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Among all the important news of the day such as Nelson Mandela’s death, 2014 Fifa World Cup draw, and strong storm hit UK yesterday, the most viewed news on Telegraph web is about ‘alien’ like creature spotted in Bristol Harbor. According to the Telegraph, this rare creature that even experts haven’t seen before could be:
「I am not Me, the Horse is not Mine」は、ケントリッジがデザインと演出を手がけた、ニューヨーク・メトロポリタン歌劇場の上演作品・ドミートリイ・ショスタコーヴィチのオペラ「 The Nose（鼻）」から派生した作品で、Tanksの1室のぐるりの壁に、1920〜30年代のソビエト連邦の映像やロシア・アヴァンギャルドの悲惨な結末など、ロシア・モダニズムをテーマにした8つのビデオ（各6分）を同時投影したもの。ロシア構成主義のグラフィックデザイナーの幾何学的抽象作品のパロディーである、切り絵風の人物を使ったアニメーションや、ロシア革命を含む1920〜30年代の写真・映像と、次から次へと変わっていくスクリーンは、見ていて楽しいけれど、正直意味不明。なのでテレグラフ紙の記事を読んでみたが、それでも分からない。意味を考えずに鑑賞するのが正解かも。
“I am not Me, the Horse is not Mine” started out as the Metropolitan Opera’s production of Dmitry Shostakovich’s opera, The Nose, which Kentridge designed and directed. It is an eight-channel video installation, projected simultaneously across the walls. Each 6-minute film is played on a continuous loop and contributes layers to a story that references Russian modernism, from Soviet film of the 1920s and 1930s to the calamitous end of the Russian avant-garde. The images change rapidly between animation featuring paper cutout of human figures, parodying the geometric abstraction of Russian Constructivist graphic designers, and old photos and films from the 1920s and 1930s, including of Russian Revolution. It was fun to look at, but I didn’t get what it means. I read the Telegraph article, and I still don’t get it…
The campaign was launched in January 2009, playing on the similarity between the words “Market” and “Meerkat” and with Orlov’s catchphrase ‘Simples’. It has achieved a great success since then and also has contributed to a commercial success for comparethemarket.com to become the UK’s 4th most visited insurance website, and the site’s overall sales doubled. By 2010 the site had increased its market share by 76%. As of today, Aleksandr has more than 800,000 Facebook fans and around 55,000 followers on Twitter, as well as his Flickr gallery for family portraits. The adverts are quite funny, so check out the videos on YouTube’s channel of comparethemeerkat.com.
Tate Modern‘s THE TANKS is new and first museum galleries dedicated to live art, performance, installation and film, opened on July 18 this year as a part of the London 2012 Festival and the museum’s expansion project phase I launched this summer. The 30-metre width & 7-metre height circular oil tanks, unused since the former Bankside Power station was turned into the art gallery, were transformed into this unique art space.
From July 28 to October 28, The Tanks is hosting 15-week festival programme of international performance, film, talks and live events, alongside works from the collection by pioneers of social performance (The Christal Quilt by Suzanne Lacy: 3rd photo from the top) and expanded cinema (Live Music by Lis Rhodes: 4th photo), as well as a major new commission from South Korean artist Sung Hwan Kim (1st photo below), who combines video and performance art, collecting images from Seoul, Amsterdam and New York. →full program
Inside was dark with no windows, and I felt like I was in a bunker. I am not a big fan of live art and film, as you usually can’t watch an artwork from the start unless you are lucky, and I have to check the schedule in advance for some works. On the day, we missed the performance of “Fase: Four Movements to the Music of Steve Reich” by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, because it was full. It was a big disappointment, because we saw the performance Barbican Centre in the past and I loved it. But the concept of The Tanks is interesting, and I like Live Music by Lis Rhodes – it’s fun to see an interaction of constantly changing stripes projected on the screen and silhouettes of a person passing or standing in front of it.
It is less than 200 days (precisely saying, 192 days) to go til London Olympic 2012, and all kinds of constructions and building works, including maintenance works of some tube stations and revamping rail stations such as Blackfriars station and Farrindon station, now seem to be speeding up and this make us feel the Olympic is coming. Exciting, though many Londoners complain the noise, reduced road width and diversion caused by never-ending works that we encounter every corner of the city.
BBC, British national broadcaster that most of you already know, has changed the look of BBC 2012, a website launched last July, dedicated to London Olympic. The site showcases a variety of contents arising from the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, ie. news, sport, drama, arts, culture, comedy, traffics as well as other useful info, gathered from BBC’s online, television and radio, in the form of live coverage, video and audio clips, background stories, pictures and cast interviews. Together with London Olympic’s official website London 2012, it will be a good media for information of olympic games and related events. → BBC blog for more details