The Dim-Post

April 18, 2016

I had never heard of this guy before

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 6:09 am

Via Wikipedia: Jonathon Keats, experimental philosopher:

In 2006 Keats undertook several new projects, including two collaborations with other species: In rural Georgia, he gave fifty Leyland cypress trees the opportunity to make art by providing them with easels.[31][32][33] In Chico, California, he choreographed a ballet forhoneybees by selectively planting flowers on the Chico State University farm, reverse engineering honeybee communication to suggest dance arrangements inside hives.[34] Keats also turned to himself as the subject of a lifelong thought experiment, undertaken through the act of living. To make the experiment scientifically rigorous, he established a scientific control in the form of a high-density carbon graphite block precisely calibrated to match the carbon weight of his own body. The block was placed on display under abell jar at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.[35] And at Modernism Gallery in San Francisco, he applied string theory to real estate development, enlisting the legal framework of air rights to buy and sell properties in the extra dimensions of space theorized by physics. To encourage speculation, the artist created blueprints for a four-dimensional tesseract house that purchasers might use as a vacation home.[36][37] One hundred and seventy-two lots on six Bay Area properties were bought on the first day of sales.

In Chico, California, Keats opened the world’s first porn theater for house plants, projecting video footage of pollination onto the foliage of ninety rhododendrons.

There is much, much through the link.

20 Comments »

  1. How did you come across him, Danyl? Favorite of mine for years.

    Comment by Bruce — April 18, 2016 @ 6:14 am

  2. That honeybee dance routine is legit genius.

    Comment by Jordan — April 18, 2016 @ 7:51 am

  3. How did you come across him, Danyl?

    A friend emailed me a link to his Wikipedia page.

    Comment by danylmc — April 18, 2016 @ 8:29 am

  4. @Danyl

    If you are seeking intellectual refreshment check out the work of Michael Taussig, and Alphonso Lingus. You have a Vic library card. Not as good as the Canterbury uni library but hopefully they have them.

    Comment by Bruce — April 18, 2016 @ 9:08 am

  5. Apologies, that’s “Lingis”.

    Comment by Bruce — April 18, 2016 @ 9:11 am

  6. I want to know how he managed to earn himself a living doing this kind of…stuff.

    Comment by Seb Rattansen — April 18, 2016 @ 9:27 am

  7. “You have a Vic library card. ”

    Who needs libraries when we have Wikipedia?

    Comment by Ortvin Sarapuu — April 18, 2016 @ 9:47 am

  8. Thanks Mr Chess! Danyl is an academic so I am sure he would enjoy “Dangerous Emotions “or “My Cocaine Museum” should his library have copies.

    Comment by Bruce — April 18, 2016 @ 10:46 am

  9. Keats also turned to himself as the subject of a lifelong thought experiment, undertaken through the act of living. To make the experiment scientifically rigorous, he established a scientific control in the form of a high-density carbon graphite block precisely calibrated to match the carbon weight of his own body. The block was placed on display under a bell jar at the Exploratorium in San Francisco.
    There’s a lot that passes it self off as art these days, but ‘scientific control from a block of ‘high density carbon graphite’ seems to have pushed the boundary of scientific rubbish as well. The proper description is isotropic graphite, which funnily enough has a very low bulk density, a fraction of that of aluminium

    Comment by dukeofurl — April 18, 2016 @ 11:04 am

  10. Bruce @8> As the editor of New Zealand Chess I have always been impressed/intrigued by Ortvin Sarapuu’s handle and I’ve wondered if there’s a story behind it (in particular why the doubled up trailing ‘u’s).

    Comment by Bill Forster — April 18, 2016 @ 5:58 pm

  11. (in particular why the doubled up trailing ‘u’s).
    The doubled up “U” is an Estonian thing. Wikipedia to the rescue again!

    Comment by McNulty — April 18, 2016 @ 7:21 pm

  12. Interesting. The great man himself (20 times New Zealand champion), was of course an Estonian refugee. But he was strictly a one ‘u’ man.

    Comment by Bill Forster — April 18, 2016 @ 10:40 pm

  13. How do these guys make money is what I want to know.

    Comment by Jake — April 18, 2016 @ 10:57 pm

  14. If you are seeking intellectual refreshment check out the work of Michael Taussig, and Alphonso Lingus.

    Thanks. I’ll add them to the ludicrously long list!

    Comment by danylmc — April 19, 2016 @ 9:26 am

  15. How do these guys make money is what I want to know.

    It’s one of those oddities of human nature.

    They seem to attract those most skeptical of accepted wisdom – the Establishment etc – who then fall for something completely absurd.

    It’s an example of an intense mix of skepticism and gullibility that’s not uncommon.

    Comment by NeilM — April 19, 2016 @ 12:19 pm

  16. My Leyland cypress hedge is dying of a virus… I wonder what sort of art they would create if I gave them easels😦

    Comment by MeToo — April 19, 2016 @ 1:44 pm

  17. @NeilM We are not all blessed with your common sense which immediately leads to being a National supporter like a divine plan unfolding.

    I suspect Keats and others like him have their tongues in their cheek somewhat.

    Comment by Kauri Menashe — April 19, 2016 @ 2:09 pm

  18. To encourage speculation, the artist created blueprints for a four-dimensional tesseract house that purchasers might use as a vacation home.

    4 dimensional houses are commonly used as vacation homes, they are called timeshares.

    Comment by unaha-closp — April 19, 2016 @ 2:43 pm

  19. I’m not a big fan of using sciency language that has zero connection with reality. Ok, so an artist does no harm by doing this, but the use of meaningless sciency words is a core technique of snake-oil salesman.

    Comment by richdrich — April 19, 2016 @ 4:05 pm

  20. 4 dimensional houses are commonly used as vacation homes

    4 dimensional houses are commonly used as houses. They are called houses.

    Comment by Phil — April 19, 2016 @ 4:17 pm


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