Archive for October, 2008

Vote For Your Favourite Seductive Song

Posted in Fun, Life, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2008 by victorbiola

Music is a very powerful medium. I am sure you have felt the power of a song before, that made you travel back in time and placed you in a space and time that was very meaningful to you.

I have had that experience many times, one song put me back 20 years or so and I was so clearly in that room that I could see and hear things around me. Music has many layers and can be very emotional to us. Music can also deepen an experience or alter our emotional state.

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Let us look at the more erotic moments in our lives. You have arrived home after a fun night out. You have had a great time dancing with friends and asked the crush of the past weeks back home to your place. You are both sitting on the sofa sipping on a glass of wine and chatting. Your eyes meet constantly and you are feeling shy and exhilarated at once. You feel excited and decide to put on some music that will help you to seduce your prey…

What song will you play?

What songs do you like to listen to when you are with your lover? What songs get you both in the mood? What songs do you put on to get you and your lover in the right mood?

I would like to invite you to share your favourite seductive, sexy, erotic song with us. Leave a reply with your song title and band/singer and it will be excepted in the poll.
(leave a song title as well or I will not be able to enter just a singer in the poll…)

The poll has commenced! Click here!

Below is a list of all the entries so far, if your favourite seductive song is not in there just text me and I will add it.

List of Most Seductive Songs so far…

Title – Singer

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cory-lee

ray-lamontagne

 Click here to cast your vote!

Stencils are Gay

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 30, 2008 by victorbiola

On Tuesday I went on a tour with some friends through some of the back streets of Melbourne. We found some good pieces of art around Leicester Street in Fitzroy. There were some more political stencils and paste-ups.

There were some excellent works, but nevertheless the main wall looked messy and overworked. It felt a bit like an argument in our parliament, a lot of creators with big egos. The saddest creators were some taggers who just placed their stuff right on top of many good stencils.

Some of the alleys around the corner looked better and just had a less over-worked feel. We then found more walls around Fitzroy Street and there it became just plain ugly. It looked like a bunch of retarded teenagers went mad. People’s houses looked like they got raped and attacked by the taggers. I felt sorry for the residents of that street. The stuff was just plain ugly and selfish, actually ridiculous. Well, one of the tags read: Stencils are gay.

Whatever! What does that say about the writer?

I will place a few of the images from the trip here. Please feel free to add to it or to leave links to some good sites.

You might notice at this stage that I personally prefer stencils and paste ups to tags. I particularly like political messages or good illustrations and quirky stuff. It is great to see things that are original and show that the creator has a mind of his/her own.

I have to go and have a coffee now

Victor Biola

Graffiti – Is it for You?

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 28, 2008 by victorbiola

Voice Your Opinion on Video

In a previous post Victor Biola featured a group of independent filmmakers – Core TV 1. Well, they have now put together a Call For Entries in regards to graffiti and EVERYONE can now voice their opinion on a video.   > Call For Entries <

So, if you have an opinion, get it out there and make it count.

Victor Biola

Uh La La! Las Chicas Me Gustan!

Posted in Fun, Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2008 by victorbiola

The internet is a funny place and like our fantasies and the ‘real’ world we find it all. You just need to search for it. The www is filled with our passions, hobbies, our darkest desires and fantasies to a range of poetic thoughts and an abundance of excellent and more often useless and incorrect information.

We hear  of stories of people being very naive and getting ripped off as the result of a internet scam. It is sad that it happens, but maybe you just have to be smart about things. It is like evolution, you need to smarten up and learn to walk the walk and talk the talk.

beautiful chicano girls

beautiful chicano girls

Anyway, there are many entertaining and funny things on the internet to be found and today I would like to feature two Latino girls from LA, Yasmin and Crash and their quirky Las Chicas project (actually The Chicas Project). I think they are seriously cute and quite funny, but judge yourself.

Anyway, they have a nice vid on graffiti in LA, that you should have a look at. Las Chicas Project

Victor Biola loves life. Don’t you? 

Graffiti Documentary

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2008 by victorbiola

Graffiti seems to have become a topic that polarises the community throughout the world. It is interesting to see the various interest groups and lobbies here in Melbourne and the same trends can be seen world-wide (see some links below) . You might find it interesting to read up on opinions at this blog:

www.coretv1.wordpress.com

There is also a questionnaire about that topic that is fun to answer. They are a new group of independent filmmakers working on a documentary on graffiti in Melbourne.

Personally, I must say that I have very mixed opinions on the topic. I live in a diverse city, Melbourne (by the way). We have our Jewish suburbs in the South and our Muslim community mostly in the Northern suburbs. There are various European groups, many Iraqis, Indians, Chinese, Malaysians, and various other East Asian groups. Basically we are a melting pot of diversity. Mostly the blend works and there is not a lot of negative tension. The diversity is generally very appealing from the culinary aspects through to the dating side of things. The world is here!

Well, back to graffiti. You find a very interesting mix of street art. There is a large amount of stencils, paste-ups and conventional graffiti in the CBD. There is also a fair of tagging happening there, but the tagging itself seems to dominate more in the outer suburbs, where the stencils become more rare.

Again, personally, I do not like tagging much at all. Graffiti artists often commence by tagging. That might be the case, but it does not make it more appealing. Many artists start somewhere, but the public generally gets spared to look at their first attempts. I find tagging very selfish and ugly. It annoys me.

Many vandals who are obsessed by their own tags hide behind a diverse and talented street art scene. I am not trying to say that only the best artists should be able to do street art, but there are to many selfish taggers out there imposing their ugly stuff on everyone. It also has a tendency to devalue an area. If you want to sell your house, you will get less for it if someone has placed graffiti or tags on it.

In many cases graffiti adds colour to an area and it can therefore add artisitc value. In very few cases it will add property value and that is only if a majority of people feels attracted to that location due to the graffiti.
In many cases graffiti destroys the vibe of an area and I believe that it is a clichee that graffiti always adds artistic value. For a starter it is hardly ever done in respect to the architecture. I doubt that the majority of taggers ever consider imagery and colour after picking the location.

There should be and will be a space for art in the streets of our urban centres regardless of laws. This will not change in the future. It seems to be a natural need to our species to express ourselves as well as marking our territory. One might say that there is a primitive notion in that, but it does not change the nature of it.

Your views comments are as always welcome!

Cheers,

Victor Biola

 

Another few interesting blogs/sites that I found on this topic:

Site on Southern Californian graffiti and street art, set up in support of book ‘Graffiti L.A., Street Styles and Art –  http://graffitila.com/

Site of Chicago activists (pro-graffiti) – http://www.counterproductiveindustries.com/gbgc/

Detailed website on global graffiti, intelligent write-ups, interesting vids and good imagery!!! – http://www.ilovegraffiti.com

See also: http://ilovegraffiti-en.blogspot.com/2008/10/more-debate-in-australia.html

YouTube site – send in your video opinion on graffiti – www.youtube.com/coretv1

Interesting post with good background knowledge – http://cuidado06.wordpress.com/2008/06/06/19/

Opinions –  http://subcorpus.wordpress.com/2007/04/26/is-graffiti-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder/

Irish voice on the topic – http://kirribilli.wordpress.com/2008/05/25/artvandalism/

The World of Victor Biola Launches

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by victorbiola

A new blog by the name ‘The World of Victor Biola’ has just launched.

This blog is about Victor Biola’s world, which is everyone’s world. Victor Biola shares his insides. He writes about things that matter to us. Victor Biola points out the good sides in life, the amazing aspects of being human as well as the bad sides.

giraffeHe writes about his passions: movies, coffees, cultures. He likes the alternative, the underground and sometimes the more common side of our urban life. Beauty can be found in the stench of the back alleys of our urban centres.

He knows that between black and white there are many shades of gray and that most situations require you to look more than once.

Victor Biola is you. Victor Biola is me.

Finding The Answers Within Yourself

Posted in Life with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by victorbiola

Why we hate what we do not understand

Are you one of those people who at times feel confused about the direction of your community and society as a total? Do you ever feel bewildered about a path chosen based on a majority decision, whilst you have no better alternative at hand? Do you ever feel like you are complaining too much, yet you do not see the sense in a certain behaviour or in following a path just for the sake of it?

Well, welcome to my world! This is nothing out of the ordinary and yes, you do not need to feel like you are a trouble maker if you choose to not agree with everything you encounter (how you deal with it will establish if you are a trouble maker or not).

Urban native american high rise

I often wonder in what way we have lost our ways, as in the ways of our ancestors. I strongly believe that we are a society of technology-hungry followers that have lost their sense of self and a sense of direction. We have come to learn many amazing things as a species and many complicated discoveries and inventions can be credited to us. That in itself is amazing and we could look at it as a blessing. Yet, I strongly feel that the majority of humans have given themselves up to specialists, experts, scientists and other (often) self-indulgent ‘leaders’.

The question that we have to ask ourselves is: Have we lost our individual capacity to make decisions and our spiritual capacity of understanding ourselves as part of our environment?

I often wonder who I could be or should I say: who I really am? I feel that we are so much less of our potential self and yet we gain so little in the trade for technological progress. What have we really gained from the days of early human settlements?

Sure, one could argue, that it is easy to forget all the grapes of our progress over the last ten thousands of years whilst we enjoy their luxuries. A flushing toilet is an amazing invention, true, but has the availability of computers in most households and the www brought us the anticipated spare time? Are we all more involved in discovering our inner beauty or spiritual enlightenment? Or do we rather find ourselves trapped in having less spare time and feeling more stressed?

Courtesy of National Geographic

Courtesy of National Geographic, Photographer: James L. Stanfield

On the one hand I feel terrified by the thought that we might have lost a lot of our wisdom that we have had in past centuries. Just look at the treatment and loss of status that the older generation is experiencing today as opposed to past generations. Sure one could argue that people would have said that even 500 or 2000 years ago, but it is indisputable that a senior in the year 1808 would have experienced a higher status within his/her family than today.

The older generation was responsible to pass on the knowledge of our ancestors as well as being a person of status simply because of their age. This has been lost and we now find a rather abandoned generation of grand parents that have aged and outlived their usefulness as a tax provider and major consumer.

Have we lost the connection to our roots?

Rediscovering-NatureWhy is it that we destroy all the plants that we refer to as weed and consider them unworthy? Yet these plants are strong and resilient to lack of water and excessive or lack of sun shine. These plants are born survivors, yet throughout my life 99.9% of people have been telling me that they were useless, a pest and needed to be ripped out.

At the same time we spent large amounts of time pampering plants that in many cases are not even edible. Why destroy a strong plant and pamper a weaker one? Is that not in itself against nature? Does that not contradict evolution in its core?

I recommend learning about the usefulness of weeds and becoming aware that these plants are easier to maintain and I assume in many cases very healthy as well. I assume that a plant that is more resilient and at the same time edible will pass some of these resilient properties on to the consumer (as in eater). The healthier and stronger the food that we eat the better should be the impact on our health! (A rule that would have to apply in most cases)

I recommend this web site on further reading on edible weeds and would appreciate your thoughts and feed back.

Cheers,

Victor Biola