Andrew McWilliams

Different Types of Gallery

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A couple of days ago I found myself in the middle of a debate about commercial art galleries. Are they glorified dealers, selecting only art that fits a narrow, profit-oriented, white-cube ideal? Or are they operators in cultural cohesion, inviting community and collectors to share in the owner's artistic vision over a free beer at openings?

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Jason Bruges Studio

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Jason Bruges is a well-known name in the interactive arts & architecture in the UK. Nine years ago he started a studio that:

"create[s] interactive spaces and surfaces that sit between the worlds of architecture, interaction design and site-specific installation art. Our projects range from large-scale building facades and public art to interactive interior environments and products"

There is a whole team (17 credited on the website), producing under this name and they take on a number of large scale commissions in any given year.

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Unstable Empathy & Gaining Trust

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The only EEG stuff I've seen before was Mick Grierson using it at a dorkbot-style event to 'find out' if a friend of his 'is gay' (take this in the childish scoffing at the notion of homosexuality sense of things). Over a period of 5 minutes, Mick flashed up fast, subliminal homoerotic pictures on a projector, in amongst a control set of heteroerotic images, and monitored the EEG waves for spikes suggesting subconscious approval.

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Chris O'Shea & Two Creative Cultures

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Originally this blog was supposed to be about me spewing out all kinds of insights into the workings of other people's creative practice. High hopes. Well, I have to start somewhere. I spent my first morning of research reading all the comments on an archived vimeo fist-fight.

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