Lindenau Museum / Altenburg, Germany
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 / http://www.juergen-ponto-stiftung.de
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
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
My friend the dove who sits outside my hotel room window. (Zoriah)
Needing to be
Street cats having dinner outside of a butcher shop on one of Istanbul's many hilly streets.
From any store.
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.
Entrance to an apartment House in Instanbul
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
~ Naomi Shihab Nye ~
Linked to Postcards from Paradise at recuerda mi corazon
Saturday, June 23, 2012
Mexican Children ‘70’s by William Mahan with kind permission
I Am Offering this Poem
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 - )
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.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Dark Red ©2011 Art Lionse
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.
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 ©2011 Art Lionse
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
Red sun ©2011 Art Lionse
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
Put your head here.
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
“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)
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) http://itunes.apple.com/es/album/owl-splinters/id415337691
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
A filmmaker pays tribute to his father for taking great care of him through one of the more difficult times in his life.
linked to Postcards from Paradise at Recuerda mi Corazon
Saturday, June 9, 2012
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
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
My dream goes wandering,
Over withered fields. --Basho
Sunday, June 3, 2012
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 // low-point.com/LP049.html
Linked with Postcards from Paradise at Recuerda mi Corazon
Friday, June 1, 2012
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