Sunday, February 8, 2009

Another mish-mash of stuff.

I had a fairly interesting weekend... Nothing too out-of-the norm, but some interesting stuff worth sharing. Also, I'm really bored right now. Just got home and now I'm all alone....... All..... alone......
ANYWAY. Basic calender of things that happened this weekend that may be of some interest to somebody somewhere:
  • FRIDAY: After class, I checked out the current exhibition that's up in the gallery at school [being the Minneapolis College of Art and Design]. The opening was that night, but I didn't stay for it. I just lingered and checked out the work that's up and then left. To summarize, the show is in honor of Kinji Akagawa, who is a retiring teacher at MCAD. The work consists of MCAD alumni who studied under Kinji, most having got their masters of fine arts at MCAD. The show is wonderfully impressive. The show's not huge, so it's not necessarily worth a long drive out to see it unless you're in the area--- but I'd definitely recommend checking it out. It'll be up at the MCAD gallery until February 22nd. If that's not enough to entice you, the Scholastic Awards are up in the second and third floor galleries as well--- and, although high school art isn't quite as breathtaking as people who received their masters twenty years ago and have been in practice for a long time, it's really fun to see student work =]

Here's a link with more info about the Kinji Akagawa show:

  • SATURDAY: Saw Waltz with Bashir. The movie was extraordinary: definitely one of the best of 2008. If you're not as huge of a geek as me, Waltz with Bashir is an animated documentary about the Lebanese war--- so it's entirely in Hebrew. It's won awards [including the Critic's Choice Awards, the Golden Globes, and soon the Academy Awards] for best foreign film of the year as well as best animated film of the year. The film was aesthetically stunning and very moving and powerful. It follows the perspective of Israeli soldiers in the war--- the lead role is actually the filmmaker who made the movie--- and everyone interviewed for the film plays themselves (voice).

HIGHLY recommended. If you haven't yet, watch the trailer. NOW.

  • SUNDAY [today]: Went to an art history lecture at the College of Visual Arts. Diane Mullen, a curator from the Weisman museum, was the speaker. She spoke about the Norton Gifts exhibition, which, although not the most exciting lecture I've ever seen, was incredibly interesting. While the lecture started out slow, it really picked up the pace when she showed each individual piece of work and gave background on it. The work spans the spectrum from well-known artists such as Simpson, Murakami, Morimura, Eno, and Walker as well as fresh emerging artists. It was a good time. There are still two lectures left, one next Sunday and one the Sunday after, to be given by Dennis Jon and Elizabeth Carpenter. So if you're looking for something to do next Sunday at 4:00, it's not a bad idea =]

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So... that's my weekend in summary. Hopefully I peaked your interest about something or another =] Leave me a comment and let me know if you think any of this is kinda cool!

Also... This is my second post in a row that's about stuff I didn't make... That's lame.... Sorry xP


Chuckles said...

I like the idea of Waltz with Bashir, but the animation style hurts my head. it's really slow and at the same time jerky and has the feel of an amateur flash video (albeit with really fricking sweet camera angles) but i haven't seen the whole thing (just ze trailer) but i don't think it'll change much.

that's all

Alex Fritz said...

In all due respect, James, let's see you make an hour and a half long movie in Flash on a low budget. I guarantee you, you couldn't. So don't go bashing.

It is jerky, but I think the concept of the style of the animation plays into that jerkiness. I, personally, think it works.

Chuckles said...

I see where you're coming from, and there overall camera shots are excellent, it's just the difficulty in the flow of movement that caught my eye, that's all i'm saying

If it worked for the film, that's cool (i personally haven't seen it) I was just stating an observation :D

Alex Fritz said...

Haha yeah, I more than understand why you wouldn't like the jerkiness. But I like it because my brain is really jerky so it looks pretty to me when it moves like that =P

I wonder how the hell they do all those camera angles in a flash video??? I can't for the life of me wrap my head around how they do that!


Chuckles said...

It might actually be a 3D program, new methods of texturizing has a tendency to play around with your head.

I doubt it was done in Flash (too unreliable of a program) but even if it was 2D animated, that makes it pretty freaking ridiculous.

Alex Fritz said...

No, it actually is done entirely in flash. That's kind of the big deal about this movie.