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Digital Art -Interactive walls and floors

Miguel Chevalier is a french artist who decided, in the 1980′s, to explore a new kind of art: Digital art. During this decade, computer science and art weren’t often used to together. Even photoshop and movie maker softwares didn’t exist yet. Art especially included painting, drawing, sculpture, architecture, music and cinema…

During this periode, Miguel Chevalier, was fascinated by artists like Monet, on of the most famous Impressionist artist, and it’s famous white waterlily. What impressed the most Miguel Chevalier was the way Monet, through his various cycles, managed to catch the notion of time and light. LIGHT is a point which really interests Miguel Chevalier.

 

Miguel Chevalier was also fascinated by Mondrian, who created an art of variation, a kind of « Boogie Woogie ». According to him, this « Boogie Woogie » was the prefiguration of the notion of PIXEL However, even if M.Chevalier was fascinated by these two artists, he didn’t want to be a painter: he wanted to express his own sensibility in his own way… in a way that hadn’t been explored a lot before…

 

Then he decided to create and develop digital works of art. Miguel Chevalier is a complete mix artist in that sense that he paints on photos, he used photographs, video, softwares for animation, and computers to create its own artificial and interactive world. The main themes of his world are NATURE, LIGHT, COLORS and INTERACTIVITY.

 

Have a look…

 

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And of course… because art is often sought-after by industry, several companies in several companies have commercialised these concepts:

 

 

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The Godfather (1972): An incredibly modern film!

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Passionate by the cinema, I was ashamed not to have watched this film before. I only rent it yesterday night and I watched it with my boyfriend. And what a nice surprise: from the very first minute, this film seems incredibly modern. The first scene sets the stage: the light, the way it was shot, and the dialogues are very contemporary. Moreover this film deals with a timeless and an universal theme: mafia’s families conflicts and payback time.

The synopsis:

The film begins at the wedding of Don Vito Corleone’s daughter Connie to Carlo Rizzi in late summer of 1945 on Long Island, New York. Their, the main characters are depicted: Don Vito Corleone (Marlone Brando) is a powerfull business man in New York that does business with gambling, alcohol, hotels,… Despites his not very traditional methodes to do business (the fact he manages people who, on behalf of him, make « offers people can’t refuse – translate his « employees » threat people with guns to bring to fruition his business – makes him be The Godfather) and in spite of his very privileged relationship with politicians, he doesn’t want to do business with tricky and fordidden things like drugs.

This is the main reason why a war starts between his family and other ones who hold the reins of New York: the conflict begins with the Tattaglia family when Don Corleone, despite the proposition of a huge amount of money, refuses to offer his political protection and financing this family to enable her to start the mass importation and distribution of heroin. Then, as a revenge, Tattaglia family order the assassination of Don Vito Corleone. Don Corleon is serioulsy hurt, but survives from his wounds.

Then one of the 2 sons of Don Vito Corleone, Michael (Al Pacino), the youngest and apparently more naive and less involved in the family’s business decides to kill Sollozzo (who has influence with the rival Tattaglia family) and Captain McCluskey, who is acting as Sollozzo’s bodyguard.

After having killed these two people, to avoid arrest for the murders, Michael is sent to Sicily, where he lives under the protection of a local Mafia. This long journey will be for him an initiation: there he learns more about the roots of his family, he affirms his personnality, and falls in love and marries Apollonia, a local girl. But the same day Micheal learns his big brother Sonny was killed in New York by one of the 5 other powerfull mafia’s families in New York (Tattaglia, Barzini, Tessio, Stracci, Cuneo), Apollonia is subsequently murdered during an attempt on Michael’s life.

Then Michael decides to come back to New York: More than a year later, he reunites with his former girlfriend, Kay (who despite her dislike of The Corleone familly’s business and methodes, is still in love with Michael). They get married. Later, when Don Vito Corleone dies of a heart attack, Michael is now in charge of the familly business. There, he claims, notably to his wife Kay that the family business will soon be completely legitimate.

However, during the funeral of his dad, the Family’s enemies attempt to kill Michael by using a trusted associate to arrange a meeting as a pretext for assassination. Michael, who was warned by his father that these rival families would try to entrap and merder him, arranges the murders of Moe Greene, Philip Tattaglia, Emilio Barzini, Salvatore Tessio, Anthony Stracci, and Carmine Cuneo. He also orders the assassination of his brother in in law, Carlo (Connies’s husband), who was involved in Sonny’s murder.

When Connie and Kay ask Michael if he arranged Carlo murder, « Michael lies, assuring his wife that he had no role in Carlo’s death. Kay is relieved by his denial. As the film ends, she watches Clemenza and new caporegime Rocco Lampone pay their respects to Michael, kissing his hand and addressing him as « Don Corleone. » The door is closed by new sotto capo (underboss) Al Neri, as she realizes that Michael has become the new Godfather. » (IMDB)

My conclusion:

In this first part, the 2 main characters, Don Vito Corleone, and Michael Corleone experience an important evolution: While Don Vito’s vim and omnipotence decrease to death, Micheal affirms his personnality and changes his behaviour. Young, he wanted to be different from his familly, not to be involved in his family business and violent methodes, but finally he kills two people, arranges the murder of 6 people and take the lead of the business familly till becoming the new Godfather.

Marlone Brando and Al Pacino are unbelivably spectacular in this film. They both have a charisma and a imposing bearing.

3 things I’m going to remember:

  1. The glassy-eyed of Al Pacino

  2. « He made him an offer he couldn’t refuse » (Michael to Kay in the beginning of the film explaining her how his father enabled Johnny Fontaine to start his successful singer carreer)

  3. « I spent my whole life not to be careless. Women and children can be careless but not men » (Don Vito Corleone at the end of his life)

 

And you: What are the 3 things you remember about this film?

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Interpenetration Art-Rue (ou The Urban Art)

On connait tous les art de la rue : echassiers, troupes de theatre, cracheurs de feu, jongleurs, statues humaines, happenings, guitaristes, caricaturistes… Qui n’a jamais assiste a un de ses fameux spectacles lors d’une visite a Paris (Montmartre, Notre-Dame, Parvis du Centre Pompidou,…), Barcelone (Las Ramblas, le parvis du Macba, le quartier medieval,…), Rome (place de la fontaine de Trevis,…), Londres (Covent-Garden, les docks de la Tamise,…)…

Certaines oeuvres sont caracteristiques d’une zone geographique :

A Paris, on retiendra « Les hommes blancs » de Ménilmontant dessines par J. Mesnager, « les chats jaunes » de M.Chat, « Monsieur A » et « les boites aux lettre souriantes » d’Andre, ou encore les ombres portees dessinees au sol par Zeus.

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Pour visiter Paris AUTREMENT, parcourez ce site web qui donne acces a de multiples tresors insolites, parfois dissimules derriere des recoins insoupsonnes :

http://archiguide.free.fr/U-Art/U-Artparis.htm

A mon arrivee a Londres il y a 3 mois, c’est de Banksy dont j’ai fait la decouverte. La problematique mise en relief par ce genie : reinviter le trompe l’oeil en donnant vie a des personnages fictifs qui a leur tour donnent vie a de moindres petits details… En clair : Comment Banksy donne vie a une tache maculant un mur de beton ? En dessinant un personnage en pochoir qui lui meme va donner du sens a cette tache (donc lui donner une histoire). Parfois, « un petit dessin vaut mieux qu’un long discours », alors illustration :

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Pour en savoir plus sur Banksy : http://www.banksy.co.uk/menu.html

Bon nous avons evoque differents artistes renommes et reconnus sur une zone geographique desterminee. Bien.

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Mais avez-vous deja remarque ces petites oeuvres realisees en carreaux de ceramique qui jalonnent les rues des plus celebres villes europeennes ?

Communement appelees « space invaders », pas plus grandes qu’un tableau, postees au coin des rues, ruelles et sentiers, sur des facades parfois defraichies, elles vous surprennent et vous sourient alors que vous vous etes

 

tranquillement en train de vous balader. QUI se cache derriere ces droles de creatures plutot sympathiques ? Mystere… difficile de decouvrir l’identite de son ou ses createurs tellement elles se demutliplient… Pour avoir une cartographie de leur implantation, un site web : http://www.space-invaders.com/sominv.html

Ce petit article « Street Art » est fini pour aujourd’hui, mais il est fort probable que l’on reviennent plus en detail sur certains des artistes evoques ici. Par ailleurs, etant donne que j’ai quitte Paris en debut d’annee pour venir m’installer a Londres, il y a de forte chances pour que ce blog prenne une dimension internationale (meme si c’est le propre d’Internet et des blogs d’etre accessibles a l’echelle mondiale emoticone). Pour ce faire, le francais va etre un peu laisse pour compte au profit de l’anglais (cela sera un tres bon exercice pour ameliorer mes qualites redactionnelles dans la langue de shakespeare).


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