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This blog is the usual self-regarding irrelevance, à propos of nothing in particular.

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Seen (and heard) at London Mela.

14th Aug 2007, 14:32   | tags:,,

Alfie says:

Gorgeous, please post these to BAM if you can. I love ephemeral public art.

14th Aug 2007, 14:35

Richcolour says:

Just registered and done that, Alfie. That BAM looks very similar to this site.

14th Aug 2007, 14:56

Alfie says:

It is quite similar, it's powered by a moblog:tech platform, which in turn is based on the platform that powers moblog:UK :)

14th Aug 2007, 14:57

mat says:

see, I wouldn't call those art. I'd call them design - their form is dictated by their function. (a coiled shell being an excellent shape for a speaker cabinet)

14th Aug 2007, 15:43

Alfie says:

I think because they are not only the execution of function but also, well, prettified, they would count as art for me. That's actually what is pretty fascinating about the BAM project for me, the fact that there's actually a debate to be had about what art *is*, and what constitutes public art.

14th Aug 2007, 15:51

mat says:

I've been thinking a bit about this, and I think that the differentiator is the intent that informs the aesthetic - in the case of design, it's function; in the case of art, it's concept. Design exists to do something, Art exists to say something (even if that thing it says is nothing - that's still saying something)

Of course, it's not a discrete thing - it's a sliding scale (quite probably in two or more dimensions), and elements of both appear in each other. Even the most functional design still has a conceptual component, and even the most rarified art has an element of functionality.

That's just what I think. I'm sure other people have their own ideas too. :)

15th Aug 2007, 10:50

seaneeboy says:

I wouldn't say art and design are mutually exclusive - but I do see your point :)

15th Aug 2007, 11:01

mat says:

I don't think I did say they were mutually exclusive, did I? I certainly didn't mean to - of course they're not. Shades of grey, and all that.

15th Aug 2007, 11:05

seaneeboy says:

No, and I probably just scanned before wading in with an opinion. And I'm not even drunk.

15th Aug 2007, 12:15

540air says:

I think they look good. Shades of grey for art/design definitely :)

15th Aug 2007, 12:36

Richcolour says:

They sounded good too. There was eight of them producing a loud, slightly metallic Zen-trance dance sound. A few people laid in front of them on the grass.

15th Aug 2007, 12:45

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