Sunday, February 27, 2011
Ozu's celebrated exploration of family and 1950's Japanese society presents the tumult of a nation in rapid economic expansion with unexpected tranquility, delineated in delicately layered tableaux.
The viewer in 2011 cannot avoid understanding the urban environments in 'Tokyo Story' as incidental moments, captured instances selected from a lengthy period of mutation and relentless growth; but with careful, elegant gestures Ozu emphasizes the individual. Quotidian realities - laundry, cleaning, packing - are reassuring constants, executed with patience. Daily routines ground the characters of 'Tokyo Story' amidst the rapid transformation of post-war Japan.
Ozu fixes the camera below the eye-level of individuals seated on tatami. Space is compressed into a succession of meticulously arranged layers. Characters occupy mid-ground planes, obscured by tea pots and ramune pop bottles, nestled amongst domesticity. Motion is minimal and controlled, even in the faces of the characters. Noriko, an independent young woman recurring in several of Ozu's films, and the elderly couple that the film centres on, maintain their serene smiles even as they issue scathing insights on the failed promises of their lives.
: CRWO : 6:11 PM
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
[A Sequence of Lines Traced By 500 Individuals. - Clement Valla]
Mechanical Turk is Amazon's way to crowdsource busywork, or to get paid to do small single item tasks that other people have farmed out.
Clement Valla asked people to trace a line (each person traces the line the previous person has drawn). The originating line is a single vertical stroke [far left].
Watch the video, it is excellent. [See Also].
Via Today and Tomorrow's Post
: causalocuta : 7:28 PM
[6 intervals of 3 strings relaxing gradually.]
Kangaroo is a particle physics modelling component for Grasshopper that Daniel Piker is writing. One early example of its capacities is a catenary solver (which is becoming a common test problem to demonstrate nascent methods of digital form-finding). Kangaroo has potential as a rudimentary way to sketch structural behavior/failure.
While accurately reproducing physical interactions is useful, these tools invite the modelling of imaginary rather than realistic physical forces. Static geometries begin to act out the desiring impulses that they inherit from their instructions.
: causalocuta : 6:22 PM