Screenwriters of the Writers Guild of America are on strike over payment for content posted online. See how the actors cope without words :-)
Archive for November, 2007
I have been interested in the study of the dichotomy of the right/left hemispheres of the brain for many years. Here is a video which illustrates some of the puzzling phenomena.
Günther Mik is a primary school teacher in a school at the heart of Vienna who started the project Medienkunstschule. Once a week a group of about twenty 6-11 year olds meet at the MUMOK to produce “media art”: videos in in response to art exhibitions or to works by well known video artists. Children playfully explore space, body and movements making first experiences in working with video. Over 30 of their productions can be viewed at www.youtube.com/medienkunstschule some of them quite intriguing and mysterious.
In Wörterfallen children write everywhere but in their exercise books, creating a tapestry of words on the ground, walls and even tree. While the sound track does not quite work for me it is still worth seeing. I like the way their whole bodies are engaged in writing, and their focussed concentration.
I have finally uploaded some photos to flickr, which I have taken with my new digital camera in the course of the last few months. I had been reluctant to switch to digital, as I love my old mirror reflex Canon, but this summer I went ahead and bought a cheap no name digital camera. It took me much longer to get used to it than I ever anticipated and I still have my problems with it. But the strange thing is, that with this change came many other changes, among them new subjects, a new photographic style and new social practices around photos.
For most of my life my most favoured photo subjects were people and for years I used to take portraits of friends and their children and have two or three sets of prints made, so I could give them away as presents. I bought the digital camera with blogging in mind, which would make it easy to post and share images, and this also to some extent changed the choice of subjects: I am not satisfied with the quality of digital images I made of people so far. Because of the time delay it seems impossible to catch the right fraction of a moment when I feel the composition and expression are just right. Also it is hard to see details on the LCD screen and judge the contrast of light and shade, especially in broad daylight. And in any case for privacy reasons I would not want to post images of people in my blog. So my focus has shifted to inanimate objects and to a different way of composing pictures.