Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbors

"Lung Neaw Visits His Neighbors" is a film by celebrated Argentine-born, New York based Thai artist, Rikrit Tiravanija with his colleague Cristian Manzutto. The subject of his film is a retired 60-year-old rice padi farmer living in a rural village in Chiang Mai province of northern Thailand. As Tiravanija described to The New York Times last year, "the film is not a documentary nor it is a narrative, it is more of a portraiture." The story has no story line to it and no screenplay. It basically takes the audience and places them into the given context, encouraging them to adjust to its glacial pace and minimalist aesthetic.

It is a character study at its simplest form, following the humble, well-mannered and likable man as he goes about with his daily life and activities. He is far from idle, that is one thing for sure. It is shot with a 16-mm camera and is visually stimulating and it gives a different perspective on what it is like to live a rural life--blissful, simple and serene. 

According to Thai Artist Alliance, the film will be screening tomorrow (Friday, November 16th) at 6:30pm at Columbia University's Miller Theater. RSVP needed. It is not everyday you get this opportunity, so get to it!

Read more about the film here.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

3D Print Photobooth

We all know that photo booths, in its very existence in our fast-paced world is a place of comfort, convenience, ease, and inexpensive photographs. It has been a part of our culture and will remain to be a go-to place for many individuals in need of the quick and easy option to capture memories. Japan however, has taken it to the next level by introducing 3D photo booth. It does exactly the same things. just printing it in a 3D format rather than on your regular flat, 2D photo paper. Yes--it is time to make yourself more alive by creating mini versions of you as action figures.

A pop-up shop of Tokyo's Harajuku neighborhood that is opening this month will let individuals print 3D versions of themselves. Omote 3D Shashin Kan will open on November 24th in the Eye of Gyre exhibition space and it will remain open until its closing date on January 14, 2013.

So how does it really work? Well, there would be a technician there to ensure all things go smoothly. He or she will scan your body in a similar manner as photography in the early days. You will remain in sight and hold your pose for approximately 15 minutes. The 3D print will impressively be a clone of you as a whole: realistic 3D photo that captures not only your features but also the basic texture of your clothing and hair.

The process is not cheap. As it suggests, a single figurine of 10 cm tall, will cost you around ¥21,000 ($264). Discounts are offered for a group of 3 or more, so plan ahead! It would be a pretty cool and different way to capture memories of 2012. Summing up the year and getting ready for the new!

If not in Japan, where else right? Oh that's right. Some say Madrid. No idea where though. Until then, I must plan for Japan to make a mini-nerdy-clone-of-self.

Source: iO9

Monday, November 12, 2012

Beyond a Trip

This video clip directed by Joe Pelling and Becky Sloan was recently released Tame Impala: Lonerism's "Feels Like We Only Go Backwards." The animation is quite appropriate, quite colorful, dynamic and youthful. What is nice about it is the simplicity in form as it plays and unfolds with the music. As Pitchfork has put it into words despite of a commentary on an acid trip, a resemblance of the old animations back in the 1970s that would have appeared on a children's show.

Tame Impala is amazing!

Artist: Tame Impala | Source: Pitchfork

Friday, November 2, 2012

Portfolio Magazine

Constellations by Alexander Calder, from Portfolio Vol. .

The back cover of Portfolio Magazine, Vol. 1. Designed by Alexey Brodovitch.

Photography of Irving Penn from Portfolio Magazine, Vol. 1.

Published 1949-1951, Editors George S. Rosenthal and Frank Zachary. Art Editor: Alexey Brodovitch.

Cattle Brands, Portfolio Magazine, Vol. 2.

Charles Eames design for a kite, from Portfolio Vol. 3.

Portfolio Magazine, Vol. 1, Issue 3. Published in 1951. Art Editor: Alexey Brodovitch.

Amazing covers of Porfolio Magazine throughout the years. Flip through more here.

Source: Aqua-Velvet

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