Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Sally Golding: Photochemical Hallucinations

Thursday, 26th of June, Directors Lounge

SSally’s obsessions with film: archiving, archeology, and arcana are threaded together to form a psychedelic and sculptural cinematic Victoriana vision. Sally Golding´s triple 16 mm projection fuses photochemical experiments with live performance and references to the horror genre. Sally Golding of Brisbane based Abject Leader, comes to Berlin for this very unique show. A must see for friends of experimental film and devotees of dark underground.

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Not Still Life

A Technicolor nightmare: Live explorations into the sordid past of colour processes...Untangling the "three colour separation process" in which three records of the same image are shot and projected back through RGB filters to make your eyeballs tingle. Rotating colour wheels are employed in attempts at a hybrid "Friese-Green" system (can you glimpse "realistic" colour?). Candied visions and projector performance make for a gothic live Victoriana experience.

Face of an Other

Obsessions with the horror genre manifest themselves onto the filmmaker¹s own body in a bizarre attempt to meld the real and the hyper real. A live performance in which humanity has forgotten itself, or did Hollywood just get carried away?

(Bloodless: Now and Then)
Bloodless Landscape / Johnny¹s Ghost

Originally a pile of discarded film leader, photographic images begin to flicker as interjections within the apparently empty screen space. Fleeting moments of landscape imagery appear distorted by time and light.
An unsettling, gothic "European" narrative disrupts the desolate, desiccated Australian landscape. An Abject Leader mutable expanded cinema piece, these trees and chemicals have endured a long projector performance battle with lenses and prisms many times.

Afterwards live music from Mexico

program starts at 9pm, doors open 8pm

See you at the Scala, Friedrich Str. 112 A, 1st floor

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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

World Cup 2018

world cup 2018, by Eytan Heller for
One of several shorts that are on display on the huge video billboards in Berlin that are used for public viewings of the European Football Championship.
A public intervention by Directors Lounge.

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Monday, June 09, 2008

Let them eat < /Cake >

Someone likes XML a bit too much. On the upside, it is well formatted and localized

kudos to tagez for the cookie

Friday, June 06, 2008

Showtime: Lorenzo Oggiano in Turin

Lorenzo Oggiano, long time artist at Directors Lounge, will be for the very first time in Turin, with the Bergamo's Traffic Gallery's collaboration, a must see, tonight, June 6th, 8.30-9.30 pm | Cinema Massimo, Via Verdi 18, Turin.

Since the early nineties, Lorenzo Oggiano has kept an artistic and theoretical research on biological, sensorial and cognitive mutations induced by new technologies and on new media aesthetic and communicative capabilities, obtaining the Italian and international art criticism praise.
The works that will be presented belong to the video-photographic cycle "Almost-Objects" – wholly produced in 3d based on the relations between nature and artificial – and to the series "Sound Generated Video Modules for Single Channel Output", a work in progress made by audiovideo modules created by the sound.
In Almost-Objects the mutation theme is faced by the artist through the synestetic use of the video: we'll see embryonic bodies, neutral surface primordial forms that with their slow but unappeasable movement will dip the observer into a wrapping vision, as if we'll assist every time to a new life birth, to the birth of life, the first one in that was born in the space. Oggiano, with his out of the common media-technical ability, creates different visions that symbolizes the Birth of the Nature, using software instruments, considered as symbolic tools for the Trick So Oggiano's visual research arises from the old relation between Nature and Technique: however it comes to an abrupt and original, as unusual solution.

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Thursday, June 05, 2008

I am sure it can fly


The Duck of Tel Aviv

To celebrate the life of Dudu Geva, Israel's most famous cartoonist (who died of a heart attack back in 2005) a giant yellow duck has been placed on top of Tel Aviv's City Hall in Rabin Square.

Isreal21c writes:
Before his untimely death, Geva had been tongue in cheek - or rather tongue in bill - trying to convince Tel Aviv's mayor to liven up the city through weird, wacky and subversive art projects. One dream was to turn Tel Aviv into a city of ducks - an animal character he used often in his cartoons.

When Geva died, his dreams to liven up Tel Aviv with bizarre art installations and stunts lived on. The Duck was just one of the ideas.
Geva had been quoted saying that Tel Aviv was in dire need of decoration. "City Hall," he said, "is a lost cause. If a giant duck is placed on its roof, everything will be turned upside down. The idea is to bring joy to people's hearts and to make art a part of daily life."
Other ideas that Geva thought about included opera singers who would spring out of garbage trucks singing arias, or the placement of giant snakes on the roofs of Tel Aviv's swank Rothschild Boulevard.
Most of his ideas weren't taken seriously though by the city. Recently, his family returned with the duck idea and within a week it was accepted.

"On the 15th of April, there will be a small ceremony around 6pm in the evening in Rabin Square, and we will watch the duck on the building get inflated," Caspi tells
ISRAEL21c. "It will be a small artistic event and a ceremony," he says, intended to honor Geva, his duck and Israeli comics.

After all he contends, "Dudu Geva's duck is not a duck. It's The Duck - maybe the most famous Israeli symbol. Well, at least for Tel Avivians.

"This project is a memorial to him," says Caspi.

Why ducks and why art? "Artists make life a bit happier," says Caspi. "The whole idea is not a political one. It is not an artistic statement. It is all about being happy and making the city a nicer place to live - a place that kids like to be in."

Geva's daughter Tami recalls her father's plan to turn Tel Aviv into a Duck City: "He never at any stage thought that they would take him seriously, but he wanted to spread the 'duck movement' as an artistic and social movement," she said in a local newspaper.
"We don't want the event to feel like a memorial," she said, "We want my father's idea of putting art in open public spaces to continue to exist, with humor, in the spirit of the duck." source

The Duck, that should stay only for one month, still sits on place, due to protests by the Tel Aviviens who love their new symbol. Tomorrow she will be the Guardian Duck of the Gay Pride Festival.

Monday, June 02, 2008

I opened the door for a lot of people, ..

..and they just ran through and left me holding the knob.
Bo Diddley (December 30, 1928 – June 2, 2008)

One of the greatest persons ever to make music has passed away today. Bo Diddley laid the foundation for raucous rock n roll styles and sensibilities.

The musician the world knows as Bo Diddley has, over the past five decades, indelibly stamped his mark on rhythm ‘n’ blues, rock ‘n’ roll and popular music. His innovative trademark rhythm, his electric custom-built guitars, his use of female musicians, his psychedelic guitar sounds, his wild stage shows, and his on-record and on-stage rapping, pre-date all others. His influence on other musicians, both black and white, is immeasurable. We think it’s time to set the record straight….BO DIDDLEY put the Rock in Rock ‘n’ Roll. BO DIDDLEY - The Originator

He will be deeply missed.

listen to “Before You Accuse Me (Take A Look At Yourself)”

The biggest drawing in the world

W“ith the help of a GPS device and DHL, I have drawn a self portrait on our planet,” writes Swedish artist Erik Nordenankar on his website for the project, appropriately named the biggest drawing in the world. “My pen was a briefcase containing the GPS device, being sent around the world. The paths the briefcase took around the globe became the strokes of the drawing.” The resulting drawing’s dimensions are 40,076,592 by 40,009,153 meters – which are about the dimensions of the Earth’s surface, if it could be rolled out as a canvas.

Mr Nordenankar sent off his GPS-laden briefcase on March 17, 2008. He gave detailed travel instructions to DHL, which returned his package to Stockholm exactly 55 days later. Then, Mr Nordenankar plotted the spatial and temporal GPS information on a world map to obtain his portrait. “Due to the GPS drawing technique and the magnitude of the drawing, the self portrait had to be made in only one stroke. That giant stroke passed through 6 continents and 62 countries, thus becoming 110,664 km long.”

Assuming that Mr Nordenankar’s briefcase, left Stockholm to the south, its itinerary took it Denmark, up north again to Norway and then in a straight line towards the Crimea, where some expert to-ing and fro-ing formed the artist’s eye. Lines from the Ukraine to central Europa (possibly Slovakia), bending up towards St Petersburg and then south towards the Caucasus form his brow and forehead.

The nose is formed in the Middle East, the right nostril constituted in Syria, a ‘beard line’ snaking across the Mediterranean towards France, the Low Countries and environs, where Mr Nordenankar’s right ear takes shape. His jawline drops south through the Sahara, bending up towards Egypt (mouth) and the Israel/Palestine-Jordan border (philtrum). The briefcase then travelled south along the African Red Sea Coast, over Somalia, performing some strange maneuvers east of Madagascar.

The briefcase then headed north again, hovering just below the Equator, creating an atrophied hand over the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia and Papua New Guinea. The briefcase then continued along the Equator, coming into view on the left hand side of the map (forming Mr Nordenankar’s right arm), crossing America in Panama,diving south past Brazil’s easternmost point to beyond 40° South, and up again (to form some kind of strap or a suspender).

Fancifully swinging across North America, the briefcase rejoined Mr Nordenankar’s face – or rather his curly hair – over the British Isles, tracing his neck across the Iberian peninsula, North Africa’s Atlantic Coast, the African interior and then up again in a curly arc to the Nordkapp (not Europe’s northernmost point; nearby Knivskjellodden is 1,500 meters further north), finally returning to Stockholm.


Thanks to tagez for the hint