Redesign: finding the cross point for art and technology

[by]Dmitri Tcherbadji[/by]Depending how you look at it, this website is not that young. I don’t remember exactly when or how I started working on it, but the Facebook page says that it has been founded in 2012. There have been start-ups that became huge in a matter of few months. But, anyways, after all this time I think I was able to create something that does not suck. I hope it stays this way for as long as possible. Until the next comment by a stranger or friend  that I can’t help but agree with and it starts to drill me for weeks. Or until I discover another website that looks absolutely stunning and puts mine to shame. That last one always does it!

Here is the list of all the major changes (a.k.a. amazing improvements) and a few little things that make this update what it is:

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#LessIsMore

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[by]Dmitri Tcherbadji[/by]Last month we’ve been posting square images all over our social networks with the words “Less IS more”. So what’s this all about?

Well, in short it is my attempt at marketing the upcoming website update that will change quite a few things for ArtSocket (more on that in the next post). The long story is behind the meaning of these words.

For me “less is more” is an approach. I am the kind of a guy who’s prepared to pay more for a bike with less speeds. Having extra whistles and bells has never impressed me; IMO they only distract from the main function of whatever the object is. In some ways this goes true for my daily life as well. Should I fill my calendar with a hundred little things and get overwhelmed? Or should I try to do less, with more breaks and really pay attention to the quality of my work? Perhaps the latter is better.

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Design’s integral role in “Art as Experience”

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[by]Dmitri Tcherbadji[/by]In 1934 paper on aesthetics “Art as Experience”, John Dewy offers to look at art as a relationship system. A bond between the audience and the expressive object - and its effect on the lives of the each. Leo Tolstoy in his essay “What is art?” (translated excerpts here) referred to it as “activity”, “expression” and “feeling”.

ArtSocket’s Olga Tcherbadji describes being an artist as a wonderer in a garden looking for a divine fruit. Only a true creator can see it, get it, peel it and present it. Artist is a medium between the ether of creativity that floats around us and the material world that we live in. Victor Wooten describes this concept in his book “The Music Lesson”: Nobody really owns music. Some of us can hear it and play it out, but it comes from out there.

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Tips for sustainable creative living

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[by]Dmitri Tcherbadji[/by]Last year I started including “Eco Tips” into every email newsletter that I sent. This is the list of each and every one of those practices that I hope will help us live a more responsible lifestyle as artists, art lovers or whoever. It will be updated as new emails go out every month or so.

Before I go on about listing all the environmentally-friendly little things that we could do I’d like to address the most important one first. We need to try and consume less. During my travels across Asia I have discovered that there are so many things that we end up owning that we really don’t need. I quit my job, gave up my apartment and sold most of the stuff that I have ever owned. Everything that was left ended up in a 30L backpack. And I was comfortable - laptop, iPhone, even my own pillow and good set of clothes. Not to say that you should do the same, but it’s something to think about.

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Art around the world: Art Zone 798 in Beijing

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[by]Dmitri Tcherbadji[/by]I travel a lot. It’s been over a year since the final departure from Toronto. By now I have visited almost all major destinations in Asia. Some are amazing, others are meh. 798 Art Zone is definitely the former.

798 Art Zone (Chinese: 798艺术区; pinyin: 798 Yìshùqū), or Dashanzi Art District [source] is an immense neighbourhood on the outskirts of Beijing City. Its size and the diversity and quality of the works exhibited is phenomenal. Needless to say that my visit turned out to be a mind-bending experience.

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