Philly-Bob’s Free-for-All 2018
One man's visual art, largely consisting of digital manipulations of images, taken from (1) my own photographs/videos, (2) downloaded from the Public Domain, or (3) utilized under the Fair Use provision of copyright law.
Portrait by Remo Frangiosa
Although I have been interested in art and graphic design all my life, I only began working seriously after I retired in 2010.
January, 2018, update: In October, 2017, I changed artistic direction perhaps temporarily, perhaps permanently. In preparation for the February Animation Show at Philadelphia's Plastic Club, I have switched from my usual still images to animation and video. I intend to continue doing animation -- a much more time-consuming artistic discipline, with a steep learning curve, and many more variables -- until February, and then I will decide whether or not to continue with animation and video, or to return to the still images I have been doing since 2012.
My images are strongly influenced by the optical textures I see when I close my eyes and by what I see when I dream. They are also influenced by the hallucinatory visions I saw under the influence of anaesthesia following open heart surgery.
I often use commercial art, illustration, and typography as a source of ideas.
For maximum effect with my animations, click on the four-sided  icon in the control bar, which should size the image to fit your screen. For my still images, click repeatedly on the image until it is full-size, which may be larger than your computer screen.
For maximum effect with my animations, click on the four-sided  icon in the control bar, which should size the image to fit your screen. For my still images, click repeatedly on the image until it is full-size, which may be larger than your computer screen.
Some Productive Video Spots for Video Scrounging
Also check out Solavez' collection of video-link collectors.
And this collection of silent films.
And these derivative works based on other films.
And Junya's collection, Video Archivist's YouTube Graveyard, and the Stock Footage collection.
Public Archivist - Indian dance.https://archive.org/details/@joaompitty
Jaompitty and Rmodel: Weird collections
Newspapers & Magazines: Archive
SOURCES VIDEO & SOUNDTRACK: 2015 film showing 1976 celebration in Valencia after Franco's fall, featuring "Himne de l'Exposició," Valencian anthem composed by José Serrano Simeón (Link1) IMAGE: - Image from 1874 "Byzantine architecture; illustrated by examples of edifices erected in the East during the earliest ages of Christianity" (Link2) - Color samples from 1939 catalog of Glass products from Libbey, Owens, Ford (Link3) Link1: archive.org/details/youtube-Ki9Luz8kSBg Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125009314648 Link3: archive.org/details/Sweet1938libbey18f
SOURCES IMAGE: - Scanning electron microscope images of Thai liverwort from 2011 issue of "Biodiversity, biogeography and nature conservation in Wallacea and New Guinea" (Link1) - Drawing of ancient tombs cut from cliff rock in Anatolia from the 1884 "Reisen in Lykien und Karien" (Link2: trans. "Traveling in Lycia and Karien") (Link2) - Drawing of 20th century city from 1939 catalog of Grinnell Fire Protection Systems (Link3) VIDEO AND SOUNDTRACK: Clip from 1929 Russian film "The Man with the Movie Camera" (Link4) Link1: archive.org/details/biodiversitybio2teln Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125013796509 Link3: archive.org/details/Sweet193grinnell43 Link4: archive.org/details/ElHombreConLaCamara
SOURCES VIDEO & SOUNDTRACK: - 1969 "Alice in Acidland" adult-only movie by Donn Greer ("John Donne") (Link1) IMAGE: - Cover illustration for 1948 "Popular Detective" magazine (Link2) - Illustration from 1884 "A book of facsimiles of monumental brasses on the continent of Europe" (Link3) - Seashells, illustration from 1914 "A compendium of every-day knowledge" (Link4) MUSIC: - Electric Piano Op. 11 in E-flat Major, by Nicholas Locke(Link5) Link1: archive.org/details/1969JohnDonneALICEINACIDLAND Link2: archive.org/details/PopularDetectiveV35N02194809 Link3: archive.org/details/gri_33125014103267 Link4: archive.org/details/compendiumofever00mars Link5: imslp.org/wiki/Electro_Piano,_Op.11_(Locke,_Nicholas)#IMSLP529907
SOURCES MUSIC: - Song "Sleazy Nectars" from album "Six Onna 7" by Maine-based group "Tha Silent Partner" (Link1) VIDEO & SOUNDTRACK: - "Circus" a 2007 film photographed & edited by Rudolph Tress (Link2) IMAGE: - Soviet Union 50-ruble note, Series 1997 (Link3) - Botanical Illustration from 1914 "A compendium of every-day knowledge" (Link4) Link1: archive.org/details/BS450040 Link2: archive.org/details/CIRCUS1 Link3: archive.org/details/B-001-027-890-02 Link4: archive.org/details/compendiumofever00mars
SOURCES IMAGE: - Cover of 1948 "Popular Detective" magazine (Link1) - End paper of portfolio containing 1835 notes of Sanskrit author Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi (Link2) - 5-Ruffiya bank note from the Maldives, issued in 1998, from "International Bank Note Society Journal" (Link3) VIDEO & SOUNDTRACK: "ScapeMates," 1972 experimental film by artist Ed Emshwiller (Link4) MUSIC: 1957 song "Adieu m'amour, adieu ma joye" by Guillaume Dufay, performed 2018 by Pro Musica Antiqua (Link5) Link1: archive.org/details/PopularDetectiveV35N02194809 Link2: archive.org/details/LaghuSiddhantaKaumudi1853HandWrittenManuscriptDevPrayagCollection Link3: archive.org/details/IBNS_Journal_41_2 Link4: archive.org/details/1972ScapeMates.EdEmshwiller.1972 Link5: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/530623
SOURCES VIDEO & MUSIC: Opening title sequence of Martin Scorcese's 1993 "Age of Innocence." Elaine and Saul Bass produced the sequence, music is by Elmer Bernstein. (Link1) IMAGE: One rupee Pakistani bank note, designed in 1974, from 2000 issue of International Bank Note Society Journal (Link2) Link1: archive.org/details/aoi3534543451244 Link2: archive.org/details/IBNS_Journal_39_4
God: And you, what do you want? Me: Well, I just want to -It can be-: A bit of hunger and a little bread. A bit cold and a bit of fire. A little sound and a bit of bed. A little of seven and a bit of wine and a little milk. And a little peace. A little step, a little bit of weight and a bit of floor. And a bit of a nest. A bit of pic and a little pac -or a bit of salary and a bit of a check. And a bit of sunshine and a little salt. And a bit of sky. A bit of good and a bit wrong. A little honey and a bit of a fel. And a little at night and a bit scary of fear, and a little chest a bit of color and little bit of shout And a little light and a bit of sound: a little lightning and a little tro. A little joy and a bit of kiss and a little bit of sex. And a bit of a dog. And a little gas. A bit of the fort and a bit of the flow. And a little rom and a little smoke. A bit of a place And a bit of play -tres kings, two new ones And a bit of yellow and a little gray and a little green And a bit of blue. A bit of a train and a little ship; and a bit of rowing. A bit of wind. And a bit of snow. And a bit of a rogue. And a bit of a voice -and a little vote. And a bit of singing. And a little verse. And a bit of dance. And of art. And gold A little fish. And a little fat. And a bit of beam. And a little thick. And a little meat and a little blood; and a bit of hair. And a bit of mud and a bit of dust. A little flam and a little ice. A little saint and a bit of a dragon. A little risk and a little bit of income -and a bit of Russian. And a piece of field and a little fruit; a piece of closure near the home with birds and flowers. And a little forest with pins and splinters. And a bit of a fountain. And a little river and a bit of rec and a little bridge. And a bit of gorg. And a little sea and a little port. And a bit of crying. A little linen and a little leather and a little skin and a little thread. A bit of mud and a little juice And a bit of pork. And a little park. A little taste and a little bit of rank. And besides me a bit of yours and a bit of theirs. I want to be: donkey clerc? beautiful ugly? right? fault fat thin ready? llosc? new old? firmly skinny blah carry? empty? full up? sweet dark? dry wharf serious? slight short long dark clear yaix? the end? A little bit of everything. And what do I want? A little of sanity And a little time. And a bit of a world. And a bit of luck. And a little death. And a little of You. Hey, yes it can be. Originally Posted in Circumstancias (1968)
SOURCES: MUSIC: 1968 poem "Tirallonga dels monosíl·labs" by Catalan poet Pere Quart (1899-1986), improvised by Barcelonan group "Zero de Conducta" in 2018. (Link1) VIDEO: 1952 Film Noir "The Thief" with Ray Milland. (Link2) IMAGE: - Charts from 1909 Finnish book on Hypnotism (Link3) - Electrical Utility Systems Board from 1933 "Sweet Engineering Catalogue" (Link4) Link1: archive.org/details/hr094 Link2: archive.org/details/TheThief1952 Link3: archive.org/details/HennigH.Hypnotismi1909 Link4: archive.org/details/SweetEngineeringCatalog
SOURCES IMAGE: - Microscope Images from 2018 edition of "Acta Botánica Mexicana" (Link1) - Adjustable Sprocket Rim with Chain Guide from 1933 "Sweet Engineering Catalogue" (Link2) VIDEO & SOUND: 2004 performance of Indonesian puppet show "Wayang Kulit Gugurnya Bimanyu" (Link3) Trump quote: The Guardian, August 8, 2017 (Link4) Link1: archive.org/details/actabotanicamexno12instd Link2: archive.org/details/SweetEngineeringCatalog Link3: archive.org/details/wayang-kulit-gugurnya-bimanyu/20041222-22-12-50.dv Link4: www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/aug/08/donald-trump-north-korea-missile-threats-fire-fury
SOURCES IMAGE: - Stone: Illustration from 1938 Cold Spring Granite Co. catalog (Link1) - Flower Girl: Cover of 1919 Hungarian-language catalog of Kallay Bros. Co. (Link2) VIDEO & MUSIC: 2002 Indian Classical Dance Recital by Bulgarian Liliya Toneva (Link3) Link1: archive.org/details/S1938sect50001 Link2: archive.org/details/CAT31302646 Link3: archive.org/details/dni.ncaa.ICCR-2485-VHS
SOURCES: Video: 3D Checker Tunnel Optical Illustion from Vimeo via FindingFootage.com (Link1) Image1: Photo of Indian Dancing Masks from 1935 "Potlatch and totem, and the recollections of an Indian agent" (Link2) Music1: Song "Tic Tac" on 2018 album "La Raiz del Vello" (The Root of the Veil) by Meconio (Link3) Music2: Song "Then She Lost Her Shoe" on 2018 album "Affordable Legends" by Tripod Sardine Link1: vimeo.com/132382877 Link2: archive.org/details/McGillLibrary-rbsc_lande_potlatch-totem-indian-agent_Ind0445-18295 Link3: archive.org/details/MeconioLaRaizDelVello Link4: archive.org/details/tripod_sardine-affordable_legends
SOURCES Collage: Joint: Image from 1952 "Handbook of cast iron pipe for water, gas, sewerage and industrial service" (Link1) Background: Lattice work screen from 1926 archeology book "The monastery of Epiphanius at Thebes" (Link2) Figure Drawing: Illustration from 1996 "Burne Hogarth Dynamic Figure Drawing" book (Link3) Video extract and soundtrack: 1948 British comedy "William at the Circus" (Alternative title: "William Comes to Town") (Link4) Link1: archive.org/details/HandbookofCastIronPipe Link2: archive.org/details/THEMONASTERYOFEPIPHANIUSATTHEBES Link3: archive.org/details/BurneHogarthDynamicFigureDrawing Link4: https://archive.org/details/wctt53245435435
SOURCES IMAGES: 1 Background from 1926 "Correct Wallpapers" by Mongomery Ward & Co. (Link1) 2 Illustration from script for 1920 science fiction play "Rossum's Universal Robots" (Link2) 3 2009 crime photo of three hanged women (Link3) VIDEO/MUSIC: 1998 Vocal Recital by Saralaya Sisters in Bangalore, India (Link4) MUSIC: 2018 performance of "Tu Trinitas æterna" by Carlotta Ferarri's composition by Trappist monks (Link5) Link1: archive.org/details/CorrectWallPapers Link2: archive.org/details/CapekKarelR.U.R.RossumSUniversalRobotsbOk.xyz Link3: appears on Internet "gore sites" such as documentingreality.com Link4: archive.org/details/dni.ncaa.ICCR-2353-VHS# Link5: imslp.org/wiki/Cantica_Mysterii_(Ferrari,_Carlotta)#IMSLP528758
SOURCES IMAGES IN COLLAGE: 1 - Train image from 1914 Winter Staus and Schram catalog (Link1) 2 - Snake design from illustration in undated "Yantra-geometrie-celesti" (Link2) 3 - Aviator face from 1942 issue of "Thrilling Mystery" (Link3) VIDEO: Short "Video De Lancha" (Link4: "Boat video") by Clara MUSIC: Song "Paradona" from 2018 album by Spanish musician Albert Negredo "Paricolintencia" (Link5) Link1: schram.net/lib/straus_schram_winter_1914/index.htm Link2: archive.org/details/yantra-geometrie-celesti_201806 Link3: archive.org/details/ThrillingMysteryV18N03194205 Link4: archive.org/details/VideoDeLancha Link5: archive.org/details/MonoKraK212AlbertNegredo_Parincolintencia/(monoKraK212)+AlbertNegredo_Parincolintencia.mp3
SOURCES IMAGE 1: Chart of beetle marking patterns from "How to Know The Beetles" (Link1) IMAGE 2: Illustration of wooden drawing curves (Link2) MUSIC: Electro Piano Op. 11, 2018 composition by Australian composer Nicholas Locke. (Link3) Link1: archive.org/details/HowToKnowTheBeetlesH.E.Jaques_201806 Link2: archive.org/details/CatalogueOfEugeneDietzgenCo9thEd1910 Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Electro_Piano,_Op.11_(Locke,_Nicholas)#IMSLP527782
SOURCES VIDEO: Extract from "Classical & Folk Dances of India" film by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (Link1) IMAGES: - Jamie Lee Curtis in "Halloween II" from 1995 "Video Watchdog" (Link2) - Illustration of shading from "The principles of practical perspective, or, Scenographic projection" (Link3) - Background image of marbled endpaper, source not known MUSIC: Song "Lunar Surface" from 2018 album by American jazz group "Fascinating Earthbound Objects" (Link4) Link1: archive.org/details/dni.ncaa.ICCR-1349-VHS Link2: archive.org/details/VideoWatchdogSpecialEdition02Starbrite Link3: archive.org/details/gri_33125012232928 Link4: archive.org/details/nvr051
SOURCES VIDEO: Sequence from 1960 British film "The Iron Curtain," depicting two young women fleeing the East German secret police. (Link1) IMAGE: Image of set of drawing instruments from 1901 catalog of Eugene Dietzgen Co. (Link2) MUSIC: 2017 composition for organ by Carlotta Ferrari, "Toccata Gotica" (Link 3) Link1: archive.org/details/BeyondTheCurtainUnitedKingdom1960MovieSuspenseDramaStarringEvaBartok Link2: archive.org/details/CatalogueOfEugeneDietzgenCo9thEd1910 Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Toccata_gotica_(Ferrari,_Carlotta)#IMSLP526478
SOURCES IMAGE Cartoon captioned "La Demi-Vierge" (Half Virgin) from 1901 collection "Oeuvres choisies : contenant 100 dessins choisis dans le Courrier français de 1884 à 1901" (Link1; translation: "Selected works: containing 100 selected drawings in the French Courier from 1884 to 1901") IMAGE Illustration from 1938 catalog of turbines by S Morgan Smith Co. (Link2) IMAGE Lobby sculpture from 1966 "New horizons in architecture with stainless steel" (Link3) MUSIC From the album "Paper Clockworks" by California software engineer and musician Guilliame Tucker (Link4) Link1: archive.org/details/gri_33125006553867 Link2: archive.org/details/SMorganSmithCo Link3: archive.org/details/CommitteeOfStainlessSteelProducersAmerican Link4: archive.org/details/PaperClockworksGTuckerVerdigris
SOURCES Image: From 1733 Dutch book "Le temple des muses: orné de LX tableaux où sont représentés les evenemens les plus remarquables de l'antiquité fabuleuse" (Link1: "The Temple of the Muses: adorned with 60 paintings depicting the most remarkable events of fabulous antiquity") published by Bernard Picart. Music: Samuel Ward's 1882 "America the Beautiful" arranged by Herbert S. Gardner for middle school chorus and piano (Link2). Link1: archive.org/details/gri_33125012263162 Link2: imslp.org/wiki/America_the_Beautiful_(Ward,_Samuel_Augustus)#IMSLP526958
June 10, 2018
ACTION ENDING OF OLD-TIME SUSPENSE FILM
The last frame shows the butler, shrugging, saying (in German) "Pity."
SOURCES Video & Sound: Last minutes of a 1963 German mystery "Das Indische Tuch" (Link1: The Indian Cloth"), which tells the story of heirs who are called to an isolated castle to hear the reading of a will -- and are murdered one by one. Overlaying images: (1) Two chapter headings from 1902 Hungarian periodical "Muveszet" (Link2: "Art") (2) Illustration from 1878 "Faune du calcaire carbonifère de la Belgique" (Link3: "Wildlife of the Carboniferous limestone of Belgium") Link1: archive.org/details/EdgarWallaceDasIndischeTuchDeutschland1963SpielfilmThrillerKriminalfilm Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125007118033 Link3: archive.org/details/fauneducalcaire6koni
May 31, 2018
DRAGON-FIGHTING KNIGHT OF THE MIDDLE AGES & ANIME POP
Contrast of eras and style. Bouncy, tuneful, noisy Japanese anime song. Total song only 1:27, sounds speeded up at points. Popular songs of my teenage years were three minutes. Might be some adaptation to the anime comic form. Size was determined by underlying video, and in my opinion is too big -- at least for this webpage.SOURCES Image (Foreground): Illustration from 1979 Russian children's book "Три богатыря. Былинные сказы" (Three Heroes: The Old Tales" Link1) Video (Background): Extract from 2015 Music Video "Blue Diamond" by Eir Aoi used in Japanese anime cartoon "Sword Art Online" (Link2) Also see Link3. Link1: archive.org/details/B-001-027-549-ALL Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_HVRn2CiRo Link3: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eir_Aoi
May 23, 2018
OLD STYLE IMAGINATIVE FICTION, MASH-UP
Experimental.SOURCES: VIDEO: (1) Extracts from 1958 Czech film "The_Fabulous_World_of_Jules_Verne" by Karel Zeman (Link1) (2) Extracts from 1904 French film "The Impossible Voyage" by George Melies (Link2) MUSIC: "Reboot Dreaming" from 2018 album "Ready for Flying" by Swiss-based band Floating Mind (Link3) Link1: archive.org/details/tfwojv7765110 Link2: archive.org/details/The_Impossible_Voyage Link3: archive.org/details/Monokrak209FloatingMind_Ready_For_Flying
May 22, 2018
ALL THE DEAD IN WORLD WAR ONE
Picking up pace. Macabre, sideways view of the catastrophe of war here.SOURCES MUSIC: "Russian Fantasy" a 2017 work for five accordions, tambourine, xylophone, & drums by Gilles Mayer (Link1) See also www.gillesmayermusic.com. IMAGES: Wildlife pictures from the 1921 book "Savage Sudan: its wild tribes, big-game and bird-life" (Link2). VIDEO: Selections from the 1955 German film "Sarajevo: Um thron und lieb" (Sarajevo - A Throne and Love) which dramatizes the 12 hours before the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand. The scene shows one of the conspirators visiting his lover. (Link3) Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Russian_Fantasy_(Mayer,_Gilles)#IMSLP523687 Link2: archive.org/details/savagesudanitswi00chap Link3: archive.org/details/SarajevoUmThronUndLiebeDeutschland1955SpielfilmDramaHistorienfilm
May 21, 2018
SPANISH POPULAR SONG IN CHOIR STYLE
First animation in nearly two weeks. Felt pressured by the slow pace of video editing. Sorry that the latest format for posting videos does not allow a one-click hard link to the source; would add about an hour to the process.SOURCES MUSIC & VIDEO: "Cancion de Siega" (Song of Mowing) composed 1993 by Morena Sabio and Jose Miguel, performed 2013 by soloist Julia Cortinas and the choir of the city of Cuenca, Spain (Link1) BACKGROUND: Mosaic from 1880 "Architettura italiana" (Link2) ROTATING SHAPES: Illustration from 1740 "La mesure des surfaces et des solides, par l'arithmetique des infinis et les centres de gravite" (Link3) Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Ciclo_popular_conquense_(Moreno_Sabio,_Jos%C3%A9_Miguel)#IMSLP522518 Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125015056232 Link3: archive.org/details/UBOE023556_TO0324_PNI-2047_000000
May 20, 2018
SCREW EYES, PLEXIGLAS AND ACTRESS
Collage of three images:
I'm finding these still compositions relaxing after the hectic and time-consuming animations I've been doing since October.
- An illustration of screw eyes from a 1936 hardware catalog from Nettlefolds Screw Dept. (Link1).
- Cover illustration from a 1947 book Working with Plexiglas : a manual for the school shop, home craftsman, occupational therapist (Link2).
- Photo of an actress in a "spike through the head" scene from one of the sexploitation movies described in the biography of a movie-maker The Amazing Herschell Gordon Lewis (Link3).
May 20, 2018
SEARCH FOR NEW AUSSIE FLAG
Distortions on a chart showing some 240 alternatives for a new Australian flag.
May 18, 2018
THORNS ON AFRICAN PLANTS
An illustration, labeled "Thorns," from the 1921 book Savage Sudan: its wild tribes, big-game and bird-life. The author quotes 19th century explorer Sir Samuel Baker, who said "Every bush and herb in Africa is armed with lances and swords, daggers, bayonets, fish-hooks, hay-forks, and harpoons."
I dedicate the image to a buddy who began a regimen of combined immunotherapy and chemotherapy in mid-May. I traveled to New York to help him through his first couple days of treatment at Memorial Sloan-Kettering hospital.
May 17, 2018
LEGEND OF THE SNAKE WOMAN
Took me 28 hours to get this done, with time out only for food and sleep. I think I solved a puzzling technical problem -- but we'll see....
SOURCES CLIPS assembled from 1955 horror film "Cult of the Cobra" (Link1) IMAGE from 1919 book "L'ornement hébraique" (Link2) Link1: archive.org/details/Cult.of.the.Cobra.1955 Link2: archive.org/details/gri_33125008843092
May 7, 2018
EAST GERMAN ENTERTAINMENT: SHORT
On Janice's advice, cut this to 1:52.
May 6, 2018
EAST GERMAN ENTERTAINMENT: LONG VERSION
May plan a premiere for this 6:15 piece of light entertainment at the Plastic Club Rabbit Show.
SOURCES Dance numbers extracted from 1958 East German film "Meine Frau Macht Music" (Link1) Images from various issues of "Jahrbuch der Königlich Preussischen Kunstsammlungen" (Link2) Link1: archive.org/details/MeineFrauMachtMusikDDR1958SpielfilmMusikfilm Link2: archive.org/details/jahrbuchderkonig02unse
May 5, 2018
TOXIC FEMALE EMPOWERMENT
SOURCE Excerpt from video of 1972 performance on Mike Douglas show (Link1) Link1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9kgu71d81U
May 1-2, 2018
Interrupted this to take time out to do an image for an upcoming show of work by Plastic Club board members, related, seen below.
SOURCES Video and Music from 1933 film "Nieuwe gronden" by Joris Ivens (Link1) Image: Zombie movie actor from 1993 fan magazine "The Dark Side" (Link2) Image: Illustration for baby food advertisement in 1932 English women's magazine "The Delineator"" (Link3) Link1: archive.org/details/youtube-XaZnGq7KewE Link2: archive.org/details/TheDarkSide32Starbrite Link3: archive.org/details/TheDelineatorV121N04193210
April 29, 2018
19TH CENTURY MAP OF ASIA (WITH CURRENT COMMENTS)
These things are tiring.
SOURCES MAP: From 1883 Canadian "Primer of Map Geography" (Link1) MUSIC: "Merging the Light Fields," PS's 2018 Remix (Link2) of Marcel Gherman (aka Megatone)'s 2013 album "Lost Holograms" (Link3) Link1: archive.org/details/primerofmapgeogr0000samu Link2: archive.org/details/enrmp419_ps_vs_megatone_-_merging_the_light_fields Link3: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uj8xnJNxiKE COMMENTS WESTERN EUROPE: My genetic homeland, a recent DNA test reveals, a swath from Scandinavia to England. IRAN: My impression of Iranians is they're hip and friendly to Americans, even though their government despises us. SYRIA: An awful bloodbath. Much of the fault lies with American neoconservatives and their arrogant demand for "regime change." I associate myself with the American and European progressives who support the Kurdish canton in Rojava, an experiment in progressive government in the toughest neighborhood in the world. (See Link4) KOREA: Is it too much to hope that Trump's tiresome bragging about "deal-making" expertise will bear fruit? Hope so. Link4: defendrojava.org/
April 25, 2018
SONG TO THE SUN AND OLD-STYLE HOSIERY
Had a free afternoon, all alone. Finally finished this. It was very slow to finish this ambitious (and long) piece.
SOURCES: MUSIC: 1989 composition for cello, "Cántico de Soledad," by Jose Miguel Moreno Sabio, performed 2018 by Serkin (Link1). IMAGE: Cover photo from 1965 issue of porn magazine "Sheer Hose." (Link2) Link1: imslp.org/wiki/C%C3%A1ntico_de_soledad_(Moreno_Sabio,_Jos%C3%A9_Miguel)#IMSLP519775 Link2: archive.org/details/sheerhose-1965-05
April 22, 2018
TALE OF WITCHCRAFT AND SORCERY
Slow going, but I'm recovering from cold.
SOURCES Movie: 1922 Danish film "Haxan," English title "Witchcraft Through the Ages." It was banned in the U.S. (Link1) Image: Engraving from 1760 "Description des pierres gravées du feu Baron de Stosch" (Description of Stone Engravings from the Collection of Baron de Stosch). (Link2) Border: Cover design from undated Arabic book "Dawamataltadiyon". (Link3) Music: "Musica Para Khaos" by Celsium on 2018 collection "Spirare: Breathe Compilations." (Link4) Link1: archive.org/details/Haxan_tinted_and_subtitled Link2: archive.org/details/descriptiondespi03winc Link3: archive.org/details/dawamataltadiyon432 Link4: archive.org/details/brh18_V.A._-_Spirare
April 18, 2018
SLAUGHTER OF BILLIONS
I like the look of this, but am troubled that the music (although lovely) doesn't match the subject matter. Generally, I 'frame' these as if they were television news segments -- but actually, these are more dreamy assemblages of random elements.
SOURCES Image: Illustration from 1914 "The bird book: illustrating in natural colors more than seven hundred North American birds" (archive.org/details/birdbookillustra00reedrich) Image: Cover of Quraan Majeed (Holy Koran) (archive.org/details/605QuraanMajeed) Music: "Skylines" by Julia Gregory on 2018 album "Breathe Compilations" by Spirare (archive.org/details/brh18_V.A._-_Spirare)
April 12, 2018
MEANING OF PLASTIC
Two weeks without a new animation, because I came down with a nasty coughing allergy/cold. One of pleasures of modern convalesence is television bingeing (alt. spelling binging). Hulu has available all seasons of NYPD Blue. Plus I've been watching an English translation of a Turkish series called Diriliş: Ertuğrul, which is kind of like a Game of Thrones telling the actual story of the formation of the Ottoman Empire, from one man and his family hiding in a cave to an empire ("caliphate") that spanned a continent. The English translation can be seen at this link (wlext.net/series/dirilis-ertugrul-season-1?server=thevideome&episode=001). It made for an unproductive but hallucinatory period. This animation marks my first work since the crazy period of dropping my board position and coming down with an illness.
April 12, 2018
Considering a Change in Artistic Direction
Since I stepped down from the co-op board, I'm considering changing my approach to animation work. I'm considering switching from Photoshop to Video Studio 2017. Considering updating to Video Studio 2018. Considering changing the dimensions of my animations. Also, changing my sources. One possible source: on the archive.org website, there's an informal community of folks who upload old movies. I'm considering using more material from these.
Enjoying my dramatic angst over choosing a new direction. A bit paralyzed in the meantime.
Some Productive Video Sources
Also check out Solavez' collection of video-link collectors.
And this collection of silent films.
RADIO CELEBRATION ON GLAZED WALL, 1944
Two personal notes: (1) my term has ended on my Co-op board. I was nominated from the floor at the annual meeting, but I said "Thank you, no." I'm still on the Plastic Club board, but leaving the Co-op Board will free up my time in ways not yet known.
(2) the voice on this is a short extract from a radio broadcast by Norman Corwin. I love his voice, his poetry, his pace, and (for my techy friends), the levels, voice quality, and clarity.
IMAGES: Glazed-surface wall with window from from 1941 "Interior Wall Decoration" (Link1). Images in window from 2016 catalog of ANSR motocross racing gear (Link2) and from 2009 catalog of Christie's jewelry auction (Link3) SOUND: Opening of CBS radio broadcast by Norman Corwin for 1944 V-E ("Victory in Europe") day (Link4). Link1: archive.org/details/InteriorWallDecoration Link2: archive.org/details/ansr_2016.05_catalog Link3: archive.org/details/ChristiesGenveJewels13Maio Link4: archive.org/details/onanoteoftriumph
March 28, 2018
J.D.F. -- A CONTINUING THEME
A deal I make with the universe. Every once in a while, I make a "Just Don't Fall" poster. And in return, my friends are reminded of this essential commandment. I saw a relative -- Janice's mother -- go from mobile free-spirit to invalid after a split-second stumble on concrete steps.
Actually, I like the pacing of this one, too.
IMAGE: Stairway illustration from 1941 "Interior Wall Decoration" (Link1), background illustration from 2016 catalog of ANSR motocross gear (Link2) MUSIC: Frederic Chopin "Andantino in A major, C.172" (Link3) performed 2017 by Mississippi College Piano Pedagogy Link1: archive.org/details/InteriorWallDecoration Link2: archive.org/details/ansr_2016.05_catalog Link3: imslp.org/wiki/Preludes,_Op.28_(Chopin,_Fr%C3%A9d%C3%A9ric)
March 27, 2018
A GINGER'S QUIET MOMENT
Back to the Roving Eye style of animation. Much smoother, but I think I still need to pause motion over points of interest.
IMAGE SOURCE Engraving from 1887 "Engravings on Wood" (Link1) showing painting "Lacing the Sandal" by American F.D. Millet (1846-1912). Millet died on the Titanic. Link1: archive.org/details/gri_33125015065655 MUSIC SOURCE Performance of a 1837 composition by Polish Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849), "Largo in E-flat major" performed on piano in 2017 by Harold Vetter (Link1). Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ImagefromIndex/516647/hfcn
March 27, 2018
BOB'S EASTER WEEK DEVOTIONAL
I've been meaning to get this chant down for years. It captures the intense religious enthusiasm of the 1950's Roman Catholic church, when devotees were expected not to speak between noon and three p.m. on Good Friday, the supposed time of the crucifixion.
The oddball soundtrack was performed on a Casio VL-1, a primitive early synthesizer/calculator.
Good Friday Chant Keep the silence Won’t you Keep the silence Won’t you Keep the silence ‘Cuz a man Dies young - Bob Moore Background Music: "Nummer Eins," a 1980 song for the Casio VL-1 by Galerie Lochte, composed of two Europeans, Angelo Vitalo and Schwartau. (See link) Link: archive.org/details/DOTNF09
March 26, 2018
THE CLOWN SPRINGS OUT
First attempt at simultaneous zooming and rotating.
Check out English Marilyn Roxie, who did the music. From her website: "Hi, I’m Marilyn Roxie. I am a video artist and experimental photographer. I explore queer genders and sexualities, especially androgyny and male submission through the lenses of abstraction and found image." Not sure what pronoun to use.
Also, note the type used on the Trump overlay: it is a Rata Negra, a font with an ugly history. It was designed during the propaganda war between rightists and leftists during the Parisian student riots of May 1968 and was adopted thereafter by the European far-right, as below.
(GUD is the "Groupe Union Défense" or "Groupe Unité Défense" (originally named "Groupe Union Droit"), a French far-right student group.)
Note the anti-American details in the "Bienvenue aux Ennemis de l'Europe" (Welcome to the Enemies of Europe) poster shown above:
From left, that's the Statue of Liberty, MacDonald's, Uncle Scrooge McDuck, and a black basketball player climbing on a basketball backboard.
IMAGE SOURCE A page of 11th and 12th century decorative murals from the 1891 "La peinture décorative en France du XIe au XVIe siècle" (Link1; translation 'Decorative painting in France from the 11th to the 16th century') Link1: archive.org/details/gri_33125008816676 MUSIC SOURCE "Raphael" song by Marilyn Roxie on 2018 album "Sampler EP" by Vulpiano Records (Link2) Link2: archive.org/details/VulpianoRecords-SamplerEPVol.92018 Also, see marilynroxie.com
March 25, 2018
IMAGE SOURCE Photo of "Monument aux Morts" (Link1, translation: 'Monument to the Dead'), a sculpture in Paris' Pere Lachaise cemetery by French sculptor Albert Bartholome (1848-1928) Link1: commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:P%C3%A8re-Lachaise_-_Monument_aux_morts_04.jpg MUSIC SOURCE Song "Dolente Immagine Di Fille Mia" (Link2, translation: 'Painful Image of My Girl' ) by Italian opera composer Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835); performed on the piano by Héctor Valls. Link2: imslp.org/wiki/Special:ReverseLookup/516384
March 24, 2018
RUSSIAN THEATER CRAFT, 1902
SOURCE MUSIC: 2018 performance by Steve's Bedroom Band of Leon Kreutzer's 1867 composition "Adagio in A-flat major" for two violins, viola and cello. (Link1) See discussion at (Link2) on Kreutzer's "Octave Study." Link1: imslp.org/wiki/Adagio_in_A-flat_major_(Kreutzer,_L%C3%A9on)#IMSLP514899 Link2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXZhmIiFHC0 IMAGE SOURCE: From 1923 edition of script for Maxim Gorky's 1902 drama, "The Lower Depths" (Link1). Frontispiece photo shows a scene in Act 1, set in a homeless shelter. Young acting pioneer Konstantin Stanislavsky (developer of Method Acting) is at table, third from right, pointing. Link1: https://archive.org/details/lowerdepths0000gork
March 22, 2018
DOING TOURIST SPOTS WITH VISITORS
See closing screens for sources.
March 21, 2018
NATURALIST ON SHELLS II
Another experimental video.
See closing screens for sources.
March 20, 2018
NATURALIST ON SHELLS
An experimental video -- opening with my voiceover and face, instead of a title, and no music. Also, did it on a new computer (a Lenovo Thinkpad), and it seems to me the microphone on the webcam is nowhere near as good as the microphone on my previous Dell. Or perhaps it is a function of the operating system -- Windows 10. This is modern America -- the consumer is the crop. Also, image exploration is a little bumpy.
This video examines an image of seashells from an 1873 nature book called "A Year at the Shore" by English naturalist Philip Henry Gosse. Gosse went on to virtually invent the institution of the seawater aquarium. He led an interesting life. In 1838, Gosse took a job in Alabama as a tutor on a Southern plantation, where he observed nature -- and Southern society. In a letter from that period, Gosse said "I feel slavery alone to be so enormous an evil, that I could not live here: I am already hastening to be gone." Besides being a skilled draftsman (albeit with the uncredited assistance of his wife) Gosse was a member of an extremely conservative religious congregation and published books arguing against the evolutionary ideas of Charles Darwin. SOURCE IMAGE: Illustration captioned "Limpet, Purple, and Slit Limpet" from 1873 book "A Year at the Shore" by Philip Henry Gosse. LINK: archive.org/details/yearatshore00goss_3
March 18, 2018
BRIGHT SPOT ON INTERNATIONAL SCENE?
IMAGE: Collage appearing on cover of premiere issue of "Radio 4 Rojava" (RFR), February 2018. archive.org/details/radio_4_rojava_1 MUSIC: Extract from "Dear Viyan", song by Miranda De La Frontera on the album "Music, Awareness & Solidarity w/ Rojava Revolution" by the Berlin-based label "Female Pressure." soundcloud.com/femalepressure/sets/rojava-female-pressureThe following recent news report (from VOX) gives some background on the situation.
As today (3/16), the Turkish army is still bombing the Rojavan city of Afrin in an operation called "Operation Olive Branch." Here's a news-site that covers current Rojava news (with a pro-Rojava viewpoint). Here's a Russian justification of the Turkish offensive. Here's Jazeera's critical view of the "libertarian myth" of Rojava..
These events provide a compelling narrative (one among many) for the unending mayhem in the Middle East. Stateless Kurdish men and women defeat ISIS militarily to claim territory in Northern Syria and attempt to install a democratic and inclusive system of government which is praised by European socialists and feminists. Neighboring Turkey views the development as another Kurdish challenge to be suppressed. ISIS views the development as a threat to their intended Caliphate.
As I wrote to a friend: "Does Rojava have an actual chance of survival in the brutal world of Middle Eastern politics? Is it a cynical manipulation of Western liberals by desperate Kurds?" It reminds me, in some ways, of the circumstances of the Spanish Civil War of the 1930's, a romantic, idealistic -- but doomed -- act of rebellion against an oncoming period of international conflict and tyranny.
March 16, 2018
YOUNG GIRL IN HANDS OF ANGEL
In the accompanying science fiction story I tell myself in my head: a more elaborate viewport for cloud exploration.
In artistic reality: check out how a contemporary Italian composer wrote an organ Nocturne to honor a 150-year old painting by a Japanese artist.
See notes at end of video.
March 14, 2018
NEED TO CONCEAL
Officials discovered that the virus that hit a Cloud Survey Team (see "WHEN THE SURVEY GETS DANGEROUS" yesterday) was not an accident. It happened because some thing in the cloud detected the observation. The virus was, in some sense, a counter-attack, a warning shot, a defensive measure. By what? By whom? Anyway, Cloud Survey Teams like mine are advised to be as inconspicuous as possible. I tried out a faux-leaves around the viewport, like the camouflage on tanks and battleships used in the wars of the 20th century. Despite the concealment, my survey triggered some sort of attack (marked by a bright red coloring) at the end of the video.
See notes at end of video.
March 12, 2018
WHEN THE SURVEY GETS DANGEROUS
I've been too lazy to write it down, but there's a continuing story behind these "Cloud Survey Team"/Viewport images. In short, the entire Internet has been wiped out. No one knows what happened. The world government encourages Cloud Survey Teams (CSTs) to explore the zeroed-out bits and bytes of the old Internet, seeking the remnants of information, trying to find out what happened. After one CST is infected by a voracious virus, CST's are told to institute high-security viewports -- like this one.
IMAGE: Illustration of two 18th century engraved beer mugs from the 1902 book "Die Gläsersammlung des Nordböhmischen Gewerbemuseums in Reichenberg" (Translation: The glass collection of the North Bohemian Trade Museum in Reichenberg) (Link4) Link4: archive.org/details/gri_33125015065267 MUSIC: "Latency Number 5" is a song by TKno BeurK (Ed End) from his album "DEDDOTAIMU" (Link1) which is, in turn based on an album "La Perpendiculaire des Bruits" by Berthelot (Link2). Another album based on the that album is "Apothmes Bruitistes" by Berthelot and Launay (Link3). Link1: archive.org/details/DEDDOTAIMU_TKnoBeurK Link2: archive.org/details/MI232-Berthelot-La_perpendiculaire_des_bruits/ Link3: freemusicarchive.org/music/Berthelot__Launay/Apothmes_Bruitistes/L
March 11, 2018
WOODEN MOLDING CATALOG
IMAGE: 1930 catalog illustration from "The book of carved wood decoration" by Klise Manufacturing Company of Grand Rapids, Michigan. archive.org/details/TheBookOfCarvedWoodDecorationSupplementB_201803 MUSIC: "Intro", song from 2017 album "Forgotten in the Void" by Russian group "Nebulas Mœroris" (Mists of Sorrows) archive.org/details/IBR_367
March 10, 2018
See closing scenes
March 9, 2018
MOUNTAIN TRAVEL PAINTING
(See last pages of animation)
March 8, 2018
FORTIES FASHION A CONTINENT AWAY
Trying size at 405x720 pixels. Hint: the control bar at the bottom of the media player has an icon that tells your computer to automatically size the image to your screen. (At least in my Chrome brower.) Meanwhile, still experimenting with pan, zoom, and layer masks.
(from last pages of animation) IMAGE: A portfolio of women's evening dresses headlined "Dinner at 8" in a January, 1938 issue of "Australian Women's Weekly" (Link1) Link1: archive.org/details/The_Australian_Womens_Weekly_22_01_1938 MUSIC: Section of a track "P.I.Z." from Floating Mind's album "Et Si..." (Link2) from the Switzerland-based label MonoKraK. archive.org/details/MonoKraK208FloatingMind_et_si
March 7, 2018
PILLOW-HUGGING WOMAN AND BRITISH MOSSES
Continuing the experiment in size at 540x960, and interim theme of young woman and plant. Cutting short on bibliographic information on this page, relying on the source pages in the animation.
See closing scenes of animation.
March 4, 2018
CURIOUS MAID AND PLANTS
An experiment in image size: 1080x1920 pixels (which is the size of my Android phone). I have learned how to display my animations on the phone. But in my opinion this is too large for my webpage. Previous images were 500x480. Maybe next one should be a compromise of 540x960.
See closing scenes of animation.
March 3, 2018
BARCELONA BAND AND WATCH GEARS
Using a short segment of a haunting song by the Barcelona music group Your Mother (Link1) as background, we visit various areas of a large image of gear from a Sotheby's fancy watch auction catalog (Link2).
March 2, 2018
First free time after Plastic Club animation event, buy a new computer: a refurbished Lenovo ThinkPad Lenovo T450 laptop with 128 gig solid-state hard-drive, cost $329. This image was produced to check installation of programs.
The image is from the computer's webcam. The music Signore, Pieta (Link1: "Lord, have mercy") is a traditional Baroque religious song performed by pianist Hector Valls.
February 27, 2018
CLOUD MEMORY SURVEY TEAM DISPATCH 3
Evolving story: "Another photographic data fragment was discovered at 184.108.40.206. It appeared to contain some flower shapes, so we consulted with United Nations plant biologists, who said it appeared to be the Colorado Tansyaster (Xanthisma Coloradoense), a now-extinct species that occured in small populations in two states: Colorado and Wyoming."
The image is from a 2017 issue of Aquilegia (Link1) published by the Colorado Native Plant Society. The Colorado Tansyaster is indeed an endangered species.
An additional layer includes an overlay of an image of 17th century Milanese lace from a 1901 issue of The Connoisseur (Link2).
Music is from a recent album by Dadive called Frightening Freighters (Link3).
February 25, 2018
CLOUD MEMORY SURVEY TEAM DISPATCH 2
Evolving story: "A second surviving graphic data fragment was discovered in dataspace which had been presumed to be wiped by the EMPUO at 220.127.116.11. Our CMST circled the formation and measured it to be roughly 3700 by 5700 pixels, marked by strong straight verticals and smooth Bezier-like curves. Colors were dark blues and complements. There was no surrounding data field."
The image is from an undated book "Guia Completa De La Caligrafia Arabe Extendida" (Link1). Music is from a 2018 album Six Degrees: eXperiments (Link2) by composer Keith David Doyle.
February 21, 2018
MEMORY CLOUD SURVEY TEAM DISPATCH
Evolving story: "When the Electromagnetic Pulse of Unknown Origin (EMPUO) erased all electronic data, the whole Internet was reduced to a unreadable jumble of zeros and ones. In order to recover valuable records -- and to trace who was responsible for EMPUO -- the United Nations authorized Memory Cloud Survey Teams (MCST) to search the scrambled memory for matches to the thousands of different data formats in use at the time of EMP20. Our MCST was assigned to survey a memory sector using a photographic file compression format known as JPEG. We encountered an unusual cluster of coherent information at 18.104.22.168. We circled it to determine scale. It was roughly 4600 pixels wide by 6000 pixels high. The cluster's surface was variegated in color and seemed to be surrounded by lines indicating a data field (whether attractive or repulsive we couldn't determine.) "
I tried to figure out a way to put this text into image, to turn it into a science fiction story. but ran out of time.
The image is a photo of a large 18th century floral spray brooch from a 2017 catalog called Jewels of Portugal (Link1) by the S.J. Phillips Collection.
Music is a 2018 song, "New Horizons," from the album Legends of the Imminent Winter (Link2) by Russian musician Marcus Denight.
February 20, 2018
CROWN OF THORNS
Left, a video exploration of an image (right) of the head of Jesus, from a crucifix created in the 15th century by Austrian sculptor Michael Pacher in the city of Bruneck. It is from the 1909 book Michael Pacher (Link1). Music in video is from a 2018 album by Indonesian musicians Hafid Kurnia and Tebatabata, called The Day After We Were Alone (Link2).
Also entered this video into the Plastic Club-hosted Philadelphia Independents Animation Festival.
February 17, 2018
PATTERN FROM MOLDINGS
Left, a video exploration of a pattern (right) created by manipulation of figures in a 1930 trade catalog by Boynton-Waddell Company called Cut and embossed mouldings In wood (Link1). Music in video is from 2018 Música Refinada by Brazilian musicians Guilherme Darisbo & Marcelo Armani (Link2).
May enter video into the Plastic Club-hosted Philadelphia Independents Animation Festival.
February 14, 2018
NUDE AT DAWN
IMAGE: "Dawn", a photo from a 1937 edition of "Amateur Photographer & Cinematographer" (Link: archive.org/details/amateurphotograp84ilif). The photographer is Australian-born English photographer Rosalind Maingot.
MUSIC: "Okrualno I", a song by Janne Nummela from 2017 album "FLOW(ER(ROR)" (Link: archive.org/details/mhrk194)
This animation -- I call it a roving eye technique -- only took about six hours.
February 11, 2018
WEEKEND REVIEW 2/10-11/2018
Decided to switch to a schedule of daily still images (maybe just 3 or 4 a week) and one weekly animation to keep my animation skills current. Today's animation took me nearly 12 hours. Trying to set an ambitious pace, but not one that will -- well, literally, kill me.
February 10, 2018
SCRAP OF FABRIC
A ragged textile specimen from the 1900 Etoffes byzantines, coptes, romaines, etc. du IV au X siècle (Link1; Google Translate: "Byzantine fabrics, Coptic, Roman, etc. from IV to X century"). My guess: a carpet.
February 10, 2018
FLAG DESIGN IMPROVISATION
A wild improvisation on a set of speculative designs (Link1) by Anne Ominous in competition for a new Australian national flag. My riff on Anne's designs is meant to be respectful, though totally unrelated, of her detailed and thoughtful graphic work.
February 9, 2018
A photo from a 1937 edition of Amateur Photographer & Cinematographer (Link1). Accompanying texts discusses the difference between shooting in the studio and shooting outside.
This image marks a return to my earlier graphic style, with text (in Woodcutter Rude Press font) and trilobite and expansive framing, before I decided to try animation in October.
February 7, 2018
EXPLORING ARTIFACTS #1: JAPANESE BROCADE
A video scan of a Japanese brocade from the Boston Museum of Art, from a drawing in a 1909 Art and Progress magazine (Link1). Background music is from the album Remember_To_Let_Go (Link2) by Jiri Blazek & Brian Ruskin. It goes too fast; I have not been able to figure out how to slow it down in Photoshop Video timeline.
February 6 , 2018
LOST IN THE WOODS I and II
A composition of elements from the 1910 Stencils & stencil materials (Link1) by Sherwin- Williams. Top layer is a stencil showing a forest, the lower layer is a color chart of paints.
Did another version of this image, using (for the first time) Photoshop frame animation. Saved as GIF file. But unfortunately, I set it to loop FOREVER. Not sure how to control looping behavior.
Other animation projects:(1) Therapist and alien, (2) Pepe Frog.
I return to my older graphic design style, on a blissful free Saturday, with only a few errands. On one of the errands, however, I was hurrying home pushing a folding shopping cart down the street, when the cart hit a bump in the pavement, and I fell face first on top of the cart. The only damage was a scrape and bump on my leg, which I only noticed some two hours after the fall. Thus, I violated the cardinal rule of this period of my life: "JUST DON'T FALL."
February 3, 2018
From the 1896 Handzeichnungen alter Meister aus der Albertina und anderen Sammlungen (Link1; Google Translate: "Hand drawings of old masters from the Albertina and other collections"), two drawings. In the background, a 1519 brown head study from the school of Lucas Cranach. In the foreground, on the left, a decorative design showing a young man sketching or writing in a book, set against a design of flowers.
February 2, 2018
Visiting Philadelphia's Italian Market. The colorful neighborhood (which has its own Tourist Center) has gone through ethnic population shifts since its heights in the past, as witnessed by this shop window double poster. Janice and I got on the waiting list for an apartment there -- but we hope we never have to move.
February 1, 2018
Walking West on Walnut Street, I passed a small artist's studio displaying the picture above. Note the way the painting makes goatish ram horns look like Trump's orange hair. The text reads:
Dear Donald, I am so proud of you for taking from the poor and giving to the rich. For being just racist enough, having Congress and the[m] eating out of your hand. For being a graet [sic] liar, you're the biggest bully in the political playground. When this job is done, the United States of America will be in total chaos. Last but not least, remember Pride: You have lots of it, it's a sin. I know you're tr[y]ing to start a war. I can help! Your fatherBut there's a disturbing element here. I'm well-acquainted with American liberals' intense dislike of this president. But that dislike can unhinge the hater. What does the artist mean in offering to help Trump start a war? Why is the message signed "Your Father"?
These are times when people seem to a bit unhinged. I am reminded, once again, of William Butler Yeats' 1919 poem The Second Coming. I see it in my nation, and I see it in my own building, where a post-Trump tax rise has encouraged existential panic, irresponsible rumors, and political manuevers by those who promise "I can fix it."
It is the night of the State of the Union address; and I am depressed because if I no longer believe in the common folks' ability to reason and distinguish truth from falsehood and vote in their own interest, then what do I believe in?
January 31, 2018
WAKENING FROM COMA
After three months of working hard -- almost obsessively -- to learn the basics of video animation, I find myself like a man awakening from a coma: socially isolated; slowed by a shoulder injury, origin unknown; and deconditioned from a sedentary easy-chair indoor lifestyle. I wonder what comes next?
A hint of what comes next is this quote from the 13th century Italian poet Dante Alighieri. It is from his third book, Paradiso. Comparing myself to Dante, I have travelled through, first, the Inferno of Hell, then Purgatory, and now have arrived in Heaven -- which turns out to retirement, with Internet. What I intend to do now with my remaining time on earth -- with 73 years gone already -- is to recall items in the treasure houses I have seen: in the archives of the public domain, in my own journeys, and in the dark complexities of social media.
The context is that, even aside from the issue of my own lifespan, we live in dangerous times, with the survival of post-WWII Anglo-American democracy as I know it in some peril, threatened by climate, war, and civil catastrophe. I am like a solitary monk recording memories and impressions as a mighty empire collapses around me, horrified but helpless to change the course of events.
The quote from Dante is:
"Nevertheless, whatever portion Time
still leaves me of the treasure of that kingdom
shall now become the subject of my rhyme."
The image is my first non-animation since October. The lettering is in Woodcutter's Army Stencil font. Woodcutter is a skilled but irreverent Spanish artist, a real bad boy -- check out his "reinterprets" and his collection of vintage fonts he found on his travels.
The quote is superimposed on two mingled layers: (1) my photograph, taken today, of a broken window on Philadelphia's Walnut Street and (2) a drawing of a column from the 1821 The architectural Antiquities of Rome (Link1).
January 30, 2018
ANOTHER FASCIST PLOT SPOILED
Another animation looking backward to pre-WWII geopolitics. Based on Harry Hathaway's 1941 movie Sundown (Link1), set in Kenya when it was an English colony. Also includes a reference to the multiple short, catchy bugle calls of the English army (Link2), which appear in the movie, as interpreted by award-winning composer Miklós Rózsa.
This may be my last animation before the January 27 deadline for entries to the Plastic Club's Movement, Motion and Sequential Art show. I started out on my journey to learn video/animation techniques in late October of last year, and have done nearly 45 animations of different styles and quality in these three months. Unclear what my direction will be after the animation show. Unclear which animations I will enter into the show. I am somewhat exhausted after the effort, but am proud that I was able to achieve results.
January 24, 2018
UNCOVERING NAZI SKULDUGGERY
A shorter piece, without my narration, built around an exciting scene from Alfred Hitchcock's 1940 film Foreign Correspondent (Link1). It is depressing that these days some Americans and Europeans openly espouse Nazism, despite the tale of suffering it caused last time around.
January 21, 2018
A very long (nearly 14 minutes) critical and artistic view of a 1965 Brazilian film, A Falecida (Link1; translation from Portuguese: "The Deceased"). Took a very long time to do, with a lot of frustration, but made some technical breakthroughs. Humming ad-libbed by Janice. It's depressing at the beginning -- a death scene! -- but stick around to the end.
January 18, 2018
REMEMBER BROADWAY MUSICALS?
Parts of a Judy Garland performance from a 1946 musical biography of composer, Jerome Kern, Till the Clouds Roll By (Link1). Also, a kind of grumpy rant, an experiment with closing comment instead of opening comment.
January 10, 2018
MEXICAN LOVE STORY
Remarkable music and a surprising sense of female fashion in a 1952 Spanish language film, Cartas a Eufemia (Link1). Again, entirely done in Photoshop, but I think the audio levels are inconsistent, and I would have to learn to adjust them in another program or adjust them in Photoshop.
January 9, 2018
A DAUGHTER'S CURSE
Experimenting with getting my own handsome mug into the mix, recreating the format of the radio news stories I did in the 1980's. Entire job done in Photoshop. Video source is 1936 Dracula's Daughter (Link1).
Finished annual switch to Philly-Bob's Free for All 2018.
January 6, 2018
SCIENTIST VS. CORPORATIST MONOPOLIST
A scene setting up the plot of a 1938 action mystery, Bulldog Drummond in Peril (Link1).
Next move is to file away 2017 work and redo for 2018. Probably tomorrow.
January 4, 2018
Opening sequence from a 1981 Indian movie, about the misfortunes of young girl in India in the 1920's. Here's the plot summary:
"After the passing away of her parents, Mangala moves in with her maternal uncle, his wife, and five cousins, who all live a poor lifestyle in a small town. She has a sweetheart in Anoop and hopes to marry him someday. When Anoop hesitates, her marriage is arranged elsewhere, however, on the day of the marriage, the groom meets with an accident and passes away. Her aunt quickly gets her married to a singer named Anand. After the marriage, Mangala is shocked to find that Anand is blind and detests him. When she finds out that he cares for her, she changes her mind and falls in love with him. Then Anoop re-enters her life, Anand finds out, and drives her out. Mangala returns home to her aunt, but she refuses to accept her. Then Mangala finds out that Anand has become a famous singer as well as an alcoholic. She goes to his house in Bombay, gets herself hired as a servant, calls herself Daasi, and pretends to be dumb so that Anand cannot hear her voice and recognize. Eventually she settles in, Anand is pleased with her work, but she also finds out that he hates Mangala; then publicly announces that he is going to marry a dancer by the name of Tara; Tara, catches her stealing a necklace, and to complicate matters even more - Anoop re-enters their lives again."
Happy New Year, everybody!
January 1, 2018
A WOMAN'S REVENGE
An incident from a 1982 movie about India's fight for independence, Desh Premee (Link1; "The Patriot"). Underlying it is music by Chilean electronic musician Eduardo Yanez Torres (GOZNE) from his 2017 album Fin del Tiempo (Link2; "The End of Time").
Work was mostly done in Photoshop, which allows me to adjust sizes to dimensions other than the usual TV and movie formats.
December 27, 2017
ARGENTINIAN SINGER AND FRENCH PHILOSOPHER
As year ends, I think I am moving beyond simple experiments. This one is a more finished work. It features the music of Coni Ciblis (of Buenos Aires, Barcelona, and London) combined with quote she recommended on her social media. I like her voice a lot.
Merry Christmas & Happy Holiday, everyone. Sources:
December 25, 2017
ARCHIVE: Webpage Proprietor's Portraits
Time to change my image at top of this web page. The new image is a small pencil portrait done by Remo Frangiosa. It was done while I sat for Remo's portrait class over a two-week period at Philadelphia's historic Plastic Club in September, 2015.
The second image is a larger painting I commissioned from the Plastic Club's Andy Hoffmann.
Next are two other images also used as masthead portraits. Third image is an iPad self-portait in a coffee shop (approx. 2014). It is probably the best representation of my revulsion at the aging process and my sadness at the prospect of diminishing cognitive powers.
Fourth is an attempt to limit portrait to the fewest number of facial features and still be recognizable (approx. 2012). (Sorry: unlike the other images on this page, these masthead pictures don't enlarge when clicked...)
Fifth is a drawing done in our Open Studio workshop by Meri Collier, a Toronto-based artist and member of the Plastic Club.
For other images from the portrait class sitting, see entry for September 22, 2015 -- you'll have to click on the "2015 Archive" link at the top of this page.
To contact Philly-Bob, email me at bobmoore [at symbol] pobox.com (of course, replace "[at symbol]" with "@"].Masthead Portrait by Remo Frangiosa, 2015