February 26th, 2011 - 12:09 AM § in Gadget

The Aura Portrait

Photography is one of the newest inventions in the world of art.  In fact, it wasn’t until about the 1940’s that it became generally accepted as an artistic tool, rather than just a scientific gadget.  Because of its relatively recent inception, there are still many questions as to what the medium might ultimately become.  Along the journey, many false claims have been made, and will be made.

One of the latest and greatest scams is the biofeedback device “AuraCam.”  By connecting a subject’s body to an electronic device which interacts with the camera, supposedly an individual’s aura can be captured in a photograph.  The end result is pretty unspectacular — it looks like overexposed film that has been photoshopped with rainbow colors.  Visiting AuraCam’s website, I felt like I was watching an infomercial.

Nonetheless, despite the uninspired packaging of this product, there are interesting questions about the nature of photography that arise from this concept.  What is the nature of the photograph?  Why do we feel it to be “authentic”?  And, how can we measure what kinds of energy are being transferred from the body to the lens to the paper (or screen)?


February 22nd, 2011 - 9:26 PM § in Artist

Maureen Gubia: Photo unreal

In academia, painters are often taught not to paint from photographs.  They are told that, no matter how fascinating the picture, inevitably the end result will be flat and uninteresting.  In theory, I agree with this logic:  photos, as objects, are boring and 2-dimensional.  Why should you pain[...]

February 20th, 2011 - 9:28 PM § in Gallery

MOMA’s Interactive Picasso

Museum websites, ironically, are not always a great source for viewing art.  They tend to be more of large-scale teasers for the actual museum (for which they get to actually charge you), kind of like those temporary websites built for new Hollywood films. Therefore, I am somewhat impressed that th[...]

February 18th, 2011 - 9:55 PM § in Museums

Stolen, Damaged Rodin Restored By 3D Technology

Possibly the most famous sculpture in the world, Rodin’s “The Thinker” is the epitome of what modern art came to represent for many:  introspection and individuality.  Since its first version in 1902, the piece has been cast multiple times and in many locations.  So when it was [...]

February 14th, 2011 - 8:28 PM § in Gallery, News

54th Venice Biennale Coming in June 2011

There are certain destinations in every creative field which are, indisputably, places to find contemporary talent and inspiration.  In film, it is the Cannes Film Festival.  For visual art, it is La Biennale di Venezia, where artists from around the world showcase their work in a themed exhibitio[...]

February 12th, 2011 - 10:21 PM § in Internet

Cable Companies Want to Subdue Google TV

As expensive cable providers lose more and more ground to free services like YouTube, and cheap services like NetFlix, it was inevitable that they would try to find a way to stop Google TV before it pushes Viacom or Comcast out of the television racket for good. The time has come:  the National Cab[...]

February 10th, 2011 - 11:42 PM § in Reviews

Classic Macintosh As Art

I began using Apple Macintosh computers in the 1980s.  These machines, for their time, were innovative, powerful, and expensive.  Many credit Apple for making the graphical user interface (GUI) a standard for personal computers.  Their graphics capabilities — both creation and presentation [...]