Along with a view of the Robert Mapplethorpe photo's that are currently on display it was a highlight of my all to brief visit.
When one looks at an academic subject there are generally a few approaches that one can take, you can talk about it, do it or look at the history of it- well often with art we favour the first two but there is a worthwhile exercise in looking at the evolution of Art as a discipline which has reflected the times it is is practiced in.
Let's face it the Artist is a relatively new career creation before that it was a craft job that an artisan did to produce sculpture and other works. Look at how photography pulled the rug from under those practising realist representation - like the bar jukebox had for many a troubadour.
Thinking more about the Rothko works and the general visual arts materials it is hard to avoid the fact that
|The 'bubble' art created by these guys near Tate Modern|
is still hard to replicate by modern technology.
Just as the rise of easy to use materials and colleges where art is taught has democratised production so the new technologies of high quality display and printing will further dilute the power of elitism.
Often on seeing the original I have seen detail and texture unavailable on-line or in reproduction but digital technologies can now address this.
Why when one can see a fantastic image on an Ultra High Definition screen is the original so essential?
Will 3D printing mean that we can all have great artifacts to cover our home shelves?
There is by the nature of too many things and not enough time a need to choose the 'best' but why shouldn't I have the Richard Hamilton retrospective in my own living room?
Is there something about the shared experience which galleries and museums provide that means more?
Why when we can hear fantastic music by the best musicians in the world do we choose (some of us) to go to a field or uncomfortable concert hall to hear a lesser performance?
(By the way the returned Rothko looks nothing like the images seen in the news coverage.)
|A panorama view outside Tate Modern|
TV technology session at London RTS
The overwhelming impression I had from the presentation called 'The Future of Innovation in Television Technology' or FITT for short given by Richard Lindsay-Davis, Director-General, DTG and Peter Sellar, Programme Manager, DTG at the final RTS London session of the season was that Britain had moved even further from the engineering production of high technology broadcast systems to the deployment and joining up of systems - we're advanced in watching TV but not so great at making the bits that enable it- shame.