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9/9/14

Kat Power Vj loops!

Hi friends cat-lovers! Here's a couple Vj loops I did as a tribute to the feline royal creatures that Kittens are. Enjoy them MEOWWWW! 


8/12/14

Super Moon, Super thoughts?

I watched last Sunday's Super Moon through a scope and took a few shots, here's a view of what we saw in North America. These days we don't really have a lot of visual contact with the skies as our ancestors did. All cultures had at some point a deep spiritual connection with stars and constellations, so great as to morph it with divine gods and their own destiny. I wonder what the emotional impact of the detachment from the night sky is. I believe that our collective thoughts must, in some way, be unconsciously detached from the notion that we are tiny, closed to nothing compared to the vast ratio of stars that surround this planet. Maybe we have forgotten how fragile we are and that there is nowhere else to go but this earth. That's one of my theories as to why we are killing this planet from the ground up, from the rooted ecosystems, to the animal kingdoms and oldest threes, Flora and Fauna, we humans are bad at taking care of our only home... I wish we had more interest in Astronomy as the old cultures did so that we stayed in touch with starts out there, it would make us humans more humble and better sons and daughters to this mother earth. So these are the kind of thoughts that came to my mind when I saw this Super Moon. I hope you had a change to look at it, I believe the last Super Moon of the year will be in september, so look up and enjoy it :) 

 

7/28/14

Pizza Shoes



I'm about that #pizza life! YES I found these babes in NYC and I had to get them yay! 

7/25/14

The Saddest Photo Yet



Gaza attacks seen from space, this image pains me so much because I see a sad and fragile Earth. A thin but strong layer of hate, greed, power, death, lust, bigotry...  We destroy our environment and kill our own specie in addition to the hundreds of other species that we are slowly killing by destroying their natural habitats. I wish for serenity and peace for the families of those who have perished in this war. I pray for every one that has lost a loved one due to war or any other crime against humanity. Still I keep having faith in the human spirit, I believe there is more good people in this Earth than bad ones, I hope one day we achieve a peaceful world even way after my lifetime I wish a better world for the future generations.  
(Picture by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst)


7/11/14

What's going on in the Middle East and Why?

Hands down to Nina Paley for this perfect animation illustrating the historical and ongoing conflict in the Middle East. Nothing better than recognizing that at the end of the day the only one wining this battle is death itself.

Cheken esto amigos, con todo lo que esta pasando en el medio oriente es importante reconocer que este conflicto milenario no es nuevo, pero ahora que existen estas tecnologias para comunicarse mundialmente nos damos cuenta que estos conflictos milenarios no estan aislados a esa parte del mundo si no que los vivimos a nivel local, en cada parte del mundo las guerras no las ganan los mas poderosos si no la misma muerte. 



7/7/14

Vj Loop / Sun's Pyramid

La Piramide del Sol (Sun's Pyramid) is located in Teotihuacan, in the Valley of Mexico. Along with the Moon's Pyramid it's the highest monument from the Avenue of the Dead, a complex with multi-family residential compounds and the place where gods were believed to be born. Growing up two hours away from Teotihuacan (birthplace of gods) we would occasionally go and climb all the way to the top. This was a place of influence to Aztec, Maya and most cultures of Central America. At one point it was the biggest city of the pre-Columbian Americas and can be found all over ancient literature. I reconstructed this Sun Pyramid in Maya, a 3D software, taking into consideration its real measurements and the accounts of what would it look like since in actual times you cannot longer see the top shrine room. This is a vj loop with some of the process screen shots and a view of the final rendering. Enjoy! 



7/5/14

Black Raspberries, Delicious & Free #thankfull

http://instagram.com/p/qC1ljykOrK/?modal=true
 Dear Mother Nature, thank you so much for these black raspberries I picked out while I was exploring earlier today, I just finished cleaning them and will enjoy them for sure. Forgive us humans for being silly and polluting your water, and air, for fracking your soils and killing your trees. Anyways I wanted to say thank you for this yummy and free treat. You are the best! 
Love, Alma :)

7/1/14

Recap Installation, Sculpture and Video Mapping


http://www.vjdeliria.com/recap.html 
Recap was a total success last Saturday! I am super proud and happy to have shared my work with thousands of art lovers and to received hundreds of compliments before, during, and after the event. Having said that, I would like to also share the hard work behind this installation through a page I've set up on my site where you can read Recap's art statement, watch the process time-lapse from beginning to end, videos of the work in action, and a picture gallery. 

I was asked some questions by ELAB about this Recap installation and here are my answers. 

Name: Vj Deliria

Name of your work: Recap
Tell us about your project: How did the idea for it first come to you?
I drew inspiration for this installation from a blend of historical and modern themes: 
1)  Pre-Columbian art from the Olmec culture. Growing up in Mexico City I learned about the ancient civilizations that flourished in Central, South, and North America prior to the arrival of the first conquistadors, and the Colonial period. One of the cultures I was most fascinated by was the Olmec. The monumental stone carved heads are found in the southern states of Mexico, and I’ve always thought about these massive faces representing entire communities, their art, and history. The face I am building for Recap pays homage to the stone faces of the Olmec culture that date back to 900 BC. You can find more info on these colossal heads here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olmec_colossal_heads
2)  Digital technologies such as the internet, computer software, wireless communications, and smart phones. These modern technologies affect how we interact with each other, and the amount of information that bombards us 24 hours a day is something I am very interested in. The head I am building for this installation consists of 157 polygon pieces. This copious amount of polygons represent the bits of information that goes directly into our brains every single second of the day. I would like the spectators to reflect on what we process on a daily basis, each in our own lives, and together as a society.

Where did you prepare your work: 
The head sculpture was built at the Pierce Arrow Film Art Center (PAFAC), where I am doing a Summer Art Residency in preparation for City of Night. I am also doing a short film on this installation’s art process for the PAFAC’s online archive. This installation is 10ft x 7ft, so the space provided by the PAFAC is something I am grateful for, and I enjoy working there, as it is a place full of history and creative people.


What would surprise people about your artistic process? 
I mix several techniques when working on large installations such as this one. First, I start sketching on paper my general idea. Then I scan the sketches and bring them into the computer where I do another digital sketch in illustrator. I then project the final vector image onto a flat surface where I do the first real scale tracing on foam board. The second tracing is done on plywood, and the third one is done on the sculpture surface material, in this case it is white corrugated cardboard donated by Tim Hortons.
 After the tracing is done, I cut out all the shapes and assemble them together, creating the depth of the polygon-face. After these polygon pieces are put together, they are attached to the plywood. Once the face sculpture is made, I can then start to work on the animation, video, and time-lapse production. The face is white, which makes for a perfect screen-like shape to project on. Throughout the year I film nature and urban landscapes as much as I can. The collection of original content is going to be projected onto the face, along with time-lapses I’ve taken around the Buffalo area.

Working with traditional techniques and digital technologies is what makes this installation interesting and unique. The mix of visual elements are paired with audio (electronic music) so the final piece is a really balanced work. I guess people would be surprised as to how much work I put into a multimedia installation such as Recap.  

What is your ideal artist-fuel?  (Food, drink, naps, music to keep you going...) 
Music, love, happiness, nature, and the good in the world. I make art to balance the bad things that happen in the world. I dedicate my work to those people that have died in untimely circumstances, the people that suffer, the sick, the animals, and plants that we kill, and the negative forces that surround mankind. I think the best way to protest against the evil in the world is to make art for the sake of it, I call it a "love-art-protest," in an effort to heal the planet.
Tell us about your first time visiting Silo City: 
The first time I visited silo city was three years ago when I heard about the City of Night project. I had never been at Silo City, and back then there was not a lot going on there. I participated in the first and second year of City of Night, and it has been great to see Silo City becoming a stronger, and more well known place for art, festivals, gatherings, and social events. 
What other abandoned or overlooked spaces in WNY would you like to make art inside of? The Central Terminal and the back complex of the Pierce Arrow Building.

What materials are you using?  Do you have a good disastrous tale of artistic experimentation gone wrong? 
I am using wood, wire, cardboard, and digital software like illustrator, Photoshop, after effects, VDMX, a projector, and a computer.

What feeling or question do you want participants in City of Night to leave feeling or thinking about after they experience your work? 
I want viewers to think about how big this head is, and the images they see projected onto it in relation to their own minds, and what they store in there. I want them to take a moment of introspection and think about themselves in relationship to the world that we live in. I know this might sound trippy, but art gives us the freedom to question these big issues. I want them to zoom out, and realize we live on planet Earth, we are floating in space, all together as a single entity. I want them to relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy life with as much love as possible. Ultimately I want them to smile, I like when people smile.



6/25/14

RECAP IS HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND!


Hi guys come to CITY of NIGHT Buffalo 2014 this weekend to check out my exhibit, I've been working really hard on this installation and I'd love to share it with as much people as possible. I have to thank the Pierce-Arrow Film Arts Centert for providing the space to build the sculpture as part of my art residency there. the event is free to entry on Saturday and there is also a VIP night on Friday. To read Recap's art statement please visit this page www.vjdeliria.com/recap.html  or click on the image!


http://www.vjdeliria.com/recap.html

6/20/14

Layout Design Time-lapse

One of my co-worker's son is having a camping birthday party, he asked me to do an invitation and I thought it was a fun project for some time-lapse love. He just basically sent me the picture of his boy and gave me the camping and party info. Enjoy it!

6/11/14

Recap, City of Night


Hello friends I will be participating at City of Night this year again so save the date! Saturday June 28th, 2014. 

My installation piece is entitled Recap. It is a multimedia installation where I mix traditional and digital mediums creating a video mapping sequence to be projected on a 10ft face-sculpture. It is a very exciting work and I am building it in the Pierce Arrow Film Art Center (PAFAC)where I am currently doing a Summer Art Residency. Follow this link to read more about this project  http://www.vjdeliria.com/recap.html  

 As part of my residency I am also recording time-lapses of the process behind the installation. This video is the first one of a series of document videos for the PAFAC.
In the first day of construction, my amazing boyfriend Rick helped me build the wood frame that will support the face structure I am building for this installation. I've more videos to post later this week, stay tuned and enjoy!  :) 







CIty of Night!

6/3/14

Allegany Nature Pilgrimage

I went to the Allegany Nature Pilgrimage this weekend with Rick.  It was an amazing experience to reconnect with nature at so many levels.  From bird-walks, to fairy house building, to morning yoga classes, mushroom hikes, wild flower identification, you name it, it was all very relaxing and a very peaceful experience. Rick led some bird walks and gave a workshop on wildlife photography. I of course brought along my GoPro camera and did some time-lapses every time I could squeeze in time. 

The picture below is a portrait inspired in the amazing view of the Allegany Lake. I sat on that bench for a while taking in all the beauty of my surroundings. The pointing finger eludes to the bird-watching experience while the more relaxed pose symbolizes how peaceful and relaxing nature can be. I recommend you to scape from the city when you can and explore our natural surroundings whether a small creek, the lake, parks, the falls or camping areas, go take a hike and breathe in the fresh air, smell the great scents of flowers and listen the water running, birds signing or your own breath. Enjoy this Summer friends!  



5/12/14

Global Warming, Climate Change, whatever you want to call it, it's real and we need to take action Now.

Some people I talk to say that the weather has always changed drastically and that it's not even a priority in the government's to-do lists as much as unemployment or the economy. It's hard to try to talk to people about anything that is rooted in politics and the greed that goes with it, but today's snow storm in Colorado puts global warming on my top's global issues of the day. We need to push sustainable practices at work and in our every day life activities. Every step we take towards breaking up the vicious cycle of carbon emission and pollution counts. 

http://www.weather.com/news/weather-winter/winter-storm-zephyr-state-state-impacts-20140511


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!