Wednesday, 30 December 2009
I hope everyone's had a very nice Christmas. I did, my brother made me this bird table with an 'H' carved in. Best present ever! No birds on it yet - and it will be moved to Kingston on Sunday. Maybe I'll get a parakeet on it.
I got some linocutting things so on Christmas Day I made some prints of the tree. You can't see but without the wedges the tree is actually at a 45 degree angle - we bought it discount from the garden centre.
Having a lovely break, got about a million books on the go, and working on a very exciting personal project!
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
This is Werner Herzog's documentary 'Encounters at the End of the World'. It's about Antarctica and the people that live and work there. Herzog says it's not another penguin film. And it's true: it is the most beautiful film that changes the way you see humans, as well as having the most amazing sequences of underwater filming. There are philosophers in Antarctica that drive forklift trucks, linguists on a continent with no languages, a plumber who keeps a bag packed with raft, sleeping bag, tent, everything he needs to leave at anytime. There are scientists who celebrate finding three new species under the ice with an electric guitar concert of the roof of their lab. I don't want to give away anything else that might impair your wonder on seeing this film.
You really, really, should watch it. It's all on youtube. (Or, I watched it on More4 last night so it might be on 4OD). But if you don't watch the whole thing, at least see this excerpt from an underwater dive. It starts at around 3.30 in the link above. One of the most beautiful things I've ever seen.
Sunday, 13 December 2009
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Thursday, 29 October 2009
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Thursday, 8 October 2009
1. The concave bit at the bottom of a wine bottle - really old and thick and green glass
2. a piece of glass with with fragments of letters on that would have once read 'cough mixture'
Plus whilst researching things to animate for my walk cycle I found this amazing one man band
(but I think it's a bit too ambitious maybe)
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
I've just started my degree in Illustration and Animation at Kingston University, really excited about everything at the moment.
On Fridays I have a self directed drawing project. I'm going to Laban dance institue in Greenwich, drawing dance classes. It's a fantastic building - designed by Herzog and de Meuron who did tate mod - with translucent walls with colour overlays that give the studios inside beautiful green and blue backlighting. It's also a real warren of glass and lime green walls and industrial staircases. Last Friday I sat in a class by Jonathan Stone, who does shows with his brother all around the world based on invented language. Sitting in front of thrity people energetically conversing in made up language whilst walking in step was a bizarre experience but quite amazing. Looking forward to going back this Friday.
drawing of workshop where students had to work in small circles conversing instinctively in gesture
Thursday, 2 April 2009
Been thinking about what makes a narrative a narrative, and reading lots about it. How do you define a story? It's a lot about causality.
The king died and the queen died is not a narrative.
The king died and then the queen died of grief is. Or something. I'm not sure I've completely grasped it, and anyway it's all opinion.
Anyway, there is a fellow called Vladimir Propp who analysed about a hundred Russian folk tales (Morphology of the Folk Tale, 1927). He looked at the common features and broke them up into 31 chunks. Propp said that every folk tale is in the same order, though it may not include every narrateme.
By the wonders of the internet you handily click on propp's 31 elements and this little machine will spurn out a ready made folk tale.
It's like chewing on centuries of russian peasantry and spitting it out on a screen.