Yes indeed. 1998. We had moved from Adelaide to Horsham. I had my very own Apple Mac and Adobe Premiere. This is full of symbolism (eg. the fleeting footage of a native American dancing to correspond with "his world would not receive him"). Copyright issues. yeah, I guess, but it was 1998 and it was the Wild West. This is raw, uncompromising, footage, a forceful collage of jutxaposition, cutting edge poesis and harmonic symmetry. And back in the day when 360 x 240 pixels was the thing... Yeah, I'm talking hardcore small pixels here. And did I mention (1) layers, (2) animation, (3) alpha channel text, and (d) al of the above combined at times...
It sill brings tears to my eyes. (ah, Premiere, where are you now. Gone, gone, gone)..
In 1998, to say "firstname.lastname@example.org" was cutting edge and cool. The old folks went "what the??"
I used this to "wow" people at events a few times back then... Think of it as Proost 1998...
I'm helping two of our city churches - Pilgrim and CitySoul - plan Adelaide Fringe events for February-March next year. Here's the unofficial blurb from the Fringe Guide (pre-publication). Stay tuned for more details. (Click the image for enlargement.)
Here is next Sunday's video for our mission giving program, "Spirited Generosity". Each week we're focus on some of our mission goals - five over three weeks so there's a bit of double up. Keeping the videos pretty simple. Video is followed by someone talking for 2 mins about the goal/s.
Grace has been awarded the sculpture prize for her final year of her Visual Arts degree. I don't often blog about our family obvious reasons, but since we have two graduating artists seeking work, I'm going to support them by getting their names 'out there'.
Grace's piece won praise from the judges for both its edginess and coherence. While Grace is a great illustrator (often ink and watercolour), her leaning toward sculpture is about creating interactive, social experiences.
She currently has a piece in "Nest" at the Format Gallery, 15 Peel St, Adelaide. I can't tell you what it may invite you to do.
Inspired by the phrase “Birds of a feather flock together”,
'Feathers' features 23 young artists’ works which will be enmeshed in a
giant chicken wire nest built within the gallery, physically and
metaphorically supported by the audience as they weave fabric, yarn,
sticks, tape, and other recycled materials into the walls.
At Uni Grace made an installation involving 400 balloons (mostly blown up by me... using compressed air), each with sentence of someone's dream in them (mostly inserted by me), and some with tiny torches in them (also me...). The darkened room had cloth suspended waist-high with the balloons above the cloth and light shining down. When you walked into the room you had to stoop down. It was all about the weight of dreams. A wonderful idea.
As a sideline she had an outdoor piece in "Drawn In" where she had 200 kites hung in trees (me holding a ladder in the rain, Yvonne helping make kites while sitting in the mud and rain) representing the loss of childhood innocence as we journey through life.
Prior to that she filmed herseld dragging a kite around town and then throwing it off a balcony. It was all about the difficulty of the creative process. I missed seeing that one.
And then there's "Fluxus", the movie of which will never be seen publicly. Rundle Mall. A large box. A smaller, singing box. Carrots. The "Tim the Enchanter" headgear. Chanting. Balloons and glitter. Bananas. It was all about audience reaction.
We're very proud of her and have absolutely no idea what she might want to create next. But she has power tools and is calling MY shed HER workshop, so who knows...
I've spent the last few days setting up my new computer, and at least part of that time has been getting software stuff to work on it. While a lot of that has been dull and tedious, I've also had a bit of a play with some music stuff that I'd forgotten about.
Native Instruments is one of the big music software companies whose virtuasl instruments are used by all of the big names in electronic music, from dance to ambient. They make sensational stuff, including free players that allow you to use a MIDI keyboard plugged into your computer to play a host of amazing sample sounds from their commercial software.
Reaktor is their incredibly variable modular synthesizer, where clever people can prety much mix any components that they like to make weird and wonderful vitual music machines. So what you get for free is a Reaktor Player along with three completely different instruments that have been constructed with multiple sound sets.
Carbon 2 certainly looks the most intricate, which it is. A multi-filter subtractive synth. You get 85 preset sounds which you can then vary if you're game to mess with the knobs! There are some fantastic, complex, evolving sounds. We're not talking electric pianos here. If you do like the new variations that you create you can save the presets.