The Future of Nature in Art
The forms of nature are, in their own ways, works of art. For centuries, artists have mimicked natural phenomenon, such as the roughness of tree bark, and the vibrant colours of fruit, in oil paintings and even sculpture. Now, most artists are using new tools to attempt to control these forms, and in doing so, re-create the natural form. Artist Ken To, for example, uses metal wiring to create detailed and realistically sized bonsai trees. The easing twists of the metal perfectly mimic the tree bark, that ever so slightly curves up and outwards, creating branches.
Even more extreme, artist Natalie Jeremijenko uses L-systems, which are algorithms created in order to mimic the cell growth of a tree. With the L-system technology, you could have your very own forest growing on your computers’ desktop! She has even created a whole art project called ONETREES, and she calls her virtual trees ‘e-trees’, or ‘electronic trees’. Not only that, the e-trees themselves can be manipulated to grow at certain rates when a CO2 reader is plugged into the USB ports of the computer. The virtual trees mimic the cell growth of natural trees, and they also react in a similar way that trees do when they come into contact with atmospheric changes. It is a revolutionary twist of artistic mimesis.
So whether you prefer a forest of trees on your desktop, or a little bonsai tree on top of your desk, there are many different mediums that you can explore in order to experience this new movement of nature mimesis in the 21st Century.
Cog Nomen- Oh Yeah
Love their ambient-electro-psychedelic sound. Awesome guys, check out their soundcloud page here
I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.
"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally."
Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?
"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness, But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb."
Rogert Ebert, on Hayao Miyazaki
(Also applicable for improv.)
Telekinetic Walrus rehearsal-
I met the guitarist for Twisted Sister in a Miami hotel men’s room earlier this week. So, obviously, I interviewed him. Pretty sure my work here is done. Anyway. He had some very good branding advice for rockbands and startups:
Most people don’t understand we were probably the straightest band in all of rock ‘n’ roll. We were warned not to tell anybody. It’s the only business in which being sober would actually ruin your reputation. We’re supposed to be misogynistic, wife-beating alcoholics. The bottom line is we kept firing members who got in the way of the goal. I managed the band, and we were turned down more times than a bedsheet in a whorehouse once we started to pursue a record deal.
We don’t go up on stage bitching and moaning, “Aw, man, we have to play ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It.’” Screw that! I’m happy to play “We’re Not Gonna Take It.” We are very comfortable with who we are. I run into Mötley Crüe, and they go, “We don’t want to be called an oldies act. We’re contemporary.” Really? The minute you go on stage and say, “Here’s a song from our new album,” people get up to go to the bathroom. You don’t really understand your audiences.
Read the whole thing here (PS: he calls Gene Simmons a whore!)
Orchestra Baobab- Sibou Odia
Isnt she pretty? She from Liberty City.
I’ve always wanted to grow my own food. My research online led me toward protecting your plants from frost. I couldn’t find info tailored to our tropical climate. So i added one more word to my search: Miami.
The first name that came up was Ready-to-grow gardens. I emailed and Dylan from Ready to Grow called and arranged to come over the next day. He consulted me regarding what I wanted to grow and what would be the best way to go about it.
I had my heart set on sweet potatoes but he advised we should start small because sweet potatoes overgrow a yard quickly. We decided on a 4x8ft raised bed garden. The wood for the frame is salvaged from a miami dock. All the soil for our garden is locally composted earth.
We chose a mix of veggies and herbs, like spinach, kale, swiss chard and tomatoes, about 15 diff varieties in total. They even installed an irrigation system so our garden won’t wilt away when we travel or sleep in or both.
It’s been amazing watching it grow day by day.
To get your own go to Ready-to-Grow ;)
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