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

Monday, 30 July 2012

The Beatles - Nowhere Man




The Beatles - Nowhere Man

He's a real nowhere Man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans
for nobody.

Doesn't have a point of view,
Knows not where he's going to,
Isn't he a bit like you and me?

Nowhere Man, please listen,
You don't know what you're missing,
Nowhere Man, the world is at your command.

He's as blind as he can be,
Just sees what he wants to see,
Nowhere Man can you see me at all?

Nowhere Man, don't worry,
Take your time, don't hurry,
Leave it all till somebody else
lends you a hand.

Doesn't have a point of view,
Knows not where he's going to,
Isn't he a bit like you and me?

Nowhere man please listen,
you don't know what your missing
Nowhere Man, the world is at your command

He's a real Nowhere Man,
Sitting in his Nowhere Land,
Making all his nowhere plans
for nobody.
Making all his nowhere plans
for nobody.
Making all his nowhere plans
for nobody.

Machinima "The 3rd", Photography in sl from the blog "What I like"

Machinima: "The 3rd" http://shoppingcartdisco.com/what-i-like-2/what-i-like-82/

Edward Hopper in Secondlife, and photography in SL


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Edward Hopper Work Recreated in SL With Dynamic Shadow

William Weaver dynamic SL shadow Edward Hopper
I love these two pics above and linked to in there larger form here, and I'll tell you why: One of them is a famous painting by Edward Hopper, while the other is by SLphotographer William Weaver, who used SL's dynamic shadow to recreate it naturally (so to speak) in-world. I won't say which is which, so you'll just need to click here.
Thanks to Ms. Lillihook's "What I Like" series, which encouraged me to like William Weaver.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Fellini 8 1/2****, Paperman**half, The Swimming Pool ***, Venus**** w Peter O'Toole

Fellini 8 1/2****


I have seen this movie at least 3 times in the last 30 years, I remember the first time, I understood very little. But remembered a jumble of pictures with fantastic music. As I looked through the dvd's I found it in the pile. Wanted to listen to the sound track and reviewed it again. I remember almost nothing from the the visuals except the Saraphina image with the little boys. These are wonderful characters, each one with so much life and implied stories behind their words. Thats why I understood very little when I was in high school. Not enough back ground to know what adults are talking about. I wonder if teenagers watching this movie would understand whats going on? Likely so, because I think each generation has a more precocious knowledge about sex and sensuality, betrayals... I mean in our times, its going this direction, the more and more open, earlier, faster, more needs to feel and experiment with bodies. 




  Paperman **half 


 I watched "Paperman" yesterday. 
 Whats new in this movie is the young peoples love stories, so rough, so hard, so crude. This part is the contemporary part. The writer is not convincing he has nothing "writerly" about him, not in his text, not in his behavior. Compare this to "Venus" (with Peter O'Toole, ****)- also about friendship of an older man (very much older) with a young woman - a slutty white trash young woman - there is a lot more depth to the character from both sides. And we see layers, small steps of how the two approach each other. Here, there is no gradual steps, somehow, he made to ride this silly banana bike, and made this very cool couch with books (how could he have married his doctorly wife, if she couldn't "get" the coolness of this very pop object - that doesn't take much to invent but still cool and interesting compared to the retirement home new couch... etc etc) The film looks like a three step movie, writer block writer, met young chick w trashy boyfriend from a trashy hicky side of town, sadness of suicide (heavy baggage from the young girl side), invisible heavy baggage from the writers side, (what kind of man is he? can't even cook or kill a fish in a decent intelligent way?) Scenes are rough and caricatural. Like plain white sugar, and salt on a dry pita bread pouch as food. Cut to the quick now, whats wrong with this film? I like the title very much. However, this is whats wrong with the film... The writer having a writers block (we are not convinced that he is a writer, he does not do things writers do, does not observe, does not watch and listen, neither to nature nor to people around him, total insensitivity to his environment, can't cook... not even soup...), and neuroscience doctor wife (very dry, screaming like a lady going out of her mind, not intellectual nor sympathetic), very cute cool baby sitter (who accepted to baby sit in a house without a baby, very beautiful not in ordinary sweet way but with a memory face, dark eyes, with some edge), chicken shit boyfriend (no memory of this character which is what chicken shits are like by definition), well, paper characters, awkward 3 point turn storyline, not very convincing. Shallow character, shallow thoughts. 


However, I also just watched "Swimming Pool" with Charlotte Rampling as popular writer of murder plots with a writers block.


The Swimming Pool *** 


Charlotte Rampling makes a much more convincing character as a writer. 
 She enjoys eating good food. Curious about a young girl even though she is unfriendly and does not want this buxomy sex crazed girl to be sharing a house with her... the movie is vastly watchable from the writers eye, from the buxomy gal (very watchable, the girl is natural and cool with also spoken and unspoken baggage, she's more sassy than the writer, daughter of king of orgy, she knows a few things that we don't know and the writer could only try to find out - what character without baggage could make a film interesting?) even the waiter, the gardener, the midget neighbor, everyone is interesting with untold stories and secrets in this movie. 


The setting, sweet and dainty, with different types of people - the service people and the served - as in any society would be, is a very pretty French little town, all very watchable.


This movie implies a mini universe that makes it more "edible" - say a falafel with friend aubergine w sauce - as compared to the "paper man" universe of sugar candied paper with unidentified labelled poetic/complex/sad food, we are looking on from the outside from beginning to end.




Venus **** 
with Peter O'Toole


I would watch it again.  
Great humanity all set in a drab little sad retirement small house in London.  
Humourous and sexy.  The movie has many little high lights of audacity thats correct to the situation.  For example, the young woman wants Maurice (O'Tooles old retiring actor character) to do her a favor, as she has nothing to offer him, nothing much - really - she puts her hand under her skirt and offers her finger for Maurice to smell... hahahahahah


As O'Toole says in the movie, when you are this old and without money, its no small feat  to get the interest / or entertain a young woman.  


Conversely, when you are a poor young poorly educated young woman thrown out of the house by your mother stuck in a retiring uncles house... and no money,  no job, its quite a feat too to entertain yourself and others.











Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Why is machinima important?

Henry Lowood http://archive.org/details/MachinimaExpoKeynote2011

Peter Greenaway on Machinima 2010

2010 speech of Peter Greenaway 
 http://www.vimeo.com/15253336


Monday, 23 July 2012

The Monster : Roberto Benigni

The Monster : Roberto Benigni A movie I would like to see. 

Sidewalls (medianeras) ***half

Sidewalls (medianeras) ***half


Very charming, with well structured graphics narrations, some animated sequences of people in a crowd, cute little fluffy dog, and internet romance/communications of today - dating is like Big Mac, its always disappointing because it looks much better than the real thing - intellectually playful, not only in words but in mass media pictures, images, story telling through what we see without it been heavy.  A good deal of architectural vocabulary to parallel life stories.


A movie that I would want to have a copy of in storage.


Cheerful with grace.


Glen Velez - Blue Tambourine Solo

Glen Velez - Blue Tambourine Solo

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Everyone Else ***half by Maren ADE

Everyone Else ***half 
director: Maren ADE 2009
German film
genre: psychological drama


Very subtle delicate, many layering of peoples relationships.  Social norms and what is "normal" and how people want to live, to be accepted to make a way in an affluent society.  Very gentle, delicate, with beautiful dialogues and v gd acting.  Everyone is complex, and nobody is above anybody else.

machinima : Swannjie screen test for "Psycho"

machinima |məˈSHēnəmə|
nouna method of making animated film using software similar to that designed for making video and computer games.• the genre of films created in this way.
===Making of the Story of "Digital Guqin Museum & XYZ Qin":Here are ongoing small clips that will be the building blocks for a 26mn machinima:  entitled for now: "DGM - - - > XYZ "

clip no.001 "psycho"

"Psycho"  Swannjie screen test / no1


"Visitors to the HuaKui Sphere" : new single layer interactive xyzQin House
(not yet uploaded)
clip no.002 "Visitors to HK Sphere"


Kabuki club
(not yet uploaded)
clip no.003 "Kabuki club: cinema, dancing, economy"

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

sl swannjie "psycho" screen test 19jul2012, Brooklyn is Watching


sl swannjie did a screen test for the movie set "Psycho"
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machinima |məˈSHēnəmə|
nouna method of making animated film using software similar to that designed for making video and computer games.• the genre of films created in this way.
===Making of the Story of "Digital Guqin Museum & XYZ Qin":Here are ongoing small clips that will be the building blocks for a 26mn machinima:  entitled for now: "DGM - - - > XYZ "

clip no.001 "psycho"

"Psycho"  Swannjie screen test / no1
http://youtu.be/enHDecbrCqU


Brooklyn is Watching machinima: real life Brooklyn is linked to Secondlife;
art works are created and exhibited in Secondlife and visible on the street to real life visitors; via a street window display.  This Machinima is shot by an artist of the Brooklyn is Watching group.  Swann Jie has the work "Adopt a cube" in the machinima.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeENhnu76cA&feature=player_embedded




http://brooklyniswatching.com/


Brooklyn is Watching was a hybrid SL/RL project that existed in Second Life.

We were at Jack the Pelican Presents (487 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211, USA) where gallery visitors had
been able to see and interact with anything that happened at the sim via the 52 inch monitor. 

"Visitors to the HuaKui Sphere" : new single layer interactive xyzQin House
(not yet uploaded)
clip no.002 "Visitors to HK Sphere"


Kabuki club
(not yet uploaded)
clip no.003 "Kabuki club: cinema, dancing, economy"





Peter Greenaway speech on Machinima 2010
http://www.vimeo.com/15253336

The Virgin Spring, Just Before Night Falls, I don't want to sleep alone

Three very stylized movies


The Virgin Spring,*** 
B/W film, Ingmar Bergman, stark, v strange logic of the behavior of the characters.  But the movie is based on a poem so, we must take it as a metaphor and not a logical story.  Lots of tension, silence and unreasonable turns of events.  The actors are all v good.


Just Before Night Falls, **half
Claude Chabrol, about psychologically complicated man who accidentally kills his lover - whom he doesn't really enjoy being with after all because they were playing these bdsm games.  So in the end his wife kills him as he threatens to upset everybody else's well being for the sake of his own peace of mind. Very egoist.  He deserved to die.  :)  I like the 70s style of the interior, and the clean proper no nonsense of the film.  Contemporary from 70s.  Male character looks like a baby.
A very stylized movie, clinical almost in the way the characters are so lucid about how things are happening.


I don't want to sleep alone ***
Tsai Ming Liang's love story set in Kuala Lumpur.  The care taking of an immigrant worker towards a homeless young guy is very touching.  Some overt hand sex and passion and suffering of human kind, lost, lost love etc.  All without much dialogue accompanied with nostalgic retro Chinese pop songs.  We see love hunger in this movie.  People need to be touched, caressed... you could almost smell the stench from tight quarters, washing a found mattress from the street, sick man who needs to be massaged everywhere - people finding each other in half finished construction sites with lots of dirty water.  They grope each other frantically without talking - like animals.

Monday, 16 July 2012

Cornfield, a prison in secondlife?

http://secretlair.com/index.php?/clickableculture/entry/hidden_virtual_world_prison_revealed/ A very interesting post, with comments. I would like to visit the cornfield... but i could imagine the graphics etc. No need really. It is a little humorous too.

Sunday, 15 July 2012

Machinima: Pac Man animation "Game Over" by PES

Machinima: Pac Man animation, "Game Over" by PES
 

Coins

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Saturday, 7 July 2012

Amy Winehouse, Rehab, All my loving

Back to Black 





All my loving 



Amy Winehouse, Rehab 

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Two Fat Ladies cooking breakfast: deviled kidneys and griddle cake

Two Fat Ladies cooking breakfast: deviled kidneys and griddle cake

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Notes on a Scandal ***

Notes on a Scandal ***  
sex scandal, school boy/teacher, lesbian story


Philip Glass music, Cate Blanchett, Dame Dench
I had no idea that a 15 year old boy having an affair w a teacher is a criminal offense for the teacher!  In some cultures, 15 yr old is old enough to be wed!
Anyway, the movie is very intricate and full of human delicacy.
How come they paint the portrait of an old lady wishing for young women's accompaniment so awful?  If the woman were a man, would it be just as revolting?
Reminds me of another movie - Albert Nobb - this woman disquised as a man all her adult life and lived it as a butler in a fancy hotel... I simply did not understand how could this woman think she could "get married" to a young woman from the same hotel?  If she were really an old man, I could understand it to be wishful thinking... but if she were a woman?  
Anyway, venomous human nature.
And Cate Blanchett is very beautiful airy, peach like cheeks... why would any woman like this if lonely would choose either the young boy or the elderly lady?  People know how the other feel - it doesn't get this far really, if she were in the dark, does it?  I cannot believe the Cate Blanchett character to be this insensitive.  Something is missing.
Friendship and passion are two very distinct type of emotions.  Its usually uncomfortable if one takes it as this and the other has in mind that.  
Maybe its very difficult, to be emotionally, mentally clear in the mind if there is a large chunk of sentimental occupation gone missing.

Sunday, 1 July 2012

Vivek

Vivek


vivek 2


vivek one min : "Do you still love me?"

Reggie Watts

Funny and smart... wow





improvisation





Emulsification ****



Reggie Watts


Viral music video - What about the blow job? 


The green box that he is using ...
http://line6.com/

twitvid, machinima sl9B

machinima, twitvid direct link to music video

http://www.twitvid.com/?s=browse&category=Music