segunda-feira, agosto 31, 2009

cheri...

The new Savage Grace...?!



Estreia | Portugal : 24 de Setembro 2009

you've got mail

The 1998 movie "You've Got Mail" starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, was about cyber communication and the unknowledgment of who the other person was, this often mislead the users of this cyber-world where people had no faces or individuality, those could be invented according to the desires of each one. Fantasies, dreams, unachieved goals, could turn out to become real in this paralell world of human existence.
Years later, the internet became a "safe place" to uncover/discover yourself, express your real individuality and post it to the entire world of users, creating a paralell world of existence where suddently people were typing about their fragilities, fears, and retoric questions about existence, till we've reached to this point where the invented existence goes beyond human physical existence, and where transhumance often occurs by the necessity we have to imply seasonal movement towards "inhabited" places and start from ground zero rebuilding ourselves. Transhumance as it says implies the need to move trough different "pastures" and develop the growth, in this case of human knowledge and consciousness.

"Anything that we are aware of at a given moment forms part of our consciousness, making conscious experience at once the most familiar and most mysterious aspect of our lives"
—Schneider and Velmans, 2007
This constant need of new experience has been replaced by a sedentary exchange of information, and yet (for it is reasonable to think so), we find difficult to deal with life management, that recollects everyday new applications transforming it into a congregation of widget based experiences; Time management has replaced "quality time", absorbing our concentration and ability to experience and save quality moments.
I'm not trying to define the internet based communication as the default problem of so many of the questions we have nowadays towards human life, in fact I believe it is absolutely a major factor in this globalized world, where connectivity is undeniably what makes the world go round (0's and 1's generally speaking).
Underestimation has often lead to failure...There's nothing wrong about getting real, lullabies are truer when they are whispered, nicknames are like clothes and get oudated very quick, and tears and smiles are more than just punctuation marks.

domingo, agosto 30, 2009

heat wave

sábado, agosto 29, 2009

The Beauty of Agony...



Beautiful Agony

"Beautiful Agony is dedicated to the beauty of human orgasm. This may be the most erotic thing you have ever seen, yet ...the only nudity it contains is from the neck up. That's where people are truly naked."

the new matrix...

Is inside our own minds.

We're aproaching the 2nd decade of the "so called" new (2nd) millenium.

efeitos secundários



Moby | www.moby.com



Travis | www.travisonline.com

noites de fim de agosto



Noites Ritual | Palácio de Cristal

sexta-feira, agosto 28, 2009

digital kitchen

A empresa responsável pelo brainstorming de múltiplas variações sobre o tema True Blood...

Digital Kitchen : www.d-kitchen.com

When HBO asked us to help promote the second season of True Blood we were excited. When they handed us a two-word brief we were - uh - inspired.
The two words generated dozens of questions. How would real brands position themselves for a new undead demographic? Would it be cheating if super-powered vampires were in the Olympics? Do vampires need special dentists?
The answers to these questions and others resulted in a campaign that broght world-class brands, athletes, lawyers, policemen, dentists, dog trainers, and the general public into Alan Ball’s True Blood universe.
The two-word brief from HBO? Create buzz.

True Blood's opening title sequence nominated for an Emmy.


quinta-feira, agosto 27, 2009

bio


"Art in the Twenty-First Century," production still
2007
Season 4 | Episode: "Romance"


Pierre Huyghe

(b. 1962, Paris. Lives and works in Paris.)

Pierre Huyghe was educated at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Graphiques et Décoratifs. Huyghe has had numerous international solo exhibitions at such venues as the Guggenheim Museum, New York (2003), the Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin (2002); the Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2001); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2000); and the Musée d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris (1998). He has also participated in a number of international art shows, including Documenta XI (2002); the Istanbul Biennial (1999); the Carnegie International, Pittsburgh (1999); Manifesta 2, Luxembourg (1998); the 2nd Johannesburg Biennial (1997); and the Biennale d'Art Contemporain de Lyon (1995). He was a recipient of a DAAD Artist in Residence grant in Berlin (1999-2000) and received a Special Award from the Jury of the Venice Biennale in 2001, where he represented France, as well as the Hugo Boss Prize at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York in 2002.


“I’m interested that
the exhibition is not
the end of the process
but a starting point to
go somewhere else.”


[Manifesta 2]

lost in between

Somewhere between the intersection of languages and expressions there's an empty void where humans tend to get lost, a tendency that is growing everyday for we don't understand where something ends and the other starts.

terça-feira, agosto 25, 2009

covers

segunda-feira, agosto 24, 2009

micro introspective

Pós-cinema, biografias, video-diários, (auto)retratos, video-cartas, conexões entre o Eu e a Natureza, arte curativa, ‘green cinema’, interacções entre cinema e outras artes (arquitectura, instalação), narrativas não-lineares, são temas em foco e pontos de partida para projectos individuais.

www.claudiatomaz.com

trains and travels



Porto, 19 agosto 2009 _ 9.00 a.m.

quarta-feira, agosto 19, 2009

segunda-feira, agosto 17, 2009

about sleeping with the light on



There's only a first time for everything, and that is what sometimes defines the turns we make along the way.
It's very easy to disregard the responsability we have towards our on life and keep on going with looking ahead, always recurring to the same old excuses that make us what we are in the present, and that will inevitable forge what we'll become in the future.
I once wrote that the universe was "a congregation of human flaws", a sum of what we've left undone or unsaid.
A friend of mine usually says that the important is not to regret about those things; Life is about moving forward, scaling levels towards an adulthood that we have to face with serenity, otherwise the path just gets more difficult to climb.
Even now our generation (or at least the people I know) is going through anguish times, we could even call it "the anguish generation", a new era has deffinitly begun with the people that are now getting into adulthood, even though we keep fighting it (neither good or bad) to maintain our youth principles, our belief that we could have made better, or just because somehow we feel that we don't fit within a majority of people.
I often think about this question of understanding society and I often feel aside, like I'm watching, it's like we're too many and we are mere spectators of what surrounds us.
We're facing that critical time that the old people we knew (for several and different reasons), that meant and made a difference are dying, those people were doing things when our parents were alive, they were part of their society (even if they didn't knew them) now they belong to the roll of "celebrities" that became icons from the top one's to the local.
About sleeping with the light on, and about the link to the movie "Sleepers" is about the inner being in each one of us, about making ourselves valuable through life, about understanding that we might never stop feeling the same fears, that we might never understand the meaning of Life itself, but making every moment count, and it's in our hands to bring that to the real life without enclosing and turning blind for what the future might bring.
The responsability of choosing is ours and the consequences are not a runaway subject, but we have to choose, otherwise we'll get stuck and miss that train that is going highspeed ahead.

Ideas might look tangled, still they are here to mean something, at least to me they are.

fragmento de algum oceano imaginário

Ele falava de coisas que estão num lugar qualquer
onde os nossos deuses não habitam - coisas que
faltavam mas que estavam já no coração.
Os nossos deuses são velhos. Esqueceram-se de nós
como de muitos filhos (bastardos).
Fernando Pessoa, O privilégio dos caminhos

old writings

is was called: "A mulher mais bela do mundo"

Ainda existe; está escondida
Dentro de um corpo de mulher,
Transforma-se com o passar dos anos
Os dias são diferentes quando acorda
E na rotina do dia-a-dia
Não pensa, mecanicamente
Escolhe o que veste cuidadosamente
É a sombra dela própria
Que sorri deitada em braços
Que a acolhem entre ramos de amor
E folhas de carinho
Floresce a cada segundo
Sem perder a essência que marca
A sua existência pura e incauta
No presente existe com o passado
E um futuro que se vislumbra
Entre cabelos castanhos
E mãos doces que vivem ao ritmo da cidade
A mulher mais bela do mundo
Existe dentro de ti.
O corpo como um casulo
Alberga a beleza da borboleta
E as asas são da cor do ouro
Que reluz ao passar sob o sol quente
E a fina estampa
De pinceladas perfeitas
Encontra a tela de olhos e boca fechados.
Existes bela dentro de ti.
Todos os dias da tua vida...

sábado, agosto 15, 2009

on posing questions



my mind is full of them. and none is clear...

douple @ strangerfestival

Stranger Festival

International video festival for thousands of young people, video workshops, interactive website, DVD, travelling exhibition, Europe-wide debates, video competition... Stranger Festival is video, is young people, is Europe today. more here

realidades lidas

"Sim, havia dois grandes grupos de cães, que brigavam por causa da deusa-cadela, o grupo dos aduladores, que lhe forneciam divertimento, histórias, filmes e peças de teatro, e o outro, muito menos pretencioso, de uma raça muito mais feroz, que lhe dava a carne, a substância real do dinheiro. Os cães, bem alimentados e exibicionistas, brigavam e rosnavam entre si pelos favores da deusa-cadela. Mas isso não era nada comparado com a guerra silenciosa, uma guerra de morte entre aqueles que lhe eram indespensáveis, os que lhe traziam ossos."
in O Amante de Lady Chatterley, D. H. Lawrence.

quarta-feira, agosto 12, 2009

about getting lost in translation

True Blood - Season 2 Episode 8 (TIMEBOMB)

INT. FELLOWSHIP OF THE SUN'S CHURCH

SOOKIE: He's your maker. Isn't he?!
ERIC: Don't use words you don't understand.
SOOKIE: You've a lot'a'love for him.
ERIC: Don't use words I don't understand.

The tv.show "True Blood" is about a newborn relationship between humans and slaughtering vampires searching for a possible co-existence together. A metaphor to the forever urgent need for understanding between different races, genres, cultures, etc.
Alan Ball, differently than he did in "Six Feet Under", here tries to establish a paralell - within this very juicy and thick blood spilling fiction - with our real world. Vampires are different and are labeled with several prejudices humans hold against their nature - as we often do towards minorities creating a mass blindness towards the natural essence of humanity, that lies on the complete knowledge of the other person before judgement of any kind - and in the modern age (of our Century) openminded individuals of both sides decide to unveal the "secret" and even create a new drink made out of synthetical blood (ranging all types) hoping to constitute a society where both vampires and humans can live side by side, without harming (one's more than the others).
As the episodes go, more trashy and "fang banger" it grows, but the subject remains the same: Can Vampires and Humans Co-exist?!
It is not because of the blood, or because of the predatory life-style the vampires have for thousands of years, or even the human urge to put an end to such terrible menace, it all comes down to the "getting lost in translation", the significance it has the understandment of sometimes un-comprehensible concepts people have according to different backgrounds and the troughout the years acquirements, as it happens on the up quoted dialogue between Sookie Stackhouse and Eric Northman (an over 1000 y.o. Vampire) about the saving of Eric's maker.

True Blood is not only about Vampires and Humans, that is absolutely the important subject, it's also about the other un-comprehensible things of ordinary and beyond life... A must see!

terça-feira, agosto 11, 2009

classics | Eleanor Packer: "Goodbye Blackie"



"Manhattan Melodrama" (1934)

Eleanor Packer (Myrna Loy)

filmes de verão



"Public Enemies" (Michael Mann)
IMDB

related

It remember's the ambience in "The Aviator" (2004) and the tension felt in "Collateral" (2004)

segunda-feira, agosto 10, 2009

domingo, agosto 09, 2009

(G) L O B/C AL

Ars Electronica Symposium examines Cloud Intelligence
by David Sasaki

international networks

flood of globalisation

economical/environmental crises

connected consciousness

[cloud].... collective future

shared intelligence

networked anxiety


related to:
Day81+1 | A journey around the world
Ars Electronica

intro: across the universe

If you're not, you don't exist!



Are we facing the end of the world as we know it?! Or the beggining of the world as we imagined it... If so, we're very late, concerning the premonitions made by several books, essays, movies, musics, made in the past predicting a XXI'st Century full of hi-technology serving human kind in its most simple needs.
In the mid 90's we learned about a global village where everything was starting to engage in this decade of blustering development, so many times miscalled as EVOLUTION.

The video "Web Site Story" is a metaphor for what is happening concerning the sea of virtual networks that springs everyday, leading to a need (an addiction) to multiply yourself in several identities, each one serving better the community you're trying to integrate. Of course this is something that could not disrupt the individual's identity, except that it might start to decrease the "humanity levels" by depending so much on the machines, to serve the need of communication and relationships.
Like little children we are know starting to understand this new world that has begun to blossom several years now, and yet we're still counting from zero.

sábado, agosto 08, 2009

hearting... an essay of several close essays

The thing about love is that is something you can't really define, it's like being in shock with something we've had contact for the very first time. Like I've read here (because of a very close story) the theme of love is one of the most recurrents themes on art (and not only) history, always an attempt to translate the beggining or the end of it. The middle, what goes inside of the start and the end point of this feeling, the "procedure" is as normal as living, never forgetting one's personality and individuality always in adjustement with the same parameters of the other(S).

Are Love Relationships just intimate friendships?!

to be continued...

quinta-feira, agosto 06, 2009

John Hughes (1950 - 2009)



"Breakfast Club" (1985) (Director)



"Home Alone" (1990) (Writer)

related news/links:
NY Times ; Wikipedia (John Hughes)

dicotomias do amor em Wragby



[Clifford]
"Parecia que a maior parte dos homens "realmente bons" perdiam o autocarro. A vida é só uma, e se se perde o autocarro fica-se sozinho no passeio com a carga de todos os fracassos."

[Connie]
"Apesar disso, Connie continuava a pensar num filho. Esperar! Esperar! Passaria várias gerações de homens na sua peneira, e procuraria até encontrar um que servisse para pai do seu filho. «Ide pelas ruas e atalhos de Jerusalém e vede se podeis encontrar um homem.» Mas não foi possível encontrar um homem na Jerusalém do Profeta, embora houvesse milhares de machos. Mas um homem! C'est une autre chose!"

segunda-feira, agosto 03, 2009

next future

É o novo programa da Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. Em funcionamento a partir deste verão até ao final de 2011, este programa visa promocionar a Investigação Artística na Europa, América Latina, Caraíbas e África.
Para além de programação de espectáculos e actividades culturais este programa terá também uma forte incidência na investigação e produção teórica, com workshops, seminários, conferências e grandes lições em colaboração com centros de investigação de excelência, nacionais e internacionais, e contará com personalidades de relevo no pensamento contemporâneo e na literatura destes três continentes em especial.

Mais informação | Site | Blog

across the universe



Across the Universe (2007) is a love story between Jude and Lucy, two characters that lead a plot of youth rebelion against the supremacy of power with the weapon (and belief) that love conquers and wins every battle.
Set in the years that orginated the well-known Beatles hits, we find cameos made by Joe Cocker and Bono supporting this film among a cast of young people that had the right amount of energy to translate the flower power urge that was lived then. In a time different from now, where revolutions made a difference a really ment strong changes in political views and human values standed out.
Like listening to a best of, of this renowned band from the sixties, the film is about the american also renowned war - The Vietnam War - that interfered between with the american way of life, and where the free spirit that The Beatles where "propagandig" fitted properly within the younger layers that were struggling against "uncle Sam's" war. (The Beatles and Vietnam)
And here the soundtrack goes exactly to the point where everything merges under the vision of Julie Taymor, producing a very surprising result, a very pop and charming musical about the values of love (all my loving), humanism (come together), fidelity (across the universe) and friendship (with a little help from my friends).

"Sarah and Troy"





Erwin Olaf - www.erwinolaf.com

Artista sempre surpreendente, ao mesmo tempo de gosto clássico e visceralmente heterodoxo, Erwin Olaf, holandês, nascido em 1959, é uma referência exemplar de uma fotografia contemporânea que, embora integrando toda a sofisticação do digital, se afirma para além da oposição maniqueísta entre "transparência" e "manipula-ção". Com uma componente que está longe de ser secundária: a continuada paixão pela figura humana.
Um dos recentes e notáveis exemplos do seu trabalho é a colecção "Laboral Escena, Gijon, España, 2008", concebida a partir de quadros de pintores espanhóis. A grande notícia é que vai ser possível ver essa série entre nós, em 'O Espaço do Tempo', no Convento da Saudação, em Montemor-o-Novo — a exposição abre a 31 de Julho e estará patente até 31 de Agosto.
(in sound+vision)

sábado, agosto 01, 2009

chuvas de agosto

Lentamente os olhos recobram a energia suficiente para deixarem a luz entrar, a luz que interrompe a escuridão do quarto onde adormeci, horas atrás, sobre a cama desfeita e o corpo molhado de uma chuva inesperada.
Chuvas de agosto que molham as ruas, em gotas pesadas e espessas que se estilhaçam no chão deixando marcas abstractas que anunciam um asfalto húmido e subjugado ao torrencial cair da água.

lilac wine

I lost myself on a cool damp night
Gave myself in that misty light
Was hypnotized by a strange delight
Under a lilac tree
I made wine from the lilac tree
Put my heart in its recipe
It makes me see what I want to see...
And be what I want to be
When I think more than I want to think
Do things I never should do
I drink much more that I ought to drink
Because I brings me back you...

Lilac wine is sweet and heady, like my love
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, like my love
Listen to me... I cannot see clearly
Isnt that she coming to me nearly here?

Lilac wine is sweet and heady wheres my love?
Lilac wine, I feel unsteady, wheres my love?

Listen to me, why is everything so hazy?
Isnt that she, or am I just going crazy, dear?

Lilac wine, I feel unready for my love...

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