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On: Postmodernism

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03:02:34
“Postmodernism is a very complicated term.”

03:05:53
“Postmodernism lacks central leadership or a hierarchy as well as an organizing principle.”
03:08:42

“Apparent postmodern attitudes involve irony, contradiction, ambiguity and diversity.”
03:12:17
“Real postmodernism is influenced by the trends and evolutions of culture and society.”

 

03:13:11
“Postmodernism can refer to artistic, creative, cultural or intellectual states.

03:14:28
“It could be possible that postmodernism is just a buzzword that’s been around since 1914.”
03:21:59

“Postmodernism is hard to see or locate.”
03:27:04
“Truly, postmodernism is now the same as modernism, but it’s still fun to criticize modernism.”
03:27:31
“And, it’s even more fun to criticize postmodernism.”
03:28:35
“If postmodernism is the deconstruction of modernism, then what will deconstruct postmodernism?”
03:31:20
“Lines between genres have been blurred because of postmodern philosophy.”
03:34:15
“As near as we can tell, postmodernism is subjective and modernism is objective.”

 

03:53:55
“Postmodernism seems to dwell too much on self-consciousness.”

03:57:01

“Simply put, postmodernism is art occurring after, or in contradiction to modernism.”
03:59:38
“Fragmentation, discontinuous creativity and randomness are emphasized in postmodern activities.”
04:06:24
“Postmodernism patently rejects formal aesthetic beliefs in favor of spontaneity and creative discovery.”
04:12:27
“Thankfully, postmodernism has erased the distinctions between “high” and “low” forms of pop culture.”
04:17:16
“If the design of a tea pot is described as “postmodern”, do you know what that means?”
04:20:00
“Neither do I, but it sure sounds cool.”


Create In Peace: Vincent Van Gogh

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Vincent van Gogh, Artist
Born March 30, 1853
Died July 29, 1890

Vincent’s coffin is covered with yellow flowers, his favorite color . . . .
Close by, too, his easel, his camp stool, and his brushes had been placed
on the ground beside the coffin.

    Starry starry night
paint your palette blue and grey
look out on a summer’s day
with eyes that know the darkness in my soul
 
Shadows on the hills
sketch the trees and the daffodils
catch the breeze and the winter chills
in colors on the snowy linen land
 
Now I understand what you tried to say to me
and how you suffered for your sanity
and how you tried to set them free
They would not listen they did not know how
perhaps they’ll listen now
 
Starry starry night
flaming flowers that brightly blaze
swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent’s eyes of China blue
 
Colors changing hue morning fields of amber grain
weathered faces lined in pain
are soothed beneath the artist’s loving hand
 
Now I understand what you tried to say to me
and how you suffered for your sanity
and how you tried to set them free
perhaps they’ll listen now
 
For they could not love you but still your love was true
and when no hope was left in sight on that starry starry night
You took your life as lovers often do
But I could have told you Vincent
this world was never meant for one as beautiful as you
 
Starry starry night
portraits hung in empty halls
frameless heads on nameless walls
with eyes that watch the world and can’t forget
 
Like the strangers that you’ve met
the ragged men in ragged clothes
the silver thorn of bloody rose
lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow
 
And now I think I know what you tried to say to me
and how you suffered for your sanity
and how you tried to set them free
They would not listen they’re not listening still
perhaps they never will.

– Don McLean
 

Groovy Illusion (Way On)

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Look at the picture. It is not animated. Repeat, it is not animated. Your eyes are making it groovy. Very groovy.

Still not convinced? Stare at one spot for a few seconds. Everything stops moving and the picture ceases to be groovy. Or, you could gaze at the black center of each circle and the picture will stop grooving (but move your eyes to the next black center and the previous one will move after take your eyes away from it. Way on!

 

ALERT: Huge Art Heist In Zurich

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An armed gang of three thieves with very good taste in art robbed the Emil Georg Bührle Collection in Zurich, Switzerland of four major paintings last Wednesday night. The paintings are currently valued at about $163.2 million dollars. However, these paintings are so well-known that they could never be sold on the open market a museum official said.

The stolen paintings consist of major works by the artists Paul Cezanne, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and Vincent Van Gogh.

The theft of this historical art is considered to be the largest art heist in the last twenty years. A Zurich police official has stated that the thieves stole “the four finest in the Zurich museum’s collection.” The police described the art heist as “spectacular” in its speed, its precision and its thoroughness. The thieves are still at large but they do have some very lovely pictures to look at while they lay low.

This tragic event is just two days after two  paintings by the ever famous Spanish painter, Pablo Picassso, were stolen from an exhibit in the Zurich area. The Zurich police say that they have no concrete clues in this case and the stolen artwork is valued at around $4.5 million dollars.

The LEGO® Brick Is 50 Years Old!

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Today is the 50th Birthday of the LEGO® Brick – five decades full of playing, fun and creativity!

Children all over the world have played with LEGO bricks for the past 50 years, and LEGO sets are still right at the top of many wish lists. Industry and trade associations also recognize the LEGO success.
   

Just before the turn of the millennium, the LEGO Brick was voted “Toy of the Century,” one of the highest awards in the toy industry, by both Fortune Magazine in the US and the British Association of Toy Retailers.

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Happy Birthday Helvetica!

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Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which is celebrating its 50th birthday this year) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. Helvetica is currently screening at film festivals, museums, design conferences, and cinemas worldwide.

The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type. Helvetica encompasses the worlds of design, advertising, psychology, and communication, and invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see every day. If you get a chance, check this out. Helvetica is in your life more than you think!


About the Typeface
Helvetica was developed by Max Miedinger with Eduard Hoffmann in 1957 for the Haas Type Foundry in Münchenstein, Switzerland. In the late 1950s, the European design world saw a revival of older sans-serif typefaces such as the German face Akzidenz Grotesk. Haas’ director Hoffmann commissioned Miedinger, a former employee and freelance designer, to draw an updated sans-serif typeface to add to their line. The result was called Neue Haas Grotesk, but its name was later changed to Helvetica, derived from Helvetia, the Latin name for Switzerland, when Haas’ German parent companies Stempel and Linotype began marketing the font internationally in 1961.

Introduced amidst a wave of popularity of Swiss design, and fueled by advertising agencies selling this new design style to their clients, Helvetica quickly appeared in corporate logos, signage for transportation systems, fine art prints, and myriad other uses worldwide. Inclusion of the font in home computer systems such as the Apple Macintosh in 1984 only further cemented its ubiquity.