“Hi there, Mr. Wind-Up Bird,” said May Kasahara. “Are you still alive? Mr. Wind-Up Bird? Answer if you’re still alive.”
“I’m alive,” I said.
Here are some of my favorite drawings from one of my finals, a short storyboard excerpted from Haruki Murakami’s The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. It’s an interesting read for sure—not for the faint of heart though.
“Love, love, love.”
STRAWBERRY FIELDS FOREVER
“This piece was primarily a trust exercise, in which she told viewers she would not move for six hours no matter what they did to her. She placed 72 objects one could use in pleasing or destructive ways, ranging from flowers and a feather boa to a knife and a loaded pistol, on a table near her and invited the viewers to use them on her however they wanted.
Initially, Abramović said, viewers were peaceful and timid, but it escalated to violence quickly. “The experience I learned was that … if you leave decision to the public, you can be killed… I felt really violated: they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.”
This piece revealed something terrible about humanity, similar to what Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment or Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiment, both of which also proved how readily people will harm one another under unusual circumstances.”
This performance showed just how easy it is to dehumanize a person who doesn’t fight back, and is particularly powerful because it defies what we think we know about ourselves. I’m certain the no one reading this believes the people around him/her capable of doing such things to another human being, but this performance proves otherwise.”
this is why performance art is important
马嬿泠 Ma Yanling’s ghostly paintings of China’s glamorous old movie stars, smiling and looking flawlessly beautiful, were partly inspired by Andy Warhols’ images of Hollywood actresses (Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe). Over each portrait, she paints a grey shroud, hinting at the tragedy and suffering in the offscreen lives of the divas: Ruan Lingyu, whose private life and love affairs was published by the tabloids, committed suicide in 1935 at the age of 24; Wang Renmei was relentlessly persecuted during the Cultural Revolution; Hu Die was the unwilling mistress of Guomindang secret-police chief Dai Li, and also suffered from rumours spread by the press; Jiang Qing, the second wife of Mao Zedong, persecuted fellow actors and artists during the Cultural Revolution, served time in prison, and finally hanged herself; and Meng Xiaodong had a love affair with Peking Opera master, Mei Lanfang which ended sadly due to social and family pressure.
Don’t piss girls off!—Alanna, Kel, Daine, Aly, and Beka belong to Tamora Pierce :)
Stephs the bomb.
Korean designers Je Sung Park and Woo Jung Kwon have developed an invisible umbrella that will keep you dry by repelling rain. Consisting of a simple plastic stick that creates an artificial wind at the top, the ‘umbrella’ deflects raindrops before they hit you by sucking in air at the bottom. The intensity of this wind-shield can be varied depending on weather condition and number of people sharing the device—the length of the stick is also adjustable.
MY DREAM FOR USING THE ELEMENTS MORE EFFICIENTLY IS COMING TRUE.
Airbending about time.