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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Repopulate ~ Blake Shaw Video Painting Tel Aviv/Jerusalem 2013 (preview)

Repopulate -- Blake Shaw Video Painting Tel Aviv / Jerusalem 2013 (THE BRIDGE Preview) from SWEATSHOPPE on Vimeo.
In April 2013 Blake Shaw traveled with Jay Haze to the Occupied Palestinian Territory for his first trip to launch "The Bridge", a new telecommunication art project to facilitate real-time artistic collaborations amongst people across borders using 'Nomad.OS' a live-streaming software he is currently developing.

In this video he takes portraits of refugees from Balata, Al-Jalazone, and Al-Am'Ari refugee camps and uses video painting to paint their portraits onto historical sties in the Israeli cities of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and the old city of Jaffa in an effort to symbolically return the image of these refugees to their ancestral homes.

Video Painting is a technology developed by Blake Shaw and Bruno Levy aka SWEATSHOPPE that uses custom interactive software, video projection, and electronic paint rollers outfitted with LEDs to create the effect of painting videos on walls. The technology allows them to explore the relationship between video, architecture, and mark making and create video collages in real-time.

Music by Jay Haze aka Dub Surgeon

Special thanks to Jay Haze, Koan Baysa, Jack Persekian, Neda Mansouri, The Goethe Institut, Lolita Brayman, Public Art Lab Berlin, Efy Tal, the Khouriya family, Al-Qattan Foundation, Yafa Cultural Center, Edie Rush, Yoram Aharony, all of the people of Palestine, all Israelis against the occupation, and everyone who has helped support this project thus far, and will continue to help support building "The Bridge" in the future.

Directed and produced by Blake Shaw

For inquires into "The Bridge" please email
For video painting inquiries please email

Website for "The Bridge / Nomad.OS" coming soon at

Sunday, May 19, 2013

There Are Lots of Ways to Dance

“If I Were” by Mary Oliver

There are lots of ways to dance and

to spin, sometimes it just starts my

feet first then my entire body, I am

spinning no one can see it but it is

happening. I am so glad to be alive, I am so glad to be loving and loved.

Even if I were close to the finish, even if I were at my final breath, I

would be here to take a stand, bereft

of such astonishments, but for them.

If I were a Sufi for sure I would be one of the spinning kind.

From A Thousand Mornings, Mary Oliver’s new collection. All rights reserved

Linked with Postcards from Paradise on Recuerda mi Corazon

Alchemy Spinning -Sufi Dance at Boom Festival 2012 from Raquel Boluda on Vimeo.

Dancer Raquel Boluda dances by the shore of the lake at Boom Festival 2012, right after dancing a prayerformance at Liminal Village's main stage.

Camera: Velcrow Ripper
Music: Tidal Dance, O Yuki Conjugate