will open on July 17 this year!
Saturday, March 31, 2007
Friday, March 30, 2007
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Magda is going back to Poland this Sunday, which makes me think "Polish" :) What do I know about Poland except Polanski's films? One special artist came across my mind is Krzysztof Wodiczko, who creates his art/statement by projecting images onto building facades in the community. His works explore a lot of things: momumentality & temporality, body & skin, architecture & city, people & society, the aesthetic & psychological, foreground &amp;amp; background, the everyday & the uncanny...As a political and public art, his projection is more cinematic and transient than graffiti.
PBS has a good webpage about his art. As aruged in the essay: He challenges the silent, stark monumentality of buildings, activating them in an examination of notions of human rights, democracy, and truths about the violence, alienation, and inhumanity that underlie countless aspects of social interaction in present-day society. (read more and watch artist interviews here)
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
These beautiful sandblasted glass bottles are created by Jeff Crandall, a poet as well as a glass artist. Each bottle has a theme indicating its content, followed by a short witty poem. My favorite ones are -
DREAMS (Cobalt blue bottle) -
DRINK DEEPLY AND BELIEVE
PASSION (Clear-aquamarine bottle) -
CONTAINS DARING TOUCHES, ACHING DESIRES, RISING HEAT, SOFT SIGHS AND LOW GROWLS
TIME (Clear-aquamarine bottle) -
CONTAINS EXTRA SECONDS, MINUTES, AND HOURS. CAUTION: USE WISELY, EVAPORATES QUICKLY
TRUST (Clear-aquamarine bottle) -
FRAGILE: DO NOT BREAK
TRUTH (Clear-aquamarine bottle) -
CAUTION: DO NOT DILUTE
YOUTH (Clear-aquamarine bottle) -
CONTAINS BOUNDLESS ENERGY, WILD IDEAS, BEAUTY, INNOCENCE & JUST A HINT OF IMMORTALITY
Bottles to me are magic containers. They offers an imaginary space to collect laughters and tears, to store a certain smell that belongs to a certain time, to hold a unique taste driven by desire.
Monday, March 19, 2007
OCEF will get 4-8.5% referrel fee from Amazon to use on education. So I will support Amazon:)
Saturday, March 17, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
In this case, SEEING is BELIEVING :) also the title of Peter Jenning's 2-hr special show on UFOs (http://www.crystalinks.com/ufos2005.html). Man's curiosity and passion for the unkown will never die!
Wednesday, March 7, 2007
1. do it in Cuba; no shot longer than 12 frames
2. do it in the worst place in the world without showing the place
3. do it in whatever way (as a punishment on the unsuccessful result of task #2)
4. do it as cartoon (Jørgen’s most hated genre)
5. reading a narration written by Lars
The 12-minute long The Perfect Human is just brilliant, stylish and humorous. We see a man and a woman, both good-looking and elegant, living in an abstract space, like vacuum. They behave in a narcissistic and detached way, detached from their living environment and detached from each other. The voiceover keeps asking a lot of questions in search of what a PERFECT human is, which has a satirical effect to make us laugh at ourselves.
Sunday, March 4, 2007
The repeated theme of The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie is about a dinner planned by a group of bourgeois friends however always gets ruined by unexpected occurrences. There is always something peculiar or mislocated happening. Satirically enough, every time the part for explanation is wiped off by some suddenly arising noise, reality nevertheless keeps running well within this ignorance. It seems for the Bourgeoisie the symbolic order is a joke played by itself though its meaningless interpretations and faked grace.
The chronological narrative is often interrupted by scenes of brutality such as a military lieutenant’s description about his mother’s tragic death, the ambassador’s dream of being killed by the antagonists. (a story within a story theme) These nightmares precisely represent the intrusion of the real. Sometimes the audience is confused about the boundary between the realistic and surrealistic in the film, it renders the very fragility and contingency of life.
Saturday, March 3, 2007
These two sci-fi movies are very comparable in film history. Tarkovsky's Solaris (1972) is often seen as a response to Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
2001: A Space Odyssey is full of symbolic meanings. It is a detached view, a presentation without a visible presenter, a visual symphony, about human evolution in relation to technology from prehistory to the future. It offers a place to reflect upon the interrelationship between man and his tool through time. The special effects experimented in the movie was truly pioneering.
For Tarkovsky, cinema's best strength is to observe life, as a mirror for us to look into ourselves. Even as a sci-fi movie, Solaris tries to jump out of the genre by minimizing the special effects while focusing on characters' phychological world. Unlike typical outer-space-themed movies, the mysterious planet solaris interacts with human by duplicating the significant persons in one's life, triggering a dialogue within one's own phyche. Although the story happens in outer-space, it is nevertheless a exploration of our inner-space.
If 2001: A Space Odyssey is an objective, loud, high-speed and outward argument, Solaris is a subjective, quiet, slow-paced and inward journey.