My recent artistic practice has ben looking at Heros of Old, in particular Thor Heyerdahl the adventure and scientist who sailed on a raft from South America to Tahiti to prove a theory.
My approach was to use a picture of the hero as a base for a video performance. The intention was not to recreate the picture but to use it as a stage of performative exploration. See picture above, a cropped still of the performance.
My fascination with Heyerdahl is not al to do with the Heroic, to some extent he is also a trickster figure, a character who goes against the norm. I'm particularly fond of his reasoning for going to Fatu Hiva the most remote island he could find and i quote:
"A terrible war had just raged. Now they were inventing new types of arms, worse than ever before. Disagreements in politics, in morals, in philosophy, in religion. Who could feel safe to follow in the footsteps of such a generation? It was better to begin to look for a safer side-track. I began to feel like a prisoner calmly preparing to jump off a train that was on a wrong track." Thor Heyerdahl describing his thoughts in 1930 for the book "Fatu-Hiva, Back to Nature"
But I'm not the only one to take inspiration from Heyerdahl, there has ben a expedition Tangora that recreated the Kon Tiki voyage and most recently production has started on a feature film to be released this time next year and hear are some bits I stole from their face book page.
In Mark Mcgowans work I see a man on a solitary quest to liberate the world of evil, but what truly drags me in, is the aura of failure and the feeling that he is holding sanity by the little finger, whilst his other hand has a firm grip on Don Quixote.
I saw my first contemporary dance performance and it was a blast. There was extreme amounts of male and female nudity up close and personal for everyone to enjoy. Some even got bum cracks and balls In their face.
Nudity aside, it was beautiful and provoking dance performance about intimacy between fellow humans.
The dancers took on the role of the licensed fool and tried very hard to push us out of the box and take on their perspective. For me they were successful but a few people resisted and left in protest. I let the show take me on the journey it offered and found my self in the eye of the storm, a overflow of useless information and entertainment swirling around me, whilst I stood apart with the dancers enjoying the silence.
Shook tactics is certainly not anything new. Apparently in Finish dance from the 70s human feces was throne at the audience. I guess the critic Luke Jennings can be happy he didd not go to that performance, as he was severely disturbed by being spat at.
Now I want to experience a show or work of art that can take you out of the box without relying on shock.
InspirationPosted by Bjørn Venø Wed, December 09, 2009 09:58:40 Their is a world out their of free flash games for the times when you don't want to deal with the real world. Recently I have had the need to play them compulsively, now that it has come to an end I thought I'd write about the 10 (11) best ones.
1. Did you ever play the board game Risk, where you had to concur the world? Do you have a little Naplon residing within you that needs to get out? Then I have the game for you "Hex Empire"
2. In "Time Fcuk" You are tricked in to a box by your future self, just to find that you have to solve an endless amount of puzzles to escape whilst enjoying a perfectly gloomy atmosphere. It gets an extra bonus point for having a level editor.
3. If like me you have harbored a secret desire to be an evil villain bent on destroying the world, with a verity of henchmen, one of the best being a woman with legs and very large boobies then feel free to indulge in "Mastermind: WC"
4. Do you like water colors, pretty drawings, difficult point and click puzzles and a sinister fairy tales? Then you might want to try out "Gretel and Hansel"
5. If you feel like entering the psyche of a disturbed mind solving puzzles and looking for old VHS cassettes that show you surveillance recordings of a dysfunctional home than give "Gateway II" a try.
6; Defense games are cool specially if they are totally bonkers with loads of upgrade features, just like the game "Bloons Tower Defense 4"
7. "Knight Fall 2" is a mix of role-playing and puzzle game, but the best feature lies in it's full screen mode so that you can totally submerge in to it.
8. "Little Wheel" is a cute and short point and click game in a world of tin robots.
9. You enjoyed "Time Fcuk" and want more escape the room games with a twist? Why not try "shift 3", apparently also available for the Iphone. Or do you feel suicidal, but don't rely want to kill yourself, then why not kill your pixel avatar to complete the levels in "Super Karoshi"
10. The last one on the list, but still pretty cool specially for anyone feeling down bet is "Colour My World"
All of these games were played on the flash portal "Newgrounds.com" which is the best place to find free online games. the best bit is that they are paying me £1000 to tell you this.
InspirationPosted by Bjørn Venø Fri, May 08, 2009 18:12:53 Fantasy stories tend to be boringly virtues. A tradition I believe stems from Tolkien who as far as I can rember did not even have kissing in his stories. My question has long been where are the fantasy stories that include more adult themes? I have read a good portion and the closest I came was a gay wizard in Trudi Canavans "The Black Magician trilogy" until recently that is.
"Astra and Flondrix" by Seamus Cullen has Elf orgies, animals humping, bestiality and Dwarfs with screw cocks, plus it is a decent and humerus story. Sadly this book is a bit of an oddity and hard to come buy. I found my copy at http://www.bagginsbooks.co.uk/
InspirationPosted by Bjørn Venø Thu, April 16, 2009 02:41:37 It does not come along often, but when it happens one truly feels happy after. Knowing that it can be don... fiction that captures the mind and ones imagination...
I've just finished reeding "The Scheme of Things" by Lester del Rey a book I picked up from a second hand store from 1966. It is not a revolutionary book, but it reminded me that not al entertainment is mindless or circus and bread for the masses.
This made me think of other books and films that have mad me feel the same way, I'l just mention the ones that come to mind immediately.
Books: "The dice man" by Luke Rhinehart or so we are led to believe, "Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman, "Philosophy in the Bedroom" by Marquis de Sade and "Veronika Decides to Die" by Paulo Coelho.
Films: "Lost Highway" by David Lynch, "Dark City" by Alex Proyas, "the Matrix" by the Wachowski brothers, "Brazil" by Terry Gilliam, "Solaris" by Andrei Tarkovsky, "2001: A Space Odyssey" by Stanley Kubrick and "the man from earth" which instantly is very similar to the scheme of things, not in so much in plot than in how it is constructed.
InspirationPosted by Bjørn Venø Sun, March 01, 2009 03:07:29 I came over what I consider to be some interesting pictures. I have put together a litle edit her, but I recomend you take a look for your self.