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YELLOWTAIL is an interactive software system for the gestural creation and performance of real-time abstract animation. Yellowtail repeats a user's strokes end-over-end, enabling simultaneous specification of a line's shape and quality of movement. Each line repeats according to its own period, producing an ever-changing and responsive display of lively, worm-like textures.
13 May 2006
I pretty much enjoyed the experience for a number of reasons. First, the feeling was great indeed, meaning that the actors actually made us feel we were entering some real stories of real people, while getting out of that car only meant leaving those people with their problems and frustrations and so on. It seemed to me far more authentic and engaging than a play on the stage and it was developed in the same line - of involving the audience and creating a whole experience - that i talked about earlier in my posts and that i deeply appreciate. The team accomplished this by thinking about all sorts of details and by creating an entire game around the project. You were supposed to make reservations for the tickets, after which you were called at a certain time, in a certain place, to look for a certain car from which to collect the tickets. And the tickets were not regular pieces of paper. They were nicely-developed keyrings. I liked this manner of creating the atmosphere. All in all, an experience i am not going to forget soon, as well as a form of art which appealed to me.
12 May 2006
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Anyway, i come from a family in which folk was, and still is, a cult(ure). I’ve grown up listening to and learning from the values of that folk/rock generation, who used to read a lot, think a lot and be kind. Which definitely helped me a lot in becoming the person i am today (stupid or pathetic as it may sound). Well, that generation was highly represented on Thursday, at the Folk Gala in Sala Palatului, when some of the best folk singers gave some wonderful performances in a concert which lasted for four hours. For some reason, apart from enjoying the music, it was interesting for me to observe all those middle-aged people, mostly average and above average income, looking fairly preoccupied and tired before the show began, who lightened up and started singing the very moment the concert began, and who seemed to be having an excellent time, all of them still sharing those common strong beliefs rooted in their youth. Apart from knowing almost all lyrics, they also seemed to be sharing the same type of humour, as well as everyday concerns. Which made me think one more time about how important segmentation according to lifestyle is, when trying to understand a target audience. And another interesting point for me was that looking around, i could see many people my age accompanied by their parents, people who were obviously educated pretty much in the same spirit i described in the beginning of the post. (of course, there were also exceptions from the observations above. However...)
The funny thing is that nobody (at least around me) attending that concert seemed to believe that those guys or their songs could ever get old, or expired. But when i met Alex and told him all about my enthusiasm after attending the gala, he said that i should stop (?!?!) listening to this kind of “out of date” stuff.
3 May 2006
The first was on Saturday, when I went to Prometheus to watch Andra and Vlad Iachim’s “People Facing Dance and Change” shorts projections. In brief, the project started due to Vlad’s urge to understand better not only himself, but also his relationship with dance; what is dance all about, and, what I liked the most, what happens when you get contemporary dance out in the streets. How do people perceive this form of expression? How do they perceive what’s happening to the dancer? And so on. Vlad said that the experiment of getting dance in the streets was far more difficult than it seemed, but I certainly loved the results. It always feels so good for me to enjoy the work of such passionate people.
As far as the second experiment is concerned, I enjoyed it in two parts, so to say. On Sunday, I saw the “Falling life” projections on MNAC, followed by last night’s workshop “Exploring Urban Spaces” at the Czech Center, with new media artist Michael Bielicky and his billboard artist wife Kamila B. Richter, initiators of the Falling Life project, as well as with Diana Gomez, Columbian artist living in Bucharest.
The artists discussed “Falling Life”, the benefits of showing art independent from time and space, Internet as a giant public space, as well as the way public space could and should be combined with virtual space, the artist’s duty to contribute somehow to the development of art in a public space dominated entirely by advertising and politics, the huge number of possibilities that public space offers for expression, billboards and many other interesting aspects derived from these topics.
Both projects mentioned were about confronting regular people with forms of art. Michael talked about presenting his random projections to people who wouldn’t necessarily go to a museum, see how these people react and what they think of his stuff; some stop and want to know more about the project, they simply get involved and become interested in the project. And this happens mostly due to the unconventional use of the public urban space. Of course there is a group of people who are interested in such events and would have followed the project anyway, but most of those who were confronted with the random projections were just passers-by.
The most interesting part of these experiments, at least to me, is precisely to watch the reaction of people. To answer questions such as: how open, how willing and how receptive are people when it comes to such experiments? What do they get out of it? How do they appreciate the experience? According to Vlad, it turned out that people do not know how to react, they don’t know what is expected from them the moment they realize somebody has a camera pointed at them. Which is why he talked about including a third camera in the next stage of his project, a camera that would only focus on the reactions and expressions of the people who suddenly find themselves involved or at least exposed to such manifestations. That would probably be great. Michael, on the other hand, interacted quite well with his passing-by audience. In fact, he even followed some suggestions coming from regular people in touch with the falling objects.
All in all, besides having a great time, I must admit I received quite a lot of food for thought, especially since I have some projects in mind myself. And Cris also started a series of comics inspired by the two of us attending the conference last night. Yes, i am Darla, all excited and taking notes, while she kept on wanting to see more pictures, pictures, pictures. ah, creatives :))