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March 1, 2016

Chopsticks

A public service ad from McCann which ran during 2014's CCTV lunar new year gala. A promotional piece which depicts traditional Chinese family values. A job well done.

Currently listening:
佛光山佛教梵唄 - 準提咒

October 30, 2012

Monument Valley

Monument Valley.

You should go.

Currently listening:
R. Carlos Nakai - Song For The Morning Star

October 16, 2012

花樣的年華

The Enchanting Years.

Currently listening:
周璇 - 花樣的年華 (The Enchanting Years)

October 15, 2012

a Due Colori

Alberto Seveso.

Alberto Seveso.

September 17, 2011

Tears In The Drop Box

This Mortal Coil with Dust & Guitars.

The soundtrack of my youth... I still remember getting the LP It'll End In Tears back in the early 80s. This second edition remastered boxed set will be available later this year. Memories fade; fragments get even more fragmented.

Nothing ever stays the same.

TMC: Japanese Edition.

April 5, 2011

須藤元気(Genki Sudo)「WORLD ORDER」の"MACHINE CIVILIZATION"フルver.PV

It's from 2010, but still refreshing. And the music isn't bad either.

January 25, 2010

The Third & The Seventh

Video: Alex Roman

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A stunning visceral delight in photography, architecture & CGI. View it in fullscreen. 12+ minutes, but well worth it.

Awe inspiring!

November 30, 2009

77 Million Paintings

77 Million Paintings.

Brian Eno will have his exhibit 77 Million Paintings up 'til December 13th. I read that the entire university museum has been 'reformulated' for the installation.

While Eno's Ambient Music wafts through the central gallery, his one-of-a-kind computer-generated images (each framed in black) are installed on walls painted in blood red.

The main attraction, however, is a side area that has been converted into a hushed, meditative theater where visitors can recline on comfortable couches and be swept away by the encounter. Since black carpets and dark walls block out all external light, six strategically located fixtures guide viewers to their seats. Created from conical piles of crushed Vermiculite, they are illuminated by an overhead LED system that slowly changes colors from red, blue, green, and yellow.

Eno's soft, inimitable sound permeates the air while a large, ever-changing image appears on the wall. Resembling a radiant stained-glass window, it is produced by three computers generated 400 images each, and one central computer overlaying 60 images. The music is so meditative and the design changes are so elusive, that it is hard to notice them at first. But slowly, surely, almost imperceptibly, the patterns mutate into an endless series of visual configurations that become hypnotic, even spiritual.

Source: ArtScene
Image © Brian Eno; Courtesy of artist and LumenLondon.com

Can't wait. Would you join me?

November 28, 2009

Theremin Tapestry

Theremin Tapestry by Chicks on Speed (in conjunction with The Victorian Tapestry Workshop and hangar.org. Video feat: Theremin Player and collaborator: Merche Blasco). Theremin Tapestry made possible through the generous support of Victorian Tapestry Workshop, Craft Victoria and Melbourne City Council, Australia, Kunstverein Wolfsburg, IFA. Quite possibly it's been done before, but it's still pretty awesome!

So is this art or music?

This particular song below got me hooked on these Chicks years ago.

October 24, 2009

The Dos And Don'ts of Graduate Studies:
Maxims from the Chair

The Dos
Do something old in a new way
Do something new in an old way
Do something new in a new way; whatever works, works
Do it sharp--if you can't, call it art
Do it in the computer--if it can be done there
Do fifty of them--you will definitely get a show
Do it big--if you can't do it big, do it red
If all else fails, turn it upside down--if it looks good, it might work
Do bend your knees
If you don't know what to do, look up or down--but continue looking
Do celebrities--if you do a lot of them, you'll get a book
Connect with others--network
Edit it yourself
Design it yourself
Publish it yourself
Edit--when in doubt, shoot more
Edit again
Read Darwin, Marx, Joyce, Freud, Einstein, Benjamin, McLuhan, and Barthes
See Citizen Kane ten times
Look at everything--stare
Construct your images from the edge inward
If it's the "real world," do it in color
If it can be done digitally, do it
Be self-centered, self-involved, and generally entitled and always pushing--and damned to hell for doing it
Break all rules, except the chairman's

The Don'ts
Don't do it about yourself--or your friend--or your family
Don't dare photograph yourself nude
Don't look at old family albums
Don't hand-color it
Don't write on it
Don't use alternative processes--if it ain't straight, do it in the computer
Don't gild the lily--a.k.a. less is more
Don't go to video when you don't know what else to do
Don't photograph indigent people, particularly in foreign lands
Don't whine, just produce

The Truisms
Good work sooner or later gets recognized
There are a lot of good photographers who need it before they are dead

If you walk the walk, sooner or later you'll learn to talk the talk
If you talk the talk too much, sooner or later you are probably not walking the walk (don't bullshit)

Photographers are the only creative people who don't pay attention to their predecessors' work--if you imitate something good, you are more likely to succeed
Whoever originated the idea will surely be forgotten until he or she's dead--corollary: steal someone else's idea before they die
If you have to imitate, at least imitate something good
Know the difference

Critics never know what they really like
Critics are the first to recognize the importance of that which is already known in the community at large
The best critics are the ones who like your work

Theoreticians don't like to look--they're generally too busy writing about themselves
Given enough time, theoreticians will contradict and reverse themselves
Practice does not follow theory
Theory follows practice

All artists think they're self-taught
All artists lie, particularly about their dates and who taught them
No artist has ever seen the work of another artist (the exception being the post-modernests, who've adapted appropriation as another means of reinventing the history)
The curator or the director is the one in black
The artist is the messy one in black
The owner is the one with the Prada bag
The gallery director is the one who recently uncovered the work of a forgotten person from his or her late spouse
Every gallerist has to discover someone
Every curator has to rediscover someone
The best of them is the one who shows your work

Every generation rediscovers the art of photography
Photography history gets reinvented every ten years
New galleries discover old photographers

Galleries need to fill their walls--corollary: thus new talents will always be found
Gallerists say hanging pictures is an art

There are no collectors, only people with money
Anyone who buys your work is a collector--your parents don't count

All photographers are voyeurs
Admit it and get on with looking
Everyone is narcissistic--anyone can be photographed

Photography is about looking
Learning how to look takes practice

All photography, in the right context at the right time, is valuable
It is always a historical document
Sooner or later someone will say it is art

Any photographer can call himself an artist,
But no every artist can call himself a photographer

Compulsiveness helps
Neatness helps too
Hard work helps the most

The style is felt--fashion is fad

Remember, it's usually about who, what, where, when, why, and how
It is who you know

Many a good idea is found in garbage can
But darkrooms are dark... and dank, fuhgeddaboudit

The best exposure is the one that works
Expose for the shadows, and develop for the highlights
Or better yet, shoot digitally

Cameras don't think, they don't have memories
But digitals have something called memory
Lean to see as the camera sees--don't try to make it see as the human eye
Remember, digital point-and-shoots are faster than Leicas

Though the computer can correct anything, a bad image is a bad image
If all else fails, you can remember, again, to either do it large or red
Or, tear it up and tape it together
It always looks better framed on the wall

If they don't sell, raise your price
Self-importance rises with the prices of your images on the wall

The work of a dead artist is always more valuable than the work of a live one
You can always pretend to kill yourself and start all over.

Text: Charles H. Traub

October 19, 2009

Woman Waiting To Take A Photograph

The woman is a young woman. She wants to make a living as a photographer, but at the moment she is temping at a company that publishes books about wetlands preservation. On her days off she takes pictures, and today she is sitting in her car, across the street from a small grocery store called "The Go-Getters Market." The store is located in a very poor neighborhood of her city--the windows are barred and at night a roll-down steel door covers the storefront. The woman thus finds the name "Go-Getters" an interesting one, because it is clear that the customers of the market are anything but go-getters. They are drunkards and prostitutes and transients, and the young photographer thinks that if she can get the right picture of some of these people entering the store, she will make a picture that would be considered trenchant, or even poignant--either way the product of a sharp and observant eye. So she sits in her Toyota Camry, which her parents gave her because it was two years old and they wanted something new, and the waits for the right poor person to enter or leave the store. She has her window closed, but will open it when the right person appears, and then shoot that person under the sign that says "Go-Getters." This, for the viewer of her photograph when it is displayed--first in a gallery, then in the hallway of a collector's home, and later in a museum when she has her retrospective--will prove that she, the photographer, has a good eye for irony and hypocrisy, for the inequities and injustices of life, its perfect and unmitigated absurdity.

Text: Dave Eggers

June 25, 2009

On Signature

I think the size of the signature is inversely proportional to the quality of the work. The bigger the signature, the suckier the painting is.

haha!

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Text: Kelly Klaasmeyer, critic, Houston Press, and editor of glasstire.com, Houston

June 16, 2009

On Photography

It's the mystery that takes hold of you first. You learn a few basic things about focus, composition, lighting, perspective--and then the technical things go from something mechanical to an extension of yourself. That mystery roots itself as passion and, pretty soon, all you can think about is the next shot. You walk down a street and the telephone poles line up for you, or a ray of sunlight bounces off a window and into your imagination, or a shadow belies an illusion and you gasp at the wonder of it all. All at once you are hooked. You dream about your next composition, you sketch out ideas on napkins, you learn a new way of communicating without saying a word. If necessity is the mother of invention, then passion is the lover that invades your most mundane thoughts and elevates everything you once saw as ordinary to a new level of spectacle.

Text: Tony Luna

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To prevent from creative burn out, I also read that for one to just go out [or stay in] and take one photograph everyday and not to worry about what it is. Just shoot everyday. What great advice! I know Jeff is already doing that with his year-long project. I'll be on my way out right now. Seriously! :-)

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Currently listening:
Arturo Stalteri - Another Green World

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