from 4:00 in...
Really liked this verse at the end of this poem:
Through the empty branches the sky remains.
It is what you have.
Be earth now, and evensong.
Be the ground lying under that sky.
Be modest now, like a thing
ripened until it is real,
so that he who began it all
can feel you when he reaches for you.
Art will not disappear into nothingness; it will disappear into everything.
- by Julio Garcia Espinosa
"The myth is the public domain and the dream is the private myth. If your private myth, your dream, happens to coincide with that of the society, you are in good accord with your group. If it isn’t, you’ve got a long adventure in the dark forest ahead of you."
"If the path before you is clear, you’re probably on someone else’s."
"Myth must be kept alive. The people who can keep it alive are the artists of one kind or another. The function of the artist is the mythologization of the environment and the world."
"If you want to change the world, you have to change the metaphor."
"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe to match your nature with Nature."
I had a great time at FoST 2015 in NYC last week. Lots of great conversations, inspiring ideas, interesting demos... some highlights for me included: talk by neuroscientist, Beau Lotto, about perception and the brain. Alan Gershenfeld and Amy Fredeen talk about adapting indigenous storytelling to new media - transforming Alaska's Iñupiaq tribe's stories in to a video game.
I tried a good amount of VR experiences throughout the conference, but by far the most exciting VR project I tried, that has FINALLy given me faith in VR more than anything else, is Tiltbrush. It was first demoed by Glen Keane on the FoST stage, and I also got to try it for a heartbreakingly short 2 minutes in the VR tent. It is so immediate and intuitive. It's like playing with spray paint in 3D. My heart pines for the next time I get to try this, hopefully soon...
I had the honor of performing on the FoST stage as well. I performed an excerpt of This World Made Itself, which was followed by a talk by Al Gore.
"I'd like the [Cosmos] series to be so visually stimulating that somebody who isn't even interested in the concepts will just watch for the effects. And I'd like people who are prepared to do some thinking to be really stimulated."
"The visions we offer our children shape the future. It matters what those visions are. Often they become self-fulfilling prophesies. Dreams are maps."
"We are a way for the cosmos to know itself"
"Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it, we go nowhere"
"I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking."
This past April in Boston? I had to ask for a photo...
When I was in Keene, New Hampshire this past April, I did a fun presentation of my cat animation dance for an all school assembly at a local primary school.
A few weeks later, I received a package full of lovely notes!
They were too awesome not to share! (I love all the cat characters <3)
Thank you! XO :)
"In the case of the Artist, I don't want them to represent reality, because I have that via my own telescope - I want and I need the Artist to take me to new places, and the new place Van Gogh took me is not the sky as it is, but the sky as he felt it - and the more of us that feel the universe, the better off we will be in this world"
This quote gives me courage.
Wow, it is now 2014, and ten years since I made this reel back in 2004. Back then I didn't know about After Effects, and using only Flash... and forcing Flash to act like After Effects. This is a reel of stuff I was making toward the end of my undergrad (UCSB) and during the two years between undergrad and grad school (CalArts) when I was living at home and making animation for fun.
since you can actually stream (and purchase!!) a lot of Eric's music, I am embedding it here as well.
track 2 (The Water Kept Coming In) from Because I am Always Talking is featured in This World Made Itself.
also, I am singing backing vocals in track 4, I Had a Kid, on the album.
Here is also my soundcloud link. There are the two songs I made oh-so long ago in Garage Band for Dreaming of Lucid Living - for the kitchen scene and the city scene. And a few other experiments and tiny one-night projects.
Another song of note is a Careful song Eric and I recorded on my iphone in the stairwell of my apartment. Carful's music is featured in This World Made Itself
a lot of people have asked about the music in my performances, so I wanted to leave some links here for you
Dreaming of Lucid Living
Anna Oxygen - R.R.N. from "This Is an Exercise" - can be found on itunes, etc.
rest of music by Miwa Matreyek, here
Myth and Infrastructure
Mirah - Shells from (A)spera - can be found on itunes, etc.
original music by Caroline, Mileece, and Anna Oxygen not available yet
but please check out their work on itunes:
Mileece - Formations
This World Made Itself
Flying Lotus - Auntie's Lock/Infinitum
Flying Lotus - Tiny Tortures
Flying Lotus - Intro / Cosmic Drama
Careful - No Title
Careful - The Water Kept Coming
please also check out their full albums:
Mileece - Formations
Lumerence (short film)
Careful (aka Eric Lindley) - Quite