another reason for me to get the iphone


Here's another reason why I desparately need an iphone. Shinya Kasatani has developed PocketGuitar where you can freaking play on a virtual touchscreen guitar. AHH!!! You can play acoustically OR you can play along with the songs stored in your phone. For those of you lucky ones out there: Launch Installer>Source>add to your repositories. It will appear under the "Toys" category. Bastards.


internet parties

The comedy group Those Aren't Muskets at gives you a glimpse at what goes on at Google's house when her parents leave home for the weekend.

cai guo qiang's 'i want to believe'


The chinese artist Cai Guo Qiang will be having a show hosted by the Guggenheim called "I Want to Believe" starting February 22nd and running all the way to May 28th. According to the museum's overview:
[It] will present a chronological and thematic survey that charts the artist's creation of a distinctive visual and conceptual language across four mediums: gunpowder drawings, some as long as 100 feet; explosion events, documented by videos, photographs, and preparatory drawings; large-scale installations, including a version of Inopportune: Stage One (2004) comprised of nine exploding cars suspended in the central void of the rotunda; and social projects, wherein the artist works with local communities to create an art event or exhibition site, documented by photographs.

The Art Newspaper
also recently held an interview with him about the show:

The Art Newspaper: Your retrospective at the Guggenheim is called “I Want to Believe”. What does it refer to?

Cai Guo-Qiang: The title is based on my childhood curiosity. I doubted everything, but underneath I had a sort of expectation and aspiration.

TAN: Your father was a historian and landscape painter who also practised calligraphy. Did you emulate him in your youth?

CG-Q: I was more of a rebellious type. As a teenager I was immersed in martial arts and even starred in some kung fu films. At the same time my father introduced me to 5,000 years of Chinese poetry, paintings and literature at a time when the [Communist] Party forbade it. I understood quickly the value of the underground. I was always very unwilling to align myself to any particular group. My peers were producing politically pointed Pop paintings and installations. I refused western influences and hiked to northwest China near Tibet, visiting archaeological sites, studying nature and painting portraits of people I met.

TAN: What was your idea of an artist?

CG-Q: When I was a child, the Chinese government did not allow citizens to buy flowers because it was a very bourgeois thing, but since my hometown of Guangzhou was far from the capital, I could buy flowers from farmers and go home and paint them. I associated this bourgeois act with being an artist. I didn’t want a nine-to-five job. I wanted to live freely.

TAN: In China you started experimenting with gunpowder in the making of art. Was this a way of expressing yourself with no fears or limits?

CG-Q: Gunpowder is a spontaneous, unpredictable and uncontrollable medium. The more you learn to control it, the more obsessed you become with the material. It is like making love with your husband or wife. The outcome is unpredictable and the same results are never guaranteed. Furthermore, in using gunpowder I can explore all my concerns: the relation to notions of spirituality as well as an interest in spectacle and entertainment, and the transformation of certain energies—such as violent explosions—into beauty and a kind of poetry. An artist should be like an alchemist using poison against poison, which is very much a philosophy from Chinese medicine. Turning something bad into something good…countering the force. It’s the whole idea of the alchemist, using dirt, dust, and getting gold out of it. From gunpowder, from its very essence, you can see so much of the power of the universe—how we came to be. You can express these grand ideas about the cosmos.

TAN: Did using gunpowder allow you more creative freedom?

CG-Q: Initially I began working with gunpowder to foster spontaneity and confront the controlled artistic traditions and social climate in China at the time. Using gunpowder and making burn drawings were an extension of my childhood dream of being a painter. Also from my childhood I remember the sound of fireworks going off. In my hometown, every significant social occasion of any kind, good or bad—weddings, funerals, the birth of a baby, a new home—is marked by the use of fireworks. They even use fireworks when they elect Communist party officials, or after someone delivers a speech. Fireworks are like the town crier, announcing whatever’s going on. I also remember the sound of artillery fire from a nearby army base directed at Taiwan. Gunpowder in Chinese means “fire-medicine”, it’s potentially therapeutic.

TAN: In 1986 you moved to Japan. Did you find greater artistic freedom there?

CG-Q: In Japan I did find and enjoy artistic freedom, but the catch is that you still need to be given the opportunity to do so. The contrast between China and Japan is that in China, it was easy to access materials—such as gunpowder—but there was less artistic freedom. In Japan, there was more freedom, but the materials were harder to find.

TAN: Since 1995 you have lived mainly in New York. What have you learned in that city? You still do not speak much English after all this time. Would it not help you to integrate?

CG-Q: New York is like a global square where I have the possibility of running into my friends from all corners of the world at any time. Not being able to speak English has been one of the biggest frustrations of my life.

TAN: Why did you move there?

CG-Q: The opportunity that brought me to New York was a grant from the Asian Cultural Council to participate in a year-long residency at PS1 Contemporary Art Centre, as a representative of Japan.

TAN: Your Guggenheim exhibition will travel to Beijing to coincide with the Olympic Games, where you are in charge of visual and special effects. What themes will be presented in the opening ceremony and how do you define the role of an artist in the Olympic Games? What are your priorities?

CG-Q: It’s not an easy undertaking, but it’s absolutely necessary. The Olympics combine the entire country’s efforts, and can do a lot of previously unimaginable things. You can display your work in front of an audience of billions, but at the same time it can feel like you’re making the work for yourself. Through this event, one can contemplate and better understand what “Chinese culture” is. One needs to think about the past, present, and future of China and its relationship with the world. You can use this platform to tackle the topics of ritual and ceremony. In brief, it can be an opportunity for self-growth.

TAN: How tolerant and supportive are the authorities towards the new cultural and artistic boom?

CG-Q: The higher the level of the official, the broader their vision becomes. They tend to pursue newer things and are more ambitious and tolerant to new culture than their subordinates. The Chinese government has changed more drastically than it appears to the outside world.

TAN: Do you recognise the so-called new China that everybody is taking about, where changes are taking place at such great speed?

CG-Q: This new China is not changing that fast, and it’s not that serious a problem.

TAN: You are a consummate experimentalist who has combined traditional materials and methods from the east (from the historical and living cultural traditions of both China and Japan) with strategies from western art history. How important are these Chinese traditions for you?

CG-Q: Just like western art is important to westerners, Chinese traditions are important to me. However, while they are my origins and foundation, they are not my main purpose in making contemporary art. The main purpose in making art is to have fun and to redefine the nature of objects. Where are the limits when an object becomes a work of art? Making contemporary art can throw up obstacles but it does not worry me. I am eternally optimistic; I am Chinese.

TAN: Your new book, published by Ivory Press, is called Danger Book: Suicide Fireworks. Why?

CG-Q: It goes beyond what is traditionally regarded as a book. It’s more an art object containing drawings and gunpowder paintings. It will be on display at the Guggenheim in a special chapel. It is a book that fuses the opponents, life and death, with the ephemeral value of beauty.

TAN: But a danger to what?

CG-Q: I used gunpowder to draw pretty images of fireworks, but included in the design is the possibility of committing suicide. If the owner pulls the string that is attached to a bundle of matches, it ignites the gunpowder on the pages and explodes the book. Even if the owner does not pull the string, there will always be the potential for danger and thus he or she will always have a dangerous relationship with the book.

TAN: What was your biggest concern at the making of it ?

CG-Q: I wanted to make something that was hard to possess permanently.

TAN: Is discipline the foundation of your life?

CG-Q: Perhaps it’s because I am disciplined that I chose gunpowder as a medium.

TAN: In your work, you deal constantly with the ephemeral. One year of work can disappear in 15 seconds. Do you ever feel frustrated by this?

CG-Q: I feel good with the volatile nature of gunpowder; I am looking for the unchanging through the always changing. Nature always changes but the fact of change—or evolution—never does. I also associate it with the discipline and spontaneity of calligraphy, that most honoured Chinese art form. In calligraphy the artist is a “perpetual amateur”. This is the model I identify with as an artist. n

michelangelo in a can


Paco Rosic recreates Michelangelo's infamous paintings on the Sistine Chapel in his family's restaurant through the use of spray cans. Although his work is half scale when compared to the original, it's pretty damned impressive. AND, he finished in four days. Michelangelo took four years.

photo: eternallycool


Wow. A tube powered amp for your ipod. This will definetly give you that warm sound and tone you've been looking for. Your crappy compressed mp3 songs are saved! Buy one for me!


It's like finally getting that first book to start off your book collection. Or, buying that first dvd to your soon to be wide movie selections. This is what it's like. You only pick the finest because that's what it means to have a collection. People will look at it and go, "Wow, this is some collection you've got here." [A]nd they give you credit for such fine taste. Well, I've got the best of the best. The fi[n]est there is. This month is the start of the many fine months I will be having. And along the way, I'll be looking at them all collectively and thi[n]k to myself what a wonderful collection of mom[e]nts I've had shared with you. And I'll be looking forward to never seeing it stop. <3

our day

There really isn't anything better on my list than how the day was spent for us today.

achmed the dead terrorist

I found this to be quite hilarious. If I was told as a young child that I would live the rest of my life as a ventriloquist, I would probably drop out of school and start then and there. Yeah, I'm a loser. But Jeff Dunham isn't! Or is he?

random bollywood clip #2

election guide 2008

The New York Times has a pretty cool 2008 Election Guide on their website. It's a pretty dumbed-down list of key proposals of each candidate and their views based on the topics of Health Care, Abortion, Climate Change, Immigration, Iraq, and Iran. Now get out there and vote!

Also, check this out to keep yourself up to date on the 2008 Election.

random bollywood clip #1

it's hammertime - far east edition

So what goes through one's mind when making and posting such a video? What message would you be trying to send out to the world?

'Uhm, hey guys. So yeah, I just got these parachute pants from my grandmother for Christmas and well, it took me about a weeks practice along with countless hours of watching old MC Hammer music videos on YouTube and about 3 1/2 gallons worth of Mr. Pibb Xtra. Hope you guys like it!'

It's as if I was getting served right through my computer screen. Watch out Vanilla Ice 17 years ago, you got some competition.

More amazing videos from this guy found here.

the love mattress

FINALLY! An answer to my prayers! I can't even recall how many times I've had this problem. For those of you with boyfriends and(?)/or girlfriends, you all know how awkward it is to cuddle and sleep together with your arms around each other. One of you guys have to be in a position where your arm is tucked under the other person or squished in a weird angle where your circulation is cut off. This design concept by Mehdi Mojtabvi is based on an assembled mattress with horizontal gaps that allow you to slip your arm or feet into the grooves. Problem solved! Sleeping with my love will forever be changed.

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link to design

Interesting to note: Sleeping with continuous pressure on the arms causes an affliction called "Radial Neuropathy" in which the symptoms are weakness in wrist dorsiflexion and finger extension.

radiohead's scotch mist

Radiohead's Scotch Mist was streamed live this past New Year's Eve on 2007. It was broadcasted through television and on the web in which they were featured playing all the songs from their new album "In Rainbows". Along with the live studio jam, the hour long stream also included recited poetry and visual performances selected or done by the band.

happy new year!!!

Happy New Year Everyone!!! As the ball dropped, I heard the countdown upstairs. I drastically grabbed my phone in an attempt to call you before everyone got to 1. When you called, cheers erupted and I swear that just made 2008 for me. <3 Here's to a new year for the both of us!