The Consummate

Into The Black

Posted in art, artists, beauty, experimental video, Feminism, life, love, music, subculture, WTF by the consummate on February 21, 2012

Once You’re Gone You Can Never Come Back

Catching Z’s

Posted in animals, art, experimental video, family, friendship, health, humor, life, love, subculture, WTF by the consummate on January 30, 2012
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I Bounce Right Back

If you lift me up and put me down I bounce right back – Shinehead

 

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Hello Nasty

Hello Nasty!


Photo by the late Dash Snow

See you soon BK & MONEY MAKING! NOV 8-12.
Friends, expect an invite [to havoc].

Union YES! [Which Side Are You On?]

Posted in art, artists, beauty, california, experimental video, family, film, health, humor, judaism, life, love, music, oldies, relationships, WTF by the consummate on September 5, 2011

I stand with labor. I am so proud to be the daughter of a Union man. I am proud of all workers across the globe and especially those who have made sacrifices for the many.

“It’ll take more than a union law to take the fight out of a [wo]man” 

Which Side Are You On? – Billy Bragg

 

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4 Leggeds Save The World

Just wait for it…

köszönöm a húgam, Nicoletta, for sharing this with me. Shout out to our animal sisters and brothers for walking with us daily (even though so many of us are assholes).

Boo

Posted in artists, beauty, experimental video, health, humor, judaism, life, love, music, neighborhood, relationships, sex, vacation, yoga by the consummate on August 20, 2011

Two Sevens Clash


Under the Milky Way

Under the Milky Way (The Church cover) – The Brooke (A Tiny Ocean)


Mystical Mantra Energy

Apparently here in Europe there’s a Jesus holiday going on today. Something about the Holy Spirit. Obviously, I am not well versed but respectful. Posting this, my favorite version of Hare Krishna, in respect to the holiness of the day. But isn’t everyday holy?

A mantra is mystical energy encased in a sound structure and each mantra contains within its vibrations a certain power. But of all mantras, the maha-mantra (the Hare Krishna mantra) has been prescribed as the easiest and surest way for attaining God Realization in this present age.” 

George Harrison (1943-2001),
in his autobiography :’I, me and Mine’

More on the Hare Krishna Mantra can be found here:
http://www.meditationiseasy.com/mCorner/techniques/Hare_Krishna_Mantra.htm

Call Me Mr. Telephone

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, humor, judaism, love, music, oldies, Party, subculture by the consummate on May 27, 2011

Ikon Allah

If G-d wills it…

Is it possible that I am becoming more religious in a sense? My recent trip to Israel left me more proud of my heritage + culture but also with a profound sense of faith. I spent much time in Jaffa where there is a beautiful blend of Jews + Muslims living harmoniously with one another. One day, I found myself sitting on the rocks above waves crashing on the beach with strangers at 4 in the morning. We looked up at the stars and thanked G-d for the beauty we were experiencing. At that moment the Iman began his calls for prayers at the mosque. To hear this sound before dawn was eerie and other worldly. I felt as if I was having an out of body experience. The sound wasn’t unfamiliar, I’ve heard it before but I’ve changed.  As the vocalist Abdullahi sings “Ikon Allah” – Will of G-d, I too sing this tune. If certain things in my life are meant to be, it is the will of G-d and I leave it up to the higher powers that be. I know what I want but if it it is the will of G-d, it will come to be.

Crack is Whack!

I AM OFF THE BLACKBERRY FOR ONE MONTH (5/7-6/8). NO TEXTING, NO BBMING, NO TALKING!

Foolish Reminders

Masonic & Ashbury

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From Jordy

I Want To Be On That Runway

Posted in beauty, experimental video, fashion, life, love, music, subculture, WTF by the consummate on October 7, 2010

Gotta work on my moves…

Scottie B once shouted out “this one’s for Natalie” right before he dropped this at the club.

Now There You Go! PB&J Time.

Posted in art, artists, beauty, experimental video, life, love, music, oldies, Party, WTF by the consummate on October 7, 2010

 

Just Remember, America’s Right Behind You

Posted in art, artists, beauty, california, experimental video, life, love, music, neighborhood, oldies, subculture by the consummate on September 7, 2010

*one of my favorite songs, EVER. my friend scott has this record and we once listened to it over and over again at his old place in Silverlake.

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Next Level

Posted in art, artists, beauty, experimental video, family, judaism, life, love, music, WTF by the consummate on May 2, 2010

Would like to thank Peter the Jew for this priceless gem.

Can’t watch it? Visit YOUTUBE.

All The Prayers Your Hands Can Make

Posted in experimental video, health, life, love, music, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on September 17, 2009

The Way the Blue Could Pull Me In…

Last night, on my way home from an incredible conciousness raising evening, I listened to The Cure’s Paris album. Originally from their 1992 release WISH, A Letter To Elise is one of my favorite tracks from the band. Feeling so dreamy…

In My Dreams I Dance Like This.

Posted in art, experimental video, film, health, life, love, music, WTF by the consummate on September 16, 2009

Quote: “Elvyna is just a french little girl who is performing African dance (from Côte d’Ivoire and Congo) and Zouk dance (from Gouadeloupe – french caraibes).”

Love Knows No Boundaries

Posted in animals, experimental video, family, health, life, love, relationships by the consummate on September 11, 2009
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Si Una Vez

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, life, music, san francisco, WTF by the consummate on August 30, 2009

I love Selena. Selena represents so much hope and cross over. Ah what a beauty.

Here she is performing Si Una Vez – notice the way she moves and communicates. What a performer.

My friend Holly, pictured below, dressed up as Selena one Halloween. I was floored and impressed. Kinda bummed I didn’t think of it before but really, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery (alluding to possible Selena costume this year).

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Speaking of imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, check out this version of Si Una Vez.

Boy, You Best Pray That I Bleed Real Soon

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film, health, life, music, relationships, sex, yoga by the consummate on August 29, 2009

Flight Patterns

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on August 28, 2009

Flight Patterns by Charlie McCarthy. Find more of his work here.

Reminds me of my found footage class with the lovely & oh so talented Jeanne Liotta.

Victory Over a Cobra

Posted in animals, experimental video, family, health, life, neighborhood, plants, relationships, spirituality by the consummate on August 19, 2009

My absolute favorite as a child.

RIKKI TIKKI TAVI.

PART I:

PART II:

PART III:

Tikki Tikki Tembo

Posted in art, experimental video, family, life by the consummate on August 18, 2009

The Medium is the Message

Posted in art, experimental video, film, health, life, neighborhood, relationships, spirituality, yoga by the consummate on August 13, 2009

The MAN. Do you think he was a Pisces Sun, Virgo Moon & Scorpio Ascendant too?

I’m a Girl and By Me That’s Only Great

Posted in artists, experimental video, film, health, life, music by the consummate on August 9, 2009

Me Gusta Cuando Callas

Posted in art, experimental video, film, relationships, spirituality by the consummate on August 2, 2009
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Death Metal VS Parrot

Posted in art, experimental video, music by the consummate on June 18, 2009

Mami.

Posted in art, experimental video by the consummate on June 14, 2009

Stylephile

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on May 3, 2008

Lauren Matic agreed to participate in my final project. She gave me clips and clips and clips from her visits to Afghanistan and Darfur. Reviewing them for footage wasn’t the easiest thing to do. At one point I just had to detach myself from them completely.

I wrote the script to Stylephile with a little shame. I don’t have a tv but drew from the “style” shows I’ve seen in the past. Most recently of the grammy awards while dining with a friend who recently developed a human rights video game. We were floored at the content of the show at the time. And like a car accident, couldn’t bring ourselves from staring. I used this experience as inspiration along with the downtown ny culture or lack there of that I am all too familiar with.

The shoot was like Murphy’s Law. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong. The location had to be changed, to my apartment. The make up artist flaked out (who was written in to the script). The back drop wasn’t doing what it was supposed to do. My cameraman was hungover. I was soooo tired from not sleeping because of the anxiety.

Nevertheless, we pulled it off. 6 hours of shooting was exhausting. The sound quality isn’t ideal and unfortunately, I don’t know pro tools (note to self to learn this). I am obsessed with getting better at visual composure. I wasn’t behind the camera this time but set up the frame which looked pretty good. Lauren, being a consummate professional, looked and acted amazingly. I put on my best BS face and hell, we were good to go.

The editing process was lengthy and the final version was about 8 minutes long. Thankfully I ran into Traci from class who suggested pulling much of the content for consistency and timing. Here is the final project.

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Marian Newman – Show Studio – Political Fashion

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on April 13, 2008

Check out this interesting piece from Marian Newman.

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Lauren Matic

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on April 10, 2008

I met Lauren Matic recently. She is incredible. She’s an engineer turned journalist and field producer who has covered and reported from all over the world.

Check her out on her website.

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My Country

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on April 2, 2008
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Vito Acconci + Laura Parnes

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on March 5, 2008

Vito Acconci. Fucking brilliant. Fucking over rated. I didn’t fucking think of it. I dig it.
Some of Vito’s work:

We’re gearing up to do a two channel piece. The class met at Participant Gallery on Houston. This place was pretty awesome. I loved most of the work. Laura Parnes, our instructor, had a 2 channel piece. One channel was footage of a family relaxing on rolling hills in the country, the other channel featured footage from animals in the wild hunting and being hunted. Personally, I’m interested in the human experience being so far from its nature. We are so out of tune from everything. I felt like this piece was commenting on that.

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Life On Screen

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on February 27, 2008

Guy Debord’s Society of the Spectacle reminds me of something I read waaaay back in undergrad. Sherry Turkle’s Life on Screen.

We screened our 3 minute film, it was well received although seeing others’ I wish we’d been a little more brave with our performances. I guess you live and learn.

Check out Omer Fast, who I am sooo into:

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Society of the Spectacle

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on February 22, 2008
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3 Min Performance Piece

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on February 12, 2008

karaoke baby

I teamed up with Traci Gushiken for the first assignment. It’s a 3 minute performance piece. Please note, we are not performance artists. So what the hell do we do?

We decided to do something simple and obvious – KARAOKE!!! Karaoke, the ultimate performance for the regular citizen. We met up on a Saturday early evening for drinks at Niagra for their 2 for 1 Happy Hour special. Luckily, it was the pre-douche bag bridge and tunnel hour so we were drinking with natives and neighborhoodies. After throwing back a few vodka sodas we went down the block to Sing Sing.

sing sing

Thankfully Sing Sing has private booths so we we set up shop with the Panasonic 3 chip. We sang our hearts out for a couple of hours. Everything from Blondie’s Call Me to Biz Markie’s Just a Friend.

During the editing process we decided to combine songs in order to make new songs, used a lot of looping techniques. It was sort of annoying as is karaoke.

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Semiotics of the Kitchen by Martha Rosler

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on February 5, 2008

Had to read Martha Rosler for class. The piece reads like a dissertation, challenging the ideas in popular media as well as the avant guard. She slams curator’s, unafraid like so many artists to point out their lack of courage when choosing work to exhibit. Rosler’s pretty incredible. Check out this video below.

Introduction to Experimental Video

Posted in art, artists, experimental video, film by the consummate on January 28, 2008

Had my first Experimental Video class with Laura Parnes this week. We watched different pieces from artists like Kristin Lucas and the above artist Momoyo Torimitsu. Suuuupppper into it. The potential is infinite with experimental video.

First assignment is a 3 min performance piece.