About halfway through, I realized I had mentioned Kusama’s work before on here – as she was the artist behind the amazing Obliteration Room. Having just seen her most recent work in 2012, I’d be curious to know more about what she was making at the start of her career, some 50+ years ago.
His film documents his six-month journey aboard a container ship, travelling between New York and Singapore via the Suze Canal. Combining both still image and video, the documentary covers a wide range of topics: the various jobs on board the ship, the precautions taken for fear of pirates in the Gulf of Aden, and the constant comfort/problem of monotony.
I was so taken with the concept and the trailer, the moment I heard they were doing a Kickstarter campaign… I signed up to contribute. Though there has been a pretty long (almost a year) delay between when the funding was reached and kit showing up at my doorstep… I really don’t care. There were some large gaps where not a lot of info was shared regarding the doc, but work is still continuing, and the film is nearing completion. Even if I didn’t get any perks or prizes, I’d still have contributed – as I really just dug the concept, and what the filmmakers have done so far. Really can’t wait to see the finished film – been looking forward to it for some time now.
And rumor has it that there might be a 3207 screening here in Chicago! Nothing definitive yet, but I’ll definitely post up something here if I find out anything for sure. I had a blast watching this documentary on my TV at home, and would love the chance to see it on the big screen.
“I remember the feeling, the sense that we just really weren’t connected to anyone else’s reality. We were flying across the country, at a rate faster than anyone else was going for a constant time. So in a way, my view looking back now on it: I still can get back to that same feeling. I felt almost like we were hovering over the Earth, while we were driving. Whether it was a couple feet or a couple inches, it… there was a complete disconnect. “
“I don’t race on weekends for trophies, I race because there is thrill in driving and satisfaction in winning. Going across country was no different to me.”
In my research, I ended up finding a Google Talk that Alex gave back in 2008. I think it’s really worth watching, particularly if you’ve seen the documentary. As was the case in the documentary, I found Alex to be a highly charismatic, engaging person… and also a great public speaker. In his talk, he adds a lot of details that weren’t included in the film.
De Ceulaer was interested in using plaster as “an end material,” and not just something used for making moulds. He tested out this approach by filling a balloon with plaster, and ended up with a fairly useless object that had perfectly smooth sides.
Living across the street from an auction house, John Maloof ended up purchasing a box full of negatives for $380. From there, he discovered the work of Vivian Maier and began trying to unravel who she was – her history, and her passion for photography.
That snare had a breaking strength of two tons. The dart was full of something called Telazol, brought to you by Pfizer, the same people who make Zoloft and Viagra. Next thing I know, I’m wearing a VHF collar and have my own radio frequency. They also gave me a number. I’m Bear 71.
Here’s one tidbit that floored me: Jiro’s restaurant has received a three-star Michelin Guide rating – which means that the restaurant is considered “exceptional cuisine,” and warrants a special journey to the country simply to eat the food. As of 2009, there were only 81 three-star restaurants in the world.
They’ve got an ambitious goal: $30,000 with a little under $6,000 pledged at the time of this blog post (with 19 days to go).
I’ll tell you this – I love the idea of Kickstarter, but haven’t really backed a ton of projects to date. Mostly, they’ve been projects started by friends that I wanted to support. But in this case, I wanted to put my money where my mouth is.
American Juggalo is a mini documentary about Juggalos – dedicated fans of the band Insane Clown Posse. Oftentimes adorned with clown makeup covering their faces, Juggalos have an annual event called The Gathering of the Juggalos – a four day concert that’s a modern day version of Woodstock.