Archives for the month of: July, 2014

I went to the talk and discussion event at The Heart and Lung Repair Shop.

The Heart and Lung Repair Shop
4 scientists explained their researches around heart and lung repair. They were

  • Building your own heart from stem cells
  • Making E-cigarette into a prescribed drug
  • Repairing your organs by taking medicine, which stimulates the stem cells
  • Creating personalised medicines by checking your DNA

All the researches involve some ethical issues, including misuse of the medicines, data protection of your DNA codes and knowing the time you will have a terrible disease in the future.

I am very curious to know what the future medicine is going to be with more development in stem cell research and if we will all become immortal one day.

The Heart and Lung Repair Shop 2

Went to listen to Seiichi Hayashi’s talk at Japan Foundation on 1st July 2014.

Seiichi Hayashi
Seiichi Hayashi is an animator + illustrator + comic artist. His most widely known work is the package illustration for Japanese sweet koume chan.

Koume chan
Seiichi answered each question thoroughly, describing how he started working in animation/manga/illustration, the historical background at that time, and how animation moved from cinema to TV.

It was interesting to hear how much animator’s work loads changed. While 1 hour theatrical animation would take 1 year to make, for TV, they had to complete 30 mins episode in 1 month.

Seiichi Hayashi
Seiichi has always been trying out the new style of work and I think he will continue to do so.

Quote from Seiichi’s talk…
“When I’m drawing one panel, I have no idea what will go on the next panel. The next panel is always blank.”

Went to see Matthew Barney’s “River of Fundament” (2014) UK premiere at English National Opera on Sunday. Nearly 6 hours opera film.

River of Fundament
It’s been 10 years since I watched Cremaster Cycle series for the first time.
As seen on Cremaster, River of Fundament had huge and extravagant sets, crazy cars, lots of greasy, sticky, flaky, filthy stuff, and amazing soundtrack and cinematography. And this one seemed to be based more on some story, had lots more dialogues and singing.

I think I slept for about 30 mins, it was unavoidable. It’s an amazing film, which some scenes would be very memorable, but I don’t know what to say. I don’t think I’m ready to fully appreciate it.

I remember Cremaster series was visually more stunning and fascinating.