Claydies – konceptuelt kunsthndvrk, keramik og design

http://www.claydies.dk/

Claydies: Karen Kjoeldgard-Larsen and Tine Brokso from Denmark. Creative ceramics. “The project Claydies & gentlemen consists of a series of handmodelled stoneware bowls, which are all made with various hairstyles as inspiration. The bowls all have different personalities and change characters depending on whether you place them on the table or carry them on your head. The first time the bowls made their appearance was on a catwalk at Galleri Noerby in 2003. Since then we have made more hairstyle bowls and performed several catwalks presenting the bowls.”

http://www.claydies.dk/index.php

BBC – A History of the World – Explorer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/explorerflash

“A History of the World is a partnership between the BBC and the British Museum that focuses on world history. At the heart of the project is the BBC Radio 4 series A History of the World in 100 objects. 100 programmes, written and narrated by Neil MacGregor, Director of the British Museum, and focusing on 100 objects from the British Museums collection. The programmes will travel through two million years from the earliest object in the collection to retell the history of humanity through the objects we have made.” Very interesting to listen to the broadcasts. Again, thanks to Fredzepp.

Early Cycladic Art and Culture | Thematic Essay | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ecyc/hd_ecyc.htm

Found on fourteenth’ pages: this beautiful sculpture. “Seated harp player, ca. 2800 – 2700 b.c.; Early Cycladic; Grotta-Pelos culture. Marble. H. with harp 11 1/2 in. (29.2 cm). This marble figure is one of the earliest known representations of musicians from the Early Cycladic period. It shows a man playing a harp while seated on a chair with an elaborate backrest. The musician tilts back his head and draws his lips forward as he sings. He holds the front of the harp with both hands, resting the weight of the instrument against his right leg and shoulder. His right thumb is raised as he sounds a note and listens with large hollowed ears to the resonating string. The muscles of his arms and his carefully articulated elbow joints, fingers, and ears are modeled with uncommon sensitivity.”

http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ecyc/hd_ecyc.htm#thumbnails

BBC – A History of the World – Object : Swimming reindeer

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/DyfP6g6dRN6WdwdnbIVbPw

“Ice Age carving of two swimming reindeer made from the tip of a mammoth tusk. Found in Montastruc in France. About 13,000 years old.

This sculpture of two swimming reindeer is one of the oldest works of art in the British Museum. It was carved from the tip of a mammoth tusk and made during an extraordinary period of artistic creativity during the last Ice Age. Such works of art could be carried around, bringing images found in the great painted caves of Europe into the daylight. These Ice Age artists were fully modern people with the same mental abilities as humans today. What was Ice Age art used for? The artist has depicted the reindeer as they look in autumn. At this time of year the meat, skin and antlers are at their best for use as food, clothing and materials for making equipment. Showing the reindeer swimming may suggest migration or a moment when the animals were easy prey for their human hunters. Was this sculpture a means of communicating with the supernatural world or a charm to guarantee a successful hunt at the start of a bitterly cold Ice Age winter?”

http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/DyfP6g6dRN6WdwdnbIVbPw