Archived entries for Media

cadbury eggs

In light of the frequent eyebrow raising here among the Fabricante, this video needs watching:

Cadbury Eyebrows from Nils-Petter Lovgren on Vimeo.

Facebook or not Facebook?

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(This is not Hamlet! Lets read and find out!)
You can hate it, you can love it.
But one thing is certain: Facebook is getting more and more popular every day.
Even the most stupid person becomes confident with the social network in few steps.
THIS MUST MEAN SOMETHING.
Forget all its dangerous social implications for a while (I.E. “Have the people become unable to have genuine relations in their real life?”, “Is Facebook just a way to be lazy at work?”, ” Does it create dependence?” Etc…) and let them to the thousands of psychologists, anthropologists and priests (!) who are already spending thier nights to solve the question.
The most authoritative Italian newspaper on Economics has dedicated its weekly special magazine to the phenomenon, trying to find out and explain the reasons of its success.
This made me realize, once again, that Communication, in all its forms, has no limits.
Communication, in all its forms, is not “good” or “bad” : It depends on how you use it.
The means in itself is just a means. When it becomes a purpose, the problems start.
On the other hand – and at the same time – the people (i.e. our “friends on Facebook) must always been considered “as an end and never merely as a means to an end”.
(Immanuel Kant docet, but he was not talking about Facebook!)

Out There: where Architecture meets Semiotics


What are the first things you think when I say “architecture”?
Heavy long-lasting buildings? Pyramids? Sparky skyscrapers? A thirty floor residence? The tour Eiffel?
If this is what we usually mean by “architecture”, maybe we need to change our beliefs.
As Semiotics tought me, the meaning of things is not simply an “object” (a “chair” is not only “the object that has the shape of a chair”, because a stone on the grass is actually a chair, if you sit on it!) but the consequences related to them (actions but also feelings).
In other terms, the meaning is what things REPRESENT.
Thats why the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice is called “Out there: Architecture Beyond Building”.
Architecture is not just about “buildings” and “constructions” (=objects): we need to look beyond them.
Today the world is extremely dynamic, buildings cannot be something eternal anymore. What we create must be easy to develop, light, avaiable to be changed in order to our temporary needs.
Architecture is the way to create a world that

we feel like home
(Aaron Betsky)

but paradoxically, without building stable houses.
Its a way to communicate our time, our fears, our views.
Buildings dont represent this anymore.
Visual arts and performances, cinema, collage, illustrations, practices, immaginations, deconstructions, experiences, undefined shapes. Sperimentation, and not just an exposition of what already exists.
This is what I saw “Out there”.

Sleevage

Sleevage is an Australian blog all about music cover art. From the LP’s of the 60’s to the digital artworks of now.
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They are currently looking for writers who want to regularly submit to Sleevage in exchange for free CD’s and concert tickets. Here you will find their contact.

Without Sense but hilarious

Webwithoutsense.com is “essentially a blog, a gallery of common place website design/layout/marketing/general annoyances on the Internet.”
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“Equally, it is satirical dialogue aimed to get a message across while being frank and outward.”
And they certainly are.

A sick beginning

This is how everything started. “Six Men Getting Sick” (or Six Figures Getting Sick), the color animated short film by David Lynch -described by himself as “57 seconds of growth and fire, and three seconds of vomit”, was made in 1966. It is also the first work of this master of surreal, nightmarish and dreamlike images.

The film cost $200 and was not intended to have any successors. It was merely an experiment on Lynch’s part because he wanted to see his paintings move. Then, just like that, it won the Academy’s annual film contest, leading to a commission and later on to a $5,000 grant from the American Film Institute to keep working.
The rest is history.

The TV Set

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This movie came out a while ago, but I saw it just the other day.
It is about how a good idea and an attempt at doing something unique gets destroyed little by little because no one wants to take risks or challenge anyone. While this is not an original concept for a film, it is surprising that it is such a popular topic for comedies, The Extras is a great example of this, but yet it happens over and over again in real life. Is it ever going to change?

Sweding?

Perhaps you might have seen a lot of “sweding” mentioned on the internets lately.
Well the term comes from the new Michel Gondry movie “Be Kind Rewind”.
Check out the movie’s website. It is pretty intense.
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Pretty fun.

LES CONCERTS A EMPORTER / THE TAKE-AWAY SHOWS

I’m in love with this vlog: a series of mini-concerts by amazing bands, mostly filmed on the streets of Paris and New York. The directors’ (such as Vincent Moon) love to get the bands in mundane places and physically awkward situations (a famous one is Sufjan Stevens perched on a rooftop).
Here’s probably the least known take-away, the lovely Ruby Suns from Auckland, playing on a traffic island, in Paris. They’re pretty used to small islands though, so it’s just another day at the office.

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A random side note for those who enjoy trivia:
They’re singing about this tree, the god of the forest. If you like the idea of serenading a tree, check out this music video by Connan and the Mockasins, featuring a man dressed as the very same tree.

Chicago 10: The Movie

A new movie about the famous trial of the Chicago 7 (there was ten people originally involved).
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From the Apple trailers website:
From his Academy Award-nominated “On the Ropes, to his singular blend of fact and legend in the Robert Evans portrait “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” Brett Morgen has explored increasingly provocative ways to transform documentary materials into new and exhilarating kinds of movies. CHICAGO 10 tells the story of the buildup and unraveling of the Chicago Conspiracy trial not as “history,” but as an electrifying experience felt with up-to-the- moment immediacy. Interweaving footage of the brutal clashes between police and demonstrators at the 1968 Democratic convention with 3-D animated reenactments of the outrageous trial that followed it, Morgen turns the audience into eyewitnesses of violent turmoil and absurdist spectacle. Set to a blazing soundtrack that ranges from Black Sabbath and Steppenwolf to the Beastie Boys and Eminem, “Chicago 10” is a stirring account of young Americans taking a stand in the face of an oppressive government—a story with deep resonance to the world of today.



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