Many ways to color 2017

Have a look at the beautiful coloring skills from people around the world who are coloring the 2017 calendar.

Vean lo bello que están quedando estos calendarios del 2017 coloreados en diferentes partes del mundo.

Lupita Rejón – Chetumal, México.

 

 

 

Miriam Van Uden – The Netherlands

Christine Fumeaux – Genéve, Suisse

 

 

Mariana Perez Giarizzo – Sitges, España

 

Marie y Manuel – Coatepec, México.

Horst & Birgit from Kiel

Horst & Birgit – The Netherlands

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Maria – Barcelona, Spain

 

Find the 2018 Coloring Calendar here.

Compra el calendario de 2018 aquí.

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Visualizing time

It all started when the first men looked at the sky and watched the stars in continuous motion, uniform and repetitive. The observations of the natural world made them understand that all events occur within a cycle: the migration of animals, flowering, seeding, maturation, harvest and so on.

Cyclic time in nomadic people and early tribes comes from a deep interaction between nature and man to the point of determining the idea of totality. No event in history that does not arise from other events that have preceded and which itself does not become a source of other events.

Civilizations have adopted various methods, using the movement of the stars, to measure time. The varying success of this operation is more or less depended on the astronomical knowledge each culture achieved. Religion, historians and even politicians have influenced also this major issue.

The ancient Babylonians and Greeks marked a transition in the conception of time. However, is until the arrival of Christianity when the ideas of linear time emerged, which would be fundamental to the foundations of the Western culture and its idea of progress.

The representation of time that we see in our clocks and calendars currently is a general convention in the world. Humanity has had to spend many stages for centuries to make big agreements about the date and time in which we live.

The conventional calendars measure time in a linear and progressive way. The model is highly deterministic linear thinking, as well reductionist since it breaks down the total into smaller pieces, reducing interactions between them. The whole is composed of independent parts.

The linear model is now contradictory, since we know that our universe is basically made up of nonlinear systems in the physical, biological, psychological and social levels.

Studying and reflecting about this subject I started to draw circular calendars as a way to understand time and search new ways to visualize it. In my head, since childhood, when I think about next summer or next winter, I always visualized the year in a circle, like a train in a loop track.

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2012

The circular calendar allows us to see that time is not unidirectional (from
past to future), but bidirectional. In indigenous cultures man lives in a reality of continuous cyclical movement of nature and culture. The end of the year is the beginning of a new life and not the sum of accumulated years. From this point of view everything is connected, nothing is separate from the totality.

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2015

The Spiral model is the model of thinking of indigenous people, is the alternative to linear thinking model designed by the European rationalism and positivist philosophy, origin of the existing mental model in the Western world for centuries.

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2016

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2017

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2018

I have designed the last three calendars (2016, 2017 and 2018) as coloring calendars. They make a nice decorative item and also an illustration that people personalize coloring it day by day.

I drew the calendars illustration by hand, line after line, finding interesting to visualize a full year in one single image. An artistic piece and a functional object at the same time.

I have printed 150 calendars this year. If you want to purchase a print of the 2018 calendar and start to coloring it, you are welcome to  visit my ETSY shop.

I will continue my research about time and calendars. If you share the interest on this subject and you want to exchange ideas please write me at: beatrizchamussy@gmail.com

Opening day: Co-Existence Exhibition

Thanks for coming to the opening of the Co-Existence exhibition last Saturday. The event went very well, we had more than 60 people visiting, many interesting conversations, good feedback about the topic and also already some art pieces sold.

We want to see more people here and create more resonances regarding the dialogue between technology and humanity. Art inspires us and makes us reflect about the world that surrounds us.

Spread the word about the exhibition!

Co-Existence stARTup Exhibition.
Open everyday from 10am to 18pm until June 10th.
Nieuwe Keizersgracht 54, Amsterdam 

Hosted by In4art

Photos by In4art

About Patronage in te 21st century

An interesting article published yesterday in the New York Times about Patronage in the 21st century. They mentioned In4Art, the platform of incubation and patronage organizing the StARTup Exhibition: Co-Existence that we inaugurate tonight in Amsterdam.

 

Co-Existence stARTup Exhibition – Amsterdam

In one week (Saturday May 20th) we’ll inaugurate the Co-Existence Exhibition in Amsterdam.

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Our time is pinpointed by connectedness and dependencies. We are heading towards a Co-Era. The exponential growth of technological possibilities and the need for sustainable solutions for human wellbeing are essential drivers for change. They ask for an ecosystem that CO-operates, CO-llaborates and CO-exists.  

The Co-Existence between humans & technology is the inspiration for this exhibition. Technological development has changed our way of living dramatically over the past twenty years: how will we co-exist in the future? Two artists present their ideas and visions.

Beatriz Chamussy reflects how technology drives change. She elaborates on contemporary gods: drones, phones, computers & data. She plays around with interaction and hyper connection. Are humans following, equal to or in control of technology?

Tiwánee van der Horst embraces technology. It became her tool, the extension of her body to create physical objects. She devotes herself to realizing a post internet environment. How to stretch the boundaries of the possible?

In Co-Existence, their works take us through a journey to explore interactions, networks and connections. Technology as an extension of humanity, we are not only users but creators.

When: May 20th – June 10th
Where: Nieuwe Keizersgracht 54, Amsterdam
What: An exhibition, a show, on site collaboration, talks and much more.

More info: http://www.in4art.eu or by phone: +31693981339

Altar

“Altar” is one of the paintings I’ll show in Amsterdam next month, as part of the Co-Existence stARTup exhibition organized by In4art

This painting (Acrylic on Canvas, 65 cm x 81 cm) is an altar for our contemporary gods: The invisible Cloud, the omnipresent WiFi, the cult of the “like”, the drones, the smartphones, the apps, the hyperconnectivity, the overstimulation…

Like a “Wunderkammer” or a “Cabinet of curiosities”, this painting is a collection of icons and symbols present in our global culture governed by social media and the use of the internet.

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In the center of the painting the reference to the symbol of the Burning Man (Annual gathering in the US, experiment with community and arts, music festival, self-expression), representing the dream of freedom of our generation.

The legs of the table are the elegant triangle fractals called Sierpinski triangle, representing how we build logic from randomness trying to make sense of both the universe and ourselves.

A dialogue between order and chaos.

The need of fantasy, the desire of living in a child’s like world (represented by the: unicorn, rabbit head, minion, balloons, party decoration), the need of ancient beliefs, superstition, mystical and spiritual connection (lucky charms, talismans, Maneki Neko, angels, dreamcatcher, chakras, yoga practice, buddhist praying flags, chinese zodiac (2017 year of the rooster, yin yang, etc) and at the same time the devotion to scientific progress, automatisation, newest technological widgets (apple watch, drones, google maps, etc)

I’m interested in identifying a common visual and cultural language that exists nowadays worldwide: Apps, Ikea furniture, computers interface, green and healthy smoothies, gluten free cupcakes and starbucks latte grande.

And you can always press the Off button in the center of the green carpet to shut down everything.

If you want to see more images of the creative process of this piece click here.

Photos by @galopbcn