Improvised Life » video http://www.improvisedlife.com If you can't hunt with a dog, hunt with a cat... Tue, 09 Sep 2014 22:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 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

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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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Making Music with…Rain http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/31/making-music-rain/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/31/making-music-rain/#comments Thu, 31 Jul 2014 08:38:42 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44295


(Video link HERE.) Recently we stumbled on this video of music made with rain drops. Rain as percussion instrument: MUSIC. It’s pretty swell, and very carefully thought out, with its haute technology and count of rain drops.

We love Fast Forward’s Rain Music for it’s utter in-the-moment directness and accessibility. (Video link HERE.) (more…)

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Maira Kalman on Daydreaming, Eccentricity, and Not Knowing What is Going On http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/30/maira-kalman-daydreaming-eccentricity-knowing-going/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/30/maira-kalman-daydreaming-eccentricity-knowing-going/#comments Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:10:07 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44690

(Vido link HERE.) Portraits in Creativity is a series of short-form videos by renown creative director Gael Towey about the bravery and processes of artists and artisans. Who could better start off the series than the great, wise, observant Maira Kalman?  Kalman’s drawing and writing gets to the essence of not knowing what is going on” and celebrates it. Which is why we love her.

The video is like a walk around New York City with the Kalman. It is rich with illuminating observations (more…)

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School Girl Parcour http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/29/school-girl-parcour/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/29/school-girl-parcour/#comments Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:02:47 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44408

(Video link HERE.) In the annals of “breaking stereotypes” is this thrilling, mind-boggling, closer-than-bird’s-eye view of two Japanese schoolgirls doing seriously Ninja Parcour — usually the realm of young men — all around the city of Atami.

YES!!!!!!

 

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Kenzo’s FAB “I’m Not Afraid of Losing” + 24 African Dances to Brighten Your Day http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/african-dances-z/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/african-dances-z/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:05:17 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44389

(Video link HERE.) We love Eddy Kenzo’s joyful “Sitya Loss” (“I’m not afraid of losing”), featuring a group of boys and a girl performing on a dirt road in Uganda. After hunting for the lyrics (which are in Swahili), we found this interpretation from youtuber  jerzeykid2006able:

“In life we do not have to fear losses because we are the bosses of our own life, we have to enjoy the little life we have by shaking our bodies (dancing), as strong youth we have to enjoy our lives to the fullest because when we look at our past lives, we get to notice quite a (more...)]]> http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/23/african-dances-z/feed/ 0 PES’ Western Spaghetti http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/21/pes-western-spaghetti/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/21/pes-western-spaghetti/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 23:00:45 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44263

(Video link HERE.) This insanely cheeky, surrealistic send-up zaps cooking shows with sly, technological savoir faire. I needed several viewings to fully grok all the nutball details.

Susan Dworski

 

*Editor’s Note: Incredibly imaginative film maker PES‘ “Fresh Guacamole” is the shortest film ever nominated for an academy award! 

 

 

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Makoto Azuma’s Living Walls and Floors http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/15/makoto-azumas-living-walls-floors/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/15/makoto-azumas-living-walls-floors/#comments Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:00:39 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=44052

We’ve recently come across Japanese botanical artist, Makoto Azuma who works with plants as sculpture and installation. He’s made a career out of using micro-climates as an art form, but we’re particularly taken by one installation which brings botanicals into the home — with walls and floors covered entirely in living plants. (more…)

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Fab Time-Lapse Video of Objects Sanded (Like X-Ray Vision) http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/10/fab-time-lapse-objects-sanded-like-x-ray-vision/ http://www.improvisedlife.com/2014/07/10/fab-time-lapse-objects-sanded-like-x-ray-vision/#comments Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:35:19 +0000 http://www.improvisedlife.com/?p=43990

(Video link HERE.) Laurin Döpfner used an industrial sander to shave off 0.5 mm at a time from logs, electronics, a camera, and a walnut, and then made a time lapse video of the results.

Jason Kottke likened the astonishing finished video to a full-color MRI.

For us, it’s like some kind of X-Ray vision of our imaginings about how things are made, and what they might become if we deconstructed them.

 

Via Jason Kottke

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