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Thursday, January 31st, 2013
5:08 pm
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
11:57 pm
Lectures of semiotics of art
From the beginning.

Lecture 1
Culture is a non-genetic memory.
Possibility in everything:

the other thing from the lecture is Pussy Riot

Lecture 2
Sometimes art is defined as the opposition between humans and nature. But. Art can be done by anybody: animals, nature itself, people, space.
By animals:

By space:

Lecture 3

I think uneasiness makes it funny, its the same with Mr.Bean. When somebody is in a troble, other people tend to laugh. Its crule but its true.
Sometimes bad things need to happen to make positive things to others.

Lecture 4

Everything is overwritten in the world, specially every culture.
Lotman: there is no beginning in culture, a culture is always built, “written” on another culture. No beginnings other than maybe the big bang.
If you see a pattern, there is a way to see it everywhere. The best example is the movie Pi

The movie is about mathematical patterns, which the main character thinks rule the world.

Lecture 5
Perceiving the surroundings and transferring them into an art.
I think tracks were the first objects to be art.
Animal tracks are so beautiful.

Lecture 6
Creativity is wider than art, art is a special zone to practice creativity.

Creativity is the impetus behind any given act of creation: inventions, compositions, etc. It is a fundamental human compulsion and largely related to notions of what separates human from machine intelligence.

The range of scholarly interest in creativity includes a multitude of definitions and approaches involving several disciplines; psychology, cognitive science, education, philosophy (particularly philosophy of science), technology, theology, sociology, linguistics, business studies, and economics, taking in the relationship between creativity and general intelligence, mental and neurological processes associated with creativity, the relationships between personality type and creative ability and between creativity and mental health, the potential for fostering creativity through education and training, especially as augmented by technology, and the application of creative resources to improve the effectiveness of learning and teaching processes.


Lecture 7

A ritual is a set of actions, performed mainly for their symbolic value. It may be prescribed by the traditions of a community, including a religious community. The term usually refers to actions which are stylized, excluding actions which are arbitrarily chosen by the performers.

The field of ritual studies has seen a number of conflicting definitions of the term. One given by Kyriakidis (2007) is that a ritual is an outsider's or "etic" category for a set activity (or set of actions) which to the outsider seems irrational, non-contiguous, or illogical. The term can be used also by the insider or "emic" performer as an acknowledgement that this activity can be seen as such by the uninitiated onlooker.

A ritual may be performed on specific occasions, or at the discretion of individuals or communities. It may be performed by a single individual, by a group, or by the entire community; in arbitrary places, or in places especially reserved for it; either in public, in private, or before specific people. A ritual may be restricted to a certain subset of the community, and may enable or underscore the passage between religious or social states.

The purposes of rituals are varied; with religious obligations or ideals, satisfaction of spiritual or emotional needs of the practitioners, strengthening of social bonds, social and moral education, demonstration of respect or submission, stating one's affiliation, obtaining social acceptance or approval for some event—or, sometimes, just for the pleasure of the ritual itself.
And we were talking about skulls and hands:


Lecture 8
Good backpack and good shoes make everything possible.
My choice for backpack is Jansport.

I recommend these bags heavily.

Lecture 9
Hands was the theme for the lecture. Black anc white ones. I chosed this photo.


Lecture 10
Still life was the theme.
Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin “Herring”


Lecture 11
Fixing your own memory was the theme. Is it possible to have a new memory?
In psychology, memory is the process by which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved. Encoding allows information that is from the outside world to reach our senses in the forms of chemical and physical stimuli. In this first stage we must change the information so that we may put the memory into the encoding process. Storage is the second memory stage or process. This entails that we maintain information over periods of time. Finally the third process is the retrieval of information that we have stored. We must locate it and return it to our consciousness. Some retrieval attempts may be effortless due to the type of information.

Lecture 12
We were analyzing some paitings
I really liked the backround and it made me think more about whats in my back.

Apple and camel

A Zed And Two Noughts (1986) by Peter Greenaway
All you need to make cinema is a point of view (and of course the view to which it points). Or a frame of reference and the reference which it frames. In Greenaway all these exist together, knowingly, as forms within forms. A story of twins looking to overcome grief by studying the decay of death is the reference here. Zebras, lizards, swans, we see the empty shells of body decay before the camera. Kept under the scrutiny of our gaze in life, inside cages, they remain under it once dead. At what point do all these symmetries which conjoined together make up the miracle of life stop being the sum of their parts, and by which process; how much of these parts that we understand as the self can be taken out before the self is no longer recognized; and the symmetry once broken, what mystery renews it. These obscure ruminations are framed against the question of existence, which implies god and pattern. How come that something so systemised, so perfectly designed and evolved from nothing, from amoeba and algea, can come to pass by the whim of chance? Having taken millions of years for creation to unravel its complexity, why does it take a second to destroy it? Which is to ask, at what point does the system, which in hindsight appears ordained and patterned, become random and meaningless. Various eccentricities are enacted in this process, all pointing to some kind of symbolic nakedness. When the legless woman gives birth to new life, twins again, the old twins, the blueprint for them, must step aside. The film ends with an poignant thought. Having carefully staged their own death so that the decay that follows may be captured on film, we see how nature intrudes upon this scene and foils the effort.
An atheist himself, Greenaway here gives us a pessimism that cuts deep; no consciousness survives this.

Ranno Hiire
11:56 pm
Semester roundup
I have uploaded my notes of the semester.

It needs to be downloaded from here:
Monday, January 28th, 2013
9:46 pm
Rosencrantz and Zed analysis

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
The disappearance of probablility, determinacy dictated by the film makers. They know that something is off, but are unable to do anything about it. It was fun to see them carried by such translucent plan, especially with such great british actors. The scenario was about two minor characters from hamlet which is a unique way to approach a well known cultural text. So the film was built around that previous text, never going actually in it and resulting in text in text. I also found quite unique the amount of metaphors, which all pointed to those men inevitable fate. As a result the film experience was great and Tim Roth`s approach reminded me with pleasant surprise Quentin Tarantino`s scenarios. 

A Zed & Two Noughts
Very similar film to Rosencrantz regarding the inevitableness of death, althought the atmosphere is much darker, and maybe even sarcastically dark. Also the amount of metatext/hybertext/text in text is similar to the last film, for example a short scene in the cinema, regarding the view film (by us or by them) which doesn`t correspond to viewers expectations. One distinct feature in "Zed..." is the emphasizing of duality, firstly the twins themselves and all the scenes with two characters, which may easily refer to the natural way of communication between two individuals. Regarding my subjective opinion, it`s more an art piece than something to watch late night with chips, but not bad in comparison to my experience with other highly metaphoric films.

One of those lines where laugh is shared with deep tought:

"It`s funny smell in here."

"It`s me, I`ve stopped washing."

8:09 pm
Summary of lectures

1. Memory as the basic unit for art and the connection between material object and memory.

2. Our understanting of the world is derived from the image drawn by our brain a.k.a. perception+consciousness, through everyday experiences. Conciousness is firstly represented by and connected to our body (e.g. perception, optical illusions).

3. Connecting the first two lectures: memory and consciousnes, using mnemonic decices, to keep memories. The art of consciousness. Also coming back to the first lectures pussy riot`s subject, this time approaching it as mental virus, using media as medium.

4. Hypertextuality (chronologically or  double or more layered text) is everywhere, even in cultures. Memes: primitivity and metatext. Time

5. Perceptual organs provide the information horizon for our mind, needed even in the simplest of organisms. When eyes closed, other sensory organs take their place. Rituals – everyday working and playful simulation. Art as the most powerful programming mechanism, creating something new.

6. Music as an ancient form of art, its harmonization and power towards mind and body. Symmetry – principle of organization; requires simultaneously similarity and difference. Rituals – collective syncronization which strengthens existing structures. Art creation is similar to ritual.

7. Icon – similarities. Index – direct connection between object and subject. Symbol – without restrictions, allows us to transform the world. Digital and analog as the basic principle.

8. One`s own style needs differ from his icon as well as resemble. M. Bakhtin`s chronotope – describing space and time in language. Narration depends upon its end, finality (J.Lotman). Females and femininity.

9. Overall subject - body. Hand gestures are easily read. Skin contact importance to a baby. Practicing expression and gestures, actors.

10. Still life with Petrov-Vodkin example. Everything has its meaning and purpose

11. Continuing Still life. Devices that adress visual information. The author of the text, the death of the author (Barthes). Optical clues and functions – reflection, distortion, refraction (e.g. Petrov-Vodkin)

12. Basic matrixes are digital and analog. E.g. a poster that can be expressed in binary code or graphic figure.  When comparing paintings – importance of colours.

4:42 pm
The protector of our brain and mind. Symbol of human in general or individual together his wisdom and knowledge. Skulls or skull shaped object have often legends or aura of mysticism surrounding them, e.g. crystal skull which is said by some sources to been worshiped by native americans, not to mention the new age religion.

But skulls have also been in everyday usage since around 15,000 BC, in the form drinking cups. Later have their significance become more ritualistic as a cup, used in rites by celtic tribes, pagan cults and treated many others to celebrate battles and vanguished foes. Warlords made cups from enemies skulls long til nowadays (though someone somewhere is probably still drinking from one right now) in Europe, as well in Asia, Africa, The New World and basically everywhere with the material and reason to do it.

Now we have lots of imitated skull cups, since the making from real skull is regarded as barbaric. Still the meaning of the symbol is well known and therefore used by both poets an warriors, and by all devoured by consumerism or in search for aesthetics. Skull as an art is covered in all areas, althought the question remains about the importance of its original meaning.

An interesting story coverning skulls is about Lord Byron from 19th century England. His gardener had found an unknown skull near an old abbey, from which he had made a drinking vessel. It was said to be turtoiseshell coloured and nicely polished; on it he had written a few dark poems. So he sometimes sat, accompanied only by the skull, and wrote.

12:46 am
Analysis of "Опера Зайчик"

Comedy comes in this short animation hand to hand with parody and satire. Fun is made of opera as an emotionally overexpressing and yet externally very serious and deep genre. Here the performance is simple, a rabbit`s tragic life. It`s turned somewhat serious and at the same time silly by the crying spectator and graveness of the choir and music. The humor is added by the characters general resemblance to something or someone that they are not. In this case - human is a rabbit. Also the overgesturing of hunter creates funny atmosphere since he would only have to shoot the rabbit in the real life without asking any questions or hearing the rabbit sob. Overplaying, created by the dissonance of real and theatrical world is therefore the main reason on humor.

And about the task`s late arrival: well... words come later than thoughts and I´m glad that the first has finally found its place.

12:22 am
On camels and apples

The difference? Everything, from head to toe, since the apple is absent of both.
Still, they are both whole. Whole as an object or sign, abstract or clear.

Camels are fast animals, but an apple heading towars the ground (or Einstein`s head) may not stay behind.

The both have curves and parts of them that are of different shape, taste and consistency.

They both have a beginning and an end.

Both camel and apple provide life.

So for the love of apples:

I ate my cake.
New I must make
but no apples to bake.
There, I go to the lake
to visit the drake.

He tells me of one rarity
with apple kind similarity.
But he gave it to charity.

Long I searched
under a birch
til I came to red little church.

Full of strange creatures
each one of a kind
striking all features
and their intelligent mind.

They spoke near...
Hear me traveller!
and have no fear,
if youre not scavenger
one who looks for pear.
Apple is here
yet not yours to pick.
But stay! We have pies for your fit.

Starving I was,
stayed even for dinner
and breakfast and lunch.
Felt like winner!
even more with the brunch.

And the new found cake
-Oh for apple`s sake!
was to good for one to make.

Monday, January 21st, 2013
2:34 pm
Sunday, January 13th, 2013
11:13 pm
Semester Roundup
My entries to the semioart journal:
1. http://semioart.livejournal.com/287367.html
2. http://semioart.livejournal.com/295353.html
3. http://semioart.livejournal.com/305011.html
4. http://semioart.livejournal.com/345422.html
5. http://semioart.livejournal.com/345712.html
6. http://semioart.livejournal.com/345944.html
7. http://semioart.livejournal.com/384503.html
8. http://semioart.livejournal.com/384521.html
9. http://semioart.livejournal.com/384911.html
10. http://semioart.livejournal.com/389575.html
11. http://semioart.livejournal.com/393506.html
12. http://semioart.livejournal.com/393916.html
13. http://semioart.livejournal.com/397904.html
14. http://semioart.livejournal.com/398173.html

My entries to the z00z00 journal:
1. http://z00z00.livejournal.com/198777.html
2. http://z00z00.livejournal.com/184784.html
3. http://z00z00.livejournal.com/249667.html
4. http://z00z00.livejournal.com/260162.html
5. http://z00z00.livejournal.com/264521.html
6. http://z00z00.livejournal.com/289982.html
7. http://z00z00.livejournal.com/290493.html
8. http://z00z00.livejournal.com/292180.html
9. http://z00z00.livejournal.com/293972.html
10. http://z00z00.livejournal.com/297996.html
11. http://z00z00.livejournal.com/300098.html
12. http://z00z00.livejournal.com/300424.html
13. http://z00z00.livejournal.com/300998.html
14. http://z00z00.livejournal.com/301137.html

Thank you and goodbye! 
6:52 pm
Notes On The V
One topic that was discussed in the lectures I was particulary intrigued by was occurence of the V-sign in numerous different situations. After a while I couldn't stop noticing it myself. Given that I study painting in the university and being especially interested in illusions of three-dimensionality on a flat surface it was in a way inevitable that I began to see the V in depictions of perspective.
Namely, the representations of space that use one-point persepctive have lines that form a V-shaped image when they meet at the vanishing point.
Scheme of one-point perspective:


The vanishing railroad tracks form a V.
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5:29 pm
Visual Text-In-Text Situations In Two Films
A Zed And Two Noughts (1986) by Peter Greenaway

The most significant aspect about the film that one immediately notices is the abundant incorporation of pairs – twin brothers, two wives, birth and decay, two legs lost, pairs of animals, live animals and inanimate animals (as food, statues, toys, figurines, corpses), black and white (stripes, Alba and Milo who wears only black), freedom and captivity etc. The idea of pairs is mirrored (no pun intended) in visual composition which features a lot of symmetry.

The visual composition of many if not most scenes presents also the text-in-text phenomena. A lot of views in this movie present a room that contains a view into another space. This view inside the view is in itself symmetrical and has a centered object. In many cases this view inside a view has also yet another view inside.

A view into another room with a centered TV (also a kind of a view into
another space) and a ring.

The mirror offers an illusion of another room and again has a centered
composition: a picture on the wall (which can also be seen as a hole
into some other world) and a ring-shaped hat.
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2:48 pm
I continued with the same totem animal as last year, so here are only the newest posts.

Some links may contain more than one lecture.
http://semioart.livejournal.com/318884.html I’m not sure what happened to those pictures in that post (which where images of optical illusions), probably they have been taken down from that site. 

2:45 pm
Опера Зайчик

The question for the homework was to analyze why is the cartoon funny. Well people have different understandings and also sense of humor. That being said, i can tell i didn’t really find it funny. There may be several reasons behind it, for example the barrier of language as i’m not that great at russian or the cultural/time differences or maybe even lack of knowledge at some themes showed in the cartoon.

Putting that aside, i assume the cartoon was based on parody which was the funny aspect of it. Parody is a way of imitating the style of some author or his work in comic way. In this case humans were portrayd as animals, rabbits.

A camel and an apple

A camel:
Camel is biblical object. They are found throughout bible history as useful and valuable animals.
Also camel is a label on cigarettes, therefore it is a brand.
Camel as band - an English progressive rock band formed in 1971.
Camel as form of transport. Mainly used in deserts.

An apple
Apples are one of the oldest and most widely recognized ofsymbols. They appear in myths, legends and fairy tales all over Europe. (Snow White)
Also biblical symbol. The forbidden fruits of Garden of Eden.
Apple inc as one of the leading companies in the world.
Apple as food which can be eaten raw or in many foods or drinks.

What is more, camels love apples :)

12:49 pm

Not so original choice for the handcraft assignment, yet still so comfy and irreplaceable in this freezing weather.
12:11 pm

Justice is (should be) blind.

Empty bottle in the hands of God - actually it's not empty, it is filled with air, filled with meaning,
despite the fact that we call it empty.

Digital and analogue.

Colours and certain items hav been symbolic for a long time in the history of art.

Oppositions – light and dark.

Drawing can have a lot more meaning hidden behind them than it seems at first glance.

Th gap between what is represented and how it is represented.

Death of the author (Barthes)and the birth of the reader.
11:54 am

We should learn to recreate the creative impulse in us. Art is important (well indeed), but we are lazy - losing our creativity.

Hands are first and prior way of expressing ourselves, communicating and also creating. Modelling of plastic materials. For example clay.

Clay is a neutral nothingness that under your hands develops into something that represents something. It becomes the next level of consciousness.

Hands are responsible for both the good and the bad things.
Everything starts in our mind. If we already have a thought, then it has a degree of possibility in our mind.

Skin contact is essential in a child’s development from a very young age. First sense that develops is touch - tactile, acoustic and visual come following.

With movement and visual additions, hands can express a lot.

Without practise, skills fade!

11:40 am

We had a lecture full of emotions, analyzing things with melanholic point of view.

MONEY- has power indeed. It is the moving mechanism, but lack of money can have tragic outcomes

MUSIC- can help us relax and can improve our mood. On the other hand, it can also lead to tragi-comic situatsion.

For example, listening some dramatic music masterpiece on youtube and then suddenly the video starts lagging and load in some tense parts.

11:30 am

Patterns and visual matrixes. It is important to notice them!
Once we are knowledgeable of these matrixes and patterns, for instance, the Golden Section, the Golden Rectangle Spiral, we start recognising those everywhere.
We start to see the invariant behind the variants.


Golden Museum and Golden Section

11:26 am

Since i lost track on counting lectures and i also messed my summaries up, i hope it’s okay if the further posts are going to be without dates.


There are no strict borders in the world. There are boundaries but no borders, otherwise systems couldn’t function.

Beliefs and religion

Icons and temples used to be the windows to the higher world.

On top of the pyramids used to be the geniuses- great people.

Pictures of Christ, explaining the cross and christ composition, different representations.

Northern renaissance


Execution of Savonarola

Compositions in paintings, what does the objects mean there? They fill optical functions – for example reflecting, disdorting, they have quality of border/filter(refracting).

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