time isn’t stopping. i’m suddenly older. you are too. the people in my life who were once as constant as the seasons change are suddenly so far away from me. i can feel the past rushing further away, and in a present moment it’s easy to feel cold and abandoned by what you have known. but the future is warm, wide and winding.
“Es war einmal: ein Staat, der unterging, um aufzugehen im Neuen. – Auf die meisten, die heute im Prenzlauer Berg wohnen, dürfte die Doku von Petra Tschörtner wirken wie anno 1890, doch aber: 1990 war nun mal alles grau und zerbröckelt im Kiez und authentisch schwarzweiss. Und voll von Rest-Visionen. Es lebten auch ältere Menschen dort. … Das sollte nicht lange so bleiben … und ist verdammt lang her.”
(via Dandelion Free Culture | David C. Montgomery)
“Dandelion Free Culture is an exploration of seed and culture dispersal through the digital distribution of my experimental animation. I consider downloading and remixing these clips available from archive.org to be a much more active engagement with my art than a typical youtube or vimeo view. All of this content is licensed CC BY-SA 3.0. I love to see what people have done with the clips so feel free to drop me a line. Also, by searching user name descaflow at archive.org you can see other sets and short films I’ve shared.”
“… a video montage of scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s movies that highlight the legendary filmmaker’s penchant for the one-point perspective shot. This perspective focuses on a single vanishing point directly opposite the viewer’s eye.”
Yesterday, I stumbled upon this recording from Orson Wells where he explains his perspective of what acting actually is and I like his take on acting because I do have the feeling, and at least that’s how I work, that great art comes from removing layers to uncover the truth that lays beneath the surface. For me, it’s a process of distillation.
I think a lot of (especially aspiring) actors think about what they can do or writers what they can add to a story to make it more exciting when what we really should ask ourselves is what can we take away to get more to the point because then the message will be clearer and will resonate more with the audience.
This is pretty similar to a Zen like approach and if we think of other businesses and look at Apple, Steve Jobs never did anything else than distilling his wok to the essence and that’s how it became beautiful because it was not clouded with distracting stuff.
The only important aspect that we shouldn’t forget though is that simplicity does not mean simple-minded. Simplicity means the expression of a complex subject matter in its most simplest way without losing any of its complexity.
“We communists are back!” is the closing remark of Slavoj Zižeks provocative performance. Our current capitalist system, that everyone believed would be smoothly spread around the globe, is untenable. We find ourselves on the brink of big problems that call for big solutions. Whatever is left of the left, has been hedged in by western liberal democracy and seems to lack the energy to come up with radical solutions. Not Zižek.
Create art with the following in mind:
“Man’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.”
Oliver Wendell Holmes
US author & physician (1809 – 1894)
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Blogpost by John T. Trigonis, commemorating his own father and the author Ray Bradbury (August 22nd 1920 - June 5th 2012)