Artcast May 2014: Light and perception

Artists delight in playing with our understanding of the world around us. This episode of SFMOMA Artcasts features artists who use light and architecture to create new experiential environments. First, artist James Turrell talks with scholar Charles Miedzinski about the spiritual dimensions of his practice and the creation of his monumental earthwork Roden Crater in an extinct volcanic crater near Arizona's Painted Desert. Next, artists Olafur Eliasson and Robert Irwin discuss art, life, and their philosophies on the act of seeing. In the final segment, we hear a musical guest take by Bay Area performance collective THE SOMETHING. Their experimental sound piece is inspired by the work of artist Dan Flavin and incorporates vocals, saxophones, synthesizers, a tambourine, nails, and a trumpet.