March 29, 2010

Objetsmart Travel - Natural Hats


Park Sanssouci, Potsdam, Germany, January 2010

There's something about palaces that make me stop and gawk. While I love grand cathedrals and marvel at the wonders of the world, I've always been fascinated by the lavish in the mundane, the Hollywood production value of the home. Ancient bathrooms and marble-laden ballrooms with perfect vistas of parks? Bring it on! Indeed it is fascinating to wonder how many bad political decisions have been made from such places of residences and how one building's architecture can provide enlightenment or influence madness. Mainly, I constantly wonder how it took so long to get indoor plumbing...

So it makes sense that whenever I have a chance to visit a big house, from Hearst Castle to Versailles, I'm all for an afternoon of wander.

When Erin and I decided to go to Berlin for New Year's, I knew she wanted to visit art galleries. And I knew I wanted to visit Sanssouci, the German answer to Versailles. So on a freezing weekday, we took the express train out to Potsdam and found ourselves trekking through the cold and snow to the castle for a tour. There were but a handful of us. I was relieved actually - the problem with my interest in castles is that it is common - and hence, usually loaded with annoying tourists. But the cold kept most away and I was delighted to have the park as our domain.

As we approached the gift shop to buy our tickets, I noticed that all the ornate statues outside were styled. They were literally wearing their winter costume. Someone had obviously spent some time making sure that the snow didn't cover their faces. Or was there a treatment on them so that the snow didn't stick? I wondered - and I still do - perhaps someone else can answer the question. But I quite liked that even in the harshest of conditions, the statues outside Sanssouci remained in character and with accessories. They were objetsmarts! That is they were - until they would melt - thus rendering them back to their native form - until the next season...

February 17, 2009

Objetsmart - Manzoni Edition

No one in the office ever told me that those prints I had to donate years ago were the work of the original objetsmart artist, Piero Manzoni. If I had known, I would have lined up to have one. Here was a man that created the ultimate objetsmart, he weighed and canned his scatalogical matter into 90 pieces. The price - the same as the value of gold. This occurred in 1961. Have any of the cans been opened? One wonders.

But Manzoni's gold does make the original proof of objetsmart. Something valuable untouched, a numbered work of "art," even if it seems worthless to most. But it possesses value until used, when it is no longer an objet, when it ultimate transforms into its original state: something entirely disposable.

Cheers to this 2009 first piece of objetsmart.

November 27, 2008

My Imaginary Friend on Thanksgiving

Dying from laughter...oh the musical guest. Happy THANKSGIVING...

My favorite part, about 1:23, when they flash across the bottom of the screen, RICK ASTLEY, in case you didn't know...

July 24, 2008

Beverly Hills Chihuahua Trailer Reaction: Family Guy Stylee


I've been watching with a mix of anticipation, fascination and disgust all the hoopla surrounding Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Considering that a) I grew up in Beverly Hills and b) my family still lives there, I have spent a lifetime slightly annoyed by the media's obsession with our little town.

But I have been very amused by the new cult of trailer reaction videos on youtube, a new genre of user generated content.

If you have not seen one before, it is defined by 2 basic tenets: 1) inclusion of a film trailer (often outrageous) 2) intermittent reaction shot of people, often absurd, watching said trailer.

The case above adds another element to it by including the characters of Stewie and Brian from the Family Guy. The result: entertaining.




June 03, 2008

Jenga Cinema!

Overheard in Detroit as one of the top things one should not do after partying all night: PLAY JENGA!

I would suggest that just some people should not do it all.
I am one of them.

However, there seems to be a contingency of Olympic Jenga users as seen above. Frankly, I'm a self-confessed Jenga-tard. Especially after a couple glasses of wine. Even before midnight.

January 26, 2008

Objetsmart Animal Edition

Another hilarious Calvin Harris video from the exquisite I Love Disco channel on youtube.

And big thumbs up to the official Colours video.

December 14, 2007

Surfing USA

We went up to Topanga last week on the biggest surf day of the year...I took some pictures, but just remembered I had shot a little video too. Enjoy!

December 12, 2007

Another Film About Feet - Avant-Garde Stylee

Y'll know I like my cinema of abstract feet.

Here's another piece for the genre.

October 25, 2007

Shake Shake Shake - Texan Style

Soap operas have always been disco, but this one gets the super shake...disco retrospective of the guilty pleasure TV show, "Dallas."

October 20, 2007

Unfortunate Foot Incident Update 4 - aka Brit and Run

21 Hours Later

Views: 200,971 Comments: 507 Favorited: 28 times

Viewership has doubled in the last 6 hours - from 100,000 to 200,000. These statistics are even crazier than I imagined.

I also like how this episode is also entitled "Brit and Run..."

October 04, 2007

Goosebumps from Play-Doh

I don't normally like the III the best, but in this case, the bunnies steal the show...

It doesn't hurt they have chosen a massive, epic song under this. Music in advertising is at least 50% of the sell and with a blockbuster track like this, tomorrow water cooler Friday is going to be all about the bunnies.

I thought this was all made on a screen, but watching the teaser, with Sigur Ros as score, I was proven wrong. It gave me goosebumps too...but I think that partially had to do with the song, one of those that makes me want to look at the sky and search for a higher being.

June 28, 2007

Keith Haring Shoes Video

I am often filled with delight when I get immersed in browsing through user generated content. I discovered this today three links into a homemade film of a Comme des Garcons pop-up store opening. But it's this that I found to be of better note.


June 08, 2007

From Safety to...Trainers? NB does Joy Divison


Joy Divison trainers available from New Balance.

Gawker snatched the best headline first as when I first heard about the Joy Division trainer based on the art from their "Unknown Pleasures" record, I wanted to sing, "Trainers will Tear Us Apart Again," but they wrote the headline, "Shoes Will Tear Us Apart..."  I mean what insoles! 

You know I mean what sole mates..but I prefer "what insoles" - it almost sounds like an insult.

But with the album number, Factory 10 on the back replacing the NB logo, I'm almost insulted. Just almost.

But considering I stomp around sulking in my navy New Balances most days listening to Joy Division, I thought it was a proper tribute to showcase this.  I mean now with the 33 1/3 book and the NB trainers, perhaps some dude will have a Halloween costume.  Perhpas this will be the inspiration for all of us to dress up as living versions of our favorite album art.  I could just wear some red velvet then this year.

While you're thinking about it, why don't you listen to some JD to get into the mood. 

Red velvet is much easier than spray painting green stripes to be Kraftwerk. But still more fun holding pocket calculators and everyone thinking you're a member of the Blue Man Group. Though I think I want us to be Model 500 this year in tribute to their storming DEMF performance. 



June 04, 2007

You Can't Keep a Good Horse Down

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March 16, 2007

More reflections during the PUP





Objet Chien - Daily Exercise Program for your Dog with "a trained athlete" 


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January 27, 2007

The party is surrealism but dem frogs is real

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