Friday, December 23, 2011

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Kinetic Sculptors

Been wanting to share this video for a while just somehow slipped my mind until now. The video is of Theo Jansen who is a Dutch creator who creates Kinetic Sculptures. By using nature and technology a new creation is made for the world stage. These are amazing robots that are powered solely on wind. Absolutely amazing, this man is truly the Da Vinci of the 21st century. Enjoy.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Gender, reconsidered... | via

Todo Sobre Mi Madre

After reading The Passion of New Eve, and reflecting on it for a little while, I realized it reminded me of Todo Sobre Mi Madre. The film proposed new family and social roles that seemed appropriate for the changing “transnational” Spain. It re-arranged gender and family roles, identity, and sexuality. The film also stressed the power of connections instead of separations. For example, the railroad connects everything and it looks like veins going from the heart to the brain and to every organ and every member. The film is about the reconstruction and restoration as well as the search for stability. No doubt this makes perfect sense because during this time Spain was going through a transition. Spain was being re-born just like the opening scene and the introduction of Barcelona represents the “birth canal.”

I really like the scene when Agrado ( a transsexual prostitute) is saying she is authentic. “Look at my body, all custom made. Eyes 80 thousand, nose 2 hundred, tits, lips, forehead, hips, ass, laser hair removal...” Now the recognition of her identity is based on acceptance and the authenticity centered around the reinvention of herself as well as promoting being who you dream to be.

Monday, November 14, 2011

NOT preaching to the MALAS choir!

After I caught my breath and got home post "Children of Men" screening, did a little looking around about the many religious connections mentioned in discussion. Found an interesting review of the film in Christianity Today magazine (the author interviewed director Alfonso CuarĂ³n).
Here is the link: