“Web” by Chris Westray – www.westrayart.com


A very good friend of mine, and someone who I’ve known as long as I’ve known Korea, Chris Westray, is a fantastic film maker, who not only makes short films but also, importantly, does most of his best work animating his own fantastic shorts that are very very, well, interesting – which is an understatement. I won’t even dare to explain them because, well firstly I can’t, but also much of Chris’s work requires the viewer to try to explain and understand each film themselves.

He spends hours individually crafting, photographing, moving, shifting, twisting, photographing again, and digitally connecting and twisting all these images into a moving series of images. It really is amazing to see the finished project and his level of commitment is inspiring. It is a true shame that his films don’t get the viewership they deserve.

Chris has been putting together this series of films over the years, and it has finally reached completion (I think). Take a look at the most recent creation, Web, followed by the four previous efforts; Emergence, Blocks, Need, and Shy.

I am big fan of Chris’s work, not only because he’s a good friend, but also because his films offer a healthy dose of What the Fuck is Going On Here, and I think everyone could do with plenty of that in their life…just to keep things interesting.

Visit his website www.westrayart.com for more fun!

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Web – 2012

Emergence – 2011


Blocks – 2009

Need – 2008

Shy – 2007

For further shits and giggles and a bit of my own harmless self promotion, here a short myself and Chris put together back in 2010 ish called Hairdressers Are To Dangerous For Boys. This short was originally a piece of flash fiction and it will be appearing in Flash Flood Journal online day of flash fiction this Wednesday at around 3 pm Irish/UK time – which is about 11 pm Korean time.

Hairdressers Are To Dangerous For Boys – 2010

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Differences. Think About Them, They’re Not So Different


Difference isn’t something we should chastise, it’s something we should celebrate. How many of us who complain about how things are done in Korea don’t complain about the utopia which we came from?

Yang Liu was only 14 when she moved from China to Germany, where she became a graphic designer. She presented a series of artworks detailing the differences between living in Germany and living in China. Her collection of graphics were based on her experience growing up in two distinctly different cultures, and despite the generalisations, they are relatively true, especailly if you change Korea for China.

I say this from a country that I believe has many socially cultural similarities (and many huge differences also) with Koreans but which is also considered western. And I also know that there are huge differences between western national cultural traits.

However, what is most important is that you have to understand here is that these images just describe the cultural attitudes, they do not judge or speculate the problems which either practice may encourage.

Every time I hear people complain about anything and everything in Korea, and I hear it a lot including from myself, this helps me to remember that this is just the way things are done.There is nothing you can do about it, you just have to hope that things don’t effect you negatively.

Ost trifft West (East vs West) by Yang Liu

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The Watermelon Man Live!


Check this out!

Former Korean resident, and SAN regular much loved by all, The Watermelon Man, aka The One Who Does Not Exist aka Frank went on Australia’s got talent and ruled the stage!

No idea who the ould codger is with the stupid goatee, but MacFadden is a has-been, but it still doesn’t matter because he proved that talent is as much ability as well as appealability! Genius

 

The Watermelon Man is available to perform at christenings, birthdays and weddings!

HBC Fest: Celebrating More than Just Music


The slogan of the HBC Fest has always been ‘Celebrating Music, Art, and Life’. This slogan is there to welcome everyone, not just musicians, but artists and life, to have a good time. This festival has always been a great advertisement for the lifestyle that lies afterhours for many westerners who live in Seoul; a little bit unregistered, a little bit under the influence and always a lot of fun.

Ever since the first festival the HBC fest has done what it can for performers of all castes. Music has, needless to say, dominated the performance types at every festival, that being said each festival has always had the added attraction of non-musical acts.

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