The New Sublime 2014

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The New Sublime

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The Degenerate Art GONG Show

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The Degenerate Art GONG Show

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We are delighted to be holding another GONG Show as part of The Brighton £5 Fringe

ART in many forms that is BROKEN and dangerous will be JUDGED by a panel of experts. YOU the audience will ask questions and VOTE. The winner will get a CASH PRIZE and the artist in last place will be BANNED.

The third in a series of GONG shows by the mischievous Fortune Cats, this is a rare and random chance to contextualise your experience of art.

When: 23rd May 2013 7:30 doors, show starts at 8pm

Where: The Latest Music Bar Brighton

How much?: £5

Degenerate Art Gong Show

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Open call to degenerate artists.

Are you a Degenerate Artist?

Are you A Degenerate Artist?

Yes? Good. This suggests your work fails to reach the physical, mental and moral qualities considered normal and desirable.

The Nazis invented the term (Entartete Kunst) and confiscated any art they could apply it to. They then toured over 650 works from some of the most influential artists of the 20th century in the bizarre hope of showing it’s moral and aesthetic shortcomings.

The Degenerate Art GONG Show (the third in a series of Art GONG Shows) aims to draw a new line in the sand between modern concepts of decency in art on one side, and the degenerates on the other. Who are the new Nazis? The Arts Council? The Curators? The Daily Mail?

We are looking for visual art, sound, digital or performance work that shows evidence of, or deals directly with, physical, mental or moral decline.

The work will be shown to a panel of experts and a voting audience at The Latest Bar, Brighton on May 23rd. You may speak about the work and you will be asked questions.

The winner gets a cash prize and the artist with the fewest votes will be banned from showing such work for one year.

For further information please contact: gongshow@fortunecatproductions.com

The Thinking Machines (1968)

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The Consciousness Engine

March 28th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

In May this year we will be creating The Consciousness Engine, for the HOUSE festival in Brighton.

The Consciousness Engine by Sam Hewitt and Shardcore is a series of visual and digital art installations distributed throughout the hidden spaces of The Old Market in Hove. It is a three dimensional map of an emergent consciousness making discoveries about its own nature, not as a child learning for the first time, but as an adult looking beyond assumptions of what is possible. At the core lies a constantly evolving computer generated mind.

The audience can explore this piece on their own terms and there are several opportunities to interact with and, for a time, become part of the exploration that the Engine is making into the nature of consciousness.

The Consciousness Engine will be the fifth collaborative project between the artists Shardcore and Sam Hewitt, all of which have explored the search for truth: spiritual, scientific, collective and individual.

We will be using this blog as a notepad and aide memoir for the development process.

A Recap

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Much of the work of Dh Drab and Shardcore is an argument, not about the existence of God, but about how the possibilities of human consciousness can be discussed in art.

They have made three installations in two different churches using paintings of the human form.  These showed that the conceptual fragility of religion and the obsolescence of painting, in combination, could produce powerful comments about the relationship of an individual to a society.

Last year they placed two giant Fortune Cats in Jubilee Square, gave them the role of gods and created a fanatical cult of robed worshippers.  The public then asked the Cats questions and received The Answers.

The Enlightenment Machine at the Latest is the prototype for a series of installations that reflect some of our modern, uncategorised uses for the God experience.