The Electromagnetic Fountain

EMF – quote/unquote

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I stumbled across an article/survey about art in public space – Uncertain Spaces: Artists’ Exploration of New Socialities in Mediated Public Space, Maria Miranda. I was surprised to find the Electromagnetic Fountain mentioned at the bottom, along with other works that are mentioned on my blog that got me to think about the fountain in the first place. Especially as I haven’t built it yet.

I’m a bit embarrassed about a part of the text, though. And when I saw it I realised that I haven’t given credit to a quote in my description of the fountain, so now its time to put things right. It’s the bit that goes:

[ …… Amanda Steggell is concerned with not just its aesthetic appeal but “highly fought over private, commercial and political territory” (Steggell) as well as still unknown environmental and health issues.]

Much of the description of the Electromagnetic Fountain was drawn from attending the Maxwell City Workshop led by Erich Berger and Martin Howse at Atelier Nord in 2007. It suddenly dawned on me that the phrase I have in my EMF description, the one quoted above, is almost identical to that of the Maxwell City description, bar one word! Martin and Erich wrote:

“The electromagnetic spectrum which is the range of all possible electromagnetic radiation is a hotly fought over private, commercial and political territory.

So I apologize to M and E, and I hope that they are both at least a bit flattered that their eloquent words have stuck in the collective memory bank!


Written by ajsteggell

January 26, 2008 at 6:12 pm

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  1. Now thats an example I wil definately use on my students:

    1) borrow as much as possible
    2) credit nice people ho deserves it (or appologize if you forget)
    3) blog and be famous

    hotly was a better word though – but I can see why it didnt fit on the waterjet


    January 31, 2008 at 2:24 pm

  2. I guess hotly would be okay, but perhaps it would turn in to a steam bath ….. perhaps another project …


    February 11, 2008 at 12:48 am

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