Escaping the Matrix: La idea detrás de la imagen

¿Aún estás en la Matriz?

‘Escaping the Matrix’ es un espacio para conversar sobre temas relacionados con nuestra percepción de identidad en el mundo moderno, a través del análisis de obras cinematográficas contemporáneas. El objetivo es

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Concurso: Frankenstein ya tiene portada

Luego de haber recibido una cantidad de 45 propuestas de la autoría de 25 concursantes, el jurado determinó que la obra titulada MFS, cuya autoría corresponde a Diego van der Laat, es ganadora por unanimidad. La obra será la portada del libro Frankenstein, de la Colección Sparrow del Centro Cultural Británico y la Editorial Germinal S.A.

El jurado:
Felo García, arquitecto y artista nacional, Premio Magón 2008
– Juan Hernández, Director, Editorial Germinal
César Maurel, artista, escritor y traductor
– Ana García, coordinadora cultural y Directora de Recursos Humanos, Centro Cultural Británico
– Jonathan Cordero, coordinador cultural y Director de Recursos en Línea, Centro Cultural Británico
– Andrea Cuadra, coordinadora cultural y Directora Académica, Centro Cultural Británico

La premiación será el día 14 de junio del año en curso y contará con la presencia del jurado y el ganador. Queremos agradecer a todos aquellos que participaron – pronto tendremos un nuevo concurso de diseño.

¡Felicidades, Diego!

Diego van der Laat. "MSF".

Menciones especiales para:

 

Kimberly Castro. "Stitches"
Kimberly Castro. “Stitches”

 

Jenny Solano. “Miseries”. Corel Painter y Photoshop.
Jenny Solano. “Miseries”. Corel Painter y Photoshop.

 

Carlos Arias. Sin título. 2013
Carlos Arias. Sin título. 2013

 

¡Muchas Gracias a todos los participantes por enviar sus propuestas!

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17 May – “The Hobbit”

We began this book club by looking at the life and times of J.R.R. Tolkien and cultural influences that inspired his work. We looked at his background as a professor of Anglo-Saxon (Old English) at Oxford, and heard the epic  poem Beowulf  recited in the original Anglo-Saxon language (together with a translation into modern English!)

We talked about works by other artists which may have had an influence on Tolkien, in particular the huge operatic cycle “The Ring of the Nibelungs” by the German composer Richard Wagner, and listened to  Siegfried’s Death and Funeral Music from the opera Gotterdammerung, the final of the four operas which make up the “Ring” cycle.

We also looked at Runes and the Runic alphabet ;  runes were an ancient Germanic writing system with which Tolkien was familiar, and incorporated into his works. Students read chapters 1, 2 and 3 for homework……An unexpected journey begins!

"Wotan visits Mime and offers him his help." Illustration to Richard Wagner's Siegfried by Arthur Rackham. 1911
“Wotan visits Mime and offers him his help.”
Illustration to Richard Wagner’s Siegfried by Arthur Rackham. 1911
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A Clockwork Orange: The End

“Alex presents us with the raw picture of life in a broken down society, in which being “good” can sometimes even turn into a defence mechanism against the gross injustices committed by the government authorities supposed to be supporting their population, and being “bad”, into the only way of expressing individuality and acquiring a status amidst the mechanization of human interactions, all within a thought-provoking debate on free will.”Hillary. Book Club. 27th April 2013

Although it’s true what they say about all great things coming to an end,  we are sure that ‘A Clockwork Orange’ will stay with us for a very long time.

To say goodbye to this Book Club we spent some time playing our own version of the old game Pictionary, using words from the novel. Our book clubbers jumped at the task with their best Nadsat and showed how proficient they have become at using the made-up language of Alex and his droogs. (If you want to become as good as them here’s a full Nadsat glosary).

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We also re-imagined our favourite scenes from the point of view of other characters involved and shared our points of view on the final chapter of the book.

When the book was to be published in the United States, Burgess’ editor in New York decided that the chapter #21 was too bland and left it out of the US version. Since Kubrik’s film was based on the edited version of the book, most people are unfamiliar with the original ending, which has led to some degree of controversy on whether the story is better with or without it.

To finish this Book Club, here’s a 30-minute documentray that follows Kubrik as he brings to life his version of Burgess‘ story. Viddy later!

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A Clockwork Orange: A timeline in doodles

“I always wanted to know the meaning of ‘A Clockwork Orange’. Through the book I’ve realised what those words mean… Do you want to be good because you have been taught to do so or because you really feel like being good? This book lets us approach ourselves through the mind of a boy who sees the world differently and  in a way we’re not used to.”

Carolina. Book Club. 13 April 2013

If you’ve also started your journey through ‘A Clockwork Orange’ you’ll enjoy re-living it in your head. Take a look at the first part of this presentation showing the most memorable moments of the book chosen by our dear Book Clubbers. (Navigate with the left and right arrows)

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Week 2

Autism

Over 1 in 100 people in the UK live with autism and the number is growing worldwide, sadly there are no statistics about the number of people with the condition in Costa Rica but according to organisations such as ‘Fundación Autismo Feliz’ there are also new cases every day.

Here are some facts about the disease:

  • They find it difficult to tell people what they need, and how they feel.
  • They find it difficult to meet other people and to make new friends.
  • They find it difficult to understand what other people think, and how they feel.
  • Not everyone with autism will find these things difficult. This is because everyone with autism is different.

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On the other hand, people with autism can become extremely good at concentrating in one activity and eventually becoming very good at it, particularly in areas related to music and arts. In fact many great minds from history are thought to have lived with the disease, including the likes of Albert Einstein and Mozart.

But what is the connection between autism and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland?

None other than its author, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, also known as Lewis Carroll, who according to his behaviour, may have also been autistic.

Last week in the Book Club we discussed the context in which Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was written and the sometimes ‘strange’ behaviour of its author, ranging from his inability to carry on discussions in public, due to his heavy stuttering, to his fixation with photographing little girls.

What was then seen as an adroit behavior on his part, could have well been characteristics of Autism. After watching this video, what do you think?

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Artist of the month Oct ’12

Alan Moore

How many of these characters can you name?

DC Comics Alan Moore Stories
We’re still struggling with the scuba diver’s name…

 The chances are you’ve seen most of them many a time in a wide variety of media. Some of us even grew up watching Adam West fighting a myriad of baddies while holding a cat or Lynda Carter’s proneness to spin until her clothes exploded into new ones. These and many more characters have survived through decades of ups and downs in their popularity, mostly because of the talent shown by the people behind their stories, particularly when reinvention and innovation are called for.

One of these people is Alan Moore, an English comics writer who during the 80s and 90s helped redefine the way stories are told and the treatment the characters in the medium get. He focused on giving those stories a depth that was mostly lacking in the comic book industry by filling his narrative with multiple layers of meaning and imagery. Although his works partially spawned the term ‘graphic novel’, he himself isn’t too keen on it.

Just to give you an example of the extent of his influence in modern media, here’s someone I think many of you will recognise:

The Joker
2008’s most ubiquitous Halloween costume.

Heath Ledger’s Joker is unanimously acclaimed as the best characterisation of the madman to this day. The inspiration?

Largely, ‘The Killing Joke‘, Alan Moore’s recap of the Joker’s origins. But what about Mr. Moore’s own origins? Here’s what the internet has to say about it:

“Alan Moore was born November 18, 1953 in Northampton, England, an industrial town between London and Birmingham. The oldest son of brewery worker Ernest Moore and printer Sylvia Doreen, Moore’s childhood and youth were influenced by the poverty of his family and their environment (as well as the eccentricities of his highly religious and superstitious grandmother). He was expelled from a conservative secondary school and was not accepted at any other school. In 1971, Moore was unemployed, with no job qualifications whatsoever.”

He then worked for several magazines as a writer and cartoonist, finally deciding to concentrate on his writing. During the late seventies and early eighties, Moore successfully contributed to several publications, prominently Warrior magazine. It was at this time that he started working on a story about a masked crusader fighting for freedom and the right to self-dermination in a fascist version of Britain. Such story would become a milestone in the comics industry for it’s complexity and variety of storylines as well as its detailed narrative and stylistic merit.

More than 20 years later, a film adaptation of V for Vendetta would swipe the box office and the Guy Fawkes mask would become a symbol of the people’s voice in several contexts, sometimes not completely free of irony.

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Artist of the month Sep ’12

Artist of the month Goldfrapp

Alison Goldfrapp

The musical duo Goldfrapp is one of the most influential groups in the English electronic scene of the last decade.

Their style is constantly evolving and ranges from the ambient sound of early albums to a more electro/dance approach in the later ones, adding elements from
many other styles such as synthpop, folk and glam rock.

Allison Goldfrapp started her career as a musician and performer while attending fine art school at Middlesex University in north London. In 1994, while still in college, Goldfrapp recorded vocals for electronic band Orbital’s third album ‘Snivilisation’, doing the same one year later for trip-hop artist Tricky for the song ‘Pumpkin’ from his debut album ‘Maxinquaye’.

These collaborations were followed by several others through the late 90’s. At that moment she started penning her own compositions which eventually reached composer Will Gregory. After being introduced to each other, they found many things in common regarding their musical tastes and approach. Shortly after Goldfrapp became a duo, delivering their first album in 2000.

Since then, Goldfrapp has released five studio albums and one compilation record. Their first album ‘Felt Mountain’ was very well received by critics and opened the road for the duo. Their next album ‘Black Cherry‘, which came out in 2003 with a more upbeat vibe, brought to life classics such as ‘Twist’ and its memorable video:

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