Web Art & Pain­ting & Video Seri­es, 2007

In 2007, I was fasci­na­ted by the rise of social media and how it boos­ted the seren­di­pi­tous dis­co­very of arca­ne, odd and poe­tic sto­ries via blogs and plat­forms like Digg, Red­dit and Stumb­leU­pon. But it also rai­sed a nag­ging ques­ti­on: What rele­van­ce does all that have? Is it enough to just con­su­me this fast, dis­pa­ra­te stream of con­tents. What remains? How does this (then) new form of cul­tu­re rela­te to tra­di­tio­nal cul­tu­re and art forms like painting?

Pain­ted­Blog worked like this: I collec­ted all the sto­ries that fasci­na­ted me in a given week. I then crea­ted a pain­ting (clum­si­ly at first, becau­se my right hand was bro­ken) based on these sto­ries. The pain­ting pro­cess was tur­ned into an ani­ma­ti­on, I com­po­sed a sound­track to it and publis­hed it and all the links and sto­ries that went into that par­ti­cu­lar pain­ting on paintedblog.com [the Domain is no lon­ger active].

David le Viseur, PaintedBlog No.1, Oil on Canvas, 160x90cm, 2007
Pain­ted­Blog No.1, Oil on Can­vas, 160x90cm, 2007

Links and Con­tents of Pain­ted­Blog No.1

Pica refers to “Paul Pica”, the pseud­onym I used for Pain­ted­Blog, which in turn refers to the mag­pie bird (pica pica), famous for collec­ting odd objects, as well as Pica, the eating dis­or­der – and, obvious­ly, the lack of Paul Pica’s pain­ter­ly abi­li­ty goes way bey­ond lacking the let­ters ‑sso.

I look like a fidd­ler crab (vide­os here). An ani­mal that I like a lot, becau­se it is such a won­der­ful examp­le of the bizar­re results of sexu­al selec­tion. What we like, what the girls like, when we reach our dreams, we’ll be like the fidd­ler crab. And art is a bit like that too.

One of the few things, that are impos­si­ble to do with just one hand, is tying your shoes. (Even the famous sound of a sin­gle clap­ping hand of Zen – actual­ly it just takes prac­ti­ce…). And there are many ways to do it. Though you don’t necessa­ri­ly have to do it. And asking a lady on the street to help you tie your shoe is a mar­vell­ous expe­ri­ence of humi­lia­ti­on and joy for both sides.

Scale your pain“. Every day I had to rate my pain. I found this both annoy­ing and bit bizar­re. Yes, there is a scale for pain! (It should be loga­rith­mic!)– I am fasci­na­ted by odd sca­les and metrics.

Mata ego” in the lan­guage of the Rapa Nui of Eas­ter Islands is the word for eyes that reve­al that a per­son has been cry­ing. I found this (and count­less more) in the book The Mea­ning of Tingo by Adam Jacot de Boin­od. It collects expres­si­ons that only exist in one lan­guage. A book full of poe­tic nuggets.

With the wea­pon incor­po­ra­ted in this whale we see into the year 1877. Some things don’t chan­ge. It’s like a bot­t­led mes­sa­ge. Also, there’s a crazy thing cal­led Amber­gris – it’s the whale ver­si­on of a moth­ball, and was used to make per­fu­me. The Amber­gris is held by a sky­hook. A mar­vell­ous con­cept, intro­du­ced by the phi­lo­so­pher Dani­el Den­nett in his great new book “Darwin’s Dan­ge­rous Idea“. Here’s Wikipedia’s explana­ti­on.

Nes­sun Dorma – DON’T YOU SLEEP! The the expres­si­on in the eyes of this guy are ama­zing! via you­tube.Lyrics.

Coco and Japan: I’m lis­tening to this won­der­ful Coco­ro­sie song (and their new album The Adven­tures of Ghost­hor­se & Still­born) all day!

Two sto­ries: As a five year old Jewish boy, Alex Kur­zem, had wit­nessed the Nazis mas­sa­c­re his fel­low vil­la­gers and mem­bers of his fami­ly. Later on he was “adop­ted” by a SS Nazi unit as their “mas­cot”. He wit­nessed count­less mas­sa­c­res and atro­ci­ties, while being in fear of being dis­co­ve­r­ed. See more here and here. Second: Rese­ar­chers repro­gram nor­mal tis­sue cells into embryo­nic stem cells.
The cir­cle of guilt, youth and adult­hood swit­ching roles and trans­forming into each other ties those two sto­ries together.

I found some of the let­ters James Joyce wrote to Nora. (”my sweet litt­le fuck­bird” he calls her.) They are so melo­dious! You can dance to them! And they show an important point about what it is to be human and to love. Some­thing a bit bey­ond the bor­ders of self-impro­ve­ment and Cos­mo­po­li­tan Magazine.

ICKY THUMP! The won­der­ful new album by The White Stri­pes (great design btw!) is out! The gui­tar solo on “icky thump” makes a nice litt­le hole in the sky…while the ISS (the white dot!) is fly­ing over Ber­lin after sun­set and the fire­flys blink and dance in the park.

Video Pain­ted­Blog No.1:

Pain­ted­Blog No.4

David le Viseur, PaintedBlog No.4, Oil on Canvas, 160x90cm, 2007
Pain­ted­Blog No.4, Oil on Can­vas, 160x90cm, 2007

Pain­ted­Blog No.5

David le Viseur, PaintedBlog No. 5, Oil on Canvas, 160x90cm, 2007
Pain­ted­Blog No. 5, Oil on Can­vas, 160x90cm, 2007