Chce się żyć[ Life Feels Good] by Maciej Pieprzyca


I only saw a couple of films during this year’s World Film Festival in Montreal so it is great to learn that the film I did see won the Grand prix des Americas and the Ecumenical Prize. Chce się żyć [Life Feels Good] by Maciej Pieprzyca is such a beautiful film and well deserving of the grand prize from the festival. The title means, literally, “Wanting to Live”, but as it is an idiom of a joy for life in Polish, the translators chose the closest equivalent in English, “Life Feels Good”. “Chce Się Żyć” is an expression and philosophy that the main character shares with his father.

The film is based on a true story of a man with cerebral palsy, his family and the various people in his life. Everything in this film from the acting to the music is outstanding. It all comes together within the context of a difficult personal life story on the canvas of 1980s-2000s Poland. There are heartbreaking moments throughout, where people and the system behave with creulty and indifference. However, the film’s hope comes from the many good hearted people in Mateusz’ life.

The screening at the World Film Festival in Montreal was a premiere, in the presence of the director, Maciej Pieprzyca. The long standing ovation following the film confirmed that I was not the only one on whom the film made a great impression. I am convinced it will continue to do so in the months and years to come.

[Photomedia Forum post by T.Neugebauer from Sep 03, 2013  ]

Timeline Visualization: Photography Exhibition Catalogues in e-Artexte

I’ve been working with Artexte on the development of e-artexte, a unique open access digital repository for documents in the visual arts in Canada. It is a new on-line service that caters to the needs of museums, galleries, artist-run centres and other publishers/authors in the visual arts community who are looking for ways to make their publications more widely accessible via the Internet.

The open source EPrints platform that powers e-Artexte is highly interoperable. In choosing open source technology that is capable of export of its contents using semantic web standards, a necessary condition for innovation around that content is met. E-Artexte enables researchers to leverage the open metadata exporting capabilities of the EPrints software to create customized visualizations.

As an example of such visualization, I ran an advanced search for all exhibition catalogues with the keyword “photography” or “photographie” (for those items catalogued in French language only). I then exported this result from e-Artexte using the JSON export and customized the Timeline libraries so that they will be able to display this data.

This is the result:
Timeline Visualization: Photography Exhibition Catalogues in Artexte Collection (1960-)

The interface allows for the browsing of hundreds of photography-related exhibition catalogue metadata through an interface that organizes the display by time. You can move the timeline by using one of two bands: year, and decade. Clicking on an individual title brings up a more detailed view with an abstract, and clicking on the title in that bubble opens a new window/tab with the relevant e-Artexte record. The visualization updates the latest photography exhibition information from e-artexte every 30 days.


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[Photomedia Forum post by T.Neugebauer from Jan 18, 2013 ]