Posts From September, 2011

Light years away by Edurne Rubio – a review

I have been fortunate to attend a representation of “Light years away” by Ms. Edurne Rubio in Groningen, Netherlands. The artist is the daughter of one of the explorers of the cave system of Ojo Guareña, near Burgos, Spain and has a long and intimate connection with the caves. The performance mixes monologue, surround sound, video and theatrical performance. In its basic structure, it is the representation of a guided tour of the caves, one that is imaginary and not constricted by time or space. For those not knowing the caves, it is an extraordinary long (about 110 km known) cave system, with several subterranean lakes, at least 6 levels, and multiple openings. The upper cave system was frequented by humans from the Upper Paleolithic to the Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age, in different moments, before being rediscovered only in the past century. There are significant traces of human presence, including complex panels of rock art, residues of torches, burials, and even ancient... Read the rest of this entry »

A footnote on my discussion of 3D

In a previous post I reviewed Cave of Forgotten Dreams. In doing so, I also presented some thoughts about 3D and its uses. My current thinking remains unaltered: 3D can be useful to produce quality materials and films. Its use, however, is being abused, and conversions, unnecessary or forced deployment (including in gadgets such as mobile phones and laptops) make it a controversial topic. Depending on personal experience or material considered, the impressions about the technology can be wildly different. I am not convinced that "3D is here to stay" in the sense that it transpires from the entertainment industry. In fact, 3D has always been with us, and recent (3D Blu-Ray players and 3D professional videocameras) and near technology (3D TV sets without glasses) advances will undoubtedly make 3D productions more regular, and a staple of what will be available. 3D is not suitable for all situations however, and the same is true for sound and colour. I found a nice picture outlining the... Read the rest of this entry »