Archive for October, 2009

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Giants in Berlin

October 13, 2009

A French theater company put on a show in Germany between October 2nd and 4th. They used dozens of puppeteers to control each giant wooden puppet. Instead of a normal stage, they roamed the entire city for a celebration of the reunification of the country.  The two characters representing the two sides of Germany will be a little girl and her uncle, a scuba driver, who will emerge from the Humboldthafen river.  Usually puppet shows are just for children, but the streets were flooded with people during this performance. The viewers were from all different walks of life, which became a reunion in itself. The wooden sculptures were beautifully crafted and became so lifelike that most of the audience members broke into tears when the two characters were reunited at last.

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Displacements

October 12, 2009

I found this really great video created by Michael Naimark. He did this twice, once in 1980 and again in 2005. To do this, he first filmed a room– making sure to capture people interacting with the objects inside it. Afterward, he painted everything in the room white and projected his recorded film from the exact same spot where he first shot it. The outcome creates a very lonely and ghostly feeling. The most interesting part for me is when the film pans over the guitar on the wall, which is colored in with the projector, and then a person picks it up, creating another 3 dimensional guitar and leaving the other white copy on the wall. Very cool effect.

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Bird Composers

October 9, 2009

Jarbas Agnelli saw a photograph in his newpaper of black birds sitting on a telephone wire. Wondering what it would sound like as a musical composition, he tried it out on his piano. He emailed the photographer, who called the newspaper, who made another story of it the very next day. He later produced it as a video for the rest of the world to witness. This story is inspiring and emphasizes that both music and new ideas can be all around you.

I would love if he took more photos of birds and created a whole song.

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Cassandra Jones

October 8, 2009

Visiting artist Cassandra C. Jones uses a lot of found images to create new works. On her website, her current works use birds (mostly flamingos). She also has some interesting videos that combine found images with a similar element (sunset, moon, birds, snowball), and layers them in a way that they become animated even though the context between each image is completely different. Linking them together with the single element with different contexts sort of made the world feel a lot smaller. Being able to collect different images from around the world and have them seamlessly connect made me feel somewhat insignificant… but also connected to other places of the world. Almost like the whole “I’m looking at the same moon” kind of thing. Small world.

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Hunting Whales

October 7, 2009

Although hunting whales is extremely offensive to animal rights activists, the website is pretty cool. The homepage is visually appealing– crisp white background with a simple photograph along with links on the side.

The Whale Hunt

Once entering, there are a few ways to view all the photos taken: a mosaic, timeline, or pinwheel. I found that the mosaic and the pinwheel were sort of overwhelming and honestly, making me a little nauseous. The timeline was the most static and easiest to navigate through. The author of this site, Jonathan Harris, took a photograph ever 5 minutes while on his whale hunting trip. Some photos are more interesting than others of course, but all in all, it was a very interesting way to document. I’m a little jealous that I didn’t think of it first.

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Buy a Sheep

October 6, 2009

I visited the sheep market a while back, a website created by Aaron Koblin in 2006. He hired 10,000 online workers to each draw a single sheep facing left. What is most interesting to me is the artistic skill of each person. Some sheep look like dinosaurs and dogs… very few actually look like sheep. Some even face right. Perhaps this is due to the 2 cent motivation each worker had… A lot of these look like they were drawn relatively quickly and the instructions were paid very little attention.

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Also, with the amount of sheep (10,000– yikes!) it is very difficult to find a sheep that you’ve viewed before. Every time I visit this website, I always find something new and can never find an older sheep again. I wonder if any of the workers came back to find their sheep. I would probably want to. And, as Drake pointed out, Aaron Koblin also sold stamps and stickers of these sheep, and all of them sold out. Very successful website.