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CG is simultaneously errie and pretty
September 16, 2008, 4:08 am
Filed under: art, Music, technology

I dig the digital revolution in the aesthetic of video media. Computer Graphics (CG) made eerie and beautiful. A case in point is Tetsoo (e.g. bloo). However, there are many more. For example, my old friend Jonathon and some gifted friends came out with this.

Kinda makes me want the matrix to exist, just so we can crash it.



A confluence of two masters
April 8, 2008, 11:51 pm
Filed under: art, Music

-Six Days-
Music by DJ Shadow,
Video by Wong Kar-wai (of ‘In the mood for love’ and ‘2046’ fame)

They disabled embedding, so here’s the direct link.



Hey James! This is for you!
April 3, 2008, 4:03 pm
Filed under: art

So we’ve been touring art galleries everywhere we’ve been and here are some pieces I thought you’d enjoy hearing about:

In the Hamburger Museum in Berlin, let me repeat that the Hamburger Museum, there was this:

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stairs made out of speakers, that’s the installation. enough said.

There was also this:

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that’s right, a cabinet of multicolored pills with a mirror backing so you’re staring at yourself across a wall of pills. again, enough said.

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Next, was my favorite paintings. I thought you’d love these. I spent hours contemplating them. In fact, that’s me in the picture.

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more to come.



puppet news team lights up the big screen.
April 1, 2008, 10:28 pm
Filed under: art

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The biggest production in Chile’s movie industry is now in theatres. And, its cast are all makeshift puppets: pipe-cleaners, grandma’s old buttons, socks, googily eyes, cardboard, the works. For instance, the roles of the technicians in the news-studio, where most of the characters work, were filled by industrious blowup bowling pins. Talk about animating everything in sight. It makes the Muppets look like plastic pre-fab.

The movie is a scathing criticism of the evils of collectionists, obscene luxury and fame´s toll on friendships, the breaking of free spirits through the selfish incarceration of pets, the cruelty of the overprotecting machista sock parent, the…

Ok, maybe it’s not quite scathing, nor a criticism but more a hilarious parody; full of puppets exposing the ironies of life and of big production movies. They’re so good at this that the main character doesn’t have facial features, not even an expressive mouth, and they are able to create layers of character (not fabric) in this furry Juanín better than any Dakota Fanning act any day. This movie has given Max and I serious doubts about our chosen career paths. They must have had so much fun making this movie! Trailer here.

Chile is this skinny little random country that can now boast of having contributed a creatively delicious movie that laughs at everything, including themselves. Reminding the world that NO ONE is ever too old for puppets. So why isn’t the puppet movie a genre?

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By the way, when was the last time you made your friends handmade birthday cards? This was a question I was asking myself coming out of this movie.



digital sketching
February 5, 2008, 11:11 pm
Filed under: art

first digital portrait

Sketchbook Pro was my birthday present to myself…. this is my first digital portrait.



December 10, 2007, 12:53 pm
Filed under: art

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