November 30, 2010
"Yinka Shonibare" (video review)
Illuminations Production, part of theEYE series
This film is a brief, informative look at the work of Yinka Shonibare presented by the artist himself sharing his creative process and means of inspiration for his art. Shonibare elaborates on how he first became interested in working with fabrics and fabric designs popular in West Africa and how he is also influenced by 19th century European art and culture. As an example of his creative process, he relates his experience with an invitation he received to create a work of art for the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. Shonibare describes how he explored the city of Stockholm to get a feel for its culture and to incorporate his impressions into his artwork. He especially noticed the prominent influence of the sea, and so decided to do a piece on the famous ship Vasa, a great 17th century ship displayed in Stockholm that sank not long after its first departure. In designing Vasa in a Bottle, essentially a bottled model of the Vasa, he added his own distinctive touch by incorporating African fabric for the sails. Similarly he describes other exhibition pieces and artworks he has created, and how as an artist having been raised in London and Nigeria he incorporates the cultural and political backgrounds he has experienced into his art, often with a humorous touch.
November 24, 2010
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with the near and dear ones!
May you enjoy days of plenty, and know the happiness that comes from sharing all that you have with the people you love.
“A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues."
“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
November 18, 2010
"Yuri Norstein" (video review)
© Yuri Norstein; Films by Jove in association with Soyuzmultfilm Studio
A Jove Film in association with Soyuzmultfilm
A companion to Yuri Norstein and Tale of Tales: An Animator's Journey by Clare Kitson
Featuring six of Yuri Norstein's works including 25th - the First Day, The Battle of Kerjenets, Fox and Rabbit, The Heron and The Crane, Hedgehog in the Fog and Tale of Tales, this video shows the breadth of his style and masterful storytelling capabilities. All are moving stories, at times intense and at others quietly graceful in their exquisite animation: Norstein creatively combines drawings, paper cut-outs and film footage along with color and music. The animations include historical events, Russian folk tales, times of war and peace, and all of these elements come together in Norstein's most acclaimed work, Tale of Tales. At the end a clip from Magia Russica, a documentary on Russian film by Yonathan and Masha Zur, includes an interview with Yuri Norstein and director Fyodor Khitruck. Norstein gives a tour of his studio showing the techniques he uses for animating and describes his inspiration for Tale of Tales. Along with Clare Kitson's book the film is an excellent introduction to Norstein's brilliant animation.
November 16, 2010
Architecture of the South
The Library of Congress has a new collection in its vast Prints and Photographs online catalog: the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South.
Belle Grove, front, White Castle vic., Iberville Parish, Louisiana
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-csas-01383
From their press release:
"Noted architectural photographer Frances Benjamin Johnston created a systematic record of early American buildings and gardens. Photographed primarily in the 1930s, the collection includes more than 7,100 images showing an estimated 1,700 structures and sites in rural and urban areas of Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, and Louisiana, and to a lesser extent Florida, Mississippi, and West Virginia."
Fahn Street, West side, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-csas-06925
Poplar Grove tide mill, Mathews County, Virginia
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-DIG-csas-05156
Explore more of the Library of Congress image collections here.
There are no known restriction of the use of the photographs in the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South. For further information on use and copyright, see the Library of Congress' Rights and Restrictions page.
November 11, 2010
The heralding of peace
Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-10052
World War I ended on November 11, 1918 with the signing of the Armistice. This day is now celebrated as Veterans Day, in honor of those who served in the military. The photograph above, from the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Online Catalog, is of the U.S. Capitol on November 11, 1921, the date of the first observance of Veterans Day.
November 09, 2010
Ann Arbor Film Festival at MOCAD
Shadowbox Cinema II
© Ann Arbor Film Festival
MOCAD presents the AAFF Traveling Tour Program 2
Nov 13 2010
8:00pm - 11:00pm
"Program 2 features new avant-garde and experimental films from established and emerging North American makers. Several works creatively document landscapes, including Sleeping Bear, Scene 32 and Laura Kraning's portrait of Hollywood's last drive-in theater, Vineland. Daichi Saito's Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis, won the AAFF "Best of Festival" award with gorgeously textured hand-processed 35mm and a visceral soundtrack. Handcrafted animation is masterfully represented by several artists, including a puzzle piece treatise by Martha Colburn and a meditation on the effects of cancer by Karen Aqua. Continuing his exploration into machinima and multiplayer game sampling, Phil Solomon presents his newest work Still Raining, Still Dreaming."
SHADOWBOX CINEMA II
Nov 20 2010
8:00pm - 10:00pm
"This program presents 10 short international works, featuring experimental animation, documentary and narrative films making their Michigan premieres. The audience will vote to decide cash awards for their favorite films. Shadowbox Cinema II is co-curated by the AAFF's Donald Harrison and MOCAD's Ben Hernandez. This is a free public screening."
November 04, 2010
"Echoes of Forgotten Places" (video review)
© Carlos Osorio
Source: AP Images
Echoes of Forgotten Places: Urban Exploration, Industrial Archaeology and the Aesthetics of Decay
Presented by Scribble Media, written and produced by Robert Fantinatto and Leesa Beales
The exploration of abandoned buildings is portrayed through quiet film shots, narration, and the presentation of the archaeologists and photographers who explore these spaces sharing their views and experiences. The film records various trips with photographers who seek to capture the poetic nature of these buildings and their ruined state. Attempting to portray the fascination with these spaces, many photographers aim to show the hold they have on the visitor as well as to bring awareness to the loss of historically significant buildings and the need for their preservation. Bonus features include an image gallery which provides various photographers' works with abandoned buildings, and the 1936 film, Steel: A Symphony of Industry (produced by Audio Productions on the American Iron and Steel Institute). A short, narrated film, it depicts the various techniques of steel production including the Bessemer converter, electric furnace, and open hearth as well as showing the forgotten vitality of these industrial buildings.
November 02, 2010
If you have not already done so, now it is time to use Google for fun! Try Montage-a-google and see what kind of cool photos will pop up in your montage. When you enter a search term, Google finds twenty images and arranges them in a grid. You can see photo details by placing mouse over the image, click on it and it will take you to the image website.
The image above is a cropped version of "Montage-google" for the search term
www.lib.umich.edu/visual-resources-center ; the full image appears below:
Have even more fun, play Guess-the-google!