Amy Poehler in conversation with Jane Lynch


These ladies are hilarious. The conversation also nicely touches on aspects of being a woman and building a creative career, while avoiding the forced “what challenges do you face as a woman doing X” question.

Interactive Fluid Dynamics Rendered In ASCII


Web designer Nick Kwiatek’s website features a playful interactive home page. Move the mouse around to see virtual fluid forms appear, press the left mouse button for a burst of movement. Hat tip to prosthetic knowledge.

Kraftwerk Retrospective @ MoMA


Over eight consecutive nights, MoMA presents a chronological exploration of the sonic and visual experiments of Kraftwerk with a live presentation of their complete repertoire in the Museum’s Marron Atrium. Each evening consists of a live performance and 3-D visualization of one of Kraftwerk’s studio albums

Kraftwerk – Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Tuesday, April 10, 8:30 p.m.
1 – Autobahn (1974)
Wednesday, April 11, 8:30 p.m.
2 – Radio-Activity (1975) 
Thursday, April 12, 8:30 p.m.
3 – Trans Europe Express (1977) 
Friday, April 13, 10:00 p.m.
4 – The Man-Machine (1978) 
Saturday April 14, 8:30 p.m.
5 – Computer World (1981) 
Sunday, April 15, 8:30 p.m.
6 – Techno Pop (1986) 
Monday, April 16, 8:30 p.m.
7 – The Mix (1991) 
Tuesday, April 17, 10:00 p.m.
8 – Tour de France (2003)

Tickets are $25.00 and will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, February 22, at 12:00 p.m., only at MoMAKraftwerkTickets.showclix.com.

Bird to Book

Sequence I made for a pitch we never won.

Len Lye “Free Radicals”

Nothing gets you pumped for a new day like watching physical scratches dance across a screen. Begun in 1958 and completed in 1979, Len Lye used a series of needles and even an arrowhead to create the marks directly onto film stock in Free Radicals.

Ira Glass on the strange life of the producer

A couple earnest gems from Ira Glass on the strange life of the producer. Hat tip to Smarter Creativity.

I’d never really been on the set of a film and I didn’t realize the grueling hours of it. And I thought, this is because we’re an independent film, right? That we’re here for fourteen hours? … Wait, so when professional movie people make a film and they have more than a million bucks do this, this is the deal? Yea, this is the deal. I was really stunned.

I feel like everybody in America understands the stuff from watching DVD extras that it takes a long time… they have to light stuff, you know they shoot one actor and the other actor… you know that if you’re an entertainment consumer, but to be there and actually understand, that’s really real. You really have to do that. I understand it in my cells now, in a way that, I don’t know that I’m glad.

When you create a project, there’s always the ratio of here’s the fun part that you really like. And here’s the tedious thing you have to do to get it started, get the funding, organize it… In every project there’s kind of a balance. And there’s a grueling part of editing, re-editing, re-thinking. And so there’s the grueling part and a fun part. And it’s always a balance, as in any job.

In film, the proportion of gruel to the proportion of fun, is so unbelievably outsized, it’s crazy… It’s weird that people do it for a living.

Totally weird! Haha. On some days you do cap at 8-10 hours, especially if you’re on a project where no one can afford to be charged overtime. But more often than not, especially in post-production, a “half-day” means 12 hours not 4 ;).

And, also, good producers don’t get enough love. A good producer is often the difference between the success or failure of a project, no question.

NYC Gallery Shows: Jan. 28, 2012

aiweiwei_sunflowerseeds
dougwheeler
jamesnares
leebontecou
paulascheer_maps
sarahsze_infiniteline
thomasheatherwicl_extrudingandspinning
vivianmeier
weegee_murderismybusiness
zimoun_volume

some gallery shows that look interesting…

**revised 2/18/12**

Doug Wheeler @ David Zwirner
519 West 19th Street
thru February 25
One of Wheeler’s “infinity environments” – he plays with light and space so you lose all reference points, I got a bit of vertigo the first time I walked into one. There was a crazy long line when we went so I never got to try this show.

Zimoun @ Bitforms
529 West 20th Street
thru March 10
I usually stop at Bitforms every time I’m in Chelsea just to see what they’ve got going on. This time it looks like some sort of whirring motor installation. Fun!

Erik and Martin Demaine: Curved Crease Sculpture @ Guided by Invoices
558 West 21st Street
Thru March 3
Origami sculptures by father-and-son collaborators Martin and Erik Demaine. You might have seen them in the origami documentary Between the Folds.

Thomas Heatherwick @ Haunch of Venison
550 West 21st Street
Thru March 3
Designer/architect Thomas Heatherwick shows off some furniture extruded from single pieces of metal and a chair where you can literally sit and spin.

Weegee / Vivian Meier @ Steven Kasher
521 West 23rd Street
thru February 25

Ai Weiwei @ Mary Boone
541 West 24th Street
thru February 4
Ai Weiwei’s hand-painted porcelain sunflower seeds on view in NYC. Unfortunately, we can’t walk through them as the initial viewers at the Tate did due to toxic ceramic dust.

Tom Friedman: New Work @ Luhring Augustine
531 West 24th Street
thru March 17
Tom Friedman is a very meticulous man.

Paula Scheer @ Bryce Wolkowitz
505 West 24th Street
Thru February 18

James Nares @ Paul Kasmin
515 West 27th Street
thru February 11
I like the look of the black and white chronophotographs of a pendulum’s swing.

– – – outside of Chelsea – – –

Weegee “Murder is my Business” @ International Center for Photography
1133 Avenue of the Americas (at 43rd Street)
thru September 2
$12

Sarah Sze @ Asia Society
725 Park Avenue (at 70th Street)
thru March 25
$10

Lee Bontecou @ Freedman Art
25 East 73rd Street
thru February 11

Work Your Proper Hours: A Campaign Against Unpaid Overtime

When did Fast Company start kicking so much ass? FastCoDesign is my favorite newsletter of the moment, but here’s an article over at sibling site FastCoExist – Work Your Proper Hours: A Campaign Against Unpaid Overtime.

Misfits


Just started watching Misfits, a UK series about a bunch of teenagers who meet while doing young offenders community service. A freak lightning storm leaves them all imbued with superpowers tied to their heart’s desire. Hints of X-men, The Gift of the Magi, and Attack the Block.

Also on Hulu– my favorite TV show ever, Spaced.

An Evening with Don Hertzfeldt @ IFC Center

I AM A BANANA. Don Hertzfeldt will appear in person to present his newest film and a selection of his award-winning earlier shorts Monday, March 26, 2012 and Tuesday, March 27 at the IFC Center. Hertzfeldt’s new film, It’s Such a Beautiful Day, is the third and final chapter in a trilogy about a mysterious man named Bill. The entire trilogy will be screened together for the first time on new 35mm prints, followed by a live Q&A with Hertzfeldt.

Tickets are $17.50.

For a taste of Hertfeldt, check out the brilliant, Rejected, below.