Sunday, April 28, 2013

Necessary Flashing.

We too live in a universe everywhere strangely similar to the original-- here things are duplicated by their own scenario. But this double does not mean, as in folklore, the imminence of death-- they are already purged of death, and are even better than in life; more smiling, more authentic, in light of their model, like the faces in funeral parlors.

Manipulation by an authority or form of higher power than ourselves encourages false, yet positive interpretations of negative stimuli?

This is a War.

Be aware there is about 60-70 seconds of flashing in the middle of the video. seizure hazard-type.

This video was a continuation of a photo project, A War Zone, that included small toy army men in a mini war.
Unlike A War Zone, I had a child play with and set up the toys and tell me what he was doing with them. This increased the originality of the play 'war' setup that I discuss in the previous post. Along with the child's simulation (play) of war, I added his commentary to demonstrate his sheltered view on the realities of war. The flashing light sections portray the feelings of uncertainty, distress, and possibility of death that are present during battle. I also include ambient noise from WWII to display a realistic soundtrack to war compared to the child's (recording source of ambient noise unsure, but the tracks were found on YouTube.)  

Many children's toys mimic real world scenarios, people, places, animals, and all sorts of other things. Obviously, these toys were meant to be used to mimic war. Problem is they only mimic one vision of war. The image the toys depict is one in which everyone in the war is still alive, appearing physically well, and eager for battle. The jets and tanks are undamaged and new. No one has yet died from a gunshot wound, sickness, or is saturated with fear and anguish. The only death or injury that can be portrayed is by these toy army men is by being knocked over or in the case of the ones already laying down, they would have to be flipped over.

The sheltered realities that children believe in can be attributed to what society has deemed appropriate for children. Many parents follow what society deems appropriate for children to be exposed to by their age. This affects what truths they are exposed to and which ones they have to figure out on their own as they age and experience new things. This child's world is one in which war has 'bad guys,' but there is no killing. Shooting, crashing, and smashing are still prominent without much injury. Society has decided that children may be allowed to be exposed to the idea of war. This idea is very idealized and almost fantasy-like. If only war was not as gruesome and violent.
 What if soldiers did get all geared up, ready for battle, but never really shot anyone or died?  (Just like what if people after death looked even half as good as they do after they died as with all the makeup on for the open-casket bit?)
Are these changes and manipulations of reality necessary due to the inevitable moment during which children figure out the truth regarding people, places, scenes, and things their toys are representing?

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Kira Perov's Greatest Public Success: Bill Viola.

What about KIRA PEROV??

Bill Viola, Kira Perov, and Skrillex!!!!!  nope, it's their son, Blake.

Why isn't Kira's name following or preceding Bill's name on all of the works? Their art appears to be joint work; their spiritual encounters, videotaping, editing, etc. 
Should've gone to that Q&A session. rats.

I had the delight of having lunch with these two (and others, but delight may be an exaggeration on that part, not based on people's character, but familiarity and repetition). I observed, hoping to find the answer to my one question (the one above). I never learned the answer, but I was satisfied enough knowing that she is the more interesting of the two. Understandably, if she were in the spotlight, she may just steal it all away. She is the Mrs. behind the scenes dragging him along on her life journey. It makes me wonder if she wrote his talk for convocation... Brains behind the beard, she is.

Kira Perov is modest and likes chocolate.
She and I have one thing in common.

Here are the notes I took during Convocation during which Bill spoke and talked and spoke. monotone voices. long monotonous noises.
The words he spoke were inspirational to those who believe they require fuel and nutrients as such.

And there he was. Bill Viola (Italian; Vee not Vie) Rooting;Clapping;For himself.
'Thank you to my wife, Kira Perov, without her, I wouldn't be the artist I am.'

Bill Viola, Fire Woman, 2005, video still.

Fire Woman:            
            loud. I dig it. Falls forward into water; looks like blood. (would be a better twist)
            it booms on.
            kaleidoscope effect on the bottom of the fire.
Goes to a, Like a reflection in water.
woman goes into water which engulfs the fire. Reflection of blue and red fire in water (upside down?)           
becomes all blue

we are artists- bumbumdabumbumdadum.

sources of inspiration:
artists transform experiences that are physical or metaphysical and we transform them into tangible things so other people can experience them
            runs all together despite demographic
            equalizer (art is) separator (due to skills)
            the internet, digital
            tries to bury institutions, nature shit

Older generation has screwed it up for us. (we know.)
            blessed to be entering a world that is falling apart.
            nature shit
            who are you when you go into your studio, no distractions. No interactions with others.
            what is inspiration?
                        living force, gift of the stars
            creativity starts with inspiration

I can barely listen to this guy because I keep watching the background, which is a group of people seeming to experience all sorts of emotions.
Bill Viola, Quintet of the Astonished, video still 
            slow motion moving,
            most seem negative in their emotion or in pain, the guy in the back seems to be in a happy nirvana

Walt Whitman- (after loss of brother) wrote a poem
This dude loves poetry

Mystery-eternal reason to keep moving forward

Laughs at death

Cant control arm movements. Japanese death poems are great: we will have a party.

Death and saved by images.

Keepers of the visions of humanity

Bring in a New and more perfect being (artists statement)

Technology and revelation have most affected human life
            physical and metaphysical
             hardware and software
            we must bring these things together.
intention of the user is how technology affects you
            you have to refine and deepen your feelings
Bill Viola, Ascension, 2000, video still
immersion water piece
            intended for a dark room with loud noise

medium is a form of pollution –doesn’t trust TV, news, etc
          problem is trust
its about morality and stuff.

Think about art as crossing the river cause we cross it and forget all the things 
(leave something behind so people after you figure a better way to do it)

Convocation notes. April 2013.

They're both vegetarian and totally dig Japan, by the way.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sonja Thomsen

Sonja. Thomsen. 

Rather be exploring.

Chicago baby.

Relationships between multiples
Mother and child
Vastness of space, smallness of human figure
Horizon touching the sky
“Magic of photo... impregnating the photo”

Hand talker.



“The pieces needed each other”

About the scene and form

Showing, depth in something shallow
Glass piece
Heavy and light
To be inside

Controlled oil spills
Mirror. Black mirror
Letting people be in the piece

Intellectual space
            Shifting the frame.
Memory and aging
Severe dementia
Moment when someone takes a picture
            Put it back!
            Ownership of the piece
            Does it go in the garbage?
            Create own installation
            Images themselves are triggers

Hot second.

Circular space.
"I must show in here."
Place in the universe.

And these were my wonderful notes from her Wriston auditorium lecture.