Bill Viola | Video Installation Artist

A pioneer in the medium of video art, Bill Viola’s work explores the spiritual and perceptual side of human experience. Since 1970 he has created videotapes, architectural video installations, sound environments, electronic music performances and pieces for television. Works include Hatsu Yume (First Dream), The Passing, and installations Room for St. John of the Cross, The Messenger and The Quintet of the Astonished, recently shown at the National Gallery, London in “Encounters, New Art from Old”. A 25-year survey exhibition of his work organized by The Whitney Museum of American Art recently traveled to 6 institutions in the USA and Europe. MacArthur Fellow.

http://www.billviola.com/

Sleep

…as I lye awake in bed, I think of the things I’ve missed out on in my life, the awesome things I’ve yet to experience, and I wonder if I’d ever get past this feeling of being incomplete and just be content on WHAT IS, not what can or “should” be. Things I should NOT be thinking about before bed ­čśŽ So, I drew the release of my brain’s energy, and, now I sleep. Sleeeeep. (Whitacre’s “Sleep” plays in the distance).

“I cannot sleep, my minds a flight; and yet my limbs seem made of lead.”
| E. Whitacre

Eric Whitacre | Sleep

This song is very dear to me, we (my highschool choir) sang this at state festival back in 2004, or 2003… ­čśŤ I don’t remember the year, but I remember the beauty of this piece. The clashing chords, and just the overall composition is so magnificent. I can live in this song.

IDLE WARSHIP (2009)

HEY! I want to share a free album download with you all. (who doesn’t like free stuff?). So, I’m a fan of Res, she’s a folky r&b singer with a distinct voice and sound, she’s pretty much “underground” right now, when she released her first studio album “How I do” back in 2001, there was a little buzz… but as you know sometimes great things aren’t always an epidemic. I just recently found that she has her 2nd album “BLACK.GIRLS.ROCK” ready to download free on her website here.

She has also done a mix tape with various artist’s entitled “IDLE WARSHIP.” I’m really loving the song “Fyah,”┬á from Graph Nobel, I think many of you will too, it’s a very groovy and trance like song. It’s unlike Res’ original sound that I’m used too, but it’s good, very good. ^_^* I love it! …and you can too! Download the whole mixtape here.

Nikola Tesla | The Forgotten Father of Today

One of the greatest minds in history, Nikola Tesla. But unfortunately his name was discredited by Thomas Edison who had power, money, and many followers. Edison did not invent the lightbulb. In fact, many of “his” inventions were actually invented by the scientists that he employed. Edison was a genius, but also a ruthless cold hearted man that thankfully also┬ámade way for great┬áprogression in the electronic age.

“Nikola┬á┬áTesla developed and used florescent bulbs in his lab some 40 years before industry “invented” them. At the World’s Fair, Tesla took glass tubes and bent them into famous scientists’ names- the first neon signs. Tesla also designed the world’s first hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls in 1895. Tesla also patented the first speedometer for cars in 1916. In fact, Tesla invented all of the things that are listed at the beginning of the paper.

But Edison soon had too much money invested into his DC system, and he tried his best to discredit Tesla by showing that AC was more dangerous than DC. Edison paid local children 25 cents for each stray dog they could bring him. Then he would hold press conferences and electrocute the dogs at public gatherings to frighten people. He claimed that DC could not kill, but in fact, it could.

Tesla was one of the world’s most original and greatest inventors and thinkers, but because he was so original and out of his time, his genius was mistaken for insanity and science fiction. Maybe next time, the world will recognize a true genius when it comes around.”

This excerpt is from an┬áarticle entitled “Tesla versus Edison.” [here].

Engaging Deviancy

I remember my mother yelling at me for using foul language around my brother when he was younger, “stop using such language around your brother! I don’t want him to speak this way, it’s not nice” my mother would say, to which I’d reply “but dad says it!” Which was true, sadly I did learn this “improper” language from my father.

In this chapter “bad language” was the least of learned behavior to be frowned upon. In the islands of Micronesia there was an overwhelmingly large number of suicides being documented and on a large scale increasing dramatically in a short period of time. The act of committing suicide had tipped. Those that accounted for most of the tipping were young boys that weren’t suicidal by any noticeable means and had some form of negative confrontation with a family member, I thought this to be somewhat peculiar. However when I took a moment to realize the setting that these individuals were in I began to understand.

If I’d had an altercation with my mother or father, I’d shrug it off and bury myself in a video game or listen to some extremely loud obnoxious music to help me forget, I had a coping system. These individuals were actually committing what most if us would think of as the unthinkable, suicide. I believe it was for the simple fact there was no outlet or coping system available. Family in that western culture was and is everything, having the respect of your parent or elders is a golden and vital part of who you are and where you stand in society.

When this respect has been lost (from a lover as well, or even a friend), it’s damaging on a large scale. So much so that some just want to escape, and relieve themselves of such displeasure indefinitely… Sadly, through media and other forms of communication, suicide has a persuasive whisper to those susceptible to it’s promise of no more pain. And thus they blindly commit the act, blind because in reality, these people are undeniably foolish and completely misguided.

We Feel Fine

We Feel Fine is an exploration of human emotion on a global scale.

Since August 2005, We Feel Fine has been harvesting human feelings from a large number of weblogs. Every few minutes, the system searches the world’s newly posted blog entries for occurrences of the phrases “I feel” and “I am feeling”. When it finds such a phrase, it records the full sentence, up to the period, and identifies the “feeling” expressed in that sentence (e.g. sad, happy, depressed, etc.). Because blogs are structured in largely standard ways, the age, gender, and geographical location of the author can often be extracted and saved along with the sentence, as can the local weather conditions at the time the sentence was written. All of this information is saved.

The result is a database of several million human feelings, increasing by 15,000 – 20,000 new feelings per day. Using a series of playful interfaces, the feelings can be searched and sorted across a number of demographic slices, offering responses to specific questions like: do Europeans feel sad more often than Americans? Do women feel fat more often than men? Does rainy weather affect how we feel? What are the most representative feelings of female New Yorkers in their 20s? What do people feel right now in Baghdad? What were people feeling on Valentine’s Day? Which are the happiest cities in the world? The saddest? And so on.

The interface to this data is a self-organizing particle system, where each particle represents a single feeling posted by a single individual. The particles’ properties ÔÇô color, size, shape, opacity ÔÇô indicate the nature of the feeling inside, and any particle can be clicked to reveal the full sentence or photograph it contains. The particles careen wildly around the screen until asked to self-organize along any number of axes, expressing various pictures of human emotion. We Feel Fine paints these pictures in six formal movements titled: Madness, Murmurs, Montage, Mobs, Metrics, and Mounds.

At its core, We Feel Fine is an artwork authored by everyone. It will grow and change as we grow and change, reflecting what’s on our blogs, what’s in our hearts, what’s in our minds. We hope it makes the world seem a little smaller, and we hope it helps people see beauty in the everyday ups and downs of life.

Jonathan Harris & Sep Kamvar
  May 2006

http://wefeelfine.org/

Today in class we had a viewing of TED┬ápresentation videos of current and possible upcoming technologies. I was overwhelmed with joy when I learned of “We Feel Fine.” Joy, and sadness… why haven’t I known of this site earlier. It’s extremely cool and super neat. You have to take a look at this site, if you haven’t. It’s sophisticated madness, and it has to be… it’s a reflection of us, how we feel. Human emotions are iradical and can be unconventional at times, this site makes it amusing… and you, like a spy. Awesome!

Passiot Pit Meets Qootles

So, I’m an avid doodler, and I’ve been using my iphone to express that. I came up with a comic series that I called “Qootle.” Here are some samples of my Qootle doodles. ­čśÇ

QOOTLE | Qoote doodles? ­čśŤ

Qootle’s currently has a FaceBook group that your welcome to join, you’ll be updated on new qootle creations! Join here.

While working on my flash homework one day, somebody had posted a Passion Pit song on FaceBook and I kind of got hooked on it and eventually built my homework upon that song. The homework was to build a music related site, atleast 3 pages and had to be imported from either illustrator or photoshop into the Adobe Flash program, I used illustrator than created a simple animation in flash to make it fun. I hope you like it! ­čśÇ

It’s Passion Pit Meets Qootle!

(click the image above to watch my animation and browse the flash site! ^_^*)

Music by: Passion Pit | The Reeling

http://www.passionpitmusic.com/