David Hockney Early Reflections

David Hockney Early Reflections Review

David Hockney Early Reflections is a cleverly named exhibition focusing on the early period of the artist’s career, introducing us to something more than the famous pool paintings. While Hockney’s homosexuality is touched upon, as it should be, especially since his sexual preference is prevalent in most of his creative output in one way or another, the focus lies clearly on his skills, his interest in water and superficially on homosexuality and its influence in his works. Through almost 40 pieces, we are shown the impressive artistic evolution in the early career of a man that has been called Britain’s greatest artist. Continue reading

When Data Visualization of Art Becomes Art Itself

Usually data analysis means hundreds of numbers and powerpoint graphs, however Frederik Brodbeck offers us an interesting and visually captivating way to analyze movies. Or as he puts it:

“cinemetrics is about measuring and visualizing movie data, in order to reveal the characteristics of films and to create a visual “fingerprint” for them. Information such as the editing structure, color, speech or motion are extracted, analyzed and transformed into graphic representations so that movies can be seen as a whole and easily interpreted or compared side by side.”

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Design and Ponies

Designers and Curators run into situations where the client or the trustees in any project will wrestle for control over it. This situation is inevitable due to money, and resources being invested by them and we as curators and designers must find a way to either manage these expectations or the result is madness.

Clearly the creators of my Little-Pony know this feeling. The response is not to fall into despair, but help our clients understand that we are not an extension of photoshop or a hammer and that when we are given a project, it is because of our expertise. Most clients will understand and stand back. The others… well you can’t win them all, but you can discourage it by pointing out how the budget balloons with every “suggestion”