Saturday, November 30, 2013
Yuki Onna (雪女)
Choreographing a modern adaptation of an old Japanese folktale...
Urban opening, people packed on trains, cell phones.
Traveller with rucksack. Red screen, robed red wraiths.
Taiko drums, click, smack of drumsticks.
Chinese ribbon dance, a shishi lion writhes on stage.
Yuki Onna enters in white, threatens with ice knife.
Ayatori string game, ohajiki with rubber marbles.
Chorus, shakuhachi, techno music changes to piano.
Japanese folk music, rice planting, happi coats.
Baby arrives, father dances, sounds of winter wind.
Red wraiths reappear in force, drag him away.
Yuki Onna restrains them, she has the agony of dilemma.
She leaves the baby with the travelling man and disappears.
Rio Mitani and Christian Martinu
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Gen A: This was me in elementary school. Back row.
Gen Z: Here’s me next week.
Photographs used to be slow to process and expensive to take. They preserved a record of the past. Simple past.
Now photography is fast and cheap. Cell phones allow pictures to report the present elsewhere. Present continuous.
Might photographs become a time travelling device?
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
A three-sentence story in the past perfect…
It wasn’t until she had politely refused strawberry ice cream three times, but accepted his offer of rum raisin instead, that he realized she actually didn’t like the taste of strawberry. Shares it.
And since the boxes of ice cream flavors always contained strawberry, a competition developed so that he had always given her the strawberry ice cream before she politely exchanged her strawberry for his rum raisin. But still offered him a taste.
This ice cream war became so intense that one night she had completely eaten the rum raisin ice cream while he answered the telephone.
The past perfect combines had (the simple past of have) with the past participle of the main verb. Used to show that an action occurred before a specified time in the past. As in: “She had abandoned politeness by the time she stole the ice cream.”
|Narrative Arc of The Ice Cream War|
Friday, November 15, 2013
A proposal for a deconstructionist study deconstructed.
Film Student: I want to deconstruct Alison Klayman’s documentary Never Sorry, a look at the work of Chinese artist activist AWW.
Professor: How are you deconstructing the film?
Film Student: By applying Bill Nichols’ modes and assigning a mode to each take.
Professor: Isn’t that just analyzing the film?
Film Student: Well, it’s a critical analysis of the internal workings of the film. How it was conceived, how it was shot, how it was edited. Deconstructing it in terms of Nichols’ modes.
Professor: Why don’t you just say that AWW is a deconstructionist? That’s what he does. Through his post-modern fragments, he deconstructs art. Through his insistence on freedom, he deconstructs politics. In that sense AWW is a deconstructionist according to the Derridean meaning.
Never Sorry is a documentary. Bill Nichols is a film critic and theoretician.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
|Monologic News Model|
Q: What means this, dialogic news?
|Dialogic News Model|
A: Mikhail Bakhtin. We define dialogic in opposition to monologic.
Q: You talk in riddles.
A: Not at all. I’m drawing on literary theory to explain media theory. A monologue is a soliloquy. There is only one direction. A monologist monopolizes. Bakhtin identified dialogic literature as being that which is in communication with other works. It goes in two directions; past literatures are altered by present ones.
Same thing is happening with media nowadays.
Mikhail Bakhtin may have been referring to dialogues between writers and their works of literature. Applying literary theory to media theory: Web 2.0 has resulted in news media evolving from a monologic model into a dialogic one.
Friday, November 1, 2013
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Reversed image cover...almost...
Kumo no Ito (蜘蛛の糸) by Akutagawa Ryunosuke.
One day, Buddha looked down into Hell.
In Hell, Buddha saw a man called Kandata.
Kandata had been a thief in his life on earth but he had done one good thing.
He had stopped himself from stepping on a spider.
Buddha let down a spider's thread into Hell.
Kandata climbed up the spider's thread but then saw many people following him.
"Go back!" he called. "This spider's thread is mine!"
At that moment, the spider's thread snapped and Kandata fell back into Hell.
Kandata failed even when he had a second chance.
He must have had pretty bad karma.
Kumo no Ito is a short story so the pages inside the cover must be very few.
Or it's a graphic title page in a short story collection.
Actually, this was an entry in a book cover design competition.