December 31, 2006
Easy Steps to Stunning Success
Justin Norman of Shrieking Tree does it again! Through the magic of cinema, he brings us another delightful little episode in his ongoing Re-plicery series: Easy Steps to Stunning Success! It will warm your heart. It will comfort your soul. And you will be replenished for the New Year!
The Mystery of Picasso
In 1955, French director, Henri-Georges Clouzot had the most amazing idea. He would film Pablo Picasso as he painted 20 artworks, ranging from quick sketches to widescreen color oil paintings.
My favorite are the oils, which were captured using time lapse photography. They're mesmerizing and give a fascinating insight to the artist's spontaneous process. The French government also liked the film—in 1984, it declared The Mystery of Picasso National Treasure. Unfortunately, because of contractual obligation, almost all of the art created for this film was destroyed at the end of the production.
Above is only one of the paintings from the film, taken from start to finish. The entire film is available on Amazon.
December 27, 2006
Kotex for a New Year!
The New Year is almost here, so let's get ready, people. Watching this video, by artist Douglas Coupland, for hours on end is a great way to celebrate! It helps to numb the brain for another year of endless consumption. Simply download it to your computer, set it to loop, and then enlarge it to fill the screen of your computer while listening to your favorite song. Hopefully, you'll put on something very fast. And loud. With a bit of attitude.
Black Swan and The Clock by Thom Yorke both work incredibly well, lyrically and musically.
December 20, 2006
From around first to third grade, I couldn't stop drawing pictures of secret islands. I always included mountains, caves, and secret underground hideouts (but I always had so much trouble drawing the trees).
Bleathman has also released books of his cross-sections, a few of which can still be found.
December 19, 2006
Towers to Nowhere
I'm entranced by this wooden tower in Archanglesk, Russia. It seems to so directly express so much about its builder, Nikolai Sutyagin... a man obsessed with the vision to create.
Dead Programmer's Cafe posted Nikolai's incredible story. Here's an excerpt:
"When Perestroyka came about Nikolai Sutyagin used his money to start a lumber and construction business which brought him a substantial fortune. Now he needed a suitable residence. At first he planned on building a huge two story wooden house. Wooden structures are limited by law to two stories for fire safety reasons. At first he built a refrigerator sized wooden mock up. He liked the scale, but didn't like the proportion of the roof. He decided to elongate it to achieve a more pleasing proportion. Then he started building working with his team like in the old times, but using the timber from his own company. When he was about done with the roof, he decided to build it up a little higher so that he could see the White Sea from the very top. Even though his building has two stories, the roof spans 11 more (some articles estimate the structure to have 12 stories, others - 13 and even 15).
The government and his neighbors hated Sutyagin's masterpiece. Fire hazard or not, it stands in the middle of a rather poor village, yet it's higher than the tallest cement building in the city of Archangelsk itself. The city government ordered the structure to be torn down, but the order was never realized as far as I know. But Sutyagin was accused by one of his employees (who stole $30,000 from Sutyagin) of beating him up and imprisoning him in a shed. True or not, Sutyagin got 4 years of prison. He was let out in 2 years. While he was away his company was looted like Baghdad after the war. Now he and his wife and daughter live in the unfinished skyscraper that he built."
(via: street use)
December 18, 2006
Long Horse of the Temoekoes
And yet, there's more...
Long horses were introduced to Bali by the Europeans in the 16th century. When the Balinese first saw the long horses, walking out onto the beaches, they fell on their faces, trembling. Of the event, it was written by the Dutch explorer, Cornelis de Houtman:
"The beasts are noble, powerful, and yet humble. To the natives, the long horses are as Gods and the Balinese worship them as such."
Even today, in Bali, there remains an undercurrent of worship and remembrance of the long horse. The sacred tree, known as Our Long Horse of Temoekoes (first noticed on June 17th, 1993) is a perfect example of this. The tree is "set apart" by a 2' high mark in the shape of a long horse. And even though your average Balinese would deny the belief of such a thing, thousands of pilgrims have continued to flock to the site, ever since it first appeared, to pray for miracles and healing.
Talk about proof! Wow! We are even more convinced than ever (and some of us are talking about a group pilgrimage to the site).
Thank you to Delissa Mel, a card carrying member of the ILHBA, who went all the way to Bali for this long horse story. Climbing to the site can be difficult and, unfortunately, Delissa forgot her camera. If any tinsel-reader has been to Our Long Horse of Temoekoes, please post your photo and send me the link!
December 15, 2006
The Venus Future
Someday, in the not too distant future, we will all live in retro-modern homes (like the Thunderbirds). There will be no crime. No wars. Life will be perfect, and the weather will always be warm.
We will all wear the most inspired outfits! They will be blue. They'll have a sash for the men and a delightful little blue hat. Striking! Even our children will wear them (I'm wearing mine now).
Truthfully speaking... I have no idea what to think of The Venus Project. I don't know if I should laugh or be impressed. Or both. In any case, Jacque Fresco went to an incredible amount of work, and it's a lot of fun to browse around his personal vision of paradise.
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(via: spy's spice)
December 13, 2006
1000 Years and 1 Day
Ambo is, or was, a musical... um... thing. Music creation? It is a CD by Keith Moore and Robyn Miller.
Let's talk more about me. Are you attracted by my bold expression? My aqua-colored skin? My handsome but hypnotic gaze? It never hurts to listen to the voice of the Amboface.
I will assimilate you.
Note: The Amboface has edited this post.
When the player appears inside the mouth of the Amboface, simply pull-down the "Save as QuickTime movie" option, and save the song to your hard drive.
Yet another painting in my ever-expanding series of portraits. These will eventually be released in trading card format, bubblegum included!
copyright©2006 Robyn Miller. All rights reserved.
December 08, 2006
Carefully Arranged Clutter
Stephen's Victorian era home has finally become a perfect reflection of his taste. Or maybe it reflects something deeper than that? He's carefully decorated every square inch with sculptures, paintings, trinkets and ghoulish art. The effect is both warm and museum-like. But also unsettling.
If you can't get to Seattle soon, you can at least tour every room in this complete virtual tour, by Bradford Bohonus.
(via: geisha asobi)