Archive for October, 2008
The idea is that at the beginning of the exhibition there is literally nothing on the wall. With your collaboration, and with a lot of help from students and volunteers from around the Bay Area, The Gift will be produced over time. We’ll use the photo studio to take portrait pictures of museum-goers which will then be printed, framed, exhibited, and stored all on the same floor, all on view.
…on closing day, we’ll have a big communal event (a.k.a “a party!”), and the artist will hand out a picture to everyone who contributed theirs to the project. In other words, if you have given your portrait, you will then also own a part of the collection. You don’t get your own photo, however; you get a picture of a stranger, and the condition of receiving a portrait is that it then gets exhibited elsewhere (BART station/your living room/your tropical vacation?).
So glad I (somewhat randomly) signed up for an SFMOMA membership a few months ago. See you at the opening!
Love this simple demo video. It feels like it could be a metaphor for something.
Also, I think I want to play a full-blown first-person-shooter that’s in stark black-and-white like this. Half-Life meets Sin City!
If you were to take every film director in the world and do a calculation something like this…
general public awareness
…I think Mike Leigh would end up with the highest score, and it would be something stratospheric, like nine hundred quadrillion. (The unit, of course, is snarkpoints.)
Here’s the new Onion A.V. Club interview. I haven’t seen Happy Go Lucky yet but I have seen Secrets and Lies, Topsy Turvy, Vera Drake, and more, and they’re all sublime. Super-serious and sophisticated, but totally fun and watchable too.
Here’s a taste of Leigh:
AVC: Happy-Go-Lucky also suggests that happiness is as much a matter of perspective as it is things going your way. It’s likely that someone else who haves Poppy’s life would pretty miserable with it.
ML: I don’t agree with that. It’s an unhealthy habit to say that life is what you make of it and if you want to be happy, then you can be happy. That’s just rubbish, basically. Life is about luck and it’s about circumstances and socioeconomic conditions and all the rest of it, but you know you can also make choices and it’s about spirit and generosity and all the other things, too. This film is about somebody who is open and has a capacity not to be judgmental and to empathize and to love.
Leigh gives off the same vibe I always get from Philip Pullman — somehow both large-spirited and tough, verging on ornery. I really like the combo.
Seriously, I love it. Cottage industry, artisanal content, the Fortune 5,000,000,000, etc.
A propos of nothing, I’m going to point you to the best song we performed in high school choir, Randall Thompson’s “The Last Words of David,” as interpreted by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Man, that’s some great stuff.
A paean to newspapers, in a roundabout sort of way. At first it just seems like a funky video collage, but then you realize what the creator is up to.
That stack of newsprint in the corner has a continuity to it.
I like this video a lot. Its speed and soundtrack make it feel like it should be about, you know, the! modern! world! — but, surprise, it’s actually a meditation on all the things that don’t change day-to-day.
(Via Jean Snow.)