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– The manager of my apartment said that she will disconnect the electricity of my room if I do not make an account on ComEd. I tried to visit there to identify myself because I don’t have a social security number, but the one on monroe street is not in service. Even it doesn’t exist… From now on, I don’t trust google anymore. Well, I will have to mediate in the darkness during bright spring break… I wanna go home. Feeling nostalgia so badly.

– Recently I am tied to a slightly ridiculous thought that a person would die if he or she does not sleep at all for a week. Simple curiosity.

Is there an afterlife? Besides the concept of heaven and hell, people in the world conciously or uncounsciously believe there would be a life after they are dead. How people believe afterlife varies from a country to a country, cultures of countries in the world are different and various.

Egypt, Asia including Korea and China…

*Will be updated in detail soon

Crocodile tears are a false or insincere presentation of emotion like a hypocrite shedding fake tears of grief. The expression is derived from an ancient tale that crocodiles weep in order to lure their prey, or that they cry tears for the victims they are eating. This anecdote was first spread widely in English in the stories of the travels of Sir John Mandeville in the 14th century.

In that country and by all Inde be great plenty of cockodrills, that is a manner of a long serpent, as I have said before. And in the night they dwell in the water, and on the day upon the land, in rocks and in caves. And they eat no meat in all the winter, but they lie as in a dream, as do the serpents. These serpents slay men, and they eat them weeping; and when they eat they move the over jaw, and not the nether jaw, and they have no tongue.

An alternate explanation for the expression’s origin is that crocodile tears cannot be authentic because crocodiles cannot cry; they lack tear ducts. Yet this is a myth: Crocodiles possess larcrimal glands which secrete a proteinaceous fluid, just like in humans, though tears will only be visible after a crocodile is out of the water for a prolonged period of time, and the eyes begin to dry out. However, while crocodiles can and do generate tears, they do not actually cry.

First time when people saw that a crocodile shed tears while they are eating their preys, people obviously thought that they cry for mourning the prey destined to be eaten by the stronger. I also consider it as quite emotional, sensitive and dramatic; they shed tears in silence to blame who set this law of the jungle. I was totally wrong. It was just like a natural and psychological reaction… Sometimes reality is quite different from what we see and think. This time an adverb “seeing is believing” seems unrelated.

+There is a crocodile tears syndrome- it is an uncommon consequence of recovery from Bell’s palsy where faulty regeneration of the facial nerve causes sufferers to shed tears while eating.

+Actresses’ tears are sometimes called crocodile tears. Interesting.

http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/104800.html

I would like to focus my reality research on how reality can be seen differently by circumstances. I realized that reality could be varied, depending on people grown up under various circumstances. For some of them surrounded by nasty and terrible environment like warfare, reality cannot be harsher and crucial than anything. People raised by rich and wealthy parents in affluent society could think that reality is boring and feel dissatisfaction from overabundance. I want to capture that distinction and a variety of perspectives toward reality. I might work on it by photography or painting and drawing, or both of them. I would refer to works of documentary photographers. Especially, Alex Boerner’s Wedding reception and Alex Welsh’s Hunters Point clearly show what I plan to do. I was quite inspired by Boerner’s awesome photographs.

Mona Lisa, Alex Boerner

Haiti – After the earthquakes, Alex Boerner

Wedding reception, Orlando, Florida, Alex Boerner

Hunters Point, Alex Welsh

Afghanistan, Lana Slezic

Artist: Ryan McGinley

Ryan McGinley is an American photographer, currently living in New York City who started to make photographs in 1998. In 2003, He became the youngest artist to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art, at the age of  24. Not only he was named Photographer of the Year in 2003 by American Photo Magazine, but also he was awarded the Young Photographer Infinity Award by the International Center of Photography in 2007.

“The skateboarders, musicians, graffiti artists and gay people in Mr. McGinley’s early work “know what it means to be photographed,” said Sylvia Wolf, the former curator of photography at the Whitney, who organized his show there. “His subjects are performing for the camera and exploring themselves with an acute self-awareness that is decidedly contemporary. They are savvy about visual culture, acutely aware of how identity can be not only communicated but created. They are willing collaborators”.

“People fall in love with McGinleyʼs work because it tells a story about liberation and hedonism: Where Goldin and Larry Clark were saying something painful and anxiety producing about Kids and what happens when they take drugs and have sex in an ungoverned urban underworld, McGinley started out announcing that “The Kids Are Alright,” fantastic, really, and suggested that a gleeful, unfettered subculture was just around the corner—still—if only you knew where to look.”

Ryan McGinley has been long time friends with fellow downtown artists Dan Colen and the late Dash Snow (died of heroine).

“I guess I get obsessed with people, and I really became fascinated by Dash,” says McGinley, who shares a Chinatown loft a few blocks away from Snow’s apartment with Dan Colen, whom McGinley has known since they were teenage skateboarders in New Jersey.”

Ryan McGinley’s style developed from documenting his friends in real-life situations toward creating settings where the situations he envisions can be documented. He shoots 35mm film and uses Yashica T4s and Leica R8s. McGinley were much inspired by Days of Heaven, the film by Terrence Malick.

“Like his earliest works these images were documentary. He was a fly on the wall. But then he began to direct the activities, photographing his subjects in a cinema-verite mode. “I got to the point where I couldn’t wait for the pictures to happen anymore,” he said. “I was wasting time, and so I started making pictures happen. It borders between being set up or really happening. There’s that fine line.”
“Photography is about freezing a moment in time; McGinley’s is about freezing a stage in a lifetime. Young and beautiful is as fleeting as a camera snap–and thus all the more worth preserving.”

“Like his earliest works these images were documentary. He was a fly on the wall. But then he began to direct the activities, photographing his subjects in a cinema-verite mode. “I got to the point where I couldn’t wait for the pictures to happen anymore,” he said. “I was wasting time, and so I started making pictures happen. It borders between being set up or really happening. There’s that fine line.”


“Photography is about freezing a moment in time; McGinley’s is about freezing a stage in a lifetime. Young and beautiful is as fleeting as a camera snap–and thus all the more worth preserving.”

http://www.ryanmcginley.com/

Encounters/Observations

1. Somebody in a Chicken Suit

A person in a chicken suit interrupted organinc chemistry class at Northwestern University. He suddenly entered the room and began singing.(seems like a funny and stupid humming!) The professor first seemed to be tolerant, but he finally jumped onto the desk to catch the chicken man…! What a funny happening.

“Someone (JRC3) gets taken down by the one and only OPP. This risky prank was done as part of a student’s fundraising efforts for Northwestern University’s Dance Marathon.”Jimmy’s Interview at DM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_5C6G…
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Leg…
2.
This photo made me laugh out loud! (Endorphin circulated from my brain to body.) From personal perspectives, animals are born to share love with human. I still remember what a girl said when her father mourned that their dog died from a movie. She said that every living things are born to love and be loved so that animals don’t live longer than human because they already know how to love. Ah, how lovely creatures they are!
3.
I took this photo at the Lunar festival held in ballroom. At the moment I was trying to shutter, my friend touched my shoulder to ask if she can eat a piece of fried chicken on my plate. So my camera precariously captured the scene and the result is above. While I was looking at this photo, something suddenly came to my mind. I certainly captured reality, reality of the scence of ballroom. However, the result, the photo does not show it. It seems more dramatic, dreamy, and fantastic. By an unexpected external factor, reality that I was going to capture was a bit distorted. I thought reality that we face now could be also distorted by unexpected or expected, internal or external factors, although it depends on how people view their reality.
+Finally I feel like getting out of the slump….good!

1. Somebody in a Chicken Suit

A person in a chicken suit interrupted organinc chemistry class at Northwestern University. He suddenly entered the room and began singing.(seems like a funny and stupid humming!) The professor first seemed to be tolerant, but he finally jumped onto the desk to catch the chicken man…! What a funny happening.

“Someone (JRC3) gets taken down by the one and only OPP. This risky prank was done as part of a student’s fundraising efforts for Northwestern University’s Dance Marathon.”

Jimmy’s Interview at DM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_5C6G…
http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Leg…

2.
This photo made me laugh out loud! (Endorphin circulated from my brain to body.) From personal perspectives, animals are born to share love with human. I still remember what a girl said when her father mourned that their dog died from a movie. She said that every living things are born to love and be loved so that animals don’t live longer than human because they already know how to love. Ah, how lovely creatures they are!
3.
I took this photo at the Lunar festival held in ballroom. At the moment I was trying to shutter, my friend touched my shoulder to ask if she can eat a piece of fried chicken on my plate. So my camera precariously captured the scene and the result is above. While I was looking at this photo, something suddenly came to my mind. I certainly captured reality, reality of the scence of ballroom. However, the result, the photo does not show it. It seems more dramatic, dreamy, and fantastic. By an unexpected external factor, reality that I was going to capture was a bit distorted. I thought reality that we face now could be also distorted by unexpected or expected, internal or external factors, although it depends on how people view their reality.

How superstition and belief affect and influence on our reality, real life?

When my cousins visited and stayed with me for a week, she refused to eat seaweed soup that her mother cooked for her birthday. There is a superstition in Korea that a person should not drop something and eat food made of seaweed, for dropping something makes one feel like failing and seaweed is slippery. Although she had a great result with her audition, there is still a doubt that she would really fail if she ate the soup or dropped something on the floor.

There is many kinds of superstitions and beliefs.

1. Breaking Mirrors
That is an automatic seven year bad luck sentence! Come on now, mirrors can only do two bad things to you; a mirror can cut you (if broken and not handle properly) or let you know how attractive you might not be. That’s it.

2. Friday the 13th
Unless you live near Crystal Lake, I really don’t think you have anything to be concerned about.

3. Black Cat Xing
If a black cat crosses in front of your car, that’s bad luck (don’t know what kind or for how long but, it’s bad luck ). Does your luck worsen or does this rule apply if you run over the black cat that’s crossing in front of your car (accidentally, of course)?

4. Opening Umbrellas Inside
I like to wait until there’s a room full of superstitious people sitting around comfortably, lounging and open up an umbrella and watch their panicking faces. Oh, and the remarks and comments that come after the initial shock. It’s great! I just know that a mother with young children came up with this superstition. She began to envision that opened umbrella being swung around a couple of times and everything that she had worked hard for from lamps and knickknacks to wall décor being wiped out in a matter of minutes.

5. Purse on the Floor
This is another one that my grandmother lives by. “Don’t put your purse on the floor or you’ll stay broke.” Watch out ladies, some of ya’ll are about to go into overdraft!

6. Splitting the Pole
Ah, another favorite of mine. Superstitious people will go out of their way to keep the two of you from splitting the pole. I’ve walked with people that have split the pole with me but, suddenly stop and go around the pole to keep from splitting the pole. Newsflash. Too late, we have already split it!

7. Step On a Crack
Remember this one? “Step on a crack and break your momma’s back.” I remember as a child going out of my way sometimes to avoid cracks in the sidewalks. Well, that is, if it wasn’t a day that my mother had ticked me off. On days when she had punished me or hurt my feelings in someway, I’d intentionally step on a crack and even back up for a redo! I’m proud to announce today, that my mother’s back is in good condition. Your Ad Here

8. Children Sweeping
This is an old one. If you allow children to sweep the floor, they will sweep up unwanted guests. I don’t have any children sweeping around my home and most of my guests are unwanted guests (salesmen, the begging neighbor, the friend that was just in the area and thought she’d drop in)! What am I doing wrong?

9. Itching Palm
When the palm of your hand starts itching you’re about to get some money. In order to receive the money that’s coming to you, you have to spit in the palm of your hand, close it and rest it under your shirt on your bosom. My response. “Yuck, you’re nasty!” Try some soap and water to get rid of that itch.

(from answers.yahoo.com)

And below are some Korean superstitions.

1. Standing on the door sill will chase your luck away.

2. Do not cut your nail at night.

3. Shaking your legs will chase your luck away.

4. Spraying the red-bean gruel taken on the winter solstice.

5. You will pass the exam if you run around your town in a red shirt.

6. If you dreamed of a pig, you will win the lottery.

7. You will fail the exam if you eat seaweed soup on the same day.

http://www.corsinet.com/trivia/scary.html

Somnambulism (Sleepwalking)

Sleepwalking is a disorder that occurs when a person walks or does another activity while they are still asleep. Do sleepwalkers recognize reality while sleepwalking?

http://blog.modernmechanix.com/2009/03/09/strange-facts-about-sleepwalking/

https://health.google.com/health/ref/Sleepwalking

http://blog.medbroadcast.com/?p=4196

Filmmaker: Christopher Jonathan James Nolan

Christopher Nolan, born in 1970, is a British-American filmmaker, writer, and producer. Raised up by an English father and an American mother, Nolan is a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States. He is married to Emma Thomas and they have three children and now live in Los Angeles.

Christopher Nolan began making films at the age of seven using his father’s super 8mm camera and an assortment of male-action figures. He graduated to making films involving real people, and his super 8mm surreal short ‘tarantella’ was shown on PBS’ ‘image union’ in 1989. Chris studied English Literature at University College London while starting to make 16mm films at the college film society. His short film ‘larceny’ was shown at the Cambridge Film Festival in 1996, and his other 16mm shorts include a three- minute surreal film called ‘doodlebug’. (www.imdb.com)

Christopher Nolan is best known as a director of the psychological thriller Memento. He also received considerable acclaim for reviving the Batman film franchise. In addition, he is the founder of the production company Syncopy Films. He often collaborates with his brother Jonathan Nolan, screenwriter.

Memento, 2000

The Dark Knight, 2008

He is currently working on the science film Inception starring Leonardo DiCaprio, which is to be released July 16th, 2010. (www.wikipedia.com)

Inception, 2010

Some of Nolan’s Trade Marks:

Nolan begins his movies and introduces his main characters with a close up of their hands performing an action.

Often casts British or non-American actors in American roles.

Frequently casts Christian Bale, Michael Caine.

Usually starts films with a flashback or a scene from the end of the movie.

When shooting a dialogue scene, the actors are often framed in wide close-up with a shallow depth of field to blur out the background.

His main characters are usually men with a goal who face adversity.

Films conclude with the two central characters discussing the preceding events and the results which have stemmed from said events.

Non-linear timelines

More on http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0634240/bio.

Interviews on sites :

http://www.slashfilm.com/2008/07/17/interview-christopher-nolan/

http://www.screenwritersutopia.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=16

Relate links:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0634240/bio

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Nolan


Encounters/Observations

Life is made of consecutive and endless choices. Maybe we have also chosen to go into our mother’s uterus before birth. (Who will ever know? According to the author Ikegara Akira, babies around 5 years old remember what they saw, eat, and feel in the womb. As they are growing up, they gradually forget it. The same matter.) When I felt sick from last weekend, I thought of the end of life. Will I be able to choose to put an end to my life, as I am making my own way in my life? Maybe yes, because I can commit suicide anytime. And I am alive until now because I don’t choose to kill myself. Actually, we cannot choose when to die if we don’t choose a way of commiting suicide. It is all by accidents, old age, conspiracy, sickness, and many other external factors. Well, if birth is not a choice, as some people assert, people also have no choice to die. Human beings always face several ways in their lives so that they always have to choose the road where they keep traveling. (Life is traveling.) Below is my drawing about all mentioned above.

+Nostalgia came too early this time. It’s not your time yet.

+When I go to bed and get out of bed, I contact the eyes of portraits on the Crown Fountain. Feeling like as if Big Brother’s watching my every movement.