Tuesday, April 27, 2010

A Tiny Apartment Transforms into 24 Rooms

Have forgotten about Gary Chang's apartment until my friend Bonnie uploaded this video on Facebook. Read about this hidden gem a while ago, I got kind of confused when I was first reading about it—The New York Time's images are stunning, but I couldn't quite grasp the spatial configuration. This video shows us how these incredible movable walls work and I can finally see it in 'real'. Interestingly enough, had never thought of this as an eco-friendly apartment.

Featured in The New York Time's Home & Garden section.
I think it was Man Dao who sent me this last year. Thanks again!

When you have a chance, don't forget to read MCCM Creations' book by Gary Chang himself.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Growth is the only evidence of life.
—John Henry Newman

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

NY Times feature: A Face Without Expressions

NY Times feature: A Face Without Expressions

Kathleen Bogart suffers from Moebius syndrome which limits her facial expressions, a basic universal language. Imagine not being able to show your happiness through your smile.

I love the way she talks—how she communicates so clearly and how she takes it so positively.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Art Therapy Classes

Was recently contacted to hold an experimental art therapy course for 3 autistic children. Was intrigued by this idea since I would be collaborating with an educational psychologist. I've planned to do some research but the Central City Hall Library is actually CLOSED today—yes, I thought it never closes too! Sadly, the local book store sells only Chinese books on this subject; since I know it will take me forever to read a page in Chinese, I've decided to look on the internet.

While looking for videos (I am very reluctant to do reading on the screen with my strained eyes), I found this documentary, "Kids With Cameras", from Polaris Media Group. LOL, please note "ass burger's syndrome" = Asperger's syndrome (1:38).

More on art therapy.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Films at the film fest

Movies takes me on an emotional roller-coaster ride…

I am so glad I made it to see Eccentricities of a Blond Hair Girl at the 34th Hong Kong International Film Festival today.

Stayed after to watch the Short Film Competition Programme IV. José Luis Montesinos' The Same Old Story (2009) is definitely worth mentioning as it got me in tears. The whole story evolves around a phone conversation which a bus-rider is engaged in. The script is cleverly and thoughtfully written—the man on the phone brings us through his argument/talk with his ex-wife into an unexpected ending. Go see it if you ever have the chance to!

Another one from the short film competition is Jean-Christophe Lie’s The Man in the Blue Gordini where Mister R and his wife plot a clothing revolution in a 1970s suburb. Great use of colors and angles. It was so fun to watch and it squeezed a laugh or two out of us.