Stuff to soothe the curious soul


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

a disease called Consumerism

Watch and listen to this video in its entirety, and see yourself revealed, stripped of all your accoutrements, naked for all the world to see.

"We've all got this weird mental illness called consumerism, we've all gone collectively psychotic... chasing status, in public, with people who don't really care, and neglecting your own lovers, and friends, and neighbours, and kids.
We have the delusion that we really have deep insights into our souls already. we're very sophiticated now in the early 21st century, but we are going to seem incredibly naive in another 100 years... our grandchildren will think, 'what were they on about... why do they care about brands, and having  six-bedroom houses if there are only one married couple and one kid..."
"It's not just the individual financial and psychological cost of modern culture, there is also an environmental cost.  And in a rigorous study, behavioural scientist Warren Hern found the human race is acting like a cancer on the planet. displaying all the four major characteristics of a malignant process.
Ultimately, cancer kills the organism that supports it."
-quote from the video

Monday, December 1, 2014

Food with the Sigma 35f1.4 ART

Catering by SavingThyme.
Taken at the brand-new TrilliumWest Offices, Guelph. Nov 28th.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Ai Weiwei by Ryan Emond

I was commissioned by the City of Toronto to shoot and edit a video documenting the installation of Ai Weiwei's Forever Bicycles for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. This project, for me, was one that when you sleep you dream about it—fully immersed. Living it; breathing it; I watched the structure come alive from the ground up and I feel honoured to have been given that opportunity. 3,144 bicycles, the most Weiwei has used of this work to date, were stacked 100 feet in length and 30 feet high in Toronto's Nathan Phillips Square.

Upon receiving news that I was chosen, it was hard to do anything other than immediately start planning. My mind was bursting with ideas. Ai Weiwei has been an inspiration since my first trip to Beijing a couple years ago, after visiting Galerie Urs Meile and 798 Art Zone. I was thrilled to document such an important international artist’s work. The thought of the possibility of him seeing my work after being so enchanted by his was amongst my main motivations while completing the project. 

As I was filming, I wanted to make sure I showed how the small parts of the overall structure were so important. To do this, I highlighted the individual tools during the slow motion segment of the video - they were surprisingly modest; basically just a wrench, some bolts, and a lot of tedious and skilful work. This construction team was beyond impressive. In many projects like this the process is often lost in the beauty and awe of the final structure. It was an inspiring experience to be able to watch the process go from the ground up. I can imagine what a wonderful feeling the team had when they were building a structure to be enjoyed by so many. It was a pleasure getting to know you all. Great work! 

The project was definitely one of the most important I have ever worked on. The amount of human effort by some and enjoyment by others is incalculable – and it all came from one man's idea. The days following the big night I found myself returning to the structure for inspiration on the edit. I feel like I have developed a very personal connection with the piece. Thank you Ai Weiwei for reminding me how passionate I can become in the right situation. Thank you to my family and friends for keeping me sane during the all nighters (this entire video was shot and edited in 20 days) and thank you to the City of Toronto for trusting me with such an important process and giving me full creative control. It was a pleasure to work with you all. A big thank you as well to Kenneth Vinyaratn ( for assisting me for a few days on this, you were a huge help!

The installation will be on exhibit from October 6 to 27, 2013 -

Music by the very talented Mokhov:

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Words from a migrant worker

We live off the accumulated social capital bequeathed to us by previous generations. Let us not delude ourselves with the thinking that "we worked for what we have". None of us could possibly pay for our children's education, the legal framework, the social services, the physical infrastructure, the medical services, etc.
From our very privileged perch as citizens and permanent residents there are so many  things we can do to reciprocate, to help out, to contribute to future generations. Working with migrant workers is just one of them.
Recorded Nov 15th, University Centre, University of Guelph.

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from one of my favourite blogs