zaterdag 26 februari 2011

Stop motion and a blue dress

A few days ago, I was bored. So I spent my day making a little stop motion movie. Three hours of work for fifteen seconds of film seem a bit inefficient, but I had fun!

Here are some stills from the movie. I'm so in love with the colour of this dress!

donderdag 17 februari 2011

What's it like to be a bird?

So here it is, the bird project I told you about in a previous post! A friend started this amazing project, in which he makes people sound like birds - this is my own voice in the video, and I'm re-enacting a nightingale. 

It was all just starting to take shape when we made the video above, but everything's coming along pretty fast now, and I'm really glad to be a part of the project at such an early stage.

The idea behind it is that you can experience how it feels to be a bird, but in human speed. I'm going to try and transcribe Thijs' explanation as best as possible here: Most birds live only seven to eight years, whereas humans have around 70 to 80 years. Therefore, you could say that birds live at a different pace than humans. You can see that in their quick movements, their rapid heart beat, and how many times they breathe in one minute. 

Of course, it's impossible to entirely experience what a bird's consciense is like, but you can 'humanize' and then re-enact one of their most notable features - their song. Then, if you translate the human's imitation of the bird back to a bird's perception, you get the effect you can see above.

It's quite the experience to 'be' a bird, to understand what their song sounds like from their perception instead of our own. And it's even more incredible to see the bird-version of yourself, making sounds you never would have thought could come out of your mouth. It's such an interesting cross between science and art. I'll keep you updated on interesting progress - and perhaps even a chance to try it yourself!

You can see more birds and get more info here:

zaterdag 12 februari 2011

I ain't the kind of woman who will make your life a bed of ease.

janis joplin - turtle blues

Today is a sad day.

I still had these pictures from last week when I was bored. I was going for a sort of minimalist, ballet-ish, non-friendly, bluesy vibe and I think they go with how I feel now.

I will have happier, less depressing posts up soon, don't worry!

dinsdag 1 februari 2011

thanks for the trouble you took from her eyes

leonard cohen - famous blue raincoat

I'm wearing my new shirt, which has a bicycle on it. The fact that it is a bicycle (and that it has French text underneath, as well) is enough to make me love it. The text says 'Moi et ma bicyclette jusqu'à la fin de monde', no idea if the French is actually correct, but it's sort of cute.

I've also participated in a very interesting and cool project which involves bird songs, that I'm very excited to tell you about... but more on that later!

(I really have to come up with a different photo face/pose instead of the awkward hair grasp/angry scowl... hehe)