Install Theme

THE BLUE RIDGE SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR YOUNG ARTISTS

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President Parker gives the BLUR students a tour of Sweet Briar house, with a focus on time and place.

“ Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere. ”

—    Albert Einstein(1879-1955), German-Swiss-American)

(Source: artchipel)

BLUR’s visit to the VCAA. Thanks to sculptor Marin Abell for sharing his new installation with us.

BLUR actors in scene study with Endstation’s Walter Kmiec. (at Babcock Theater)

Things are getting intense in the actor’s studio. (at Babcock)

I love visiting the visual arts studio. I always leave inspired.

John Gregory Brown giving a presentation on his Instagram project. He’s in the process of taking 10k photos. (at Sweet Briar College)

A Map the Size of the World

Prompt 1 - Prompt 2 - Prompt 3 - Prompt 4 - Prompt 5 - Prompt 6

This week’s collaborative art project will revolve around maps and the concept of mapping.  Each group will be charged with making a map that represents some aspect of the campus, the program, or themselves.

We will start by meditating on this story by Jorges Luis Borges, “On Exactitude in Science” (translated by Andrew Hurley).

…In that Empire, the Art of Cartography attained such Perfection that the map of a single Province occupied the entirety of a City, and the map of the Empire, the entirety of a Province. In time, those Unconscionable Maps no longer satisfied, and the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it. The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast Map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters. In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars; in all the Land there isno other Relic of the Disciplines of Geography.

Here are some links to inventive maps to get you thinking:

And browse BLUR’s Pinterest board for a look at works of art that incorporate maps or the concept of mapping: http://pinterest.com/blurinstitute/

Thanks very much to Sophie (Charlotte) von Claparede for her assistance in gathering the images.

"Words that will last 6,000 years"

Monday evening was the second elective session of the program.  Creative Writers spent time in the ceramics studio making plaques inscribed with stories and poems.

(Source: blur-2013)

Liking this forecast.

A beautiful summer Sunday in the ceramics studio.