Posts Tagged ‘art’

half naked and full of criticism

September 27, 2011

happy new year all my dear friends

wanted to recommend my friend, Zvi Arom’s, web site which houses his poems
some of the lines are so touching, i wish i would have been writing them. i think i am going to use some of these lines in my SMS

i am especially proud of the fact that Guy Horowitz, added music to one of the poems and created this wonderful clip

enjoy

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which would you rather be?

September 5, 2011

in life, and in your startup, what would you rather be?

this earth digger?

moving earth one bucket at a time

or

    this guy, who skates almost frictionless on ice?

its kind of a loaded question.

yet, it is surprising how often in life and in business we choose the digger.

in Start-up life, as en entrepreneur or CEO, there are several ways you can make your life easier.

yet some people choose to dig a hole rather than skate.

the most common way to make life hard for you self is in your business model.

the most common mistake that is still common amongst early-stage SaaS startups is to go for direct sales:

  • it is costly.
  • it takes a long time to figure out
  • it changes the DNA of your company early. how easy is it to change later to Self-Serve after your VP sales has dedicated a year to sell direct.
  • it effects the leads you seek, and their costs
  • it gives a false sense of control
  • oh yeah, and the switch later, is really painful

most of the above applies to our bad-traits as individuals, too.

i am running אני רץ

August 28, 2010

thanks god for dudu tassa, a real cultural hero

the great thing a about art, is that someone has packaged your emotions in such a great way.

אני רץ

אני חייב להספיק כל מה שהעולם מציע

כל זמן שהאויר מגיע

וזה לא מפריע

ומלטף אותי

ויש אצלך אור למה לי לעצור

_______

אני רץ

אני חייב להספיק כל עוד שאני מגיע

כל זמן שאני מזיע

וזה לא מפריע

וממסטל אותי

ויש אצלך אור אני בטח עוד אחזור

_______

אני יודע

אני זז וזה פוגע

בלב שלי יש חור

שאי אפשר לסגור

_______

ואני רץ אני רץ

אני חייב להספיק כל מה שהעולם מציע

כל זמן שהאויר מגיע

וזה לא מפריע

ומלטף אותי

ויש אצלך אותי את בטח תחכי

_______

אני רץ

אני חייב להספיק כל מה שפורק ת’זעם

כל מה שחלמנו פעם

כל דבר שיש בו טעם

ומפנק אותי

_______

אני יודע אני זז וזה פוגע

music on the go – Lifetrons micro speakers

April 6, 2010

unfortunately, i am a critical person. very hard to satisfy. i tell myself that there is a balance in that: once i am satisfied, it is a real satisfaction. nice little personal lie. but it works. try it.

so, when is see a great product:

  • good design,
  • quality performance,
  • reasonable price

i become happy and hopeful.

it also generates a sense of ownership in me.

happens to me with good clothing. it happens with cars (think Peugeot 205 GTI – the car that changed my life. red GTI.)

in a related but very different way, art does that to me. think Gerhard Richter’ The Cage Paintings‘ at the Tate Modern, or Monet water lilies at the orangerie.

Breath taking. you have to sit down and try to grasp

Now back to products, not art.

music on the go is important. da. iPod is an indication. so was the walkman.

but if you travel a lot, you also want great sound in your hotel room. or when you are with friend.

picked up the Lifetrons drumbass micro speaker

i recommend it:

  • well designed
  • extremely small and therefore mobile. check out the picture again to see the minute proportions
  • connects to iphone and laptops, thru the hand set connection. charges thru a USB port.
  • no other plugs, can almost carry in your pocket.
  • (have not checked on battery life yet, but i am counting on the easy recharge using USB)

and most importantly

  • great sound. surprisingly good.

all you need is love

January 23, 2010

some nice thoughts for the weekend:

what does love look like?

try this

what does it sound like?

nice job, red and starbucks.

Think With the Senses, Feel With the Mind

December 1, 2008

there is no such thing as a good painting without an idea, and there is no such thing as a good idea without a form.

session with robert storr, dean, yale school or art, director of the last biennale.

Robert Storr is an American curator, academic, critic, and painter. He was named Dean of the Yale School of Art for a five-year period beginning July 2006 and was the director of the Venice Biennale in 2007. He has been described as a “vital link between the museum world and academia” and “a gifted writer”.

here is an interview

wrote 2 books on richter, my favorite current artist. doubt and belief in painting is an interesting one

key takeaways:

  • next biennale in june. i am going who is coming?
  • volta in basel as well

richter-biennale

above richter

  • brazillian favelas as creating and designing a neighborhood

favela_brazil_p_st_jacques_nml

  • artists that are ‘successful’ are often not from the country in which they become popular. their identity and nationality is complex. if art is ahead of ‘culture’ by decades, how does that reflect on identity and globalization?
  • does art have silos?
  • demian hirst as ‘bad art’? important cultural figure but not good enough?
  • artists who have done well in their regions, local galleries, that is where real art happens
  • no real art capital where things are happening. berlin is going to be the next place.

discussion:

a god has died, a new one is born.

  • wallid raad, the atlas project
  • suspicion of collective a priori requirements, though is an indispensable  phase
  • respect something that is moving along in its own way

identity should be like garments of north africa. once in a while some nakedness should be visible.

  • art as a form of foreign policy
  • maus, a great book
  • studio museum harlem
  • cartoons as art. i agree that it is an under-rated medium
  • art as a way to learn how to learn
  • artis, promoting israeli contemporary art
  • artis, art tours study abroad.
  • imitating art similar to learning another language.
  • breaching the barrier, like karioke for the first time

letter to a young poet

October 3, 2008

had an open photography night at betts house

3 artists presented. their works are part of the yale art gallery collection and are presented, here, at bett’s house

Andrew Moore

Sze Tsung Leong

Lois Conner

key takeaways:

boy, makes you wish you could take a year off and live as photographer

why don’t you? because you feel you have another option

i guess you are not an artist, until you feel you have no other option, you just have to leave everything and become one. Rilke wrote to a young poet, “…ask your self in the most silent hour of your night: must i write?”

on photo techniques and themes

  • photo from above, try not to shoot just from where you are
  • use large format cameras, it creates a different image
  • capturing time through layers or long exposures
  • transitional times. photo when sun is down and lights are on, or vice versa, sunrise.
  • need to travel to cuba. perhaps during thanksgiving?

i need to dedicate more time to photography. when? how?

in case you did not click on letters to a young poet, here is some more:

You are looking outside, and that is what you should most avoid right now. No one can advise or help you – no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in assent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must,” then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your while life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature. Then, as if no one had ever tried before, try to say what you see and feel and love and lose.

painting

October 1, 2008

ask a group of 5 year-olds to raise a hand if they can paint, almost everyone will raise a hand

ask a group of 25 year-olds to raise a hand if they can pain, almost no one will raise a hand

what happened in those 20 years?