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March 31, 2006

Melanie Manchot Moscow Girls and other stories

 

Melanie Manchot


Moscow Girls and other stories

Exhibition at Haus am Waldsee, Berlin

 

Moscow Girls and other stories is a solo show of photographs and video works by the artist Melanie Manchot. Through her large-scale installations the conceptual artist initiates a dialogue between Moscow and Berlin, developing a cultural exchange on the basis of storytelling. For the work Moscow Girls Melanie Manchot asked young women from Moscow to tell a personal story that takes place during the historical changes of the 1990s. The photographs are supplemented by the acoustic narrations to which visitors can listen via headphones.

Oral history plays an equally central role in the seven-channel video installation Hotel Moscow. This work reanimates the luxury hotel that was commissioned by Stalin in the mid-1930s. As he mistakenly had signed blueprints by two different architects, the hotel was rigorously constructed in two halves. The old-established hotel has been pulled down in 2004. In Melanie Manchot’s work its history is reconstructed through the varying memories of contemporaries.

Groups and Locations (Moscow) continues the investigation of individuals and their local contexts. For this series of large-scale colour photographs Melanie Manchot has invited random passersby to pose for a spontaneous group portrait at historic sites in and around Moscow. The collected group, staring focused in the camera, is also a statement on the current assembly ban at locations of political importance.

The show “Moscow Girls and other stories” is intended to occupy all of Haus am Waldsee’s 400 square meters of exhibition space. It is complemented by works that have been completed in Berlin not until spring 2006.

 

MELANIE MANCHOT was born in 1966. She studied at New York University and at City University of London and graduated in 1992 with a Master of Photography at London’s Royal College of Art. Since then her work has been awarded international prizes and forms part of several private and public collections. It has been shown in numerous exhibitions worldwide, for example at the Photographers Gallery (London), the MIT List Visual Art Centre (Boston), the Hasselblad Center in Gothenburg and the 1st Moscow Biennale. Manchot achieved first international attention through her photo series „look at you loving me“ (1998). In sensual portraits of her mother as a nude, Manchot confronts the aging body with the media-made myth of beauty as permanent youth.

The exhibition “Moscow Girls and other stories” at Berlin’s Haus am Waldsee presents the first large solo exhibition of Melanie Manchot’s work in Germany.

 

A catalogue accompanying the exhibition is available (60 pages, 10 €).

Curator: Dr. Katja Blomberg, art director Haus am Waldsee

 

Haus am Waldsee

March 27, 2006

Six kits with the Olympus E-330 digital SLR

The Olympus E-330 digital SLR available in a choice of six kits for specific applications
Whether for travel, medical, macro, nature, architectural or underwater photography – and just about anything in between – Olympus introduce six kits to accompany the sales start of the E-330 digital SLR, and thereby provide customised, professional solutions for virtually any photographic situation.
Key element in each of the kits is, of course, the Olympus E-330 body.
It is the world’s first digital SLR to provide continuous Live Previews. Now, instead of being forced to frame compositions by looking through the viewfinder, photographers have the freedom of framing while looking at the Live Preview on the camera’s large 6.4cm HyperCrystal LCD.
Extending usability even further, the screen can be tilted up 90° and down 45° to provide unparalleled shooting and framing ease.
Image quality, speed and sensitivity are second to none thanks to the incorporation of a latest-generation Live MOS sensor with 7.5 million pixels.
Naturally, as with all cameras in the Olympus E-System range, the E-330 is equipped with the Olympus-exclusive Supersonic Wave Filter which eliminates the danger of dust entering the camera body and settling on the image sensor.
Specially designed for individual photographic requirements, these six kits for the Olympus E-330 open up new avenues for creative and qualitative digital SLR photography. Each provides users with the power and versatility they need to execute their task at hand.
  • Pro Kit
  • Travelling Pro Kit
  • Medical and Macro Pro Kit
  • Architecture Pro Kit
  • Nature Pro Kit
  • Underwater Pro Kit
The kits will be available from mid-March 2006, the Underwater Pro Kit from mid-April 2006.
Image source (c) Olympus - All rights reserved - Olympus Press Release, 26.03.2006

March 22, 2006

HAF Awards 2006 for Asian Film Projects

 

Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF), co-organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) and Hong Kong Kowloon & New Territories Motion Picture Industry Association (MPIA), concluded today (March 22) and presented six awards to Asian film projects.

The three-day forum arranged over 630 meetings for Asian directors to discuss their projects with quality film financiers, producers, bankers, distributors and buyers. The number of attendees increased by 20% compared with previous year.

TDC Assistant Executive Director Raymond Yip said that the HAF has helped small and large Hong Kong and Asian film projects find global investors. "Through overseas investors, these projects will be able to broaden their international distribution network," he added.

Out of 25 film projects presented at the HAF, at least one project has closed the deal. FILMKO, a Hong Kong Film company, and Fortissimo Film Sales will invest in mainland director Zhang Yang's film project Air.

The six awards presented amounting to approximately HK$410,000 in cash and HK$200,000 value-in-kind. Sponsors of the HAF 2006 awards include the Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum, the Hubert Bals Fund, the Rome Film Festival and Technicolor Thailand Limited.

 

HAF Award (Hong Kong): Fat Englishmen by Lawrence GRAY, produced by Asad SULTAN

HAF Award (outside Hong Kong):
132 by Royston TAN (Singapore), produced by Eric KHOO / James TOH
The Unspeakable Curse of the Ox Family by SU Chao-pin (Taiwan), produced by Jimmy HUANG Chih-ming

Hubert Bals Fund Award: Part Ocean, Part Flame by LIU Fen-dou, produced by LIU Xiao-dian

Rome Film Festival Award: Utopia by Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL (Thailand) who also produced the film

Technicolor Thailand Awards:
Air by ZHANG Yang (Chinese mainland), produced by Er Yong
The Maid - A New Beginning by Kelvin TONG (Singapore), produced by Daniel YUN / CHAN Pui-yin / SEAH Saw-yam

March 20, 2006

Hong Kong FILMART 10th anniversary

Over 400 exhibitors from 28 countries and regions are converging on Hong Kong International Film & TV Market (FILMART), Asia's world entertainment market, which opens today (March 20). Entering into its 10th anniversary, FILMART has become the cross-media platform for industry players to network, exchange and trade.

The show this year attracted 15% more exhibitors, including first time exhibitors from Turkey, the Bahamas and Iran. Over 4,000 buyers have already registered on-line to visit the show.

A wide variety of products and services, spanning from film, animation, digital entertainment, audio-visual equipment, post production and music productions, will be on show at the four-day event from March 20 to 23.

Over 160 film screenings & international premieres will be arranged for trade visitors.

Five seminars on "New Money in Asia", "European - Asian Co-production Partnership", "The Global Development of Media Convergence and its impact on Asian Animation", "New Development and Trends of Asian Animation Industry", "Digital Cinema & Production", and "Development of HDTV in China" will be held during the show.

A special highlight of the event this year is the launch of the inaugural Hong Kong Music Fair, in collaboration with IFPI Hong Kong. Hong Kong Music Fair is a dedicated pavilion for music industry professionals and players to explore business opportunities on copyright trading, new media application, technology transfer and cross-media partnerships.

An independent on-site survey of exhibitors and buyers will be conducted during the show to find out more on trends of the industry.

The Hong Kong - Asia Film Financing Forum (HAF) will be held concurrently with FILMART for the third time.

Co-organised by the HKTDC and Hong Kong & New Territories Motion Picture Industry Association Ltd (MPIA), HAF serves as a matchmaking platform for the film industry, helping commercially viable and promising film projects in Hong Kong and Asia locate financial and business support through co-productions or joint ventures.

Of the 25 projects selected for HAF in 2006, a number of Hong Kong directors including Stanley Kwan, Fruit Chan, and Gordon Chan Ka-seung will be pitching their projects. All selected projects will be able to contest for six HAF Awards, totaling an amassed HK$410,000 in cash and HK$200,000 of services. HAF Awards will be announced and presented in conjunction with FILMART's 10th Anniversary Celebration on March 22, 2006. .

FILMART, Hong Kong Film Awards and Hong Kong International Film Festival are the three founding events of Entertainment Expo Hong Kong, which is being held from March 20 to April 19.

 

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March 18, 2006

Bettina Rheims - Serie Heroines

Bettina Rheims, photographe française de renommée internationale, a présenté à la Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont ses nouveaux portraits de femmes de la série Héroïnes du 17 mars au 11 mai 2006. A l’occasion de cette exposition, un catalogue a été publié par la galerie, avec : - les reproductions en pleine page couleur des 23 œuvres exposées - un texte bilingue Français / Anglais de Catherine Millet, rédactrice en chef d’Art Press, également auteur de La vie sexuelle de Catherine M., à l’origine d’une nouvelle écriture érotique hors normes. Edition limitée à 2000 exemplaires. Format : 29 x 23 cm - 80 pages Prix : 50 euros TTC Edition : Mars 2006 En vente à la Galerie Jérôme de Noirmont 36-38, avenue Matignon 75008 Paris maj 19-08-2009

March 6, 2006

Corel Painter IX.5 au Multimedia Image Photo Show...

... mais aussi CorelDRAW X3 et Paint Shop Pro X... Corel présente ses nouveautés au Multimedia Image Photo Show
Corel Corporation a annoncé sa participation au salon Multimedia Image Photo Show, qui se tiendra du 16 au 20 mars 2006, à Paris- Porte de Versailles. Corel présentera ses dernières nouveautés, la Suite graphique CorelDRAW X3 et Corel Paint Shop Pro X. Corel annoncera et dévoilera la nouvelle mise à jour de Painter, Corel Painter IX.5 - de plus amples informations sur ce logiciel seront disponibles le premier jour du salon... « Nous sommes très heureux de participer à ce salon. C’est un événement prestigieux qui touche notre marché cible de photographes amateurs et professionnels, et de designers », déclare José Ramon, account manager pour Corel France. « Pendant le salon, nous ferons des démonstrations en direct de nos produits, notamment de la version française de Corel Painter IX.5, qui sera lancée pendant l’événement ».
A propos des produits :
  • Suite graphique CorelDRAW X3 Avec la Suite Graphique CorelDRAW X3, les utilisateurs peuvent transformer leurs idées en résultat professionnel. Toujours aussi complète, cette nouvelle version de la célèbre suite graphique permet de s’attacher à différents types de projets, allant de la création de logo et de graphismes Web à celle de brochures marketing de plusieurs pages ou de signalétique accrocheuse. Vectorisation des tracés bitmap dans Corel PowerTRACE™, optimisation ou retouche de photos dans Corel PHOTO-PAINT®, importation et exportation des fichiers en format PDF sécurisé, nouveaux outils d’apprentissage, amélioration pour l’illustration et la mise en page : cette suite très abordable associe des performances pour le design et une facilité d’usage, que l’on ne retrouvera dans aucun autre logiciel graphique.
  • Corel Paint Shop Pro X Ce logiciel fait partie des meilleurs moyens de donner à vos photos un aspect au rendu de qualité. Avec ses outils faciles à prendre en main, Paint Shop Pro X permet à tous les utilisateurs, du débutant au professionnel, de retoucher, créer, organiser et partager ses photos.
  • Corel Painter IX.5 Une nouvelle version du logiciel de peinture et d’illustration est toujours un événement pour ses utilisateurs. Corel promet de nouveaux outils et fonctionnalités avancés pour aider les artistes à créer leurs oeuvres numériques. Et Corel entend séduire davantage de photographes en assurant qu'avec Painter IX.5, il sera particulièrement facile de transformer des photos en superbes peintures grâce aux palettes Photo Painting.