Saturday, April 10, 2010

Shell Game

One of my favorite Svankmajer films is the 8 1/2 minute long "Game of Stones" - no irony or perversity, just pure joy.

There is some lovely writing on The Oort Cloud.

In an incident of unbridled projection on my part, I thought my upstairs neighbor was calling for me because she wanted to know where I got the wonderful music I was listening to. But no. I first heard it on my esteemed colleague Chris's blog Mildly Interesting Films, he has posted one of the songs recently. My upstairs neighbor prefers classic rock I think.

And...I'll be in England for a week and a half at the end of May/beginning of June, mostly in Devon and London. Who is up for a pint in the Big Smoke?

17 comments:

rosedale's 4head said...

dude!

Lorenzo — Alchemist's Pillow said...

The game of stones video is absolutely delightful. Thanks so much, I'll have to check out other Svankmajer films as this is my first contact.

No time right now to check out the writing, but I'll be back...

The pint in London sounds great but a bit far for me. Let me know if you come to Madrid

Shayna Prentice said...

How right you are - 'Game of Stones' is pure joy - and Jonsi's music - his voice is transportive - hearing it reminded me of a time many years ago ... I was staying at my sister's apartment - at the crack of dawn I wakened to the most ethereal music coming from upstairs - I lay there listening to it and then mustered up the nerve to go knock on the door - that was how I discovered Henryk Górecki. Too bad your upstairs neighbor doesn't get it. (your unbridled projection cracked me up.)
And yes, most lovely writing over on the yellow link. Thanks for the (much needed) morning inspiration, Susan. (It'd be cool if Jeff could meet you for a pint!)

ArtSparker said...

Lorenzo - Thanks for the invite, I will keep it in mind for the future.

Shayna, still hoping to meet you at some point closer to home.

The Scrybe said...

Hey there, I'll be around in London if you fancy a pint with a bandaged nonentity!
Also I have an internet buddy coming over from Croatia, and we're going to see Jónsi together next month, I can't wait!
I'll have to have a look at that Svankmajer when I get the chance :)

The Scrybe said...

Oh, and thank you, I'm currently enjoying The End of Mr. Y; I'm halfway through and wish I had more time to spend reading it!

ArtSparker said...

Okay, Scrybe, you're on.

Shayna Prentice said...

Susan ~ indeed, yes.

Cláudia said...

The black and the white stone - oh, you will find them in Lost too...

I was watching Svankmajer's Alice (the youtube video you posted some months ago) and when I saw the rabbit and Alice entering the drawer I remembered Dreaming Alice and your own version of the rabbit hole. I don't know why it took me so long to connect the film and your photo.

These shells are so pretty - did you do some work (like polishing) on them, or they are just like that? I spent much of my childhood in the beach digging holes to get into Japan. I found a lot of crustaceans and a lot of shells as well, but don't remember any shell like the ones you used here.

Oort's text "Grace" is a gem!!!!

Tom said...

have a glug of your pint for me.

Clowncar said...

Thanks for the link up, Arty! I'm honored.

I love the idea of using hollowed out books as a proscenium arch for your art.

femminismo said...

Very sweet/funny video. Yes, I'll have to watch more of his work too. And thanks for the link to the writing. So luscious and peaceful and good to read this as a description of a process we'll all be going through someday. have fun in England!

lettuce said...

yeah! a pint. or two?

love the shell-head

Totalfeckineejit said...

Psst, Sparkly! A word in your shell-like....'Hear no evil, see no evil, wear no evil like a hat.'

Loved that 'playing with stones' film and some of the others I found there.They sought of got tangled up in the bread bin of my brain and a few crumbs came out in poems.Oh, I likes when that happens!Muchlio thankly!

tony said...

Your In England! Hey, I intend to visit The Smoke sometime in the Summer.Remind me nearer the time I will see if i can make it.You Been To Blighty Before?

ArtSparker said...

Yes, Tony - My sister lives in Exeter, in fact, she works in Occupational therapy for the British Governement. And have three nephews with what have been described as "cute" accents.

Jenny Woolf said...

It would be nice to meet when you're in London. What are you doing here? just a holiday?
I'll email you