Archive for March, 2009

mechanical Limbs

I read this online on the BBC News website about a guy who is a computer programmer from Finnland who has made himself a prosthetic replacement with a USB drive attached to his finger.

Click here for the full new articul on the BBC News website

After reading this it also reminded me about another artictal I read in a newspaper last week. About a 7 yr old boy from Texas, born without a working set of legs. He has a rare condition called Sacral Agenesis which caused deformities to his spine in the womb. He arrived without any tibia or knee bones and had to have his legs amputated below the knee at 15 months. But now he has 5 pairs of prosthetic legs for different occasions since he was 1 1/2 yrs old.

Click here to read the full articul from the Daily Mail

Creative Futures Week

Between 9th Feb – 12th Feb NWSAD was holding the ‘Creative Futures Week’ event. The First event I went was ‘ 4 Years Out. Advice and Career By a former student to the college, Joe List who did the Animation course and Graduated in 2005. When I heard about this meeting I thought this was great to hear a former student giving out his experiance and advice after graduating from college, even though he did the Animation course that didn’t matter as at the end most of us will be at the same position to start out our future. That way we all know what to expect and what to do once we finish the course. He’s a good artist and he has shown us some of his works that he done for the kids TV channel ‘Nickelodeon’. One of my favourite works that he has done was his animation work he done on Flash for a website.

Second event I went to was ‘A Career in Design’ by Steve Rooke. Moment he started I thought he looked abit like the singer Jamiroquai a.k.a Jay Kay. But any ways, this I thought would be another interesting speech because he has been doing this for along time and has plently of experiances under his belt. It was great of him telling us about how to start, where to go and how to do it right and what not to do. Some things I already know but he told us loads more that I didn’t know and to become and look professional. He even told us how the industries and companys think and what to do to get their attention to hire you and what to do when you get the job, how you work for them ie show them ‘respect’ to the staff.

The 3rd event i attended was ‘Which Way Now?’ not too sure who it was and unfortunantly my phone didn’t record his speech very well and i can’t tell what he’s saying.

Manufactured Landscapes

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Ok I know this is a very late since I watched this dvd couple months ago, but any ways.  In January, Adam let us watch a dvd called ‘Manufactured Landscapes it’s a feature length documentary on the world and work of renowned artist Edward Burtynsky. Burtynsky makes large scale photographs of ‘manufactured landscapes’  quarries, recycling yards, factories, mines, dams. He photographs civilization’s materials and debris, but in a way people describe as “stunning” or “beautiful,” and so raises all kinds of questions about ethics and aesthetics without trying to easily answer them.

The film follows Burtynsky to China as he travels the country photographing the evidence and effects of that country’s massive industrial revolution. Sites such as the Three Gorges Dam, which is bigger by 50% than any other dam in the world and displaced over a million people, factory floors over a kilometre long, and the breathtaking scale of Shanghai’s urban renewal are subjects for his lens and our motion picture camera. When the film started, I didn’t have a clue what this film was about until it shown a scene of a chinese factory going down the coridor then straight away i thought ‘oh… it’s about China’. Since I AM chinese but a ‘British born’ chinese, I pretty much knew what this film was about already the moment I saw chinese workers even though this is the first time I’ve seen and heard about  this film. I also already know about the manufactorying in China, the production, wastes etc but never actually seen what it was really like because China doesn’t want the world to see it until I saw the film and the level of what I thought it might be was no way near it.

Shot in Super-16mm film, Manufactured Landscapes extends the narrative streams of Burtynsky’s photographs, allowing us to meditate on our profound impact on the planet and witness both the epicentres of industrial endeavour and the dumping grounds of its waste. What makes the photographs so powerful is his refusal in them to be didactic. We are all implicated here, they tell us: there are no easy answers. The film continues this approach of presenting complexity, without trying to reach simplistic judgements or reductive resolutions. In the process, it tries to shift our consciousness about the world and the way we live in it.

After the film ended I thought it was a brilliant documentary but at the same time I felt quite sad and emotional watching it seeing the unknown parts of China which I mentioned earlier that they don’t want the world to see, the landscale pile of wastes polluting the area and water, the condition of what the people are going through. Yes it’s nice to see that China is catching up to the world like U.S.A. and U.K. etc but what about the people from the old tradition China?  These are the things that most people did not know about until the issue was raised when it was first known that China was gonna hold the Olympics 2008. Yes this is quite a ‘touchy’ subject for me to talk about but I dare NOT to talk about this to my dad or my step mum (she’s from China) because of ‘fear’ and I don’t know what they are like about it even though we seen this issue being talked about in the News (aboth Western news ie BBC News and News in Hong Kong and China).