Salman, my elder son, is over six and half years old and made this quick sketch of a ‘fast moving robot’ having been inspired by Ben 10 (the latest kids’ craze). He does lots of drawings but this one caught my eye because of his strokes and how quickly he drew this.
Back in December 1999, I wrote to CC Carpenter II that how fascinated I was with his poetry and requested for his permission to use some of it in one of my projects. I got his reply and permission after three attempts. It has been over 9 years since I had last contact with him – his website, his work is no longer online. I could only dig out 2 emails from that time in my inbox without any contact details, the email address not working anymore – I couldn’t trace him anywhere actually!
To be honest, I don’t remember much about him now – in fact I never knew much about him at the very first place, but his words are still scattered all over in many of my finished / unfinished projects. Back in 1999 I was searching for many answers for one question and somehow found CC Carpenter’s poetry online. It simply clicked. I had done ‘Nut, Bolt & Sparky’ earlier that year and was looking for another substance. His work opened up several windows in my mind. I found a rhythm in his poetry and started to look for a sound that can match it.
It took me over three years to find something that can go with his words. Pakistan produced many great folk singers – remember Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan? He is just one of the legends that the world knows, but, there was another one, Pathaney Khan, who passed away quietly three years after him. Pathaney Khan’s voice added life to CC Carpenter’s poem ‘Magic’ with a melodious tune of Reshman (another folk legend) in the background.
I assembled the whole piece in May 2003 but, I’m only been able to write about it now – after six years to be exact!
I took for granted all the things
You said to me.
And now I see that you’ve taken
It all away from me.
Magic by C. C. Carpenter II
Pathan-e-Khan (Mai wi jana jhok ranjhan)
Reshman (Aksar shab-e-tanhai mein)
Korean contemporary artist Gwon Osang created these life-size sculptures of people by using hundreds of photographic images. These beautifully crafted montages of photography and sculpture look real yet surreal.
Red Sun - 2005-2006
증명의 강요 / A demand of proof - 1998
증명의 강요 / A demand of proof, 1998
280장의두려움 / Fear of 280 pieces - 2001
무의미한 360장의 진술서 A statement of meaningless 360 pieces - 2000
350장으로 구성된 뷰파인더에 대한 진술서 A statement on the viewfinder composed of 350 pieces - 2001
Palm Pre is to launch on June 6th (USA). This is the cell phone I’d been waiting for … since 2003 to be exact when I actually started using Palm PDA. I like iPhone, I liked HTC Touch HD but there was something that told me to wait. Wait for something from Palm!
While most of the competition around iPhone was focused making ‘good looking’ devices so far, Palm Pre is the only one that came up with it’s own Web OS, excellent usability and multitasking that took the game well beyond iPhone.
I might not be able to join the queue straight away since the UK release date is not yet confirmed but this is something I’d like to get hold of pretty soon. I like the fact that iPhone finally has a competition!