Monthly Archives: March 2017

What visuals can tell us if we really look

shoe last wall

Wall of shoe lasts at the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Sydney

Instagram is a visually powerful medium. Anyone with the slightest interest in aesthetics will attest to that. I find it both compelling and strangely addictive. Being pummelled with one exquisite image after another has a potent effect on the eyes and brain.

Artists and designers have been fully on board with Instagram since its beginnings in 2010. It’s impossible to tell just how many are using Instagram, but a quick search through hashtags like #workinprogress (or #wip) #artiststudio #studio #contemporaryart #designlife #designing will give you an indication of what’s going on in this space. Many are using social media platforms like Instagram as part of their virtual studio practice.

As researchers like Gillian Rose have said, visuals, especially those generated by digital spaces, are now a massive part of our lives. How do we make sense of what’s happening in these places/spaces? Continue reading

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The relationship between art and design

This week’s guest post is by Alli Burness. I used to work with Alli and we’ve done visual research together using Instagram. Hopefully, fingers crossed, we will have a publication out soon which shares that research. We’ve had lots of conversions about art, and could probably have tons more. So I asked her if she’d like to write a guest post on why art matters to her.

These days, Alli is a designer at ThinkPlace. She has previously worked as a digital producer at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Over to Alli… Continue reading

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