The Wanna Be Oddie: The Saga of The Krazy Vending Machine

The Wanna Be Oddie: The Saga of The Krazy Vending Machine

The Wanna Be Oddie is a wacky three-minute animated short film by the young California animator Ben Lam Jun Bin. This one was initially inspired by old-timey black & white Mickey cartoons from Disney, but it quickly ends up crazily veering off into a weird 3D futuristic robot world. All poor little Wanna Be Oddie wanted was a drink of some nice cold milk from the vending machine, but things quickly spin into a wickedly slapstick other-worldly experience for him! This one will definitely quench your thirst for a little bit of very happy fun-time!

The Wanna Be Oddie: The Saga of The Krazy Vending Machine

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Helios: The Pioneering Photography of Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge, Ruins of the Church of San Domingo, Panama, 1875

Eadweard Muybridge, Ruins of a Church, Antigua, Guatemala, 1875

Eadweard Muybridge, The Ramparts, Fisherman’s Bay, South Farallon Island, 1871

Eadweard Muybridge, Lighthouse at Punta de los Reyes, Seacoast of California, 1871

Eadweard Muybridge, Bridge on the Porto Bello, Panama, 1875

Helios: The Pioneering Photography of Eadweard Muybridge

Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change is an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), which presents the first-ever retrospective examination of all aspects of artist Eadweard Muybridge’s pioneering photography. Best known for his groundbreaking studies of animals and humans in motion, what a magnificent photographer Eadweard Muybridge was and what a brilliant eye he had is too often overlooked. In addition to his iconic studies of animals in motion, Muybridge (1830-1904) was also an innovative and successful landscape and survey photographer, documentary artist, inventor and war correspondent.

The works in this exhibition have been brought together from 38 different collections and include a number of Muybridge’s photographs of Yosemite Valley, images of Alaska and the Pacific coast, pictures from Panama and Guatemala and urban panoramas of San Francisco, most of which were published under the pseudonym “Helios.” The exhibition also includes examples from Muybridge’s experimental series of sequential stop-motion photographs, such as his masterpieces The Horse in Motion and Animal Locomotion.

Philip Glass: The Photographer, A Gentleman’s Honor (1983) to Eadweard Muybridge

Eadweard Muybridge: A Stop-Motion Animation

Photo-Gallery: Helios/The Pioneering Photography of Eadweard Muybridge

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Target: The Spine-Tingling Story of a Cold-Blooded Hitman

Target: The Spine-Tingling Story of a Cold-Blooded Hitman

Target is a suspenseful new short film by the gifted young French director Kendy Ty, an action-thriller that keeps the viewer sitting on edge, guessing right up until the very end. The film begins with brief flash-forward, flash-back sequences that introduce the situation, then focuses on the gripping fast-paced action in a setting of pure presence. Target tells the spine-tingling story of a cold-blooded hitman who sets out to enforce a contract; however, nothing happens in the way that the killer actually had planned.

Target: The Spine-Tingling Story of a Cold-Blooded Hitman

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Case History: Behold the Anonymous Homeless, Downtrodden, Insulted and Injured

Photography by: Boris Mikhailov

Case History: Behold the Anonymous Homeless, Downtrodden, Insulted and Injured

Ukrainian-born Boris Mikhailov is one of the leading photographers from the former Soviet Union. For over 30 years, he has explored the place of the individual within the historical mechanisms of public ideology, touching on such subjects as the Ukraine under Soviet rule, the living conditions in post-communist Eastern Europe and the fallen ideals of the Soviet Union. Although deeply rooted in a historical context, Mikhailov’s work also presents profoundly engaging and personal narratives of humor, lust, vulnerability, aging and death.

Case History is a study of the homeless, a collection of photographs by Mikhailov of homeless people in the Ukraine. His raw images of the homeless are sometimes intensely painful and not for the squeamish; they are hard to look at, but also hard to look away from and hard to forget. The photographs from Case History are currently on exhibition at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art, the first in-depth presentation of Mikhailov’s seminal series (1997-98) at an American museum. The photographs portray people who are far from conventionally attractive in grungy rooms or in wintry outdoor sites, naked or pulling aside their clothes to expose parts of their bodies ordinarily hidden from view.

Mr. Mikhailov began making photographs in the 1960s, but he was arrested and interrogated twice by the K.G.B. In 1996, five years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he began making portraits of people who had been disenfranchised and left homeless by the rise of a new capitalist oligarchy in his hometown of Kharkov, Ukraine, where he was born in 1938. He published 400 of them in his book Case History, from which the photographs here were selected.

What does it mean to present images like these as art in a museum? In one respect, they carry on the tradition of picturing the downtrodden exemplified in photographs by countless artists from Walker Evans to Andres Serrano. Works like those tell us that, whatever their outward appearances and circumstances, the poor have souls that are worthy of respect. However, Mr. Mikhailov’s photographs are not so ennobling. They render their subjects as exotic and even demonic. Like specimens in a freak show, they elicit sympathy, revulsion or amazement, but not admiration or empathy. Because there are no titles or captions, you don’t know who the people are or anything about their lives. Maybe some were research scientists, or university professors fired for not toeing party lines or for crossing paths with a ruthless plutocrat at the wrong place and time; maybe they were all rounded up from an insane asylum, or from detox center for alcoholics.

All of his subjects seem to belong to a tribe or extended family of outcasts. But “the homeless,” one might object, is not composed of a homogeneous population. The homeless include alcoholics, drug addicts, criminals, prostitutes, con artists, people with mental illnesses and hard-working citizens going through rough times. But Mr. Mikhailov is not concerned with personal particulars. In his enterprise, the subjects are, above all, actors who function mainly as allegorical symbols. They stand as expressions for the underbelly of society, and their challenging revelations of their own usually hidden body parts is a metaphor for the whole project of exposing what polite society would prefer to keep under wraps. To the extent that they appear everywhere around the world, including in New York City, they are universal signs of capitalism’s failure to care for the less fortunate.

Viewers can read more about Mr. Mikhailov’s work in The New York Times here

Boris Mikhailov: Photographs from “Case History” (1999)

Slide Show: Case History/Behold the Homeless, Downtrodden, Insulted and Injured

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