For my first event, some of my friends and I took a trip to LACMA. For my blog post I will be focusing on the urban light structure created by Chris Burden. This structure may seem to be a bit basic, but I learned a lot form the historic value behind this structure, and hopefully you will too. My personal experience when I first saw this structure, I just thought it was a tourist attraction, very basic, and especially an instagram attraction as well. I had no idea what the historical background consisted of. I learned that in the mid-eighties there was just a hole in the main entrance of this museum, until later in the years there was suppose ot be a replica steam locomotive there. Instead, the head of LACMA decided to have these 202 vintage lampposts, called the Urban Lights. These lights are all painted in grey, arranged symmetrically, and are all lit up. The thing that shocked me the most was that these urban lights didn’t get the attention until two years later when instagram was created. Instagram gave these urban lights and LACMA the attention they needed, they even got so much attention they had to release an entire book of photo collages from submissions.
The Urban Lights structure relates to the two cultures section of the class in an abundance of ways. For example, being very literal, these are lights that incorporate science background in order to make them light up. Another example is the architecture of the symmetrical, height, and measurements that were put into this structure.
I also wanted to explain the rain room, but we could not get tickets to go into this structure. So, we talked to the lady at the information booth and she gave us information about this room. This room was founded in 2005, it is an environment with falling water (raining), but the water is suppose to stop wherever a human body is detected or sensored. There is also a deeper meaning to the room, it says, “Rain Room presents a respite from everyday life and an opportunity for sensory reflection within a responsive relationship.” This room relates to the use of science and technology to create art. It is said that this room creates “experiences that aim to question and challenge the human experience within a machine-led world, engaging viewers through explorations of behavior and natural phenomena.” Science and technology were utilized in an abundance of ways to create the detectors of a human body, the sensors, and the falling water just to create a piece of artwork to be shown to others.
This event helped me understand the concepts of creating art with the use of science and technology. This event also showed me what it can look like incorporating these ideas into one art piece. This event really helped me understand the concepts of this class by actually seeing these art structures in person and evaluating and also learning about their background history. I recommend this event, because it is a good learning experience to actually see the concepts we learn in class being put into real life art structures.
Background information cites:
"The Story of Chris Burden's "Urban Light," Los Angeles's Great Landmark For the Twenty-First Century." . 2015. Web. 03 May 2016.
"Rain Room." . Web. 03 May 2016.