Annals of Journalism:
Thursday, May 28, 2009 9:00 PM
ART WARS continued:
|At right below, an image from the opening of Fox Studios
Australia in Sydney on November 7, 1999. The Fox ceremonies
included, notably, Kylie Minogue singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best
For the mathematical properties of the red windmill (moulin rouge) figure at left, see Diamond Theory.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009 12:00 PM
First-Draft Theater --
"... she explores
the nature of identity
in a structure of
Amy Adams in Doubt
Amy Adams and Meryl Streep
at premiere of Doubt
Sunday, May 24, 2009 2:45 AM
Quarter to Three, continued:One More for the Road
Saturday, May 23, 2009 1:00 PM
Quarter-Century of Doom:
Friday, May 22, 2009 9:29 AM
Design Theory --
The HSBC Logo Designer --
He is an internationally recognized corporate identity consultant. Based in Hong Kong, his work for clients such as HongkongBank, IBM and Unilever is a major influence in Pacific Rim design.
Born in Austria and raised in New York, Steiner was educated at Yale under Paul Rand and attended the Sorbonne as a Fulbright Fellow. He is a past President of Alliance Graphique Internationale. Other professional affiliations include the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Chartered Society of Designers, Design Austria, and the New York Art Directors' Club.
His Cross-Cultural Design: Communicating in the Global Marketplace was published by Thames and Hudson (1995).
"Epiphanies of Modernism,"
Chapter 24 of Sources of the Self
(Cambridge U. Press, 1989, p. 477):
"... the object sets up
a kind of frame or space or field
within which there can be epiphany."
See also Talking of Michelangelo.
Thursday, May 21, 2009 8:00 PM
Angels & Demons, continued:
Thursday, May 21, 2009 8:28 AM
Mental Health Month continues:
|Die (Tony Smith)|
From "Secondary Structures," by Tom Moody, Sculpture Magazine, June 2000:
"By the early '90s, the perception of Minimalism as a 'pure' art
untouched by history lay in tatters. The coup de grâce
against the movement came not from an artwork, however, but from a
text. Shortly after the removal of Richard Serra's Tilted Arc
from New York City's Federal Plaza, Harvard art historian Anna Chave
published 'Minimalism and the Rhetoric of Power' (Arts Magazine,
January 1990), a rousing attack on the boys' club that stops just short
of a full-blown ad hominem rant. Analyzing artworks (Walter de Maria's
aluminum swastika, Morris's 'carceral images,' Flavin's phallic 'hot
rods'), critical vocabulary (Morris's use of 'intimacy' as a negative,
Judd's incantatory use of the word 'powerful'), even titles (Frank
Stella's National Socialist-tinged Arbeit Macht Frei and Reichstag),
Chave highlights the disturbing undercurrents of hypermasculinity and
social control beneath Minimalism's bland exterior. Seeing it
through the eyes of the ordinary viewer, she concludes that 'what
[most] disturbs [the public at large] about Minimalist art may be what
disturbs them about their own lives and times, as the face it projects
is society's blankest, steeliest face; the impersonal face of
technology, industry and commerce; the unyielding face of the father: a
face that is usually far more attractively masked.'"
For a more attractively masked father figure, see the Terminator series:
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 4:00 PM
The Diamond Connection:
Abstract: "The Steiner system S(4,7,23) is constructed from the geometry of PG(3,2)."
Abstract: "The Steiner system S(5,8,24) is constructed from the geometry of PG(3,2)."
Tuesday, May 19, 2009 7:20 PM
Sunday, May 17, 2009 10:00 PM
Annals of Symbology:
"... my advisor once told me, 'If you ever find yourself drawing one of those meaningless diagrams with arrows connecting different areas of mathematics, it’s a good sign that you’re going senile.'"Steven Cullinane at Log24, May 19, 2004:
Sunday, May 17, 2009 7:59 AM
"My work is motivated by a hope that there may be a way to recapture the ancient and medieval vision of both Beauty and purpose in a way which is relevant to our own century. I even dare to hope that the two ideas may be related, that Beauty is actually part of the meaning and purpose of life."
"The Reverend T. P. Kirkman knew in 1862 that there exists a group of degree 16 and order 322560 with a normal, elementary abelian, subgroup of order 16 [1, p. 108]. Frobenius identified this group in 1904 as a subgroup of the Mathieu group M24 [4, p. 570]...."Olli Pottonen, "Classification of Steiner Quadruple Systems" (Master's thesis, Helsinki, 2005)--
1. Biggs N.L., "T. P. Kirkman, Mathematician," Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society 13, 97–120 (1981).
4. Frobenius G., "Über die Charaktere der mehrfach transitiven Gruppen," Sitzungsber. Königl. Preuss. Akad. Wiss. zu Berlin, 558–571 (1904). Reprinted in Frobenius, Gesammelte Abhandlungen III (J.-P. Serre, editor), pp. 335–348. Springer, Berlin (1968).
"Beauty is bound up
Pottonen's thesis is
dated Nov. 16, 2005.
For some remarks on
images and theology,
see Log24 on that date.
Click on the above image
for some further details.