Friday, April 29, 2011

Being In Your Heart Space ~ by Nicky Hamid

Being in your Heart Space
Nicky Hamid 
It is not like, “Now I am going to be in my heart”. It is not mind.

It is more that when you stop, when you relax, when you just watch, when you allow and let go, when you stop efforting, even for a second, You are there, you are in your heart, you are in the flow which is pure love and pure compassion.

You may be surprised how often in a day you are there.

Shine on dear hearts.
I love you
by Nicky Hamid

Merci! My Grand Friend of Heart Spaces ~
Dr Nicky Hamid. {aka The Quantum Angel}

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Exquisite Soul Inspired Songs from Beyond ~ Celine Cairo of the Netherlands

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The 19 year old singer-songwriter Celine Cairo is rapidly conquering the Netherlands with her unique voice. Composing and making music has always been her dream and since the age of fourteen she is making every effort to make that dream come true. About a year ago Celine joined up with bassplayer Mart Jening and violinist and producer Matthijs Lievaart. Since then, her career gained momentum. The highlight so far was a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York! On TEDxRotterdam Celine Cairo left the audience in awe with her performance.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Inspiration: Torafu Architects + WOW in milan design 2011

'Canon Neoreal Wonder' designed by Torafu Architects and WOW Design
Marking the fourth year of Canon's 'neoreal' immersive installations at milan design week, 'neoreal wonder: the world of canon digital imaging' has been designed for the company by Japanese firm Torafu Architects and WOW design studio, based in Japan and Florence.

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A large, curved projection screen flanks either end of the installation space, exhibiting scenes that range from abstract colours and patterns to sped footage of the rising and setting sun over cities and tundras.

In the middle of the gallery, additional footage is projected onto the 'light loom' designed by torafu architects. The functional sculpture consists of hundreds of strands of leveling cord, each 0.5mm thick strung at a length of 16 meters, and spelling out 'wonder' along one wall. Together the strings themselves compose a kind of screen, where light and colour are projected through images designed by WOW under the theme 'circle of light'.

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Entryway to the Installation
The 'light loom' is designed as a physical manifestation of the projection of light. While suspended from single points at high height on one side of the gallery, the cords of the piece spread and lower to form the letters at the other, so that visitors must be conscious of their physical presence in parts of the space. A hill-like form installed on the floor encourages viewers to sit beneath the strings to experience both the artistic and technical aspects of the piece in a different way.
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A large curved screen flanks either side of the room, displaying projections that compress longer-term events into a few moments.
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Full view of one display panel
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Much of the footage seeks to compress time, such as the course of the sun and moon during a day and night, into a 'single moment'
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Full view of one of the projection screens

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Images include abstract forms and hyperreal projections like the one above.

'neoreal wonder 2011' involves the use of twenty canon projectors, including the WUX10 markII that incorporates the company's LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) technology. The projected images were created using Canon products including the 5D digital SLR camera with video recording capability, and the ivis hf m41 digital camcorder. Koichi Suzuno and Shinya Kamuro of Torafu Architects reflect: 'it is our view that the kind of perversion of fiction and reality that comes from giving form to what is actually formless by using string might lead us to the elusive reality of our modern times. it is possible to have a physical experience which allows the realization of what is essentially invisible.'
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View from the far wall, looking up towards the originary points of the 'light loom' with display screens visible on either side.
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In addition to functioning as a screen itself, the 'light loom' spells 'wonder' along one wall.

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Additional view of the 'light loom'.

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Installation view ~ detail view of one of the projections, composed of the hundreds of leveling cords of the 'light loom' .

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Full view.

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Full view.
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A hill-like structure on the floor encourages visitors to enjoy the space.

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Final Design Presentation

Monday, April 11, 2011

Eric Whitacre: 2052 Amazing Voices ~ 58 Countries ~ 'Sleep' ~ True Peace

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In a moving and madly viral video last year, composer Eric Whitacre led a virtual choir of singers from around the world. In the above Ted Talks Series, He talks through the creative challenges of making music powered by YouTube, and unveils the first 2 minutes of his new work, "Sleep," with a video choir of 2,052. The full piece premieres April 7 (yes, on YouTube!).

"Eric Whitacre is one of the most performed composers of his generation. After creating and conducting the "virtual choir" in 2010 -- hundreds of voices from around the world singing together on YouTube-- he's back with a larger, even more ambitious work: "Sleep.
Why you should listen to him:
Eric Whitacre began his music career singing in his college choir, with no previous musical experience. By 21, he had completed his first concert work, Go, Lovely Rose, and soon advanced to Juilliard where he studied under Oscar-winning composer John Corigliano. Today, his 44 published concert pieces have sold over a million copies, he has conducted choral music in some of the most esteemed halls in the world and his music has been featured on dozens of commercial recordings. His album Cloudburst and Other Choral Works earned him a Grammy nomination in 2007.

Most recently, Whitacre has been noticed for his cutting-edge work, Paradise Lost: Shadows and Wings, a musical that combines electronica with choral and operatic traditions. The musical has earned him the prestigious Richard Rodgers Award, received 10 nominations at the 2007 Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Awards, and performed to a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall in 2010.

"What hits you straight between the eyes is the honesty, optimism and sheer belief that passes any pretension. This is music that can actually make you smile." ~The BBC

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Le Project Triangle ~ A New Design or a Returning One?

Herzog & de Meuron’s Towering Triangular Skyscraper Receives Green Light for Construction in Paris

Unveiled in 2008, Herzog & de Meuron’s Le Project Triangle has just received approval from the cross-party council of Paris for its construction. An incredible structure that will rise 200 meters from the Porte de Versailles in Paris, the stunning skyscraper will feature a profile so slim that it casts virtually no shadow and its orientation will be optimized to take advantage of both solar and wind power. Paris’ new pyramid will be the first high-rise to be approved for construction is the city’s center since 1977, thanks to the recent lifting of a 31-year-old ban established by the previous Mayor of paris, Jacques Chirac. If the ‘Triangle Tower’ is able to make it through all of the red-tape it will face over the coming years, it is estimated that the building will be completed by 2017.

Read more: Herzog and de Meuron's Stunning Triangular Skyscraper Receives Green Light for Construction in Paris . Inhabitat - Green Design Will Save the World .

Friday, April 1, 2011

Fashion Muse: Style Meets Substance via Summer Rayne Oakes

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Style, Naturally
The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion and Beauty
By Summer Rayne Oakes

Style meets substance in this lavishly illustrated, highly informative, and beautifully designed book on sustainable fashion and beauty. Summer Rayne Oakes, fashion model, eco advocate, and resident expert on and Discovery Network's Planet Green, shows how to make informed choices when shopping. In addition to explaining the basics (from fair trade to organically grown), Summer Rayne showcases hundreds of her favorite designers such as Stella McCartney and Safia Minney and eco-friendly brands such as Levi's, Loomstate, and Aveda that have made earth-friendly materials and sustainable practices a priority. With over 500 photos, pages of resources, and eco-style stories from the hottest trendsetters, it's the ultimate fashion and beauty bible for women who want to feel good about looking good.

Summer Rayne Oakes is a Udall environmental scholar, National Wildlife Federation Fellow, and United Nations U.S. Partnership Youth Emissary. Based in New York City, she travels the world modeling eco fashions, writing on sustainable style, and speaking on sustainable design and environmental activism.

Recent Interview: Summer Rayne Oakes, the first American Eco Model, is renowned for her commitment to the environment. Her passion for ecological awareness has resulted in a collaboration with YOOXGEN and EDUN LIVE with which she created the second mini-collection of limited edition T-shirts.Summer is not just a model: she is a writer (author of the eco-guidebook Style Naturally), an activist (board member of Planet Green) and a scientist (entomology enthusiast).

Style Naturally ~ Summer Rayne Oakes
Chronical Books
7 x 9 in; 216 pp ; color photographs throughout,

printed with vegetable-based inks on recycled paper


Published in January, 2009
ISBN 9780811865241
ISBN10 081186524X