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Thursday 21st August 2014
I visited Digital Revolution at Barbican.
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There were 3 different areas in this exhibition.

First room starts with following history of computer games and digital devices, 
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digital effects and production in films,
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and interactive arts.
The eyes keep following me,
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smoke coming out of my eyes,
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and people being eaten by birds and flying like a bird.
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In the second room, you can play independent games.
The game called Nidhogg was very simple and so much fun to play.

The third room was filled with smoke and full of interactive laser beams.
I was impressed to see a business man in a suit playing with the lasers as if he was a conductor with full of smiles.


Tuesday 19th August 2014

Visited The Cinema Museum for the guided tour.

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The tour was guided by the Cinema Museum co-founders Ronald Grant and Martin Humphries. They explained the history of the building when it was a part of Lambeth Workhouse and the times Charlie Chaplin spent sometime as a child.

The museum is filled with collections of film posters, publications, projectors, cinema signs and film reels.

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It was very interesting to hear the cinema used to screen double bill on a loop and you could enter the theatre at any time if there were seats available.

For the short period of time there was a film rating category “H” for horrific films.

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I also enjoyed nice refreshments and biscuits in the middle of the tour, while sniffing the smell of antiseptic perfume, which used to be sprayed in the theatre in 50’s to cover the smell of cigarette and kills the bacterias of
infectious diseases in the air.
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At the end of the tour, they showed 5 short films including a short documentary of flood in Paris in 1910, the last days of London trams, experimental drawn-on-the-film animation that tells cheaper postal fees.

The Cinema Museum is a great place to visit, full of histories and stories.

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Friday 1st August 2014
Quentin Blake: Inside Stories
Visited House of Illustration for the first time to see Quentin Blake: Inside Stories.

Quentin Blake has made illustrations for the children’s books such as Roald Dahl’s The Twits and Danny the Champion of the World to his own Clown and David Williams’s The Boy in The Dress.

His quick flow of drawing could only be done with the great skills. His skills in capturing the certain movements of the characters and moods are amazing.

Thursday 31st July 2014 I went to the Secret Cinema screening of Back to the Future. Back to the Future Secret Cinema They cancelled the first 4 shows and we happened to be there on the first night! Lucky! They don’t allow photographs in Hill Valley, so no photos. But it was so much fun to spot all the main characters and dance to the songs of the Enchantment Under the Sea Dance. And of course, the film was amazing!!!!

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.

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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.

Saturday 21st June 2014

I went to Festival of Stuff, public open day of the Institute of Making.
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Rope making,
Lots of modelling,
But what I really really enjoyed was becoming a plastic surgeon!!!DSC_0267

More photos on here!