Title: Adventures in the Uncanny Valley, 2016. Post-consumer plastics, LEDs. 18 x 14 x 4 inches.
This piece reflects my love/hate relationship with technology. Ennui is like a dripping faucet, nagging at one to be fixed. How lost will we get in the uncanny valley?
Cynthia Minet was raised in Rome, Italy, and is based in Los Angeles, CA.Minet works with post-consumer plastics, light, and sound, to construct illuminated sculptures and site-specific installations that are both beautiful and sinister. Her mixed media drawings are rendered in a loose and gestural style. All of Minet’s works carry strong environmental, political and social content.
Solo installations include the USC Fisher Museum, the Culver Center for the Arts/ UCR ARTSblock, and a temporary public work at LA International Airport. Shown in group shows nationally and internationally, Minet has upcoming solo exhibitions at the International Museum of Art and Science in McAllen,Texas, and at the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA.
German born Photographer, graduated from the University of Fine Arts HfbK, Hamburg.
Exhibited in Germany, England, Poland, France and Iceland. Lived and worked in New York, Krakow, London and Husavik. Now based in Hamburg, Germany.
She is interested in the place between; the empty space. When something shifts. When there is magic in the everyday. When a thing becomes something else. When it sparkles on the edge. When the banal becomes absurd.
Denmark’s Queen Margrethe II used the occasion of her new year’s speech to encourage her subjects to be more idle.
“Try to do something that is not necessary,” said the wise monarch, striking a blow against the cold utilitarian philosophy that still dominates public discourse. “Something that is not needed, something useless… some would like to go for a walk in the woods or along the beach. Others prefer to listen to music or watch a TV series. I like to do something with my hands like sewing or drawing… it is important that we fertilise our imagination and nourish our mind.”
Following her speech, posters made by the Danish School of Art, quoting this section of her speech, popped up all over Copenhagen.
The Idler is a quarterly British magazine devoted to its ethos of ‘idling’. Founded in 1993 by Tom Hodgkinson and Gavin Pretor-Pinney, the publication’s intention is to return dignity to the art of loafing, to make idling into something to aspire towards rather than reject.
I came across Steffanie Lorig’s painting online while searching for ideas about the possible shape of ennui, reproduced here with permission of the artist – Martin Cox
The Shape of Ennui
I began a social enterprise years ago but found that after two decades, the patterns of the business—rather than exciting me as they once did—left me feeling numb. I knew it was time to make my exit and find renewed passion. This mixed media painting came about as I was examining the internal conflict that was beginning to grow. – Steffanie Lorig
‘If the regular length of a shot is increased, one becomes bored, but if you keep on making it longer, it piques your interest, and if you make it even longer, a new quality emerges, a special intensity of attention.’