oct 102009
 

Do You Know Improv’Everywhere ? No ? Yes, you do. If you know what is a Flashmob, you’ve certainly seen the Frozen Grand Central video ? On the vid above is their last impro. They used some invisible dog leach, which is a prank toy used in the 70′s, and hundreds of people walked their invisible dog down the streets of a Brooklyn. Of course people started wandering WTF was going on. Some played the game nicely and even dropped some water. But what is interesting is that when there is a flashmob now, people wants to know what those flashmobbers want to promote. Marketing has used a good idea to sell products. A real flashmob should sell nothing excepts absurdity, stupideness and good time. Here are some of the funniest or best impro by Improv’Everywhere I’ve seen.

Here they took 40 listening station in a Virgin MegaStore. Stupid and efficient :

“Best gig ever,” principle is “Pick a struggling rock band and turn their small gig into the best show of their lives.” turning a concert where only 3 people showed up to 43 spectators.

A subway car with identical twins, creating a human mirror.

And of course : over 200 people freeze in place on cue in Grand Central Station in New York.


And the last, but a funny one : infamous U2 rooftop spoof.

[ImprovEverywhere]

oct 062009
 

Women in Art is a video made by Philip Scott Johnson. It collects 90 different portraits of Women painted by artists over a period of 500 years ! Philip Scott Johnson seems to like the morphing effects and It is really amazing to see how women were represented through Art. The representation of women is an element which has certainly been studied but which deserved a visualization. Now this is done.I really like the morphing effect, it is hypnotizing and I must admit it works very well here.

Music: Bach’s Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yo-Yo Ma.

Philip Scott Johnson has done some more videos using morphing. Its subjects goes from 60 years of Female Stars on the CBS Television Network, to Landscapes, via Self-portraits in Art. The results are inequals.

To stay on the subject of this post, here is another video using morphing, this video is called :

80 Years of Female Actresses in Cinema

Mary Pickford, Lillian Gish, Gloria Swanson, Marlene Dietrich, Norma Shearer, Ruth Chatterton, Jean Harlow, Katharine Hepburn, Carole Lombard, Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Barbara Stanwyck, Vivien Leigh, Greer Garson, Hedy Lamarr, Rita Hayworth, Gene Tierney, Olivia de Havilland, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Crawford, Ginger Rogers, Loretta Young, Deborah Kerr, Judy Garland, Anne Baxter, Lauren Bacall, Susan Hayward, Ava Gardner, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Lana Turner, Elizabeth Taylor, Kim Novak, Audrey Hepburn, Dorothy Dandridge, Shirley MacLaine, Natalie Wood, Rita Moreno, Janet Leigh, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Ann Margret, Julie Andrews, Raquel Welch, Tuesday Weld, Jane Fonda, Julie Christie, Faye Dunaway, Catherine Deneuve, Jacqueline Bisset, Candice Bergen, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Keaton, Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon, Jessica Lange, Michelle Pfeiffer, Sigourney Weaver, Kathleen Turner, Holly Hunter, Jodie Foster, Angela Bassett, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Meg Ryan, Julia Roberts, Salma Hayek, Sandra Bullock, Julianne Moore, Diane Lane, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon, Halle Berry

Music: Bach’s Prelude from Suite for Solo Cello No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007 performed by Yo-Yo Ma

[Philip Scott Johnson]

sept 302009
 

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Une blogueuse taïwanaise avait un rêve : embrasser 100 hommes à Paris, la capitale de l’amour. Pour son projet, pas de French Kiss, juste des baisers chastes sur les lèvres, des « pop » à l’anglaise. Un signe de fraternité, amicale, bourré de tendresse et de poésie. Un ami photographe immortalise le moment. Le plus difficile reste le choix des sujets. Ce n’est pas difficile de trouver 100 hommes qui veuillent l’embrasser. C’est plus difficile de savoir lesquels auront cette chance. Qui est-elle au fait ?

Yang Ya-ching est une étudiante de 27 ans en musique. Elle a imaginé ce projet il y a 3 ans, mais ne s’est décidée à franchir le pas que cet été. Aujourd’hui, ses lèvres se sont refermées et de retour dans son pays où les hommes se sentent floués, elle va écrire un livre et partager son expérience. Ses photos, même si elles ont une sensualité évidente, montrent souvent une distance pudique entre elle et l’embrassé. D’autres photos, par contre, trahissent le plaisir qu’elle a partagé un instant avec un homme dans un lieu chargé d’histoire… dont la sienne maintenant.

no.7 Quai d’Orsay


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no.23 Petit Pont


no.37 Parvis du Sacré-Coeur



no.27 Square du Vert Galand


8 Assemblée Nationale


no.46 Pont des Arts


no.48 Hôtel de Ville



Photos de Yang Ya-ching & photographe Xiang,zhen-hua

sept 262009
 

I love typos, fonts and police. I discovered this week that a Typophile Film Festival existed. On the video above you can see the Opening Titles. It was made by Brent Barson and his students. It is :

A visual typographic feast about the five senses, and how they contribute to and enhance our creativity. Everything in the film is real—no CG effects!

The effect is great ! So, I wandered if Brent had made some more videos. And  I found a video called F is for Fail. And I really enjoyed it. This is How Brent Barson defines it :

F is for Fail is a short film about the creative process, and the failure we always encounter, but usually overcome. Told using the alphabet, each letter informs us of the state of the protagonist’s creativity/state of mind. Each letter has two words associated with it (except A and Z); sometimes the positive word overpowers the negative word, and vice-versa.
Typographic footage was converted and exported one frame at a time. No filters or plug-ins!

Yes, If you watched both video till the end, it means you are a typophile… like me… sorry. [Brent Barson]

Copyrights :

  • F is for Fail :

Creative direction, design, and animation by Brent Barson.
Music by Micah Dahl Anderson. Oscar-caliber acting by Jon Troutman.

  • Typophile Film Festival 5 Opening Titles :

Creative Director & Faculty Mentor: Brent Barson

Writing & Storyboarding: Brent Barson, Jessica Blackham, Analisa Estrada, Meg Gallagher, John Jensen, Regan Fred Johnson, Colin “The Pin” Pinegar

Construction, Paint & Glue: Brent Barson, Wynn Burton, Analisa Estrada, Meg Gallagher, Olivia Juarez Knudsen, Casey Lewis, Reeding Roberts, Deven Stephens, Brian Christensen (Brain Sculpture)

Animators: Brent Barson, Wynn Burton, Analisa Estrada, Meg Gallagher, Olivia Juarez Knudsen, Reeding Roberts, Deven Stephens

Cinematographer: Wynn Burton

Editing: Brent Barson, Wynn Burton, Analisa Estrada, Meg Gallagher, Reeding Roberts

Hand Models: Analisa Estrada, Meg Gallagher, Olivia Juarez Knudsen, Deven Stephens, Michelle Stephens

Original Music: micah dahl anderson – micahdahl.com

Special thanks to Joe, Jared, Zara, and the Punchut/Typophile crew for enabling this!

sept 192009
 

MUTO is a short film by Blu. It is an animation in stop-motion painted on public walls. The movie was made in Buenos Aires and in Baden. Here the paintings are alive and invade the city. Blu’s characters are half human, half machine, half beast, and human elements such as limbs (tooth, hands etc.)  can live freely their autonomous life, a bit like insects. I’m just hypnotised by that kind of animation. And I also like to watch the marks of white paint left behind the characters.

The music is by Andrea Martignoni – Produced by Mercurio Film – assistant: Sibe


This  second video is entitled Walking


And this last animation is called Letter A

Letter A from blu on Vimeo.

[BluBlu]

sept 122009
 

Non, je ne me suis toujours pas transformé en écolo-militant, mais certains artistes trouvent le moyen de me parler d’une manière efficace. C’est le cas d’Alexandre Orion, un graffeur brésilien qui a eu la bonne idée, non pas de « salir » les murs avec ses graffitis mais plutôt de les nettoyer. Pour cela, il s’est rendu sur le périphérique de Sao Polo armé d’un chiffon et d’une bassine d’eau. Il a dessiné sur les murs anti-bruit qui longent le périphériques des dizaines de têtes de mort en nettoyant les murs avec son chiffon. Il n’a jamais utilisé de peinture. Son message consistait à rappeler aux automobilistes l’impact que peuvent avoir les échappements de leur véhicule sur la planète. Malin.

La musique est « Ossario » par Instituto.

Comme vous pouvez le voir sur la vidéo, la saleté et l’oeuvre ont été nettoyées rapidement.

[Alexandre Orion]

sept 042009
 

Joshua Allen Harris est un artiste urbain New Yorkais. Ses œuvres ne s’exposent pas dans des galeries ou dans des musées mais, au contraire, elles prennent vie dans les rues, et plus exactement sur les bouches de métro. Il sculpte des monstres avec des sacs poubelles et du scotch, avant de les installer sur les grilles d’aération du métro. Quand un train passe, le souffle qui s’en échappe est assez fort pour soulever la jupe de Marylyn ou gonfler une de ses sculptures. Il crée ainsi des personnages, des animaux ou des monstres gonflables qui n’attendent que le passage d’un train pour prendre vie. Dans certains interviews, Joshua parle de ses œuvres en disant qu’il s’agit d’un  moyen de sensibiliser le public à la question de l’écologie en rompant leur rythme consumériste via un spectacle artistique. Ce n’est pas à moi de le contredir, surtout si ça lui fait plaisir de penser ça. En attendant, je sais que ses œuvres ont fait des jaloux. Nombreux artistes auraient aimé avoir cette idée géniale et simplissime. [je n'ai pas trouvé de site officiel mais voici sa page YouTube]

Une interview sur [culture-buzz]

Et une autre vidéo où on voit bien comment ses sculptures permettent d’interagir avec les passants (surtout les enfants) :

août 292009
 

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I don’t know what it takes not to be disturbed by the Ron Mueck’s amazing realistic sculptures.

Why is this so disturbing ? May be because this Australian hyperrealist sculptor knows how to reveal our weaknesses, simply by magnifying or shrinking bodies and showing what we shouldn’t see. It awakens in me the same feelings as the one we can find while reading Gulliver’s Travels. Indeed, gigantic bodies shows the grotesque and grossness of humanity while lilliputians reveal how ridiculous one can be. Here it seems Muecks goes a step further with his Spooning Couple in bed where, though the 2 bodies are closed from one another like 2 spoons,  one is turning its back on the other, and both seems plunged in deep thoughts. Watch and comment as you please.

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Mueck’s early career was as a model maker and puppeteer for children’s television and films, notably the film Labyrinth for which he also contributed the voice of Ludo, and the Jim Henson series The Storyteller.

Some links if you want to know more about the man :

[Some Pictures are from Gautier Deblonde]

Article on Ron Mueck in Wikipedia-  L’article sur Ron Mueck dans Wikipedia mais en français cette fois.

An article in The Guardian