How do you pay tribute to one of the most revered musicians of all time?
Evidently, you make him a music video.
But in the case of Johnny Cash, it's not just any music video. The Johnny Cash Project takes artwork inspired by actual images of the Man in Black, and then strings them together to the song "Ain't No Grave" to create a massive tribute by thousands of his fans.
The video already has more than enough stills for every frame of the song, but the submissions keep rolling in; now viewers can choose which stills they want to see, using various criteria (most popular, most realistic, most brushstrokes, etc).
Interested in submitting a frame? You can, right here.
Posted at 10:59 AM on May 25, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Galleries
Imagine sitting in a doctor's office, describing your latest ailment. She or he takes notes, then writes out an appropriate prescription and hands it to you.
It reads "Picasso: blue period."
Suffering from hay fever? Monet's haystacks are just what you need.
This is close to what someone might experience if they walked into the clinic of "Art Healing Ministry" in New York City, run by conceptual artist Alexander Melamid.
The New York Times recenty profiled the clinic, and the doctor/patient experience:
While the patient reclined, Mr. Melamid sat in a chair under a portrait of himself and took notes on a clipboard. He wanted to know specifics about the patient's malady, and about any museums he had visited recently. Told that the patient had been looking at a lot of Whistlers, he nodded and said, "Not enough masterpieces."
After a moment, he said: "This anxiety of yours is a very typical problem of modern man. And woman. And everything in between. My function is to help you see the right things."
He went on to explain that a lot of visual information was bad for the patient. "So when you go to a museum," he continued, "you have to be very discreet. You don't want overexposure -- that's as dangerous as to take too many medicines. Art needs to be taken in moderation and according to a specialist who can prescribe the right dosage."
Clicking through a series of paintings on the small computer screen, he stopped at a Cézanne and said: "If you have hay fever, you go to see Claude Monet, that's for sure. For your problem I would recommend Paul Cézanne. When you go to the museum, don't look around much. Go direct to Paul Cézanne. It's very powerful painting, but in a way it's also pacifying."
According to news channel NY1, the clinic also offers "art water chargers" in which the water is charged by the artwork inside the bottle; "Botticelli water" and "Lichtenstein water" are both available.
Posted at 12:08 PM on May 25, 2011
by Marianne Combs
Filed under: Funding
In an e-mail sent out today she writes:
Dear friends & colleagues,
After great and of course very difficult deliberation, I've made the decision to leave the Southern Theater after more than 5 years of truly rewarding work. I am especially proud of the new music program that was created less than 3 years ago, which is now so vital to the Twin Cities' music & performance scene, evidence of an underrepresented programmatic niche that I -- more than ever -- believe needs to be cultivated & nurtured. This is the work I'm going to continue to do independently and within organizations & structures that, at this time, can support artists & new projects most effectively.
To the amazing artists I've worked with closely at the Southern: Thank you for sharing your talents, creative aspirations, and performance visions with me. I am confident that my move will ultimately serve to support your work more fully.
To Southern patrons & supporters, staff (past and present), partners, co-presenters, sponsors, members of the press, and to my performing art presenter colleagues: I get very emotional thinking about all the ways in which each of you have supported, encouraged and championed the very important programming -- specifically new work, new series & festival concepts, and long-lead projects by independent artists -- that's happened on the Southern stage these past 5 years but also long before my time at the theater. Being a part of this programmatic mission has shaped me in substantial ways, and will very much remain my active focus.
With gratitude & great optimism --
Management for the Southern Theater has been mainly quiet since it announced it was laying off five staff, and cutting hours for the remaining employees. The venue has cancelled much of its programming, and is now only showing previously scheduled performances by local artists.
What does it take to convince skeptics that the arts are essential to our culture and to education, and therefore deserve our funding?
Mary Kay and Bob Zabel think arts advocates need a new, and better argument. On minnesotaplaylist.com they write the new argument should run along the lines of "Art is essential because art is language."
Many individuals with disabilities face challenges in the area of communication; they may have difficulty producing speech; they may rely on alternative communication strategies that are not readily accessible to others; they may find typical communication too emotionally charged; they may have emotional or behavioral blocks to using speech at all. For these individuals, some sort of alternate, but fairly universal, language is necessary, and this is where the arts can play an important role.
As educators in the area of emotional/behavioral disability, we have seen many examples of the power of story telling, writing, theatre, music, and visual arts to assist students and adults to more completely understand and express their needs. We have observed with disbelief as emotionally inaccessible, street smart kids hold profound conversations about feelings and behavior with a puppet; have heard kids quote song lyrics as a way to describe their emotions; have seen not only feelings, but actual information come out of a person's drawing or painting as they create with different art media.
Kay and Zabel cite numerous instances in which an arts program provided children with new tools for living with mental illness, managing anger, and sharing their stories.
You can read the full essay here.
Dan Keplinger is the star of the documentary "King Gimp." Born with cerebral palsy Keplinger has severe speech problems, but uses his painting to communicate his ideas.
Dr Sarah Parcak uses satellites to probe beneath the sands, where she has found cities, temples and pyramids. image courtesy BBC.
File under "how cool is THAT?!"
According to the BBC, US Egyptologist Dr Sarah Parcak has led a team of researchers that analysed infra-red images from satellites orbiting above Egypt. The cameras are so powerful they can pin-point objects less than 1 meter in diameter.
What they discovered includes 1,000 tombs, 3,000 ancient settlements and 17 pyramids all buried beneath the sand and silt.
Ancient Egyptians built their houses and structures out of mud brick, which is much denser than the soil that surrounds it, so the shapes of houses, temples and tombs can be seen.
"It just shows us how easy it is to underestimate both the size and scale of past human settlements," says Dr Parcak.
And she believes there are more antiquities to be discovered:
"These are just the sites [close to] the surface. There are many thousands of additional sites that the Nile has covered over with silt. This is just the beginning of this kind of work."
My favorite quote from Dr. Parcak?
"Indiana Jones is old school, we've moved on from Indy. Sorry, Harrison Ford."
The BBC will air a documentary about the discoveries titled "Egypt's Lost Cities" on May 30.
Without any prompting, Dessa herself offered up the answer:
For the record, at 14 I was listening to Skunk Anansie, on repeat, repeat, repeat. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQ7ZeSU8ZXM
To save you the effort of that extra click, here's the video in question: