Tuesday, September 27, 2011

IKEA small spaces



I was looking for some stuff in IKEA and I found this video on their site. What can I say about the Swedish company that hasn't been said before. Can we consider its catalogue, as the most read architecture magazine in the world? I think so.

Monday, September 26, 2011

BOOK - The Art Of Osamu Tezuka


I am back in my hometown and finally I can take a look at the last Amazon order I received almost one month ago. The Art of Osamu Tezuka is a gorgeous book by Helen McCarthy that tells the story of Osamu Tezuka, a japanese manga and animation artist known as "the god of manga" and considered  by many as the Walt Disney of Japan.  Tezuka marked an turning point in japanese manga and anime culture as Katsuhiro Otomo forewords in the book:
It is important to understand that Osamu Tezuka is not the founder of Japanese animation.
There were animators in Japan before him, as well as those working at the same time. Tezuka's work, however, revolutionized the industry by transferring recognized cinematic forms of expression from the silver screen to both his manga and his anime in order to make his stories more appealing to his (initially young) audience. In Tezuka's anime especially, camera conceits such as close-ups, pan/tilt, and so forth contributed to the creation of a realistic feel to his animated features, though initially they caused all sorts of production problems. He also played with varied lighting to enhance mood. 
By Tezuka's time, manga and anime had ceased to be the throwaway items they had been before the war, and it is Tezuka's greatest success that he recognized the need to inject wider perspectives and social awareness into his work. This was important after the war, when Disney animation was contributing to the anti -Japanization of Japanese popular culture, and U.S. -supported reconstruction dominated Japan. Today, much of the manga and anime business stands far removed from the fragile system into which Tezuka breathed life, and from some perspectives, imagination seems to have largely given over to the sort of routine against which Tezuka railed. However, there still remain strands of the Master's imagination woven throughout the islands of Japan, and I have faith that even today many of his professional descendents remain true to the standards by which he built an industry. 
It is no exaggeration to say that it is largely due to the genius of Tezuka, in those formative years of the country's reconstruction, that Japanese animation and manga have developed into a form largely without comparison in the world. Influenced by the innovations of Disney but guided by his own emotional compass, Tezuka did not demand absolute rigidity of his staff, but he allowed them to explore their own creative processes and unique styles. These were animators who would later go on to create an entire industry, impassioned by their beloved teacher. 
Katsuhiro Otomo is the creator of AKIRA, the seminal manga and movie

To realize how influential Tezuka has been for many generations take a look to the pictures  from kimbawlion.com. Just  for those who don't know Osamu Tezuka and his work, to get an idea of his talent and vision that "inspired" many.

The images speak for themselves. Osamu Tezuka started drawing the manga Jungle Emperor (ジャングル大帝 Jungle Taite) also known as Kimba The White Lion back in the fifties. A work that was published in Japan in serialized form in Manga Shōnen magazine and later on became the first color animated television series created in the country. On the other hand, The Lion King is a Walt Disney production from 1994 and still today is the highest grossing animation film made with traditional 2D animation technique and it is fifth on the overall animation ranking, behind 3D animation titles like Toy story 3 and Shrek 2

Of course the book goes beyond that, in 272 pages McCarthy depicts Tezuka's life and work with pictures of all its creative processes, from sketches to drawings, from animation films to memorabilia. All nicely compiled in a hard cover beautiful book that makes it a must have for any japanese manga or animation fan.  And last but not least,  bundled with the book, a DVD with  a never before released 45 minutes long  NHK documentary, The Secret of Creation, in wich we got immersed in Tezuka's daily life following him to his remote studio, where not even editors are allowed, to his house and inside his Mushi Production company where all his creations come to life. 

Jumping (1984) is one of those rare films that were produced at Mushi.


I first saw this piece in the Spanish La2 channel, TV documentary program "la noche Tematica" special issue about japanese manga and anime, back in 1998. This film together with other shorts is available on DVD in Amazon. Don't miss it.  


The Art Of Osamu Tezuka
Helen McCarthy (Author), Osamu Tezuka (Illustrator), Katsuhiro Otomo (Foreword)
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts; Har/DVD edition (October 1, 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0810982498

Buy it on Amazon:
US / ES / JP


Tezuka Osamu Short films on DVD
Director: Tezuka Osamu
Language: Japanese
Run Time: 151 minutes
Buy them on Amazon
US / ES / JP

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Dragon Tattoo trailer



The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo trailer is here! David Fincher's  feel bad movie of the year is coming out on December 12 and the marketing campaign has already started! Few months ago the teaser hit the web and this time an almost 4 minutes long trailer left us speechless. Kellehouse is also involved with Fincher this time in the promotional poster art, keeping on with the nice work done for The Social Network.


Saturday, September 24, 2011

Jim Henson 75th birthday



September 24, 2011 marks Jim Hensons 75th birthday and Google has honoured him with a beautiful doodle. I have always enjoyed the creations of Jim Hensons Company so much, I remembered specialy the Fraggle Rock and later on the Muppets Tonight. I am still discovering the original Muppets Show and many more of Jim's original creations. Of course Sesame Street was an afternoon after-class classic in Spain too when we were children. Although I wasn't a big fan of it I still feel nostalgic when Kermit, Bert, Ernie and all the crew reappear anywhere in TV or the net.

Friday, September 23, 2011

DVD - The Beat of the Live Drum


Today I found a DVD of a 1985 Rick Springfield concert directed by David Fincher. A Fincher DVD I never heared about. It's called The Beat of the Live Drum and its available on Amazon. It's always nice to see the first works of such talented directors. I am waiting for the day in which David Fincher joins Jonze, Gondry, Cunningham and others in the Directors Label series.


Rick Springfield - The Beat of the Live Drum
Directed by David Fincher
Language: English
Studio: Image Entertainment
DVD Release Date: July 2, 2002
Run Time: 71 minutes

Available on Amazon:
US / ES / JP

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Defense first



As NBA lockout goes on, the official website is empty of contet related to actual players but full of videos from the past. Take a look at this one, a tribute to Dennis Rodman , who just was elected to NBA Hall of Fame last August.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Madrid Hub



I was walking near Caixa Forum in Madrid and I find out this place Madrid Hub. A social Innovation meeting point were people go to work and many type of events take place. My friend Jose Quintanar is part of UtopicUs a similar place. Both seem so interesting.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The Tree Of Life





Terrence Malick's last movie is finaly in Spain. We went to see it last night. It's a  kind of movie that after watching it seems that you haven't seen a movie, that you have been there in Malick's mind for more than two hours, looking at what he sees, but with such a a feeling is not just another movie, it's something different. It repeats on me. I still have to digest it.

Up here a featurette with Christopher Nolan and David Fincher.

Here the trailer:


Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Evolution of Video Game Controllers


Great poster from Pop Chart Lab wich shows us the evolution of game controllers. Click here for full size picture.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Jonathan Brand's 1:1 papercraft Mustang


Via Make Blog I see that artist Jonathan Brand is building a 1:1 scale papercraft of 1969 Mustang.

That reminds me that my Howl's Moving Castle papercraft is still unfinished...

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

AMAZON.ES




AMAZON Spain is just here!

"let's be thankful we have commerce, buy more, buy more now and be happy." THX1138 by George Lucas

the welcome letter from Jeff Bezos:


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Starbucks logo



Starbucks is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Take a look to the evolution of its logo over the years.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

The Simpsons Bolognium



Watch this Simpson's clip. I find it so funny. Presented here in three different versions. Enjoy.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Midnight in Paris


Yesterday night I went to cinema to see Midnight in Paris, the last movie written and directed by Woodie Allen. A beautiful calm movie with nice music and great actors.

Friday, September 09, 2011

2011 NIKE MAG


It seems that Back To The Future is going strong this days. Fisrt was last month Gabarino stores commercial and now Michael J. Fox Foundation an Nike joined forces to bring back the shoe that Michael himself used in the second part of the beloved trilogy. 
Beginning on september 8, 2001, 1500 pairs of the 2011 NIKE MAG shoes will be auctioned on ebay. An auction benefiting the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Check out the official back4thefuture site and if you have a couple of bucks go straight  to ebay.

Sadly as you can see in the trailer, the 2011 NIKE MAGs won't have powerlaces. We will have to wait until 2015 for the release of the most anticipated shoe ever. What is almost for sure is that something is boiling in the Nike Innovation Kitchen. Look at this patent field last May by Tinker Hatfield and other designers at Nike via freshnessmag.com


Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Moritz Waldemeyer



I just discovered a website were I found this video of Moritz Waldemeyer explaining his work among other great guys. We did a workshop with him and Yvonne Laurysen few years ago organized by teachers in GEP from architecture school. I remember it as a big crazy disaster workshop. Three surrealist days were technology and improvisation merged resulting in this.
Moritz Waldemeyer (b.1974) is a British/German designer and engineer. He trained as an engineer at King's College London and completed his Masters degree in 2001. Since then, he has collaborated with many of the world’s top architects and fashion designers including Ron Arad, Zaha Hadid and Hussein Chalayan. His work is a fusion of technology, art, fashion and design.
source: wikipedia

Monday, September 05, 2011

Shuffling BLOG


I'm teacher assistant this year in Architecture School so Atxu Amann, Marta Maiz, Mariasun Salgado, Gonzalo Pardo, Liana Grigoriadou and I are going to be in Drawing-One class of first year students in ETSAM architecture School. This years course is called Shuffing and we are gonna spent the last 15min trying to learn to shuffle with LMFAO
The Blog that will cover the works the students do from september to december is this:

Sunday, September 04, 2011

NASA the Sagan series



Yesterday someone posted this great video on facebook. What make me think of using the NASAs "A" for the logo of the blog.

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Doc Brown is back



The latest commercial from the Argentinian Garbarino stores.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Coke CM Oasis




The NASA video remembered me a Coke commercial. Maybe is because both deal with human nature kind of problems. I will add a tag about this. I'm sure there are gonna be many entries related to that topic. We are humans after all.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Arduino Nano











I just bought an Arduino Nano board. We are looking forward to making cool stuff with it.
"Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments."
Check out the Arduino project at http://arduino.cc/