Posts

'Art-house style' video of Claudio Gaudio reading at my last Poetry Salon

Image
direct link: Claudio Gaudio Reads at Urban Gallery

The video I took of Claudio Gaudio's reading at my Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery last Saturday. In the introduction I talk a bit about his novel, Texas, a book I really grokked.

What I did visually in the video is pretty wild, I guess. I mostly had two cameras running and left both images in the video. Yeah, 'art-house' stuff!

The changes in video effects are like visual piano notes that mark his natural breaks in the passages he read of the excerpt of his new novel-in-progress, 'I'll be,' with variations of the same visual piano notes throughout to help carry the viewer through a longish reading (of 15min).

It was quite fun to explore doubling, and the use of different textures, colours and lighting in the effects aligned with his 'breath pauses' - in particular, I was intrigued editing this way since I found his excerpt to be very much about 'subjectivities.' So the multiple angles and refle…

Photos and Video from the April Poetry Salon @ Urban Gallery

Image
Last Saturday afternoon's Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery was lovely! Except for some equipment malfunction (a video camera mic did not work and so I missed my main feature, Michael Mirolla and two of the open mics), it went beautifully.

Here are some photos and the videos of one of the features and the open mic-ers I managed to salvage (yours truly included). Michael Mirolla and Claudio Gaudio featured, and they were followed by Andrew McLeod (in the blue cap), JD Kruger (in the touque), Margaret Code (with the purple scarf), Jacques Albert (in the leather jacket), Norman Allen (with his painting beside him), and moi.




My Video Review of the Readings of the Two Features, Michael Mirolla and Claudio Gaudio:

direct link: Video Review of Michael Mirolla's and Claudio Gaudio's Readings at my Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery on April 26, 2014.

Video of Claudio Gaudio's Reading, One of the Features:


direct link: Claudio Gaudio Reads at Urban Gallery


Videos of the Open Mics:

direct…

Sketch of a Cherubic Poet (1 min animation test)

Image
A quick test of the animation feature of Sketchbook Pro. A little unlisted video.

I recorded the finishing of the drawing this sketch on my iPad Mini - the original sketch was begun last weekend.

This technology is incredible.


http://youtu.be/etv4fbYmBx0


___

My cat joins me while I dance to Pierre Marie Cœdès 'Concerto N°13'

Image
direct link: My cat joins me while I dance to Pierre Marie Cœdès 'Concerto N°13'

Ok, yeah, I dance in my living room during or after yoga sets a few times a week. My preference is classical music to get the old bones moving and the energy up. When I mentioned in a comment on Facebook to Pierre-Marie that I was planning to dance to his latest concerto, N°13, he replied, "wow, I'm anxious to see that." So I set up a camera and put on his music and with nothing planned, started moving. There is no sound because I inadvertently turned it off when I was attaching an external mic. I downloaded his Concerto from SoundCloud and added the track.

A sweet young feline joins me - she is so adorable! My Aria. Usually she stalks and attacks my ankles when I dance but Pierre-Marie's music seems to have calmed her and she mostly purred.

I added some lighting effects to diminish the busy background and seem to have faded myself out too. Lol. And I left in the times I quizz…

Clay Lady - short timelapse

Image
direct link: Clay Lady - short timelapse

Timelapse and poem.

While I continue to test and compose different visual elements for the videopoem I am working on, 'Clay Lady,' this is now a small finished piece.

Sculpture, poem, video, editing, voice, sonics by Brenda Clews ©2014.

What I did rather late last night. Suddenly jumped up from my books, poems, drawings and created a scenario - metal leaf background, black cloth, stool, lazy susan, sculpture. Set my DSLR on high speed shooting, started twirling Clay Lady, and then I had a whole bunch of .jpgs. Earlier I had found a YT tutorial on how to make timelapse in FCP X, so imported the photos, fiddled with settings, did some cropping on one series, and ended up with this, which I am quite happy with. Having purchased the cheapest keyboard a local music store sells on sale last summer, I have, now, made myself compose two 'sonic tracks' for videopoems. I can't do music like a musician; I can only create sonics like …

monochroma #1

Image
monochroma #1, Brenda Clews, 11.5" x 16.5", India ink, Moleskine sketchbook.
Last night I finally released myself to drawing or perhaps doodling in my big Moleskine, whiling away the hours while I browse the NET, watch art house films, chat with family or friends. This self-permission has taken about a year and a half. Don't ask why. I don't know. ___

It's a Rainy Day and it's Okay

Image
Ma nièce filmed and edited. Isn't he good looking? That's mon fils. :)}:)}

She's an OCADU art student who's exploring stop motion video on her own but she is considering film along with her fine art studies.


direct link: It's a Rainy Day and it's Okay

Film and editing: Tara Clews
Audio: Mr Blue Sky by ELO
Actor/Model: Adrian Henderson
___

Videopoem: Follow the Curve of Birth (2:48min)

Image
direct link: Follow the Curve of Birth

The footage is Aurelia aurita, shot at Ripley's Aquarium in Toronto.

This time, I did the whole production: wrote the prosepoem, whispered it into the mic, composed the sound textures on a keyboard, shot and edited the video. ©Brenda Clews 2014.

One of my birth pieces, written when I was abandoning an academic stream and moving towards poetry and art ...revised for this videopoem.


___

April 26th Poetry Salon: Michael Mirolla and Claudio Gaudio

Image
On the last Saturday of every month, from 3-5pm, I will be hosting a Poetry Salon at Urban Gallery! We will have 2 or 3 features and of course Open Mic. Please put the recurring date on your calendar.

The next Poetry Salon is on Saturday April 26th. And what a line-up!



Michael Mirolla

Novelist, short story writer, poet and playwright, Michael Mirolla’s publications include a punk-inspired novella, The Ballad of Martin B.; three novels: Berlin (a Bressani Prize winner and recently translated into Latvian); The Facility, which features among other things a string of cloned Mussolinis; and The Giulio Metaphysics III, a novel/linked short story collection wherein a character named “Giulio” battles for freedom from his own creator; two short story collections: The Formal Logic of Emotion (translated into Italian as La logica formale delle emozioni) and Hothouse Loves & Other Tales; and three collections of poetry: Light and Time, the English-Italian bilingual Interstellar Distances – Di…

A Peek Inside the Palace of Palaces: THE FORBIDDEN CITY at the ROM

Image
Yeah, one of those nuts that takes 3 pages of hand-written notes on her tablet when she goes to a show at the ROM (you are not allowed to photograph or even draw the exhibits in shows like these - all locked up for the gift shop - you want, you buy - but taking notes is permissible). What you gonna do with me? KJ Mullins kindly accepted an offer to write an article from them for newz4u.net, and it's been published now. I wrote the review far too quickly. But hopefully it works for you. If people who read it go to see the show who might not have otherwise I will be exceptionally happy. It's a fascinating offering from The Forbidden City and well worth seeing.


"How can a museum in another city on another continent show the scope of the riches of the Forbidden City? The ROMs show has 250 treasures from the Forbidden City, of which about 80, including armour, textiles, paintings and calligraphy, have never travelled before. The ROMs choices are sparse against a total of 1.8 …