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Art can be a vehicle for ideas.

Storyteller by Walter Benjamin

Storyteller by Walter Benjamin

The issue dealt with in this article is how the story culture became degenerated in modern society where experience was functionalized. Reduction of story culture means that an ability of exchanging the experience is being deteriorated. I sometimes realize how most of the subjects in the communication with the senior or my parents dealt with contents of enlightenment and also with funny episodes derived from personal experience based on the history of contemporary era that could not be seen in the history book on sales at book stores. In addition, I found myself indirectly experiencing the situations shown in the story and preparing my heart ready to hear about what I did not experience before in the discourse shared with my peers or those younger than me. Hereupon, storytellers memorize the stories they experienced in person or heard about from others in a form of fantasy conveying them to audiences. In addition, authors are separated from readers, while storytellers communicate with audiences in person. Therefore, sharing stories with audiences is of a new physical experience. Stories hereto are communicated through bodies of storyteller that the medium of discourse is the human body.

Novel is regarded as a sign that oral culture is degenerated. As it is distributed in the form of book, authors and readers are separated from each other. Novels are an outcome of experience that is near to an object shared by thoughts of an individual. Therefore, audiences and readers reflect an alienated existence but not share their own experience. As for another example, many of other media conveying much of information (newspaper, movie, and broadcasting) only deliver the value of information in an instantaneous moment but cannot reinterpret or reproduce the meaning. Types of communication available only in the instantaneous moment are non-persistent, but stories are not consumable or perishable but maintain the survival power. 

Discourses are closely related to stories of storyteller. They are left on the trace of storytellers in any form. When storytellers select media in a form different from their physical bodies (delineation of the stories on the canvas as a drawing in case of fine artists), speaker’s narration must be directly expressed to have a face-to-face effect on the discourse. Furthermore, an effort on participation of both narrators and audiences is inevitable in the discourse.  




How to use brain? = How to communicate,using brain?

<Lucy> is a movie inquiring about the existence of humans. In some sense, life is regarded to go towards the death as soon as it is created. What matters to such a life in existence?

As you become aware of death as an individual who is capable of raising the question, “Where am I from?” What would be your answer to the question as a human? That may include your bucket list.  In other words, against the situation of “To be or not to be?” we become thoughtful to distinguish what kinds of things we have to do first and what are the most important ones? We establish a plan to fulfill the list. Does the list include extraordinary ones you wished to have in your life such as hosting a fancy party or eating special food or visiting tourist attraction? I don’t think so. You may want to deliver a message as the last communication with your family, friends, and related persons that have established a relationship with you in a way or another based on your routine perspectives of life. Confronting death, everybody wants to have a feeling of being alive, checking his/her position in the society repeatedly. Moreover, they become desperate to grasp the amount of time before death while trying to communicate with others to confirm the values of their lives. In conclusion, people want to transform the fear of death into the feeling of being alive.

Science museum – information age

science museum – information age

The art is a tool, express communication between artists and viewers, also place for a communication. These days, the most popular interpersonal communication tools is mobile phone that realize personal mobile telecommunication. The mobile phone already more than just communication, as a name of convergence, mobile phone absorb MP3, internet, and pretty much all the field, like a black hole and running ahead in order to be an all purpose tool. Then, what is mobile phone for human being in the age of mobile phone and the age of digital convergence with mobile phone. Does human being communicate each other more than past? And is this real communication to human being and make them happy?

Human communication outdo animal communication, just simple communication functions, people can express themselves and moreover have social communication functions that understand people. Therefore, material civilization and individualism spread widely, modern people notice more and more about network and importance of communication. In less than 30 years, interindividual communication develop very rapidly and come into wide use. And also advanced skill spread widely, finally come into mobile revolution. That make people believe and think optimistically that cell phone solve these kinds of problems. Actually, cell phone with PC(Personal Computer) functions is now in charge both global telecommunication and global network(internet). However people still appeal loneliness, be alienated, and cut off. With well developed internet and cell phone, modern society achieve glottalization, however the communication between people and people go backward.

me true, because of negligence of a place for communication. Therefore, the true meaning of communication and network does not come out.(Artist and viewers can meet in art museum with art gallery as a tools)

The best way that people can communicate, but the worst way that they cut true communication between people, how can people overcome the contradiction of mobile communication.

             The way, people solve the contradiction problems are that mobile communication has to be not only just deliver voice communication tools but also formate of sympathy and deliver true communication in a place for communication. A place for communication is where you can identify existence myself and other people with communicate face to face. In other words, this is the place for both meeting and communication for the human who is social animal. However, now days, only communication tools are developed well, that is why the meeting does not co

Picasso museum in Spain

Picasso museum in Spain

People including children or those without any of background knowledge in the field of fine art usually mention Picasso as the greatest artist in modern art. However, when they are asked about why Picasso is the greatest artist on his work, they provide various answers such as modern art, abstract image, or drawing that anyone can create that are not quite understandable. However, people still ask a question about what is really a modern art. This is because everyone agrees that Picasso is the father of abstract modern fine art but was suspicious at least once as to how great Picasso’s works were in the past. The internationally well-recognized fine artist Picasso born in Spain created many of fine art works during his life time. After his 20s, he had already established the concept of currently-used abstract fine art. Unlike Picasso Museum in France that still possesses almost all the works from the post-generation of Picasso, this place converted as a museum from his work place in Spain collects all the courses as to how still-life images, landscape, and figure painting people are familiar with were changed into abstract painting style. Looking closely at every stage of courses, it is feasible to identify how Picasso created the concept of abstract painting that was outstanding enough for him to be called as the father of modern art. Starting from Picasso, modern art has been developed by many of the artists. Inquiry of how to accept modern fine art is in the same context of how much to understand the modern fine art works and enjoys them in the gallery.

Culture is sometimes referred to as life styles of human being. Above all, art is one of sort of culture reflected preference that human being look for a better life. So, you can find reason in the art about desire of better life and effort of faithful to that desire. However, modern art is not confined to seek simple beauty. Here is one question. What is the range of art to modern people that they can allow? There is no boundary line in the art. As you can see through couple examples, there are some art works that you can hardly tell that this is art. Such as, classical painting on the canvas, on his Oak-Tree work, Michael Craig- Martin puts glass cup fill with water on the table for wash stands and he says this is Oak tree and even more, some people says cutting animal in the formaldehyde solution tank is art too. Only question is that the public can accept these kinds of works as an art in this era.

With invention of perspective in the Renaissance, there are big differences between previous Renaissance age and after Renaissance age in painting. Like this, not only in our living history, but also include science, math and all the studies spread to the art, and these things are able to extend the way of expression. If I remind me that I did communication art work 25 years ago, I use cell phone which is going to be an important machine as in communication method in 21th century, as an object. I was really hard to imagine or make it merger two things which are cell phone and method of traditional painting. In other words, using cell phone as an object and put traditional painting technique was hard to imagine. As I mention before, Nam June Pail’s art work is even more spectacular. With advancement of science and technology, there is great invention television appears, and now television turns to daily necessity. Nam June Pail tries to put two things together. Television which one of best matter that reflects our lives, use as a canvas and work with visual image and creative new art field as video art. The reason this can be possible is that the way of art expression is pretty much coexistence with our life history include scientific technique.

             If scientific technique contributes diversity of art expression, the human’s life and its reward philosophy contribute that extend art’s fundamental boundary line big imagination that art can express. The entire thing that people create come from just one mind, art work is not different. The place where we live, they dress what we wear, and furthermore make efforts day and night and experience of life, all those things can be a media and turns to art works. In other words, if there is thinking, the range of creation does not limit and the ranges of art expressions are unlimited.

The curious incident of the dog in the night

The curious incident of the dog in the night

There are many types of communication in various meanings in the world. To be specific, there is verbal or invisible communication. In addition, taking a closer look at communication makes one think about direction of communication. Among them, communication is shared by performed through the medium named stage conveying the message to audiences through contents on the medium, the stage. This type of communication does have a different direction from bilateral communication that is the most frequently type of communication. To be particular, it represents a unilateral communication that performers convey the information to audiences. Of course, it is regarded as a bilateral communication in a sense that audiences enjoying the performance receive the message and feel something out of it. However, what audiences feel on the performance is more of sympathy but not a direct communication of information on how they feel to performers. Therefore, it is regarded as a different type of communication from discourse or discussion that people are familiar with. 

Performance named ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night’ includes the characteristics of the communication of performance and is also of an attempt of showing how the expression mode could be different as the technology was developed in the field of stage performance of art. 

The entire stage is a digital screen that the performance consists of acting including the signals. In this performance, many of the simplest but powerful electronic symbols serving as a role of expressing the meaning are shown. In addition, as for a tool of expressing thoughts of main characters, an expression mode for how a third party actor reads a diary of main characters in the perspective of a third person is selected. Hereupon, the stage is made by digital screen with real acting as a reality and a third party actor as a thought of main character and is hence not different from expression mode in computer Internet or communication in the use of mobile phone as a digitalized communication these days. 



All history has beginning. As usual everyone, from the moment when someone was born, human being stars to make their own history. One of the most important methods in human life that can make accomplishment, carry one and maintain is communication. Then, what is communication?

Before we talk about method communication, real social meaning, and problems, we need to think about origin of communication. Means that the method for an intangible, communication can make relationship constantly between two organism. Communication can be determined as a chain that likes a combination of fine material for a long time.

The human being has lived making history with other organism in the same space and connected to each other with communication, since when the birth of Earth. As phrase from the movie Interstellar, be alive is making story between stating point that you cannot remember and the end that no one knows. Our life stars from continuous communication and lives with communication and also ends with it.

Let’s compare with communication that making something form nothing and creating organism such as could, mountains, bird and so on, from none of space suddenly comes out. In the intangible chaos can creative anything, same as communication can combine anything depending on whether you have direction. And communication is basic source of making tangible relationship of all kinds of organism like human and human, nature and human,

After all, communication is essential method in human life that can make our human life as an one organism as a various intangible method. One of representative communication method is sound and letter, something signal can be one of it.

Out communication can spread to everywhere with many kinds of methods, letters and signal, and help establishment of self, and with each ego gather can be a big human society.

TATE museum :Turner Prize 2014-Tris Vonna-Michell

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TATE museum :Turner Prize 2014-Tris Vonna-Michell

As mentioned in the posting earlier, the theme of group project in this grade is autoethnography.

English artist named Tris Vonna-Michell (28) gained huge fame with audio-tape performance in the artist show called ‘The Generational’ held by New Museum in 2009. Here, his work slowly started with the story by Tris Vonna-Michelle with the performance with voice recorded in the field and gradually caught up with speed until it was changed into the music of coloratured stream in the repetitive flow of climax and chorus.  

His work was totally based on autoethnography. 

Temporal elements of his current life as well as his own feeling on the world were all reflected on the photo. Furthermore, showing them in slides was enough to make audience feel how it was a documentary film, and his clumsy, stuttering, fast, and also slow voice of his well-represented his current feeling. His voice and the meaning of his words become the biography of observer in the form of diary as a prerequisite. Voice-recording conducted to show his thoughts convey the most direct effect over any of document-based biography.    

The British Museum:Territories of Practice-Text Image

The British Museum

Territories of Practice-Text Image

Since I was young, I liked talk with other people, listening to them, and counselling with them. Once I started having conversation with people, I was unaware of the passage of 2 or 3 hours. That make me know about the communication importance among the people. For me, telling the story is fun. I can tell my opinion to somebody, I can also express and tell my feelings, and I was able to give my knowledge to somebody. That is why people around me tell me that you must be good at announcer, VJ, teacher or counselor. 

It is natural for me to have an interest in the important elements of communication; language, sound, and signal. Among them, expression mode of text included in the language has always been difficult for me. Text has been a biasedly recognized as a design field related to practical academia rather than communication work in my head. Looking for origins of text in various countries, it is identifiable that characters in Egypt or China expressed the communication in a format of image since humans started communicating with each other and recorded them as a course of development of hieroglyphics. Therefore, text is regarded as the most typical image of drawing and hence an image for communication. However, when I was unable to exactly identify how to express text in my work because it is a promised sign and also standardized in human society, the class “Territories of Practice – Text Image’ was of a welcoming rain to me. 

Since they were precious works preserved in the storage of the British Museum, I was unable to take a picture of them. However, I was satisfied by leaving a simple sketch of them that only I was able to identify  

Fred Wilson (American, b.1954) 575 x 480

Among them, there was a work that attracted me. It was the work in 1954 by an artist named Fred Wilson that performed in the field creating work in a theme of realizing the history and culture in each period as well as racial discrimination as an African-American from US exhibition by participating in Venice Biennale in 2003. This work expressed how the ink, an element for oriental drawing, spread in the shape of water drop or fungus on the white rice paper based on direct lettering of lines in styles that might be shown on poetic diction from novels by Moby-Dick or Claude McKay and works by Shakespeare. How the ink was spread out to the white rice paper was very effective and painting-type of image expressing African-American that was regarded as dirty fungus on Caucasian-dominating society, and direct and realistic lettering applied on it served as a role of delivering the powerful story and the meaning and also representing one efficient work that graphic drawing and design-based text were well harmonized. This work expressing the society with racial indiscrimination related to lack of communication without understanding the difference of Caucasian and African-American inspired me much in terms of whether to express behind themes of my work through efficient visual works with text along with theme of ‘communication.’   



For finding answer.

Recently, I really wonder about how to develop and  create my art work with Pattern and signal because a range of  my subject of art work,communication, include pattern,letter and signal. Especially, I wonder  how properly  I  can create to  harmonize with human feature and pattern or signal within one art work.  I try to many kinds of different ways, among them ,today, I decide to visit SAATCHI GALLERY because recently, here,SAATCHI GALLERY, exhibit divers painting including installation ,sculpture and video woks.

In this exhibition term, SAATCHI GALLERY contains 15 different sections of  galleries, among them, 4 galleries( from gallery 11 to gallery 14) consist of  contemporary art works based on Britain today’nature  of 17 members young UK artists. Some of art works inspired me to create pattern, signal and letter so I tried to take a picture with me and art works together.

And then, my new interesting trial as which I took a picture with human and art works including art space kept going in another room of galleries.

Everything including all people, exists only through relationships with other people or things with communication. Nothing exists in isolation or absolute independence.



Freud Museum in London

Freud Museum in London

There are big and small museums all over in old city London. There is big and famous museum, such as the British Museum, and some museum for one great man, like Hendel and Dickens. These museum remodel great man’s house where they lived, in the museum, there are furniture, clothes, books, hats, and even one single pen with great care that great man used during his life.

Like these kinds of museum, there is a psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud’s(1856~1939) museum. This museum is hided in Northern London Hampstead where reside lots of scholars and writers. Freud spends most of time in Austria, Wien, however he passes ways in London. A Jew Freud, Austria was occupied by Nazi annexation of Austria in his latter years, he comes to England as an exile with forgetting his old age, when he was eighties. England greets him showing clear signs of illness because of more than 30 times of cancer of the mouth surgeries. He spends his last one year in London, and he passes away at Maresfield 20th street, The museum is located in this Maresfield 20th street.

In his house, there are lots of antiques he collected in his life from Egypt, China, and Greece. And also there are, books, desk, and a luxury couch that patients can lay down when they get psychoanalyst treatment from him. On the wall, fusain drawing from dali is hanging and on the first floor desk, you can see round glasses he used. It looks like he was just there until a few minutes ago, writing something on his desk.

Sigmund Freud(May 6th 1856~ September 23th 1929)is a doctor of psychiatrist, neurologist, philosopher and the founding father of psychoanalysis. He is famous for creating theory of unconscious suppression defence mechanism and also creating clinical that cure psychopathology with having conversation with patients. Freud begins to use hypnosis in his clinical work, he finds out hypnosis is not necessary to many subject and he gives up this way. And instead of that, he cure his patients with having conversation with them. This treatment is well know as talking cure and finally goal of this treatment which is conversation is that solve the patient’s strong feeling energy in unconscious.

Like this, Freud called the feeling that patients deny it “suppression” and he thinks, this can harm to consciousness normal function, and even more harm to physical function. And he explains this one as a psychosomatic disorder. The term of “arts of conversation” is made from Anna O. who is patient of his co-worker Josef Breuer. This “arts of conversation” is widely considered in foundation of Freudianism.

I paint most of my art work with communication and also insist about importance of communication, Freud’s life and his Freudianism research are very interested in to me. I know seriousness in human life when there are no conversation and communication. And also I can tell, communication is the best way to cure mental patient. Freud Museum give me chance to learn about importance of true inner communication among the people and let me know the answer about what is the origin of human existence.