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you ought to be in pictures (1940) cartoon

You Ought to Be in Pictures is a 1940 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes short film featuring Porky Pig and Daffy Duck. The film combined live-action and animation, and features live-action appearances by Looney Tunes producer Leon Schlesinger, writer Michael Maltese, and other Schlesinger staff members.

Porky Pig and Daffy Duck look particularly cool in this film. Cartoon characters go through different stages in their career. They don’t age but they do mature, and I really like this moment in their evolution.

Because the animation unit did not have access to location sound recording equipment, all of the live-action footage was shot silent. The voices had to be dubbed in later (which is why most of them were dubbed by Mel Blanc except Leon Schlesinger).

The actors act very cartoony, even more than the animated characters. The sets look very cartoony. Perhaps the times were cartoony? Perhaps cartoon cliches were defined in this era, and that might be why at that moment cartoon reality and film reality were not far apart.

Many different confrontations; the artist and his creation, the actor and the producer, rivalry and ambition, the clash of genres, fiction within fiction, different layers of depiction…


what to do?

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Only so many hours in the day…

Don’t procrastinate… I have to use my time wisely…

Should I blog more or should I blog less? Should I make a new Gif or work on something bigger? Should I make many small works? Do they form a big work together? Should I write more? Draw more? Should I learn to make music? Or should I take a break and not work for a year?
Should I wait for a big idea? Do big ideas happen when you are making little things? Or do big ideas happen when you’re not doing anything? How do you measure the size of an idea?


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to walk the night solo exhibition in milan at gloria maria gallery may 26

rafael rozendaal to walk the night

Gloria Maria Gallery is pleased to announce the first solo Italian exhibition of Rafaël Rozendaal:
“To Walk The Night”.

Opening: Thursday, May 26, 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Gloria Maria Gallery
May 26 – July 25, 2011

Born in Amsterdam in 1980, Rozendaal has lived and held exhibitions all over the world, Los Angeles, Berlin, Tokyo and London amongst others. Rozendaal is a leading figure of computer art, he creates highly abstract interactive websites as art pieces and sells their domains as collectibles.
His work has a very strongly defined aesthetic – almost simplistic in its approach but executed with a sharp intelligence. He describes the virtual window of a browser being richer than a window in the real world. Working with transient and disposable media reminiscent of Warhol’s consumable art practice Rozendaal seeks inspiration from modernist paintings and animated cartoons. In the last 10 years he has created a strong web presence and his websites have generated 1.2 million unique visits monthly.
Rozendaal is willing to expose his web artworks as objects of speculation, much like contemporary art pieces exhibited in an art gallery, but internet – his chosen “gallery” – is much more accessible. Though the pieces are exhibited freely on the internet, the artist decided to display at Gloria Maria Gallery an installation consisting of drawings and mirrors. While disarmingly simple, Rafaël Rozendaal’s drawings unfold in complexity through their boldness of concept.
Rafaël Rozendaal lives and works between Amsterdam, Berlin and Rio. He has had solo exhibitions at Sketch, London 2005, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam in 2006 and NIMK Nederlands Instituut voor Mediakunst in 2010. Group shows include, The Whitney Biennial 2002, NYC, Neen Demo, Benaki Museum, Athens 2006, Existential Computing, 2007 at The Hayward Gallery, London and Kunsthalle Athena in 2010. He was awarded Rhizome commission for The New Museum, NYC in 2008 and 2010. Rozendaal took part to the File Festival and Rojo Nova Festival both held in Rio de Janeiro, in 2011. He has been also invited to present his work at the DLD 2011 conference, curated by Johannes Fricke in Munich.
Rozendaal is also the founder of BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer), a series of one-night international exhibitions, soon to be hosted by the 2nd Internet Pavilion during the Venice Biennale, at the prestigious location of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia on the Island San Servolo.


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byob venezia june 2nd, 2011

byob venezia 2011

Animated Gif by Travess Smalley

Padiglione Internet presents: BYOB Venezia

Island Of San Servolo, Accademia Di Belle Arti Di Venezia,
Thursday June 2nd 2011, 7pm -12am
How to get there (pdf)

Margherita Balzerani, Gloria Maria Cappelletti, Caroline Corbetta, Silvia Ferri De Lazara, Marina Fokidis, Elena Giulia Rossi, Valentina Tanni, Mara Sartore, Yvonne Force Villareal, Doreen Reemen, Jan Aman, Manuel Frara, David Quiles Guilló, Miltos Manetas, Lev Manovich, Angelo Plessas, Rafaël Rozendaal, Domenico Quaranta, Francesco Urbano and Francesco Ragazzi.

Agnes Bolt, Alterazioni Video, Andreas Angelidakis, Angelo Plessas, Anna Franceschini, Billy Rennekamp, Britta Thie, Claudia Rossini, Cristian Bugatti, Eilis McDonald, Elisa Giardina Papa, Giallo Concialdi, Hayley Silverman, Interno3, Iocose, Jaime Martinez, Jeremy Bailey, KUNSTKAMMER, Les liens invisibles, LG Williams/Estate Of LG Williams, Luca Bolognesi, LuckyPDF, Marc Kremers, Marco Cadioli, Marisa Olson, Marlous Borm, Martin Cole, Matteo Erenbourg , Mike Ruiz, Miltos Manetas, Nazareno Crea, Nikola Tosic, Parker Ito, Pegy Zali, Petros Moris, Priscilla Tea, Rafaël Rozendaal, Rene Abythe, Riley Harmon, Sarah Ciraci, Sarah Hartnett, Theodoros Giannakis, UBERMORGEN.COM, Valery Grancer, Wojciech Kosma, Yuri Pattison, Constant Dullaart, Daniel Swan, Duncan Malashock, Jodi, Panos Tsagaris, Travess Smalley.

In Collaboration with
Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, Gloria Maria Gallery, Associazione E, Galleria A+A Centro Pubblico per l’Arte Contemporanea, Fondazione March per l’Arte Contemporanea

Media Partner


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gif animations by rosa menkman

A few weeks ago I participated in the Rojo Nova Festival in Rio. Together with group of artists and musicians we created a 60 minute live experience. Rosa Menkman was one of the artists on the team, and she decided to make some glitch interpretations of my work. She’s interested in file formats and their aesthetics. You can read and see Rosa’s full report here.

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support red light radio

Red Light Radio is an independent Internet Radio Station based in the Red Light District in Amsterdam, broadcasting from a former prostitution window.
They need your support to keep making awesome radio shows like these.
You can donate here. Go!


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aux raus cd

aux raus cd

Aux Raus is a band from Amsterdam. They mix electronics and guitar and an energetic crazy performance into a naive and original sound. “Grunge-Rave”…
Their new album “All Creeping Things Stopped Creeping” is out now with my hot doom .com on the cover.
You can listen to the album here.

Below is a video I made for them a few years ago. It’s the only music video I’ve done (so far):



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