Documentary Sunday #2

It's documentary sunday! 

This semester I'm working on a project which has the subject "feeding the world". This is of course a very big and complicated subject that can be approached in so many ways. This week my research has mostly gone in to waste disposal and the large amount of food that we throw away. In the european union alone we throw more than 9 millions tons of food every year… So the documentary this sundays is a bit connected to all the research I have been doing.

The second documentary is Waste Land (2010)

Vik Muniz is a world known Brazilian artist that creates art out of trash. Waste Land follows him back to his homeland to a landfill that's said to be the largest dumping ground in the world, called Jardim Gramacho. This landfill was created in 1970 and a community formed around it. This community consisted of scavengers digging through the trash for resources focusing on recyclable materials that can be sold for profit. 

Muniz follows the life and story of several workers at the Jardim Gramach which are all paid about $20 a day. They tell the story of there family situation and how they became a pickers. After that he takes a photograph of theme that is blew up and then with the pickers help he follow the shadows of the photos with trash. Later photographs taking of the pieces are sold on auction and the proceeds given to the community. 

This documentary was interesting in many way. The situation at Jardim Gramacho was shocking, the workers were happy to be working there instead of prostitution or the drug world, which tell us a lot about the situation there. Vik Muniz work was good but there was just something missing in the documentary. It never really took my breath away and I'm not really convinced in the charity work… I still tough recommend watching it and I'm really interested in hearing what you think about it.

  

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Wanna swing?

Up and down, back and forth, hard and soft, colourful or raw they all swing. 

Voila, the result of the 2 week workshop in Ensci "Espérience de la matiére". This workshop is intended to present the ataliers to students and allow them to experience the tools and machines. The three most popular boys in school run this workshop, Daniel the the king of the plastic atelier, Didier who is the master of metal and Johan the technical genius of 3D devices. The first week was a lectures week, tough Didier made us do some metal stitching so we would get use being around the fire flares and noise. But the second week we got to design and create a object. Luckily we got a great subject "balançoires" which means let swing the hell out of here…

 

 

 

Sammy Bernoussi and Margot Sparkes

Sammy Bernoussi and Margot Sparkes

Marion Faydit, Clémentine Pellegrin et Pauline Vitupier

Marion Faydit, Clémentine Pellegrin et Pauline Vitupier

Pablo Bras and Hugo Poirier

Pablo Bras and Hugo Poirier


Eve George and Joachim Prompsy

Eve George and Joachim Prompsy

François Prévost and Wilson Viléla Gomis

François Prévost and Wilson Viléla Gomis

Maxime Louis and Emeric Martin

Maxime Louis and Emeric Martin

Antoine Lecharny

Antoine Lecharny

Lucile Brugiere  and Adrien Molto

Lucile Brugiere  and Adrien Molto

Pierre Bourré and Ragna Ragnarsdottir

Pierre Bourré and Ragna Ragnarsdottir

Clémence Courtaban, Alice Habay and France Wang

Clémence Courtaban, Alice Habay and France Wang

Tobias Nickerl and Clara Riviére

Tobias Nickerl and Clara Riviére

Cécile Canel, Emile Krisch and Hortense Tollu

Cécile Canel, Emile Krisch and Hortense Tollu


Documentary Sundays

Sundays is the perfect day for documentary watching! So I'm thinking from now on I will share with you one documentary every sunday.

The first documentary is Bill Cunningham New York (2010).

Bill Cunningham is a 84 years old street style photographer who's been riding a bike up and down the streets of New York for over half a century. His interest does not lie in celebrities or person status in live, it's the clothes he loves. I agree with Bill that "He who seeks beauty shall find it" and for him he finds his beauty and passion in the clothing of Manhattan. 

What makes Cunningham so special is how he lives. He doesn't take favours and is not remotely interested in money. He has worked for several of magazine trough his life but never accepted any payment for his work. So we wonder how the fuck does he do it? Well his lifestyle is very simple. He lives or lived in a small apartment in Carnegie Hall, (the documentary deals with the rehousing of tenants from the building). His bathroom is down the hall and he doesn't have any kitchen, like he says he takes no interest in food "I eat with my eyes". And even tough he has devoted his life in other people clothing his style is very modest. He cycle trough the city on a old bike wearing a street sweeper's jacket that has now become a Cunningham trademark.

I find Bill Cunningham's obsession with clothes very interesting and fascinating in many ways. He really does what he does out of pleasure and manages to keep doing exactly what he wants by never receiving any payment. Still it's quite sad how this seems to be his only pleasure in life…

I recommend that you all give yourself 85 minutes to look into the life of Bill Cunningham on this beautiful sunday… at least it's a beautiful sunday in Paris. 

 

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Test

Just checking if everything is working out fine. Here I will have my blog where I will write about things that I find interesting connected to my work and education. So stay  tuned... 

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