Kaleidoscopic Eye at the Mori


Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum is displaying an installation called Kaleidoscopic Eye, a creation by the Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary out of Vienna.  From the Thyssen-Bornemisza website:

The Mori Art Museum will present The Kaleidoscopic Eye: Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary Collection from Saturday, April 4, to Sunday, July 5, 2009. The exhibition is realized as a collaboration between Mori Art Museum and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary.

The Kaleidoscopic Eye investigates the question of how to define “what’s real”, which has preoccupied philosophy, science, religion and the arts for the longest time. Reality, in everyday usage, means “the state of things as they actually exist”, whether or not it is observable or comprehensible. On a more subjective level, investigations into reality activate private experiences, curiosity, inquiry and interpretation, but also reflections on void, nothingness and emptiness on the part of the inquiring subject.

This exhibit looks like it’s right up my alley!  Anyone seen it?  Please post in the comments!

The Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook

A student asked me a few months ago to give a reference on a good, all-inclusive book about being a stage electrician.  I thought about it for a while, trying to rack my brain about which text would give a wide variety of thorough information regarding distribution, practices, etc – but still giving a good breadth of knowledge about the craft and art of what lighting technicians do.  Nothing beats hands-on education in our industry, especially with a field as highly specialized as ours.

After several texts’ worth of information, I finally decided on the Set Lighting Technician’s Handbook.  This is a text geared towards film and television lighting production, but the information on electrical distribution and practices in this book are second to none.  From phasing to fixtures, source types, histories, uses, practices – this is a great book if you’re looking to get into the lighting industry.

Check it out.  It’s a great book for reference or just plain education.