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Henri Matisse at work on his Cut-Outs at his home in Nice, 1953

Are ‘swiftness and spontaneity’ still precious values after the advent of complex back-lit fields and facia like the app?

I can’t escape the feeling that, as a designer, it is of chief importance for me to be able to get as close to creation via pure thought as possible — that the more barriers to free play, or ‘drag ‘n drop’, there are, the less creative I am able to be.

But speed and spontaneity in creative practices are in fact exclusively modern values. Indeed, for many thousands of years artists, designers and makers harboured far fewer — if any — of the creative principals, techniques and values found in today’s (or yesterday’s) studios.

Could T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland have been conceived in 1922 without the instant effective publication offered by the typewriter? …


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Why are these gnarling pixel mosaics proving to be the most effective artefacts of the age of digital network media?

The 2018 Turner Prize was won by an artist named Charlotte Prodger.

Prodger works in multiple mediums. After originally producing pieces with 6mm film — a physical medium confined by what she calls the “material limits” of length and weight — she produced her winning piece, Bridgit, shot using a mobile phone in 2016.​

According to Prodger it was the curious form of the mobile phone that enabled her to rediscover and further indulge her fascination with the device’s tactile and ‘very material, almost sculptural’ dimensions.

She also noted that the phone-camera as a device seems to affect a merging of body and medium, in an most uncanny synthetic…

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