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Teun Hocks
Teun Hocks
by Teun Hocks
Edition: Hardcover
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best albums I purchased lately, April 16, 2009
This review is from: Teun Hocks (Hardcover)
I have been studying on "deconstructivism" for some time. This book is a good example of how it works in visual arts. Questioning the system human created and trapped himself into dualities. Teun Hocks in his work creates a synthetic world of his own and selects very carefully which objects to put in and which objects to keep out. The language used in this world is "irony". You can develop your own scenario from each and every frame. The story is usually open ended for you to complete. Common theme is the tragedy of the ordinary man in daily life. Pressed from all sides and he is too week to question the resources of all this pressure. Often helpless. And he takes it very natural to surrender.

As the whole story is told in an artificial world created by the artist, each and every object in the works has a symbolic meaning. And that makes the album very valuable. You can spend quite a lot of time looking at each work one by one and think about the possible scenarios.

Although each frame represents a frozen moment, there is suspense and tension in almost all of them. That makes the frame "moving" and "dynamic". Especially in some pictures, you can feel the tension very deeply.

In summary, if you are into contemporary arts, this is an album you must have for sure, not only to have it in your library for referance, but to keep it on the table in your living room to refer from time to time.

Heart Full of Wine/Chocolates & Cigarettes
Heart Full of Wine/Chocolates & Cigarettes
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft and friendly, March 3, 2009
If you like acoustic guitar with soft vocal, don't miss this. I think they should be much famous and well known with such nice music they make. Maybe they will be in the near future. Very easy and joyful to listen. A young but mature voice. Friendly. I have been listening to this CD over and over again and still no sign of getting bored. It doesn't always happen to me. But the music of Angus and Julia Stone is so natural that it becomes a part of the atmosphere around you very easily.

The Photographers Series: Keith Carter
The Photographers Series: Keith Carter
DVD ~ John Spellos
Price: $39.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good photographer. Another new world., February 25, 2009
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In this DVD, Keith Carter is expaining in detail about his views on photography, demonstrating how he works and also giving some personal hints to beginner and intermediate photographers. It is also possible to see and feel the atmosphere he has created for himself to concentrate on photography. Although the DVD has no subtitles he has a very clean accent and it's quite easy to follow the scripts. It's great to see what type of working environment he has created for himself. It gave me inspiration and some vision for the future of my photographic career. The documentary has a relatively slow and pieceful pace and Keith Carter is talking quite a lot but it's never boring. He has a very good and sufficient way of explaining his thoughts. I managed to capture a few thoughts which I always felt inside but never been able to put into words. It's almost one hour but can be watched very easily without getting bored.

I am a keen follower of these type of DVDs and I can say that this is one of the succesful ones. It's good for all people who are interested in photography but I believe that people who are relatively a bit more experienced will take better benefit of it.

The Story of 1
The Story of 1
DVD ~ Terry Jones
Price: $20.63
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7 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An attempt to package the history of numbers, 1 being in the center accompanied by 0., February 23, 2009
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This review is from: The Story of 1 (DVD)
I came across with this DVD when I was searching resources for more spiritual information. The title seemed interesting as the "1" ment to me the single source of all visdom. But when I read the reviews, I realized that it was really about the story of the "1" we know as a number. No second meaning. But still I ordered the dvd as I am also highly interested in science history. After watching the dvd, my first thoughts are as follows:
1. Producers wanted give information in an entertaining way. But to my taste, the "entertaining" part was pushed a bit too much.
2. The language of the dvd is quite simple and easy to follow word by word but if you want to grasp the overall meaning, it's difficult to grasp. i.e. too many things are said and you can hear them but in the end, you find difficult to summarize what you have learned.
3. In the dvd, when they mentioned about "1" in fact, I think they ment "unit". Which I believe different than each other. Maybe this is the source of confusion I wanted to explain in item 2 of my review.
4. In the dvd, there is an attempt to track the history of numbers from different parts of the world, rather than sticking to western resources only. And I appreciate that. But given that the dvd is only 60 min long, it's inevitable that other possible resources of "1" are just touched, rather than analysed.
5. The animations in the dvd are not contributing to better understanding of the subject, but rather diluting the seriousness of the study.
As a result, it's an entertaining dvd in which you can find some interesting pieces of information to contribute to your general knowledge. A bit of a luxury I would say.

Landmarks of Western Art: From Rococo to Revolution - A Journey of Art History Across the Ages
Landmarks of Western Art: From Rococo to Revolution - A Journey of Art History Across the Ages
DVD ~ Landmarks of Western Art
Price: $12.99
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very (too?) brief., August 28, 2008
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It's a short dvd which creates "awareness" about Baroque, Rococo and Neo Classicsm. Baroque is only mentioned as the previous step of Rococo and Neo Classicsm is introduced as the next step. Other than that, there are some fine examples of Rococo style. At the end of the documentary, it arouses interest in you to search for more to learn more. From that perspective it is a nice study. But in order to be able to say that you learned what Rococo is all about through this dvd, well, it's too short.

Simon Schama's Power of Art
Simon Schama's Power of Art
DVD ~ Simon Schama
Offered by The Thunder Cats
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More, more..., August 27, 2008
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This review is from: Simon Schama's Power of Art (DVD)
I am a serious photographer, who is trying to find his way through the hassle of the modern world. What makes you to shoot a really "good" photograph? That's the search for every individual, who is in the need of expressing himself/herself in an artistic form. Is it equipment? Well! May be. But surely not exactly. So, I decided to dig deeper and try to understand how visual art was created in the good old ages when people were not technologically strongly supported to create an image as they are now. And during my research, I came across with this set of DVDs. Each episode is concentared on one masterpiece that the artist created. In the creation phase of the masterpiece, additional background information about the social happenings, the personality of the artist, the important steps in the artist's life on the way to the creation of the masterpiece are mentioned. It's very very useful for art enthusiasts to create awareness abour certain concepts, trends and styles. But surely an entry tool to warm you up to go further. In the endless sea of art, 8 artists are really not too much. But these 8 artists are selected to cover a significant poriton of the understanding of art history. When you watch the DVDs, I believe you would wish to know at least this much information about the other masters of art and their famous work. You will surely feel yourself richer and your approach to look at a visual art subjects or sculpture will surely change.

Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Impassioned Eye
DVD ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson
Offered by MightySilver
Price: $15.35
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helps to know HCB, January 6, 2008
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The Impassionate Eye was among the many DVD's about photography that I purchased recently. I can say that it turned out to be one of the most significant ones. I have been reading about HCB in many recources about photography. And I always accepted him as a great photographer (like the rest of the world). But I must confess that this was not because I understand his style and gift, but simply because it was written as such everywhere. But after watching this DVD, I realized and felt deeply why he was great. The DVD is well compiled and nicely mixes the views of HCB about his own work and the views of some other art people such as Isabelle Huppert and Arthur Miller. It also includes plenty of nice samples of his work. The English used in the DVD is very clear and easy to follow even for non-English speakers. And it flows very smoothly. You start watching the DVD and before you realize, it comes to an end, giving you the feeling that you know HCB better now.

In almost every book or assey about HCB, it's mentioned that he seizes the moment. But often, it's not mentioned which "moment". After watching the DVD, you realize that it's the moment when drama, geometry and the story comes together. For a photographer, when you hear this for the first time, it looks quite difficult to come across in a lifetime. But when you start seeing the world with HCB's eyes, you start realizing that it's not that difficult at all but you need to have the right point of view to see it.

In summary, I recomment this DVD to everybody, who is interested in quality photography. And to those who struggle to decide whether photography is art or not.
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National Geographic - Through the Lens
National Geographic - Through the Lens
DVD ~ Gretchen Jordon-Bastow
Offered by MightySilver
Price: $19.97
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A "nice to have in your archive", January 1, 2008
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It's a nice dvd explaining very (may be too) briefly how some of the very memorable photos of National Geography photographers are prepared and shot. Also, it's possible to catch a glimpse of what type of gadgets are used by professional photographers. Previously, I watched "National Geographic's Photographers" and I think the level of detail and the length of each section was more appropriate. Also, it gave more insight on the difficulties and pleasures of shooting photos for National Geography. This one is quite short.

But still, I am happy to purchase and watch this DVD. Being a serious amateur photographer, I believe I made the right decision to include it in my archive.

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