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Sisters of Mercy Video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 9, 2009 by victorbiola

Just a short video by the Sisters of Mercy that I have found on YouTube. I love this song from the 80’s. Don’t know if you can relate to this but I love it. Leave a note with your thoughts. Here are the lyrics to the song, which is partly sung in German…

In a sea of faces, in a sea of doubt
In this cruel place your voice above the maelstrom
In the wake of this ship of fools I’m falling further down
If you can see me, Marian, reach out and take me home…..
Marian I think I’m drowning
This sea is killing me

CHORUS

I hear you calling Marian
Across the water, across the wave
I hear you calling Marian
Can you hear me calling you to
Save me, save me, save me from the
Grave…
Marian

Marian, there’s a weight above me
And the pressure is all too strong
To breathe deep
Breathe long and hard
To take the water down and go to sleep
To sink still further
Beneath the fatal wave

CHORUS

Was ich kann und was ich konnte (What I can do and what I could do)
Weiß ich gar nicht mehr (I just don’t know anymore)
Gib mir wieder etwas schönes (Give me something beautiful again)
Zieh mich aus dem Meer (Drag me from the sea)
Ich hör’ dich rufen, Marian (I hear you calling Marian)
Kannst du mich schreien hören? (Can you hear me calling?)
Ich bin hier allein (I am here alone)
Ich hör’ dich rufen, Marian (I hear you calling Marian)
Ohne deine Hilfe verliere ich mich in diesem Ort (Without your help I am lost in this place)

CHORUS (repeat Marian til end)

Featuring: Os Gêmeos

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , on November 14, 2008 by victorbiola

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Os Gêmeos are two twin brothers from São Paulo in Brazil. Os gêmeos actually translates to twins. Their artwork varies from casual graffiti to complicated murals. Their work has a very artistic touch to it and the characters in their work are often of a dreamlike appearance.

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For more information and images try: WikiPedia, Lost Art, Interview of Os Gêmeos at: Art Crimes, Deitch Projects, Images on Flickr, We Make Money Not ArtVisual Resistance and Eyes On Brazil.

 

Below is a video of Os Gêmeos:

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Virtue Ruins Beauty

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 13, 2008 by victorbiola

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I enjoy print making as an artform. It is a great way to express yourself and I liked it long before I had heard about Stencils as a serious artform. Screen printing produces some amazing results. Screen prints are nomally found in galleries and some can get quite dear.

Virtue Ruins Beauty is a piece by an artist called Give Up. The images below are a paste up from an abandoned building in Houston, Texas. See link: Citynoise Website. I wanted to share it as an example of good streetart. It is an interesting idea to return the art found in galleries back to the street, so putting the prints into abandoned buildings, as opposed to bring the streetsart into the galleries or putting protective covers onto graffiti (as happened with a Banksy graffiti in Melbourne).

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The Best Song of All Times?

Posted in Life, Music with tags , , , , , , on November 12, 2008 by victorbiola

Impossible to answer that question. Everyone might have an opinion, some Roman dude in the year 120 AD might give a very subjective answer as a guy in the year 2212, who might quote me and name the local gig on Mars.

the-whoI live now (who would not claim that) and I would name a band my father could relate to more than I can, though does that matter? Best song ever? This question cannot be answered, the best song ever does not exist and would so much depend upon the moment and situation and person…

My personal entry would be ‘Love reign O’er Me’ by the Who (Can you see the real me? Can you? Can you?…)

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Beautiful Seduction

Posted in Fun, Life with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2008 by victorbiola

It is always interesting to see how individuals differ, yet how strongly we are being influenced by the media. A previous post is asking viewers and readers to submit their favourite seductive song.

See: Vote For Your Favourite Seductive Song

Everyone has a right to an opinion; just funny to see how far we do differ on the topic. Some people seem to mistake the art of seduction with chopping meat up for the bbq.

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How we are worlds apart in our headspaces and souls… There is a big difference between eating out of a tin or just placing food on a plate or actually arranging a meal on a plate, beautifully presented, deliciously placed. Making an effort can be effortless as not making an effort. Going out of your way will bring you past new ideas and thoughts. By making a difference you show that you care. That is seductive.

I would liken seductive, sensual, enticing to a person unwrapping a desert, slowly with anticipation while listening to the sound of the unwrapping…

The art of seduction is a process of encounters, slight touches of skin, as if accidental, a process of appreciation. Seduction is as well about respect, respect for the moment, yourself and the opposite. Seduction is beauty in itself, it is flirtatious…

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Lately I have heard friends complaining about encounters where the opposite was to obsessed by dirty talk and being rough, actually being treated that way. I feel that there is a place for that and where two people with the capacity to decide make a decision to do something together, then it is fine. It just gets so boring when you feel that being desensitised is the new fashion.

I could go on about it and also speak about the degradation of good film scripts, with most movies produced using swear words and coarse language. What happened to the good scripts?

I guess the fact that dirty talk and swearing has reached the main stream is what makes it so boring and main stream! Seduction is back! ‘It is not what I see that excites me, but what remains hidden.’ Victor Biola (someone will claim it to be said by someone before me…)

Well, that is what Victor Biola thinks…

Comments, responses and thoughts are very welcome

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Stencils All Over The World

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , on November 6, 2008 by victorbiola

Below you will find a selection of stencils that I have found online. Personally, I prefer stencils that are in not too many colours and layers. Stencils are great when kept simple, once they get too complex they become overworked. As always there are exceptions, but in most cases over complicated works indicate that the creator has confused creation with masturbation. I don’t get a kick out of the latter…

Click on the images to find the site where they are originated. Some come with interesting posts or articles.

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A blog by the name The World is not Flat has a good post on European street art. The writer, a visitor from the US (a country south of Canada) describes his/her (that is the problem with unisex names- Lee) thoughts on the European situation. The  first photo was taken from that blog.

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The Wooster Collective is another interesting site/blog and very active. If you like political stencils (as I do) you will find a lot of interesting works here. The image of the child on the van in New Delhi and the profile of the girl on the black wall can be found there.

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paris-stencilAnother gem in the search for inspiring stencils has to be a blog called World of Stencils.

Here I found some very beautiful pieces (see the nude stencil from Paris) and some very complex works by an artist called artiste-ouvrier. As mentioned earlier in this post, I prefer simple stencils, but as always there is the exception to the rule…

World of Stencils also features a group of stencil artists called WCA – Free University of Stencil Art. I have added two of their works below. Both motives show animals.

 

 

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If you like some of the works, check my future posts for more stencils to come and get involved in the debate on the legality of street art!

Read the following blogs to get informed:

  • Core TV 1 Featured this group before- they are independent filmmakers working on documentary on Melbourne’s opinion on Street Art
  • Geekgirl Love the name! This post is on a stencil festival in Melbourne and has some interesting insights into our current political state of the art regarding street art
  • Don’t Ban The Can Most locals know about DBTC by now, they are an interest group of street art supporters and against the Graffiti Prevention Act. They organise events to celebrate street art! This is what democracy is about! Standing up for what you believe in…
  • Graffiti Hurts Australia This group is actually fighting against graffiti and street art and has been very active in the media. Personally, I find this group extremely conservative and negative, it is still good to see what their views are…

Enjoy the Streets with Victor Biola …

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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.

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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? 

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).

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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?

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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