Tracy Moffatt’s Heaven Remains A Jewel

mcToronto-based painter David Morrow viewed Tracey Moffat’s Heaven for the first time at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery in Sydney last winter. During that viewing – despite the tape’s seriously crafted construction and its dead-on address of many contemporary art issues – it was really Heaven’s surface charms that provided its immediate appeal, inspiring a fellow viewer to the pronouncement that provides the title below. But, as his reflections on Moffat’s most recent work make clear, art was never in question.

In Heaven, Tracey Moffat slyly shifts the line dividing polite voyeur and invasive provocateur. The videotape opens with the image of shimmering ocean surf off Sydney’s Manly and Bondi beaches. It then cuts to an interior view of a beachside cabin. The shot

Celebrity Couples Make It Work

TRENDS COME AND GO IN HOLLYWOOD: aerobics, tattoos, yoga, power breakfasts. But these days, the ultimate success symbol among stars isn’t a Beverly Hills mansion or an Italian sports car. It’s a wedding ring.

Some couples just work well together.

Some couples just work well together.

There’s a new longing for tradition, for love, marriage, and baby carriage. And it’s no coincidence that some of the biggest stars in Hollywood are also some of the most happily married. Supercouples like John Travolta and Kelly Preston and Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson  send. a message to fans that their lives are about more than just the next million-dollar paycheck. “These couples have treated their vows with reverence,” says relationship expert Jane Greer, Ph.D., “and we can sense and

Bidding On The Good Stuff

Back in March of this year, Lewisburg, Pa., collector Richard Rushton-Clem decided to put a pickle jar he’d purchased at a tag sale up for sale on eBay, a popular on-line auction site. After a week of competitive bidding, the bottle – for which he had paid $3 – achieved a final sale price of $44,100.

“I knew it was unusual when I saw it, but I had no idea how unusual,” Mr. Rushton-Clem says of the hotly contested jar. Made in Willington, Conn., around 1850, the 11-inch amber bottle turned out to be the rarest size and color. “I was pleased when it reached $600, and by $1,000 I was ecstatic,” he recalls. “After that, I was in a state of

CGT Created Real Film Progress

ccrfpThe room was part of the college’s Center for Graphic Technology (CGT), “an interdisciplinary space where you can try new things and compare notes with the person next to you,” as Squier describes it. The existence of the CGT, and the room (recently abandoned for a larger space), is an example of the focus on applied technology that has characterized the school since its founding as an agricultural college in 1865. (In fact, UIUC has been the birthplace of two landmarks of computer technology. In the ’70s, HAL, the computer in 2001, was created here; in the ’90s, it was Mosaic, the graphical “browser” that started the explosion of the World Wide Web.) Though the curriculum at the art and design college …

Art Remakes Itself: Looking At Mixed Media

arilamThe fall is a displacement of the ordinary, a moment of peril in which the body is given over to gravity. Both the imagined and enacted state of the fall affirm the physicality of existence, while invoking cultural realities and spiritual conditions. The fall speaks to these times and, as a now-prevalent motif, it invites examination.

Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses begins with an unforgettable description of the extended free-fall of two men following a jet explosion. Rushdie’s subjects move past fear and resistance to other modes of falling: one maintains steadfast propriety, while the second performs antics “pitting levity against gravity.” In passages that render the density of time and the heightened awareness evoked by unfettered descent, Rushdie proposes the fall

The Old Days: Real Vs. Quicktime? Really?

todThis month, I have been in all-too-common circle of network-user hell. Not the slap-on-the-wrist hell graced by pagan poets and late sleepers, mind you–Multimedia Hell, with all its phantasmagoric horrors. After upgrading to a “this century” system Windows 98 SE, 128MB RAM, and an 800mHz AMD Athlon processor attached to my 500Kbps-burstable DSL connection–I figured I was ready to conquer the online world. I figured wrong.

I started out by installing all the latest players. Finding and downloading player software today is no great shakes. Still, Real buries access to its free Real Player 8 Basic download on its Web page. (It’s a tiny link on the for-pay Real Player 8 Plus page, but it is there.) The Apple QuickTime download button

Ulead: A Total Video Classic From The Fledgling Years

uvcThe nonlinear editing (NLE) system is an extremely sophisticated bit of computer software. It functions as an input device capturing and storing huge amounts of data. It must perform as a creative tool, with demands that push the limits of computer image manipulation. Finally, it must output that data in a variety of forms and formats, from digital DVDs and Web video to VHS tape.

While hardware is an essential component of any NLE, it is the software that is our gateway to the world of editing. We ask a lot of nonlinear editing software, and perhaps that is why the person purchasing an NLE system deliberates long and hard before making a buying decision. The relationship between an editor and his …

What To Do When Stop Snoring Mouthpieces And Devices Aren’t Enough

I know that a lot of us have snoring issues, and for some it is more extreme than others. This article speaks to the latter group of people – where there may be a danger to overall health.

Snoring mouthpieces can be effective for snoring. But these can only be truly effective for mild to moderate situations. If the snoring is severe and frequent, the doctor may suggest a surgical procedure that should eliminate snoring. Most surgical procedures for snoring can be relatively invasive so the patient may have to take off some time from work or school. This is to give time for recovery.

Snoring surgery is for SERIOUS sleep apnea.

Snoring surgery is for SERIOUS sleep apnea.

After the surgery, the doctor will give instructions that the …

What Ingredients To Avoid When Having Rheumatoid Arthritis

wtabraSome diseases cannot be cured but the symptoms can at least be reduced. For instance, if you have rheumatoid arthritis, you will probably get drugs prescribed by your doctor and they will ease your pain. In some cases, these drugs will have side effects so you will suffer from fatigue or some stomach problems. Some medication may cause heart disease. So it is good to include food into your diet that will remove side effects. A specific diet for rheumatoid arthritis should be followed for serious and if you notice that certain veggies do good to you, it is smart to eat these veggies as often as possible.

Besides eating healthy food, consider avoiding certain ingredients that can harm you. For example, …

Anti Wrinkle Creams Come In All Shapes And Sizes

uawcSo, you finally bit the bullet. Here you stand, in the skin care aisle of your local drug store, staring at a long, confusing shelf of anti wrinkle creams. How did it come to this? Maybe you have been watching the slow downward pull of your facial skin over the last few months. Maybe it came suddenly– those crows’ feet at your eyes, the fine lines around your smile. Maybe you simply got fed up with the persistence of so many age spots. Whatever the reason, the decision to invest in anti aging products is not easy, and it certainly is not simple.

While you are reading through jar after jar of beauty cream, consider the following questions. What is my …