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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Folds: Robert Seidel
Robert Seidel

Lindenau Museum / Altenburg, Germany

// Installation
2-channel video, HD, variable loop on 19th century plaster casts of Kladeos, Kephissos, Belvedere Torso, Seer and the Three Goddesses from the Bernhard August von Lindenau Collection
// Dimension: 7,2 × 1,9 × 2,4 m

// Part of Focus Young Art. 2011
A regional exhibition programme of the Juergen Ponto Foundation for promotion of Young Artists, Frankfurt am Main /

Documentation Editor Falk Müller
Documentation Sound Heiko Tippelt
Photography Jürgen M. Pietsch, Christian Seeling

// Artist Statement
The work folds for the Lindenau Museum (Altenburg, Germany) may be understood as a rapprochement with the history of the museum’s collection of plaster casts. I was particularly interested in the ancient, fragmented bodies – how through the loss of limbs they became almost abstract, fragmentary sculptures and yet still disclosed a nearly uncanny vitality. Also noteworthy is that the collection entails sculptures, Greek in origin, that have been replicated time and time again. Hewn from marble and partially painted in color, the originals were repeatedly copied in marble or plaster in different places across centuries, despoiled of color and slurred in detail.

Despite these multiple re-shapings that attend the loss of the original’s memory, new meanings and frictions arise with each copy in each respective present. They are the precondition for over 2400 years of the ongoing revitalization of the legacy of antiquity. The fold, a continually recurring visual and conceptual motif in my works, is for me the pictorial metaphor for these layers and distortions of meaning. In the projection the fold becomes connected to the fragmentary sculptures, swirls around them, makes them flow with bygone colors, protects or clothes them, gives them peace and lets them come alive for a moment, in order then to be stored as a further layer in the sediment of oblivion.

// Monographic Catalog available
FOLDS, Robert Seidel, Lindenau Museum Altenburg, ISBN 978-3-86104-070-0

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Fresh: A photographer’s view of Istanbul


dove hotel room window Zoriah© zoriah/

My friend the dove who sits outside my hotel room window. (Zoriah)

To move
Needing to be
Nowhere else.


cats outside a butcher shop Istanbul Zoriah© zoriah/

Street cats having dinner outside of a butcher shop on one of Istanbul's many hilly streets.

Wanting nothing
From any store.


child with ball apartment window Istanbul Zoriah© zoriah/

A young girl plays catch from her window with friends on the street

To lift something
You already had
And set it down in
A new place.


apartment building entrance Istanbul Zoriahzoriah/

Entrance to an apartment House in Instanbul

Awakened eye
Seeing freshly.


A View from the roof of the four seasons hotel Istanbul zoriah© zoriah/

A view from the roof of the Four Seasons Hotel (Istanbul) [sky cropped at top to fit blog]

What does that do to
The old blood moving through
Its channels?

~ Naomi Shihab Nye ~



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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Remember, I Love You (For all young immigrants and their parents)

MexicanChildren70sMexican Children ‘70’s  by William Mahan with kind permission
I Am Offering this Poem
I am offering this poem to you,
since I have nothing else to give.
Keep it like a warm coat
when winter comes to cover you,
or like a pair of thick socks
the cold cannot bite through,
    I love you,
I have nothing else to give you,
so it is a pot full of yellow corn
to warm your belly in winter,
it is a scarf for your head, to wear
over your hair, to tie up around your face,
    I love you,
Keep it, treasure this as you would
if you were lost, needing direction,
in the wilderness life becomes when mature;
and in the corner of your drawer,
tucked away like a cabin or hogan
in dense trees, come knocking,
and I will answer, give you directions,
and let you warm yourself by this fire,
rest by this fire, and make you feel safe
                         I love you,
It’s all I have to give,
and all anyone needs to live,
and to go on living inside,
when the world outside
no longer cares if you live or die;
I love you.
Jimmy Santiago Baca, “I Am Offering this Poem” from Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems. Copyright © 1990 by Jimmy Santiago Baca. Source: Immigrants in Our Own Land and Selected Early Poems (New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1990)
I have used this poem in a previous post, but it seemed most appropriate here considering Jimmy Baca’s own childhood history, which you may read about by clicking on the link Here.
In Light of the recent talk about Immigration Policy and the new “Dream Act” introduced by President Obama this last week, I offer you this closer look at the real day to day life of an undocumented immigrant in “The Price of Immigration”

Jose likes soccer. He likes his car. And he loves his family, which is why he left Mexico for the United States when he was 17, started working, and now sends about 20 percent of his pay to support them in Mexico. Like many of the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, Jose came here for opportunities that don't exist at home.

“We’re not criminals,” said Jose, which is not his real name. “We just come here to seek a better life.”

Indeed, economic necessity is the reason people risk their lives to work in the United States. And contrary to rhetoric that immigrants steal American jobs and drive down wages, research shows that immigrant labor is a necessity to the U.S. economy:

- The Arizona economy would shrink by $48.8 billion, or 20 percent, if all undocumented workers left the state (Immigration Policy Center, March 2011)
- Immigration improves employment, productivity and income but needs adjustments that respond to the economic cycle (Migration Policy Institute, June 2010)
- Hispanic immigrants contributed $9.2 billion to the North Carolina economy in 2006 and created 89,000 spinoff jobs (UNC-Chapel Hill's Kenan Flagler Business School, Jan. 2006)


Photography and Videography: Laura Elizabeth Pohl

Multimedia Production and Additional Video: Brad Horn

Additional Audio: Molly Marsh

Interviews and Translation: Ivone Guillen

Graphics: Hilary Kay Doran

Music: Scabeater, Giorgio Boffa, Sambodhi Prem

Jimmy Santiago Baca (1952 - )

Jimmy Santiago Baca
Born in 1952 in Santa Fe of Chicano and Apache descent, Jimmy Santiago Baca was abandoned by his parents and at 13 ran away from the orphanage where his grandmother had placed him. He was convicted on drug charges in 1973 and spent five years in prison. There he learned to read and began writing poetry. His semiautobiographical novel in verse,Martin and Meditations on the South Valley (1987), received the 1988 Before Columbus Foundation’s American Book Award in 1989. In addition to over a dozen books of poetry, he has published memoirs, essays, stories, and a screenplay, Bound by Honor (1993), which was made into a feature-length film directed by Taylor Hackford.
Baca’s work is concerned with social justice and revolves around the marginalized and disenfranchised, treating themes of addiction, community, and the American Southwest barrios. In a Callaloo interview with John Keene, Baca claims, “I approach language as if it will contain who I am as a person”—a statement that reflects the poet’s interest in the transformative and generative power of language. Immigrants in Our Own Land (1979, 1991) was Baca’s first significant collection, one based on his imprisonment. In the Encyclopedia of American Literature, Catherine Hardy wrote that the poems in the volume “reveal an honest, passionate voice and powerful imagery full of the dark jewels of the American Southwest landscape (llanos, mesas, and chiles) and the chaotic urban landscape (nightclubs, rusty motors, and bricks) woven into a rich lyricism sprinkled with Spanish.”
Baca’s other poetry titles include Healing Earthquakes (2001), C-Train & 13 Mexicans (2002), Winter Poems Along the Rio Grande (2004), and Spring Poems Along the Rio Grande (2007).  In addition to the American Book Award, Baca has received a Pushcart Prize and the Hispanic Heritage Award for Literature. His memoir, A Place to Stand(2001), garnered the International Prize. In 2006, Baca was awarded the Cornelius P. Turner Award, which honors GED graduates who have made “outstanding contributions” in areas such as education, justice, and social welfare.
Baca has conducted writing workshops in prisons, libraries, and universities across the country for more than 30 years. In 2004 he launched Cedar Tree, a literary nonprofit designed to provide writing workshops, training, and outreach programs for at-risk youth, prisoners and ex-prisoners, and disadvantaged communities. Baca holds a BA in English and an honorary PhD in literature from the University of New Mexico.
* I dedicate this blogpost to all people who feel that they are alone—even when they are among others. Never forget your own weight and value in the world. You are and always will be worthy of love.
--Noelle Renee

Thursday, June 21, 2012

This is My Heart (For Gemma)

Dark Red by Art Lionse.jpg 2Dark Red ©2011 Art Lionse
This is My Heart
This is my heart. It is a good heart.
Bones and a membrane of mist and fire
are the woven cover.
When we make love in the flower world
my heart is close enough to sing
to yours in a language that has no use
for clumsy human words.
My head is a good head, but it is a hard head
and it whirs inside with a swarm of worries.
What is the source of this singing, it asks
and if there is a source why can't I see it
right here, right now
as real as these hands hammering
the world together
with nails and sinew?
The Windmill by Art LionseThe Windmill ©2011 Art Lionse
This is my soul. It is a good soul.
It tells me, "come here forgetful one."
And we sit together with a lilt of small winds
who rattle the scrub oak.
We cook a little something
to eat: a rabbit, some sofkey
then a sip of something sweet
for memory.
Red Sun by Art LionseRed sun ©2011 Art Lionse
This is my song. It is a good song.
It walked forever the border of fire and water
climbed ribs of desire to my lips to sing to you.
Its new wings quiver with
88927-F Umb(r)ella © 2011 Art Lionse
Come lie next to me, says my heart.
Put your head here.
It is a good thing, says my soul.
~ Joy Harjo ~
(A Map to the Next World)

May your heart experience the healing and soulful lovesong of caring friends. We are with you, holding you in the light, the flame unflickering.

Love and Peace,
Noelle Renee

About the Photographer:
Art Lionse  is a phenomenal photographer. All his images are taken in natural light. He Hails from the South of France. You may find his other work on  his homepage at 1xcom and

Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo
Joy Harjo was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1951. Her books of poetry include How We Became Human: New and Selected Poems (W.W. Norton & Co., 2002); A Map to the Next World: Poems (2000); The Woman Who Fell From the Sky (1994), which received the Oklahoma Book Arts Award; In Mad Love and War (1990), which received an American Book Award and the Delmore Schwartz Memorial Award; Secrets from the Center of the World (1989); She Had Some Horses (1983); and What Moon Drove Me to This? (1979). She also performs her poetry and plays saxophone with her band, Poetic Justice. Her many honors include The American Indian Distinguished Achievement in the Arts Award, the Josephine Miles Poetry Award, the Mountains and Plains Booksellers Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, and fellowships from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Witter Bynner Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in Hawaii.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Autumn Colors


“Earth's crammed with heaven, And every common bush afire with God; And only he who sees takes off his shoes; The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries.”
Elizabeth Barrett Browning Quotes

Source: Aurora Leigh (bk. VII)

Autumn Colours from Michael Fletcher on Vimeo.

A recent trip to the Victorian highlands with two new pieces of kit.

The Canon 5D mk3 and Philip Bloom's pocket dolly.

Shot with the awesome Canon 5D mk3
Featuring the smooth moves of the Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly
Edited in Premiere Pro
Music by some bloke named Beethoven?

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Laguna en Andalucía. Lugar de descanso muy importante para gran número de aves migratorias y de nidificación para una pequeña colonia local. Estos espacios son esenciales para las rutas de las aves y se ven amenazados, a pesar de estar protegidos, por el crecimiento de los olivares. El suelo de estas lagunas estacionales hace que sus aguas sean hipersalinas, con la consiguiente abundancia de plancton, lo que atrae mucha vida a su alrededor. Entre las especies captadas se pueden ver el flamenco común, la cigüeñuela, la avoceta, la focha común, el correlimos, y otras, junto a algunos anfibios, reptiles, invertebrados y pequeños mamíferos.

Fotografía, Edición: Jorge Cosmen
Música: Deaf Center, " The Day I Would Never Have", del album "Owl Splinters" (Type, 2010)
Les Films Anonymes 2012


Wetland in Andalusia, south of Spain. Important place of rest for a great number of migratory birds and of nesting for a small local population. These areas are essential for the routes of the birds and they are threatened by the growth of the olive groves. The ground makes the water of this seasonal wetlands hyper-saline, with the resulting abundance of plankton which attracts a lot of life around. Among the shown species can be seen the sandpiper, the black-winged stilt, the pied avocet, the eurasian coot, the flamingo and others, along with some amphibians, reptiles, invertebrates and small mammals.

Sunday, June 17, 2012


Client: Project Hope Alliance
Agency: Pigeon Road

Written and Produced by Andrew Maguire
Co-directed by Andrew Maguire and Richie Trimble
Photography and Coloring by Richie Trimble
Editorial by Ian Kalmbaugh
Original Score by Jordan Calig

"Mark" is a short film about the life of 10 year old boy who is one of 28,000 homeless children living in Motels Orange County California.

Please see this link for an HBO documentary series done in 2010, Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Son of Macista (film)

A filmmaker pays tribute to his father for taking great care of him through one of the more difficult times in his life.

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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Voices Across the Divide: (Preview)

Framed by Alice Rothchild, an American Jew raised on the tragedies of the Holocaust and the dream of an Israeli Jewish homeland, Voices Across the Divide explores personal experiences as a reflection of the larger Jewish narrative. Through interviews with Palestinian survivors of the Nakba/1948 War for Israeli Independence, the film creates an oral history of the Israel/Palestine conflict through the eyes of Palestinians and heart of a Jew. The film confronts commonalities of trauma, yearning, immigration, and the realities of injustice and dispossession, humanizing this tortured and misunderstood history, raising voices to build a just peace in Israel/Palestine.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Tale of The Three Brothers

Axis are delighted to represent Ben Hibon for video game projects. Ben directed this critically acclaimed animated segment of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Client: Warner Bros. Pictures
Director: Ben Hibon
Producer: David Heyman, David Barron, J.K. Rowling
VFX Producer: Emma Norton
VFX Company: Framestore
On a journey ill;
My dream goes wandering,
Over withered fields. --Basho

Sunday, June 3, 2012

An Evening With Dusty ~ Kyle Bobby Dunn

Starring Grace Averis
Directed and edited by Joey Bania
VFX by Robin Stuart Cape
Photography by Joey Bania
Production assistance from Dominic Stephenson & Ram Alluri
Excerpts from 'Cassini Mission' courtesy of Chris Abbas and NASA

Filmed in and around Dunedin, New Zealand // June 2012

From the album - Bring Me the Head of Kyle Bobby Dunn
a double CD //

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Mirror, Mirror/ Opening Sequence

Director: Ben Hibon
VFX & Animation: One Of Us Ltd.
VFX Supervisor: Dominic Parker
Technical Lead: James Healy
CG Supervisor: Stephen Murphy
Lead Animator: Michael Mellor
Animators: Han-Ter Park, Jamie McCarter, Jonathan Topf
Lead Compositor: Lewis Saunders
Compositors: Andrew Hodgen, Pat Wong
Concept/Matte Artists: Alexis Liddell, Zsolt Balogh
Character Design: Ben Hibon
Colour Grading: Tom Debenham
Texture Artist: Richard Hopkins
VFX Producer: Emma Ibbeston
CG Artists: Samuel J Walsh, Frank Engen
Pipeline Supervisor: Sam Swift-Glasman