Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
It is Midsummer tomorrow. Thus, here is this jolly song from the band Korpiklaani. New song from their latest album. Funny video it is, but I like this band a lot.
Perhaps, I will see them live again this summer. I will be dancing! And I wish you, my friends and fellow bloggers - to be happy. :)
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
The film causing this post is THE SEVENTH SEAL - DET SJUNDE INSEGLET from 1957. Quick synopsis from Movie Masterworks: A Knight and his squire are home from the crusades. Black Death is sweeping their country. As they approach home, Death appears to the knight and tells him it is his time. The knight challenges Death to a chess game for his life. The Knight and Death play as the cultural turmoil envelopes the people around them as they try, in different ways, to deal with the upheaval the plague has caused.
The film thus reveals a medieval plot with carefully built medieval iconography. I would say this world is constructed so carefully, that every single element supports the other. Great script, living in full images. The feeling of the overall catastrophe, constant presence of Death himself, develops macabre atmosphere. So gothic. Yet there is also joy and richness of the moment. Lovely youth and life, underlined with the beauty of actress Bibi Andersson. It is the world that mirrors heritage of AUGUST STRINDBERG and his dreamplays, Swedish playwritgh I also like a lot. Symbolistic heritage. Reality is constantly touching the world beyond: reality is becoming the world beyond itself.
There is also one theme following Bergman again has reminded me about. I will open it here just briefly. The simplicity of great artwork. The simplicity that is, I think, not so easy to achieve. It takes time and effort. Full simplicity it is. Simple that is perfect. No spectacle, just a few elements. Carefully chosen light. In general, I like such artworks. Simple, yet so full. I remember seeing an exhibition of Finnish designer Tapio Wirkkala. There was a photo, how Wirkkala studied a handle for a white cup. Simple handle. All of those variations seemed pretty much the same. Nonsense, one could say. But the final product captured the full simplicity. Less that is much more. And this is also the path I am trying to follow as a writer.
More images from The Seventh Seal as well as more on Ingmar Bergman and his works can be found here.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Yesterday, there was BLOGRES 2007 going on in Ljubljana. First International congress of bloggers in Slovenia. Yep, bloggers. There were lots of them, around 200, and Kaneli was among the crowd, too. On this not-the-best (but the only) photo I have taken, is a hall the congress took place in.
First of all, we were given green bags and, if we were lady-bloggers, similar green T-shirts. Then, the congress started. It was on from 9:30 until 19:00. Several shorter lectures followed by discussions. Lecturers from Norway, France, Serbia and our native land. Lectures were general enough to be suitable for a wide range of audience. We were given some useful law-advices, too. There were also workshops, but I agreed to go to sauna with my friend later in the evening - so I skipped the workshops. However, since I am artsy-theory kind of boring girl, I would be delighted to hear deeper analyses of the phenomena. You know, serious theories, underlined with postmodernistic philosophy. And for my alternative/punky taste, the congress seemed just slightly too... commercial. Of course we bloggers are consumers of computer market; thus, we are a good marketing target for all sorts of corporations. Blogging in general is a part of popular culture...