Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ann Hamilton — Making, and the Spaces We Share (On Being)

Ann Hamilton

From NPR's On Being, this episode features Ann Hamilton, who is a visual artist and self-described "maker." She is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art at Ohio State University.

From her website:
Ann Hamilton is a visual artist internationally recognized for the sensory surrounds of her large-scale multi-media installations. Using time as process and material, her methods of making serve as an invocation of place, of collective voice, of communities past and of labor present. Noted for a dense accumulation of materials, her ephemeral environments create immersive experiences that poetically respond to the architectural presence and social history of their sites. Whether inhabiting a building four stories high or confined to the surface of a thimble, the genesis of Hamilton's art extends outwards from the primary projections of the hand and mouth. Her attention to the uttering of a sound or the shaping of a word with the hand places language and text at the tactile and metaphoric center of her installations. To enter their liminality is to be drawn equally into the sensory and linguistic capacities of comprehension that construct our faculties of memory, reason and imagination.
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Ann Hamilton — Making, and the Spaces We Share

February 13, 2014

The philosopher Simone Weil defined prayer as “absolutely unmixed attention.” The artist and self-described maker Ann Hamilton embodies this notion in her sweeping works of art that bring all the senses together. She uses her hands to create installations that are both visually astounding and surprisingly intimate, and meet a longing many of us share, as she puts it, to be alone together.


Voices on the Radio

Ann Hamilton is a visual artist and self-described maker. She is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Art at Ohio State University.

Production Credits

  • Host/Executive Producer: Krista Tippett
  • Head of Content: Trent Gilliss
  • Technical Director: Chris Heagle
  • Senior Producer: Lily Percy
  • Associate Producer: Mariah Helgeson

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