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Inspirational artists

Inspiring artists whose work have been influencing my practice

Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson’s art is a mixture of sculpture, photography, film, painting and amazing installations that deal with the themes of perception, movement, embodied experience, and feelings of self. Art, for him, is a means for turning thinking into doing in the world. What is really interesting in his work is how the work is not limited to the confines of the museum and gallery, but engages the broader public sphere through architectural projects, interventions in civic space, arts education, policy-making, and issues of sustainability and climate change.

He is not just an artist, he is an activist. He creates fully immersive installations that involve all the sense and produces physical spaces in which the viewer can explore and get lost. If there is a point I would want to reach with my installations in the future, this is it.

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Zmoun studio

https://www.zimoun.net/
All the selected works are on the first page of thewebsite

The work is basically composed of huge scale installations created through the use of cheap materials such as cardboard, balls, sticks… They are composed of a multitude of small sounds created from banal interactions of materials that all together generate a stunning soundscape which seems coming from everywhere. Each part has the same importance of the other in order to make the whole funcion, there is no hierarchy.

I think part of the success of these installation is the availability to great empty and silent spaces, which allow the simple work to become a suggestive experience. It almost seems as the sound creates the space.I can see my work go in this direction, depending on availability of spaces, locations and resources.

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Brian Eno

He is an english musician, record producer, visual artist, and theorist best known for his pioneering work in ambient music. Besides his sound work, which I really admire, what most interest me are his installation work.

For example in Empty Formalism, showed at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin, he used sound and light to create a space in which thoughts and emotions can develop without being pushed in one direction or another, in the way that we usually expect art to guide an experience. The purpose of the structure is to enable spontaneous personal events instead of embodying those things itself.

Thinkin about the installation Eno says “It’s funny that visual art is expected to have some sort of decodable message, to be translatable into words (which is what art critics think their job is), whereas nobody expects that of music,” and then “Music has always been a completely abstract art form and nobody minds.” Eno has been pushing the boundaries of music for decades, and at this point he is also considered a godhead of ambient and generative music, but he’s still churning out sonic and visual art.

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Ryoji ikeda

Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations. Alongside of pure musical activity, Ikeda has been working on long-term projects through live performances, installations, books and CD’s.

Through his work he explores the concepts of infinity, rationality, and the beauty of data.

He says ‘to me, the purest beauty is the world of mathematics. its perfect assemblage of numbers, magnitudes and forms persist, independent of us. the aesthetic experience of the sublime in mathematics is awe-inspiring. it is similar to the experience we have when we confront the vast magnitude of the universe, which always leaves us open-mouthed… “

I saw his work at the Venice biennale and did not understand it but it is one of the few thinks that got stuck into my brain and I still do remember it regardless of the massive and capturing nature of the event.
He can create a space just through a screen.

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Shilpa gupta

She is a visual and sound artist who studied sculpture. She makes political installations through sound and objects. Gupta concentrates on the physical and ideological existence of borders, revealing their arbitrary and repressive functions. Her practice addresses those areas in between such as legal and illegal, membership and isolation, surveillance structures and religious and ethnic conflicts.

I saw her work at the biennale in Venice and I loved the immersive installation with the microphones hanging from the sealing. Each step I took into this sea of microphones, it seemed to experience a different work since the sound kept changing. All these voices that kept moving across the room had a presence, still if I could not understand what they were saying.