Video of the Day - Dancing Light Orb by Director Zhang Yimou

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from the project:

2047 Apologue

a concept performance in 8 parts

by director Zhang Yimou

this video is the teaser for the last part of the show called "Weaving Machine"

Chinese director Zhang Yimou who is best known for his movies "Raise the Red Lantern", "Hero" and "The Great Wall" but also for directing the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics returns to the theater stage with his concept perfomance "2047 APOLOGUE".

Zhang Yimou has unveiled his latest work at the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. Based on Peking Opera "Sanchakou," "2047 Apologue" is breaking the form of traditional stage plays, combining Chinese folk art with the latest technology. The show aims to mirror reality, commenting on how science and technology are a huge part of life in the 21st century. The show consists of 8 parts, each combining a traditional chinese craft, music or dance style with modern high tech such as lasers, robots, drones and kinetics.

WHITEvoid was commissioned to create, program and direct the kinetic display for the last part of the show called "Weaving Machine". The 9 minute performance features 640 motorized LED spheres, an anchient chinese weaving machine and a modern dancer. German motor winch producer KINETIC LIGHTS provided the vertical hoist systems for the LED spheres and control software. Russian RADUGADESIGN animated a complementing video backdrop and CPG Concepts from Hong Kong provided the dance choreography for british dancer Rose Alice.

Bill Paxton - 5 films that influence my career

Bill Paxton has stepped with ease from one memorable role (Aliens, Weird Science) to another (True Lies, Twister, Big Love).

When we talked with him in Sarasota, FL, we asked for his pick of 5 films that influenced his career.

1. Harold and Maude, 1971, directed by Hal Ashby 


2. The Man Who Would Be King, 1975, directed by John Houston


3. Steamboat Bill, Jr., 1928, starring Buster Keaton


4. Midnight Cowboy, 1969, directed by John Schlesinger


5. 127 Hours, 2010, directed by Danny Boyle, starring James Franco


Revisiting: 5 things I learned today Episode 3-1 (from 2011)

Much of 5 things' beginnings centered around my collaboration with the great Stephen McFadden on our weekly wrap-up show. So let's revisit Season 3, from early 2011.  

1. 200 of the Greatest Movie Insults


2 . River Surfing in Munich

3. 100 Most Beautiful Words in English

Some of my favorites: 

Lissome Slender and graceful

Mondegreen A slip of the ear

Panoply A complete set

Riparian By the bank of a stream

See them all »

4. The Hype Machine's Zeitgeist for 2010 


Included in this (now it seems like a time capsule) are some Zeitgeist Mixes, such as the Knocks one below. 

See the whole project » 

5. Shooting famous places in the reflections of bubbles

VIDEO: 5 things I learned today 6-1

Quote of the Day - Li Po

“We sit together, the mountain and I, until only the mountain remains.” 

Mountains in Motion

"Hours and even months of change lapses in a matter of seconds, providing the viewer with a rare insight into the ever-changing nature of the landscape."

Eggshell Sculptures

Wen Fuliang uses a diamond-tipped roto tool to carve these. Adroitness hotness.


Amazing short film titled "Choros":

A chorus of women are borne from the movements of a single dancer in this dreamlike "pas de trente-deux."

"Choros" premiered at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2012 and has gone on to play dozens of festivals worldwide. The film is currently broadcast in Europe by Canal+.


Award-winning... damn straight. Moving, fun, lovely.

Poem of the Day: Mowing by Robert

"...There was never a sound beside the wood but one,
And that was my long scythe whispering to the ground.
What was it it whispered? I knew not well myself;
Perhaps it was something about the heat of the sun..."

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Quotes of the Day

QOTD - Zen Aphorism
QOTD - Lawrence Durell

5 things I learned today TV - 2-1

1. These high school kids reciting Gertrude Stein's "Patriarchal Poetry" (and his awesome explanation about sound and meaning after their recitation) do a super fantastic job with it


2. An incredible project, How I explain it to my parents, wherein abstract artists try to explain to their parents what it is that they do

3. Young Me, Now Me is a great project

4. Process videos are fascinating to me, and this one, of a reverse glass sign gilder is no exception

5. Why you should shut down your computer at the end of a day of work