A Short Animation on Forgetfulness

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A Personal Second Coming or Visual Artists Can Create Experiences to Challenge The Social Norms of Perception.

Hitchcock said “drama is life without the dull bits.” What we consider to be boring or rewarding is the defining influence on our character. It is up to us whether we consider challenging our personal beliefs is an opportunity to grow as a person therefore rewarding or defending our personal beliefs is an opportunity to show our personal strength therefore rewarding… We make choices like we breathe. Nobody questions why they breathe and few people question the choices they make as they go along. We are good at constructing meaning out of our choices in the aftermath, but not so great at examining our impulsive choices. Our society values speed, so we think we ought to turn left or right at the intersection because there is no time to stop at the intersection to think about it. We are familiar with the depiction of absurd in movies, the person in crisis stops their car in the middle of the traffic and question their life. So we are also conditioned to think only people in crisis stop what they ought to do and change their discourse.

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I have the habit of comparing American and Turkish politics yet hardly talk about where people stand in the midst of  this sociopolitical landscape. Funny but it is akin to comparing a small burger joint to McDonald’s but not addressing the way they raise and handle their animal stock. Most people are attracted by what is in front of their noses, or what is put on the stage for them. What is behind the curtain - what goes on back stage is not a topic of casual conversation. By the same token, most people do not talk about the foundational structure of a pleasing building when they see one - they are interested in what is visible to the eye. Same thing goes for house appliances, cars, people and politics. Because of that, more and more things are made to be looked at and judged on the surface. 
In a society, where it is considered banal to ask the question “Who am I?” - how are we to examine our preferences, likes and dislikes, rights and wrongs, in one word our perception… Imagine the scope of your perception - it is like breathing, it is an automated act… We are all conditioned to accept what we think is acceptable.

As far as I know, none of us materialized out of thin air, we were born, raised by our parents and the machinery of a society. It is hard to break out of our shells. This shell is made out of everything including our first kiss… So, maybe it is not a good thing to shatter it. Most of us would find it scary to leave a safe and familiar environment and step into a world of unknowns. The comforting thing about real change is that it is not like turning the on and off button. It is naturally inherited in all of us, and the transition is smooth like the seasons. As a fruit forms on the limb of a tree, we are to first shed our dry leaves, endure bitter cold, slowly and patiently gather essential nutrition and light, waiting patiently for the right time to arrive to flower and give birth to a new self, an offshoot, a personal second coming.
I look at a seagull, and I see that it is perfect at spotting fish under water, diving down from the sky for its catch and do it all with elegance… I look a frog and its perfection at undertaking patience for the exact timing to roll out its tongue to catch that fly - they are made to do what they do with perfection. What about humans? What is it that we are meant to do with perfection? The definition has to have a wide reach, which can be applied to all of humanity, and take things into account some humans can and some can not do.

I struggled to come up with an answer for a while. I now think, like trees and plants we are to reach for the light. So we can enlighten the depths of our mind and soul in order to flower, and bare fruit to feed others.
The North Koreans in this video are not lesser people than me and you… If we do not see a piece of ourselves in them, we are setting ourselves up for failure in understanding the human condition.

Put politics aside as you watch this video and take them as they are: humans with fathers and mothers, like you and me. How is it that they live the way they do? The answer is hidden in another question that we can answer ourselves: How is it that we live the way we do?

It is easy to see what is wrong with a broken government or a human, as in this video. Perhaps, it is much easier for North Koreans to recognize the logic of the obesity epidemic in the US. It is not possible to examine your life without stepping out of your shell. Otherwise it is like looking at a watch that seems to be working but showing the wrong time. You couldn’t have known that it was wrong until you get a different watch. As humans, we also carry an infinite number of possibilities within us. If we choose to, we can nourish those elegant and creative impulses within for a plentiful harvest.

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"These moments I capture are meaningless, there is no story in them, and if you can catch the core, the essence of being, you capture probably everything,” Magyar says in one of the many cryptic comments about his work that reflect both their hypnotic appeal and their elusiveness. There is a sense of stepping into a different dimension, of inhabiting a space between stillness and movement, a time-warp world where the rules of physics don’t apply.

Taken from Einstein’s Camera on medium.com for the full article you mya visit https://medium.com/beautiful-stories/88aa8a185898 for his work visit magyaradam.com
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A fragment from the documentary film titled Wind Sand and Stars.

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More clips are coming soon.

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StaleMate

The post production phase of the film has been in a stalemate position for over a year. I have edited the film countless times while thinking of Tarkovsky’s editing process for the Mirror. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come together for me.

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A fragment from the documentary film titled Wind Sand and Stars.

Excuse the typos as it is still a work in progress.

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Bill Viola: Cameras are soul keepers

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A collaborative piece of work: I did some of the cinematography for Kathryn Pyle’s Farm Labor back in 2011.

So, if you are waiting to watch Wind Sand and Stars, please be patient. It takes a long time to finish a film on your own. :)

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