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Sarosh Jacob is a New York City-based filmmaker and photographer who recently produced and shot a great short film in Jellyfish Lake.
"Jellyfish Lake is located on Eli Malk island in the Republic of Palau.
Twelve thousand years ago these jellyfish became trapped in a natural basin on the island when the ocean receded. With no predators amongst them for thousands of years, they evolved into a new species that lost most of their stinging ability as they no longer had to protect themselves. They are pretty much harmless to humans although some people with very sensitive skin may get a minor sting from them. If you are allergic to jellyfish you should wear a wetsuit or protective clothing.
These fascinating creatures survive by sharing a symbiotic relationship with algae that live inside of them. At night, the jellyfish go down to the depths of the lake where the algae feed on nutrients. During the day, the jellyfish come back to the surface and follow the sun across the lake in a massive migration. The algae convert the energy of the sun via photosynthesis into a sugar that feeds the jellyfish.
It is not possible to scuba dive in this lake because the nutrient rich layer at around 50 feet and below contains hydrogen sulphide which is highly toxic to humans. If a scuba diver was to swim in that layer, the toxins would enter the body through the skin and that exposure could be fatal. Snorkeling however, is perfectly safe and if you ever find yourself in Palau one day, you should make your way to this special place.
The experience of swimming through millions of jellyfish is quite surreal and Palau is the only place in the world where you can do just that!"
You can view Jacob's amazing short film below (via Brad Blogspeed).
More of the artist's work is available via these sites:
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The critically-acclaimed, annual Manifesto Festival will be taking place this fall (for the fifth year in a row) and the organization/festival is now accepting submissions.
If you are a Canadian artist, a youth/community-leader or if you are passionate about the arts and would like to volunteer, feel free to submit an application to participate in the Manifesto Festival 2011 by following this link: themanifesto.ca/submissions.
Submissions end on June 10th!
You can learn more about The Manifesto from here:
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A couple of days ago, Jed Mildon executed the world's first BMX triple back flip.
You can learn more about Mildon and about Unit Apparel Company from here:
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Last night I met a talented, Toronto-based painter by the name of Ilene Sova.
The first time I viewed Sova's work, I really appreciated the stark contrast, prominent character and strong brush strokes that were apparent in her portraits.
I also liked the fact that her work had a warmth about it, even in the black and white pieces.
You can view some of her pieces below and the majority of her work can be found via these URLs:
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The other day I received an e-mail that made me smile.
The e-mail was from NFN Kalyan -- a very talented visual artist that I have featured on this blog in the past.
Basically, he e-mailed me in regards to his new piece, entitled "Che Guevara’s Watch" -- a complex piece that took about a year and a half to complete.
The Miami, Florida-based artist described his profound three-dimensional illustration (which can also be thought of as a sculpture) to me in the following way:
"The box is an exact replica of the box Che's bones are in. The original box is in Havana, Cuba.
A CIA agent was sent to kill Che in Bolivia. He ended up giving the order to do it and took Che's Rolex watch off his wrist.
My version of the coffin has a fully functioning clock with a brass replica of that watch as the face. The watch has no hands because when Che was killed, they cut off his hands for fingerprints. After they killed him they threw him in a mass grave and he was dug up decades later. That's why the box is so small. There are only bones in it.
The glass coming out of the top has an abstracted rib cage representing his torso. It's his torso for two reasons: 1. That's where he was shot and the exact spots he was shot are diagrammed on the first piece of glass. 2. He was a horrible asthmatic and it was because of his asthma that he was caught in the jungle.
The backbone of the ribcage is made up of the names of people he killed in his lifetime.
In the arch of the ribcage, there is a version of Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man". I used that because Che is often cited as the ultimate hero. My version has lungs drawn on the chest and is missing his hands."
You can view the mind-blowing piece below and more on NFN Kalyan can be found here:
Gavin Sheppard is an accomplished youth arts leader who is one of the founders of The Remix Project -- a Toronto-based organization that was created to "level the playing field for young people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under served communities."
Recently, Sheppard was featured on TVO Parents wherein he spoke about his recent Yale fellowship, but more importantly about the lack of school systems that spark the interest of and consequently challenge and engage a number of youth in North America, Europe and elsewhere.
What I found most interesting about his words were the fact that many youth who are simply unstimulated by conventional education systems are labeled as being "apathetic" or diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (in addition to a a number of other disorders).
As a child, I was fortunate enough to attend an arts school, but "From Hip Hop To Yale: How The Arts Engage Kids" makes it more than apparent that the majority of youth in the world today simply do not to have adequate access to great arts-related resources -- resources which could have profound positive effects on society at large. This has to change.
You can learn more about Gavin Sheppard and about The Remix Project from here:
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Jen Stark is a Miami, Florida-based artist that creates amazing, colorful sculptures from paper and wood.
You can view some of her work below (via But Does It Float) and through the following links:
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Bo Taoshi is essentially a more violent, Rugby-like, Japanese variation of Capture The Flag.
Check it out below.
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Check out these cool Shaolin Kung-Fu demonstrations on a Chinese talk show.
The kids performing in these videos are orphans who were raised and trained by Taiwanese monks in Malawi, Africa.
Apparently, many of them are fluent in Mandarin.
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Ronald Ventura is a great Filipino surrealist and I love his work.
"His works combines complex and layered images and styles, a mash-up through existential realism and graffiti, classical art and lowbrow."
You can check out some of Ventura's mixed-media paintings below (via Cocacolla.it).
More of his work can be found here: