Archive for November, 2012

November 25, 2012

Turkey and My Theme

Why would she be so ordinary while the world is filled with infinite things? It might be because she ate turkey every year for last 250 years, even without putting herself in a shoe of turkey once. Of course I do not know how I can precisely put myself in a turkey’s shoe, but at least I know what could happen to a turkey could easily happen to myself. She might have spent a tremendous amount of energy to be ordinary and silently have killed many things. Maybe I should have lowered my flag way earlier and lived earnestly like her. Also she probably could handle various things better than I could.

世界には無限に物事が溢れているのに、なぜ彼女はあんなに平凡なのだろう?それは過去250年間彼女は感謝祭に欠かさず七面鳥を食べ続けてきたからかもしれない、それも七面鳥の立場に一度も立つことなくだ。僕にもどうやったら正確に七面鳥の立場に立てるのかはわからないけど、僕は少なくとも、七面鳥に起こりえることは、僕の身に起こってもおかしくないということを知っている。彼女は平凡になるために莫大なエネルギーを使い、平凡になるためにたくさんの物事を黙殺してきたのかもしれない。もしかしたら僕も彼女のようにすごくマジメに、さっさと旗を降ろして生きるべきだったのかもしれない。それにきっと彼女はいろんなことを僕よりも上手くやることができるだろう。

But I think like this.

だけど僕はこう思う。

I have to release my soul from: the curse of school training, repetitive everyday, simplified thoughts, generalized aspects and standardized themes.

僕は学校教育の呪いから、反復する毎日から、単純化されてしまった思考から、一般化されてしまった見地から、画一化されてしまったテーマから、僕自身の魂を解放してやらなければいけない。

That is my theme.

それが僕のテーゼだ。

 

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November 19, 2012

Films and a Film in Progress

I started making a short film that I was talking about since the NYC trip. It is an experimental film and all of the music in the film is my friends’ and the girls in the film are also my friends from high school met up in NYC. This video is an intro for the film. Music (moon jam) is by Jamaal Clarke.

ニューヨークの旅行以来話していたショートフィルムを作り始めました。フィルムはエクスペリメンタル(実験的な)フィルムで、音楽は私の友達の音楽で、演技もニューヨークに集まった高校時代の友達に頼みました。このビデオはフィルムのイントロで、音楽はジャマール・クラークです。

The reason why I decided to do this project was a short film by Hiroshi Teshigahara. Just before the NYC trip, I was watching his short film White Morning and got really inspired to make an experimental short film. His other works such as Woman in the Dunes, based on Kobo Abe’s novel, are very well done, artistic, interesting, and not typical.

刺使河原宏さんの作ったショートフィルムがこのプロジェクトをやることにした理由でした。ニューヨークに行く数日前に彼のホワイトモーニングというショートフィルムを観て感化され、エクスペリメンタルフィルムを作ることにしました。安部公房の小説に基づいて作られた砂の女のような彼の他のフィルムはとてもアーティスティックで、興味深く、とても独特です。

Since this post is about films, I want to take this opportunity to introduce an animation and a film that are done by my friends around the town.

このポストはフィルムについてなので、この機会に同じ街に住んでいる友達の作ったアニメーションやフィルムを紹介したいと思います。

Kleeman and Mike is done by Randall Christopher. It is a comic animation about skateboarders, Kleeman and Mike. The movements of skating is based on Mr. Christopher’s pro-skater friends. It’s a show for children, but it is very intelligent, cleverly written and quick witted. So it is enjoyable for adults as well.

クリーマンとマイクは、ランダル・クリストファーによるスケートボーディングのアニメーションです。スケーターのアニメーションの動きは、彼の友達のプロスケーターのスケーティングを基にしていて、とてもリアリスティックです。ショーは子供向けですが、とても知的で、脚本はとてもクレバーで機知に富んでいるので、大人も楽しめます。

And this film is by my friend Samsy. The film consists of shots across California, Peru, the Yucatan, and Sindel’s bedroom. Sam said “it’s a life style movie.” Shots of nature are stunningly beautiful, and the pace of the film is easing and relaxing. Very unique film.

このフィルムはサムによるもので、カリフォルニア、ペルー、ユカタン、シンデルのベッドルームなどのショットで溢れている「ライフスタイルムービー」です。自然のショットはとても美しく、フィルムのペースはとても緩和で、観ているととてもリラックスした気持ちになる、とても独特なフィルムです。

Hope you enjoy them.

楽しんで下さい。

November 14, 2012

Phantom Vernacular- Group Art Installation- 12/1/12

*Photos are of Jefry Coad’s art works

I have 3 art shows coming up in December, 2 group shows and 1 solo show. The first one is only 2 weeks away, so I am going to tell you some info and what this project is like.

Phantom Vernacular (Exhibits A-Z)

is a group art installation by 6 San Diego local artists, Jefry Robot Coad, Andrea Giaier, William Goff, Shoko Hachiya, Frank Melendez and Cari Veach. At the opening night,  J Doerck and Jason Soares will be in charge of the audio component.

Opening Night: 12/1 (Sat) 6p.m.-10p.m.

Disclosed UnLocation: 1925 30th Street, San Diego CA92102

On this project every artist is using materials that are provided by Jefry Coad. He has a vast amount of categorized and well-organized materials that he collected over the years, which includes cut-outs from magazines, cut-outs from the packages of food, black-and-white photos of some IT companies back in 70’s, very shiny tapes, thick rolls of coupons, stickers, books, boxes, etc etc in addition to regular art supplies. And Mr. Coad found this a great opportunity for other artists to tap into his studio-full of art supplies.

Having access to different kinds of materials naturally leads me to make art differently compared to when I make art in my own studio with my own art supplies. So this project has been very fun and challenging and lots of wine drinking. Hanging out with other artists has been a very positive experience and I am looking forward to experiencing the whole process, witnessing how it is going to shape up in 2 weeks, and partying at the opening night.

UnLocation is a small art gallery located in South Park, San Diego, a very cute and artsy neighborhood. There are many small shops that sell unique things, coffee shops that ain’t Starbucks, bars with down-to earth bartenders, and restaurants serving tasty things. My friend described South Park “like a neighborhood for older hipsters who wanted to have kids and stuff.” And it’s like that. It’s a great neighborhood that’s peaceful and fun at the same time somehow. Children eating ice-cream, adults getting high, and warm sun shines over green South Park.

Hope to see you on Dec 1st!

November 10, 2012

Hour Long Psychedelic Music Video Project

Eagles Nest Productions have been working on a video covering the whole live set of San Diego local psychedelic band JOY. The band’s show was at Casbah on 8/31 along with Astra, Dahga Bloom, and Shiva Trash. Local record label Cave Punk released JOY’s first album that night, it was a great party. Every band that night was thoroughly enjoyable. Some were very intense. And Operation Mindblow killed it with their lighting show with exploding and flowing colors. They even had a projection of live fish swimming. Science! I think watching solid musicians play live set and get body and soul shaken by the sound is equivalent to eating infinite popcicle and drinking infinite beer by the great ocean in a hot perfect summer day naked with best friends. It’s a powerful and important experience for creative ever developing humans.

After working on the JOY footage for 2 months, the video is finally coming together. Here is a 2 minutes promo video for you to enjoy until it’s finalized.

Also, you can listen to some of the JOY’s album here.

November 5, 2012

Time to handpick underground music

* a diagram of 2 people enjoying underground music

The night I flew back from NYC, I went to a music venue in San Diego and watched a touring band from Portland with lots of synthesizers and a fog machine. As I watched the band, my feeling about indie music solidified. I was sick of indie music (or wussy hipster music, that’s lots of newer indie rock sounds like to me, sorry). It is not as bad as radio stations that’s been playing the same songs for longer than I could remember, there are some great great indie rock bands from 00’s that I still enjoy, but indie rock as a genre is surely wearing off for me right now. I don’t know if this over-saturated indie music attack is a general phenomenon, but one day I felt like “EVERYTHING IS INDIE NOW! And they sound all the same.”

So, listening to music got kind of depressing for a little while. I thought about starting to collect vinyls of progressive rock from 60’s and 70’s or something to get excited about music again. Then I realized that I just need to look for new underground music more actively again like I used to do. Yeah! There are so many musicians making interesting music, there are all kinds of music, and a lot of them are shared on the internet. There is no way not to take advantage of this situation and tap into a digitized music ocean of 00’s. I put some links to the music that I found lately on sound cloud and band camp.

Astronaut moon jam music by Jamaal Clark

Tasteful dark psychedelic jam by Brian Ellis and Danica Molenaar

Dark and textured eerie electronic music by Paul Remund

NNNNNNNNNN from Japan

Pretty electronic/ Gameboy music by Balloons

http://balloonsguy.bandcamp.com/

November 3, 2012

NYC TRIP

I was in NYC from 10/20 – 11/1. Thank you NYC friends for hanging out and letting me stay over! It was great to see my friends from Japan, San Diego and of course NYC while I was there. Meeting new people was very positive and exciting too.

I love density, diversity and the energy of NYC. Walking in Central park with beautiful autumn color was pleasing, walking around and riding subway felt great, eating at all kinds of restaurants such as African, Tibetan, French was fabulous, street musicians brightened me and amount of art in the city from street art to high-end art was amazing. I bought George Orwell’s 1984 and Franz Kafka’s The Trial on the street book venders when I was walking Bedford Ave. I ate bagel and read the Onion. I met artists at the high-tech interactive art opening and went to after party at a club blasting Polish pop music on Halloween weekend. I love how I can just walk around and almost always find something interesting in NYC.

Rather randomly coming across Jeremy Geddes exhibition “Exhale” at Jonathan LeVine Gallery was one of the highlights of this trip. (There are some photos of Mr. Geddes’ paintings below) His work is extremely meticulous and sophisticated. In this series, contrast of man-made urban environment and raw soft body is very vividly painted.  I thought his works were not only sophisticated but also very playful because of the concepts and how the buildings and bodies are in midst of radical movements. And most importantly his works made me feel very happy and satisfied. When I walked into the gallery it felt like warm water was filling up my heart and I was in awe for a while. It was very moving, memorable and inspiring experience.

Also, I worked on a film project while I was in NYC. I asked my friends to be in it and took lots of footage. I will share the short film when it’s done. If you are interested, you can watch my video project in NYC  from last year.

And of course the Hurricane Sandy… I had no knowledge that the storm was coming. But after a long night of Halloween parties on Saturday night, people started preparing for the storm. One of the supermarkets in Williamsburg I went with my friends before the storm had a pretty long line outside and also a door guy regulating the line. Subways were shut down prior to the storm, lots of school and businesses were closed and people in zone A had to evacuate.

I walked around the post storm Brooklyn and Manhattan. The area I was staying seemed mostly OK, no power outage, no flooding, no fallen trees. But lower Manhattan was out of power. And I heard about severe damages on different areas. I hope the city recovers quickly and people will be safe and warm.