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December 31, 2014

2014

The most futuristic predictions that came true.

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Formless & NoMan - Encounter

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December 30, 2014

Everyday design

"Get a dude who grew up in rural Mississippi in a room with somebody who was born and raised in San Francisco, and you find that where you live has a lot to do with how you see the world. You might think this is simply the difference in your neighbors, but it's not; the physical layout of your town or city affects you."

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Gulp - Vast Space

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December 29, 2014

Zinaida Serebriakova - At the Dressing-Table (1909)

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"Zinaida Serebriakova was born on the estate of Neskuchnoye near Kharkov (now Kharkiv, Ukraine) into one of Russia's most refined and artistic families."

NSFW (artistic nudity)

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Indifference is a power

"Even though Stoicism is far more accessible, not only does it lack the exotic mystique of Eastern practice; it’s also regarded as a philosophy of merely breaking even while remaining determinedly impassive. What this attitude ignores is the promise proffered by Stoicism of lasting transcendence and imperturbable tranquility.

"It ignores gratitude, too. This is part of the tranquility, because it’s what makes the tranquility possible."

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Zamilska - Quarrel

NSFW (artistic nudity)

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December 28, 2014

Enemies and Angels

"When Najah Aboud got wounded during the Iran-Iraq war, he crawled into a bunker to die. It was there that the Iraqi soldier was found by Iranian medic, Zahed Haftlang. Zahed made a split-second decision: to save his enemy's life. So he risked his own -- twice -- to get Najah to a field hospital. Neither man knew that nearly twenty years later, and on the other side of the world, a breathtaking coincidence would reunite them in another life-saving encounter."

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The Lighthouse and the Whaler - Iron Doors

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December 26, 2014

Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense (1984)

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December 25, 2014

Play at home special present - Siouxsie & the Banshees

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December 24, 2014

Welcome to Union Glacier (2014)

Welcome to Union Glacier from Studiocanoe on Vimeo.

"In 2013 I was the filmmaker attached to the Scott Expedition - the journey that completed Captain Scott's final, ill-fated expedition from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole and back again. Our team passed through Union Glacier Camp on route to the starting point of Scott's Hut at Cape Evans, but after becoming stranded at the camp and working with the staff there; I decided to make this documentary.

"For me, this film seems a bit like an antithesis to many expedition and adventure documentaries. There is no great achievement or record broken, nor any real challenge to overcome. Instead it concerns minor details; the everyday tasks of the staff that were made more special by the environment surrounding them. And in fact, I think that's what attracted me to make this film - the delightful trivialities of an average life, working in Antarctica."

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Salvador Dali,, 1960

"Surrealism and Christmas cards are strange bedfellows."

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Jolie Cherie - Insomnie

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December 23, 2014

Chanel - Métiers d’Art 2014/15 Paris-Salzburg

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BØRNS - Seeing Stars

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December 22, 2014

Roger Scruton - Why Beauty Matters (2009)

Why Beauty Matters - Por que a beleza importa from jinacio on Vimeo.

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They like ale

"With the opening of the final chapter in the Hobbit trilogy of films, it seems natural to wonder what hobbits drink—I mean, when they aren’t haring off on adventures with roving troops of dwarves, crawling atop mounds of treasure guarded by dragons and whatnot."

Posted by the Flea at 06:44 AM

The New Shadow

Tolkien wrote thirteen pages of a sequel to The Lord of the Rings.

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Aydio - Deltitnu

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December 21, 2014

Stravinsky: The Firebird / Gergiev · Vienna Philarmonic · Salzburg Festival 2000

"Great presentation of the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by the russian Maestro Valery Gergiev, in one of the most powerful and greatest presentation of The Firebird (L'Oiseau de feu) of Igor Stravinsky at Salzburg Festival 2000."

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December 20, 2014

Art Saintout - Les Ballets Russes de Nijinsky (2012)

A few dance steps from Nijinsky in 15 ballets. Digital reconstructions by Christian Comte.
- Le Roi Candaule 1906
- Le Dieu Bleu 1912
- L'Oiseau d'Or 1910
- Le Pavillon d'Armide 1909
- Shéhérazade 1910
- Les Orientales 1910
- Carnaval 1910
- Le Spectre de la Rose 1911
- Petrouchka 1911
- Le Dieu Bleu 1912
- L'Après-midi d'un Faune 1912
- Jeux 1913
- Le Sacre du printemps 1913
- Le Faune 1916
- Till Eulenspiegel 1916

Posted by the Flea at 11:48 AM

Michel Foucault, neoliberal

"Foucault was highly attracted to economic liberalism: he saw in it the possibility of a form of governmentality that was much less normative and authoritarian than the socialist and communist left, which he saw as totally obsolete. He especially saw in neoliberalism a ‘much less bureaucratic’ and ‘much less disciplinarian’ form of politics than that offered by the postwar welfare state. He seemed to imagine a neoliberalism that wouldn’t project its anthropological models on the individual, that would offer individuals greater autonomy vis-à-vis the state."

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Dead Can Dance - Persephone

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December 19, 2014

Maria Callas - Dallas Interview 1968

"Callas discusses voice technique,operatic tradition, interpretation and analysis of the Sleepwalking Scene from Verdi's 'Macbeth'."

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Das ist ein Katzensprung

"Hitler almost destroyed RAF by striking their airbases. Churchill conducted a bomb-raid on Berlin civillians. Hitler retaliated by bombing London. This saved RAF, as if their airbases had been bombed instead of London Germany would have won the war. Is this true/false?"

In my opinion, the German error in the Battle of Britain was attacking an enemy that they had no way of knocking out of the war and who had greater aircraft production. Since neither the Kriegsmarine nor the Luftwaffe could make an invasion of the British Isles possible and there was no capability to starve the British, the Germans never had the capacity to defeat the UK. None of this should detract from the heroism of “the few,” but despite how desperate it seemed at the time the British were winning the Battle of Britain from the outset.
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Virginia Wing - Marnie

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December 18, 2014

Alistair Cooke's 'America', Episode 1

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Wrong Doing, Truth Telling

"[Foucault] wanted to make us suspicious of the kinds of narratives that make the past look like a long dark night of error, leading up to the dawning of truth in our own time. He wanted to persuade us that the institutions and intuitions that strike us as obvious and inevitable may really be accidents that might never have happened. And he wanted to remind us that if our predecessors look cruel and credulous to us, we are likely to look just as bad in the eyes of our successors. Even our confidence in our own rationality, as contrasted with the madness of others, is liable, he suggested, to crumble into dust: 'one day, perhaps, we will no longer know what madness was'."

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Hauschka - Eltern

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December 17, 2014

Stanley Kubricks Boxes (2008)

Stanley Kubricks Boxes from JAVARING on Vimeo.

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Claridryl - Acts Immediately, Lasts Indefinitely

"Adult Swim's Unedited Footage of a Bear trumps Too Many Cooks for intensity, virtuosity and genuine terror."

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Omen - Guilhem Desq

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December 15, 2014

Music For 16 Futurist Noise Intoners

'Performa is delighted to present 'Music For 16 Futurist Noise Intoners,' an evening-length concert of original scores and newly commissioned compositions for the intonarumori, or 'noise-intoners' As part of its celebration of the 100th anniversary of Italian Futurism, the Performa 09 biennial, in collaboration with the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) and SFMOMA, has invited Luciano Chessa to direct a reconstruction project to produce accurate replicas the legendary instruments (8 noise families of 1-3 instruments each, in various registers) that Russolo built in Milan in the summer of 1913. As the first instruments capable of creating and manipulating noises through entirely mechanical processes, the intonarumori can be considered to be the original analog synthesizer, and the ancestors to the latest electronic synthesizers used today."

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Postcards from Pripyat, Chernobyl

"During my stay, I met so many amazing people, one of whom was my guide Yevgen, also known as a 'Stalker'. We spent the week together exploring Chernobyl and the nearby abandoned city of Pripyat. There was something serene, yet highly disturbing about this place. Time has stood still and there are memories of past happenings floating around us."

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iamamiwhoami - the last dancer

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December 14, 2014

John Berger - Ways of Seeing , Episode 1 (1972)

"A BAFTA award-winning BBC series with John Berger, which rapidly became regarded as one of the most influential art programmes ever made. In the first programme, Berger examines the impact of photography on our appreciation of art from the past."

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December 13, 2014

Ben Howling & Yolanda Ramke - Cargo (2013)

"Stranded in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, a man sets in motion an unlikely plan to protect his precious daughter."

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Somewhat of a film-making Yoda

"There’s one drama on James Franco’s resume that made the actor tear up watching it. Not because of his soulful performance in 'The Color of Time,' but the pride he has in the filmmakers behind it — Franco’s former students from the graduate film program at NYU."

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SBTRKT - Heatwave

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December 06, 2014

Bushmills presents "The 1608" Guitar - by Bon Iver & Gordy Bischoff

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The Tuner Prize at 30

"At 30, Britain’s most talked-about contemporary-art prize should be coming to its muscly prime. Instead, this year’s anniversary feels a bit elderly, even old."

The Turner's earlier years were full of controversy, such as the rewarding of Rachel Whiteread (in 1993, for a plaster cast of the inside of a semi-detached house that was about to be wrecked; monumental when most British public sculpture was still demure) and Damien Hirst (diabolically raven-haired in 1995 and full of promise). Fast forward to 2014 and the shortlist was very weak, made up of three videomakers and a printmaker interested in forms that have “occupied the margins”.
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Bauhaus - Crowds

Hat tip to Mr. Clare.

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December 05, 2014

Tomorrow: Television! (1945)

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William Gibson on cyberpunk, cyberspace, and Hollywood

"When I wrote Neuromancer, the only personal computer I'd seen was the American version of a Sinclair ZX, hooked to a thrift shop television set that an eccentric friend of mine had in the 70s. He was painstakingly trying to program it to do a really simple task using this cheap deckle keyboard that looked like a low-grade cable box. It was a leap of faith to see them as they are in Neuromancer, as these sexy and powerful beasts."

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Burial - Lambeth

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December 04, 2014

The Bone Hunter

"During World War II, battles between the US and Japan in the Philippines resulted in thousands of causalities on both sides, and many corpses were never recovered. Since then, the Japanese government has developed a $700,000-a-year program to retrieve the bones of the dead soldiers."

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NOCD

"The researchers first found the overrepresented elite names in student rolls dating back to about 1800. Then, they tracked those rare surnames forward and back in time and found that the familial pattern held through centuries: An elite family in 1800 was likely still elite in 1600 and in 2000, too. A surname's initial status can easily persist for 20 to 30 generations, or 600 to 900 years..."

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Novo Amor - Callow

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December 03, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld - Reincarnation (2014)

“Reincarnation” is the new short film created and directed by Karl Lagerfeld to accompany the CHANEL Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Métiers d'art collection shown on December 2nd, 2014 in Salzburg. This new short film was the perfect opportunity for Karl Lagerfeld to develop an artistic collaboration with Pharrell Williams, a close friend of the House and personal friend of the designer. In fact, the artist composed and wrote the lyrics to "CC The World," the original soundtrack for Reincarnation, and he also plays one of the lead roles and will be, along with Cara Delevingne, the face of the upcoming campaign of the Paris-Salzburg 2014/15 Métiers d'art collection.

Und: The making of.

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Liberating

"Natalie Dormer on shaving her head and why beauty hasn't changed since the 1400s."

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Citizens! - Lighten Up

Hat tip to Mr. Percifield.

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December 01, 2014

Over 1-Hour Masterclass - Workshop with Krzysztof Kieślowski (1994)

"In the summer of 1994 the legendary Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski (1941-1996) gave a workshop in Amsterdam for young directors. The theme of the workshop was the direction of actors. For a fortnight, various groups worked every day on a scene from Ingmar Bergman’s screenplay for Scenes from a Marriage. The sessions with the directors Leif Magnusson and Francesco Ranieri Martinotti were filmed for the documentary, and an interview with Kieślowski was filmed before the sessions. The workshop was entitled Six Actors in Seach of a Director."

Posted by the Flea at 06:29 AM

Theresa Duncan - The History of Glamour (1999)

"In the film, the main character is looking for an identity, and glamour becomes for her a potent form of self-expression. She finds it very liberating, because she's from a small town. But by the end of the story, glamour becomes limiting, then imprisoning, so she becomes a writer, chooses grammar over glamour." - Theresa Duncan

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Vance Joy - Mess is Mine

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