Filmed over nearly three years, WASTE LAND follows renowned artist Vik Muniz as he journeys from his home base in Brooklyn to his native Brazil and the world’s largest garbage dump, Jardim Gramacho, located on the outskirts of Rio de Janeiro. There he photographs an eclectic band of “catadores”—self-designated pickers of recyclable materials. Muniz’s initial objective was to “paint” the catadores with garbage. However, his collaboration with these inspiring characters as they recreate photographic images of themselves out of garbage reveals both the dignity and despair of the catadores as they begin to re-imagine their lives. Director Lucy Walker (DEVIL’S PLAYGROUND, BLINDSIGHT and COUNTDOWN TO ZERO) and co-directors João Jardim and Karen Harley have great access to the entire process and, in the end, offer stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit.
Bernice Alexandra ‘Ray’ Eames (1912-1988) was an American designer, filmmaker and wife to Charles Eames who designed some of the best-known iconic pieces of contemporary American furniture. Ray often documented her passions in short films on various subjects. In 1968, she made Powers of Ten, a quietly stunning journey from the depths of space to within a nucleus of an atom.
This small film has always helped me to remember the big picture and still never fails as a reminder to always put things in context and perspective.
The film may be over 40 years old today but the little lesson it imparted on me still has a large effect on how I view things moving towards the future.
Thank You, Ray and Charles Eames.
Watch the EamesOffice Powers of Ten video here:
A concept site based on the short film:
More on the legacy of Charles and Ray Eames:
You can’t buy a ticket. You can’t win a ticket. You have to earn a ticket. That what Rockcorps all about, inspire young people to take part in volunteer work using their interest, live concerts. Founded by Stephen Greene in 2003, Rockcorps gets young people to volunteer. The deal is ‘give 4 hours, get 1 free ticket’ to exclusive rock concerts. Rockcorps has reached 30,000 people already in USA. Orange has brought it to the UK and France. Where next? Maybe somebody needs to bring this guy to Malaysia so all young Malaysians can start cleaning up the mess in this country instead of just singing 1 Malaysia songs without doing anything.
Hey guys, this is an online campaign by the guys at WALLPAPER and URBAN OUTFITTERS. Its called Impossible Project.
The idea is to continue the production of polaroid films through the support from US! Help them out, spam your friends’ emails, buy their t-shirts, send their maid over to do their cleaning so they dont waste money hiring cleaners!… do whatever..
HELP BRING BACK POLAROID !!!!!! cuz my polaroid camera is sitting in my room collecting dust.. 😦
hey hey hey guys, wow, can’t believe its been a month since we’ve updated this blog! HOLY SHIT! All of our hardwork of bringing in traffic went away! Now we have to start all over again. Kinda. This shows that in the world of social-web space, hard work, consistency and perseverance is important. In fact, it is important in our daily lives. Changes happens because of hardworking-consistent group of people.
Never doubt a small group of thoughtful, commited citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.
– Margaret Mead
Having said that, I’d like to top off this wonderful Friday morning with this video of what a small group of people can do to change so many lives. Enjoy
Thanks Swiss Miss and Charity Water.
Check out the logo comparison between two biggest soft drink rival, Pepsi and Coke. Looking at the comparison, something kinda bothered me, is change good or bad. I have been facing this conflict for a long time now. Growing up or stay as a kid. Is there a middle point for this where I can be both?
What say you?
Funny i stumbled upon this because Kel, Fiona and I were talking about what advertising does to people’s mindset about a particular product, which sometimes, in reality, the product is just some plain crappy shit.
Anyway, having said that, I want to show you guys this nice advertisement from Cellcom (Israel cellphone service provider)
Advertising World: Cellcom bridges all boundaries, whether you are Palestinians or Israelites.
Real World: This is what Palestinians across the border did after the advertisement was aired. Instead of all peace and love, these guys got bombarded by tear gas instead.