Friday 14th November 2014
I went to see an artist talk by Satoshi Kitamura at Japan Foundation.
Satoshi Kitamura
Satoshi Kitamura illustrates children’s books including “Millie’s Marvellous Hat” (2009), “In the Attic” (1984), “Me and My Cat” (1999) and “When Sheep Cannot Sleep” (1988).
Millies Marvellous Hat
His illustrations are filled with drawings of sheep, rabbits, dinosaurs and cats. They are full of imaginations and fabulous colours.
His books are available both in Japanese and English. He also translated other authors’ books including the well-known “Elmer the Elephant” series by David McKee.
In the Attic
The talk was supported with the slideshow of his work on the screen. Satoshi showed the collection of his illustrations on the envelopes he sent with letters in. They were all so beautiful. Anyone who receives his letter would be delighted.

I went to see London International Animation Festival 2014 Andreas Hykade Retrospective + Q&A on Thursday 30th October.
www.hykade.de

London International Animation Festival

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)

Nuggets (2014)

Love & Theft (2010)

“Myself” series (2014) and Die Toten Hosen music video called “Walkampf” (2004).

Quite eventful week on ANIMATSUDA blog!

Loooooong waited music video by ANIMATSUDA and  is out!
Video directed by Miho Lomon, produced by Rumpus Animation. www.rumpusanimation.com

Count Skylarkin & Harvey K-Tel: Dubplate Iko

Sunday 26th October 2014

I went to a taxidermy workshop at Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings.
Taxidermy 01
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.
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From the incision in the stomach, slowly and carefully taking the skin off the body sack.
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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!
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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.

Taxidermy 05

Monday 13th October 2014

I visited Puppetry and Writers Evening at Little Angel Theatre.  www.littleangeltheatre.com

Little Angel Theatre 01
The event started with the talk by Toby Olie and Finn Caldwell. They explained their creative process for the show The Elephantom.  www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/shows/the-elephantom

Then we had an opportunity to explore different types of puppetry.
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Little Angel Theatre
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Thursday 21st August 2014
I visited Digital Revolution at Barbican. http://www.barbican.org.uk/digital-revolution/home/
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There were 3 different areas in this exhibition.

First room starts with following history of computer games and digital devices, 
Digital Revolution 01
digital effects and production in films,
Digital Revolution 03
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.
http://www.nidhogggame.com/

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.  http://www.cinemamuseum.org.uk/

The Cinema Museum 01
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!!!!

I went to the talk and discussion event at The Heart and Lung Repair Shop.
http://www1.imperial.ac.uk/nhli/public_engagement/the_curious_act/heart_and_lung_repair_shops/programme/

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