Tuesday April 7, 2020

The art of Imitation: Bean and Bubble

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Anish Kapoor, a British-Indian sculptor has once again emerged in the headlines. Earlier, in June, he came into the limelight when one of his sculptures which he described as “the vagina of a queen taking power” was spray-painted by vandals. Now, he is again the talk of the town as the city of Karamay in Western China is all set to unveil a sculpture that looks similar to the 110-tonne stainless-steel structure ‘Cloud Gate’ situated in Chicago’s Millennium Park, which is also known as the bean.

source: phaidon.com
source: phaidon.com

The Mumbai-born British artist told Le Figaro, a French daily that this act of imitation is intolerable and is mainly due to political problems. The refusal on part of the Karamay city officials to disclose the name of the artist is another cause of his anger. Anish Kapoor sees this as a blatant act of plagiarism. Determined to seek justice and take the matter to the court, he said, “In China today it is permissible to steal the creativity of others”.

He is hopeful to get support from mayor of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel, in his pursuit of justice, though Emanuel had a distinct view of the Karamay sculpture – “Imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and if you want to see original artwork… you come to Chicago”.

The American copyright law says that in visual and other forms of art, a copy of an artwork comes under the infringement of the copyright act. Also, using the elements of others’ copyrighted work can be permitted as ‘fair use’ even though determining the extent of ‘fair use’ is complicated. However, as a prerequisite condition, one should take permission from the artist before borrowing from his art or at least admit and give due credit to the artist.

The defenders say that the Karamay sculpture – ‘Big Oil Bubble’ is inspired by the city’s natural oil well and any resemblance to the ‘Bean’ might just be a coincidence.

 

(With inputs from The Economist)

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Ways to Turn Your Home Into an Entertainment Zone

Transform your home into an entertainment zone

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Give your home an entertainment-like makeover with fun games and thought provoking activities. IANS

BY PUJA GUPTA

As the lockdown period extends, days seem to be longer and monotony crops in. Most of us tend to hunt for new and exciting things to do. Watching TV, playing video games can surely beat time, but it’s not gratifying until there is more to do.

The key is to innovate and give your home an entertainment-like makeover with fun games and thought provoking activities.

Students and faculty at Vogue Institute of Art and Design share ideas that help you sail through the lockdown without even realizing it.

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Take part in the eold v/s new’ challenge

We are all creative in many ways; it could be artistic or functional. Explore your creativity through a challenge of remaking any of the old household items into a new design. For instance, a regular mirror can be made into a decor piece with the use of pencils around it. You could pull out one of your old winnows or baskets and paint it with exciting colours. There are many more items that can transform if you put some thought to it. Select an area in your home that can be used to display all your creations.

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Select an area in your home that can be used to display all your creations. IANS

Make your very own game zone

Games are one of the best ways to engage and build excitement.

Transform your bed sheets into a popular game of Twister. With the use of old swatches at home, form patch work with different colours in rows on your bed sheet. It’s a simple game of physical skill where the judge asks two participants to place their legs or hands on a particular colour of patch until they reach the end of the sheet

You can also make your very own dart game with the use of a cardboard on an old watch clock. Shape the cardboard in a circular form with an outer circle marking painted in green, inner circle marking in black and the centre in red. A needle covered with 4 toothpicks can be used as darts to hit the bullseye.

Turn your household routine into an activity

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You could place bed sheets like a roof by lining up chairs on the side of your bed, giving it a tent like feel at your home. IANS

Make your routine work exciting by converting it into a game. Create a chart that displays the tasks as per the time required to complete it. Be it cleaning the dishes, or wiping the floor, each task can be categorized as per the time required. The members in the house can be in groups and the one who doesn’t accomplish it on time needs to do the other set of tasks of the winning group.

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Initiate the newspaper challenge

Have piles of newspapers in your home? Host a challenge using newspapers as a mode of creative boards and marquee silhouettes and show your creativity. If fashion is not your forte, opt for the simplest forms that you have done during childhood like paper boats, or paper airplanes. Challenge your competitor to see how long it lasts in water or how far it can fly. It’ll be fun, try it!

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Give your room a makeover

Bored of the same look of your home? See if you can transform the most frequently used rooms with a new look. You could place bed sheets like a roof by lining up chairs on the side of your bed, giving it a tent like feel. You can also add a lamp on the side or fairy lights to add more sparkle. (IANS)