“Drawing is about seeing. Dancing is about moving. Poetry is about speaking. And music about listening.”
– Philip Glass, Glass: A Portrait of Philip in 12 Parts
What I love most about art is that you can stare at let’s say a Monet painting and it can somehow fulfill a part of your soul you never knew needed filling. Looking at Johan’s drawings reminds me of dreams that i’d love to dream. It tickles a part of my soul and I feel more complete knowing he’s out there doing his thing.
If you’re a conceptual geek like me, Ben and Sebastian’s projects will be fun to learn about…Shown here is City of the (Re)Oriented
”The ‘map’ has long been useless in a city whose streets are continually reshaped by their walkers, vendors, sponsors, hobby street artists and salvation-sellers. In this anthill of possibilities only the most elastic orientation software can direct the city’s inhabitant through its myriad of shifting, tangled streets.”
looking for answers to love….
om (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Summer (Zooey Deschanel) believe two different things about love. Tom believes in the one and true love. But Summer likes being on her own; she doesn’t want to be anyone’s anybody. So like any great love story, they inevitably fall in love and Summer becomes a believer in true love, thanks to Tom’s efforts, right?
Well, yes and no. (500) Days of Summer is, as we are warned right off the bat, not a typical love story.
(500) Days of Summer is full of laughter, and even in its saddest moments, it is a truly joyful celebration of life. Director Marc Webb, who previously has worked on music videos, gives the film a rhythm and life all its own through deft use of the soundtrack. Conventional cinematic techniques pop up in unconventional ways – split-screen, and even a little emotional animation. Yet, with all this fun happening onscreen, the movie still raises some serious questions about the very nature of love.
At first, the film appears to skip randomly from day to day. But there is a reason to all this skipping, giving us a fuller picture of Tom’s emotions and messing with the conventional expectations of the romantic comedy genre.
As the film progresses, so does Tom and Summer’s relationship. They continue to grow closer, though Summer maintains a casual attitude while Tom falls completely in love with her. Then comes the inevitable breakup, which leads Tom on a downward spiral until he meets Summer again on the way to a co-worker’s wedding. They have a great time and Summer invites Tom to a party at her house. Finally, Summer has realized what she is without Tom and they are going to live happily ever after! Wrong.
Tom hits rock bottom, gorging himself on Twinkies and whiskey, and finally makes his way back to work where he writes greeting cards. Love has left him a jaded cynic; in a board meeting he explodes into a monologue on the way that popular culture has deceived people to believe in true love: “It’s these cards, the movies and the pop songs. They’re to blame for all the lies, the heartache, everything.”
But though Tom’s speech decries the pop songs and movies that contribute to an unrealistic notion of love, the movie appears to confirm this mentality, with one important caveat. As the trailer warns us, there is no happily ever after, no wedding stopped by a passionate decree of love, no perfect ending. Hurt and heartache still exists, and in that regard, (500) Days of Summer is one of the most realistic recent depictions of romance I’ve seen. Sometimes, for no other reason than life, things don’t work out.
But we shouldn’t forget that Tom and Summer have both brought good things into each other’s lives. Tom showed Summer love in a new way, which she finally realized at the end of the film. Summer injected Tom’s life with a newfound excitement and their break-up led to him finally following his dreams. Not every failed relationship is a failure. Life moves on, leaving an indelible mark that should be embraced and not just forgotten, even as difficult as that may be. When Tom eventually breaks from his stifling job, it may be prompted by anger, but can anyone imagine him quitting at the beginning of the film? He has become a new, more confident person due to their relationship.
The film’s view of love is still a bit lacking. Love in (500) Days of Summer is felt intensely, but when that feeling leaves, so does the love. While this mentality pervades our culture, it rings somewhat hollow here. Without commitment, is love really love?
(500) Days of Summer certainly doesn’t have all the answers about love, but it does pose some important questions about commitment and the emotional toll of casual relationships. It would be easy for a film like this to veer off into an utter condemnation of love, but it clings to the hope that love might just be right around the corner, regardless of past experiences. Even if summer has left a scar, autumn is just around the corner to offer a healing breeze.
ach stay in Everland is a strange one-of-a-kind trip for the mind as there is only one room in this portable hotel – and it shifts from place to place over time. While it has ridden on the backs of museums and had views of monuments, a night in the bizarre hotel itself is much like a stay in a private art gallery. Each newly-framed artistic landscape allows urban travelers to reflect on their surroundings from unique perspectives previously unseen by other tourists. This mobile hotel has been perched upon a ancient museum structure in a bustling German city, sat in center of Paris with an ideal elevated view of the Eiffel Tower and rested on an existing luxury hotel in Tokyo with views out over the surrounding city. Each of these settings has afforded guests – permitted to stay only one night each – amazing never-before-seen angles on familiar landmarks and historical locations. Conceived of as an installation art project by Sabina Lang and Daniel Baumann, the experience of this space is highly customized – each room has a bathroom, lounge and king-sized bed along with playful details including a set of golden bath towels begging to be stolen, a stocked and prepaid minibar, radical classic record collection a breakfast delivered right to the door.”
François Payard, chef and owner of François Chocolate Bar in New York, is organizing the first annual Macaron Day in NYC on Saturday, March 20, 2010. Macaron Day NYC is inspired by and will coincide with the 5th annual Jour du Macaron in Paris, created by Pierre Hermé. Join us on Saturday, March 20 to discover macarons in New York as bakeries across the city come together to provide free macarons to customers.
To receive a free macaron tell the shop you are there for Macaron Day NYC.
Participating locations will provide one macaron per customer with quantities limited by location.