Blade Runner – Vangelis Music Video

July 22, 2009

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Now this is what movies and movie soundtracks should be like…The Director’s Cut is one of the greatest films of all time – so glad that Ridley Scott was able to release it because the original got butchered by the studio.
– FlashAddict

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Blocked by Facebook – Personal Journeys – Help John with his Art Project

January 17, 2009

Hello everyone,

Well, I guess the automated powers that be at Facebook have blocked me from sending out anymore Friend Requests to fellow Emily Carr University students/faculty/associates linked in to the school groups that can be found when you do a search. I can understand why they have such automated features, but it’s frustrating to be lopped into the same category as spammers, phishers or other types of crooks.

Because of this, I am asking for your help. If you feel that this project has merit and is worth the effort to bring in others to tell their stories as well, I would like to ask you to invite your friends to join the event. The future of this project is now in your hands as I cannot do it without you. Please help me in seeing this project become a reality because it means so much to me and I know that it means a great deal to you as well.

Sincerely,

John DeVeaux

– Here is the link to the Facebook event page -Personal Journeys – Help John with his Art Project

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=46093168338

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As a gift to everyone, please go to:

https://flashaddict.wordpress.com/2009/01/15/shot-by-shot-analysis-of-the-music-video-glosoli-by-sigur-ros/

The lyrics are sung in Icelandic, yet one need not know what the words mean in order to interpret the value and depth that they and the imagery convey. I actually don’t want to know what the lyrics translate to in English because it would take away the beauty and serenity that I found interpreting it myself.

Enjoy!

Instructions:
1. Watch the full video without pause to understand the essence of the piece.

2. Read through my shot-by-shot written breakdown.

3. Watch the video again and take in a new personal understanding of the imagery.

4. Rewind and go back to individual shots and if you feel inspired, write down what they mean to you and compare them to mine.

5. Smile and feel a sense of peace = All will be OK.

John

Please be kind to my film terminology – there were so many terms that we learned last semester, that it was a bit of information overload and I may have mixed some up 🙂

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PS After spending 15 minutes trying to find out how to actually send an email to Facebook customer service, I sent them the following letter asking for their help as well:

To whom it may concern,

I was just recently blocked from sending friend requests on Facebook. As a result of that, I felt it would be prudent that I send you an email to let you know that I am not some dirty old man trying to prey on young children, nor am I a nefarious crook trying to swindle little old ladies out of their life savings.

I understand that you guys have to have set TOS standards and I know why I was tacked onto the list of possible spammers/crooks by sending friend requests. I have been in your shoes as I have worked many customer service gigs, most importantly when I worked for eBay in their investigations department and had to respond to complaints sent in my members about other members, with spam being one of the biggest issues reported.

That being said however, I am just an aspiring art student struck by inspiration and in the process of trying to invite people to join my Art Project as I feel that it is a great event to participate in. I am not trying to sell anything, I am just asking people to share their stories with me and am sending Friend Requests to my fellow art students and art enthusiasts (people who would want to participate in such an event). I’m not asking for much here, but please check out my event page and see for yourself “Personal Journeys – Help John with his Art Project.” I’m not a bad guy, I’m just trying to create a beautiful piece of art and to allow people to tell others their story.

Please let me know where I can go from here – I need your help.

Sincerely,

John DeVeaux


Shot-by-Shot analysis of the music video – Glósóli by Sigur Ros

January 15, 2009

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Our Video Art instructor, Christine Stewart played this video as her contribution to the Personal Inspiration Project that all of the students showed in class today. As chance would have it, I had just recently published this video on both my blog and facebook pages and had just watched it the night before as it is one of my all-time favorites. Seeing as though my main art piece is focusing on Personal Journeys, I wanted to take things a bit further, so I decided to do my own personal shot-by-shot analysis of the video after class. This process allowed me to gain a much deeper understanding of the piece and its internal Journey.  I hope that you will enjoy it – I know I did!
– FlashAddict

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Sigur Ros – Glosoli

– 0:01 – solitary chord lingers as the screen fades in revealing a young boy sitting on the edge of a body of water with a drum by his side – searching the horizon from side to side – Little Drummer Boy = leader and protector
– 0:10 – cue music – first cut – reveals a dirty over the shoulder closeup of the Little Drummer Boy and his hair blowing in the wind
– 0:13 – second cut – closeup of the Little Drummer Boy‘s drumstick resting in his fingers on his lap – he releases the first tap in his fingers to the beat of the bass
– 0:21 – after a few other closeups of the drumstick – the main beat of the song comes up and the Little Drummer Boy starts tapping his foot to the beat
– 0:25 – the Little Drummer Boy feels a call to action, stands and picks up his drum – the journey is about to begin…
– 0:35 – incredible shot when the Little Drummer Boy walks into the frame to walk up the hill and the camera pans from right to left to follow him up – wonderful imagery – again to the change in the song’s beat
– 0:45 – we see the Little Drummer Boy traversing a quite difficult patch of volcanic rock fields and hills that goes far off in the distance to the horizon = the journey is long but worthwhile
– 0:47 – again to the change in the beat, the Little Drummer Boy pauses when he realizes that he is not alone – he needs friends to join and help him on his journey = compatriots
– 0:54 – to the beat of the drumming, the Little Drummer Boy bangs his drum once as a rallying call to whoever is living in the rock house on the hill
– 0:56 – beautiful scene of the young girl raising her head from under the rock wall while wearing the cute bear head costume and then we see the Little Drummer Boy – she is wary to join him but he gives her a simple yet lovingly warm smile in return = All will be OK – then his head swivels to the left to lead her and her sister (who pops up afterwards) to follow on the journey
– 1:15 – tender scene between the two sisters and the older one holds the hand of her younger sister and helps her traverse the difficult volcanic landscape
– 1:19 – scene opens up to reveal another young boy waiting on a rock in the middle of the volcanic rockfield as if he has been waiting for them all along
– 1:22 – the boy is apprehensive and a bit scared to follow however he doesn’t want to get left behind as the others continue on with their journey
– 1:27 – hey guys wait for me – he seems to emote as he finds his courage and runs after the group to join them
– 1:35 – another tender moment as the group encounters a small stream blocking their path – Little Drummer Boy lends his hand to the girls and the new boy to help them across
– 1:42 – the camera pans through the swaying long grass to reveal the serene face of a young and cute icelandic girl with the face of an angel – which then opens up to more shots of the faces the other children sitting in the grass and sharing tender moments together (as if they are inside the womb) – culminating in the Little Drummer Boy smiling a reassuring smile again = All is Good
– 2:13 – the group of children decide to keep marching and leave the protective womb of the high grass fields
– 2:19 – shot reveals girls playing skip rope and young boys hanging out and simply being boyz getting into trouble and mischief – yet they also feel the tapping of the drumbea with their feet and feel the desire to join the journey as well
– 2:28 – the cadence of the musical beat changes to that of a clapping staccato rhythm – scene opens up to reveal two boys trying to light an abandoned car on fire with a gerrycan of gasoline and an open flame (never a good idea) – makes me giggle a bit when the boy with the gerrycan spills some of the gasoline and could have nearly lit himself on fire!
– 2:34 – and still the beat goes on – as we see the feet of the children walking and drumming along to the beat
– 2:37 – they cross a threshold of manmade technology (the road/highway) cutting through the pristine and untouched wilderness and yet the Little Drummer Boy leads them further into the wild = take the road less travelled
– 2:44 – shot of the three young girls building the rock monument/house out with a gigantic volcanic rock field = simple gestures can create powerful bonds
– 2:55 – the Visual Representation of Youth makes his appearance – the youngest child of the group – represented by a young boy sleeping in the rock field = beautiful, innocent, peaceful, serenity, youth
– 3:02 – the Little Drummer Boy realizes that the Visual Representation of Youth is sleeping so asks everyone to be quiet – and so they all scout out a place of their own to join the Visual Representation of Youth
– 3:16 – closeup shot of the Visual Representation of Youth – stirring slightly as the other children lay down – shhhhhhh – we have to be very gentle and quiet…
– 3:33 – young and cute icelandic girl with the face of an angel turns over because she can’t sleep – so she reaches out to grab the hand of the Little Drummer Boy so she can sleep soundly
– 3:41 – zoomed out group shot of all of the children sleeping in peaceful slumber – cue fade through black
– 3:49 – sunrise – rebirth – the march continues as the music beat picks up in intensity – the Little Drummer Boy enters from left frame leading the group across the landscape bathed in a golden yellow hue from the morning sunshine
– 3:55 – the camera pans down to show the children marching in single file, with their feet stepping to the beat of the music in unison
– 4:07 – the Little Drummer Boy brings the group to a halt and now has a concentrated and stoic look on his face as the shot is a shoulder closeup of his face with the children standing behind him in support
– 4:10 – shot changes to reveal the other children finding their courage as well as they stand with the Little Drummer Boy as one unit looking on the task that they all face together
– 4:12 – resolve – there is no turning back – as the Little Drummer Boy looks down to gather his courage
– 4:15 – in unison with the rising beat of the music – the Little Drummer Boy begins beating his own drum for the very first time
– 4:17 – continued closeups of the other children as they all find their courage and resolve from the Little Drummer Boy‘s  drumming
– 4:22 – 1/2 shot showing the Little Drummer Boy and the other children in a collective resolve and getting ready to unleash their energy as a whole
– 4:35 – the camera switches sides and is now behind the Little Drummer Boy – so we as the audience have now become the other children and we need to find our resolve and courage now
– 4:39 – the calm before the storm – even though the beat of the music is very heavy at this point – the Little Drummer Boy holds us back like potential energy or a waterfall holding back a massive reservoir of water
– 4:41 – CHARGEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee………. (best part of the song here by the way)
– 4:42 – the children run past the camera – meaning that they are running past us as the audience from the viewpoint
– 4:46 – humorous moment as the Little Drummer Boy drops his drum because he no longer needs the crutch anymore – he is well on his way to becomming a man – but he nearly takes out the girl on his right in the process as she nearly bails as she trips on the drum
– 4:48 – focus of the girl with the bear hat costume as she takes the cue from the Little Drummer Boy and discards her crutch as well – she is becomming a woman
– 4:50 – the Little Drummer Boy and the rest of the children are running at full speed to reach the top of the hill – they are giving it all their might
– 4:54 – we see the Little Drummer Boy‘s drum rolling backwards down the hill to find a new child to attach itself to as the Visual Representation of Youth enters the frame and watches the drum roll down – he is slower than the rest, but no less determined
– 4:57 – as the lead guitar its most powerful riff of the song – we have a head shot closeup of the bear hat girl and another girl running with the wind in their hair
– 5:01 – long shot showing the children running full bore up the incline of the hill – there is nothing that can stop them now
– 5:03 – two seagulls flying blissfully in the air enter from frame left and forshadow the children’s future
– 5:07 – the lead singer breaks out into his wail/scream as the children approach the edge of the cliff – further foreshadowing of the seagulls effortlessly rising up and down with the currents of air = point of no return
– 5:14 – camera moves in closer but still a long shot as the children get even more tantilizingly close to the cliff’s edge – we see the final image of the seagull far off in the background becomming them to follow – it exits from the frame just as = the Little Drummer Boy and the bear hat girl arrive to the edge first = first to mature
– 5:19 – closeup of the Little Drummer Boy‘s right foot as he takes his leap of faith and jumps off the cliff – the scene is full of tension, both implied and literal – what will happen to him when he steps off?
– 5:20 – one last breath before the plunge as the Little Drummer Boy takes a mighty leap into the unknown
– 5:21 – bear hat girl and the rest of the children are not far behind and follow him into adulthood
– 5:23 – the Little Drummer Boy finds his own path and begins plotting his own destiny
– 5:24 – camera shifts perspective again and we as the audience become the children as we watch the others run past us and jump off to find their respective destinies
– 5:27 – long shot view showing most of the children able to make it on their own as they reach for the stars
– 5:29 – check out the view from up here the Little Drummer Boy seems to emote as he is savouring his new found freedom
– 5:33 – but what about the Visual Representation of Youth – is he too small to make the jump – will he be able to survive on his own – as he approaches the final steps of his childhood
– 5:36 – the Visual Representation of Youth pauses on the edge of the cliff and briefly debates whether to make the jump or not – he is still a little scared of the unknown
– 5:38 – we follow the rest of the children as they are well on their way and savouring their ability to spread their wings
– 5:39 – the Little Drummer Boy looks even further into the future with eyes of assurance and as before = All is Good
– 5:41 – like a big brother, the Little Drummer Boy takes one last look back at the other children, but he knows that they will be able to find their path and succeed on their own – he doesn’t need to worry about them anymore
– 5:42 – having reached a decision, the Visual Representation of Youth decides to go for it and like a giant coiled spring, he leaps off the cliff with all of his might but seems to fall as he briefly stumbles before finding his own path to follow
– 5:48 – closeup of the Visual Representation of Youth’s sparkling teeth and a giant smile = pure joy as the he finally finds his strength – as the music equally reaches its crescendo and begins to fade out
– 5:51 – closeup of the rest of the children smiling and feeling euphoric = Bliss
– 6:04 – end music – the endless waves of the water below with the camera panning up to show the horizon in the distance = their future is their own now – only they can decide where to go from here


Uber 80’s music

January 7, 2009

c’mon…you know the lyrics – who can forget these classics?!?!?

Alphaville – Forever Young

Baltimora – Tarzan Boy

Limahl – The Neverending Story

Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax (Don’t Do It)


Last Wednesday’s DIVA 200 class notes

September 17, 2008

DIVA 200 – last Wednesday’s class notes – yes I know I am late getting these on the blog!!!

Subvert Cultural Phenomenons – do not look down on sub-cultures

Gilligan’s Island = Lost of the 1960’s
Christian Metz – watch youtube videos

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PAINSTATION – Volker Morawe and Tilman Reiff
http://www.painstation.de/
http://www.khm.de/~morawe/painstation/painstation_photos/pages/DSC00013.htm

First Painstation game ever

The concept was based on the scene in the James Bond movie, “Never say Never Again” with Sean Connery

– instead of the game being Global Thermonuclear Dominance, the game is Pong!
– players use one hand to navigate the game itself, with the other hand on the “Pain Dispenser”
– if a player misses a ball, they receive either an electric shock,
– relevant today with entertainment such as Gladiator, Jackass, Rollerball/Roller Derby
– commentary on Totalitarian sanctioned violence to pacify/subdue/desensitize the populace

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RUN MOTHERFUCKER RUN
http://www.runmotherfuckerrun.nl/
http://www.runmotherfuckerrun.nl/downld.htm

– installed at Tesla For Transmediale exhibition
– treadmill in the gallery with motion detectors = running inside a virtual world
– what happens when you actually get to the wall at the end?
– boundary between reality / virtual – also shows limits
– the treadmill only goes in a linear direction (forwards and reverse)
– can’t strafe from side to side or turn around

homage to Cave Automatic Virtual Environment
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cave_Automatic_Virtual_Environment
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6d/CAVE_Crayoland.jpg

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CHITRA KARAHANA – Shaina Arnand
http://chitrakarkhana.net/

chitrakarkhana n, hindi

1.[chitra+karkhana]- Image workshop

or picture factory. A fully independent, small scale unit for experimental media.

2. [chitrakar+khana]- Artist food.

– TV broadcasting experiment in India
– what constitutes the viewer / performer – web cam vs. audience
– constitutes narrow casting (ie: youtube channel with only 10 subscribers)
– relevance – London CCTV = Big Brother
– London Underground Terrorist bombings – without the CCTV, the police would not have cracked the case

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CORY ARCANGEL
http://www.beigerecords.com/cory/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cory_Arcangel

A couple of thousand short films about Glen Gould

– meticulously constructed from youtube samples of individual notes played by amateurs – friese.com
– bricolage

Super Mario Bros. Movie

“Two unattended computers send endlessly bouncing out-of-office auto-responses to each other”

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GAVIN BAILY / TOM CORBY – Cyclone S.O.C.
http://www.reconnoitre.net/

Perimeters, Boundaries and Border
RSS Newsreel – Good news = Hot weather front / Bad news = Cold weather front
Merging weather information and digital displayed information

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WEARABLE ART – R.F.I.D. experiments – Leah Bueckley
http://www.cs.colorado.edu/~buechley/

L.E.D. tank tops – used conductive thread for wireless communication
(reminds me of “Minority Report” advertisements within the movie)

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JIM CAMPBELL – Church on Fifth Avenue
http://jimcampbell.tv/

Church On Fifth Avenue, 2001
Custom electronics

A matrix of 32 x 24 (768) pixels made out of red LEDs displaying a pedestrian and auto traffic scene in NY from an off street perspective. There is a sheet of diffusing plexiglass angled in front of the grid. As the pedestrians move from left to right the figures gradually go from a discrete representation to a continuous one (or metaphorically from a digital representation to an analog one).

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JANET CARDIFF – The Telephone Call
http://www.cardiffmiller.com/

– audio/video walk through the San Francisco M.O.M.A.
– commentary from artist for audio tour but it;s for shock value
– record mp3 file and walk around museum and do podcast
– brings up concept of located media – text 55555 to hot babe

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MISC. DISTRACTIONS:
Super Mario Theme – RC Car with bottles

Super Mario Theme – Zack Kim

Chacarron

Japanese TV Pranks

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HEAVY INDUSTRIES – Young-Hae Chang – CUNNILINGUS_IN_NORTH_KOREA
http://www.yhchang.com/

– reality vs. representation
– deliver best product for the platform
– open taboo subject discussions within a totalitarian state

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TROIKA – SMS Guerilla Projector
http://www.troika.uk.com

The SMS Guerilla Projector is a home made, fully functioning device that enables the user to project text based SMS messages in public spaces, in streets, onto people, inside cinemas, shops, houses…

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