Anyway... Saturday 28 March 2009, 8.30pm, your local time, turn the leccy off.
Nothing more to write except GO DO IT!?!?
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 | 0 Comments
Cinema Redux. A software program that captures one frame [or screen shot] for every second the film runs and places it onto one print [or sheet of paper]. Each line represents one minute so it's 60 frames [screen shots] for every line shown. I had to read that back to myself a couple of times...
I have looked at these for a long time, wondered why I have looked at them for so long and then asked the question of why I like them. Which puts me back in the middle doesn't it?
copyright Miramax / Paramount
It's most comforting to look at these even if you cannot see each frame and the idea is wonderful. Brendan Dawes was the man who created Cinema Redux and has created many a special edition. Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey being one of them.
copyright Disney / Pixar
The prints convey two angles; one that lets you see the images from afar (as this post shows) allowing you the viewer to see another image (which could be influenced by the film that's on the image perhaps?) and another that, if viewed up close, shows you the film proper, which would be fascinating by all accounts.
copyright Columbia / Sony Pictures
Some say the prints represent the film's DNA but I think it's more like the soul of the film. Softer, not so 'scientific' as DNA and a lot more approachable.
All those frames on one print make for a beautiful piece of art too. A simple concept transformed into stunning reality. These I would hang on our walls without hesitation.
There are applications allowing you to make your own 'Cinema Redux' poster. Thumper for Mac and Ruby on Rails System, which is difficult to track down. I have yet to use or see them but guess the process would take some getting used to. I could be wrong though, I could be wrong.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 | 0 Comments
Now this I like.
'The Walls Notebook'. A cunning publication that allows you to become a Banksy, Blek Le Rat, Basquiat or even a wildstyle Tracy 168. Who knows eh? All I do know is that you can define your own style in the comfort of your own home or favourite café.
Me? Well, if I were to live in NYC then i'd go to the physical place shown in the book, sit down on the floor with my back touching the said wall and let my pen do the talking. Once done, look at the wall, look at the book, back and forth, up and down, merge the two places and I'm there in my own graffiti world untouced by the cops and unfazed from doing a possible runner?! Blimey...
Although some of the places they show in the book may not be the best place to sit and dream huh? I could be wrong though.
You can also sketch your stuff on the website; pick your pencil size, colour and away you go.
The book is on pre-order at Amazon here, good price too. I now keep my fingers crossed for a London edition...
Want more info? email email@example.com
Friday, March 20, 2009 | 0 Comments
When I returned home I thought these images would do well as, what I call, passing-by pictures. Somewhere like a hallway or a walk-thru from room to room. Interesting when looked at for a brief moment out of the corner of ones eye but also has the ability to offer that something else when studied deliberately.
I have put these images in order and separated to give an individual view. The last shot, a composite/triptych of the three, shows this brief capture in time - about 10 seconds - and provides a certain animation to any story you care to conjure up about the office workers. My favourite being the stretching man on the fifth floor.
My camera is still in the 10mp(megapixels) range and many photographers put an issue on pixel size and state that image quality doesn't matter between 10, 12 or even 24mp's. But in my mind the last shot, the triptych, would look fantastic blown up to about 4 foot high and 6 to 7 foot long within a large room. This however does require a larger pixel count preferrably going into the medium-format 39, 50 even 60 mp range (see my earlier post). The aroma and clout would be lost if I blew these up from a mere 10mp.
But the mind is powerful and if you look long enough at the shot, create your own story(s) and transfer to an imaginary wall then I think you will be suitably impressed. I certainly was even if I say it myself...
Tuesday, March 17, 2009 | 0 Comments
(click the above to play album)
Now I haven't been excited about an album for a long time. Songs get me excited when I have found a rare track hidden in the archives of some torrent site but an album??
It took him three months of work and he spread the word via Twitter - some say the first Twitter star but who knows or even cares. The man is, in my books a musical mastermind. To make one song takes vision and patience but to make an album...?!?
I don't think the album touches Endtroducing but given that Kuliman has produced this in his house the scope for this guy, if given the pro suite, could be huge.
Although imagine the logistics of royalty payout if this went out on a label...?! Woof Charlie...
Respect to you sir. I hope this is the shape of things to come.
Thursday, March 12, 2009 | 0 Comments
The sequel if you please! Another gap too long for my liking but read on, you'll understand why.
One London stroll, if one can call it that, which lasted 6 hours. Yes 6 hours.?!My eyes were weak, my spine creaked, feet were swelled, back it ached... It was glorious!! One of the sights that I took in was (i)The Monument to The Great Fire of London, all 311 stairs worth of climbing recently refurbished and opened a month or so ago. Now I must say vertigo gets the better of me and I did think twice about spiralling up the flights but I was a Londoner being a proud tourist in my own city for the day.
Now when I move about London from A to E, sometimes diverting via C and D, the sights are secondary to me. The backdrop of the city is just that, it serves a purpose to house the public, move the public and entertain the public. I also think it's the case of when you want to get somewhere there is no time to look and stare therefore it's head down and full steam ahead. This, I wager, is the case for most city folk - workers and Londoners alike.
I never 'tourist it up'.
From South Bank to Bankside to Borough and back to South Bank. Across the water to Embankment then down to (ii)Monument ending up east side at The Tower of London and St Katharine's Docks. Burr-you-tee-full.
It put a whole new perspective on London for me, being a tourist that is. My camera was out all day, I mingled with the foreign crowds, took in the sights and waited for Tower Bridge to open. I must add that last week was the first time I saw it open in all my 36 years of visting and living in London...!? Bloody marvellous it was to see the road lift, even though it would have been more exciting if I were six or thereabouts.
So, here's my thought of the day.
I recommend that if you live or work in London become a tourist for one day in the month, every month. It makes you appreciate what amazing tourist spots we have and also puts you around lovely people throughout the day. Even if the tourists do swear, shout down the phone or slag people off you don't understand what they are saying and it sounds so much nicer in Japanese, Thai or French...n'est pas??
(i) I must thank the cashier in The Monument who gave student passes to the two girls in front of me. As I was a tourist I thought i'd be cheeky to these London folk and asked for a student concession too (£2 instead of £3). She shook her head, smiled and gave me a tut then asked for £2!! Fantastic! It was only a pound saving but the view up top seemed even sweeter somehow. Thank you! You also get a certificate when you come back down pronouncing 'You have climb the 311 stairs to the top"
(ii) I did pass by - on the way to Monument - one of my favourite buildings in London. The old Daily Express offices on Fleet Street. I wanted to take pictures but the streets were busy with activity. A Sunday should prove more fruitful and images will appear on a future post.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 | 0 Comments
I give you! Street installations that step over the fine line of "Is it?" and "No! It couldn't be! Could it!" Blimus!
I have found a site that is run by Mark Jenkins and i'm pretty sure it is him who makes the art. It hosts plenty of pictures and a few videos showing the reactions of the public. Here a video shows the local authority 'rescuing' the dummy from a river in Sweden. Controversial? Not controversial? You decide...
The more you look at them though the more fascinating they become. And this is just via images on the web for gawd's sake...
i) Tape Art - involving wrapping copious amounts of sellotape around an object then carefully cutting and reapplying. The babies I love. Delicate beings surrounded by dangerous and awkward situations.
Although I think this is why cities are so blasé about seeing stuff like this. If you have been burned before and taken in too many times then you assume everything is dodgy and if you assume art is dodgy then the whole fabric of society is DOOOOOMED!!! It really is...
Take a look through my selection of favourites, many more here and if it is Mark Jenkins or someone else or a group of people doing this then keep it going!
Oh, and if you want to make a sellotape figure, object or wrap yourself up then here you go (also run by Mark Jenkins)
Thursday, March 05, 2009 | 0 Comments
Following on from my 'The Tenth Dimension' post; we all know about the ten dimensions now don't we? This post showcases the Powers of Ten film that Mr Charles and Mrs Ray Eames were commissioned to produce by IBM. It takes you on a journey from a couple having a picnic in the US to the furthest reaches of the universe back down to the atoms in your own body. As with the 10th Dimension film i'll leave the film to do the talking.
Released in 1977 the style of the film reflects this decade and the narrator's voice, as pointed out by a YouTube viewer sounds like Tigger from Disney's Winnie the Pooh. He was in fact Philip Morrison who was the science behind it.
Charles and Ray Eames
Commissioned by IBM - 1977
The real thing that gets me about space and the human is that the darkest depths of the universe look exactly the same as the nerves in our brains.
Now i'm not a man of God but the similarities are astounding and it feels to me like there's a game going on somewhere by something to that someone being us... I could go onto the reason why oil is so hard to find and extract or why lungs look like trees, that's a good one, or why the ocean conveyor belt is more 'mechanical' than just a natural occurence.
Woof Charlie! Anyhow, enjoy the film and let the famous furniture makers take you on a trip that's as beautiful as their designs.
Apologies for using a YouTube film. There is an official website but the film did not load. Take a look around though, it may work for you.
*reference Nine to Five film - Lily Tomlin explaining what they (Dolly Parton and Jane Fonda) are smoking.
Monday, March 02, 2009 | 0 Comments
What. A. Picture!
Beautiful? Haunting? Enthralling? Sad? Motivating? Essential? Just downright creepy??
There is much deliberation to what and where this picture is. Russian partisans posing for the picture to show how well prepared they are in World War II? Schoolchildren on a gas drill? A show of preparedness for the enemy?
I think this picture, regardless of where it was taken, shows their war in an almost theatrical sense. If you look at the kids behind the mock field gun there's a comedy 'showhall' feel to it. But this is dispelled when you look at the way everyone is standing and the vigour in which the kids are lying behind the gun.
You can tell a lot from a face but here they are obviously covered in *masks.
It's the three children at the front with heads cocked to the right that invokes a sense of question from them as if to ask,
"Is this correct? Are we standing right? What is this for...?"
This is the beauty of this photo. It makes you think, it fires back questions to your questions and makes sure you look at every detail so when you stop looking you cannot stop thinking.
*I wouldn't be surprised if Pink Floyd got inspiration from the above when animating the teacher in 'Another Brick in The Wall' I may follow that up in a future post...
Sunday, March 01, 2009 | 0 Comments