Friday, December 14, 2007

DESIGN | Projective Geometry in Art




This November a series of lectures about projective geometry in art took place in our Madrid Architecture School, AAGRAFA was there to record them. We present the 3 DVDs and a fourth one with some video of the exposition that took place in the new building during this month. Available in ETSAM library.

1 | Geometria Proyectiva: El camino empieza en la perspectiva

Dr Gregorio Hernandez
2011-XI-06 / 90 min. / Deposit number [V-804]

2 | Ikognosia

Dr Enrique Rabasa
2011-XI-12 / 58 min. / Deposit number [V-805]

3 | Geometria Proyectiva y reconstrucción tridimensional de imagenes

Dr Antonio Valdés
2011-XI-15 / 69 min. / Deposit number [V-806]

4 | Geometria Proyectiva en el arte: de Brunelleschi a Fisac

EXPOSICIÓN
2011-XI / 12 min. / Deposit number [V-806]


Monday, December 10, 2007

LAB | West of the Moon, East of the Sun


Another crazy semester in ETSAM comes to its end. This year my friend Miguel Beloqui recommended me to meet him in the GEP: 'Grupo de Exploración Proyectual' led by Andrés Perea together with professors Paula Montoya, Izaskun Chinchilla and Jose Luis Vallejo. They were known to be a special group, making things no-one else does and stuff like that. So I thought It would be nice to give it a try.

This year's topic was the Performative Architect vs Representative Architect and this was the schedule of the classes:

Week 1: Four proposals
Weeks 2-4:Three designs
Weeks 5-10: Two prototypes
Weeks 11-14: One final project


FIRST INSTALLMENT




From the Utopic Archigram projects to the build reality in Beaubourg. 
There are realized projects, realizable projects and unrealizable projects. To what extent influence unfeasible projects in the creation of feasible ones? The experimental work is based on creating utopic elements in a primarily visual way. Letting the imagination run. Proposing problems that then will be resolved and finding more problems in the road. 
Piano+Rogers center Pompidou as a built work, Archigrams walking city as unbuild work, my own Antiumbrela project in India and the moon as a place o explore. 
The Pompidou emerges and leaves Paris. Culture is on the move. The Pompidou comes to your town. People can not believe what they see. When it leaves nothing is what it was.

Behind the board, we had to write a self critic of our own work, mine read like this:

You belive you are smartass and you don't seem to work hard, isn't it? We'll see.

SECOND INSTALLMENT:
THIRD INSTALLMENT:

From this point forward, classes were interesting but for some reason I started to feel I was loosing my time. It was my fifth year in school and I already got bored of making things just for the sake of meeting the dead lines, without thinking beyond. So, I decided that every time they ask me to do something, I would use something I did before. I didn't make the second delivery, I dust off my two favorite prototypes from the past and got them ready for the 3rd installment. 

Morgan & Nobjects

I did Morgan a couple of years ago and it had some structural problems so I decided to reinforce it with fiberglass rods acquired on a kite shop. I also made a beautiful diagram to analyze  its skin.


On the other hand, continue working with Nobjects. Thinking on everything that could be generated with them. It was great having time to do that. I got so excited about future possibilities that I decided to keep on developing them to the next final phase. Jose Luis was my tutor and I was supposed to convince him so that my final project of the semester was to develop further my Nobjects proyect. He was a little sceptical at the beginning, he told me to try something 'more serious'. I told him if selling 2 million of them would start to make it a serious project. He understood, and let me go on. Jose Luis is a wise visionary, after all.

FOURTH INSTALLMENT


The final delivery day was upon us. GEP students are know for the amount of work they do. We were encouraged to work more everyday, everything was about producing more, first was producing and then was thinking. Everyday started to be repetitive. I got fed up. And as I like to do just the contrary of what people does, I put emphasis even more on not to produce new things, but to organize my past stuff. I realized that my last years production volume was enough for this class, so I decided to organize all my works and make Din A5 files as reference files of all my projects and ideas. I bought an file archival box and started creating the files. In the process of re-making Morgan and re-thinking Nobjects eve more  ideas grew and more files were generated. FInding a way to organizing them was the priority number one. Once organized many ideas could re-emerged any time. I ended up making a poster with some of the best files for the final delivery.


I also created a thick folder that contained a box replicating the classic Leavening red box sold by Royal brand in Spain at a bigger scale. It  contained all the Din A5 files I did. This is the time when I came up with the name: AA&NN. I was bored of making  stuff  just for class and I started thinking on making a company. A leavening company. A company that makes you grow. Sounded cool. After that I created the three books that were supposed to be in the second phase and I haven't done yet. They were ideas taken from the files printed in Din A3 size and bind together.

After all the semester turn out to be incredible. I even had a grade of 9 over 10 and as I didn't have to work so much, I had time to think a lot.  I learned many things that I tried to summarize in the last memory of the final installment. Durin this time a name-less comic superstar that I would later name EdFramed was born. He is hidden in the board above. 

FINAL INSTALLMENT

Memory
I have planned the 2007-2008 GEP course from the very begining as an overlap of stuff. This overlap starts taking as starting elements things I have done in the past.
It is not about simulating a situation in which I have been before but re-utilizing useful elements in actual situations and projects. As the brief is not specific, and we are just encouraged to produce, and from my point of view, if there is no a problem to solve, there is no a project that has to be made, I generate both the project and the problem. I'm lucky to have many problems, here a list some: 
-Finding a comfortable enough working method in witch I can produce things.
-Finding a way in witch I can obtain money not in the far future and without having to die in the trying
-Finding a way to just pass this class
-Finding a better way to organize myself and my parents house that are moving next year.
-Finding the way of beeing free enough to pass some classes of the past
-etc.
On the other hand, there are other things apart from finding problems, like the things I would like to do to be happy. So I have choose to start with an storyboard project of a story about the Pompidu that leaves Paris. In an utopian way, I started drawing unprejudiced ideas and drawings. Just having fun. While doing this...I thought in this: 
One day you wake up, swich on the computer and you see a sunglasses design  competition in internet. You feel you want to do it, you want to work on it. You are so excited. And you have many ideas. But you can't. Because you have to produce a dossier for your boss. It is your priority. Period. It would be so great if you were able to produce every-time, anytime, whatever you want. If you feel you want to design a door knob, you design a door knob. The energy you put on making anything is bigger and the result are much better when you do what you like in the moment you want. Changeover, reboot.


MEMORY (reboot) 
I have planned the 2007-2008 GEP course this way. I am going to produce whatever I want and organize it in Din A5 files. I'm not going to make bread but leavening. All kind of formal deliveries in witch bureaucratic dossiers must be done are avoided. Having in mind that those could be produced in the last weeks with the leavening produced in the months before. The aim of this is to explore this model and it's consecuences. Flux of elements are created that are organized and what's most important, stuff is not produced just to produce, it's done when I feel like doing it.
I realized that things are not done for a purpose, things are done and then used for a certain purpose. I don't feel nothing must be hidden. The works and prototypes are presented as works done in previous years, that are rescued and rethought. I'm aware, that it would probably be better for me, instead of showing them almost completed to show them as a process. I was able to fake the reality and lie, saying that those were projects I was actually working on. Morgan for example. One day I could speak about the PVC, another day I could talk as I was folding it and playing with it. Next week one step more...and continue like this until the final presentation. Fake trials and errors. Fake investigation and analysis that seem coherent but with the end result present from the very beginning. Methods we are so used to see in Architecture School. 
I'm sure if I would follow the common way, I would be much better considered. Not just as if I took a thing from the past and reuse it. The academic results would be even better. However that would be a huge lie.  The system works in a way so that only result matter. You can steal and lie if that is for better grades and people that follow this path are more likely to triumph. Then why I haven't do that? well... I've been reading Fight Club and I agree with the fact that self-improvement is masturbation and self-destruction may be the answer... this and also just to find a different working path. 
The making of Morgan is as simple as having and idea and trying to develop it. Go find some PVC canvas and start working with it, using diferent folding methods. In one of the briefs, we were encouraged to start working with whatever we had on hand, emphasizing on the physical and real character of the proposal. But then three designs are supposed to be delivered. I don't get it. I think the course has been planned in a wrong way, the pyramidal scheme of 4-3-2-1 doesn't work. I belive this would be a much better way of working:


Prototypes (wathever, real fisical elements) that led to more refined designs and new ideas that lead to more designs and organization of proposals that led to choose a final project to develop it further.

This is a more natural and fun way. If you are working in a design that comes from an idea, and then this design must become a prototype, good results are not guaranteed. But creating real prototypes from scratch results on a bunch of great material to work with and from witch many new ideas, designs and proposals grow. 
In the old days, buildings were not drawn before they were made. That was the begining. Making tangible things. We started with sculpture or making objects and tools, then we continued drawing, then comes music, photography and cinema, among others. Prefabricated tools to communicate and work, that conclude with writing, the most abstract language and the most economic one. This is the end, writing some words and leaving.


CONTENT OF THE FINAL INSTALLMENT

We were supposed to produce: 4 proposals, 3 designs, 2 prototypes and 1 project, so I did that but transforming the order:
Two prototypes: 

Morgan and Nobjects.  
Three Five designs: 
Walking Pompidou: an animation Project
Rolling House
Antiumbrela
Morgan & Nobjects
One Project
A business plan based on Nobjects as a toy. A playing system that open children's mind and would lead to a new man that starts with a new children. What the 'Walking Pompidou Aanimation' project transmited in a utopian way here is presented in a real way.  
Tens of proposals
Every file archived in the box is potentially a proposal. some more developed that others.

AA&NN Leavening Company is created.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

DESIGN | Souto de Moura



Portuguese architect Eduardo Souto de Moura visited MAdrid Architecture School November 7th and AAGRAFA team was there to record the lecture he offered. Now available in ETSAM library.

Eduardo Souto de Moura

November 7, 2007 / 60 min. / Deposit number: [V-784]

Friday, October 26, 2007

100 by Matsumoto Tayou

I bought a book called "101" some years ago in Madrid ExpoComic. I did'nt know who the artist was but the drawings where awesome. That's how I discovered Matsumoto Tayou. Today I found out in Amazon Japan Marketplace that someone was selling "100" a previus volume with more illustartions by Tayou. So i just ordered.

100 (Big spirits comic special)

Publisher: Shogakukan
Release date: 1995-XI-20
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 92
Size: 11.7 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches
Retail price: ¥2,625
ISBN-10: 409199721X
ISBN-13: 978-4091997210

Thursday, October 25, 2007

AKIRA ANIME COMICS


 

It is usual in Japan to make printed book adaptations of animation films an TV series taking still frames and adding texts bubbles and sound effects. Those books are commonly knows as Anime Comics. AKIRA the epic movie by Katsuhiro Otomo has its comic adaptation too. Those five volumes featuring cover art by Katsuhiro Otomo were released in Japan in 1988 from August to December that same year and were re-released in year 2000 with a slight change of the cover design. Today I found this edition inn amazon Japan Marketplace . Four volumes at a great price and with the  same shipping costs of one. Check Amazon Japan for availability.




Wednesday, October 24, 2007

EUREKA 1988 Katsuhiro Otomo Issue

I found this Eureka magazine issue about Katsuhiro Otomo in Amazon Japan marketplace.

UREKA ユリイカ1988年8月臨時増刊号 総特集=大友克洋

Seidosha / 210 pages / Japanese
ISBN: 4791709934
Release Date: 
1st print: 1988.08.25
14th print: 2001.02.28

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

KAIKISEN by Satoshi Kon

Before becoming a worldwide renown animation director, Satoshi Kon created a lot of manga works that have been out of circulation for a long time. Today I found Kaikisen in amazon Japan Marketplace so I order it immediately. This work was released in Spain in the 90's by Planeta de Agostini translated as: Regreso al Mar.

Kaikisen (海帰線)

by Satoshi Kon
Bijutsu Shuppansha / 256 pages / Japanese
ISBN: 978-4568730036
Release Date: 
first print 1999.07.18
second print: 1999.08.10

Friday, September 28, 2007

DESIGN | Yo Dona contest



Poster submitted to this year's graphic design contest Against Gender Violence organized by YO DONA

Monday, August 27, 2007

Dragon Ball Daizenshū #3

The third volume of Dragon Ball Daizenshū enciclopedia. Just one left to complete the collection


DRAGON BALL大全集 (3)

Publisher: Shueisha
Release date: 1995-IX-9
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 233
Size: 10.5 x 7.5 x 0.7 inches
Retail price: ¥1,888
ISBN-10: 4087827534
ISBN-13: 978-4087827538


Thursday, July 05, 2007

DESIGN | XIII Music Festival in Toledo


We have authored and created the DVD menus of a concert part of the XIII Music Festival in Toledo, directed by Guillermo Bautista and recorded by photographer Ricardo SantonjaCheck a clip of the concert here.

CREDITS:

XIII festival de Música de Toledo
La vida en el ataud, La música de los muertos

Sábado 17 de junio de 2007
Centro cultural Santa Fe

Victoria. Officium defunctorum. La vida en el ataúd. Ofertorio
Officium defunctorum. La vida en el ataúd. Versa est in luctum

Tomás Luis de Victoria
Officium defunctorum
La vida en el ataúd
Compañía bquadro
Director: Guillermo Bautista
Director de escena: Ignacio García
Fotografía: Ricardo Santonja
Edición y autoria DVD: Ioannes Busca
Festival Internacional de Música Clásica de Toledo



Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Dragon Ball Daizenshū #5

Another Dragon Ball encyclopedia book found on  Amazon Japan Marketplace. Added to shopping cart.

DRAGON BALL 大全集 (5)

Publisher: Shueisha
Release date: 1995-XI-7
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 233
Size: 10.5 x 7.5 x 0.8 inches
Retail price: ¥1,888
ISBN-10: 4087827550
ISBN-13: 978-4087827552

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Facebook


Today, I sign up on a kind of a social website someone recommend me... Facebook. It seems you can find out your friends by it's name, no need to remember email addresses. Then the website suggests you people you might know based on your friends friends. Seem pretty useful.... let's see.

Friday, June 15, 2007

CASHMAN SAVING SOLDIER

Today I found a rare comic by Akira Toriyama in Amazon Japan Marketplace. Cashman, based on a character developed by Toriyama for a threepart story originally published in Shueisha's V-Jump magazine in 1990 and 1991 and collected for the first time in Akira Toriyama's Maru Saku Gekijo #3 and re-released in Akira Toriyama's Makan Zenseki 2. In this book the story continues but this time Toriyama  left the script in hands of Takao Koyama while Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru did the drawings. The resulting work is visually stunning. Toriyamas pure style but kind of different, in a way is hard to explain. 

貯金戦士キャッシュマン

Publisher: Shueisha
Release date: 1998-VII-1
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 184
Size: 7 x 4.6 x 0.6 inches
Retail price: ¥514
ISBN-10: 4088725867
ISBN-13: 978-4088725864

Author / revision: Akira Toriyama
script: Takao Koyama
drawings: Katsuyoshi Nakatsuru

Monday, June 11, 2007

Dragon Ball Daizenshū #1

I have been buying many of Dragon Ball Daizenshū books this past months and it seems I'm going have all of them soon. Today I found the first volume on Amazon Japan. Just when the Dragon Ball publication came to its end in Spain Planeta de Agostini released this book same book among the short stories of Akira Toriyama, "Teatro Manga(Maru Saku Gekijo) and "Taller de Manga" (Hetappi Manga Kenkyujo) as well as announcing the publication of Dr. Slump for the first time in Spain. I remember that time with special nostalgia,  after all, it was the first illustration book I bought and I believe one of the first manga illustrations books released in Spain. That was ten years ago.

DRAGON BALL大全集 (1) Complete Illustrations

Publisher: Shueisha
Release date: 1995-VI-25
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 217
Size: 10.5 x 7.3 x 0.8 inches
Retail price: ¥1,572
ISBN-10: 4087827518
ISBN-13: 978-4087827514


Wednesday, June 06, 2007

The Visual Work o Mushishi

Last March 24th, Mushishi live action film was released in Japan. Directed by Katsuhiro Otomo and based on the manga by Yuki Urushibara. Otomo more known for manga and animation films such as AKIRA or STEAM BOY, returns to direct live action for the first time since "World Apartment Horror" in 1991. I haven't seen the movie yet but as it's usual in Japan, the film comes accompanied by plenty of related stuff such as this book, that covers the process of making and includes plenty of small sketches and illustrations by Otomo.

THE VISUAL WORKS OF MUSHISHI

Publisher: Kodansha
Release date: 2007-III-24
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 128
Size: 28 x 20.8 x 1.4 cm
Retail price: ¥3,500
ISBN-10: 4063646890
ISBN-13: 978-4063646894

Friday, June 01, 2007

DESIGN | Exprime tu ju[e]go



This afternoon in AAGRAFA there was no much to do so I have been working with Miguel Beloqui in a  design of a T-shirt for the XVII SEVEN International tournament. Seven is a form of rugby in which you can show your skills as a player even more so we came up with a wordplay: "exprime tu ju[e]go >> squeeze your game", and then found a nice squeezer drawing on google.

Monday, May 28, 2007

COMPLETE PEANUTS Box 3

I ordered from Amazon US the third box collecting the volumes 5 and 6 of the complete Peanuts a gorgeous edition that Fantaghapics is publishing with the complete comic strips from Charles Schulz's Peanuts. I already ordered the firsts two boxes some time ago but at a publishing rate of two volumes per year, it's going to take more than a decade to have them all.

The Complete Peanuts 1959-1962 Box Set by Charles M. Schulz


Fantagraphics Books /  688 pages /  English
Publication date: 2006.10.18
ISBN-10: 1560977744
ISBN-13: 978-1560977742

Sunday, May 27, 2007

You are not your Fight Club DVD



I just received the US Fight Club 2 disc Collectors Edition DVD I recently ordered from Amazon. Even David Fincher's end of century classic has a nice edition in Spain, the american one comes with four commentary tracks that makes it worth paying 14$. That is all I can say. I was not supposed even to talk about it.



Saturday, May 26, 2007

Dragon Ball Daizenshuu Carddass Perfect File 1

Continuing the collection of Dragon Ball Books today I ordered the Carddass Perfect File Part 1. This softcover book its a special supplement of the Daizenshū collection focusing on the Dragon Ball Carddass cards. 

DRAGON BALL 大全集 (8) Carddass Perfect File Part 1

Publisher: Shueisha
Release date: 1996-II
Language:
Number of pages: 134
Size: 10.2 x 7.2 x 0.3 inches
Retail price: ¥1,027
ISBN-10: 4081020167
ISBN-13: 978-4081020164

Monday, May 21, 2007

DESIGN | construction materials


Sometimes we digitalize old VHS tapes on AAGRAFA, generally for the construction department. Here the list of the last round of tapes we have merged into three DVDs. Available in ETSAM library.

DVD 1 Deposit number [V-800]

RIVASOL:
Pavimentos Industriales Exporídicos Sin Juntas [8 min]
PERIPLAN
Producto para regormas en suelos ahuecados y nivelador
Bettor S.A. [10 min]


DVD 2  Deposit number [V-801]

ARKOBEL guía técnica de montaje [25 min]
Plan Styrofoam aislamineto en suelos, paredes, techos [12 min]
STYRODUR: cubiertas invertidas [13 min]
Bándas de nodulos DELTA [13 min]
Bettor - Impermeabilización de TUNEL en Bera de Bidasoa [10 min]


DVD 3 Deposit number [V-802]

SIKA ¿como hacer hormigón? [26 min]
ARLITA arcilla expandida [15 min]
ARLITA  aplicaciones y puesta en obra [12 min]
SAS prefabricados de hormigón S.A. [13 min]
INTEMAC Fabricación y Ensayo de Probetas de Hormigón [10 min]


Monday, May 14, 2007

Dragon Ball Daizenshū #7

It looks that it's Dragon Ball Daizenshū month, just a week ago I ordered the second volume of the Dragon Ball encyclopedia and I just found a copy of the seventh volume that ships internationally from Amazon Japan Marketplace.

DRAGON BALL大全集(7) Dragon Ball Encyclopedia


Publisher: Shueisha
Release date: 1996-II
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 313
Size: 10.4 x 7.3 x 1.1 inches
Retail price: ¥1,888
ISBN-10: 4087827577
ISBN-13: 978-4087827576

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

DESIGN | João Luis Carrilho da Graça


Last April 25, architect João Luis Carrilho  da Graça gave a lecture in Madrid Architecture School. AAGRAFA was there to record the event and we have just relese it on DVD. Available now for everybody in ETSAM library, with the deposit number [V-731].

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Dragon Ball Daizenshū #2

A couple of months ago, I ordered  the Dragon Ball Daizenshuu #4 on the Amazon Japan marketplace. The fourth volume of The DB encyclopedia published a decade ago in Japan. The book was in a pristine condition, so today, when I found out that someone else was selling the second volume and taking into account that you never know when those hard to find books are going to be available to ship internationally, I had to buy it.

DRAGON BALL 大全集 (2) STORY GUIDE

Publisher: Sgueisha
Release date: 1995-VIII
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 265
Size: 10.5 x 6.7 x 0.9 inches
Retail price: ¥1,572
ISBN-10: 4087827526
ISBN-13: 978-4087827521

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Dragon Ball ¡Dossier Definitivo! + Daizenshū #4



I still remember the first time I read about Dragon Ball Daizenshū, a collection of books that was released in Japan when the manga Dragon Ball came to its end. It was in the Dragon Ball ¡Dossier Definitivo!, a  book I purchased for Christmas in 1995. I was eleven at the time, I remember vividly that the lack of information related to anything manga related was huge in those days, specially for someone living in a small town. I felt lucky to have found that ¡Dossier Definitivo! book, a hard cover Dragon Ball book published in Spanish, with a cool Goku image on its cover and so much information inside.

That book was, and maybe it's still today, one of the best not official Dragon Ball data books published in Spain. Thanks to that book, I started to have a vague idea about how things worked in the manga industry in general, and in Dragon Ball in particular. I knew nothing about Shueisha (the Japanese publisher of Dragon Ball) or Weekly Shonen Jump (The weekly magazine in which Dragon Ball was published) I didn't even know that Dragon Ball Tankōbon (the pocket size books where  manga was collected after its serialization) existed. I was specially interested in the chapter related to the Dragon Ball related publications in Japan. For some reason, I have always been more interested  in printed material than anything else. I have never had an interest in the figures or the rest of the merchandise, but books... I wanted them all! I was so mind blown by the fact that there was so much printed material of Dragon Ball in Japan and so fascinated with all this information around Akira Toriyama that I even wrote about it for a school presentation project. I digested all the information I had on hand and vomited in front of the class. I guess it was a chaos and no one understood anything. But I had a great time writing all that. 

 Two pages covering the Japanese publications of  Dragon Ball  from the book ¡Dossier Definitivo!

It was also around the year 95 when a neighbor friend purchased a Japanese Tankōbon of Dragon Ball, the volume 40, featuring an awesome cover that paid justice to its content. A never before seen transformation of Goku in super saya jin with long hair. None of us read Japanese so we just though Goku turned to evil or something. The little pocket size book contrasted so much with the Spanish publications, the cover art was beautifully colored and the original Japanese reading and sound effects were amazing. I wanted to have one of this Japanese books for a long time but that didn't happen until some years later, in 1998, when I saw a commercial of a store in Catalonia in a manga magazine. Its name was Tot de Jocs. There was no internet yet so the only way to go was calling them by phone. Luckily they had some Japanese dragon Ball volumes at good prices. I ordered the volume 38

Some years later, in 2004 I discovered Amazon Japan, and after a while figuring out how to navigate through the site that was starting to be partially translated to English, I found out that  the books Akira Toriyama The World and The World Special were still on print, so I didn't thought twice and bought both of them. That was my first ever order to Amazon Japan. And finnaly today, april 24, 2007, fter realizing that the second hand marketplace on Amazon works great, I diecovered that someone is selling the fourth volume of Dragon Ball Daizenshū published over a decade ago, so I ordered it immediately. 

Finally, after twelve years, I got the chance to have one of this books on my hands. What once seemed impossible, now has become an easy chore. Sitting in front of a computer, surfing a website, copy-pasting some Japanese characters here and there and swiping the credit card. Then, somebody in Japan that is trying to get rid of that book, would pack it up,  and ship it. All for less that 30€. It's impressive how the world evolves and companies like Amazon push the bar higher and higher every time, to  make everything more easy and convenient for everyone.


Publisher: Shueisha
Release date: 1995-X
Language: Japanese
Number of pages: 167
Size: 10.5 x 7.6 x 0.7 inches
Retail price: ¥1,572
ISBN-10: 4087827542
ISBN-13: 978-4087827545


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

AKIRA DTS Sound Edition DVD



When Pioneer released AKIRA DTS Sound Edition in japan back in December 2002, it also released a limited edition that was bundled with a slipcase and a bonus disc containing the complete storyboard and hundreds of production stills like backgrounds and layouts. It soon sold out, but thanks to Amazon Japan marketplace, I found that someone was selling its copy at a bargain price. Even I already owned the AKIRA Special Edition DVD Box set released by Bandai and the Spanish one, just for the bonus content on this one, its worth the money.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

DESIGN | Sáenz de Oiza

We have been digitalizing old tapes featuring Francisco Javier Sáenz de Oiza this days in AAGRAFA. Oiza was an Architect and Professor in Architecture School in Madrid. And one of his first buildings is the  Arantzazu Sanctuary in Oñati, my hometown in which he collaborated with artist such as Jorge Oteiza, nestor Basterretxea and Eduardo Chillida back in the fifties. We present here four discs collecting many lectures, classes and some tributes to his work. This is the list of the releases on DVD available now on ETSAM library. A good dose of nostalgia.

DISC 1

Conferencia en la ETSAM
1992 / 90 min. / Deposit number [V-689]

DISC 2

Conferencia centenario Le Corbusier
Salón de Actos COAM
December 18, 1986 / 84 min. / Deposit number [V-690]

DISC 3

Sáenz de Oíza, Jerónimo Junquera
Los recintos feriales de Madrid
February 12, 1992 / 94 min / Deposit Number [V-691]

DISC 4

Mesa redonda  En torno al museo del Prado
con Miguel Fisac, Sáez de Oíza, Javier Carvajal, Rafael de la Hoz, Luis Fdez-Galiano, M.A, Baldellou ...
June 29, 1995 / 17 min. / Deposit number [V-692]

Conferencia sobre la obra de Oíza por Antón Capitel
January 25, 1996 / 100 min. / Deposit number [V-692]

Thursday, March 15, 2007

DESIGN | Willem De Kooning



We sometimes we digitalize VHS tapes to DVD in AAGRAFA and even it seems kind of illegal, we do it only when it's impossible to find it in any other format. The original VHS, is out of stock and it's only  available only on the Amazon marketplace. This DVD cover is a remake I did based on the original VHS artwork. This documentary about Willem de Kooning directed by Robert Snyder is now available with the Deposit number [V-818] in ETSAM library.


Wednesday, March 14, 2007

DESIGN | Lecciones en la ETSAM


Some of the classic professors in Madrid Architecture School are retiring soon so this last months in AAGRAFA we have been busy recording some lectures of them. Here the first five DVDs of the series. Available now on ETSAM library.

Lecciones en la ETSAM - DISC 1
Ricardo Aroca Mecanica del sólido y sistemas estructurales
November 2, 2006 / 120 min / Deposit number [V-693]

Lecciones en la ETSAM - DISC 2
Javier Seguí Dibujo Análisis e ideación 1
December 4, 2006 / 95 min / Deposit number [V-694]

Lecciones en la ETSAM - DISC 3
Paco Alonso Lección inaugural de proyectos
February 5, 2007 / 108 min / Deposit number [V-695]

Lecciones en la ETSAM - DISC 4
Jaier Cárdenas Construcción obra gruesa
February 8, 2007 / 85 min / Deposit number [V-696]

Lecciones en la ETSAM - DISC 5
Antón Capitel Las formas ilusorias en la arquitectura de Asplund
February 14, 2007 / 99 min / Deposit number [V-697]


Monday, February 05, 2007

Katsuhiro Otomo & Satoshi Kon



I have been trying to get Katsuhiro Otomo's KABA artbook for a long time, but after a while I started thinking that it wouldn't be reprinted anymore. But today, suddenly, it appeared on sale, so I immediately order it. The art book collects illustrations created by Otomo from 1971 to 1989 and has English and Japanese texts. The problem with ordering to Amazon Japan is that shipping costs are not cheap so it's always more convenient to order more than one item, this way the price of shipping per item goes down. I ended up ordering another art book, this one about the film Millennium Actress by Satoshi Kon. A beautiful book with some English texts.

Update: I don't know what happened with KABA but even I ordered on March, it din't ship until two months later. By June the book was in my hands and its gorgeous.


KABA - OTOMO KATSUHIRO ARTWORK 1971-1989

178 pages / Kodansha / Japanese & English
ISBN: 978-4063050042
Release Date: 1989/9/1



Chiyoko Millennial Actress Special Edition


ISBN: 978-4902948028
Release Date: 2002/10/10