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4/17/14

Are we now oficially an oligarchy?

This study just came out today. Finally they made a research on a topic I've been following for some years already. I know the rule about not discussing politics or religion but we should all be concerned and informed about who supports this tea party patriotism mindset. If we expose the oligarch ideology backers more people would be better informed when going to vote or making everyday life choices.The Koch Brothers, Americans for Prosperity, The Heritage Foundation are some names involved in this oligarch power system in which the US is officially under. That's why Citizens United is wrong and we have to repeal the law that gave "person-hood" status to a corporation in 2010. Early this month the supreme court failed ordinary citizens once again, stating that money (previously recognized as property) has now the same value as free speech allowing the unlimited amount of cash flowing into the political system from private institutions because of the concept of Corporation's free speech.

http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2014/04/16/The-US-is-not-a-democracy-but-an-oligarchy-study-concludes/2761397680051/

4/9/14

As if the ozone hole weren’t enough, now there’s a hole in the troposphere

As if the ozone hole weren’t enough, now there’s a hole in the troposphere


oh noooo! anyone has creative ways to tear down corporate damage to our planet while surviving natural disasters, poisoned food, water, air, pollution, civil wars, gas attacks, drug epidemics, pandemics, mental problems etc? i wonder what it takes for healthy individuals to organize in an effort to save our selves and most important, the only planet that we know we can live in. Mother nature, forgive us. 

click on the image to read full article. 
http://www.wired.com/2014/04/oh-hole-washing-machine/

3/12/14

Meanwhile in the Arctic!

We are about 1 week away from Spring to oficially begin and we have a snow storm that is closing colleges, work, banks, and more services today. Global warming deniers that support private corporate interest are pushing for legislature and lobbying to protect the coal industry and preventing us from moving away from fossil fuels. It should be of public knowledge that the Koch brothers have spent millions on ads critical of action against climate change to protect their economic interests in the oil, chemicals, textiles and paper industries. A group of senators debated global warming all night yesterday and nothing came out of it but the realization that out of the two parties, democrats support the Science that have studied global warming and are more likely to introduce legislature to take action against carbon emissions .... "Climate change is real, it is caused by humans, and it is solvable," said Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawai   http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/senate-dems-talk-climate-change-all-night 

2/18/14

Motion Water

I experimented with some water and my mini 
mayan replicas last night. Rick and I love making art together and we did a second video with red ink which I'll share later. Mondays are the best days for abstract and rare art experiments. Music is by Makoto and MC Conrad with "Golden Girl", one of my favorite tunes. Have a great week! 



2/14/14

Happy Valentines Day!

Hello so here are some versions i found of the real meaning and history of San Valentine's Day. I think that the capitalist machine run by corporate rule has taken over the meaning of Saint Valentine and Love out of context, they have fed with steroids the idea that you have to "give"something to your love ones in order to show how much you love and care for them. Don't get me wrong i totally will have an amazing night with my guy tonight BUT in no way will we ever think that we have to give a material gift to each other to show our love. Anyways here are different versions of the meaning of San Valentines Day.


The real history of Valentine's Day is not comprised of roses, chocolates and pretty cards. Instead, crime, imprisonment and execution are at the genesis of our modern day love fest, dating back to the man whose martyrdom may have inspired the holiday. There were reportedly three early Christian saints named Valentine, but the one the holiday likely comes from was a Roman priest during the 3rd century A.D. under Emperor Claudius II.
The Roman Empire was experiencing massive turmoil at the time. Dubbed the 'Crisis of the Third Century' by scholars, this period saw the empire divide into three competing states, with the threat of invasion all around.
Claudius made the unpopular decision to ban marriage among young people, believing that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers. With the Roman Empire hanging by a thread, Claudius needed all the brazen war power he could get.
This is where Valentine comes in; the pesky priest who believed marriage to be a God-given sacrament. Valentine began officiating marriages in secret but was eventually found out and imprisoned. Author Greg Tobin noted that the advent of the Valentine's Day love note may have come about from young children passing Valentine notes through the prison bars, but this may be embellishment to an otherwise tragic story.


Tobin describes Valentine's fate:

The priest was eventually beheaded and then named a martyr by the Church because he gave up his life to perform the sacrament of marriage: for love of love and love of God.

At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I declared February 14 to be St. Valentine's Day, and centuries later romantic authors like Geoffrey Chaucer and Shakespeare helped seal the deal with references to the day in their works.
The Roman Empire was experiencing massive turmoil at the time. Dubbed the 'Crisis of the Third Century' by scholars, this period saw the empire divide into three competing states, with the threat of invasion all around.
Claudius made the unpopular decision to ban marriage among young people, believing that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers. With the Roman Empire hanging by a thread, Claudius needed all the brazen war power he could get.
This is where Valentine comes in; the pesky priest who believed marriage to be a God-given sacrament. Valentine began officiating marriages in secret but was eventually found out and imprisoned. Author Greg Tobin noted that the advent of the Valentine's Day love note may have come about from young children passing Valentine notes through the prison bars, but this may be embellishment to an otherwise tragic story.
Tobin describes Valentine's fate:
The priest was eventually beheaded and then named a martyr by the Church because he gave up his life to perform the sacrament of marriage: for love of love and love of God.
At the end of the 5th century, Pope Gelasius I declared February 14 to be St. Valentine's Day, and centuries later romantic authors like Geoffrey Chaucer and Shakespeare helped seal the deal with references to the day in their works.


The Dark Origins Of Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day is a time to celebrate romance and love and kissy-face fealty. But the origins of this festival of candy and cupids are actually dark, bloody — and a bit muddled.
A drawing depicts the death of St. Valentine — one of them, anyway.
The Romans executed two men by that name on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D.Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesThough no one has pinpointed the exact origin of the holiday, one good place to start is ancient Rome, where men hit on women by, well, hitting them.

Those Wild And Crazy Romans
From Feb. 13 to 15, the Romans celebrated the feast of Lupercalia. The men sacrificed a goat and a dog, then whipped women with the hides of the animals they had just slain.
The Roman romantics "were drunk. They were naked," says Noel Lenski, a historian at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Young women would actually line up for the men to hit them, Lenski says. They believed this would make them fertile.
The brutal fete included a matchmaking lottery, in which young men drew the names of women from a jar. The couple would then be, um, coupled up for the duration of the festival — or longer, if the match was right.
The ancient Romans may also be responsible for the name of our modern day of love. Emperor Claudius II executed two men — both named Valentine — on Feb. 14 of different years in the 3rd century A.D. Their martyrdom was honored by the Catholic Church with the celebration of St. Valentine's Day.
Later, Pope Gelasius I muddled things in the 5th century by combining St. Valentine's Day with Lupercalia to expel the pagan rituals. But the festival was more of a theatrical interpretation of what it had once been. Lenski adds, "It was a little more of a drunken revel, but the Christians put clothes back on it. That didn't stop it from being a day of fertility and love."
Around the same time, the Normans celebrated Galatin's Day. Galatin meant "lover of women." That was likely confused with St. Valentine's Day at some point, in part because they sound alike.

William Shakespeare helped romanticize Valentine's Day in his work, and it gained popularity throughout Britain and the rest of Europe.

Shakespeare In Love
As the years went on, the holiday grew sweeter. Chaucer and Shakespeare romanticized it in their work, and it gained popularity throughout Britain and the rest of Europe. Handmade paper cards became the tokens-du-jour in the Middle Ages.
Eventually, the tradition made its way to the New World. The industrial revolution ushered in factory-made cards in the 19th century. And in 1913, Hallmark Cards of Kansas City, Mo., began mass producing valentines. February has not been the same since.
Today, the holiday is big business: According to market research firm IBIS World, Valentine's Day sales reached $17.6 billion last year; this year's sales are expected to total $18.6 billion.
But that commercialization has spoiled the day for many. Helen Fisher, a sociologist at Rutgers University, says we have only ourselves to blame.
"This isn't a command performance," she says. "If people didn't want to buy Hallmark cards, they would not be bought, and Hallmark would go out of business."
And so the celebration of Valentine's Day goes on, in varied ways. Many will break the bank buying jewelry and flowers for their beloveds. Others will celebrate in a SAD (that's Single Awareness Day) way, dining alone and binging on self-gifted chocolates. A few may even be spending this day the same way the early Romans did. But let's not go there.
St. Valentine's Day began as a liturgical celebration of one or more early Christian saints named Valentinus. Several martyrdom stories were invented for the various Valentines that belonged to February 14, and added to later martyrologies. A popular hagiographical account of Saint Valentine of Rome states that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry and for ministering to Christians, who were persecuted under the Roman Empire. According to legend, during his imprisonment, he healed the daughter of his jailer, Asterius. An embellishment to this story states that before his execution he wrote her a letter signed "Your Valentine" as a farewell. Today, Saint Valentine's Day is an official feast day in the Anglican Communion, as well as in theLutheran Church. The Eastern Orthodox Church also celebrates Saint Valentine's Day, albeit on July 6 and July 30, the former date in honor of the Roman presbyter Saint Valentine, and the latter date in honor of Hieromartyr Valentine, the Bishop of Interamna (modern Terni). In Brazil, the Dia de São Valentim is recognized on June 12.
The day was first associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as "valentines"). Valentine's Day symbols that are used today include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.


J.C. Cooper, in The Dictionary of Christianity, writes that Saint Valentine was "a priest of Rome who was imprisoned for succouring persecuted Christians." Contemporary records of Saint Valentine were most probably destroyed during this Diocletianic Persecution in the early 4th century. In the 5th or 6th century, a work called Passio Marii et Marthae published a story of martyrdom for Saint Valentine of Rome, perhaps by borrowing tortures that happened to other saints, as was usual in the literature of that period. The same events are also found in Bede's Martyrology, which was compiled in the 8th century.  It states that Saint Valentine was persecuted as a Christian and interrogated by Roman Emperor Claudius II in person. Claudius was impressed by Valentine and had a discussion with him, attempting to get him to convert to Roman paganism in order to save his life. Valentine refused and tried to convert Claudius to Christianity instead. Because of this, he was executed. Before his execution, he is reported to have performed a miracle by healing Julia, the blind daughter of his jailer Asterius. The jailer's daughter and his forty-four member household (family members and servants) came to believe in Jesus and were baptized.  A later Passio repeated the legend, adding that Pope Julius I built a church over his sepulcre (it is a confusion with a 4th-century tribune called Valentino who donated land to build a church at a time when Julius was a Pope). The legend was picked up as fact by later martyrologies, starting byBede's martyrology in the 8th century. It was repeated in the 13th century, in Legenda Aurea. The book expounded briefly the Early Medieval acta of several Saint Valentines, and this legend was assigned to the Valentine under February 14.
There is an additional embellishment to The Golden Legend, which according to Henry Ansgar Kelly, was added centuries later, and widely repeated.On the evening before Valentine was to be executed, he would have written the first "valentine" card himself, addressed to the daughter of his jailer Asterius, who was no longer blind, signing as "Your Valentine."The expression "From your Valentine" was later adopted by modern Valentine letters. This legend has been published by both American Greetings and The History Channel.

John Foxe, an English historian, as well as the Order of Carmelites, state that Saint Valentine was buried in the Church of Praxedes in Rome, located near the cemetery of Saint Hippolytus. This order says that according to legend, "Julia herself planted a pink-blossomed almond tree near his grave. Today, the almond tree remains a symbol of abiding love and friendship."
Another embellishment is that Saint Valentine would have performed clandestine Christian weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry. The Roman Emperor Claudius II supposedly forbade this in order to grow his army, believing that married men did not make for good soldiers.However, this supposed marriage ban was never issued, and in fact Claudius II told his soldiers to take two or three women for themselves after his victory over the Goths.
According to legend, in order "to remind these men of their vows and God’s love, Saint Valentine is said to have cut hearts from parchment", giving them to these soldiers andpersecuted Christians, a possible origin of the widespread use of hearts on St. Valentine's Day.
Saint Valentine supposedly wore a purple amethyst ring, customarily worn on the hands of Christian bishops with an image of Cupid engraved in it, a recognizable symbol associated with love that was legal under the Roman Empire;  Roman soldiers would recognize the ring and ask him to perform marriage for them. Probably because of the association with Saint Valentine, amethyst has become the birthstone of February, and its thought to attract love.

2/8/14

Vanilla Ice Ice Baby

I went to the waterfront with Rick and Kevin a couple weeks ago. We didn't stay there for more than 20 mins because it was really cold and windy. I took some time lapses of the majestic ice before i ran back to the car, my fingers were hurting from holding the camera, it was freezing. Here's a short time-lapse clip.
Music:Idioteque_Radiohead




Mariachi Olympic Prince

I love this amazing mariachi-themed race suit worn by Prince Hubertus von Hohenlohe in the Sochi Winter Olympics representing Mexico and its popular culture.The design work is a very well orchestrated representation of the graphics involved in a mariachi suit. I find this super fun and i totally need some mariachi leggings in my life! What an intelligent inspiration this suit is!  


1/11/14

Interactive Web Design

I've been playing around with the new web design Adobe apps for the past few weeks. My goal is to create a new portfolio page breaking away from Wix. Not that Wix is not a good tool, but with so many "designers" using Wix I believe that a portfolio should go beyond that. Wix is great for creating websites for clients on the go, it has great tools that make it very easy to publish slick, simple, and clean websites. I am interested in interactivity as a way to engage the user and create an experience like environment. This video shows my first attempts at doing so. Even though I still have ways to go (cleaning transitions, keyframes, hot-spots, etc) it is something new I am excited to design. Check it out and let me know if you would like to see something happen with the circles or mouse.

1/2/14

Stop & Breathe




Stop & Breathe, 2014

On my way back to Buffalo from Mexico City I came across this beautiful light tunnel installation by Mills James in Detroit Metropolitan Airport. I thought to myself, this is a great space to be at and yet every body kept walking fast with out taking the time to enjoy the 5 minute loop sequence. The lights were playing in sync with classical Christmas music and I took my camera out and recorded this time-lapse.   

A few months ago my body issued an alarm call and I've been following what it was trying to tell me: "Stop and Breathe." And so I began a journey starting with breathing techniques followed by simple Yoga poses like the one in this video, "mountain pose". This is the most basic stance in which you feel your feet rooted in the floor and the longer you stay still the more you enter in contact with gravity in an homogenic state with the ground beneath you.  


I invite you to take five minutes away from your work space, tv, computer, smart phone, etc. and feel the air in and out your body. Make a conscious decision of taking time just to breath and exist. We are in constant motion and the world in which we live is a never ending roller coaster. Take control and guide your life to whatever your path may be.

Iglesias de la Colonia

Churches in Mexico City have a beautiful architecture style called "Colonial" because they were built when the conquistadores came to the city to colonize it. Indigents were slaved and forced to work hard sculpting and cutting stones. Very often they would insert hidden faces of their goddesses into these elaborate catholic facades. Mexico City was built over the old Tenochtitlan city, literally, and up to this day there are ongoing excavations by the Anthropology University finding pyramids, religious objects, and traces of the Aztec culture buried by Spanish colonial buildings. Every time I go back it really amazes me that up to this day we live in a clash of two worlds depicted by the mere architectural style everywhere you go.


12/30/13

Flying >>>>>>

Kind of crappy time-lapse but it's an ok test, hope I can get a better one on my way back to the states. More #cloudporn please!

12/27/13

Time to go to #Mexico


Ever since I moved to the states I've tried to go back to Mexico City once a year or so. I totally look forward to spending quality time with family and friends although it never seems enough time to hang out with old buddies or go to the places I want to go to. 
Things really do look different as time progress, new buildings, new trends on the streets, new popular music, etc. A lot of things change but others remain the same, like the beautiful colonial architecture, my childhood house, the delicious flavors of Mexican cuisine, etc. 

It's great being back here, specially in the holidays. I do appreciate the opportunity I have to go back and forth between two great countries full of beautiful people whom I love to death. I feel super blessed and happy! 



12/15/13

Mass Appeal 2013, Time Lapse

Mass Appeal 2013 was super fun this year.  I was able to assist Keith Herrington  with a GoPro wearable art section. Here's a clip i did with the time lapses I shoot for the night.
#PushGo #MA2013


12/13/13

QUE ME PREGUNTEN!






This is a video where Mexican actors implore the government to ask for their opinion about the energetic reform. The current president, Enrique Pena Nieto (EPN) has basically handed over petroleum resources to foreign corporate names such as Exxon Mobil and other undisclosed industry giants.

This clip is only one of many efforts by the mexican people to stop the biggest transfer of natural resources' wealth to corporates. This energy reform is only one of eight reforms that EPN has announced to be implemented by next year.  Other reforms include the privatization of public schools, electric federal companies, community hospitals, and public communications. 

Being of a mexican heritage, I feel terrible for the political tactics that international corporations are stablishing in Mexico. Not only 90% of the population does not agree with these new reforms, but the government has done a terrible job of communicating what these changes would do to the economic social structure of Mexico. It's quite sad to see the triumph of corporations over the well being of a countrie's lower and middle class.

Over the past months teacher's unions, healthcare providers, students, artists, and several work unions have taken their protests to the streets only to be reprehended by soldiers, federal police, and of course the conservative social media which is bought and paid for by corporate interests.  How sad to see my homeland's freedom and natural resources be taken down by corporate giants. On my next visit to Mexico City I will try to get more insight on these issues by the locals, as i have been following these topics for a little over a year, yet i bet that living it is a different and more intense experience.

Here more links on these issues:

http://aristeguinoticias.com/1112/mexico/de-ultimo-minuto-senado-aprobo-otorgar-contratos-de-todo-tipo-en-materia-petrolera/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhq4QV1R-OE

http://aristeguinoticias.com/1312/mexico/reforma-energetica-pasa-a-congresos-locales-de-mayoria-priista/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyxyNTTqXIo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nD-WAETOIxI

11/8/13

Time Lapses, NYC 2013

I took a short trip to NYC last weekend and did some time lapses. The movement, the passage of time, energy and rhythm reminds me of my hometown, Mexico City. 

 




11/4/13

Home made Dehydrated Fruits




I made this video when I dehydrated some fruits earlier this month. It's super fun and healthy doing this once in a while. Over a year ago I started drinking hot tea with some dehydrated fruit in it. I first bought the bags at wegmans, and the co-op but doing it myself is way cheaper and the process is relaxing as well. You can try out drinking hot tea with dehydrated fruits like prunes, apples, oranges, peaches, strawberry, apricot and any other fruit you like. Getting an extra sweet treat at the end of your tea drinking experience is super comforting, perfect for the winter and ideal before bed. enjoy it !





10/23/13

KATMAN! Vj Loop

Eventhough Katman attacks me at least once a week, I still love this little guy so I made this Vj loop from an 3D illustration I made of him. 


9/3/13

Call for Video, Music is Art



Hello Guys, as you know, Music is Art is coming up this month.
This is one of our staple local summer festivals, and one of my favorite events of the year. This is a great gathering of musicians, artist, families, and art lovers coming together to celebrate music and art. Last year was the festival's 10th anniversary, bringing over 25,000 attendees to this one day event. Music is Art features bands, artists, photographers, dance troupes, live art displays, and an amazing kid's village. This is definitely the best way to wave goodbye to the summer. Check out the official Music is Art website here.


The Lake Stage, formerly known as the Dj Stage, has been the main outlet for Video Jockey's sets. These are always played along live Dj sets, creating a true audio-visual experience.


This year we will have extra screen time and would love to display work by local video artists. This is an open call to everybody. Whether you submit a 5min. or a 10sec. video, they will all be revised and enter into our sequence for the night. The video projections will run from 8pm until the end of night at the Lake Stage.


You can send a download link to the video, or attach it to an email to vjdeliria@gmail.com

The deadline to submit is September 18th, and the minimum requirements are:


minimum size: 640x480px


preferred formats: .mov, .mpg4, H.264

theme: Go with the Flow. This year there is no official theme for the festival so have fun with anything "Music" and "Art" related.

Check out some of the work we've done in previous years, and of course, visit us as the sun sets and engulf yourself as Brandon Chase and Paul Kuenzy close out the night Igloo style! 

Pictures by Nico 










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