Time-lapse video from the awesome people at MOO.com.
(But they’re in printing, not umbrellas)
Festival of Play: celebrating 50 years of LEGO in Australia! #thedarling http://instagr.am/p/LVGHKrThPj/
Maria Bock: Baldguy (Skallamann)
This was probably my favourite film of all the International Shorts I saw last night at the Chauvel Cinema as part of the Human Rights Arts & Film Festival (HRAFF).
Its a 12minute film and follows a boy who tells his parents he made out with this bald guy. His mother is disgusted - “couldn’t he at least have made out with someone with hair?” - but comes to realise her son’s excitement is just the same as when she met her husband when they were young. Its Norweigan with subtitles, and yes, they pretty much sing for most of the 12 minutes. Its great!
The other film I adored, both for the message and for the wonderful animation (I’ve never seen animation quite like it, its beautiful) was Barking Island (Chienne d’Histoire) by Serge Avedikian and you can see it at the link below.
Let me know your thoughts!
www.hraff.org - the Australian Shorts are tonight - GO if you can!
New MyManly campaign
Although the video could also be masquerading as a promo for Pentax cameras, its a really cute insight into the sights and sounds of Manly.
Even though Bondi is probably the most famous beach in Australia, certainly Sydney, many (including myself) agree that Manly and the Northern Beaches have a much better vibe surrounding them. And as I lived in Bondi for 5 months, and have been working in Manly for 5 months, I feel I do have a right to comment! The main difference for me is that Bondi is too transient, whereas Manly is more genuine.
But check out the video - its supercute.
Blender Gallery: Paddington
Great little photography gallery just off Oxford Street in Paddington, concentrating on the image in music. Housing some great lomo cameras in the bottom too…
Vivid Sydney 2012: Opera House
Friday night I schmoozed along to the MCA Artbar launch night. Its going to happen the last Friday of every month - but this one was doubly special as it was also the light-up night for 2012’s Vivid Sydney Festival.
Firstly, the MCA Artbar was definitely worth the visit! Having loved the Jurassic Lounge seasons held at the Australian Museum, this was along a similar vein. Being able experience and discuss artworks in a gallery space, yet with a glass of wine in hand and this great vibe all around you is certainly something special. (And all museums should invest some time into making it happen!) There was even Karaoke on one of the floors - singing one’s heart out in a civilised cultural zone is pretty funky hey?! And then boogied on down on the new redesigned MCA balcony with incredible views of the harbour (and the Vivid Sydney projections). Met some incredible artists too - all very romantic yada yada
Friday night was also the start of Vivid Sydney 2012. Consisting of 63 light sculptures/installations all the way from the Opera House to Walsh Bay, its makes a dramatic change to the iconic shapes we’re used to seeing surrounding the harbour. The video above is probably my favourite section of the projection sequence.
To alter everyone’s perception of this world famous building is an incredible talent, and I found myself suspending my disbelief at countless points during the evening - utterly astounded by what I was seeing happen to the facade of Opera House.
We managed to check some of the other light installations that evening too - the Customs House, the old facade of the MCA and the sound-visual sensory structures in the grassed areas around Circular Quay - before heading off to Baxter Inn to slurp countless whisky-apple-oranges.
Gareth and Will even joined me on Saturday night to try and see some more of the Vivid installations and we still didn’t get around to see them all! Planning on doing some more this week - I don’t think I’ll get bored of the vibe over the next two weeks either. You MUST get yourselves in the area, its on until 11 June.