jeudi 7 octobre 2010
mercredi 6 octobre 2010
- Food and Drink
mardi 5 octobre 2010
first feature film, in which he starred in the iconic role of Charles Foster Kane. It is often considered the greatest film ever made because of his innovative cinematography, music and narrative structure, more particulary his distinctive directorial style featured layered, nonlinear narrative forms, innovative uses of lighting and chiaroscuro, unique camera angles, sound techniques borrowed from radio, deep focuse shots, and long takes.
vendredi 1 octobre 2010
Exhibition : Walker Art Gallery
Artist Name : Allen Jones
Nationality : English
Work Title : Hermaphrodite
Dimentions : ~ 2m x 1m
I noticed this painting at the Walker Art Gallery and i have chosen to write a review about this one because it is one of the paintings i spent the most time wondering about.
My frist questions were why can we not see the faces of the characters? and Why is the colour yellow dominant in this painting?
By looking at the painting from a distance, another question came, why is the background so clear and symetric when the main subjects are distorted?
The title of the painting is Hermaphrodite which means by definition : "an individual in which reproductive organs of both sexes are present"
So why can we see the women's shape more than the man ?
This question brought me to read the description of the painting which says that " it is one of his [Allen Jones] first portrayals of hermaphrodites".
Then, the latter brought me to my last question and also to my answers :
How has the artist's future work been influenced by the women?
dimanche 26 septembre 2010
Work Title : Another Place
Artist Name : Antony gormley
Nationality : English
Media : Sculpture
Dimensions : Human size
I really liked this exhibition because it reminded me that i have been in their place many times...dreaming and questioning about life when i was sad or when i needed to find serenity.
My hometown is near to the beach and the winter i used to put on my windbreaker, went to the beach, sat on a tree tronc that the sea brought back on the sand and looked at the horizon.
Are these statues waiting for something? or Are they looking for something? Do they want to escape or are they just looking for new horizons?
Why are they all looking in the same direction and in the same pose?
I believe that this exhibition generates a feeling of an individual nature as well as a universal one. Individual because as i said everyone can identify themselves in questioning the statues thought and universal because everyone has already questioned his/her lives.
samedi 25 septembre 2010
vendredi 24 septembre 2010
My focus: the key collection!
Different kind of events
An investigation as a performance.
Web site: "Investigating the Mary Greg collection at Manchester Art Gallery"--> Word taken in the first degree.
After the visit to Platt Hall:
We could take pictures of some objects, turn them into flyers with a catch phrase written on the back, eg: "Would you like to know where this key gives you access to ? Then come to the Platt Hall on the.....2012 to find out!"
Ways to interpret the collection
A performance: An investigation where people would
have to discover where the keys are hidden and then make hypothesis about their use.
The flyers could be the start point of this investigation, people would have to bring them.
After the visit to Platt Hall:
"The objects, their hidden stories, who owned them, where did she obtain them from?"
"Perhaps you can help us untangle the truths from the fiction?"
--> We could let visitors write their own theory, hypothesis..
"How can we allow people access to the storage areas without compromising the safety of the collection?"
--> Divide them in little groups.
--> Give people plastic gloves at the entrance of the storage areas (within investigation).
-->Place "guards" in each room to look after the objects.
While I was trying to make original flyers, the idea of making my own keys came to me. Thus, the last week before the presentation with Liz I have concentrated my work on this idea. I went to the Mac suite to draw my keys on Illustrator and then to the laser cutter to make prototypes of my keys, two in wood, two in plastic and two in an other kind of wood. The cost of a hundred keys would be 5 pounds which is quite cheap.
Finally, my work was more about the way to promote the event so I decided to reoriente it on this aspect to present it to Liz.
jeudi 23 septembre 2010
|La Gitane à l'enfant|
Portraits are my favorite inspirations in photography and I love the way he catches the expressions of his subjects.
So here are a couple of my favorite portraits.
|La petite fille au lapin|
mercredi 22 septembre 2010
I love the oxymoron that these pictures portray, they are beautifull and terrible, they have greatness and decadence.
Unfortunately, I cannot put all the pictures in my blog but here are my favorites!
|William Livingstone's house|
|Melted clock, technical school|
|Room 1504, Plaza Hotel|
|Piano, Saint Albertus School|
|Packard motor factory|
mardi 21 septembre 2010
Today this underground world is mostly unused however, we can now be guided through them as a piece of Manchester's history.
In my opinion, it is really interessting to discover this unseen world that dwells beneath our feet. As we go about our day to day lives we are unaware of this exciting man made mysterious tomb that our city has been built on.
During my visit I was able to take pictures of these history filled tunnels but these images may never project the darkness that is the reality of being over a hundred feet below the surface of Manchester.
lundi 20 septembre 2010
I have always been interessted in advertising and have even considered it as a future career but I am still not sure because I do not want to work for companies selling mindless product. This is why, for my assignement I have chosen to work with the image of Amnesty International. All the campaigns made about this company represent what I like in advertising, they are really artistic, full of creativity with a huge impact and a strong message!
To give an idea of how I would like to work with advertising, here is one of my favorite adverts made to promote the company.
dimanche 19 septembre 2010
|20cm, wood, full engraving|
|15cm, wood, full engraving|
|15cm, plastic, full engraving|
|15cm, wood, hollow engraved|
samedi 18 septembre 2010
This project is about the influence of masculine and feminine through languages.
The starting point of this project came from a thought that I have had when I have begun to learn English. Do I see the world and art in a different way from others people because of my mother tongue?
Basically, do languages affect our way to see the world?
In French everything is masculine or feminine, starting from a car to emotions such as love or anger, so does it make me think differently or does it add barriers to things that we take for granted?
As well as I wanted to develop this project I also wanted to develop my skills in making and editing video. Thus, I rented a video camera and interviewed people from different mother tongue and asked them about some objects which I found relevant if they thought it was more masculine or feminine and why, aiming for a documentative approach. Then, I could see what will come out of it.
The video done, I realised that the answers vary from people through their culture and their education more than from their mother tongue even if it influenced it.
My conclusion is that It's all about perception and the discovery I made in the language part of The phenomenology of perception by Maurice Merleau-Ponty illustrates exactly what came out of my video which is that we cannot dissociate speech and thoughts, they are interactive, one cannot exist without the other.
To carry on this theme I am considering doing a theatrical performance involving body language.
vendredi 17 septembre 2010
|'Hearts', Oliviero Toscani, Benetton campaign, March 1996|
jeudi 16 septembre 2010
mercredi 15 septembre 2010
The piece uses the ruined grandeur of the internationally famous Victoria Baths as a sympathetic and emotionally involving backdrop for the production, which took the audience on an intimate journey through the horrors of the period, experiencing through true accounts the personal human devastation felt by so many during this dark chapter in modern history.
Travel from the war-torn ghettoes of Krakow, through to the raided houses of Berlin and Prague, and finally, to the harrowing emptiness and silence of the Nazi death camps.
I really loved these performances, the Victoria Baths is a beautifull building and the way we were guided through the different performances was original. The audience was really close to the performers because of the limited space of the rooms. This really intimist theatre is one of my favourit kind because you feel like you are involved in the performance and it is a great feeling.