September 20, 2014
To anybody who is since the last weeks trying to go on my nerves trying to undermine my decisions regarding my career in relation to what they think I should rather be doing what according to their opinion is my “duty” or “responsibility” I would like to quote the following paragraph from Simone De Beauvior’s (1908-1986) “The Second Sex” (©1952 Alfred Knopf, Inc.):
“… They (women) are forever looking back to see how far they have come, and that interrupts their progress. By this procedure they can have honorable careers, but not accomplish great things. It must be added that many men are also unable to build any but mediocre careers. It is only in comparison with the best of them that woman, save for very rare exceptions – seems to be trailing behind. The reason given are sufficient explanation, and in no way mortgage the future. What women essentially lacks today for doing great things is forgetfulness of herself; but to forget oneself is first of all necessary to be firmly assured that now and for the future one has found oneself. Newly come into the world of men, poorly seconded by them, woman is still too busily occupied to search for herself. …”
More info on her at wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simone_de_Beauvoir
September 14, 2014
Josiane Keller “girl in a white dress” (2014)
Josiane Keller “boy reaching” (2014)
Josiane Keller “Grilled Cheese” (2014)
This girl is almost too beautiful to make this shot work the way I want it to work, or I guess I took the shot somehow wrong. She is surely one of the most beautiful girls I have seen, but as often enough, ironically, I bet she does not know it and I am not sure if she would even care.
September 10, 2014
Josiane Keller “Metamorphosis I” (2014)
Josiane Keller “Metamorphosis II” (2014)
September 10, 2014
My friend Pippa won (!) a trip to South Africa.
Here is a drawing* made by her, of the view of her balcony, of which she took a photograph to show it on facebook, or actually it is now a photograph of her drawing:
Pippa Arend “photo of a drawing of a hotel balcony” (2014)
(*Actually, it’s watercolor)
here the same thing in black/white and as a negative:
Pippa Arend “drawing of a hotel balcony photo bw and negative” (2014)
Isn’t t interesting if the drawing is perhaps the most direct image she took, but a photograph of it makes it look more plausible somehow, more “real”?
Talking about real, not real and more real, here is MOON IV:
Josiane Keller “Moon IV” (2014)
September 8, 2014
Still working on the Moon images.
According to NASA Apollo 16 the dark side of the Moon looks like something like this:
NASA – dark side of the moon (1972)
– we have seen it before.
So far I got three images, this being the third:
Josiane Keller “Moon III” (2014)
More discussion about the breaking of the breaking of Ai WeiWei’s piece by Maximo Caminero and Japanese kintsugi- PART II
September 4, 2014
The article caused an interesting discussion with a friend who is teaching philosophy, and due to lack of time I simply will post my reply to her here:
The point of Ai WeiWei’s piece is as far as I understood him NOT the piece, but the very act of breaking it.
I am opposed to his reaction like your he states, one should not break other people’s property, because of this very reason: the art in this case is NOT the object, intact or broken, but instead the act of breaking.
If he says now it should not have been broken, then that means only HE himself is allowed to break it, that shifts the focus from what he said at first it is all about: the breaking, which can and should be done by EVERYONE to the act of breaking may ONLY be performed by him alone, which makes the piece then into a performance art where he is doing it, the focus in on him and nobody else but him can do it.
But then why bother at all?
Why should he break it at all then, then he better make a piece like the rest of the word, which is far easier to market on a high profile market like US, and no hassle and all dealers and collectors are happy and all philosophers are bored.
The piece gained interest because he said “it should be broken”, not “I shall break it”.
There is of course a huge difference, same as in structure of a sentence, it means something totally different.
In my case with my figures the objective was to save the figures from being owned, as the figures were made according to the instruction of the kids, so I would hate the idea if some collector buys and “owns” some or all of them. They are also only the visual focal point in order to tell the story of the kids, like a prayer tablet with a deity depicted, it is of course not the actual deity, but only a piece to help set up a Pavlov’s Dog effect, to make it easier to imagine the story.
The point is not the object, so the object, even if I make it, use it and to some extent it helps me, not to use the word “need” it to better make my project, it is not the point of it, the actual art lies in the story and not in the object, same in my case, the part of breaking the figures is called “I am going into the forest”
as well as in Ai WeiWEi’s case of breaking the overpainted vases.
Yes, I think the man did actually a very interesting thing by taking one and breaking one and it is getting more and more interesting that he did not even imagine it might be so valuable and that even Ai WeiWei said the estimated value of 1 Million $$ is total bogus.
More on the idea of the act of breaking the object and why that possibly could be an essential contribution to the original piece as opposed to alleged destruction (at least from a philosophical viewpoint), read about Japanese kintsugi technique, the filling in of a crack with lacquer and emphasizing the crack with gold dust:
“Tea bowl repaired in the Kintsugi method”
Ai WeiWei – Never Sorry (2012) and my question to Ai WeiWei: 衛先生，你對卡米內羅先生在迈阿密博物館 打破你的花瓶有什麼看法？- PART I
September 3, 2014
* The reason why this discussion came up (about an event that lies back half a year) ago is a recent post in a certain BLOG.
I had more details up about it all, as the BLOG in its original form was highly offensive, at least to me, this not so much because of the opinions expressed in it, but instead because it was written in an extremely condescending tone that I find highly inappropriate coming from a source like that.
But in all fairness: I did contact the publisher, who was graceful enough to send me a detailed response (although he was very offended as well), stating the post in its original form was an accident and should not have been published like that.
I very much respect that, although I am still not happy with the amended version for similar reasons I want to also show good will on my side and took more details about it down now.
Instead I want to stick to the actual and much more interesting question and following discussion, about what does it mean when Ai WeiWei smashes an over-painted antique urn versus what does it mean when an unknown local artist smashes an antique urn over-painted by Ai WeiWei.
*With the help of a Chinese friend I finally got what apparently is good Chinese (or is it?):
I want to know:
“Mr. Wei, what is your opinion on Mr. Caminero having broken your vase in the museum in Miami?”
Twitter, made popular by Mr. Wei himself after his film NEVER SORRY, makes it possible.
We will see.
Watch Mr. Caminero here smashing Ai WeiWei’s vase in a Miami museum:
Compare with “Ai WeiWei – NEVER SORRY” (2012):
I found this bit of a reply in an article from Miami CBS Local (February 19th):
Ai said Wednesday that he did not agree with Caminero’s tactic.
“Damaging other people’s property or disturbing a public program doesn’t really support his cause,” Ai said in an interview in Beijing.
The article states further:
“The installation aims to “trigger questions about authenticity and the value and meaning of original artwork,” according to the museum’s website.”
More about it here:
“The Miami New Times quoted Caminero as saying it was a spontaneous protest after seeing the photos of Ai breaking the ancient Chinese vase. “I saw it as a provocation by Weiwei to join him in an act of performance protest,” he said.
Ai said the artist’s apparent inspiration was “misleading.”
“You cannot stand in front of a classical painting and kill somebody and say that you are inspired by” the artist, Ai said, adding that “this doesn’t make any sense.”
“Ai said he thought the value of $1 million mentioned on the Florida police affidavit was “exaggerated.” He said that he wasn’t involved with the insurance details, but that he thought the figure was “a very ridiculous number.”
Most interesting case.
Who gets to smash antique vases and who owns what and after we defined what exactly means the ownership of art then let’s discuss what justifies destroying it?
If there is only a limited amount of paintings by a certain deceased artist around, and a certain millionaire purchases such paintings, and orders in his last will to be cremated together with these paintings, do we feel we lost something or do we agree that it was his and he may do so?
I will never cease to wonder…
I would definitely, still and after all LOVE to hear more about it by Mr. Wei, (who is probably sick of this discussion by now), but I would not leave the discussion entirely up to him alone, even so he smashed the original “Never Sorry-urns”.
A turning piece: “One thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it -” (Lewis Carroll)
September 2, 2014
I was just realizing that I whilst I am faceblind and extremely shortsighted I can write mirrored, upside down and upside down mirrored and have a great sense of orientation. But if someone for instance accidentally moves some stuff on my desk, I am helplessly confused, even if it was only re-arranged, not removed and probably can’t find my stuff very quickly.
So the question is: is it coincidence or are these things connected in some form?
Josiane Keller /Lewis Carroll “One thing was certain, that the white kitten had had nothing to do with it -” (1871/2014)
Saturn turns Moon I and Moon II (the dark side of the moon) and Vilem Flusser “Towards a Philosophy of Photography”
September 2, 2014
Vilem Flusser “Towards a Philosophy of Photography”:
“(…) The photograph of the moon landing, for example, can slip from an astronomy journal to a US consulate, from there onto an advertising poster for cigarettes and from there finally into an art exhibition. The essential thing is that the photograph, with each switch-over to another channel, take son a new significance: The scientific significance crosses over into the political, the political into the commercial, the commercial into the artistic. In this respect, the division of photographs into channels is in no way simply a mechanical process but rather an encoding one: The distribution apparatus impregnate the photograph with the decisive significance for its reception. (…)”
[ ©Reaktion Books 2000, Copyright © 1983 European Photography Adreas Mueller-Pohle, Goettingen, Deutschland]
The Saturn I used on the wheel for the animated film “I anyways live until I die” is now a Moon.
Here free interpretation of NASA photos, MOON I:
Josiane Keller “Moon I” (2014)
and MOON II:
Josiane Keller “Moon II” (2014)
NASA-SPL APOLLO S16-Moon-3021 (April 1972)
(*My friend Mike just said it is the dark side of the moon….!)
August 31, 2014
Brief interlude from real life. I might tell you about my adventures of this Sunday evening.
Instead of going into further detail, let me put the event aside and up here a German comic classic that will leave little to imagination, IF you understand German, that is.
If you don’t understand German, let me roughly explain, we are watching two couples who met five years ago on a camping ground and are celebrating their 5 year friendship by offering each other the informal way to address each other (in German language there are two ways to address each other: formal and informal, and it is a very big deal which one to use and more so: when and how and who offers the other party to swap) and are having an elegant dinner in a fine restaurant.
Sadly so the newly found friendship goes bonkers over the desert, that the two men originally had planned to share, as originally only one last serving was left.
Something along those lines. The man died 3 years ago of very old age and it’s years ago that I was last thinking about Loriot, but he is so, so fantastically amazingly funny! Watch here:
Loriot “Der Kosakenzipfel” (1978)
Here more information about this fabulous comedian Vicco von Buelow is his name and he is taking the piss out of superbly bourgeois people:
here is wiki’s wisdom on him and his work:
And further: the (re-)cycle of the 3D object, in order to produce from it 2D images – only the photograph=memory remains: “I was here”
August 27, 2014
Roland Barthes “Camera Lucida” (1982)
Since Roland Barthes already explains, a photograph turns a 3D object into a 2D object, the question is: if the goal is to create only the photograph for its own sake (like in my case as a photographer, working with models), then I would not need to keep the (clay) models used for it at all, and clay being clay can recycle them and use them for other clay models:
Josiane Keller “clay earthworm cycle” (2014)
Only the photograph or the film representing the human memory remains and it remains also on a limited time frame only as long as it can.
“I was here.”
August 26, 2014
Last Sunday then was the funeral:
Josiane Keller “mouse funeral [Popelku]“ (2014)
Although I am not too much of a fan of his book Camera Lucida because I was desperately trying to figure out what Barthes was actually trying to say with it (besides that he misses his beloved dead mother and that he is not a photographer himself being too lazy for the darkroom process (how about now with digital technique?) I want to quote this paragraph, which I find applicable to this day and my current work:
Roland Barthes “Camera Lucida” (1980)
” (…) the Photograph they say is not an analogon of the world; what it represents is fabricated, because the photographic optic is subject to Albertian perspective (entirely historical) and because the subscription on the picture makes a three-dimensional object into a two-dimensional effigy. (…) “
August 22, 2014
“The photograph does not necessarily say what is no longer, but only and for certain what has been.
This distinction is decisive. In front of a photograph, our consciousness doe snot necessarily take the nostalgic path of memory (how many photographs are outside of individual time), but for every photograph existing in the world, the path of certainty: the Photograph’s essence is to ratify what it it represents.”
[Roland Barthes "Camera Lucida - Reflections on Photography", ©1980]
Today my pet mouse Popelku died in my hands (she is too small to say “arms”), we assume of ripe of age of 2.5 years.
There will be a funeral.
If you own tame pet mice you will be able to relate to my loss, otherwise you may think I am absolutely insane ( I am not, if you doubt me and have the chance: go get yourself a pet mouse, love it and tame it and see how you feel when it dies in your hands.)
Josiane Keller “dead Popelku 22AUG’14” (August 2014)
Obituary, “Popelku” 2012-2014
Josiane Keller “Popelku” (October 2012)
Josiane Keller “Popelku and Vanilla” (January 2013)
August 6, 2014
Meanwhile look at another shot of Basha here:
Josiane Keller “Basha standing behind a door-frame” (2014)
talking about the qualities of blurry pictures…
and whilst we are at it, listen to Janis Joplin, “Summertime” live in 1996:
Can’t freeze time – Painting versus Photography – notes, and yet: “Wristwatch stopped at 11:02, August 9th, 1945, Nagasaki” by Shomei Tomatsu
August 5, 2014
Contemporary painting is often from memory, what we remember, but it is no longer in front of us, but photography is often from life = the moment ——> and then it becomes a “memory”.
We say our memory has become “blurry” over time.
But if we paint from memory the unnecessary bits are omitted.
I think one should also take photographs like from memory, blurry, with the unnecessary parts being omitted.
We can’t freeze time.
Shibata Zeshin “Crows in flight in a red sky” (1880)
Giacomo Balla “Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash” (1912)
Just when I thought ‘that’s it for today‘, I can lean back and be so proud of my achievements, I git this image in my Inbox and it throws everything over and I can start thinking all over again:
Shōmei Tomatsu “Wristwatch stopped at 11:02 August 9, 1945, Nagasaki” (1961)
read an obituary on Shomei Tomatsu (1930-2012) from The Guardian here:
and wiki says this:
July 31, 2014
Watch this, documentary on the Slovenian blind photographer Evgen Bavcar (it’s in German, but you’ll get it), there is a scene where you see him editing his work on Photoshop, computer having voice command installed, it is very interesting:
July 30, 2014
Listen and watch here:
That is enough for today.
July 29, 2014
Watch William Kentridge’s animated film “Felix in Exile” (1994):
(*That’s enough for today!)
July 29, 2014
I am on summer break.
I need it.
And I am very busy, even though on summer break.
For that reason I will put stuff up here and there, but maybe not every day as I have done so far.
Please hang in there (or go on summer break, too!) until I come back, there will be hopefully new interesting stuff to be seen and read.
Josiane Keller “Rudi and me” (2012)
July 9, 2014
Thinking about the question why people like or even prefer black-white photography (if they do?) I was wondering about the question “what is the wavelength of black colour?”
Yahoo answers offers plenty of ideas, of which akm69‘s seemed the best explained to me, God knows if it is correct, but it sounds very interesting and it may be correct:
“In physics, a black body is an idealized object that absorbs all electromagnetic radiation that falls on it. No electromagnetic radiation passes through it and none is reflected. Because no light (visible electromagnetic radiation) is reflected or transmitted, the object appears black when it is cold. However, a black body emits a temperature-dependent spectrum of light. This thermal radiation from a black body is termed black-body radiation.
At room temperature, black bodies emit mostly infrared wavelengths, but as the temperature increases past a few hundred degrees Celsius, black bodies start to emit visible wavelengths, appearing red, orange, yellow, white, and blue with increasing temperature. By the time an object is white, it is emitting substantial ultraviolet radiation.
The visible spectrum is the portion of the electromagnetic spectrum that is visible to (can be detected by) the human eye. Electromagnetic radiation in this range of wavelengths is called visible light or simply light. A typical human eye will respond to wavelengths from about 380 to 750 nm”
This matches with the idea of Chinese and Japanese ink-painters that sumie (ink) being produced from charcoal contains all colors at once, there we can imagine any color when looking at a black-white image.
Hmm, if nothing more than that: a very poetic explanation!
Josiane Keller “bar six hours after owner was shot dead” (2014)
Josiane Keller “bar eighteen hours after owner was shot dead” (2014)
Josiane Keller “bar seven days after owner was shot dead” (2014)
July 6, 2014
I had the most amazing grandfather in the whole world. No less. He was also a photographer (next to about a hundred other things, most of them art- or craft- related).
Today I took some pictures he would have very much enjoyed.
So here, an homage to my wonderful, wonderful grandfather:
Josiane Keller “homage to my grandfather” (2014)
Josiane Keller “homage to my grandfather 2″ (2014)
Josiane Keller “Daucus carota” (2014)
July 2, 2014
Josiane Keller “changing studio” (2014)
Josiane Keller “bar six hours after owner was shot dead” (2014)
Josiane Keller “bar eighteen hours after owner was shot dead” (2014)
Josiane Keller “cat cleaning” (2014)
June 29, 2014
New pic. Difficult because in one image extreme light situation from very dark to extremely bright.
Josiane Keller “dreamtime” (2014)
June 26, 2014
Josiane Keller “birthday cake” (2014)
Josiane Keller “animal bench” (2014)
Josiane Keller “Schutzengel crossing the road” (2014)
Josiane Keller “meter” (2014)
Josiane Keller “squirrel with mange” (2014)
Josiane Keller “photographer with paper monocle” (2014)
I love these guys, so fascinating:
Josiane Keller “eight ants” (2014)
Josiane Keller “ten ants” (2014)
Josiane Keller “twelve ants” (2014)
Remember this one?
Josiane Keller “dead earth worm – film still ‘I anyways live until I die” (2014)
so today I got the real deal:
Josiane Keller “dead earth worm 2″ (2014)
June 21, 2014
Finally! I was waiting for it, and here it is: you all know how much I love a good, juicy piece of weird, totally bizarre spam, so bizarre that it actually is a great thinking-piece. Sadly enough most spam I get is for designer handbags and fake Rolex, neither is of ANY interest to me, so I generally delete it without publication.
But once and a while I get a piece of Zen spam poetry, like this one here, worth sharing with the world:
“Danke by Yourself für eine Further Exceptional posting. Wo von else may Well everybody acquire, Type details in nur these Art Of eine sought After course von composing? Ich include eine Präsentation up Coming 7 Tage, und Im bei der search für Individuals articles.”
Matching with this kind of technical despair (wait a minute, the original idea was to convince me to buy something, no?) here a wonderful film by grand-master Jan Svankmajer: “The Death of Stalinism in Bohemia” (1990). Enjoy:
June 20, 2014
Once again writing a massive application and have no time to entertain BLOG readers with my own work, but meanwhile read the article on the Daido Moriyama exhibition from 2012 at LACMA (The Los Angeles County Museum of Art) , because it is such an interesting point he is making here.
Yes, I did write about it already on March 1st, sorry, but I like the topic, so I decided to repeat my self because it mentions his “are, bure, boke” (Jap. ‘grainy, blurry, out-of-focus‘) theory (really, you remember? Good BLOG reader!):
“(…) Fracture: Daido Moriyama presents a range of the artist’s black-and-white photographs, exemplifying the radical aesthetic of are, bure, boke (grainy, blurry, out-of-focus), as well as the debut of recent color work taken in Tokyo. A selection of his photo books—Moriyama has published more than forty to date—highlights the artist’s experiments with reproduction media and the transformative possibilities of the printed page. Moriyama’s achievements convey the artist’s boldly intuitive exploration of urban mystery, memory, and photographic invention. (…)”
June 20, 2014
The irony… Watch National Film Board of Canada, Mark Sandiford “Why White People Are Funny” (2006):
Brief Interlude: to celebrate a very special person: Bruce Springsteen “Tougher Than The Rest” and “If I Should Fall Behind”
June 19, 2014
Today, to celebrate and incredible amazing wonderful person in my life, here to sing along, Bruce Springsteen “Tougher Than The Rest”:
to sing along lyrics here:
“Tougher Than The Rest”
You’re all dressed up in blue
I been watching you awhile
Maybe you been watching me too
So somebody ran out
Left somebody’s heart in a mess
Well if you’re looking for love
Honey I’m tougher than the rest
Or some good-lookin’ Joe, on their arm
Some girls like a sweet-talkin’ Romeo
Well ’round here baby
I learned you get what you can get
So if you’re rough enough for love
Honey I’m tougher than the rest
And it’s a thin thin line
But I want you to know I’ll walk it for you any time
Maybe your other boyfriends
Couldn’t pass the test
Well if you’re rough and ready for love
Honey I’m tougher than the restWell it ain’t no secret
I’ve been around a time or two
Well I don’t know baby maybe you’ve been around too
Well there’s another dance
All you gotta do is say yes
And if you’re rough and ready for love
Honey I’m tougher than the rest
If you’re rough enough for love
Baby I’m tougher than the rest
and “If I Should Fall Behind”:
to sing along also these lyrics right here:
“If I Should Fall Behind”
That come the twilight should we lose our way
If as we’re walking a hand should slip free
I’ll wait for you
And should I fall behind
Wait for meWe swore we’d travel darlin’ side by side
We’d help each other stay in stride
But each lover’s steps fall so differently
But I’ll wait for you
And if I should fall behind
Wait for meNow everyone dreams of a love lasting and true
But you and I know what this world can do
So let’s make our steps clear that the other may see
And I’ll wait for you
If I should fall behind
Wait for meNow there’s a beautiful river in the valley ahead
There ‘neath the oak’s bough soon we will be wed
Should we lose each other in the shadow of the evening trees
I’ll wait for you
And should I fall behind
Wait for me
Darlin’ I’ll wait for you
Should I fall behind
Wait for me
more info here: http://brucespringsteen.net/
oh, and he is already married to Patti Scialfa, sorry folks!
Troublemakers by Henri Langlois and the Cassini Solstice Mission versus “I anyways live until I die / The Planets”
June 16, 2014
Co-founder and director of the Cinémathèque Française http://www.cinematheque.fr/ Henri Langlois said: “An art form requires genius. People of genius are always troublemakers, meaning they start from scratch, demolish accepted norms, and rebuild a new world.”
Yeah, well. Doesn’t make things any easier, does it?
Chris Marker “La Jetee” (1963)
More info on Henri Langlois here:
Cinematheque info here:
And here, by chance, someone sent me an amazing NASA footage of the Cassini Solstice Mission:
more info here:
compare with my intro clip “The Planets” of “I anyways live until I die”:
Josiane Keller “The Planets – six stills” (2014)
Who is the doll? at Portland Art Museum (2012) by (to me) unknown photographer and current concerns summed up (thank God for Daido Moriyama!)
June 14, 2014
“who is the doll?” (2014)
The above photo inclusive the reflection is mine, but the one photographed is not. I saw it in 2012 at Portland Art Museum http://www.portlandartmuseum.org/, but the I know neither the original title, nor the author of the original photograph (if you do, never hold back and share the wisdom!)
I just looked at it once more today and thought it is a very interesting image illustrating the question I was thinking about: what is the difference between a photograph of a person or a photograph of a figure of a person?
Josiane Keller “Das Riesenfräulein” (2014)
I just today wrote a summary of my recent concerns to a former prof of mine, which would be these:
June 11, 2014
Besides taking some sort of a “summer break” and dealing with S.T.U.F.F. I had a tutorial with my friend Mark, the photographer, which is always very helpful when I seem to stand in front of a sort of “wall” and don’t know the next step.
Here the result, four new images from original “kid’s choir”, much happier with it now:
Josiane Keller “kid’s choir 1″ (2014)
Josiane Keller “kid’s choir 2″ (2014)
Josiane Keller “kid’s choir 3″ (2014)
Josiane Keller “kid’s choir 4″ (2014)
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Niels Birbaumer talks about therapie of psychopaths through neuro-feedback (in German)
June 9, 2014
Here a most interesting talk of Austrian Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Niels Birbaumer on therapy of psychopaths through neurofeedback (in German):
Prof. Niels Birbaumer © N. Birbaumer
Read here what wiki has to say on Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Niels Birbaumer: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niels_Birbaumer
and here his link at the Uni Tuebingen:
June 7, 2014
Everything I could possibly say about to day is perfectly summed up in this photograph here:
Josiane Keller “turkey” (2010)
June 6, 2014
Josiane Keller “kid’s choir” (2014)
Josiane Keller “5th grade graduation” (2014)
Josiane Keller “funeral home director’s funeral” (2014)
Josiane Keller “funeral home horse” (2014)
June 2, 2014
Has anyone of you seen the movie “Gas Light” with Ingrid Bergman? It describes the kind of experience when one might frequently, whilst going through it, stops and thinks “But this can’t be really true, this ONLY happens in bad movies.”
Let me correct it then: in very good movies, actually:
George Cukor/Ingrid Bergman / Charles Boyer “Gas Light” (1944)
watch the scene of the still above here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZMoIZPC5NA
The entertaining bit is: Charles Boyer is so beautifully blase in this movie, you’ll just love to hate him.
I came across this man, Sam Vaknin, who puts out plenty of ‘narcissists – and how to deal with them’ online advise.
It sounds all quite plausible and interesting.
But then I came across a documentary about Sam Vaknin by film maker Ian Walker.
And this is by far the scariest thing I have seen in a long time.
And for that simple reason I decided to post it here on this BLOG:
more info on the film maker here:
June 1, 2014
Josiane Keller “American Gothic B” (2014)
Josiane Keller “American Gothic C” (2014)
Alright, to compare: look here at Grant Wood’s original:
Grant Wood “American Gothic” (1930)
Josiane Keller “three graces” (2014)
Josiane Keller “Samson” (2014)
May 28, 2014
To celebrate the beautiful voice of Maya Angelou I picked two clips (out of… xyz plenty!!!) from an interview with the NVLP (National Visionary Leadership Project) http://www.visionaryproject.org/angeloumaya/
these only to tune into that beautiful voice:
… and perhaps even more than that.
Her homepage is here: http://mayaangelou.com/
An article about “Each reflection of myself echoes a different emotion at me” by Garth Clark in Cfile online
May 26, 2014
Hurrah, it is finally done! As you will read in Garth Clark’s introduction, this did take a while to be completed… but here it is now and I am admittedly majorly proud and very grateful!
Josiane Keller “Kathryn painted standing by a wall” (2014)
Read the article in Cfile online,
and the commentary I wrote:
(Ahh, if only you could see me beam with pride….!)
Successful completion of stop-motion animation “I anyways live until I die” – 7 minutes 8 seconds long!
May 24, 2014
I can hardly believe it, I did manage in time to meet the Fantoche deadline: “I anyways live until I die” was completed last night, it is 7 proud minutes and 8 seconds long and if you know anything about stop motion animation you realize: that is a lot!!!
I uploaded to the festival application site, now it is all a question of luck, taste, the constellation of the starts at the time of my birth and many other known and unknown factors.
Josiane Keller “I anyways live until I die – 6 film stills” (2014)
Here you can see six stills from the film: The Planets (origin of life), The Fetus (life prior to birth), The Swing and Work in the Rain (childhood), Galloping Horses (adult life) and The Whale (death).
Musical support came from: Aurelain Beciug, Madeline Healey, and my own stuff, voice-over Racoonmask 257, camera assistant: The Mungo and plenty of ceramic figures made by myself. Technical means: light-box, OHP and my dear old pottery wheel, of course.
I am exhausted, glad that it is finished (at last!) and thrilled, at this point whilst only hours ago I claimed “Never again!” I am thinking about new film ideas, but time will tell.
For today it’s definitely party time!