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FEAR(S) OF THE DARK is a unique collection of fearful tales by the world’s most cutting-edge, acclaimed graphic artists. Their intertwined stories make up an unprecedented epic where phobias, disgust and nightmares come to life and reveal fear at its most naked and intense.
The concept is simple:six of the world’s best graphic artists (Blutch, Charles Burns, Peirre di Sciullo, Lorenzo Mattotti, Richard McGuire and Marie Caillou) were asked to create a black and white short film based on their own personal nightmares.
The resulting monochromatic quilt shows a vast range of styles and tones. From the comedic, the bloody, the experimental and the downright creepy, all of the films are incredibly imaginative and effective in their own way.
Charles Burns; this graphic novel titan delivers our favorite film of the bunch. A young entymologist finds more comfort in his six-legged friends than the humans in his life, but when he brings a woman home, their companionship might prove to be problematic.
Blutch: His film, a hunter chasing his own particular brand of varmint through the woods is interwoven in small segments, providing a narrative thread to the entire tale.
Pierre di Sciullo: The only animator on this project produces the most abstract entry. Patterns of lines and shapes morph across the screen, narrated with his more politically aware concepts of “fear”.
Mari Caillou: In counterpoint to di Sciullo, Marie’s lighthearted, anime-inspired story follows a young girl haunted by violent hallucinations while asleep and tormented by bullies at school while awake.
Lorenzo Mattoti: Easily the most virtuoso animation talent of the group, Mattoti chronicle’s a monster who is terrorizing a small village, told from the perspective of a former resident of the town.
Richard McGuire: The final segment is a straight-forward haunted house tale, but animated in a fresh, bold and creative style. The story is sparse, but the amazing visual imagery is the real focus.
Deciding that they should be the ones to appoint all future Lamas, in an attempt to gain the upper hand in the mindspace of the people of Tibet in their struggle against them for independence, the Chinese government recently enacted a law giving themselves full authority over all reincarnations.
Well played China. Well played.
But the Dalai Lama knows how to play the game as well.
In response, at the end of 2007, the Dalai Lama proposed to hold a referendum among his millions of followers on whether he should be reincarnated at all, and, if the vote was in favor, to determine his reincarnation while he was still alive. He cited the example of one of his teachers as a precedent for a lama being reincarnated while still alive. But he also indicated that he would not be reborn in China or any other country which is “not free.”
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In turn, the Dalai Lama has raised the possibility to forgo his rebirth, or to be reborn while still alive so that he, not China, can choose his successor.
Source>… Electric Children Blog
Featuring: RICHARD BELL | FREEDOM BURMESE ARTISTS | FIONA JACK | CULTURE KITCHEN | TARING PADI | GEMBEL MHUL WORKSHOP: CHRISTIAN THOMPSON, HELEN JOHNSON | ALEX MARTINIS ROE | PVI COLLECTIVE PANTHER | THE LONG MARCH PROJECT: CHEN QIULIN | JIANG ZHI | YANG SHAOBIN
When: Until 30 November, 2008 Hours: Wed to Sat 12 – 9pm, Sunday 12 – 6pm Where: The Carlton Studios (upstairs), 193 Bourke St, Melbourne Free entry
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Why should you listen to Sex Pistol Johnny Rotten, a.k.a. John Lydon? Because he’s punker than you, he always was and he always will be. And he’s not afraid to say so. He says this and much, much more in “Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs,” just reissued by Picador. “I have no time for lies or fantasy and neither should you,” he writes by way of introduction. “Enjoy or die.”