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Friday, April 18, 2014

Video short films by Sil van der Woerd "Swim", "Requiem 2019" (featuring Rutger Hauer), "Source of Light", "Duet" and "Next Order" (featuring 'Skrillex' and 'Boys Noize')

Sil van der Woerd

Watch "Swim" a short 4:46 minute film simply about the power that brings us all to life. Set in a time where all is designed to be controlled, and so the elementary force of our very existence brings an undeniable fusion for a magic moment.

Watch "Requiem 2019" a short 4:15 minute film directed by Rutger Hauer and Sil van der Woerd, who felt an urge to bring attention to stop the ongoing whaling. A science-fact science-fiction visual-effects film about the last remaining blue whale who comes eye-to-eye with its only enemy; mankind. Video: "Making Of"

Article: Rutger Hauer and Sil van der Woerd Create Film as Gift for Sea Shepherd

Watch "Source of Light" a short 1:27 minute Sensation film

Watch "Duet" a short 2:57 minute film where modern and classical merge in a sky-blue scenery at the first peep of dawn...

Watch "Next Order" featuring the music of 'Skrillex' and 'Boys Noize' (Dog Blood project) a 4:35 minute music-video short-film "an autistic boy feels alienated in our chaotic world that he is forced to inhabit."

KLA note: Having many friends who have autistic sensibility, they each have their own unique way of perceiving and sensing their world. We all do. I found this film interesting because it shows one person navigating-a-way-forward through his mind's eye and mental-image-pictures, which are stimulated by everything everywhere everyone around him ... like every one of us, each one sensing and being stimulated, uniquely different.

“Come you lost Atoms to your Centre draw,
And be the Eternal Mirror that you saw:
Rays that have wander'd into Darkness wide
Return and back into your Sun subside”
- Farid al-Din Attar (12th Century)

“If you will but aspire
You will attain to all that you desire.
Before an atom of such need the Sun
Seems dim and mirky by comparison.
It is life's strength, the wings by which we fly
Beyond the further reaches of the sky.”
- Farid al-Din Attar (The Conference of the Birds, 12th Century)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Video short film "Still Life" directed by Charles Frank and Jake Oleson

Watch "Still Life" 2:15 minute short film that seeks to find connection between creativity and everyday moments. Set against the backdrop of New York City, it was shot guerrilla style with the Phantom Miro and Red Epic.

Video: "Making Of"

Directed and Shot by Charles Frank and Jake Oleson. Starring Chris Trindade. Written by Kyle Harper. Voiceover by Beau Stephenson. Produced and Coloured by Andrew Hutcheson. Music by Philip Glass and Adam Taylor.
All Image Credits: Zandrak Productions

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Video short documentaries "The Land of Misfits" + "East Jesus - A New Nowhere"

Watch "The Land of Misfits" (7 minutes) by Malina Fagan and Drew Heskett.

Welcome to East Jesus California Meet Mopar and Drew living and breathing, in the land of enchanting enlightened misfit toys. "Slab City"is a refuge for artists, musicians, survivalists, writers, scientists, laymen and other wandering geniuses. We are dedicated to providing a working model of an improbable improvised community at the edge of the world."

Watch "East Jesus - A New Nowhere" by Lilianna Pedroni (15:20 minutes)

"We are most interested in low-tech solutions, unresolved theories, non-linear advancement, and creative reuse. We strive to document the results of these endeavors, sometimes simply by their existence. Our documents are sometimes nails, concrete, and sweat. We are partially an exhibition space for those problematic projects taking up your warehouse space, partially a build space for those problematic projects taking up the desert.

One of our guiding philosophies is “do as thou wilt”; another is “do no harm”. (

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Video short live-still-photography-animated film "The World Beyond the World" by Expedition Arguk (w/Paxson Woelber)

Watch the 3.5 minute "The World Beyond the World" a short film of assembled live-action photographic stills combined with animation, with voice-over narration using the text adapted from Robert Marshalls "Alaska Wilderness: Exploring the Brooks Range" (1929) and images from 2013 Expedition Arguk.

"The World Beyond the World" aims to celebrate that most ancient and sublime of human pleasures: moving through a mysterious, beautiful, and unknown landscape."

Expedition Arguk are five scientists and media experts who hiked and pack-rafted the 300 miles, from the wilderness of Gates of the Arctic National Park to the heart of Alaska's petroleum industry on the Arctic coast. This short film was assembled entirely from live-action-stills photographed with a Nikon D7100 camera, using a Nikon 55-200 VR and a Tokina 11-17 ultrawide lens. Post-production in Photoshop and After Effects, with countless hours on a Wacom Intuos4 tablet.

In 2013, Expedition Arguk walked and packrafted across 300 miles of wilderness in the Alaska Arctic in order to report on Arctic issues and create public-use media from this far-off, but increasingly important region. "The World Beyond the World" was shot during the first third of the trip, which took place entirely in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Gates of the Arctic is the second-largest US National Park, but its extraordinary remoteness and challenging weather mean that the Park sees relatively few visitors. There are no guidebooks, trails, campgrounds, or roads.

Our Kickstarter campaign "Expedition Arguk: 300 Miles through the Changing Arctic" is a two-part film documentary that will introduce people all over the world to the beauty and peril of the changing Arctic. The Arctic is entering a period of intense transformation: warming temperatures are profoundly altering the environment, resource extraction is accelerating, and the melting Polar ice cap will bring radical geopolitical challenges.

The Brooks Range and the North Slope of Alaska are about eight times the size of Switzerland, but the harsh climate, remoteness, and low population density mean that very little information and media make their way out of this remote region and into the public imagination.

The expedition will make a huge amount of high-quality media available to the public free of charge, and will work to improve educational resources, write articles, and give talks. Their educational focus has helped them earn the sponsorship of the Sierra Club (Alaska Chapter) and the Alaska Wilderness League, while their modern methods of wilderness travel have helped them earn the sponsorship of outdoor gear suppliers and groups like the American Packrafting Association and Black Rock Gear.

They were awarded the competitive Fisher/Kellogg grant from the American Alpine Club, which supports socially engaged and conservation-minded expeditions. The centrepiece of their outreach will be two film projects, the expedition artists and scientists hope that, in the same way that John Muir's writings brought the Sierras into the living rooms of people across the USA, these projects will help introduce people around the world to the beauty, drama, importance, and lessons of the Arctic.

Most of the photos that make up this film are available for free unrestricted public use at Articles and other media also available on website.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Video TED Talk by Tommy Joseph "Rainforest Warriors: Constructing Tlingit Indigenous Peoples' Amour worn in Alaska's 1804 Battle with Russia"

Watch: Tommy Joseph's 12 minute TED Talk describing the journey to depict (Pacific) Northwest Rainforest Warriors, through research, restoration and recreation of battle amour worn by the Tlingit Indigenous People, in Alaska's 1804 Battle with Russia.

Tommy Joseph is of the Eagle Moiety, Kaagwaantaan Clan. He has been actively engaged in Northwest Coast carving since the 1980s as an instructor, interpreter demonstrator and as a commissioned artist. He has produced a wide range of artwork including 35-foot totems, smaller house posts, intricately carved and inlaid masks and a wide range of bentwood containers. He also has replicated Tlingit ceremonial at.oow (treasured objects) and armor. Since the early 1990s, he has been in charge of the carving shop at the Southeast Alaska Indian Cultural Center in Sitka, demonstrating and interpreting Northwest Coast art for the many thousands of tourists who visit during the summer months. Recently he opened the Raindance Gallery in Sitka. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading.

more on Pacific Northwest Coastal People (Canada First Nations)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Video TED Talk "Indigenization" by Jeannette Armstrong

Watch "Indigenization" TED Talk
17 minute TED Talk exceptionally describes looking at sustainability from an economic basis and earth fragility. An Indigenous author and activist, her published works include literary titles and academic writing on a wide variety of Indigenous issues. She has a PhD from the University of Greifswald, Interdisciplinary in Environmental Ethics and Syilx Indigenous Literatures.

She is an Okanagan Syilx culture and language specialist and traditional knowledge keeper.

Awarded the 2003 EcoTrust Buffett Award for Indigenous Leadership, she is distinguished with Honorary Doctorate's from U of St. Thomas, U of British Columbia Okanagan and the University of Queens. She holds the Okanagan College Lifetime Fellow award.

She is the Executive Director of En'owkin Centre, the cultural research and education facility of the Okanagan Nation as well as being on faculty in Indigenous Studies at UBC Okanagan.

She currently serves on Environment Canada's Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) sub-committee of the Committee On the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC). In the spirit of ideas worth spreading.

More about Jeannette Armstrong

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Video: Light and Sound interactive art "Forest" and "Meet Your Creator" by Marshmallow Laser Feast (+ Video of 'Sony Playstation realtime projection mapping')

Life. Love.
Art meets life, life meets art.
Poetry interacts with life, life is poetry interacting with stillness. 
Stillness is sound and light free to be Self expressing.
Hug your art, art hugs you back.
Love your art, art loves your love.
Life is art, art is life, love is the art of life.
Love. Life.

Watch the video "Forest" by Marshmallow Laser Feast  on google+
"Forest is a large interactive musical laser installation. This giant interactive forest covers almost 450 square meters and is composed of over 150 musical ‘trees’ made of rods and lasers. The audience can freely explore the space, physically tapping, shaking, plucking, and vibrating the trees to trigger sounds and lasers."  "Due to the natural springiness of the material, interacting with the trees causes them to swing and oscillate, creating vibrating patterns of light and sound. Each tree is tuned to a specific tone, creating harmonious sounds spatialized and played through a powerful surround sound setup."

"Colors could be set free to be nothing but themselves." - John Baldessari

Watch the video excerpt "Meet Your Creator" by Marshmallow Laser Feast and the full length version a live theatrical performance with 16x moving head spotlights, 16x flying robots each equipped with LEDs and motorized mirrors. Exploring UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) as a means to deflect and divert light, and create floating light sculptures dancing to music. Pushing the anthropomorphism of abstract forms to it’s limits - with an aim to create an emotional connection between audience and quad-rotor flying vehicles. Credit

"We might call this division the relation between the seeable and the sayable, display and discourse, showing and telling" - W. J. T. Mitchell

VIDEO Sony Realtime Projection Mapping 2  and 1(video)
Artist's Statement: "Marshmallow Laser Feast's ambitious realtime projection mapping campaign for Sony Playstation. We wanted to push video mapping on from anything that has been done so far. Using live puppetry, 3D tracking, pyrotechnics (and a whole bunch of our friends' spare time) we transformed a room into three different vignettes."

"The best thing about conceptual poetry is that it doesn’t need to be read. You don’t have to read it. As a matter of fact, you can write books, and you don’t even have to read them. - Kenneth Goldsmith

Thank you Kostas Michalis