Sunday 1st March 2015
I went to see William Blake: Apprentice and Master at Ashmolean Museum.
It was the last day of the show and the tickets were sold out.
The exhibition showed William Blake’s prints and especially focused on his progress and development in print-making techniques.
The contrast of his bold design and composition, and the sensitivity of print-making techniques interests me.
Sunday 22nd February 2015
I went to Wellcome collection to see the Institute of Sexology show.
This show explores human sexuality and curiosity.
There are artistic, but erotic pictures, photos and objects from all around the world.
You can also observe the study of people’s sexual activities in numbers and graphs.
Wednesday 4th February 2015
I went to see a Japan Foundation touring event: It Only Happens in the Movies?: Short Peace at ICA gallery.
“Short Peace” is an anthology of 4 animated short films directed by different directors including renowned cartoonist and animator Katsuhiro Otomo. The theme of all four films is “Japan” and you will see Japan’s iconic landmark of Mt. Fuji in all of them.
Possessions (九十九) Director: Shuhei Morita
A traveller meets the spirits of abundant broken objects used by people.
Combustible (火要鎮) Director: Katsuhiro Otomo
A short love story of a fire fighter and a girl from a wealthy family. You will also see some historical elements of how the fire was put down in the ancient Japan.
Gambo Director: Hiroaki Ando
A giant white bear protects a girl from small village where all other girls are kidnapped by a red devil. Some very violent scenes.
A Farewell to Weapons (武器よさらば) Director: Hajime Katoki
A saga of men battling against almost-indestructible robots in apocalyptic Tokyo. A fast paced action packed film, which holds the tension until the very end.
It screening was followed by an interesting facts of Katsuhiro Otomo’s work and views of Japanese animations by Helen McCarthy.
Tuesday 3rd February 2015
I went to see Kentaro Kobayashi’s comedy performance “Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life” in Leicester Square Theatre.
Kentaro Kobayashi is a Japanese performer, comedian and artist. He has a comedy duo called “RAHMENS”.
His most famous work is the video series “The Japanese Tradition~日本の形~”.
“Mr Potsunen’s Peculiar Slice of Life” is Kobayashi’s performance piece I saw for the first time. It had the collections of all my favourite visual techniques and collaborations of live and projected visuals.
The performance didn’t have any dialogues, but had lots of Japanese reaction sounds such as “Nnn?” “Ahhh..”. This solo act was supported by a white puppet creature and the story followed Mr Potsunen’s whimsical imaginations.
There were many of his illustrations used in the video and those simple lined illustrations were very comical and pleasing to see.
I thoroughly enjoyed the show!
Saturday 20th December 2014
Visit to the exhibition “Mirrorcity” at Hayward Gallery.
This poster made me want to go and see the exhibition. My initial thought of this show was there would be many photos of mirrored London city. But the actually it was with the works of contemporary artists.
I didn’t enjoy the show very much but I quite liked the drawings by Emma McNally.
Big and very detailed drawings using different hardness of pencils seemed to express some sort of maps.
Saturday 6th December 2014
I went to Syon Park Enchanted Woodland Walk.
The trees were lit up in all different colours of lighting and looked very dramatic.
It was very cold evening, but about 2 miles walk became enjoyable, when I found some scary trees!
The classical music with a performance of lighting and laser was very impressive!
There were some interactive devices for you to change the colour of lighting or play with shadows.
I went to see London International Animation Festival 2014 Andreas Hykade Retrospective + Q&A on Thursday 30th October.
When I booked a ticket, I had a sneak peek of his work.
As soon as I finished watching “Love & Theft”, I thought I would wait until I see other films on a big screen!
Andreas Hykade is a German animation director, who continues to experiment and discover a new style of animation to work on.
He has done many series of commercials, TV project/series, music videos and animated films for adults and children.
The morph he creates with a pencil and paper is remarkable.
Andreas also mentioned that for “Love & Theft” (2010), animation came before the music. It fits so well!
The sound effects are all incredible too. They make the surrealistic characters and actions real.
The list of short animation we watched was…
Ring of Fire (2000)
The Runt (2007)
Love & Theft (2010)
“Myself” series (2014) and Die Toten Hosen music video called “Walkampf” (2004).
Sunday 26th October 2014
I went to a taxidermy workshop at Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings.
The rats we used were not killed for the workshops.
They were bred as feeder animals for snakes and lizards
.At this stage he was little frozen.
From the incision in the stomach, slowly and carefully taking the skin off the body sack.
After using alcohol to kill all the bacteria, start stuffing the body with wires and cotton wools.
Sew the cut and insert black beads in the eye holes and done!
The most difficult part was the stuffing and shaping them.
The wire seemed quite fiddly to move the arms and legs in the certain position.
Also, the body became quite longer than the original size, I should have made the body wire shorter.
But I enjoyed learning the process of taxidermy.
My fingers smelled for hours later.