Archive for May, 2014

Walker, Unicyclist & Yellow Flowers Tree – Arizona Spring Fotos 2014

Saturday, May 31st, 2014

  • Mysterious walker spotted on two different days. He is a fixture in Tempe and Ahwatukee area.
    He walks for hours every day, resting at a library.

    Most recent sighting of a walker from the car

  • The Walking Encyclopaedia’s Walking Artists of the Day – see Jurgen Trautwein

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    Unicyclist <>

  • See a storyteller cowboy riding backward – (previous post)

  • Parkinsonia
    Photos and digital image by Fung Lin Hall

    Yellow flower tree (Parkinsonia florida Arizona, State tree) and blue trash can among many black trash cans. digital image by Fung-Lin Hall April 27 2014

    (Yellow as Hollow Crown costume)

    7 Javelinas made suprise visit to the neighborhood..trampling these trash cans.

    Two poets/writers were born in Arizona
    Lew Welch Phoenix, Arizona,

    Alice Notley Bisbee Arizona

    George Rouault Designed The Prodigal Son for Balanchine, Baryshnikov as The Son

    Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

  • (image via)

    B & B
    (Martha Swope/George Balanchine Trust, via New York Public Library)
    George Balanchine demonstrating a movement to a young Mikhail Baryshnikov at New York City Ballet.

    Jerome Robbins, Edward Villella and Baryshnikov danced The Prodigal Son.

    “Balanchine’s choreography upset Prokofiev, who conducted the premiere. The composer had envisioned a production that was ‘real’; his concept of the Siren, whom he saw as demure, differed radically from Balanchine’s. Prokofiev refused to pay Balanchine royalties for his choreography.”

    Rouault and Prokofiev
    Monte-Carlo, 1929

    George Rouault – May 27, 1881

    Fauvist and Expressionist
    n 1907, Rouault commenced a series of paintings dedicated to courts, clowns and prostitutes. These paintings are interpreted as moral and social criticism. He became attracted to Spiritualism and the dramatic existentialism of the philosopher Jacques Maritain, who remained a close friend for the rest of his life. After that, he dedicated himself to religious subjects. Human nature was always the focus of his interest.

    Director of Distant Nuri Bilge Ceylan Won Palm d’Or with Winter Sleep – 2014

    Saturday, May 24th, 2014
  • Winter Sleep is loosely based on Chekhov, written by Nuri and his wife.

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan wins Palm d’Or Click to see large.

    Cannes Jury discussion (youtube)

    One of the characters from Distant is a photographer, Ceylan used his own apartment.

  • Speaking of Distant.. great distance lies between these photos.

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    Right photo by Fung Lin Hall (Tempe Arizona) – left photo was posted by Roxanne Rogers who lives in Istanbul

  • Young Nuri..
    Self-portrait.. he was a photographer.

    His bio and his family photos here

    His photos here

    Play Art of Lygia Clark at MoMa & Ana Mendieta’s Supporters Protest

    Thursday, May 22nd, 2014
  • Lygia Clark at MoMa – May 10–August 24, 2014
    Abandonment of Art 1948–1988
    Lygia Clark (Brazilian, 1920–1988)

    (Image via)


  • Lygia Clark Full Emptiness (Good selections and her statements here)

  • Lygia Clark -Overview (more images here)

  • I am the other

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    Ana Mendieta
    Untitled (from the Silueta series), 1973–77
    Silver dye-bleach print
    Sheet: 19 7/8 x 15 7/8 in. (50.5 x 40.3 cm)
    Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, gift from The Howard and Donna Stone Collection, 2002.46.12
    © The Estate of Ana Mendieta Collection
    Photo: Nathan Keay,
    Ana Mendieta (via)

    Artists Protest Carl Andre Retrospective with Blood Outside of Dia:Chelsea

    Of the many things one might expect to see in the industrial chic gallery neighborhood of Chelsea on a Monday evening, chicken blood and guts splayed on the sidewalk is not one of them. But last night, in honor of the memory of the late artist Ana Mendieta and in protest of the Dia Art Foundation’s current retrospective of her husband, Carl Andre, artist Christen Clifford and the feminist No Wave Performance Task Force offered up deep red chicken blood and dark, chunky guts.

    Ana Mendieta

    Jeon Do Yeon as Jury at Cannes + The Secret & Poetry of Lee-Chang Dong

    Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

  • Jeon Do Yeon with Jia Zhangke and Gael Garcia Bernal (Cannes film festival 2014)

    Jeon Do Yeon becomes first Korean actress to be jury member at Cannes International Film Festival

    Cannes Jury discussion (youtube)

    Jia Zhang Ke (previous post)

    Secret Sunshine trailer

    Lee was the director of ”Secret Sunshine,’’ which won Jeon the best actress award at the 60th Cannes festival in 2007.

    Lee Chang Dong

    In October 2006, Lee was awarded with the Chevalier (Knight) order of the Legion d’Honneur (Legion of Honor) by the French government for “his contribution to maintaining the screen quota to promote cultural diversity as a cultural minister.” It was delivered to the French embassy in South Korea by the French Minister of Culture, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres during an official visit (via wiki)

    Interview – Lee Chang Dong

    To discover hidden beauty and meaning in small and trivial things is the fundamental element, not only for film, but also for all art genres. The problem is, beauty doesn’t exist per se. Like the light and shadow, whether it’s visible or not, beauty co-exists with pain, filth, and ugliness. Apricots need to fall down to earth to create a new life. Therefore, art is an irony as itself. As so are our lives.

  • Lee
    Lee Chang Dong with Yoon Jeong-hee who starred in “Poetry”

  • Oasis

    All of his films have received critical acclaim and awards, with Oasis, a story involving a mentally ill man and a woman with cerebral palsy, winning the prestigious Director’s Award at the 2003 Venice Film Festival.

  • DaVinci Chianti & The Last Supper – Hiroshi Sugimoto, Foster Won Isamu Noguchi Prize

    Friday, May 16th, 2014
  • Norman Foster, Hiroshi Sugimoto receive Isamu Noguchi Award

    Norman Foster (Arch daily)

    Acts of God – Hiroshi Sugimoto (see more here)

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    (Some Living American Women Artists)

    Click to see large DaVinci Chianti 2012
    Photo by Fung Lin Hall

  • Mao's Last Banquet
    Mao’s Last Banquet by Zhang Hongtu

    Stanley Theater by Sugimoto – (scroll down)

  • Camille Lepage – Young Photo Jounalist Killed In Central Africa

    Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
  • Via

    The Guaridan Obit
    Bearing witness, losing her life (Lens blogs NYtimes)

    French photojournalist Camille Lepage killed in Central African Republic
    French president orders immediate despatch of team to ‘shine light on circumstances of assassination’ of 26-year-old

    Seeking justice for Camille Lepage

    Camille Lepage (Portfolio)

    Remembering Camille Lepage (New Yorker – slideshow )

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    2nd week of August 2013, South Sudanese professional and amateur models gather to be cast to participate in a catwalk at Festival for Fashion and Peace (FFPA) in Juba, South Sudan. ©

    See more photos here –We Call it Fashion

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    See more photos here – Vanishing Young

  • R.I.P Malik Bendjelloul- Won Oscar for Directing “Searching for Sugar Man”

    Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

  • (Malik Bendjelloul and Sixto Rodriguez)

    R.I.P Malik Bendjelloul

    His movie Searching for Sugar Man won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. Bendjelloul also won the 2013 BAFTA, Director’s Guild of America, Producer’s Guild of America, Writer’s Guild of America, American Cinema Editors and the 2012 International Documentary Association awards. Bendjelloul acted in the SVT television show Ebba och Didrik as Philip Clavelle in 1990.


  • Last, this year’s edition was overshadowed by the terrible news that the Swedish director Malik Bendjelloul, 36, was found dead on Tuesday, apparently a suicide. Mr. Bendjelloul’s first and only feature was “Searching for Sugar Man,” an inquiry into art, perseverance and the American musician Sixto Rodriguez. A Sundance favorite that went on to win the Oscar for best feature documentary, “Sugar Man” felt like the first installment in what was going to be a great career. I interviewed Mr. Bendjelloul last year for an article about young directors, and in an email, he related that he had finished a script inspired by some of his grandmother’s Ouija board sessions in Stockholm in the 1930s.

    “I don’t believe in these things,” Mr. Bendjelloul wrote, “but one session was pretty interesting: They asked ‘are there any major discoveries left to be made’ and the reply was ‘yes, the greatest discovery in the history of humanity.’ The film is about this future scientific discovery. I told a few fellow directors about this idea around the Oscars and when I saw their reactions it reinforced my sense that this could be a good film.”

    By MANOHLA DARGIS (Cannes 2014)

    Update: Oscar to Suicide in One Year: Tracing the ‘Searching for Sugar Man’ Director’s Tragic Final Days

    Google Honors Dorothy Hodgkin – (12 May 1910 – 29 July 1994)

    Monday, May 12th, 2014
  • Dorothy Hodgkin

    (12 May 1910 – 29 July 1994), known professionally as Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin or simply Dorothy Hodgkin, was a British biochemist, credited with the development of protein crystallography. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1964

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  • Related link
    Rosalind Franklin

  • George Carlin – May 12 – birthday.. (Wake Up the Hamster – previous post)

  • Equinox Flower – Mother’s Day 2014

    Saturday, May 10th, 2014

  • Ozu and mother (via)

    Ozu Yasujiro Story #1 (youtube)

    Ozu Yasujiro Sotry 2

  • Ozu and his mother

    “Ozu remained single and childless all of his life and stayed alone with his mother who died less than two years before his own death.
    Ozu died in 1963 of cancer on his 60th birthday.. buried with his mother. His grave at Engaku-ji in Kamakura bears no name—just the character mu (“nothingness”)”

    Happy mother’s day!

    Roberto Rossellini Regained – The Taking of Power by Louis XIV

    Thursday, May 8th, 2014
  • Rossellini Interviewed here (vimeo)

  • The Taking of Power by Louis XIV


    Rossellini Regained click to see large

  • photo Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini on the set of the film ‘Il generale

    Roberto Rossellini criterion

    In the final phase of his career, after calling a news conference and announcing, “Cinema is dead,” Rossellini turned to historical television dramas about major subjects and figures (Louis XIV, Blaise Pascal, Descartes, the Medicis), made with a rational, almost scientific approach. As always, he yearned to show life’s minutiae unadorned, bare and pure.

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    Gary Snyder – Reality Insight

    Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

  • Happy birthday Gary Snyder (May 8 1930)

    “Range after range of mountains.
    Year after year after year.
    I am still in love.”
    ― Gary Snyder

    “Clouds sink down the hills
    Coffee is hot again. The dog
    Turns and turns about, stops and sleeps.”
    ― Gary Snyder, Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems

    Reality Insight (poem on youtube)

  • Paris Review Interview here.

  • Poetry foundation

    ”Poetry a riprap on the slick rock of metaphysics”
    “Once Only almost at the equator almost at the
    exactly at midnight from a ship the full moon in the center of the sky.”

  • Iain Sinclair meets Gary Snyder (The Man In the Clearing)

  • Snyder on Kerouac

    The dialectic that I observed in Jack, which was kind of charming, really, and you see it at work in his novels, was that be could play the fool and he could play the student very well. “But see, I really don’t know anything about this. Teach me!” “Wow! You really know how to do that?” and lead you on. ‘I’hat was balanced by sometimes great authoritativeness and great arrogance, and he would suddenly say, “I am the authority.” But then he would get out of that again. It was partly maybe like a really skillful novelist’s con, to get people to speak. And be uses that as a literary device in his novels, where he presents himself often as the straight guy and he lets the other guys be smart.

    I much appreciated what he had to say about spontaneous prose, although I never wrote prose. I think it influenced my journal writing a lot, some of which would, say, be registered in the book Earth House Hold. I think that I owe a lot to Jack in my prose style, actually. And my sense of poetics has been touched by Jack for sure.

    Our interchanges on Buddhism were on the playful and delightful level of exchanging the lore, exchanging what we knew about it, what he thought of Mahayana. He made up names. He would follow on the Mahayana Sutra invention of lists, and he would invent more lists, like the names of all the past Buddhas, the names of all the future Buddhas, the names of all the other universes. He was great at that. But it was not like a pair of young French intellectuals sitting down comparing their structural comprehension of something. We exchanged lore. And I would tell him, “Now look. Here are these Chinese Buddhists,” and that’s how we ended up talking about the Han-shan texts together, and I introduced him to the texts that give the anecdotes of the dialogues and confrontations between T’ang Dynasty masters and disciples, and of course he was delighted by that. Anybody is. ‘I’hat’s what we did.