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Twilight Zone by Sato Shintaro

In Interview, Project on February 25, 2009 at 7:54 pm
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Sato Shintaro interviewed by Jim Allen Abel a.k.a jimbo + Nuraini Juliastuti

1. How do you define your works?  Can you summarize your works in three keywords?

Twilight,  Fire escape,  Tokyo .

2. What things that draw you to photography?

Maybe densely populated area fascinates me.

3. Your works seem so simple yet complicated. Can you tell us your work process?

At first I search for shooting locations during the daytime. Then I take a picture of that place in the hour from dusk until dark. I bring films to the lab and after development, I make prints from the negative film myself. It often takes several days to finish one photograph.

4. Seen from your works, city lights and urban architecture are things that interested you the most. you always manage to draw people away from your photographs of crowded cities and streets. You seem not to be interested in depicting human presence. Why?

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Falling To the Earth by Li Wei.

In Interview, Project, Tips & Tricks on February 14, 2009 at 1:38 am


Li Wei interview by Jim Allen Abel (Jimbo).

When you started working with photography medium? And why photography?

I started my photography career from 1999. It’s a kind of mix of performance and photography.This kind of art can express my artworks.

You made works with performance. What did you want  to say with that works?

Performance can lead audiences to my artworks visually. Sometimes they are be a part of my performance, can experience. To let them feel the suitation between illusion and reality.

Do you have any time limitation in the process of this project ? and do you have any new project right now?

I don’t have time limit. I follow my intuition. Society and environment gives me different thoughts. My artworks have many different ways of expression but the theme won’t be changed a lot. New works are fufulling my art dreams, to make my art language more powerful.

Who is your influence in most of your works?

Many artists, society and environments affect my art.

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7th Vevey International Photo Awards.

In Awards on February 7, 2009 at 8:42 pm


Launching the 7th Vevey International Photo Awards

The Vevey International Photo Awards is a competition of photographic projects with a first prize of 30,000CHF (approx. 20,000 Euros). It is organized by the Fondation Vevey, ville d’images as part of the festival Images’. The purpose of the competition is to promote outstanding personal work that is original and unconventional. There are, therefore, no limitations as to the choice of subject matter or genre.


The competition is open to professional artists or photographers, and to students. Its aim is to support talented creators, without any limit of age, by enabling them to carry out a personal project. The prize winner’s project will be completed and exhibited at the next festival Images’ in Vevey, in September 2010.

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Holiday Project by Ruang MES56

In Exhibition, Project on February 3, 2009 at 4:40 pm


Holiday Project (2004)

Positively, Photography supposed to be an ideal means to reconfigure the world’s facts and what really happened inside, it also could be an important instrument of Cartesian accordingly, tracking any footprint left, besides its neutrality and impersonality. The emerging of Digital technology as if an ironic progress for the photography world, especially to its ability to change, add and even “create” the event.

We’ll tried to make a simple simulation through all of those works on human perception towards events and how technology could bring those events altogether.

Some people on our works are ordinary men around MES 56 neighborhood, which are not the citizen of Jakarta and already had much presume about “A (short) visit to Jakarta”. We asked them which photos they’d prefer bringing home in so many places they’d choose if they have an occasion going to the city? To Mr. Rudi, Holiday in Jakarta is visiting Monas (National Monument)! To Mr. Jacky who had a different point of view, he suppose Dunia Fantasi (The Fantasy World), and Jaya Ancol Dream Park (Taman Impian Jaya Ancol) is a better place to spend to, and Monas to him is no more than just a symbol of city identity, and not a tourist destination. Read the rest of this entry »

Land of the Free by Steve Schofield

In Portfolio, Project on January 22, 2009 at 12:18 am



My practice is concerned with exploring the fascination that the British public has with American popular culture and the sub-cultural world of fandom. In the images, I have shown people in their own homes and environments wearing costumes that they would be dressed in to attend events with other like-minded individuals. It seeks to offer a glimpse into seemingly ordinary lives of my subjects and allows the private to become public. The work hints at the depth of people’s fantasies and the methods they employ to adopt this culture as part of their own lifestyle as a means of escapism.

The work makes a political reference to globalisation and America’s ongoing ability to infiltrate all cultures via various channels of media. Much of daily life is influenced by ‘Americanisms’ whether through language, food or fashion, which can often be traced back to music videos, the Hollywood film industry, advertising and American sit-coms.
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Toilets Of The World

In Book, Project on January 16, 2009 at 1:15 am


Loo, john, dunny, bathroom, lavatory, outhouse, WC, longdrop, commodities, powder-room, crapper, throne, porcelain god, washroom, toilet, can, urinal, facilities, pisser, comfort station, head, water-closet, little boys’ room, shitter, pot, nettie, bog, …So many names refer to the same mundane object. This boundless terminology reflects human beings’ natural fascination with the toilet. Taboo subjects that have provoked deep interest throughout the ages are known by many names – consider death, drugs and copulation, to name a few. Terms for the toilet all describe the smallest room in the house, in the backyard, on the boat, or elsewhere. This list is from English alone. To compile a complete list of toilet terminology from all languages would fill volumes. Regardless of how it is referred to, the universal aspect cannot be denied: every human being on earth uses the toilet.

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