July 20, 2009

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July 13, 2009

There’s a clown with a gun and he’s shoooting my mum.

clown

July 13, 2009

Bahaha <3 Youtube comments SO much!

Bahaha ❤ Youtube comments SO much!

July 13, 2009

I am, admittedly, very impressionable when it comes to bright and new visual art. I like things that look good and clean in the ‘traditional’ modern sense. So naturally I am attracted to a lot of contemporary Japanese pop-art, because most of it is just so pleasant to look at! Like this little exhibition.

July 13, 2009

July 11, 2009

Advanced Beauty 13 of 18 / Directed by Maxim Zhestkov on Vimeo

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July 7, 2009

July 7, 2009

And he fell asleep
And then he woke up
and he thought in soft voices of what could happen next
he could spear a wild boar and impale it’s head on a stick beside his bed
or he could take black and white photos of the old woman with no hair from the room upstairs
or he could
or he could
but he didn’t
and then he rolled over and his mind swept quietly back into sleep

June 26, 2009

THIS

June 21, 2009

Cai Quoqiang

Clear Sky Black Cloud

Clear Sky Black Cloud

June 21, 2009

June 17, 2009

This is a video I made, watch it! 🙂

June 17, 2009

June 16, 2009

P is for

piss

play

progress

phonetic

politician

photoshop

panna cotta

persimmonn

June 10, 2009

mill mow more moonowhowbrown cow

than this thin thock

climb clop clip clock

round

rooooounnnndddddddd

and arrroooouunnnddddd

and                     arouuuuuunndddd

this is a spell for the wholesome hearted

now go to your children and pull

their

hearts

out

Dedicated to Priscilla Harvey, the woman who saved me from a school of piranja in the Amazon in 1993.

June 8, 2009

Na Zha Cradle

Na Zha Cradle

Na Zha Rattle

Na Zha Rattle

Na Zha Rocking Horse

Na Zha Rocking Horse

Na zha Baby Stroller

Na Zha Baby Stroller

This is the work of a Shi Jinsong. I have a hard-copy of the Baby Stroller but it’s much more decked out, there’s no version available online unfortunately. On my version the wheels are 10x more spiky, there are blades dangling from the pram roof, and it’s just generally far more lethal looking. It’s amazing and so clever.

June 3, 2009

May 31, 2009

May 27, 2009

This.

May 25, 2009

May 22, 2009

I’m an avid youtube comment reader and I think I just found the funniest post and reply I’ve ever read!  For some reason I couldn’t stop laughing when I read it. ( to this video)

BoreDTempesT (6 days ago)
Did that Donald Trump robot just German Suplex a Skyscraper?

nicholasjames100 (1 day ago)
i dotn think i have ever heard those words used in that sequence ever before lol

May 19, 2009

Click!

May 17, 2009

I think testosterone, sweat and the hyper-visualization of male hormones is disgusting.

I think this image is disgusting, I think sport is disgusting – especially contact sport. I think it’s primitive and unintelligent.

I believe humans will evolve out of sport. I believe men will grow less-masculine.

I think Australian men in particular are victims of cultural saturation in testosterone.

Male contact sport is a central focus of Australian culture, masculinity and testosterone is portrayed in mainstream media in an exagerated fashion.

I think it’s disgusting. Yuck!

May 17, 2009

May 16, 2009

May 15, 2009

I should be writing my essay, but all I can seem to do is watch fashion shows on Youtube.
I’m still having difficulty finding a better one than this:

May 11, 2009

Click on the picture!

Click on the picture!

May 10, 2009

I really resent a lot of the reactions I get when I tell people that I study Chinese, Japanese and Asian Studies. The most memorable, over-arching reaction I got is from a girl when I was in first-year who is half-Japanese (fluent in the language) and an immigrant to Australia. Upon hearing that I studied both Japanese and Chinese she exclaimed (direct quote) “Wow! You’re, like, a wannabe-Asian!!”

Just repeating that quote makes me curl my toes and think nasty thoughts about people less perfect than me.

First of all, why on earth SHOULDN’T I be studying Asian languages? I mean, where is the problem? What EXACTLY is wrong, inappropriate, shocking,  offensive enough to deserve a response like the one above, alien about a caucasion guy studying asian languages and culture. Are the last remnants of the White Australia policy weirding some social developments with Asian culture? Are there still whispers of our racist past haunting us and affecting our perception of Asian culture in reverse ways? WHAT IS GOING ON?

I’ll tell you exactly what’s going on. Australia is still getting used to the fact that it’s inevitably tied up with Asia, and everything that occurs within Asia. People just got used to Asian immigrants in Australia, it’s perfectly NORMAL for people of Asian ethnicities to speak English (with an Australian accent – while speaking the language native to their parents or grandparents), go to school with everyone else, participate in everyday life in the exact same way Caucasion Australians do. The fact that I’m even suggesting that these matters aren’t a given is kind of shocking!

There are Asian supermarkets, small businesses, entire suburbs, communities, churches, schools, colleges and restaurants that are Asian owned or targeted towards Asian customers/consumers/clients. There are LOTS. In Australia. A country which once intentionally and systematically restricted non-White immigration to Australia. A country, which until recently, pretty much considered itself to be “in the West” and in the European/American sphere geographically. And I do believe that there is STILL a resistance in Australia for Caucasions to interact with Asian culture. It’s not a two-way interactive relationship between traditional Australian society and culture and Asian society and culture. There’s no mutual trade off, Asian people are accepted into Australian culture and in some cases aren’t even expected to assimilate (I have no problem with this whatsoever, but the fact that I don’t says a lot about the way Australia has changed – look at America’s “melting pot” scenario full of failure).

I’m interested in Japanese and Chinese music, film, art, language, history, culture, society, even politics… Call me a wannabe-Asian, or a weabo? Do you really think that’s fair? I’m quite happy being a Greek-Australian with South African parents, thank you very much. My ethnic background makes me who I am, and I really like who I am – so why would I ever “wannabe” something else? The fact that I consider Asian culture to be one of my “hobbies” or “interests” should not make me less of an Australian, it shouldn’t make people of Asian blood cringe and mock the thought of me being in an Asian country speaking an Asian language, it shouldn’t make young-minded people assume that I’m a manga-fanatic with a Japanese doll fetish. Sorry to disappoint, but I’m not sexually selective with racial characteristics, or romantically partial to small Asian girls with extraordinarily pre-adolescent characteristics.

But, I do have every right to be intrigued and interested. I’m an observer by nature and certain parts and aspects of East Asian culture intrigues me and draws me in. I like to be different and not many people I grew up with, or know, have done any Asian studies. I was exposed to mainly European ideologies and lifestyles and Asia was largely “the unknown” or mysterious to me and my family. Of course I was exposed to a lot of Asian culture in Perth, just by osmosis since there’s so much influence from Singapore, China, Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam here but actively seeking out to immerse myself in that culture was something seemingly spontaneous and unpredictable. And it gripped me, and I’m perfectly happily and perfectly normal and I love it!

You probably don’t understand why I’m making such a big deal out of this, but it’s a big deal to me. For some reason some people lose some respect for me once I tell them what I study. I want to tell them it’s the same as architecture, or European Studies, or education – I’m doing it with a specific career path in mind, and an added bonus – I’m genuinely interested  in it!

Now a video which I think is fairly appropriate. It’s one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists from China: Faye Wong (Fei Wang, 王菲).

May 7, 2009

Born 19th September 1989
Graduated from Churchlands Primary School in 2013
Graduated from Hale Anglican Boys College in 2058
Earned his degree in Arts/Asian Studies in 2059
Received his diploma in Modern Languages in 2091
Took over the Hellenic Oriental Press Newspaper Co. in 2109
Honored by the Hellenic Government for the Bennett International Community Achievements in 2135
Retired in 2115
Died in 2482 at the age of 83.

May 5, 2009

May 4, 2009

Foot tickles are DIVINE!

May 3, 2009

I’ve always had a strange relationship with trees. In every part of my life I’ve always been sensitive to the power that some trees have. It sounds completely weird and idiotic I know, but I don’t think anybody can deny that there are some trees which take your imagination on a little trip. It’s probably because I watched Fern Gully so many times as a child and I used to love climbing trees, and I’ve always grown small pot plants in my room. I definitely do have an uncanny connection to trees and it’s not in the predictable “I want to be a hippy and save all the forests in the world” kind of sentiment; I’m just saying that my ideal fantasy would be a house amongst old trees, new trees, small, big, green, red every kind of tree! And then to grow them and climb them! YAY! Here’s a shout out to all great trees!
Kyoto trees

May 2, 2009

I love this artist as well, very cool.

I love this artist as well, very cool.

April 30, 2009

I’m a very reasonable person, and my mind and moods are artfully ordered. When it comes down to serious things I’m appropriately rational. I know that I’ve never been uncontrollably depressed or desperate, I’ve never been suicidal or anxious, I really do believe that I keep a pretty tight leash on my emotions (the ones deep down anyway) and throughout my life I have been pretty happy and content.

Yet this year I have found myself falling into desperation…

DESPERATE TO GET OUT OF THIS PLACE!

I just want to go somewhere, and do stuff, and and and and and get OUT of this LIFE!!!

Oh shut up your concerns. I’m speaking in semi-irony.

yanagi

April 24, 2009

I absolutely LOVE this website.

I’m a huge fan of Miwa Yanagi. I’m not a huge art person, but her work is so many fucking positive adjectives I don’t know where to begin. This website is really cool as well but not what got me into her work. I bought an album of her “Elevator Girls” series which was pretty amazing, I still haven’t figured out what I’m going to do with all the postcards I got from it, but it’ll be a centerpiece somewhere sometime.

shizuka

April 23, 2009

I always love conceptualizing a new story or poem but I hate ending it and I often never do. It’s the same with the paintings I’ve done in the past few months – I begin really well and dread finishing it. I end up having a huge stack of unfinished paintings, or on the other hand, I have a pile of work really badly finished because I lost my love for it after the focus feature.
In the case of my stories, I get into a really creative mood and write a lot down that reads pretty well – and then once I hit the conflict or the most grand part in my mind, I get bored and very quickly over it and just file it away and never touch it again. Then for the next few days I’ll go back to it, read the good parts over and over again and just regret writing it and getting myself into the frustrating situation where my mind refuses to conclude it.
With my Chinese paintings I HATE coloring them. I usually just leave them in black and white because I’m either too afraid of ruining it with my poor color shading skills, or I like it bland and amateur (ie. too lazy to finish).

Grr! This is an angry bear that is the finished quality of which I aspire to achieve.

April 22, 2009

At work today I was cleaning a table, collecting the dishes etc., and while I was wiping the table with a cloth I spontaneously looked up and made eye contact with a lady about 3 metres away from me and 10 years older than me. It was such a brief moment but it stayed in my head for some time after. She was a bit pretty, not what I’d call eye-catching but there was something…stimulating or intriguing about her ordinariness. When I looked into her eyes I instantly, without a doubt, knew that she thought I was someone else for a brief moment. I saw that look of recognition and excitement in her eyes which lingered for a brief moment while in her head she realized that, beyond question, I wasn’t the person she hoped I was.

Clearly eye language can be deceiving but I am so positive that she thought I was someone else, and we both shared this fact for a short time. The moment stayed in our minds for a while afterwards and it’ll surely be forgotten by her. That’s why I mindfully noted it with the intention of writing it here so I could save that really insignificant and fleeting experience, because it’s things like these which make up my whole day. I don’t romanticize every mundane and banal interaction, but I do dwell on a lot of it – and this so happened to leave an impression on me which I don’t even understand, and because I don’t understand it I feel it must be significant in one way or another and is definitely worth reporting! 😛

Philip out.

moment

April 21, 2009

I love this song!

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Foresight

April 19, 2009

I will read this in two years and cover my face with my palm.

*facepalm*

*facepalm*