Archive for October, 2006

The Meaning of Meaning

Posted in CCS-blog on October 26th, 2006

Of new kinds of art works that are not readily accessible, people often say things like..but what does it mean? I liked this response:

“Meaning begins in the words, in the action, continues in your head and ends nowhere. There is no end to meaning. Meaning which is resolved, parcelled, labelled and ready for export is dead, impertinent - and meaningless.”

Harold Pinter, writer, author of The Birthday Party, in a letter to Peter Wood, its first director, 1958.

PLAY.orchestra

Posted in CCS-blog on October 21st, 2006

PLAY.orchestra is an interactive sound installation situated outside the Royal Festival Hall on the South Bank of the Thames. 56 plastic cubes and 3 Hotspots are laid out on a full size orchestra stage, each cube containing a light and speaker.

It is a collaboration between Central St Martins, South Bank and the Philharmonia orchestra. Have a look here for details:PLAY.orchestra

I tried it while in London in September. It generated plenty of fun amongst the participants: somehow sitting down down on the cubes seemed to encourage communication.

The bluetooth interaction seemed not to be working- or maybe my phone was not picking it up. I have not had much luck with bluetooth in public installations e.g the Sydney Custom House installation recently.. has anyone had more success?