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Cloud hands on the mountain

My third day in residence at Djerassi, I join fellow residents Wei and Daiane in their Tai Chi practice. I have only previously tried Tai Chi once, for twenty minutes, when it was part of an employee wellness demonstration years ago. Here on the mountaintop, I decide to try it as a form of exercise. I can’t do my customary lap swims here. I imagine it will be something like yoga. Good for my body, but also meditative.


In Memoriam: Kinetic Artist Antonio Asis

Antonio Asis, a pioneering Argentine postwar abstract artist known for his vibrant paintings and interactive kinetic art, died in Paris on March 30 after an illness. He was 87. Asis, born in 1932 in Buenos Aires, was a key member of the South American expatriate creative community who moved to Paris in the 1950s and to explore color and geometry to incite movement and vibration in art. 

Art as Invention: Sherban Epuré in memoriam

Over three years ago, Letiţia Bucur shared the devastating news with me: Sherban Epuré, her husband, suffered a spinal aneurysm. It meant, among other things, paralysis from the waist down and a never-ending succession of medical interventions. The artist was not prepared to give in. Living on borrowed time, he fully rededicated himself to his art.

Penny, Simon. Making Sense, Cognition, Cognition, Computing, Art and Embodiment

According to author Simon Penny, Making Sense: Cognition, Computing, and Embodiment  is about intelligence, cognition, and the impact of culture and technology. However, it is also a study in numerous contrasts, among them: biological being vs. computationally simulated being, civilian research vs. military research, representation vs  performance, art practice vs. media practice, and mind-body dualism vs embodied cognition.  “How do all these things fit together?” he asks, in the introduction.