Archive for June, 2012

June 19, 2012

Telemagica: festival review

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I went to Telemagica on 6/9. Telemagica is a 3 day music festival in California’s high desert, Jacumba CA. The site is very close to Mexican border, the fence of the boarder is actually visible from the festival site. Most of the people camp at the site, sleep in the van or just stay up all night. Because of its obscurity and authenticity, most of the people there seem to be artistic type with great appreciation for creativity and people who pay attention to culture/sub culture.

There are 3 main places in this festival, Telemagica (the camp site with several stages and art and random trains,) electronic/rave music stage (set along the trail that leads to the Tectonic stage) and the Tectonic stage (which is surrounded by mountains and looks and feels like it’s inside crater.) And each location is about a mile apart from each other. It was very funny and surreal to me that I could see the raging lights from the rave stage in the distance from the Tectonic stage where I spent most of the night.

I personally feel done with the bigger festivals like Coachella because I’ve done it, it’s getting more and more expensive, I don’t like standing among hot sweaty loud crowds anymore like I used to like, and it’s highly commercialized even though there are great music.

On the other hand, Telemagica was very laid-back, pure, spacious and fun even though it was very loosely organized, in fact, almost dysfunctional at times. The schedule was 5 hours behind or something at the Tectonic Stage. It was mostly frustrating for the bands who packed up and dragged all their gears to the desert. But I believe most of the people were on drugs and easily stayed up till the sun came up, so I guess it didn’t matter too much. When I walked the desert trail back to the camp site with my friends after Jamuel Saxon finished up their set, the sky was getting lighter. People were still partying at the Tectonic stage, and people were also still sitting around the camp fire after the night has ended at the Telemagica camp site.

I had a really good time hiking around, discovering art, seeing bands, drinking whiskey, staring at the milky way in the desert with many friends. I loved how authentic the event was.

I documented the Telemagica here and there and made a 15 minutes long documentary. Watch Telemagica Documentary This video shows the festival site and also features Jamuel Saxon, Suisho No Fune, Shiva Trash and more. Hope you enjoy it.

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June 11, 2012

Projects: PSICOMAGIA and A Painting

I’ll share some of my projects I recently finished here.

PSICOMAGIA:

I made 2 videos of PSICOMAGIA’s live show at Tin Can Alehouse. They’ve been playing at venues around San Diego. Highly recommended to go see them live especially if you are tired of seeing wussy hipster bands. Don’t get me wrong though, I like wussy bands too, I don’t even know who exactly hipsters are, but I’m just saying these musicians are not that, whatever it really is. I got the recording of this show from Brian Ellis (who plays sax in Psicomagia) You should be able to hear the details pretty well. Use of headphones recommended to hear better.

PSICOMAGIA Live Footage #1

PSICOMAGIA Live Footage #2

http://www.facebook.com/psicomagiamusic

PSICOMAGIA is Paul Marrone (drums) Brian Ellis (sax) Tyler Daughn (keys) Trevor Mast (bass) Bernardo Nunez (poet) and Daniel Gutierrez (poet)

A PAINTING:

I finished this painting after I came back from family vacation in Hawaii.

This painting used to look like below. Can you see how much I calmed down after swimming in Hawaii??

I wrote about my vacation in Hawaii in the last blog. When I was underwater and watching fishes, sleeping on the quiet nearly empty beach, I nicely realized that my art and my thoughts and everything that I clumsily stress about don’t matter because the fishes I saw in the clear warm water didn’t give a shit. Fishes don’t give a shit, so why should I? It’s a weird logic, but it’s been working for me and making me feel very content.

The video below is a song that I like by the Strokes and Regina Spektor. And I was listening to this song in Hawaii, and the line “Always thinking about yourself” stood out somehow.  I think it is a very real mentality in urban environment. But it wasn’t in Hawaii, at least for me. It felt pretty silly to be that way when I immersed myself in the nature, especially when I was in mild panic at 80 feet deep in the ocean during scuba diving.

Always thinking about yourself. Always thinking about yourself. Always thinking about yourself.

June 4, 2012

Fish, Peace, Osamu Tezuka 魚、平和、手塚治虫

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It had been a long time since the last family vacation, so I went to Hawaii with my family. We woke up early, ate, talked, swam, drank whiskey and slept everyday for 9 days we were in Hawaii. My family is pretty carefree and nice.

久しぶりに家族旅行でハワイへ行ってきました。9日間の間、毎日早起きし、泳ぎ、食べ、話し、ウィスキーを飲み、眠りました。うちの家族はなかなか気楽でいいです。

Waking up early and swimming in warm clear water in tropical island showed clearly how I over-think all the time, be bothered by small things and live unhealthy life.

南の島で毎日早起きして温かく透明な海で泳ぐことで、普段自分がいかに考え過ぎで、いかに小さいことにこだわっていて、いかに不健康な生活を送っているかということが浮き彫りになった感じでした。

When my head becomes really hard and stressed, I will try to remember fishes and sea turtles living for the day underwater.

これからの生活で頭の中が凝り固まってきたら、海の中でその日暮らしをしていたたくさんの魚達や青ウミガメ達のことを思い出そうと思います。

On Memorial Day, I went to Arizona Memorial where a warship called Arizona sunken by Japaneses attack in the beginning of WWII was preserved just as is.

メモリアル・デイにはアリゾナ・メモリアルという太平洋戦争の始めに日本軍の奇襲によって沈められたアメリカのアリゾナという名前の戦艦が沈んだまま保存されている場所へ行きました。

It’s not really a fun thing to look at, and the place carries a heavy and dark historical atmosphere. I felt it on my skin that the specific time period had a very vivid and strong present of Nazism of Germany, fascism of Italy and militarism of Japan, and regular people lived at the time didn’t have choices but intense tides of the time.

見てて楽しいタイプのものではないし、かなり重くて暗い歴史の雰囲気が漂っていますが、その頃世界ではドイツのナチズム、イタリアのファシズムと日本のミリタリズムが色濃く存在していて、人々はその激しい時代の流れに翻弄されながら、選択肢というものを持たずに生きていたというのを肌で感じることができました。

We humans always “self-justify” no matter what kind of awful things we commit. We justify wars. Self-justifying and telling a lie are fundamentally different things. Lying is consciously telling a lie to others. But self-justifying is rather lying to ourselves unconsciously. Lying to ourselves is a dangerous thing. Lying to ourselves, justifying things like wars devastate morality in our society.

私たち人間は、どんなに悪いことをしても常にそれを「正統化」します。戦争だって正統化します。正統化することと、嘘をつくことは本質的に違うことです。嘘をつくことは、意識的に他人に嘘をつくことです。だけど正統化することは、どちらかというと無意識に自分に嘘をつくことです。自分に嘘をつくことは危険なことです。自分に嘘をつき、戦争のようなものを正統化することによって、私たちの社会のモラルはどこまでも崩れていきます。

I also went to lantern floating festival on the same day. It’s an event for peace and many people release lanterns to the ocean. About 40,000 people were at the event, the beach was full of people, and many lanterns were released to the ocean. It was a serene experience that 40,000 gather “for peace.” It would be wonderful if all the wars to benefit certain politicians, countries and corporations end. I believe it is important for all of us to make an effort to reduce greed.

同じメモリアル・デイの夕方に、灯籠流しへ行きました。それは平和を祈るイベントで、たくさんの灯籠が海に流されます。およそ4万人の人々がそのイベントに参加し、ビーチは人でいっぱいになり、人々の手によって海に数えきれない数の灯籠が流されました。「平和の為に」4万人の人々が集まるというのは、とても穏やかな経験でした。権力のある政治家や国や、大企業の利潤の為の戦争のない世の中が実現したら素晴らしいでしょう。その為には、私たち一人一人が欲を無くしていく努力をするのが大事なのではないかと私は思います。

When I was in Hawaii with my family, I borrowed comic books from my brother. It’s called Buddha, written  by a famous Japanese cartoonist called Osamu Tezuka, and I thought that not burning greed for materials, taking a good look at my own heart and living harmoniously with the earth was a wonderful way to live. Osamu Tezuka is great for telling a deep concepts and a story for regular people through a fun medium manga (comic books) which little kids and people without higher education can read. Thanks Osamu!

ハワイにいた時、弟が持ってきていた手塚治虫のブッダという漫画を読んで、欲を燃やさず、しっかりと自分の心を見つめ、地球と調和しながら生きるということがすごく素晴らしいことだと感じました。こういう深いコンセプトを、子供でも、教養があまりなくても読める、マンガという形で一般の人達に送ってくれた手塚治虫はすごいね。ありがとう治虫!