Archive for May, 2008
Picked this one up on Guy Kawasaki’s blog this morning. He quotes an article in the UK Daily Telegraph about a Manchester band called “Get Out Clause” who played their music in the street in front of the around eighty CCTV surveillance cameras around their city and then edited up a video of the result. They needed to request the footage from the businesses who owned the cameras but about a quarter responded and that was enough to make the video.
What I wonder is what passers by thought of this and especially when you see them playing in the middle of a zebra crossing (crosswalk for the Americans)…..
Another cool art opportunity afforded by the 21st century.
CNet reports this morning that the biggest drawing in the world was just a hoax. The purported art project was to fly a GPS device around the world and create a massive drawing from the track of the device. Keen eyed and intelligent commenters on previous articles on this subject both on CNet and other places had pointed out the total improbability of the project. However it’s still an interesting idea – new artistic medium.
I saw this video today (sorry but most of it is in Hebrew) about Stephen Wiltshire who draws amazing panoramic drawings of cities around the world from memory. The image below shows the finished work and if you click on it you can go to his site to see his gallery.
Stephen apparently suffers from autism but has an amazing memory and a talent for art and he makes what looks like a good living from drawing. Good on him!
Last Thursday night was Lag BaOmer. This is the 33rd day from the festival of Pesach and is held by tradition to be amongst other things the day that Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai died. He is acredited as having written the major mystical work - Sefer HaZohar (literally “the book of luminance”). As a result there is a widespread custom of lighting bonfires and sitting round them doing unmystical things like eating roast potatos and marshmallows.
If there is an opposite to greenness then Lag BaOmer is it. I suppose you could call it a red festival (red being the complementary color to green). Large amounts of waste (and not so waste) timber get collected by packs of marauding teenagers in the weeks leading up to the festival in order to burn them all night when it comes. And I haven’t spoken about the air quality the next morning…..
But anyway, why be a killjoy? Let’s spend the rest of the 364 days of the year being green. After we’ve done that we can start on curbing the excesses of things enshrined in our culture that give enjoyment and meaning to our lives.