List of Monumental sculpture projects 2015

  • 1 http://swannbb.blogspot.fr/2015/02/sunday-robot-play.html
  • 2 http://shuengitswannjie.blogspot.fr/2015/02/interactive-reading-room-tea-house-2015.html
  • 3 http://swannbb.blogspot.fr/2014/06/neo-ming-bed-luxembourg.html
  • 4 http://swannbb.blogspot.fr/2013/02/yuzi-paradise-tell-moon.html
  • 5 http://swannbb.blogspot.com/2011/09/12th-changchun-international-sculpture.html
  • 6 http://www.saatchionline.com/Shuen-git

Thursday, 15 September 2016

tiny house build by High School class

http://www.thespec.com/news-story/6108838-mahoney-living-big-in-the-small-new-world-of-the-tiny-home/

Nov 10, 2015 

MAHONEY: Living big in the small new world of the tiny home
Hamilton Spectator
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You know that feeling, when you're building something, and all your measurements and calculations work out properly on the wood, the pieces fit seamlessly together, the bevel joints are flush, and everything harmonizes perfectly?
You do? What's it like? I can't even hang up a picture.
Dave Kipp's construction class at Westdale Secondary knows the feeling full well, literally and figuratively.
They're nearing completion on an absolutely inspired project for which their curiosity and passion around building are joined smoothly, like elements of carpentry, with the larger purposes of their education and broader themes of socially responsible living.
They are constructing what teacher Dave calls, alternately, a "tiny house," and a "mobile classroom."
The project flows out of a current in contemporary thought — simple, more efficient, less wasteful living. Dave has, for some time now, been very interested in the "small house" (sometimes called "tiny house") movement.
"I attended a seminar on it, buying them or building your own, and we've been looking at it," he says, but it didn't seem affordable.
Then, last year, partners stepped up. Lowes kindly supplied the wood, "blue" wood, and several other building materials. AMA Roofing produced the roofing supplies, and Jarvis Insulation is going to spray foam the place when it's done.
"The students are getting construction experience and an education in simple living," says Dave.
The project started last spring when all the framing went up. This September it resumed, with the roofing, siding and other phases of the building.
When I visit the place, students are crawling and climbing all over it, two of them on the roof, all of them wearing yellow hard hats, brandishing tape measures, hammers and other tools. (Not only do they practise skills on a house and learn about the small house movement, they also refine what they've learned about working at heights, first aid, WHMIS, and power-actuated tools, such as nail guns.)
The house looks terrific, almost done, except for the interior, which is still in the roughed-out stage. But there are plans — a composting toilet, kitchen, sleeping loft and other amenities. There's already a skylight in the roof, and solar panels will be going up at some point, furnishing the place with power.
It's 106 square feet — 16 feet long, seven feet wide and 12-plus feet high. The 23 students, along with Dave, designed the place. They did scale models.
"Since I was a little girl I've been helping my dad build things," says Madeline Goshgarian-Lueth, part of the building team and the student who wrote up the grant applications that helped get help from contributors like Lowes.
"I was thrilled when this came through. It's such an opportunity."
"I come to school happy every day," says Ben Woodley, who's been putting up some of the pine siding. "I get to work with my hands."
Emily McDonald's been working the roof. The height's no problem. "I like to be up there where I don't have to worry about what they're doing on the ground."
On this day she and Connor Thompson are putting up metal sheets, ice and water shield, strapping. I have no idea what all that is, but the roof looks great.
As much as anything, the students enjoy teamwork. They appreciate how their efforts coalesce into a unity, a house.
"It's not easy to find a class where you get along with every person and work for the common good," says Lucas Robichaud.
For Evan Hamilton and Nicholas Elsasser the thrill has been watching the house develop, from the ground up. They worked on it last term, when the walls weren't up and now it looks, well, like a house, a small house, but a house.
And that's a big, big deal.
Teacher Dave says when the project is done they will tour the house (it's being built on a flatbed trailer) to elementary schools to introduce students to project-based learning.

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Creative Instruments you could make : Sape; and sapeur from Congo: Papa Wemba

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Sape
Sape

Creative Instruments you could make : Sape


The noted musician Papa Wembawas an important supporter of La Sape in Congo

Jules Shungu Wembadio Pene Kikumba[1] (14 June 1949 – 24 April 2016), better known by his stage name Papa Wemba, was a Congolese singer and musician who played Congolese rumba,[2] soukous and ndombolo. Sometimes dubbed the King of Rumba Rock,[1] he was one of the most popular musicians of his time in Africa and played an important role in world music.[3] He was also a fashion icon who popularized the La Sape look and style through his musical group Viva la Musica,[4][5][6] with whom he performed on stages throughout the world.[7]

Papa Wemba Le Roi De La sape Documentaire ( Version complète )




Tuesday, 30 August 2016

List of Master Guqin Makers

http://tianrensg.weebly.com/master-maker-26027297482151723478

crystal glass from warring states






































http://www.chinawhisper.com/top-10-awesome-ancient-chinese-inventions/

 I really like the form, somehow its got a perfection in the shape and lines.
The person who made it had something v gentle.  
The lower part of the wall is has a very slight curve - 
unlike objects in the 90s in the style of "designer" glasses 
which is usually v hard edged. (often black and glossy) 
It reminds me that this is the kind of things I like. Glowing, opalescent, soft. 
Really, I like perfection. 
Arts and Crafts perfection. 
Well-madeness in things. Amongst other things.

A writer once told me, he makes a small alter at home, 
and put things that would remind himself of what his focus was -
 it is something to remind himself, a way to not get lost.

This glass has somehow this effect, 
it reminds me of a kind of perfection, 
glowing type of soft perfection.  

That is the qualities in things that I like.

Monday, 29 August 2016

路边野餐(2016)Kaili Blues ***half, dir Bi Gan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPBqRl9yQfo&sns=fb

【一席】毕赣《路边野餐》

Interesting self presentation.  Very humorous subtle person.
His presentation enticed me to see his movie.
His movie is a lot more melancholic than his lovely story telling of the self laced with humor speech. Could have been stand up comic, lot more consistent than the usual standup comic routine.  Better, more relevant material.
Good poetic film.  I especially like his way of linking the beginning to how he made his movie.
I would think, if we followed his method.  Just imagine if you conducted all his moves, but plugging in your own data, what kind of movie would you get?

Are all stories more or less the same structure?  There is a limited story structure in the world, and you just plug in variables?

I was with a group of movie making people - most of them studied films.
So they wrote up a structure - synopsis of a film - however you ask me to fill in the data, it somehow just wont be the kind of film that I like to make.  I cannot write a script following their "story outline" method.  But here, I think his method, is interesting its a kind of Open Work.

Is it true?
Must test it to know.

Below is the actual movie, a prize winning film.  Golden Horse award.  I think.  Will update after checking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jasvC7Hxr3k

More info concerning independant film investor, producers, 40mn shot
http://www.zhihu.com/question/34627596

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路边野餐(2016)


The story is a bitter sweet film recounting what happened to a man and his love the village stories of various people.  We see realistic set ups in the village, lighting soft, and the viewer pieces the stories together themselves.  It is not an explicit documentary.  But the feeling of the landscape, the way people talk, the setting, its very authentic.

Poetic.  In fact, there are free association, stream of consciousness type of metaphor in some of the captions/ subtitles.

Something slow and alive.  Soulful.
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路边野餐(2016)Kaili Blues ***half, dir Bi Gan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kPBqRl9yQfo&sns=fb 

【一席】毕赣《路边野餐》

Interesting self presentation.  Very humorous subtle person.
His presentation enticed me to see his movie.
His movie is a lot more melancholic than his lovely story telling of the self laced with humor speech. Could have been stand up comic, lot more consistent than the usual standup comic routine.  Better, more relevant material.
Good poetic film.  I especially like his way of linking the beginning to how he made his movie.
I would think, if we followed his method.  Just imagine if you conducted all his moves, but plugging in your own data, what kind of movie would you get?

Are all stories more or less the same structure?  There is a limited story structure in the world, and you just plug in variables?

I was with a group of movie making people - most of them studied films.
So they wrote up a structure - synopsis of a film - however you ask me to fill in the data, it somehow just wont be the kind of film that I like to make.  I cannot write a script following their "story outline" method.  But here, I think his method, is interesting its a kind of Open Work.

Is it true?
Must test it to know.

Below is the actual movie, a prize winning film.  Golden Horse award.  I think.  Will update after checking

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jasvC7Hxr3k

路边野餐(2016)


The story is a bitter sweet film recounting what happened to a man and his love the village stories of various people.  We see realistic set ups in the village, lighting soft, and the viewer pieces the stories together themselves.  It is not an explicit documentary.  But the feeling of the landscape, the way poeple talk, the setting, its very authentic.

Poetic.  In fact, there are free association, stream of consciousness type of metaphor in some of the captions/ subtitles.

Something slow and alive.  Soulful.


Shanghai Belleville 2015, dir Show Chun Lee ***half

"Shanghai Belleville", ***half //Director: Show Chun Lee 2015
"Shanghai Belleville", ***half

Very interesting film, solid story, interesting contemporary beat - with some punky alternative marginal comic book characters, very smartly packaged into a realistic enough outline.

The opera singing mom, sewing factory, room of the prostitutes, marriage w old men - not an especially nasty old man, but we see what limitations the super momma Anna also has to face. Anna, is a pretty enough woman. Very nicely believable. She was well cast, doesnt have the harsh face of someone who has no dreams. We see her deal with negotiation of price of a pass through a glass telephone booth while talking to her son long distance in China on the pay phone - being soft mamma and doing business at the same time; being human with fellow people in distress and need; being genteel and self help by getting online for marriage dating using a dictionary to get all the words down all by herself- self help; negotiation with a man who hold the financial source (but she could also go out if he refused... all made-up too, suggested if you dont give me the money, I go out myself and get it); this is what is in Chinese - living ordinary life from day to day - the new husband is a v gd actor. He shows just the right amount of human doubt and kindness. He celebrates Christmas with her, like a family.  Anna is being treated right.  Finally later, he asked when is her son coming?  He accepts her, with her son.  Its family.  Though she replied, no need.  China is more energetic than France.  Her reason to be in France is economic, and now the situation has changed.  Also amusing she checks his id card to make sure she didnt make a mistake – its a marriage for practical reasons, and then also some love.  Gentle companionship, love.

The young croate boy with super kungfu moves and croatie rap song bringing into the story a dimension of a larger than France/Belleville angle it spks of a generation of new Chinese immigrants - finally goes to Shanghai by self induced expulsion - the beautiful colorful place, where noodle makers smiles even if their job are sweaty - the new China speaks of a dream coming true. That opportunities are ripe, better days are here.

In parallel, we see the Anna character from sidewalk prostitute to marriage with an older gentleman to staying in France to become the partner of a future import export business with her son being the other partner in China.

The young girl with her puppy love over, marries a local small sewing business boss and we could see her becoming the boss herself. She married into a family of kindness with immigrant experience.

The movie has enough color, story and reality to make it much more than a "discover the dirt" type of stereotypical story of recent immigrants. The director Show is an anthropologist and maybe because of this, the story has much deeper threads and understanding than your usual exotic-immigrant-hardship-stereotype in 13th arrondissement Chinese in France movie.

I slightly compared it to the movie by Zhia ZhangKe - movie set in Venise of another immigrant running a cafe. The Belleville movie is very colorful with much research - the other the Venise one is also sober w a profound poetic feeling. Also comes to mind the movie Gomorroh - that scene of factory workers, eating and drinking w plastic cups; how the factory workers treat the teacher. These are all realistic each with its own stylistic invention and mood.

I would say, Bravo! To director Show Chun Lee. Some parts could be played up a bit more, why does the seamstress seem so in love w the Croate boy? Its a way out of the sewing sweat shop? As a character she is rather stoic and kind of silent without revealing her inner person. She could have been played up just a little bit more to show her feelings, whether its simple, or more complex. What attracts her to the "thuggish" non-Chinese spking boy? There is something to be developed here. After all she has a more than passing role in the film. Could reveal a little bit more about the girl if possible (here I think, you have a chance to get a youthful sexy cute girl, eye candy, puppy love humour, sexy opportunities – wasted wasted.  To give an example, we see Zhou Xun in all these urban lost youth movies, why Zhou Xun?  Because she is cute and gd looking and great actress!  No opportunities wasted! ), then we see in interaction, is the Croate boy really a thug? Could he have been non-thug, what options are open to him in his situation? The rap is fun, and smartly tells the Croate boy story.

Now, what does this movie bring us to?

At a deeper level, this is what life is.
Each person comes into a situation, and catch as catch can, make something or nothing of it, and there is a time limit, the show will be over.

Like the human trafficking boss and his mother - there was no wife in the film - the mom sings SuSan Qi Jie. A very famous piece of Beijing Opera, its fast symbol flashing old culture china, pop culture and high culture at the same time. The story of SuSan Qi Jie is about wrong doing - SuSan is on the way to prison due to some wrong doing of bad guys. Here the man is looking for his wife, wrongly pushed to death in some intrique - and the mom talks about being no-spking evil, no-seeing evil, no-hearing evil. Good good. Efficient.

The man is sitting drinking tea with his Croate friend, his eyes shifted left, right, left, right... danger coming. (I find his eye shifting too much.) Hes the right physique for the role and is believable to be sentimental.

In all this, why is it a good movie? I like it, though I had worried that it would turn out to be another exotic cheap talk about Chineseness - immigrants and all/any related thing from China.

I found this nice mix of current urban/comic culture and reality is quite successful. Its got flesh, blood and much real data behind.

We are happiest when we could live in a society and do things properly in a group - whether you are noodle maker, sand shifter - you are in your own rightful place. As immigrant, there is always the push of the exterior person coming in trying to merge. How could they know that they are doing well, or the-right-thing? By what ropes do they go? If the outsider did not bother to merge, then the outsider is probably an invader. Like the stronger types who descend on the locals and do not bother to even learn the local language, that is also a finger wagging no no. 

Secondly, in life, this "joining", "merging" phase happens at all levels, at a job, at home in your village, growing up. In the end, when the road is smooth, each person finds their way.

The movie is positive, everybody has a brighter future and calmer settled life ahead in spite of the hardship of the beginning.

Showing so much at so many levels. Acting, smoothness of story line all these other things are overpowered by the real research where the story is grounded. Amateur acting, too quick romance telling, not enough details in certain parts... all this is just that.

Isnt this already a beautiful work?