Saturday, January 27, 2007

Underground Israeli Music for you!!!

The link will allow you to download "Where is the sunshine" - 75MB of some of the freshest Israeli sounds available straight from the vaults of 106FM - Israel's campus radio.



Hellen Duman's testimony - another link in the Holocaust Memorial Chain

Sometimes I feel that maybe these posts don't belong here. Who knows, maybe one day I'll remove them from here and create a separate Blog dedicated to them.

Meanwhile, since these posts are important to me, since they are part of who I am and part of the culture that created me, they will remain here as a testimony to how artistic, cultural and social phenomenon are all linked.

Hellen Duman's Testimony (22.1.7):

Hi Mike,
Of the thousands of stories my father used to tell us, from the day we could take them, till the day he died, there were many of hair raising horror, some of luck, some even of humor, but I chose to share one of heroism.

Towards the end of the war, when the Russians were approaching from the East, the Germans decided to evacuate Auschwitz, were my father was held. This later became known as the Death March.

Many of the inmates died on the way, mainly due to the cold. Imagine yourself out on one of the coldest winterdays, now imagine yourself out on one of the coldest winterdays you can imagine, minus wintercoat, gloves, scarf, wearing nothing but your with pants and a shirt. Polish winters easily reach 10-15 degrees below zero...

On the second or third evening of the march my father's group reached a farm and many of the inmates were ushered into a huge barn. As they lay on the ground in one of the corners of the barn my father, groping around in search of food found a hole in the ground. He groped around some more and found it was big enough for a man to fit into.

What my father actually found was an underground tunnel which led outside the barn. My father woke up two of his friends and together they escaped via the tunnel and fled the death march.

My father not only had the courage to flee, but was compassionate enough, even in those darkest of times, to think others. He will always loom larger than life for me.
Many years later, I met the two friends he helped escape. Naturally they were grateful to him for the rest of their lives.

Hellen Duman

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

"...And now the end is near..."

1. Final Presentation
The final presentation of the Body/Space obect exercise is on this coming Thursday - which will also be our last lesson for the semester.

The presentation will be together with Sigal and Yasha's class and the order of the presentations will be organized in advance on the basis of where on campus your project is so as to save us as much time as possible.

The presentation will start at 13:00 and continue as long as neccessary. We will all respect our fellow classmates and project partners and remain present until the last project has been commented on.

You are required to present a well designed 2D presentation of the process, sketches, background etc. leading to the final project.

2. Panel
The Panel will last three days, starting on Tuesday, the 6.2.07 and ending Thursday the 8.2.07. Panel presentations start every day at 10:00 and continue until 17:00. There will be a break between 13:00-14:00 every day.

We will be presenting on the 2nd day and in rooms 303,304.
No more than 3 students are to present in a room in each session (3 people before the break and 3 people after - a total of 6 people can present in each room).

This is the arrangement of the rooms that I suggest, it is up to you to decide which wall each one of you gets. You may trade if you wish.

303 10:00-13:00 Deborah, Patricia, Roman
304 10:00-13:00 Benjamin, Anya, Masha
303 14:00-17:00 Noa, Yana, Salome

  1. Each one of you is given an entire wall - treat the wall and the area before it as a single 2D / Space composition
  2. You may present work from all the courses you took in Holon - not just projects from our course. Choose what you want to present wisely: pick the best projects but present enough work to give a feeling of the scope of your activities.
  3. Choose and create a suitable background for your presentations.
  4. Your Blogs will be examined during the Panel and should be up-to-date.
  5. This is a list of the projects we did together - Line Analysis, BW compositions using basic shapes, Point Vs. Line, Line Vs. Plane + Color, Holon's Colored Light District,3 Objects - normal color texture, Personal Object (together with Nini & Adi's clss), Abstract relationships in cardboard and color, Body – Space – Object.
  6. I strongly recommend that you visit the first day of the Panel and get an impression of the level of presentation required.


Monday, January 22, 2007

A parting gift?

Thursday is our last formal meeting this semester- you will be presenting your Place/Body objects together with Sigal & Yasha's class and I hope you will all do well. I have every reason to believe that quite a few of you will make us all proud...
: - )

It's a little early to say goodbye as we still have the Panel to look forward to but since I ran into this I thought I might share it with you as an early farewell gift.

It's a a list compiled by this girl from Belgium of some of the greatest free software you can find on the Web - enjoy it and share it:
Best Freeware - Carols Vault

Yours Truly,

Friday, January 19, 2007

this is what happens when you visit

187 Amazingly designed websites to see before you die

I didn't actually go through all of them - I was just so impressed by the fact that somone took the time that I couldn't help myself...

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Nazi Archive Made Public

Another response to the "Holocaust Memorial Chain".

This story was aired on Sunday, Dec. 17 (7PM ET/PT on CBS) on "60 MINUTES" about a long-secret German archive that houses a treasure trove of information on 17.5 million victims of the Holocaust.

The archive, located in the German town of Bad Arolsen, is massive (there are 16 miles of shelving containing 50 million pages of documents ) and until recently, was off-limits to the public. But after the German government agreed earlier this year to open the archives, CBS News' Scott Pelley traveled there with three Jewish survivors who were able to see their own Holocaust records.

It's an incredibly moving piece, all the more poignant in the wake of the recent meeting of Holocaust deniers in Iran. We're trying to get word out about the story to people who have a special interest in this subject. So we were hoping you'd consider sending out something to your email List and/or posting something on your website.

Thanks go out to Josh Levontin from Jerusalem for bringing this to my attention.

User Interface? - Wait until you see this!

The future of user interface is all about intuitive interaction. Watch this video demonstrating application possiblities for Multi Touch Screens.

Incredible... & FUN!!! Just the way technology should be.

:- )


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