1. A Thousand Eyes

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    from Ryan Nethery Added 23.6K 387 21

    "A Thousand Eyes" was created in conjunction with the Abecedarium: NYC project through the New York Public Library. "Abecedarium:NYC is an interactive online exhibition that reflects on the history, geography, and culture - both above and below ground - of New York City through 26 unusual words. Using original video, animation, photography and sound, Abecedarium:NYC constructs visual relationships between these select words and specific locations in the Bronx, Brooklyn , Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island." (Abecedarium: NYC Blog) Of the 26 words I chose BIBLIOMANCY. My initial attraction to the word bibliomancy derives from my fascination with the absurd. I sometimes find that the most complex implications can be gleaned from absurdist expression in any form. Be it through performance, human interaction, film, literature, art, etc... Bibliomancy is the art or practice that seeks to foresee or foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge usually by the interpretation of omens or by the aid of supernatural powers using a book, sometimes a bible or other sacred text is used. The book will be opened at a random page and while keeping your eyes closed you will point at a line or passage in the book. My passage was selected from Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. Siddhartha is one of my favorite books sitting on the shelf and also one that has had a significant impact on my attitude towards existence. Thus, I deemed it significant enough in my life to warrant such a divination. The inspiration for the film was the following passage: PAGE 64 “Tenderly, he looked into the rushing water, into the transparent green, into the crystal lines of its drawing, so rich in secrets. Bright pearls he saw rising from the deep, quiet bubbles of air floating on the reflecting surface, the blue of the sky being depicted in it. With a thousand eyes, the river looked at him, with green ones, with white ones, with crystal ones, with sky-blue ones. How did he love this water, how did it delight him, how grateful was he to it! In his heart he heard the voice talking, which was newly awaking, and it told him: Love this water! Stay near it! Learn from it! Oh yes, he wanted to learn from it, he wanted to listen to it. He who would understand this water and its secrets, so it seemed to him, would also understand many other things, many secrets, all secrets.” I really wanted to represent my own view of New York through a lens. So I went out to the Brooklyn Bridge with my camera and shot this footage. "A Thousand Eyes" is essentially my own exploration of the possibilities of the apparatus of the cinema. I really wanted to exploit the camera and force it to do the opposite of what is expected. The result: Beauty. It was edited to my own mix of hauntingly beautiful and reminiscent sounds from the Epson Stylus 600 printer, as recorded originally by melack from The Free Sound Project Organization. blah. ©Ryan P. Nethery 2009

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    • CITY SERIES: SEATTLE

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      from Miles Crist Added 15.4K 235 22

      The third in a series of city symphonies. First in the series, New York: vimeo.com/51875528. Second, San Francisco: vimeo.com/57508140. Synopsis: Inspired by the avant-garde city symphony films of the early 20th century, such as Paul Strand's "Manhatta" and Dziga Vertov's "The Man With the Movie Camera," CITY SERIES: SEATTLE paints a masterful portrait of the beautiful city of Seattle, Washington. Utilizing experimental editing techniques, time-lapse, and beautiful cinematography, the film explores the poetic mode of documentary film to convey the experience of this iconic, Pacific Northwestern metropolis. "In the the 1920s the movies were still relatively young, and an evolving modernist aesthetic embraced all things new, sleek, fast, and urban. Not surprisingly, a common focus of the cinematic avant-garde during this era was on the power, and excitement of cities. In both Europe and the US, a small genre of films that became know as 'city symphonies' attempted to capture the spirit, uniqueness, and poetry of a city by assembling images of everyday life in that city. These early films and their offsprings often utilized what film historian Bill Nichols has termed the 'poetic mode' of documentary film production--an attempt to move away from the 'objective' reality of a given situation or people in order to grasp at an inner 'truth' that can only be conveyed by poetical manipulations of mood, tone, time, and space." -University of California Berkeley Media Resources Center Awards/Festivals: WINNER National Young Arts Foundation Merit Award 2014 WINNER Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Film/Animation Silver Key 2014 OFFICIAL SELECTION Seattle International Film Festival FutureWave Shorts 2014 Music: Alone in Kyoto by Air. Shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in ProRes 422HQ 1080p with a Rokinon Cine Lens 14mm T3.1, 35mm T1.5, and a Contineo Cage and Switronix battery pack. Graded in DaVinci Resolve. Last shot graded in Lightroom and recorded in Raw 2.5K. Filmed in three days, all handheld, during NFFTY 2013 (www.nffty.org). milescrist.com 4 MINUTES | COLOR | 1.85:1 | DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO May 21, 2013 © 2013 Miles Crist. All Rights Reserved.

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      • Umimirai Library

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        from Tramnesia Added 10K 100 3

        Umimirai Library is a public library in the western part of Kanazawa, a slow 20-minute drive from the city center. Designed by Coelacanth-K&H Architects, an architecture firm based in Tokyo, and opened in June 2011, the three-story self-described “cake box” was intended to invigorate this sleepy area of town, a low-lying neighborhood of dreary houses and big box stores that lacked any hubs of activity or real public space. But ask the man on the street about it and you’ll most likely encounter a blank. We inquired at the Tourism Center for directions and even they had to google it. Apparently, not much happens in this part of town -- not yet at least, which is sort of the point of the library. The building is a large white box perforated with hole-punched windows that light up the interiors naturally in the day and at night glow out like portholes of a giant ship. There is a maritime feel to the place, probably unintended, or maybe since it was designed by a firm whose name evokes the ancient deep sea the contrary feelings of floating and drifting and being submerged are all by design. We could easily imagine how much we’d love coming here if this were our local, an airy place with soft, diffused light that lends room to learn, daydream, and to remember. Song lyrics echo in the mind: “...and our friends are all aboard / many more of them live next door...” It’s a peaceful, sublime place, this literary submarine. The main reading room with its 40-foot ceilings provides a grand scale that all great libraries have, from the NYPL on Fifth Avenue to Suzzallo on the University of Washington campus. In fact, we liked Umimirai so much more than that other notable library in Seattle -- Rem Koolhaas’ central library -- a dazzling structure, no doubt, but a place that’s more like a puzzle than a place to retreat. Once you get past the spectacle of its punctured skin, the Umimirai Library is a comfortably traditional place. It’s no wonder the library is filled with young children, the elderly, and students -- a library’s most loyal patrons. Sure there are modern features like glassed-in cellphone booths and self-service checkout stations. But we were most envious of the spacious newspaper reading room -- an old man’s joy -- with its canted desks, localized lighting, and drawers full of past days. Japan is a nation where the newspaper is still very much a part of everyday life, and that Coelacanth-K&H Architects featured this reality underscores the success of its design and their intent to insinuate the library into the community’s daily activities. For us, so much about Japan feels like a bizarro alternate reality where -- like with the newspaper that’s disappearing everywhere else -- the rest of the world moves right while Japan turns left. This library feels no different. These days, investing in a new library seems like a counter-intuitive act where, at least in the U.S., branch libraries close one-by-one and already meager budgets continue to be slashed. It’s impossible, laughable even, to imagine our cramped Chinatown branch being replaced by the gleaming Umimirai Library ... which says everything about this library and this town and why we love Japan so much. It feels like a luxury that a space like this was newly built, a sign that that the city believes in its people, that believes the act of reading is worth investing in, that believes these things will continue to matter in the future and that it’s important for these people and activities to come together in an inspiring and provocative space. www.myorangebox.com twitter.com/MyORB www.tramnesia.com twitter.com/tramnesia

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        • Biblioteca Vasconcelos / Liber / Simon Gerbaud

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          from Ciudad Intervenida Added 5,146 59 1

          ¿Quién visita las bibliotecas en la era del internet? ¿Qué evoca a los usuarios de una? Who visits a library in the internet age? What does it evoke in it's users? part of the project: www.ciudadintervenida.com

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          • Greetings From The Big Apple!

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            from wreckandsalvage Added 435 12 7

            A montage of NYC postcards and vacation videos. Commissioned by Rocketboom.com Images: NYPL Digital Gallery http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/index.cfm Video: http://youtube.com/results?search_query=empire+state+building and my own Music: Dosh http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dosh

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            • Vancouver Public Library

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              from Samuel Yang Added 839 10 4

              Filmed on the Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D Canon EF-S 18-55mm 3.5 (Kit Lens) Nikon 50mm 1.8D (Novoflex Adapter (85mm)) First time editing with Final Cut Pro, graded with Magic Bullet Looks Music: Perfect Timing (This Morning) by Orba Squara (The music from the first iPhone commercial)

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              • Public Library, Marcell Mars

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                The interview is part of the artistic research project Giving What You Don't Have by Cornelia Sollfrank: http://artwarez.org/projects/GWYDH

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                • QUIET, PLEASE

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                  from Quincy J. Walters Added 2,426 9 6

                  'Quiet, Please' is a documentary that takes a glimpse into the lives of people who take refuge in the library from the brutal elements of the streets.

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                  • This Week in Libraries #4: Helene Blowers, Michael Stephens and David Lee King.

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                    from Jaap van de Geer Added 873 6 0

                    Helene Blowers - Digital Strategy Director for the Columbus Metropolitan Library (http://librarybytes.com/about.html) Michael Stephens - Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois (http://tametheweb.com/about-michael-stephens/) David Lee King - Digital Branch & Services Manager at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (http://www.davidleeking.com/about/) Tweet of the Week: http://twitter.com/digibieb/status/11322502461 Ugame Ulearn 2010 Symposium: http://www.ugame-ulearn.com http://www.thisweekinlibraries.com If you like the show we would greatly appreciate it if you could thank our sponsor @OBAmsterdam for this week in libraries including #twilibs Weekly livestream: http://www.thisweekinlibraries.com/?cat=5 Feedback is welcome: email: thisweekinlibraries@gmail.com twitter: www.twitter.com/twilibs www.twitter.com/jaapvandegeer www.twitter.com/erikboekesteijn

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                    • Gene Luen Yang: Keynote - Breaking into Graphic Novels & Comic Books Conference

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                      from hclib Added 799 6 0

                      Gene Luen Yang is the author of American Born Chinese, the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association's Printz Award. His keynote led the way through this one-day conference sponsored by Hennepin County Library and the Loft Literary Center on June 19, 2010. This project was funded with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Filmed by 3 Minute Egg.

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