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Cranbrook Video Festival - Wellbeing - submissions close 31 Dec!

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There's less than a month left to make a submission to the Cranbrook Video Festival!

This year the Festival is going to be held at the Crane Surgery in Cranbrook, and the theme of the festival is 'Wellbeing'. Videos on other subjects will be accepted for consideration, but videos about wellbeing are particularly welcome.

At the surgery we're currently putting together a series of instructional videos about wellbeing, to be displayed in our Waiting Room. Research has shown that a sense of wellbeing is just as powerfully associated with long life and good health as all the usual physiological stuff: weight control, blood pressure control, low cholesterol, plenty of exercise, plenty of roughage, etc. Yet most people are very much in the dark about what practical things they can do to promote their own mental and spiritual good health. But the information's out there: creative activity, learning new things, staying active, socialising, giving to others and mindfulness are all good for your wellbeing.

For the Festival, we'd particularly like to put together some videos on the theme of wellbeing - activities that promote wellbeing, circumstances that prevent wellbeing, philosophy of wellbeing, things that make you happy, representations of happiness, etc. Videos should ideally be under 10 minutes in length, but longer work will be considered.

The festival will be held at the Crane Surgery in Cranbrook, Kent on Saturday 18/2/17. The deadline for submissions is 31st December. If interested, please contact julian.lesaux@gmail.com with "Video festival submission" in the subject-line.

PS - a big thank you to all those who have already submitted.

Open Call For Videomappers - Lighting Sibiu Competition 2016

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We are inviting international artists to create short video-mapped animations adapted to the façade of the Brukenthal Museum. The animations will be projected on 9th September 2016 in front of a live audience. Representatives from the top teams will be invited to attend the event, full accommodation and limited travel costs covered by the organiser. A cash prize will be awarded for the best entry.

Get more details by visiting www.lightingsibiu.eu.

Deadline: 
08/14/2016

Into Wonderland: Review of Sanja Hurem's "Metamorphosis"

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Screening space and part of the photo series

Dusk.

A ghost town named Vlacháta on the island Kefalonia, off the west coast of Greece.  Earth, shrubs, rocks, rubble, and the fossils of a community.  Old Vlacháta now.  Paleá Vlacháta.  Like referring to a person who has passed on. Joseph.  Joseph, deceased.  A town that used to be alive now deserted and emptied.

But, all things in life trace circles.

So, it lives again.  

A power generator betrays the surprise in store.  The pathways lay ahead, uneven, yet defined by the town-planning of this once hustle-and-bustling place.  By now the moon in its first quarter, shines frozen and erect over what's taking place here.  The pact between the trees and the ruins is celebrated in the first segment of this artistic endeavor.  An installation piece: Two round twig balls bound in barrel rings and speech coming out of one of them.  A moment - in terms of space and objects- where the surroundings are appreciated as something other than their catalogue identity.  Opportunity in the instance of re-appreciating what you see.

But, that is only one section of this wide and polymorphous installation.  By carefully taking steps around the ghost-village paths, the visitor unveils the installation further.  Shells of homes, ruins lit and photos exhibited on the walls.  Night closes in and the trail of lights ushers me to the largest ruin of the village.  Roof missing, baby olive trees growing on the ground.  Granddad trees standing-by, watching.  The video projection is very alluring.  Clear and organic in subject matter.  Girl.  Girl in white.  Water.  Lake in a cave. Lake named Melissani.  The video is tracked by sound and speech.  The words spoken paint the picture a little more. The colour of this female voice, or the lack of emotion in it, keep adding to the experience.

The feeling the spectator gets is that of acute reception.  Softness of the air on the skin as a video-art projection takes place outdoors in the Greek summer night.  Stars studding the darkness overhead, and, ...the art. Metamorphosis.  Human to Goddess. Space to Moment.  From being the dream, to becoming the dreamer.  

A review of Sanja Hurem's "Metamorphosis" by Maria Demas (Artist and Curator, MA)

Is it in the nature of humans?

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view of Robert Ladislas Derr's Chance, Greiner Art Gallery

If you missed it, Hanover College’s Human Nature exhibition displayed four artists’ representations of what is fundamentally human. Less didactic than you might expect, artists Rachael Banks, Robert Ladislas Derr, Bernie Kasper, and Lauren Wesley subtly observe the stuff of mankind through very different expressions and imaginations.

Situated in photography’s long lineage of portraiture, a 2015 graduate of Texas Woman’s University, Rachael Banks photographs people she left behind in Louisville, KY in her series Between Home and Here. Ms. Banks photographs her acquaintances at sites of personal interest. Among her photographs in this show is a young man dressed in a navy hooded sweatshirt and knit beanie with the side of his face just discernable—as he puffs on a cigarette—before aiming his rifle across a chain link fence. His cigarette smoke clouds the scene in front of his head with an old recreational vehicle in the background.

Turning street photography on its head, the beguiling artist and Ohio State University Professor Robert Ladislas Derr has been working on his extensive Chance series since 2005. These long photographs encapsulate a grid of color photographs from the four views of city intersections that he encounters on his ambulatory passage through cities as near as Indiana, and as far as Australia. To determine his path through these cities, Mr. Derr asks viewers and fellow pedestrians to roll a die.  What results is a strikingly long and colorful map of images of the buildings, pedestrians, and all of the pandemonium that makes up a city’s intersection.

Prof. Derr’s In Play is also in this show—a combination of video and portrait photography—that uniquely captures the behavior of his associates in a game of ping-pong. He invites artists to his studio for a match recorded with four video cameras. Of the four cameras, two focus on Derr and his player, capturing their face and hands respectively. This video offers an intimate glimpse of Derr’s five-minute volley with his guest. While the photographs depict the gestures of Derr and his player.

With his human nature on display, Bernie Kasper’s photographs of flower heads and close up images of the flower’s petals and stigma, demonstrate his own botanical interest. Mr. Kasper, a self-taught native Madison, IN photographer captures some beautiful images of Queen Annes Lace, Purple Cone Flower, and Virginia Bluebells, to name a few, from the Clifty Falls State Park in Madison. 

Exploring botanicals outside of their natural environment, Lauren Wesley who also graduated in 2015, photographs greenhouses. These photographs capture tropical plants growing up stairways, covering walls, and masquerading the mechanicals of the structures. Taken from their native habitat, these plants decorate the interiors of their manufactured home, in which their life is dependent on the care of their human collector.

From celebrating friends, playing ping-pong, to observing and harboring plants, the nature of humans is very recognizable in Human Nature. Leticia Bajuyo, the exhibition curator, assembled a glimpse of the human mammal in their innate self-interest.

Part of the Louisville Photo Biennial, at Hanover College’s Greiner Art Gallery and the West Street Art Center, Human Nature closed on November 13, 2015. For more information:

http://art.hanover.edu/gallery/

http://louisvillephotobiennial.com/2015/05/28/hanover-college/

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