We had a bit of snow round here last week, it slowed things up a bit.

Happy Mother’s Day.



On Tania Franco Klein’s “Our Life in the Shadows”
In Tania Franco Klein’s photo series “Our Life in the Shadows”—on display last month at Mexico City’s Material art fair and San Francisco’s Photofairs—women stare blankly at static television screens, mirrored toaster ovens, and hazily lit window curtains. A sense of ennui permeates the images, which depict domestic life in rich cinematic detail. Each subject is cropped so that her face is never fully in view. Often, the women are distorted by a reflection or an obfuscating prop. In The Waiting, one of the fifty images that comprise the series, a bowl of lipstick-marked cigarettes is perched ceremoniously atop a pillow. The living room is saturated with a moody cobalt blue. (Other images are steeped in jewel-toned reds and deep emerald greens.) Unpeopled and static, the photo is, conceivably, a portrait; the alluring mise-en-scène bears only traces of the person out of view.

Why is there a lack of women in animation, and what can we do about it?
Where are all the women? It’s a question that comes up time and time again in conversation with animators and animation studios alike. According to advocacy group Women in Animation, 60% of animation students in the US and Europe are women, but the drop off rate as they move into industry is staggering, with only 20%–40% of professional roles held by women. But why exactly is there a lack of females in animation, and more constructively, what is the industry doing about it? To find out, we spoke to a variety of important voices in the sector, from educators and leading animation studios to female animators themselves (they do exist) about their experiences, and what actions are being taken to redress the balance.

Israel’s drive to ethnically cleanse Tel Aviv of Africans must be fought
What’s the price of freedom in Israel? $3,500 dollars according to the country’s government, which is the amount of money being offered to thousands of people of African descent, in exchange for their ‘voluntarily’ leaving Israel by the end of March. If they refuse the ‘offer’, they will face the prospect of permanent imprisonment, in Israel.

O homem com uma câmera (1929), de Dziga Vertov.
Uma aula de cinema, este talvez seja o expoente máximo do esforço soviético em criar através da montagem uma linguagem própria à sétima arte que a tornasse autônoma da literatura e teatro. Filme experimental, foca nas possibilidades de se fotografar e filmar momentos cotidianos.

International Women’s Day 2018
Those familiar with Doodles know that we frequently celebrate extraordinary women throughout history such as prominent inventors, scientists, writers, artists, activists, philanthropists, and so on. Today, we wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate the stories and voices of another group of extraordinary women—the everyday women living all over the world.

Gas shortage highlights challenge for Government – ECIU
The events of last week will likely be referred to for years. Warnings that ‘the gas is running out’ has ignited a fire under groups calling for greater energy efficiency, beneath the fracking lobby and across UK heavy industry that relies on a secure supply of energy.

Highly elastic, ultrathin membrane turns your skin into an LED display
Researchers of University of Tokyo’s Graduate School of Engineering in partnership with Dai Nippon Printing invented an elastic display which fits over the skin and able to show the waveform of an electrocardiogram. The wearable contains on-skin electrode sensor and the wireless communication module to transmit data to the cloud. The team wants to reduce the burden on patients and family members who utilize nursing care and improve the quality of life by upgrading the availability and accessibility of information.

A Digital Archive of Heavy Metal, the Influential “Adult Fantasy Magazine” featuring the Art of Moebius, H.R. Giger & More
In making a time capsule of the late 20th century, one would be remiss if they did not include at least an issue or two of Heavy Metal magazine. Yes, it specialized in unapologetically turning women in metal bras into sex objects. The gleeful amount of T&A on its covers, surrounded by spaceships, swords, and sorcery, mark it as a relic of its era that appealed to a specific demographic. But Heavy Metal was much more than sexy sci-fi mascots drawn in lurid pulpy styles. Along with its share of erotica, the “adult illustrated fantasy magazine” provided a vivid showcase for some of the most interesting artists and storytellers working in the mainstream and in various subgenres of fantasy and sci-fi. (It continues to do so.)

Spike Jonze and FKA twigs Made a Jaw-Dropping Short Film for Apple’s HomePod
Spike Jonze has long been deeply embedded in the dance world.
He explored movement in everything from the Fatboy Slim videos he helped to choreograph in the late ’90s, to Levi’s “Crazy Legs” commercial a few years later, all the way up to the famous 2016 Kenzo film he directed starring Margaret Qualley—which was a collaboration with Kenzo creative directors Humberto Leon and Carol Lim, who also happen to run the design label Opening Ceremony, for whom Jonze recently directed another stunning dance project, “Changers,” starring Lakeith Stanfield and Mia Wasikowska.

Polynomial Optics to Arnold [POTA] – zeno pelgrims
POTA is an implementation of Sparse high-degree polynomials for wide-angle lenses [2016]. It renders images with high-order aberrations, at a fraction of the cost of tracing rays through lens elements. It is done by pre-calculating fitted polynomials, which serve as a black-box to transform the rays on the sensor to rays on the outer pupil. All credit goes out to the authors of the paper, I only wrote the implementation for Arnold.

We Need Courage, Not Hope, to Face Climate Change
“ There is now no weather we haven’t touched, no wilderness immune from our encroaching pressure. The world we once knew is never coming back.
I have no hope that these changes can be reversed. We are inevitably sending our children to live on an unfamiliar planet. But the opposite of hope is not despair. It is grief. Even while resolving to limit the damage, we can mourn. And here, the sheer scale of the problem provides a perverse comfort: we are in this together. The swiftness of the change, its scale and inevitability, binds us into one, broken hearts trapped together under a warming atmosphere.
We need courage, not hope. Grief, after all, is the cost of being alive. We are all fated to live lives shot through with sadness, and are not worth less for it. Courage is the resolve to do well without the assurance of a happy ending. “

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Why I’m Writing ‘Captain America’
“Two years ago I began taking up the childhood dream of writing comics. To say it is more difficult than it looks is to commit oneself to criminal understatement. Writers don’t write comics so much as they draw them with words. Everything has to be shown, a fact I knew going into the work, but could not truly know until I had actually done it. For two years I’ve lived in the world of Wakanda, writing the title Black Panther. I’ll continue working in that world. This summer, I’m entering a new one—the world of Captain America.”

Dramatic Anatomical Drawings Comprised of Complex Hatched Colors by WanJim Gim
Seoul-based artist WanJim Gim illustrates the form and gesture of the human body using complex hatched layers of color and dramatic lighting. He adds intrigue to poses that could be considered traditional figure drawing studies by adding abstracted lines and watercolor washes that integrate the fragmented body parts into a larger visual field. In an interview with Trending All Day, the artist describes his inspiration and process:

Video from Marcin Nowrotek presents a performance of Jazz using captures taken with a Kinect depth sensing camera
The aim of this project, besides examining the links between record and creation based on non-figurative forms, is also the exploration of the new volumetric filmmaking technique (picture recorded by a Kinect sensor).

Behind the Magic – Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Creating Supreme Leader Snoke
Take a look behind the magic at the Oscar nominated Visual Effects of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In this clip we get a closer look at the motion capture performance by Andy Serkis and the incredible work by ILM Artists to bring Snoke to life.

Wes Anderson, 48, won the best director prize for his stop-motion film Isle of Dogs, which also made history as the first animated film to open Berlin.
Anderson was not present to accept the award on Saturday night, but one of Isle of Dog’s voice actors, Bill Murray, accepted in his place, telling the audience: “I never thought I’d go to work as a dog and come home with a bear. I’m glad I was deputized to watch the house here in case anything like this broke out… I’d like to be one more person from America to say ‘Ich bin ein Berliner Hund.’” (‘I am a Berlin dog.’)

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Joli Livaudais: The States Project: Arkansas
Lastly, on Day Five, I end my job as the Arkansas Lenscratch’s State Project Editor with Joli Livaudais. I have only known Joli for a couple years and every time I see her I learn so much. Joli not only has a Master of Fine Arts degree in photography but also has two other degrees in experimental psychology. She has used both historical photographic processes and contemporary alternative methods, including gum bi-chromate printing, photo sculpture and installation. The project I chose to feature is And then I will See. This body of work is so multi-faceted for me I get lost in every image. I hope you do too!


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