We introduce the email bulletin "New-Method" No. 60 with our works and guest contributions. This issue features artist Hanna Saito for the contributor.
One of the etymological sources of the word "method" is found in medicine as systematic procedures to cure illness in long term. In the scientific paper, a set of procedures in experiment is called "method," following which anyone is supposed to have the same result. As such, method is a guide to ensure certain goals in the ambiguous and chaotic world outside the self.
In art, the word "method" is conventionally associated with acquisition and preservation of techniques for artistic expression, thus not seen as a goal in itself. Traditional artists would improve their individual capability to enact certain method-as-technique in order to cut into the chaos of the external world, seek wonder and truth out there, and present it in forms that allow intuitive understanding. Here, method is hidden behind, not to make the beholder aware of difference between what is expressed and what enables it.
However, conceptual art, since the early twentieth century, started demonstrating method itself in foreground. Instead of translating something into a comprehensible form, it presents the operation of translation itself, which enables it to make given contexts relative. Our shared culture and knowledge would belong to high contexts while our universal biological mechanism would provide an example of low contexts. Art that presents method in foreground would share neither of these contexts, whereas it would be able to suggest the existence of the wholly-other in the ambiguous and chaotic world, differently from conventional art.
Art as such would not fit in the category of art sooner or later. It resembles science in its demonstration of method in foreground, but it differs from science in its rejection of universality.
I will not exhibit works in the email bulletin 'New Method' No. 60.
Arrow Symbols No. 3
In many countries, the arrow symbol is commonly used as a symbol to indicate directions. With its capability of indicating directions, the symbol creates spatiality in the digital realm. This series arrange arrow symbols according to certain rules and visually create spatiality.
Bloomy rind cheese as conceptual art
Back in the 1960s, Yutaka Matsuzawa, known as one of the pioneers of conceptual art, mailed his acquaintances postcards entitled "Blank Painting for All Living Organisms and Non-living Organisms," with nothing written down on the back side. On the address side, after the title, he wrote sentences in three lines, which concluded "Look there, at a white circle."
Following the work by Matsuzawa, this work attempts at making visible a cheese on a webpage with nothing displayed.
Look there, at a bloomy rind cheese.
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Artificial Intelligence Art and Aesthetics Exhibition, in which the contributor Hanna Saito and the three members of "New-Method" participated, ended in a big success. "New-Method" performed "tape cut" at the opening. (New-Method)
Takahiro Hirama @qwertyu1357
Shogo Baba @shogobaba
Masaru Kaido @kaido1900
Bulletin "New-Method" No. 60 English Version
Published on Feb. 4, 2018