Three quotes.

Three quotes I’ve been thinking about this morning. They’re all connected in my head.

“James Turrell, the light artist, once told me that after seeing the slides of paintings in the courses he had taken, he was disappointed by the actual paintings. What he had really loved was the light, and in a sense then vowed to make sure his art, consisting of light, would never lose its magic.”

-Arthur Danto

“I see TV as a picture medium rather than a narrative medium. Video for me is a way of configuring light, just as painting is a way of configuring paint….I’ve always said that the most important control on your TV is the color control; it’s usually a much bigger difference than changing the channel.”

-Brian Eno

“In sound design programs now, you can literally sculpt the sound on visual graphs. Sometimes the visual programs are even more interesting than the music that’s making them…”

-Doug Aitken, in conversation with Carsten Nicolai

2 thoughts on “Three quotes.

  1. Julia P

    This summons up thoughts I’ve been having lately – albeit in a completely different context. I’ve been reading Goethe’s theory of colour for a thesis on the relationship between reason and aesthetics… (well, it’s sort of on that).

    Goethe tries to get at the primal phenomenon of colour, he says that ‘Colours are the deeds of light, what it does and what it endures’. He means that colours are excited by the relationship between light and dark, which together render possible the perception of forms – colours are really manifestations of the relationship between light and dark – and mediated by the visual organ of perception and the presence of matter. He does not hold that they are a property of light, as Newton did with the prismatic colours. In this sense he would also consider colours to be objective phenomena.

    The discussion of light in the first two quotes just got me thinking in that direction. -That there is no colour without light, but that light is not the primal phenomenon that alone can excite colour. Necessary relationships, synthesis, rather than a single cause.

    I liked your book on Eno, btw.


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