In this year’s Epica Awards (which CR helped to judge last week in Paris) a Danish film advertising the Midttrafik bus service (still, shown above) picked up the coveted Epica d’Or in the Film category. Interestingly, the film wasn’t written by an ad agency, but cooked up by the bus company with production company M2Film…
“Over three decades later, one hopes that Heaven’s Gatecan be watched without the burden of prejudice that weighed on its original release. After all, when it first came out, people hated Moby-Dick too.”
The House In The Middle Of The Street (Click the arrows for more)
So the Chinese government handles The Castle type situations much differently. Good on them for standing up to them, but I think eventually the noise might get to them. Do they have reality TV in China yet? Or is it banned? This would make prime material.
InFocus: After this week’s earlier entry, Chinese Architecture, Old and New, I just had to run this short follow-up. Homeowners Luo Baogen and his wife refused to allow the government to demolish their home in Wenling, Zhejiang province, China, claiming the relocation compensation offered would not be enough to cover the cost of rebuilding. So, adjacent neighboring homes were dismantled, and, bizarrely, the road was built around the intact home, leaving it as an island in a river of new asphalt.
Maybe they should film the long awaited sequel to Roadhouse here
“It has always seemed strange to me… the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.” —John Steinbeck
At Home with Mike Mills The American Director Waxes On His Love of Thoreau and Forestry in Wilder Quarterly By Nicholas Haggard
Do you find new direction and inspiration at the retreat, away from all the distractions of the city? The older I get, the easier it is to tune out the different radios: the internet radio or the “worrying about your career” radio. You just get tired of doing that. I’m good at being anxious, but less and less so. In the middle of the woods you just forget about everything. It’s overwhelmingly alive and real and happening in front of you, sort of enveloping. That’s a really profound thing that’s beyond description.
Can you give an example? [American poet] Gary Snyder writes about this idea that there’s no better way to get better connected to the wilderness than to be afraid of a mountain lion or a bear. That really reprioritizes our lives in such a radical way. It unravels this world of the internet that we’re all stuck in. Any time something prompts you to dissolve our world, a world that pretends to make sense––the world of images and mainstream stories––suddenly they stop making sense. Any time you break out of that, it’s sort of a “punk” moment. When I’m worried about an avalanche or getting lost or which way that bear was going, it’s not unlike when I saw Public Image Limited play for the first time in Los Angeles in 1980––just breaking apart what you thought was the most important story.
The World We Live In by Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek Hey Koekkoek! I’m not in love with the name of the series, that’s pronounced Cock-Cock right?, I mean come on, The World We Live In? bit bland, vague and dumb don’t you think? cheer up cocky, the photos are all rad. (Click the arrows to see more)
Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek has gone on to work for international magazines like VICE, Vanity Fair, Monocle, Travel+Leisure, Financial Times, and Red Bulletin, as well as exhibiting throughout Europe, Asia and the USA.
He’s got a great website, the Inemuri series is pretty good despite making me feel like taking a nap and Isn’t She Lovely is full of rad Vice-ish babes.