I usually don't tend to write about apps, but this one got my attention. Download the FREE NFB app and you get access to over a thousand films, documentaries, animations and trailers on your IPhone or Ipod Touch. I think (hope) that this move will be the trickle before the storm that will finally open the flood gates of media archives being made available to people everywhere. It is a real shame that these works are usually housed/guarded in some concrete bunker, being only available to specialists. I will not bore you with my opinions on archives/copyrights/rights management of our collective cultural treasures by the "high priests"......Let's just say I'm crawling out of my skin in joy that NFB has taken the (hopefully) first step :-).
Not sure if this has already been mentioned somewhere.....It's pretty old, but I happen to come across it today. It's a great rendition of everyone's favorite space opera done by Simon Jansen in ASCII. Telenetification (is that even a word?) by Snore, with improvements by Mike Edwards. Anyways, use the following command, sit back and enjoy.....Star Wars in all its ASCII glory :-)telnet towel.blinkenlights.nlIf you don't know how to telnet, click here to see it in your browser.
Here is a 20 minute video of a fantastic (stunning, mind blowing, awesome, whatever....) projection mapping performance put on during the Ingravid Festival in Figueres, Spain.Telenoika Audiovisual Mapping @ Ingravid Festival, Figueres 9/2009 [FULL] from Telenoika on Vimeo.// catalàMapeig audiovisual de l'Associació Cultural Telenoika a la façana del Teatre Jardí, en la primera edició del festival Ingravid de Figueres. 20 min.// englishAudiovisual Mapping made by the Telenoika Cultural Association into the Jardí Theater facade, on the first edition of Ingravid Festival in Figueres. 20 min.Crèdits / Credits : Omar Àlvarez, Miki Arregui, Miguel Gozalbo, Kasero, Eloi Maduell, Santi Vilanova :: from Telenoika.NET -2009-Agraiments / Thanks to : Assoc.Cultural TelenoikaMas QuelóFestival IngràvidLABfàbrica.NETBAF General de CatalunyaContact ? firstname.lastname@example.org[Warping and video-player software developped by Eloi Maduell from Playmodes.com with Openframeworks.cc libs. Software will…
I finally had a chance to take my newest acquisition -- a Helios 40-2 85mm/1.5 Lens -- out for a shoot. Nothing fancy just stuff in the backyard. This lens for those who don't know has a specific optical aberration that allows it to produce the so-called "swirly bokeh" effect. Check the out of focus shot of leaves below to get an idea of what it looks like. The complete set as usual is on flickr.
Everyone who's lived on this earth for the past 10 years or so should have heard of Peter Jackson. You know, the Director of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Well, Mr. Jackson's Effects house, Weta Workshop is at it again. This time pushing the envelope of what you can do with Digital Genitals. YEP, you heard right, green-screen naughty bits for indie-film maker Joe Swanberg. Gotta love technology.Birthday Suit from Jason Lewis
As you already know Mike Lawrie and I had a Art installation for Nuit Blanche 2009 called Multitorch. We spent the entire night at Ryerson University's Rogers Communications Centre where the installation was located. I found a few minutes to sneak away and take some pics of our installation and some of the other installations at Ryerson. You can find the full flickr set here.inCENTive:Multitorch:Of Plastic Circumstance:Rogers Communication Centre:
Toronto Nuit Blanche was a blast. For those of you who don't know:Nuit Blanche (literally White Night or All-Nighter in French) is an annual all-night arts festival. Its exact beginning is disputed between Paris, St Petersburg, and Berlin, but, taking elements from all of these, the idea of a night-time festival of the arts has spread around the world since 1997, taking hold from Montreal to Madrid and Lima to Leeds. A Nuit Blanche will typically have museums, private and public art galleries, and other cultural institutions open and free of charge, with the centre of the city itself being turned into a de facto art gallery, providing space for art installations, performances (music, film, dance, performance art), themed social gatherings, and other activities.This year the local Toronto Artist and…
While I was on holidays (two weeks ago), TPMG (Toronto Photography Meetup Group) had a Strobist event that took place up at University of Toronto's Victoria College. We ended up shooting well into the night (12:30 am) and walked away with a nice set of Pics. Here is a sampling of the entire set located on flickr: