Sunday, November 30, 2008

Don't Shoot The Puppy


http://www.addictinggames.com/dontshootthepuppy.html

this is a weird game... it reminds me of a lot of the art we have been talking about.

Mumbai

I found an article about the hostage situation in Mumbai, India this weekend. Apparently social networking sites and blogs were used by some of the hostages in the hotel, and that blood donations were solicited by users of Twitter (a social networking site) for specific hospitals who were running low on supplies in the aftermath.

"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

I couldn't not post this...

This is a mash-up of a Nick Jr. cake video and a Lil' John jam. The video is incredible, and the juxtaposition is hilarious. NSFW? I'll let you be the judge.


Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Graffiti








i think this app on facebook is really cool. It is fun to make, not only cool pictures, but also animations. It reminds me of that Kentridge guy from Africa.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Mystery Piano in woods


matt made a post about this already but i didn't see it before i made one. oops. scroll down to his to check it out, if you haven't already.


The Red Balloon (1956)



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

Lava Sculpture and EEOOY

So I have two things for you guys tonight. One is just plain awesome, the other is really weird.

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.







The Police Always Ruin Everything


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

Burger King ad campaign

So I saw this on another website a few days ago and didn't have time to post it then.

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

Brini Maxwell Pt. II

Dear Jenn,

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.



Best,

Jennifer



Jennifer Lea Cohan jennifer@savorypr.com 917.549.7574

felixpopuli.com brinimaxwell.com daisymartinez.com

bodegapartyinabox.org naturallynora.com

jim victor

Fielding's post about the bubble gum sculptures prompted me to do a search on food and art. This guy does some pretty cool stuff, mostly with butter, chocolate, and cheese.

http://www.jimvictor.com/AssetsFood/foodsculpture.html







Tuesday, November 18, 2008

SF ARTIST WANTS TO REPLACE LOST EYE WITH WEBCAM

Cool! A thrilling idea to me. This artist is definitely Killin' It in IMO.

Steve Austin, the "Six Million Dollar Man" of '70s TV fame, had a bionic eye. Now a San Francisco woman wants one too.

Tanya Vlach, a self-described trans-disciplinary artist involved in the Bay Area theater and dance scenes, lost her left eye in a 2005 car crash.

She now wears a plastic prosthesis, but would rather have something more useful — a Webcam of the sort often seen atop computer monitors.

"There have been all sorts of cyborgs in science fiction for a long time, and I'm sort of a sci-fi geek," Vlach tells the New York Daily News in a story published Monday. "With the advancement of technology, I thought, 'Why not?'"..............


Read the rest of the story here http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,453990,00.html

Thomas Kinkade's 16 Guidelines For Making Stuff Suck

Actually, I think Thomas Kinkade is a fascinating artist because so many people think he sets the bar for terrible artwork, yet he continues to make billions (yes, billions, not millions) from his namebrand enterprise. This piece from Vanity Fair discusses his aesthetic requests for a recent movie - Christmas Cottage - based on his world view, which went straight to video. Contrary to what people tend to assume, I think Kinkade is a seriously strange man whose work in fact deserves some real criticism and not merely high-minded dismissals. He understands and has tapped into "the nesting instinct" in a very deep way. Also, he signs all his original work with an ink that contains an injection of his own DNA. Check the article. By the title you can see it's judgmental, but it does contain some interesting facts and things to think about.

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/culture/2008/11/14/thomas-kincades-16-guidelines-for-making-stuff-suck.html

Monday, November 17, 2008

gum art


check this out.
http://www.trendhunter.com/trends/gallery-chewing-gum-sculptures-more-confectionary-as-art1

this is gum made into art works.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Brini Maxwell

video

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

sweet

check out these great vids by SCAD alumni...

scadshorts.com

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Corporate Flag


I got one of these in the mail...

http://www.adbusters.org/cultureshop/corporateFlag

what should I do with it?

Garbage Bag

This is a film that my cousin made. He's been at it in one way or another since he was in middle school, and it's been really cool to see his videos get better and better. I think that this is better than some of the crap we see on SNL right now.


a part of a zine

juicy jacapo
& muskrat

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Evolution of insanity

I found a really interesting article on the Time Magazine website talking about a recent study that shows a connection between current events in the past 100 years and the delusions of the mentally ill. its pretty bizarre that the nature of insane people's paranoid delusions change over time.

"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."


http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1857325,00.html

Now starring....sexual predators!


www.hollabacknyc.com

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

aniboom!

suggestion:

go to aniboom.com

click create

click launch shapeshifter

have fun!

Friday, November 7, 2008

Spitzer Space Telescope


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

Garfield minus Garfield


I've come across a site dedicated to removing Garfield from the "Garfield" comic strip. We find Jon alone, providing some really poignant moments. "Garfield" becomes the comic strip for existentialists. Here's the site.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Watch This. AMAZING.

This is an amazing video.
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.



iREPORT

I'm interested in putting up some of our information on this branch of CNN. it coudl get our work some real attention. I think the Ebay auction and even Action A La Carte could be news worthy to this site.

http://www.cnn.com/ireport/

Actions

1. Toe tickling
2. Ear licking
3. Kiss on the cheek
4. Kiss on the lips
5. Wink
6. Put makeup on face
7. Nose Honk
8. Close eating
9. Close staring
10. Milkshake mustache
11. Noogie
12. 9 volt battery on tongue
13. Lick and blow (nose)
14. Insult
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
29. Hug
30. Hold Hands
31. Cheek to cheek slow dance
32. Butterflykiss

we could also post some ideas on here and get feedback on them.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Its time for some campaigning!

I know this election stuff is wearing thin by now (luckily we only have a few more days to deal with it) but my mom sent me this video and it is amazing. It's pretty cool (and hilarious) I wonder if they used after effects for the animation.

http://www.peteyandpetunia.com:80/VoteHere/VoteHere.htm