Monday, December 15, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
So I ran into this website pretty randomly. Now keep in mind, I have NO knowledge of programing at all so for all I know this could be made up completely. Whether this is real or not it still brings up some interesting thoughts. The idea that a work of art of that prestige could be created by a computer with a few lines of code is bizarre. Obviously it lacks something that only a human touch could give it, but interesting nonetheless.
I'm also pretty excited that You Tube adopted the new wide screen format!
I hope everyone has a great holiday.
Monday, December 8, 2008
"I swear to submit to the following set of rules drawn up and confirmed by DOGME 95:
1. Shooting must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought in (if a particular prop is necessary for the story, a location must be chosen where this prop is to be found).
2. The sound must never be produced apart from the images or vice versa. (Music must not be used unless it occurs where the scene is being shot).
3. The camera must be hand-held. Any movement or immobility attainable in the hand is permitted. (The film must not take place where the camera is standing; shooting must take place where the film takes place).
4. The film must be in colour. Special lighting is not acceptable. (If there is too little light for exposure the scene must be cut or a single lamp be attached to the camera).
5. Optical work and filters are forbidden.
6. The film must not contain superficial action. (Murders, weapons, etc. must not occur.)
7. Temporal and geographical alienation are forbidden. (That is to say that the film takes place here and now.)
8. Genre movies are not acceptable.
9. The film format must be Academy 35 mm.
10. The director must not be credited.
Furthermore I swear as a director to refrain from personal taste! I am no longer an artist. I swear to refrain from creating a "work", as I regard the instant as more important than the whole. My supreme goal is to force the truth out of my characters and settings. I swear to do so by all the means available and at the cost of any good taste and any aesthetic considerations.
Thus I make my VOW OF CHASTITY."
Copenhagen, Monday 13 March 1995
On behalf of DOGME 95
Lars von Trier & Thomas Vinterberg
This was an attempt of the 90s to take the bourgeois out of film. During filming my movie I was reminded of this movement. It didn't last long but I think the effects are far reaching. There are Dogma 95 movies out there. I don't think they all follow all of the rules, but it seems like the idea is the main thing. Do you think this movement makes sense? I definitely did not follow the rules, and didn't plan to. I think it seems like an interesting project though.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
this is a weird game... it reminds me of a lot of the art we have been talking about.
"Mumbai is not a city under attack as much as it is a social media experiment in action."
the above quote sums it up pretty well, i guess this counterbalences the webcam suicide story, even if alot of the posts during the situation contained misinformation and outlandish rumors.
The internet can be a vehicle for compassion as well as a cesspool of indifference and cruelty depending on what people choose to use it for.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
Written and Directed by: Albert Lamorisse
Starring: Pascal Lamorisse (his son)
This is a short film (34 min.) about a boy who sort of befriends a Red Balloon. Other people try to catch the balloon and hurt it. I think it is a political allegory but I'm not sure exactly what it all means yet. It is very fun to watch aside from the metaphors. It is beautiful and clever and very interesting to think about in terms of reality vs. filmed reality and how to make and think about special effects. It seems like the kind of film/video someone might make for this assignment.
Elliot Smith's "Son of Sam" and Damion Rice's "9 Crimes" videos were based on this film... and probably lots of other stuff too. haha.
Sunday, November 23, 2008
So for awesome I give you sculpting with lava right out of a volcano!
And now we have something called EEOOY or "Each and Every One Of You"
At first I thought it was a joke, but it seems to be a television program (a little dated by the looks of their hardware) based around making contemporary installation art. This is called the "weirdness installation" episode. I guess this was a cult classic in Canada and Spain. It was designed to poke fun at the television artist showing you how to draw silly landscapes. It is split into two different segments, stay tuned to both halves if you can make it.
So, a woman walking through the woods comes across a piano. A piano right in the middle of the woods. A piano in perfectly good shape, very playable, and in tune. Then for some reason the cops got involved; now the piano sits in a storage unit. Give it up for the boys in blue!
Here's the whole story.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
A marketing student, who is about to graduate, set up a very interesting campaign for Burger King in Florida. Here is the page that I found, it has much more info and pics. But to sum it up, people walk around Orlando and "accidentally" drop their wallet. When someone pics it up and tries to give it back to them they say something along the lines of "Keep it, it's on the King". (The King being their mascot right now, I am sure you all have seen him super creepy). Inside is a bunch of Burger King money and other random joke items.
While I have not eaten at a Burger King in the past two years, and this does not make me want to, I still think it is a pretty effective ad campaign that could transform into an interesting performance piece with some tweaking.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Thank you for posting about Brini Maxwell on http://culturelovesus.blogspot.com/.
Brini has a fabulous line of products for the home, Felix Populi. It is available at select stores in the US and the entire line can be found at www.felixpopuli.com. They are currently having a sale, so it’s a great time to do some chic holiday shopping.
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
San Francisco artist Tanya Vlach in a photo posted on her Friendster page with the caption 'I can't see you (this eye is plastic, seriously!).'
Monday, November 17, 2008
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I love this show. I saw it one night on Style Network a few years ago and couldn't remember the name. My boyfriend got the DVD for my birthday. Brini give tips about living, such as recipes, decorating advice, and adequate hints. She reminds me of Sandra Lee on Food Network... but maybe a little more feminine.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
"Today's schizophrenic may believe that terrorists are beaming radio transmissions into his brain; 50 years ago, however, Communists were the culprits. And a century ago, before radio was invented, it might have been a simple case of "hearing voices." In a paper published last spring, three Slovenian psychiatrists examined the ways in which insanity has historically manifested itself, and whether "crazy" has always been the same."
We discussed this site last week in my gender communication class and I think it is just the most bizarre thing in the world. Basically the site just invites women to take a picture of men who sexually harass them on the street and post it on this website. I guess it's supposed to be empowering and shaming to the guys who do it, but if you look at the pictures, most of the guys are smiling like they're proud to be up here. Now doesn't that kind of defeat the purpose?
I found this gem under the heading,"Thanking for making me feel unsafe in my hometown, assclown." (Assclown? Is that a word?)
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Friday, November 7, 2008
I guess this is a shameless plug for my friend Dan MacDonald... but I actually think he makes great art. He is the sole member of the band Spitzer Space Telescope and he is a Fine Arts major at Boston University... and I think he paints portraits on commission. His music is high energy, rock, folk, magic. I would love to use his music in a film/video some time. very narrative, very visual, very timed and timeless at the same time. At www.myspace.com/spitzerspacetelescope you can watch a 1/2 hour special from a local TV station in boston. I included a video that he posted on youtube but there are better ones out there. this has a good one: http://www.bu.edu/today/arts-entertainment/2008/11/06/rock-n-roll if you like him you can be friends on facebook or myspace.
what do you guys think? So many influences, both musical and not. Stories, movies, music, history, mythology, politics... love, life...
I think his music could lend itself to interesting projects.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
I believe it is real, though I could imagine someone taping some wires to their face trying to fake this. I don't think a person can twitch their muscles this quickly though without some actual electricity. Very cool piece.
2. Ear licking
3. Kiss on the cheek
4. Kiss on the lips
6. Put makeup on face
7. Nose Honk
8. Close eating
9. Close staring
10. Milkshake mustache
12. 9 volt battery on tongue
13. Lick and blow (nose)
15. Yell in ear
16. Ear flick
17. Wet willy
18. Double Wet Willy
19. Breath smell really close
20. Eskimo kiss
21. Marble up nose
22. Confess love
23. Pinch (cheek, anywhere)
24. Smile contest
25. Sing a song
26. Rock, paper, scissors
27. Thumb Wrestle
28. Switch Spots
30. Hold Hands
31. Cheek to cheek slow dance
we could also post some ideas on here and get feedback on them.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The Bible is True
THE BIGGEST SKEPTIC IN THE WORLD: IT COULD HAVE BEEN ME
To the best of my memory, before I came to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, I did not believe the Bible was true. I doubted whether God, Satan, heaven, or hell even existed. I believed that we were born, lived so many years, and then died. I had my own business and thought that I had succeeded by my own wits...?
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
I have to say, this is pretty intense. I guess this life like robot created by the government is supposed to start replacing manual labor? It's neat to just watch it, but the best part is when the guy just kicks it and it slides across the ice. I felt bad for it....but should you "feel" for a machine?
Monday, October 27, 2008
The pictures that Fielding posted reminded me of an article I read once on unusual hotels. I don't know if you've ever looked into it, but there are some WIERD places to stay out there. Most of them are extremely expensive but they still look really cool. I wonder what it is that attracts people to places like this? Is it just a fasinaction with the wierd and unusual? A desire for new experiences? Why were places like this buildt in the first in the first place? Are they anything more than tourist traps?
The first two are from a hotel that is underground in a cave; the next two come from ice hotels and the third one is from an underwater resort on the ocean floor.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
The video we watched in class (black and white couple spies) reminded me of this movie. I have only seen part of it but it is this guy who records all of his sexual encounters... its kind of dirty, but really interesting. It stars Rip Torn. I wish Youtube had something but it doesn't... here is a link to an article about the movie.
I caught this movie late at night on some premium cable channel at my friend's house over a year ago and it has been on my mind ever since. It really fits with the candid project. It is a movie that some might call a "mockumentary" but some argue that its not funny and therefore should be called a "fakeumentary" but you get the point. A film maker wants to document the realtionship between a NYC doorman and his Asian mail order bride. The doorman turns out to be kind of evil, the documentarian gets more involved with the bride than he should... and it has some humor, some very dark humor. The skope of the documentary widens far beyond the original intent of the film maker and toward the end the story gets a little out of hand, but the first 3/4 of the movie is actually very convincing. It has fooled many people. I was unsure from the begining, always asking myself "is this real? no it can't be, can it?" I think it is easy to make a boring video and pass it off as real... people doing realistic things that might as well be candid... but to pass of the rediculous stuff that happens in this movie as real takes hard work. i really recomend it. i included a clip from youtube that someone must have taped off of his TV... so it is a weird quality. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_VgQMUhVOV0
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
*Pixadores. - A youngster, generally from an underprivileged social background, frequently living under precarious conditions in the outskirts of the city. A pixador uses pixação a form of protest, but at the same time, as a way of expressing his esthetic impulse.
Recently, a group of pixadores (basically graffiti artists) stormed a gallery in Brazil to decry the "marketing, institutionalization and domestication of Street Art" by the galleries and media.
Damn straight, viva la revolution.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
So for those of you who absolutely LOVED my narrative because of how much you enjoy the sound of my voice (Hahah)you're in luck. This Saturday (homecoming saturday, yayyy!) I'll be doing the annual alumni takeover show on WMHW with my Dad and my brother. That's two whole hours of Boscarino madness folks!
So if any of you are tailgating, or just in the vicinity of a radio, feel free to check it out. It's always good for some laughs.
Warning: My Dad and I tend to be pretty uncensored ;)
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
I mentioned this guy a while back as making a film that someone could look at formally quite easily (even if it is very conceptual). And since no one was assigned to him, I decided this was a good place for him. He actually attached the bug and plant matter to the physical film to make this. He also painted directly on to the film to create the title screen. This film is called "Moth Light" from 1963. He did a lot of different kinds of films but I like this one most of what I have seen. Film is interesting to me. He uses film here in its most film like way. A lot of films could have easily been made with video (yes there are differences, of course) and it would not have changed the works conceptually. This work is completely rooted in the fact that it is film. I think it would be really interesting to look at the film itself, not running through a machine. This also seems like it could be a really cool type of project to make. I really enjoy meticulous art projects. I just don't find the time to make them for classes. Too many deadlines. I think it could be a fun collaborative project. Maybe when I'm a teacher I'll look into that.
This film is called "Meat Love" (1989).
I have been meaning to post about this animator for a while and after stumbling across this film, right after the eating contest post, I figured now was a good time. I was first introduced to this film maker through the film "Alice" (1988). "Alice" is a surreal and very creepy adaptation of Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" that, like all of the works I've seen by him, mixes live action with stop motion. I have also seen the more recent film "Little Otik" (2000) where a couple who can't have children raise a piece of wood as a child. It is very creative stuff. It is also cool because it uses some very basic filming techniques- stop motion instead of CGI. I used to watch Frog and Toad on PBS as a kid, and Wallace and Grommet, and I guess I miss that way of animating. It was cool because they were actually real... they weren't flat drawings, they had form, like real frogs and real dogs. What do you guys think about different animation techniques? What do you think about this guy's work?
This is a pretty amazing story. The world's first double arm transplant. Check it out.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
I thought I'd share a project that one of my classes did last fall at Whitman, which we titled "Facebooking".
Here is a description of the project, and a link to watch some video documentation of the event.
In this performance, students from my new genre arts class set up an 8' x 8' projection screen on the side of Penrose Library on the campus of Whitman College, where they projected a live voyeuristic websurf across parts of the popular social networking site, Facebook. Only their real-time voices could be herd over a PA system, as they were hiding around the corner in some bushes on a laptop computer using wireless. They commented casually and humorously on the pages as though they were in their dorm rooms at personal computers, except that anyone could see what they were looking at and talking about. We referred to the activity as a public Facebook sports-cast. The act of further publicizing an already public domain served as a clever and simple reminder that what is written and posted on such sites is much more public--and therefore sociologically fascinating--than users tend to assume.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Not to totally get hung up on David Byrne, but his work just appeals to me so much. I'm really into music, noise, and equipment, and he always manages to incorporate those elements. Here, he strung together hundreds of guitar effects pedals and spread them across the floor of a space, and basically forced the audience to participate by walking across them, turning pedals on and off, creating a wash of noise.
I found this article on AdBusters.org, I thought it was an interesting article because I have contemplated deleting my facebook many times because often I feel like it is a negative thing I waste my time with. But then I start to think about all the contacts and connections I will loose with deleting it.
I also think about Cindy Sherman's ideas about photos and the idea that pointing the camera at someone is a violent action and a form of emotional rape because you don't have the control anymore because the weapon (the camera) isn't in your hands. And people are ALWAYS posting pictures of other people that I'm sure they wouldn't want being exploited on the internet especially on such a wide used "journal" of sorts like Facebook.
Tell me what you think.
Here is a snippet from the article -
borrowed from changingminds.org:
I. Separation / departure
The first section of the story is about the separation of the hero from the normal world. Separation has symbolic echo of infant transition away from the mother and so has a scary feel to it.
|I.1||The Call to Adventure|
|I.2||Refusal of the Call|
|I.4||Crossing of the First Threshold|
|I.5||Entering the Belly of the Whale|
In the main part of the story the hero is initiated into true heroic stature by various trials and rites. Through daring and battle, the true character emerges.
|II.1||Road of Trials|
|II.2||The Meeting with the Goddess|
|II.3||Woman as Temptress|
|II.4||Atonement with the Father|
|II.6||The Ultimate Boon|
After initiation the hero can cleansed and return in triumph to deserved recognition, although this in itself may not be without its trials and tribulations.
|III.1||Refusal of the Return|
|III.3||Rescue From Without|
|III.4||Crossing of the Return Threshold|
|III.5||Master of the Two Worlds|
|III.6||Freedom to Live|
I really enjoy reading about Pablo Picasso. He is definately someone that I look up to as an artist, not so much his style, but rather the way he felt about and spoke about art. I keep a list of quotes on my computer and I read them from time to time when I feel like I need inspiration. Here are a few of my favorites. I'd challenge you to really think about them. There's a lot of wisdom in these simple phrases.
"The purpose of Art is to create enthusiam."
"The chief enemy of creativity is good taste."
"The important thing is to create."
"The hidden harmony is better than the obvious."
"Art is a lie that helps us to realize the truth."
"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."
(That's one my favorite, it basically sums up my entire narrative piece)
So what do you guys think of this stuff? I'd be really interested to hear your responses, especially to the first one. Do you agree of disagree?
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Two girls (ages 16 and 10) from England took pictures of themselves with fairies (or at least paper cuts outs or fairies), proving that fairies were real once and for all.
I find it really interesting to think about for a mechanical reproduction of something (photo, film, video, audio recording) can stand as documentation of the real thing when we often see examples of mechanical reproduction trickery. Movies use editing and special effects, Photoshop could have certainly made these fairies more realistic, and mixing boards can even make Paris Hilton have a hit single. How is a photograph different from a painting when it can be so idealizes?
Also, as our belief in mechanical reproduction wanes, i wonder what movies will have to do to keep us entertained. When Chaplin was doing stunts they were real, that was something to see... but why do we care that Harrison Ford (in his latter years) can beat the aliens when he is clearly not doing much of anything?
Friday, October 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
look at this bike!
more and better pics here.
"whats up! I happened to stumble upon this on the internet, thought it was pretty sweet and that everybody might like to see it. its a gold plated bike with "600 dazzling Swarovski crystals" (whatever that's supposed to mean) and apparently sold for 111,000 dollars, this is the first of ten, I doubt this is going to be anybody's work horse, but it looks good!"
I feel this goes along with what we are talking about in class, I really like to ride my bike and if had this bike I would never ride it its worth too much money.
My former neighbors at the His House Men's House (that's the 'Jesus Dogs' place for any of you who don't know) had a little game that they liked to play called "Will it Break?" This game consisted entirely of them going up onto the roof of their third story house and dropping things to see if they would break while filming it. (Like everything. TVs, dressers, old computer monitors) Note: If you think this sounds stupid, it really wasn't as dumb as what they eventually came up with, a little called, Will it hurt? Think volleyball spikes to the head, etc, Jackass type stuff.
Two years ago during exams, they decided to destroy a couple of old futons that they had lying around. The result is a 4 part Youtube video. Here are parts one and two. Is this art?
Monday, September 29, 2008
This is a book, nothing more nothing less. I feel that it's a piece of art not so much for the words written on the page them self... but how there written there and the feelings it provokes while you're reading it.
(here's an example of one of the pages)
this is a segment from TCM when tv food host alton brown talks about "closely watched trains." it is a czech new wave movie from 1966 that is sexy, funny, political, sad, thoughtful, entertaining... it is everything a movie should be. czech new wave movies are (in my experience) funny and about common people; they are very accessible. for people who don't watch foriegn movies because they think they are too sad, slow, whatever... this is a great place to start. here is a clip from the movie...
Chris Burden Should Stick with Objects/Sculpture/Installations...anything that's not performance art
I found this mini-article on "A Tale of Two Cities" and I thought it was really, really interesting. I would love to see this piece.