Wednesday, August 31, 2011

August 2011: Spirit and Love, and other things...








Photography/Illustration by Isabelle Duverger

Sunday, August 28, 2011

August 2011: Irene

Illustration by Isabelle Duverger

And I am thankful that, were I live, Irene was only a nightmare...

Monday, August 22, 2011

August 2011: "Is there an edge of Belief?"

This month is about grants. Grants after grants after grants. Applying, trying to find the right words, the right image, the right impact, and hopefully be selected. So along the way came up some creative fruits, that I wanted to share with you. Here is the new poster of "Is There An Edge Of Belief?", one of the last pieces created by Laia Cabrera.

"Is there an edge of belief?" is a film about the relation, uncommonness and beauty of innocence-belief. Where are the limits of our understanding of the emotions, how do we relate to the others and how do we handle the differences? Through the eyes of a little girl, its the world that we rediscover, the look at adulthood is biased and share its reality with elements of fairy-telling. As the images unravel, the density of the emotion grows, the gravity changes, and we are trapped into a world that the child in us understand, still. So the shards of stories we have put together collide here, reflecting, and evolving like the act of memory itself. All objects and images are more than what first meets the eye, just as the visual imaginary evolves into a whole world of humanity. >> watch video in youtube <<

August 2011: A new video-art-music from the album STATIC

BEAUTIFUL - Erica Glyn (Video by Laia Cabrera)

Beautiful from latest album Static of Erica Glyn (Release July 2011)
Video and Visuals by Laia Cabrera
Intro Animation and Album Cover by Isabelle Duverger

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

August 2011: A paisley / cashmere motif

I started working with a woman passionate about paisley, where it came from, how it got exported from India, and ended up being altered, transformed and placed in the most unusual places, think of the latest place you saw these motifs.

Illustration by Isabelle Duverger

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Friday, August 12, 2011

On MBF TrendTalk's "The Musical Hybrid" article

Two days ago was published on MBF TrendTalk a great article on "The Musical Hybrid", featuring Alexander McQueen, Bjork, Universal Music Group, Apple and... Us. By us, I mean Laia Cabrera, Erica Glyn and me. What an honor to be associated with them!
It reviews the experience of the Record Release Listening Party of Static that occurred last month at Flux that I have mentioned in earlier posts, and our previous work together, and the impact of collaboration.

"Collaboration and integration are key trends not only within the fashion industry, but relevant in all businesses and professional fields. One of the latest shifts in the music world, for example, is the development of a multi-media experience, pairing visuals, music, fashion and art, to create an interactive sensory-stimulating experience for the audience. Creating what we call a “musical hybrid,” music has become more than just a song and is used more and more as a compliment to multiple media outlets, resulting in more intensified expressions of particular feelings or emotions.

Ending on a more personal note, we at MBF Trend Consulting were most inspired to write this post by the recent record launch event of musician, composer, and producer, Erica Glyn. Debuting her latest album "Static," Glyn collaborated with filmmaker and video artist, Laia Cabrera (whom we mentioned in our previous posts). Hosted at Flux Studios, a recording studio in NYC's East Village, the entire record was played first-hand on a high-quality studio sound system to a selected live audience.

Laia Cabrera and animator/ installation-maker Isabelle Duverger created a cinematic atmosphere to compliment Glyn's music. The three have been collaborating for many years, incorporating and enhancing each other's work. Together, they have crafted a special skill of bringing a profound musical and visual moment that truly penetrates the audience members, leaving the crowd speechless and mesmorized. Erica Glyn's new album is written, recorded, and produced solely by the artist, with contributions from a collection of well-respected artists. For more info on purchasing the album, please click here." MBF TrendTalk, 8/10/2011

Sunday, August 7, 2011

August 2011: The Cycle of life, Macro... # 2

This morning I went to check the two plants I had distanced from the others, to see if the caterpillars eventually moved. The zombie stayed put. Not an inch. I guess that's why they call it a zombie.

The second one disappear, leaving my last leave on my dear eggplant plant. That's cool. Now, looking at other plants, I found to my big surprise another zombie, that I didn't see the day before... Ok, I doubt that overnight, our "fast runner" caterpillar went to another plant, got trapped by the wasp and became a zombie. And also, I found the soil a little bit raised in some spot of the soil of my eggplant plant pot. So, reading more and more, I could be possible that I am now growing two things in this pot: eggplants and a butterfly. That one has to stay over a year in the pot to become a butterfly. We have time... Can't wait to see new leaves in the eggplant plant!

The sad news now: I found mama butterfly dead on the other side of the terrace. I guess its her because only with her wings closed, she was already 7 cm long. Huge...
So I did a little scientific torture to the poor dead mother, and I promise you, I gave her back to mother nature right after. But the picture is worth it.

Her name: Hawkmoth / Manduca quinquemaculata / THE SPHINX!!!

Picture by Isabelle Duverger

Saturday, August 6, 2011

August 2011: The Cycle of life, Macro...

Today, I found two huge caterpillars in my plants. After research it turned out to be a very rare specie, and one of the most impressive one, the Sphinx ligustri aka Privet Hawk Moth and is remarkable for its size (12 cm length and 1 cm width!!! =4.7 inches!!!, much bigger than my finger) and bright green color.

One which practically ate all the leaves of my slow starter eggplant tree. One leave left to be accurate, which should be gone by the end of the day, considering that two days ago, it had all its leaves.

Second one is on my tomato plant. But surrounded by eggs that did not look too nice in the first place but after research taught me how amazing life can be. When a caterpillar goes to a tomato plant, the tomato plant start spreading a smell that combine to the smell of the caterpillar attract wasp to put their eggs on it, and start feeding themselves from the caterpillar, transformed into a zombie. Which at the same time protect the plant from being eaten and feed a whole new generation of wasp.

I called earlier my mum to tell her how terrified I was, she laugh and told me to take pictures and post them on my blog. Since then, I read a lot, then went back outside with the telephoto lens (not too courageous still :-) and took the shots below, for your entertainment. Hoping you won't be too traumatized.

I called that one tarzan

As I was mentioning, it left one leave...

Just remember this thing is twelve centimeter long

The tail is apparently inoffensive, and the caterpillar too slow anyway.

Overall cute, some even say that it is very soft (didn't try touching it though).

They call it sphinx because of its attitude.

That one is in zombie mode.

Still had the time to eat one tomato plant before its new era as zombie!

picture by Isabelle Duverger

Thursday, August 4, 2011

July 2011: Short Video of Static Record Launch Party at Flux

Recorded and Edited by Laia Cabrera and Isabelle with music by Erica Glyn

Record Release Listening Party for Static by Erica Glyn
With Video Creation and Installation by Laia Cabrera and Isabelle Duverger
Rooftop Party wih DJ's Dat Kat & Jacky Sommer and VideoArtist Laia Cabrera.
at Flux Studios, New York, July 2011

August 2011: Over Land

Drawing by Isabelle Duverger

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

July 2011: Talk to me exhibition at MoMA

"Talk to Me is an exhibition on the communication between people and objects that will open at The Museum of Modern Art on July 24th 2011. It will feature a wide range of objects from all over the world, from interfaces and products to diagrams, visualizations, perhaps even vehicles and furniture, by bona-fide designers, students, scientists, all designed in the past few years or currently under development." Talk to Me at MoMA

pictures by Isabelle Duverger

July 2011: Abandoned Central Railroad of New Jersey

pictures by Isabelle Duverger

August 2011: Egg to life

Growing up...

An animation by Isabelle Duverger