Archive for category 21st Century
I always get excited when I find an artist whose work I want to follow. Hiroyuki is one of them. Richard Gailbraith wrote an article: Japan:Creative – Introduction, on CEMENTUM in August 2012, in which he included a statement of Hiroyuki’s work. I cannot say it better then him, that Hiroyuki’s work “oozed sci-fi whilst retaining an intrinsic ‘Japaneseness’ about it. It connotes to me Zen gardens and the post apocalypse at the same time.” Jeff Hamada, from Booooooom, ‘randomly came across Hiroyuki Hamada’s work, following a link from Newstoday.’ He shares the same name but in terms of immediate family they are completely unrelated. After seeing his amazing work he thought it would be fun to contact Hiroyuki and see if he would allow him to interview him, I mean how could he say no to family?
Utagawa Kuniyoshi スクナビコナ
“We can reject everything else: religion, ideology, all received wisdom. But we cannot escape the necessity of love and compassion…This, then, is my true religion, my simple faith. In this sense, there is no need for temple or church, for mosque or synagogue, no need for complicated philosophy, doctrine or dogma. Our own heart, our own mind, is the temple. The doctrine is compassion. Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need. So long as we practice these in our daily lives, then no matter if we are learned or unlearned, whether we believe in Buddha or God, or follow some other religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is no doubt we will be happy.”
Calender. Stretch of time
I haven’t posted for an approximate month…moving into a new apartment has absorbed my time…
Used up my ‘calender’,
Put me in touch with the immediate minus cyberspace.
My work is accomplished, ying yang has come around,
And I am balanced again and glad to be back.
Mutant Weeds, the latest guerrilla lighting installation by Luzinterruptus, is a comment on environmental pollution. Instead of dimming the green illuminated signage that denotes the presence of a pharmacy, the city of Madrid allows such lights to shine more brightly, thereby ensuring that the surrounding area is bathed in a green glow. Using fluorescent sticks formed into blades of grass, Luzinterruptus planted a garden of the near future, where a new, photosensitive species grows up from the sidewalks, nourished by the lights. – by sabine7 / April 2, 2012
I am sharing this because of this installation’s statement on environmental pollution (and the fact that I have always been obsessed with neon). – j. quigley
The AAFF is proud to present Betzy Bromberg’s new feature film Voluptuous Sleep, “a powerful and transportive meditation on the nuances of light, sound and feeling evoked through the poetic artifices of cinema — an emotional tour de force.” – Steve Anker
If you can possibly catch any of the films at the Ann Arbor Film Festival and are in the area, try to see the film directed by Luciano Zubillaga (London, England).
An act of faith sets the pace for a structure, a protocol of work and a wordless semantic form of writing. Then a 1991 music theme remix develops into an epic narrative with semi-abstract starships and battles over a white space.
Filmmaker in Attendance
WATER BRANCH HOUSE
Exhibition title: MOMA Home Delivery Fabricating the Modern Dwelling
Venue: The Museum Of Modern Art, New York / 11 West 53 Street, between Fifth and Sixth avenues, NY, USA
2008.07.20 – 2008.10.20
Water block is a piece of plastic tank. By piling them up, you can build anything from furniture to a house. It is very light and easy to carry around. Water or other types of liquid can be stored inside. It is in the shape that each cube of 100×100mm is connected staggeringly so they can be turned into a variety of shapes. Furthermore, it can form a strong structure by joining its concave and convex firmly.
The weight of Water Block can be adjusted by the volume of liquid that you pour inside, and it also can be used as a safe to keep the water for emergency. By connecting the pieces, liquid can flow into the next block and run around within the tanks. By doing so, Water block can function not only as a structure but also as many other roles:
– Thermal insulation
– Network wiring
– Filtering by concave and convex, water purification system with precipitation tank
– Absorbing shock with its soft material
– Lighting equipment
– Storing rainwater
– Greening of wall and floor
– Change its role by the thing you put inside (such as mud, sand, concrete, opaque liquid, etc.)
– Hydroelectric generation
Moreover, Water block is a trial case of using PET, the Hydro/Biodegradable polyester that can eventually go back to the ground. If it is successful, a new sustainable recycling system will be realized that takes the route from a container, to construction material, and to soil.
And I would like to refer you to check out more on neo-modernism by reading
HOME DELIVERY: FABRICATING THE MODERN DWELLING , a MOMA article
that includes a great video of modern dwelling through the years. Kengo Kuma and
Associates also designed a Starbuck’s in Japan that is out of this world.
“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.” (Edith Lovejoy Pierce)
Happy New Year!
Happy Thanksgiving 2011 to all of my readers! I hope your day was filled with great conversation, or perhaps some quiet time, along with some of your favorite culinary delights.