Monday, September 29, 2008

Weird Statues

I found this website that contains a collection of the world's strangest statues. Here's the link and a little sample.

Performance Art?

Is this just shock value?

back tail


This is a video for a song called "Belief" from John Mayer's recent dvd. As a musician who has been in a couple bands, the performance is simply amazing. However, as an artist I am drawn to the incredible lighting and set up of the stage.

House of Leaves.

We have done a great deal of talking about art in it's many shapes and sizes.
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)




(did I just create art?) or did you waste your time?

Taxi Driver

This often quoted scene from the 1976 movie taxi driver, has some of the elements i think make up good artfully crafted storytelling. There is a tension and a conflicting emotion when you view it, it's not exactly entertainment because it makes you feel uncomfortable, but it's also funny and engaging at the same time.


This is a website still under construction but is created by my good friend giancarlo.  again it is still under construction but will soon have some of my work along with about 5 others.  check it out soon.

Czech New Wave

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 googled some of Chris Burden's non performance art to see what that was like and my conclusion is that I like it a lot better than his performance art, which in my opinion, is typically too obvious.

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.

Some Chris Burden Performances with Commentary

Chris Burden Installations

Chris Burden discusses some of his work - 198

Chris Burden TV Ad

Ad Chris Burden played on national television. His hands are tied behind his back. The ground is covered with broken glass.

Chris Burden "Shoot"

Chris Burden's conceptual performance from the early 1970s. Shot on Super-8, 16mm film, and half-inch video. Guided by the artist's comments on both the works and the documentative process.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

David Blaine Parody

I thought since David Blaine is a hot topic right now, everyone might like to see this parody. It sort of relates to our next assignment too.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

An Honest Mistake

The video we watched reminded me of, and probably inspired this. It's the video for a song by The Bravery called An Honest Mistake.


This video is AMAZING. The writing and the narrative are actually kind of resembles what I'm doing for my photo project. (Except the images are not stills) Check out this website, it's just full of videos posted by artists and a lot of them are really intereting.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Single-Serving Sites

I'm not in this class, but I'm really interested in the Internet phenomenon of Single-Serving Sites -- or sites that only have one thing on them. It's amazing how popular these seemingly-boring decidedly sparse sites have become., for example, gets thousands of hits a day. Kottke does a really nice compilation of some of the best ones, and you should check it out.

Woman With Longest Legs Poses with Smallest Man in The World

This is a fairly arresting image/video. The Guinness book of world records got the woman with the longest legs to pose with the smallest man in the world. The contrast is so strong to see, it's pretty wild. I like also how Guinness makes an effort for this to be a celebration and not a "freak show." That's commendable.

I wish David Byrne was my dad.

Here, David Byrne rigs up an old organ to 'play' an old building. Neat.

Dietmar Krumrey

Dietmar used to work here at CMU. This is an excerpt from a live performance. This link shows some more excerpts of his videos. He uses absurdity to discuss language. "This Time With Feeling" is a favorite, but they are all great.

lost fans!

i love this ad for lost. amazing music choice for a scenario that was recontextualized.

another version of the same video. different music, and this time narrated. i think i prefer the original, but the effect is different.
Ive been pretty addicted to this web site for a while now. its a site all about photography. black and white and digital. check it out if you havent seen it :)

light show

i've always enjoyed those talented ravers that can swing lights and put on this kind of show. i think i prefer seeing this stuff in person, but it's nice to know that we can pass this sort of thing around in videos, maybe even use it in new ways for new purposes.

a show coming up in mt. pleasant

do you like heavy music well this is a
show at the church across from wiegtman

it starts around 9 or ten

JEzzo the watcher

a print i made about 2 years ago

its a bird with a machine suit..

Cirque du Soleil

I saw them in California this last summer. It was one of the most incredible experiences of my life to say the least. Latley, I've been watching a lot of their stuff on youtube. If you've never heard of, or have seen what they do... I would highly reccomend it.

The Surrealist

Doubtless some of you've seen this before, but The Surrealist is a great website. There's plenty of humor to be had and, if you're observant or creative enough, just enough inspiration to get you going. My favorite link is the Bilateral Thinking Puzzles (Don't try thinking through them, though.)

Now thats entertaining

This is the best video I have ever seen. Not really but I think it is hilarious. You'll see what I mean when you watch it, but this is definately an entertaining video. This guy has great facial expressions and really amazing presence in front of the camera.

what is Art?

i feel this is saying a lot about art and art theory.

So this is the only thing 'via internet' that I remember enjoying. Kayne West...he's good....Zach Galifianakis...also good. I think he represents the video with respect and appreciation.

Also, Superman is totally dick.


This introduction sequence of this movie is very similar to what i hope to do for the upcoming assignment, its from a low budget 1970s animated film called Wizards. The first scenes of the movie utilize almost entirely still images. The rest of the movie is great aswell, but is more traditional animation.


do you like scuba divers that smoke cigs.....
... god does too

Unnecessary Censorship

The power of this piece is that there is a seemingly derogatory tone. The operative word being seemingly. It's entirely interpreted by the viewer; fill in the blanks as you'd like.

David Blaine "Dive of Death"

I'm a big fan of David Blaine, so I'm excited about his new endurance project which he's currently performing (at this moment!) in central park in NYC. Blaine is hanging upside down for 60 hours straight--a feat that has never been attempted before. Supposedly hanging upside down for that long can be very dangerous for your health--eyesight and blood pressure are two potential areas of complication. Read the accompanying article and watch the video link to learn more. The conclusion of the event will be televised this Wednesday at 9m on ABC. Performance art, spectacle, and entertainment all wrapped into one.

BTW, Houdini used to hang upside down while freeing himself from chains, and Blaine frequently references Houdini as one of his heroes.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Dexter Opening Credits

I think the show Dexter has an awesome opening credits sequence. I've seen it several times and each time it still intrigues me. For anyone who unfamiliar with Dexter, he is a friendly, vigilante serial killer. His personality and really the whole feel for the series is neatly displayed in this opening title sequence. I'd have to say it's the most successful I've ever seen.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Mr Pregnant

This is a video i found that reminds me of both the absurd video project and the 60 second entertainment one (except for its 4 minutes.)

Lets build one of these

Sacrificial Bunny

this is in response to the "my sweet lord" post.
i made this as an Easter card for my boyfriend.
i am a pretty devout Catholic and so religion is an interest of mine.


another movie, like "i'm not there" with multiple actors playing the same role. this has a different effect though. the different actors in the other movie show different sides of the same man where as this shows how the little girl could be anyone of us.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

"Roger Federer as Religious Experience"

Somebody sent me this collection of Federer highlights in memory of the great David Foster Wallace, who took his own life last friday. Wallace once wrote a piece about tennis and philosophy, titled "Roger Federer as Religious Experience," and somebody tried to capture the idea in this video. I think they did a pretty good job. The combination of grace, force, angle, the body in motion, with the spirited commentary and classical music really bring some weight to this. Whether you're a tennis fan or not, it is enjoyable.

Buckbee: A World of Visions

Cool post on digging up the Buckbee excerpt from "My Trip To The Aquarium"

For those of you who enjoy the Buckbeeville oeuvre, you'll like this.

And you should check this out also. Some of you may even want to submit to this publication, The New Anonymous, recently started by Buckbee.

Resources for Photo Project

Hey everyone, if any of you are having trouble finding images for your photo projects and/or coming up with an idea, here are two websites where I looked for inspiration. Plus, a lot of these images can just be opened in a new window and saved to your desktop.

Monday, September 15, 2008


I just found this while googling Buckbee. It is very interesting, please read to find out what I mean.


I'm Not There

been meaning to watch this one for a while. think i'll do that tonight.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

My Sweet Lord

You'd think a chocolate Jesus would be a better representative for Easter that a chocolate bunny...
We talked about this in a class when it happened. Interesting topic. Is there a line art can't cross? I'm not really sure.
On a related topic, check out Andres Serrano's Piss Christ if you are unfamiliar. It's a big reason the government gives out less grants to artists.

Marina Abramovic and Ulay - Relation in Time

This is a video of an older performance by one of my favorite 20th century artists, Marina Abramovic. She is known for her many endurance pieces, both with her one-time partner (Ulay) and on her own. You should look up some of her other work, interviews, and writing. She is an amazing person and artist.

sidenote: this video was later used for a shampoo/hair care advert.

Never Gonna Give You Up

If anyone hasn't heard about Rick Rolling, its a running internet joke around editing a certain pop song from 1984 that im sure everyone has heard at some point. This version targets Barack Obama. i thought it was effective because it avoids saying anything substantial, and is completely pointless.

We really are obsolete

Matts video post below reminded me of a live show i saw a few years back called Captured by Robots, theres only one guy in the band and everything runs on its own.

Converse ad displays alot of creativity

I really thought the new ad for converse displays alot of creativity and design.  And the collaboration of 3 musicians to make a new song and video really works out wonderfully. 

Human's Days Truly are Numbered

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Revised my video, let me know what you think plz

here is my revised video. I removed the graphic layering and reduced some of quick cross cutting. i'd be interested to hear what everyones thoughts are on it.

Recut movie trailers

As I posted on another comment This and This are perfect examples of movie trailers recut to re-imagine the original movie. The shining one in particular I am very fond of

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sunday Bloody Sunday rx2008

Mike posted the vid "RNC in a minute," super short clips cleverly cut together for impact. Reminded me a little of this piece I'd seen a few years ago. Definitely a lot of work to put this together, but it has power.

Biologists on the Verge of Creating New Form of Life

Interesting article. Imagine if/when they will be able to combine advancements in robotics with discoveries like this. It gets realer all the time.

The RNC in shorthand

This is called the RNC in a minute, BUT its more like 1:38

Monday, September 8, 2008

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Love In This Club

Katie S. posted a video of some puppets singing this song, and it caused me to remember this video that I saw last spring and had posted on this very blog with the following commentary. I think it is a good example of being entertaining in front of the camera for 60 seconds or more.

Personality as Art
"I've always enjoyed the subject of personality as a work of art. When we say someone is "charming" it's because they have something in their nature that makes us want to be around them or watch them. Chris Crocker is a good example of somebody who has a certain energy that makes his personality charged and artful to me. This guy is equally engaging to me. His unabashed way of expressing himself, the freedom with which he appears to fluidly follow any impulse is brave, pure and uplifting. I can watch this again and again with enjoyment. I'd be interested to hear what all of you think of this kind of video. What thoughts fill your head when you watch it? "

Le Grand Content

This is a brilliant piece, hands down. Entertaining, conceptually deep and clever. Watch and enjoy!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

McCain's Wandering Eye

Someone sent this along to me and I could not resist posting it.
Clever and funny.


Cool Idea for Performance Art

I started search performance artists on youtube after yesterday's class and I came across this. It's really simple, but really cool. There were a whole bunch of similar videos in different cities around the world.

Love in This Club - Animatronic Style

My cousin showed me this video and I laughed the entire time. The wolf and the puppet at around 2:32 of the video are point on!

Underwater Photography

I saw these photos on I thought they were pretty neat, because I'm pretty fascinated with the 30' s and 40's.

1938 underwater photography by Bruce Mozertom

These are some of my favorites-

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Mother Nature's Serpents

I mentioned that one time I did the current Youtube collage assignment along with my students, and that I would post it on the blog. So here is the piece I made then. The music was created in Soundtrack, and it was constructed to go along with certain movements in the visual action.

funny ha ha

this is a great applet:

unfortunately, you can't save the images, but you can print them! :)

Monday, September 1, 2008

Teeth In The Wrong Places

My friend sent me this link after a conversation about vaginas. Interesting video and story. I like the simplicity of it. The artist is Caitlin Berrigan.