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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! 



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.