Improvised Life » video http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:57:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Playing for Change’s Glorious, Global “Stand by Me” http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/20/playing-changes-glorious-global-stand/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/20/playing-changes-glorious-global-stand/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:57:03 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=46055

(Video link here.)  In 2005, Mark Johnson was walking in Santa Monica, California, when he heard Roger Ridley singing “Stand By Me” with stunning soul and conviction. Mark asked, “With a voice like yours, why are you singing on the streets?” 

Roger replied, “Man I’m in the Joy business, I come out to be with the people.” 

Mark returned with a recording equipment and cameras to record Roger for Playing for Change, (more…)

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Second Graders Discover Haute Cuisine http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/15/second-graders-haute-cuisine/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/15/second-graders-haute-cuisine/#comments Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:28:13 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=46003


(Video link here.) Some brilliant soul at the New York Times had the inspired idea to see what second graders would make of a meal at Daniel, one of New York City’s fanciest, seriously haute-cuisine, restaurants. Six kids from P.S. 295 in Brooklyn were treated to a seven-course, $220 Tasting Menu.

Their reactions are captured in this beauty of a video by Oscar nominated filmmaker Jeffrey Blitz.  It is total charm and revelation to see
kids experience the elaborate creations with truly fresh eyes and unfiltered candor. (more…)

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Tom Ashcraft: Artist and Sprite Hunter http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/14/tom-ashcraft-artist-sprite-hunter/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/14/tom-ashcraft-artist-sprite-hunter/#comments Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:00:50 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45969

Tom Ashcraft

When we’re a little blue, or wondering where we’re heading, we find it helpful to look beyond our own small life and get a bigger picture. And the best way we know to do that is to look at either nature, or art, or both.

The person we know that combines these two transformative forces best is our friend Tom Ashcraft, recently profiled in the New York Times for his cutting edge work tracking sprites: wondrous, rather mysterious emanations of light that flash for an instant above thunderclouds. They can look like and are named for  jellyfish, carrots, angels, broccoli and mandrake root. (more…)

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How to Dance on the Side of a Building (Video) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/06/fly-video-sally-edit-title-url/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/10/06/fly-video-sally-edit-title-url/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:08:09 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45796

(Video link HERE.) Don’t know about you, but we could use some fantasy flying about now.

Although we find ourselves a bit over saturated with GoPri videos and curiously jaded to their magical effects, not so with this video of acrobats “dancing” on the side of a building.  We find it even more magical with the sound OFF.

via Susan Dworski via The Browser

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‘Deconstructed Piano': a Film About Transformation http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/23/deconstructed-piano-film-transformation/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/23/deconstructed-piano-film-transformation/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:14:39 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45510

(Video link HERE.) In this assault by two robots wielding heat guns, a piano’s wood is gradually burned on and on to the point of collapse.

The film is said to “consider ‘Deconstructed Piano’ considers the gradual destruction of instrumental music through digital sound generators.

To us it is a film about change, erosi0n, aging, living, transformation… that contains both sadness and stunning beauty.

via The Dish

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Worried About Climate Change? March In NYC Sunday and/or… http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/18/worried-climate-change-march-nyc-sunday-andor/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/18/worried-climate-change-march-nyc-sunday-andor/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:18:50 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45605

Worried about climate change and want to know what you can do about it? The largest march in history that will take place in NYC this Sunday. Check out the People’s Climate March website for info, or this article from the New York Times. We will be there.

Can’t make it? Watch — or listen to — Disruption this weekend, and find out why ‘When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?’ 

It will change how to see climate change FAST. (Video link here.)

 

Thanks Holton!

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Underwater Film Break with Néry’s “Narcose” http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/underwater-film-break-nerys-narcose/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/11/underwater-film-break-nerys-narcose/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:00:29 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45074

(Video link HERE.) This intoxicating little under-sea film by Julie Gautier follows record-holding deep diver Guillaume Néry down, down until he experiences the confusion and euphoria of high-pressure nitrogen narcosis. A little bit scary and very much lovely, this thirteen-minute journey into the depths of the ocean and Néry’s hallucinations will throw you far out of your daily routine and into the “rapture of the deep.”

Sinnae Choi via The Dish

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Gratitude Where You Don’t Expect It http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/08/gratitude-dont-expect/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/08/gratitude-dont-expect/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 08:06:31 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45106

Joanna Pan/Flickr

Leaving Manhattan on the commuter train the other evening, we were surpised to see a billboard towering above the South Bronx amidst the bleak industrial landscape. It says simply “GRATTITUDE.”

This teeny video —best viewed with chirpy music OFF — captures the expected and somehow remarkable experience. (Video link HERE.): (more…)

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Tiny-Vacation: Cosmic Flower Unfolding http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/04/tiny-vacation-cosmic-flower-unfolding/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/09/04/tiny-vacation-cosmic-flower-unfolding/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 22:00:22 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=45022

(Video link HERE.)  Though we”ve had our “official” vacation, we’re still feeling the need for escape. Ben Ridgeway’s Cosmic Flower Unfolding is a constant flow of emerging and dissolving oceanic, futuristic, and mandala forms: two minutes that takes us AWAY.

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Annals of Bad Design: Swing Day Bed + Wilcox’s GREAT Swing Chair http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/05/d-y-arm-chair-beds-swings/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/05/d-y-arm-chair-beds-swings/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 20:00:41 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=10864

Emma's Design Blog

Years ago, we clipped this image from a design blog thinking: How lovely that looks, in its minimalist setting. Then we imagined lying on a swinging bed hung in a nook so near to a wall and could feel how jarring it would be if/when the suspended bed actually hit the wall.  Much better it be a hammock placed so its arc would miss the wall but you could use the wall to push off…

Then we stumbled on a“Another Use for Old Chairs: Turn Them Into Swings” in Unconsumption, featuring old chairs that people had  literally suspended, mostly from trees. And that reminded us of designer/inventor Dominic Wilcox’s Arm Chair Swing, (more…)

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Ornithology Wall Mural: Proseck’s Practice of Seeing http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/05/ornithology-wall-mural/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/05/ornithology-wall-mural/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:00:20 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44289

(Video link HERE.)  There is something enchantingly low-tech and intimate about artist James Proseck‘s painstaking process of making this wonderful, public wall mural: painting bird silhouettes a la Field Guide series of nature books. His technique is very interesting and could easily be applied to the walls of any interior or exterior space – bedroom, dining room, patio, pool house, you name it.

We’ve excerpted a saliant chunk of the rather long, slow video. It shows not only Proseck’s technique but delves into his view of what it means to “see” nature, a practice that can be cultivated. (more…)

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Intuitive Method for Organizing Stuff http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/04/organize-little-stuff-cool-plastic-boxes/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/04/organize-little-stuff-cool-plastic-boxes/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 17:19:49 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44784

(Video link HERE.) I LOVE this video! Filmmaker/designer Casey Neistat describes his great Intuitive Categorization Method for organizing his tools and little stuff. I’m loving it especially because it showed up right on time, in time, this morning. (more…)

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Music for Monday Morning (Jun Miyake) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/04/music-monday-morning-jun-miyake/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/04/music-monday-morning-jun-miyake/#comments Mon, 04 Aug 2014 07:24:55 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44780

(Video link HERE.)  …perfect music for getting going on a Monday morning, as well as people dancing, leaping and gliding around in the most wonderful way (until the dark end). You can jump in anywhere to get a hit of LEAP energy.

Not content to just click one link, we can’t help but follow trails. The trails leading from this wonderful video turned us on to Japanese artist, composer, song writer Jun Miyake.

After buying Lillies of the Valley, we’ve been listening to his music on Spotify.

A groove.

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via the great Hedviggen

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A Song for a Summer Weekend http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/01/song-summer-weekend/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/08/01/song-summer-weekend/#comments Fri, 01 Aug 2014 08:34:04 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44769


(Video link here.) We know a number of people taking “stay-cations”, enjoying the city as though they were visiting it anew, filling themselves up with wonderful art, food, happenings,  and not dealing with traveling for one reason for another. We’re going to do the same in a week or so, just so we can WANDER, without a schedule for a while, which is the best way we know of recharging.

We think 500 pound Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwoʻole’s version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to be just the perfect 3-minute escape for those in need of a instant vacation. It’s the perfect music for summer hanging out (in a hammock perhaps).  (more…)

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