Takashi Murakami’s film, Jellyfish Eyes, to be released later this year

This post is long overdue. Months ago, I was reading through various art blogs and websites looking for interesting developments in the art world. One of my resources for art news is ArtInfo, having learned about Takashi Murakami’s current work, I saved a draft post and ONLY now just getting back to it (I originally wrote this back in late January of this year!). I still can’t believe it’s half way through April! What the heck? In any case, he is working on a Godzilla-like movie titled Jellyfish Eyes scheduled for release later on this year. Now, if you’re not too familiar with Murakami’s work, he is the artist responsible for Kanye West’s Graduation album cover.

Kanye West’s Graduation album cover ~ Image Source: takashimurakami.net

Many Louis Vuitton fans may also remember a line of bags, accessories, and even a New York 5th Avenue store covered in Murakami’s work.

Louis Vuitton 5th New York Store ~ Image Source: Hype Beast

Last year, I read Seven Days in the Art World by Sarah Thornton. Each chapter looks at an important day in the art world (e.g., The Auction, The Crit, etc.). For The Studio Visit, Thornton met with Murakami and some of his staff. One thing that intrigues me is the collaborative effort it takes to manufacture the grandiose pieces. I try to take notice of what makes a particular artist successful and one of the common threads I see (especially across new media artists) is the ability to work with a cross-section of people. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of Murakami’s work but it’s difficult to deny his creative process and prolific production. His work is certainly reflective of human consumption and excess. From album covers (i.e., Kanye West) to the Palace of Versailles, his work is probably the most visually consumed. Reminiscent of Andy Warhol’s art factory, Murakami is an astute artist and business person. It only makes sense that he come out with a movie, right? Right! Quite honestly, I’m really intrigued and will be on the look out later this year.

Takashi Murakami Talks about his Upcoming Monster Movie from Tom Chen on Vimeo.

Photos of SOMArts Cultural Center Event, Night Light: Multi-Media Garden Party

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I went to the Night Light: Multi-Media Garden Party at the SOMArts Cultural Center. It was great seeing friends and meeting some wonderful artists. Below, you’ll find some footage I shot of Radka Pulliam‘s piece, Up and Down the Street. It’s quite clever in that the viewer must “look in” the building to “look out” at the street view. The placement was spot on since it was in a relatively inconspicuous place towards the front of the entrance. I noticed people stopped when they noticed someone looking down and ponder the location of the projection.

One of the memorable performances of the evening was the Spanish Contemporary dance routine of Elias Aguirre and Alvaro Esteban. They are amazing. The isolations and articulation of their bodies is best seen in person. If you were at Night Light, you would know exactly what I’m talking about. Fortunately, there is a video of this phenomenal Spanish Contemporary Dance duo.

ESPACIO ENTER: International Festival of Creativity, Innovation & Digital Culture

In times of crisis only creativity is more important than knowledge.

Albert Einstein, Scientist

Or, as Espacio Enter Canarias site states in Spanish, “En los momentos de crisis sólo la creatividad es más importante que el conocimiento.” (Still Albert Einstein, of course). According to the site, the meeting is an International Meeting of Creativity Innovation & Digital Culture, which may interest some of you dear readers. Apparently, the Espacio organization has put out a call for participants (speakers, etc.) that include the following topics:

Click on the image to visit the Espacio Enter Canarias site

Under the ART – SCIENCE – INNOVATION – TECHNOLOGY – SOCIETY category:

  • Digital Communities
  • Geospatial storytelling
  • Artificial Life
  • Software art
  • Transgenic art
  • Generative art
  • Videogames
  • Robotic
  • Open Source
  • 2D & 3D Computer Animation
  • Net-art
  • Experimental video art
  • Blog, videoblog
  • Creation for mobile platforms
  • Videodance
  • App development

Under the DIGITAL IMAGE category:

  • Film
  • Short film
  • Webfilm
  • Mobile film
  • Cinema 3D
  • Animation movie
  • Videoart movie

I believe if you’re on Google Chrome or Firefox, you’re able to translate the Espacio Enter Canarias site. Or, if you’re fluent in Spanish, you’re golden. Either way, I wanted to pass on this info to new media artist and/or educators interested in traveling to Tenerife, Canary Islands in Spain! From what I’ve heard, it’s a pretty nice place to visit.

Side note: EEC collaborates with Artechmedia, which was an arts and technology organization. Absolutely worth checking out and networking with these folks, if you have the opportunity!

The Spectacular Seat

Click on the image to visit The Spectacular Seat site

So, did you click on the image above to learn about The Spectacular Seat performance piece by Art Research Team (aka, artist, Tim Roseborough)? Go on, click on the image and read through the description and please feel free to submit a comment. I would like to know, do you think this is art? I’m interested to read your thoughts on the matter and would love to start a dialogue with you. By the way, this piece will be exhibiting at the Keeping an Eye on Surveillance show opening this weekend at the Performance Art Institute of San Francisco this Saturday, September 10, 2011.

Bischoff Soren Black

I took shots from the Oakland Art Murmur this past Friday which did not import over to my computer. Bummer. Since I don’t have photos to go along with this post (how ironic since this is about photography and video), this will be a short one. As always, one of my favorite stops is the Johansson Projects (JP). The current show, Bischoff Soren Black, includes the works of Brice Bischoff, Tabitha Soren, and Ellen Black. Each artists uses photography as a way to alter landscapes and seascapes through both digital and analog techniques. These days, it’s easy to become a photographer using your smart phone with all these snazzy applications but the differentiation between artist and hobbyist is the concept that derives the work. Bischoff, Soren, and Black attempt to show the viewer methods and techniques of photography that rely solely on the ingenuity and imagination of the artists. All were fantastic and so worth seeing.

My favorite: Ellen Black’s video installations

To learn more about the artists, view their sites by clicking here, here, and here.

The Art of War

Last weekend, I watched Full Metal Jacket. Being a huge fan of Stanley Kubrick and a sucker for a well done war film, the movie was phenomenal. Naturally, I thought of the various ways war has been depicted in the visual and new media arts. Admittedly, I’m not huge fan of political art; HOWEVER, when it’s done well, it can be powerful and truly engaging. From visual to performative, the artists below have created some of the most memorable pieces.

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During a Feminism & the Arts course, I studied Martha Rosler‘s photo montage works of the Vietnam war.

Artist: Martha Rosler | Title: red stripe kitchen (Part of 'Bringing the War Home' Series) | photo montage | 1967-1972

Currently in draft mode, I’m working on a zer01 piece on new media art that serves as both political and social commentary. One of the artists I’m looking at is Joseph DeLappe and his work, ‘dead-in-Iraq’.

Artist: Joseph DeLappe | Title: dead-in-Iraq | Interactive | 2006 - Ongoing

The conceptual work of Chris Burden possesses an extraordinary and rather dangerous level of self-sacrifice that works extremely well. His work STILL gives me chills. Talk about physicality and gesture – his work is all about that.

Art collectives epitomize the adage, ‘Power in Numbers’, and the Tool Shed Days is a collaborative effort that created the interactive piece, ‘Befriend a Recruiter’. Please watch the video and share your reflections. Again, I am working on a piece and will be discussing them a bit more in detail…In the interim, I would love to hear what you think – positive, negative, or indifferent.

Befriend a Recruiter from artfail on Vimeo.