It's Been Dark For Ages
Andrew Williams, My Dark Ages
Mark Sheeky, Out Of The Darkness
Lavinia Murrray, Plain Chanting Hipster
Steven Goodwin, The Dark Ages
Stephen Pennell, Stokers
Rebecca Cherrington, Dark Ages
Lavinia Murrray, F.W. Mursque
Helen Kay, Petrarch
Mark Sheeky, Darkness Into Light

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, July 24, 2017

ArtsLab II Episode 32: Birds

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Episode 32: Birds
Broadcast Monday 24 July 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.
Special guest Catherine Green.

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

Lavinia Murray, On Certain Days I'm A Bird
Chris Driver, Peregrination
Mark Sheeky, Murmuration
Lavinia Murray, Stuffed Birds
Mark Sheeky, The Victorian Cabinet
Helen Kay, Black Faced Bunting
Mark Sheeky, Lone Starling
Andrew Williams, Scrabble's Birdhunt
Crow, Crow
Rebecca Cherrington, Birds
Mike Fuller, The Blackbird
Steven Goodwin, Birds In The Nightclub
Mark Sheeky, Anxious Sparrow In The Garden

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, July 17, 2017

ArtsLab II Episode 31: Computers

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Episode 31: Computers
Broadcast Monday 17 July 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.
Special guest Mary Valentine Williams.

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

Dr. Mike Blow, Colony (Extract)
Matt Nin, Troubleshoot 390
Andrew Williams, 1995
Steven Goodwin, Computers And My Dragon
Rebecca Cherrington, Computers
Mike Fuller, Tall Structures
Lavinia Murray, Frozen Embryo Computer

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, July 10, 2017

ArtsLab II Episode 30: God

ArtsLab produced and presented by Mark Sheeky
Episode 30: God
Broadcast Monday 10 July 2017, 2pm to 3pm GMT.
Special guest Claire Lewis-Jones.

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

Mark Sheeky, One Dream Is All It Takes
Lavinia Murray, Egon Raspberry Meets His Maker
Steven Goodwin, Belief
Andrew Williams, Exodus
Mark Sheeky, Beyond The Horizon
Rebecca Cherrington, God
Lavinia Murray, Soldier

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

Sunday, July 09, 2017

The New Renaissance

If the history of art tells us anything, if the history of science does, is that discoveries never end, and that new, vast worlds are always unexpected. I would imagine that in 1840, visual artists had considered their art refined to the ultimate degree, yet it was merely the start of what we call Modern Art, due to photography.

Now, as then we stand on the cusp of a new dawn. The Internet marks the start of a new epoch for humanity. What makes people different from animals is that we can learn and teach. Chimpanzees can learn skills, like breaking a nut with tool for example, by watching other chimps, but if that chain is broken, the knowledge is lost and a chimp must become an inventor again to relearn a skill that countless forbears has learned countless times. Humans did this at first, but soon, information stuck. Speech was developed, stories could be passed on, and knowledge through the generations and to other tribes. This was first first epoch of intelligent life. Written language was the next great leap, then printing which led to mass literacy, then electric communication which permitted the instant conveyance of the latest ideas, and now the Internet, allowing collaboration and the instant access of the best knowledge, the latest information instantly.

This new epoch has and will change humanity forever, and will change art too. The peaks of exceptional humans of the past are now sanded smooth by waves of people, vast numbers of great people who can now share ideas instantly. This is the age of the genius, which makes it harder for exceptional people to excel, but being exceptional was never easy.

In visual art, the twentieth century was all about exploring the palette, the genres of art from pure abstraction, to realism. From surrealism to symbolism, from craft to conceptualisation. In music, this was largely done by Bach's time, in that the scales and chords were then known; of course, music changed too in the twentieth century with serialism and other developments, but the basic structures and rules were set centuries ago, as they were in literature and drama millennia ago.

Leonardo da Vinci argued that visual art is superior to the other arts because it communicates with the most sacred of organs, the eye. Holiness aside, humans communicate primarily with vision. Like other primates we learn be seeing other, empathic communication. Other senses are secondary to vision. Television is vastly more popular than radio. Music can touch emotions instantly, but it struggles to communicate intellectual information. Images are how the brain operates. How often have you dreamed a sound? Or a smell? Or a touch? Or a poem? Images are the key to the way our minds work, and art is about mind touching mind.

Thus, visual artists can now at last rejoice! Here we stand upon the crest of a dawn, and one that is yet to be seized. It is ironic that the new soup of information creates apathy, rather than opportunity. From soups, islands must rise. The foam will disperse!

The visual arts are set to begin, at last. There has been no Bach of visual art, no Mozart, no Beethoven. Visual artists have become specialists in their narrow genre, this is the doom of the innovator, but now the time of innovation is ended, and yet few see this. As in any art, especially one so very badly trained as painting, people spend a long time exploring and not building, although to build palaces we must first know all of our materials.

The palette is set, and now it is time to explore it, and use it to lighten up the great darkness that pervades contemporary society. This is at least my goal. Perhaps it is all of our goals now. As machines replace each function, to create a love art will probably be our destiny as a species.

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