Acusis is a method of extending the lifespan of endangered animals by performing acupuncture on them to induce a state of torpor and decreased physiological activity. Animals under Acusis are revived every five years to reproduce with another revived animal.
“Shadow Narratives” by Jon Hunt, University of Derby BA (Hons) Photography, 2008
Photographs inspired by the suspense and use of the shadow in film noir. We project so much into Shadow; visions, fears, persons we do not know, places we have never been, situations of which we have no experience.
A beautiful Japanese girl is found dead in a snowy field near Fargo, North Dakota. Internet rumours suggest that she had flown from Tokyo in search of the millions of dollars buried in the snow from a scene in the Coen Brothers film Fargo, apparently believing the films subtitle “this is a true story”.
First shown as feature documentary that was shot entirely as photographs this narrative recreates her journey, through eyewitness accounts to reveal a much darker and tragic truth.
“These photographs were taken in Shanxi Province in northwest China. They document the ancient customs, that originate from original pagan religious beliefs. They are the product of Ancient voodoo totem worship .In the past people used to worship the gods of religious activities. Today a number of these customs have survived to remain one of the most improtant cultural practices in the new year throughout most of Shanxi Provience northwest China. To me theirs is a world that is not real, the people have an otherworldy presence. I like those people, sometime they are better than the people i meet everyday in ‘normal’ life, like in the dream land. I always take their photograph when they are not aware of me, because I do not want to wake them up from the dream.”
“In this latest body of work, shot between 2005 and 2008, the artist continues to explore the lush and ragged edges of small-town America. While much of his earlier work focused on character and drama, Crewdson now shows a greater awareness of atmosphere and setting.
“Unforgiving and dramatic winters have often been regarded as one of Russia’s most defining characteristics. A Russian winter is redolent both of great hardship but also great beauty and for centuries it has been romanticised in the country’s painting, music and cinema. A continuation of Roberts’ exploration of contemporary Russian society and inspired by Russian cinema, Polyarnye Nochi explores the winter landscapes of Northern Russia during a period known as Polar Nights, when the region is shrouded in darkness nearly 24 hours a day.” (from a Format Festival booklet) Read More
“Steve Harries and Mel Bles traced the locations used in the making of famous 1970s films – including Taxi Driver, The Godfather and The Last Picture Show – and then photographed these places which, owing to their appearance on celluloid, have been strongly imprinted in the minds of millions moviegoers. What started as a simple journey turned into an epic road trip. They shot on Kodak colour negative film using a Mamiya 6×7 medium-format camera. Exhibition includes maps and ephemera. “
Wenders brings to this collection of photographic essays the same literary and cinematic talents, the same command of the art of storytelling that we find in his films. In the tradition of “Paris, Texas” and “Faraway, So Close”, the texts and pictures in “Once” weave ambiguous and moving narratives in fits of rhythmic prose and inventive imagery. Prefaced by Wenders’ poetic meditations on the metaphysics of photography and film, Once consists of short, autobiographical sketches relating Wenders’ experiences both meaningful and apparently trivial on his trips across the world scouting locations for his films, as well as photographs taken during these excursions. The resulting exhibition is at once travel diary, photo album, and a series of short films or short stories revealing the views and sentiments of an auteur inspired by the poetry of the eye and the melody of speech”