check out photographer Jamie Beck's tumblr to see how gifs should really be done..
I guess I'm really into light shows lately.
I'm digging this video for Gold Panda's Marriage (remix Star Slinger)
Live visuals, editing, concept by Anže Sekelj / Koala™
Camera, editing, concept by Lucijan Kranjc
Produced by Gold Panda
Remixed by Star Slinger
Published by Wichita Songs Ltd / Domino Music Publishing Co.Ltd. / Ghostly International
I really like the original version too.
It sounds like parts were made with
this wonderful thing on the internet...
Check out this photo essay of graffiti in post-Chernobyl city, Pripyat by Alex Cheban on English Russia. The graffiti art as well as the urban decay are well documented.
ps. this might be one of my new favourite websites.
Roger Ebert finally wins The New Yorker caption contest after 107 tries.
Today's lesson for the kids is: Perseverance.
See more of his captions and read the story here.
While Stanley Kubrick worked as a photographer for Look Magazine in the forties he was sent to Chicago to document the city for the story, "Chicago City of Contrast."
You can see by these photographs he definitely had a cinematic eye. Each images looks like it could be a movie still. Three years later he would finance and direct his first film, a documentary called, Day of the Fight, which was based on a photo he had taken earlier for Look.
Images: Courtesy Stanley Kubrick
This sincerely fascinates me to watch.
It should be seen in full screen.
Just some thoughts:
01m05s > I don't remember that much advertising near the National Portrait Gallery, London, UK
04m17s > The built in wash boards in Chefchaouen, Morocco. Ingenious.
13m55s > In Rome, Italy, the moment the sun shines through the bus window.
16m30s > Just wow.
It's so interesting to see how people's systems, routines and behaviours differ around the globe. We are creatures of habit yet so adaptable.
From Dutch Projection Mappers, Mr. Beam,
who use space, objects and light to create
interesting interior spaces.
We created a unique physical 3D video-mapping experience by turning a white living room into a spacious 360° projection area.
This technique allowed us to take control of all colors, patterns and textures of the furniture, wallpapers and carpet. All done with 2 projectors.
Music: Free the Robots - Jazzhole
I read this article this morning, thought it was worth sharing..
The Complete Guide to
Not Giving a Fuck
Ok, I have a confession to make.
I have spent almost my whole life– 31 years– caring far too much about offending people, worrying if I’m cool enough for them, or asking myself if they are judging me.
I can’t take it anymore. It’s stupid, and it’s not good for my well being. It has made me a punching bag– a flighty, nervous wuss. But worse than that, it has made me someone who doesn’t take a stand for anything. It has made me someone who stood in the middle, far too often, and not where I cared to stand, for fear of alienating others. No more. Not today.
Today, ladies and gentlemen, is different.
China sheds little light on detained activist
Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
April 26, 2011
Activists demonstrate during a protest to demand the release of detained prominent Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, in Hong Kong on April 24, 2011. Ai, a prominent artist and harsh critic of China's Communist Party leaders, who's been held since April 3, for unspecified "economic crimes", sparked worldwide condemnation.
Photograph by: Laurent Fievet, AFP/Getty Images
BEIJING — Was it the semi-nude photographs of himself he posted on the Internet? Was it the current exhibit at London's Tate Modern in which he uses millions of sunflower seeds to make a playful commentary about how the Communist Party treated the late Chairman Mao Zedong as the sun, his subjects as sunflowers fawning toward the light?
Or maybe the Twitter posting he'd make on the birthdays of the more than 5,000 children killed in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, commemorations that served to remind the public that shoddy school construction led to so many deaths among the young? Or the blog in which he rambled on about modernism, animal rights, historic preservation and freedom of speech?
The list goes on. No doubt the artist Ai Weiwei did plenty to get in the face of the Chinese authorities. But why he was seized April 3 at Beijing International Airport as he passed through immigration to board a flight to Hong Kong is anybody's guess.
Chinese authorities have refused to say, and have failed to notify his family of his whereabouts or disclose the charges against him, despite a law requiring they do so within 24 hours.
Reports in the official press suggest they're still trying to come up with the charges to justify his seizure, with pornography, tax evasion, plagiarism, bigamy and failure to obtain travel permits all mentioned as possibilities.
"It is a mystery. They haven't notified us of anything. They shouldn't be doing this. He really is just an artist trying to express his individuality through his art," his mother, Gao Ying, said in a telephone interview.
But for Ai, art and activism came to be indistinguishable, putting him in frequent conflict with the powers that be.
The 53-year-old Ai defies easy definition. He is at once an architect, photographer, blogger and activist (he shuns the word "dissident") whose presence in Beijing is disproportionate to his (considerable) standing in the art world.
He has 70,000 followers on Twitter. He designed many of the studios in Caochangdi, a Beijing district he dubbed the East Village that is increasingly supplanting the more commercialized 798 warehouse district as the hub of the contemporary art scene. His own brick-walled studio functioned as an open house for intellectuals and activists, not to mention dozens of stray cats.
And the fact that he remained free served to embolden a younger generation of artists, writers and activists.
"We saw the freedom he enjoyed and figured if we imitate what he does, we can get away with expressing ourselves without getting in trouble," said Su Yutong, a 30-year-old activist now living in Berlin who worked with Ai on the Sichuan earthquake project.
Until recent months, Ai seemed to enjoy a Teflon-like immunity. His critical success abroad made him something of a national treasure. His work as an architectural consultant on the Bird's Nest stadium for the 2008 Beijing Olympics allowed him to teeter on the edge of the mainstream, although he later came to deplore the Olympics as a joyless monument to authoritarianism. His lineage also conferred privilege: His father, Ai Qing, despite years in exile during the Cultural Revolution, is revered today as one of China's most influential poets.
Ai's early works were more provocative than subversive. He painted Han dynasty vases with Coca-Cola logos and then broke them. His wife, Lu Qing, posed a la Marilyn Monroe, lifting a billowing skirt in front of Mao's portrait at Tiananmen Square. His activism was confined to relatively noncontroversial causes; he joined a group of animal rights activists in 2007 in a commando-style raid to rescue hundreds of cats headed to southern China, where cat meat is a delicacy.
But friends say the 2008 earthquake changed him. Ai, outraged over the arrests of bereaved parents protesting poor-quality school construction, felt obliged to throw his prestige to speak up for those without a voice.
"He got more serious about the content of his message after the earthquake," said Lee Ambrozy, a translator who this month published the first major English-language collection of Ai's writings, "Ai Weiwei's Blog: Writings, Interviews, and Digital Rants, 2006-2009." "With the Internet, he was reaching out not so much to the art worlds as an audience of disinterested and disaffected youth in the provinces."
Ai traveled to Sichuan in 2009 to attend the trial of an activist, Tan Zuoren, who was investigating the earthquake. Police burst into his hotel room at 3 a.m., and in a scuffle, he suffered bleeding on the brain, requiring lifesaving surgery four weeks later.
At that point, his art and activism merged.
At Munich's Haus der Kunst gallery, Ai displayed children's backpacks that spelled out in Chinese a quote from one of the mothers: "She lived happily on this Earth for seven years." He took a series of photographs of himself nude holding a toy horse that covered his genitals, a profane visual pun that played on the similarity between the words in Chinese "Party Central Committee" and "Cover the Center" and between "horse" and "mother" to suggest what he thought the party should, ahem, do.
His confrontations with authorities increased. In December, he was blocked at the Beijing airport from leaving the country, apparently out of fear that he might attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for imprisoned writer Liu Xiaobo. In January, his studio in Shanghai was demolished.
"He always talked about how he expected to be arrested. I wonder if he didn't get tired waiting for this day to come, or wonder why it came so late," said Yang Licai, a 30-year-old designer who also worked with Ai on the earthquake project.
Ai is only one of dozens of activists and intellectuals to be arrested this year _ 59, by the count of Hong Kong-based human rights advocates _ but it is his case that is galvanizing international outrage. Demonstrations were staged April 17 in front of Chinese consulates and embassies across the world, and more than 1,000 protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong over the weekend to demand his release. The Tate has written in prominent black letters along its facade, "Release Ai Weiwei."
In Beijing, Ai's disappearance has cast a pall over the intellectual and cultural scene.
"Ai Weiwei really lit a spark for the younger generation," Su said. "The question now is whether because of his arrest that spark will be extinguished, or will it ignite a larger fire?"
© Copyright (c) Los Angeles Times
It's pretty amazing how far "Jersey Shore" has permeated. The show and characters have
now become a staple in pop culture. Whether you're a fan, hater or spoof-er, you've had a conversation about them in some form. I saw this on Jimmy Kimmel last night and had mixed feelings about comic legend Martin Short jumping on the bandwagon but I have to admit
there are some funny bits that let you see how ridiculous the whole thing is, and Marty knows it.