Vorige week heb ik een nieuw speeltje gekocht: de Canon 5D mark II. Wat een geweldig apparaat. Vandaag had ik eindelijk wat tijd om hem buiten in het zonnetje uit te proberen. Statief ging mee om ook de video-functionaliteit te testen. Grappig hoe...
On the clouds of the mythic Mount Olympus, a young girl unleashes a dangerous monster from a mysterious box. Can he match the infant that set him free? I understand this beautiful animation by Gobelins as an invitation to face one's personal shadows with curiosity rather than fear - and experience personal growth as a result.The demon in the video insists on enacting patterns of domination and victimization - but the child just refuses to play according to this script. She even has the courage to dive right into the mysterious dark box, from which she re-emerges as a grown being. This could almost be a video summary of soulcraft, a book by Bill Plotkin that I've just finished reading. Bill Plotkin believes that by courageously facing the underworld of the soul, we can find our true place in the world and our authentic self. He describes various "soulcraft skills", such as dream work, wandering in nature, vision quests, use of symbols, or mindfulness practice, which help to step out of the ordinary world with its usual scripts, and into a process of self-discovery. A process that is, by necessity, a terrifying experience for the ego, which would prefer safety and comfort to transcendence any time. It was enlightening for me to realise that the journey into one's darkest fears and personal shadows is just as important for developing an eco-centric (rather than egocentric) culture, as is the connection to the upperworld of spirit through practices such as meditation or yoga. In the interview below Bill Plotkin explains why it is necessary to re-connect to one's wild nature.
Social theorist Jonathan Zittrain shows us that the internet is made up of millions of disinterested acts of kindness, curiosity and trust. The biggest eye-opener for me in this presentation was that the internet created a collective consciousness which a lot of successful online concepts, like Wikipedia, are based on. They rely on people being able to sense what's right or wrong and act on it. For free.
Designer Sir Paul Smith created a limited edition bottle for Evian water recently. In the video, Paul talks about the bottle but he also gives a tour of his studio. Paul says he does not look at other designers. He fills his studio with things that inspire him like a child.
We can do no great things, only small things with great love. Mother Teresa I think that sums up this video beautifully!More quotes: Happiness
There are many good films at this year's Venice Film Festival. None more pertinent than Moore's Capitalism. Good luck Mike, I hope you win everything. Out of competition but would have won is Informant! which tells a much smaller but amazingly bizarre story. One funny thing about these two films is they are both, well, funny. Maybe the only thing you can do is laugh in the face of tragedy?Informant! movie trailer
I am one of the people who commute to work by train. Now, with all the buzz about Swine Flu, each time someone sneezes on the train, everybody is shuffling in their seats. Or is it just me seeing things? This film by Christine Rabette reminds everyone worried about germs that also laughter is extremely contagious, even in a commute train. And don't they say that laughter is the best medicine? The film "Merci!" won a Golden Wave for best Short Film in 2003, so it's not really fresh, but I found it pretty up to date nevertheless. The film also reminded me of a research project I read about some months ago: A long time survey found that happiness is contagious and therefore, even strangers may cheer you up. Just as you and I can cheer up strangers ;-)
Gap is doing a series of ads with interviews of artists. My favorite so far is the one with photographer Anna Gaskell. Anna says she embraces her mistakes because they are best part of her work and her life.
60 Minutes report about Alice Waters. She is a famous proponent of food made with natural ingredients, in season, served fresh and grown without pesticides. These are good things.
In the installation “Memories of Self” Tetsuro Nagata plays with perceptions of self and with time delay to question the observer’s own memory and identity. On one screen, visitors can can see themselves in a mirror, but the reflection is a few seconds old, which means you look at a version of yourself from the past. In a similar way, a second projection allows the viewer to become aware of their shadow by delaying the projection, and mixing it with shadows from previous visitors. ...The project looks like a comment on what it means to "be present in the Now". (via interactive architecture)
There's always something to compliment. Cam Brown and Brett Westcott are standing on a corner at Purdue university Indiana, giving out free compliments to everyone who passes by. What are they getting out of it? A whole lot of smiles. Great idea isn't it. So let's see if it works here. I love how you are reading this post, I really respect the way Linton is keeping us posted during the summer break, I like Ines' philosophical take on things and of course I admire how Martijn is making this all possible. Have you got a compliment you'd like to share?
Brain scientist Robert Lawrence Kuhn talks to many people about God in the film Closer to the Truth. The video above is the trailer for the PBS series. The website has many more videos on related topics like the cosmos and consciousness. I like, very much, that the videos focus on the questions more than what people think are the right answers.
Celebrated inventor Dean Kamen says you have to take risks. To inspire, Dean says, you must be willing to fail and don't punish failure when it happens but learn from it.
Three strangers and a bus. Roadtrip Nation follows three people who are trying to find their 'road' in life. They interview people along the way who live their life according to what they are passionate about. The bus has been ‘tripping’ since 2006 and gathered dozens of incredible stories. For a few of the best stories, check the full post. Take the crappiest job in a field that you love Vision without action is a daydream, action without vision is a nightmare Survive your dark period The only think that counts, is what you think!