We’ve gotten some very pretty images from Rockstar’s latest hit game. Some have been taken by self-appointed combat photographers and shutterbugs, who spend little eternities waiting to isolate a perfect moment. Happens all the time, right? But a Canadian artist is doing something different in Los Santos. He takes a picture of—that’s of, not in—GTA V and then rigs up a real-world shoot that makes it look like an actual person is snapping that picture. It’s a bit of a head trip.
This is really quite fascinating. The breakdown of the the game from entertainment to art medium and the statement of fact that photographs are not reality is one that I can really sink my teeth into. I have not as of yet played GTA 5 but the growing number of stories of photographers using it as a playground and experimental lab for creation excites me.
I am curious to know how you guys feel about these ideas on photography and the art to be found in the video-game. Is photography reality? Is Benoit Paillé’s work thought provoking to you?
So I made soda bread last night from a recipe I found online. It got too toasted on the outside and not cooked on the inside and didn’t taste too much like soda bread. My Irish side wept. Is there anyone out there that has a really good soda bread recipe?
So NerdNYC Board game night is tonight and last week NerdistNYC tweeted about it. I’ll be excited to see if we get a lot of new faces from the shoutout. If you have been to shy to join us or just haven’t gotten around to it, tonight is the night! Come to board game night! Meet new people, play new games, drink lots of coffee! Huzzah!
Want to ring in the New Year with your fellow geeks in NYC? Here are a few parties to get you started:
The Uncommons’ “Affordable New Year’s Eve Party” Join The Uncommons, where they are hosting the “First Annual Board Game Party For People Who Don’t Want To Waste A Lot Of Money” aka “The Affordable New Year’s Act”. They will stay open until 2AM, and offer a livestream of the Times Square Ball Drop so you can enjoy it without being penned up for hours in the cold. $5 to play boardgames, all night, with no drink minimum and more Settlers of Catan than any other party in NYC.
The Dances of Vice “New Year’s Eve Gala 2014” (expensive to go at $150 per person, but they do throw amazing parties) Celebrate the coming year with requisite abandon at Dances of Vice in a glitzy New Year’s gala that amalgamates the myriad of vintage eras and themes for which our productions are known, from the Jazz Age to the Rebel Age.
As always, New Year’s Eve at Dances of Vice promises a spectacular cast of musicians, performers and hosts, taking place this year in a private Victorian residential palace built in the style of a Renaissance palazzo.
With dinner service offered for VIPs and open bar all night, skip the crowded restaurant ordeal and eliminate the hassle of paying for drinks, so you can spend less time waiting and more time celebrating!
Gemini & Scorpio’s “The Bootlegger’s Ball” A vintage costumed ball, expansiveness of a warehouse dance party, excitement of live brass, a splash of fine cocktails, and just a dash of illicit adventure and unpredictable moments.
Dance till 1am to live big band swing by the 13-piece Hot Shim Sham Orchestra, followed by infectious electro-swing grooves by underground favorite DJ Barney Iller till late. Glamorous burlesque by Kat MonDieu and Apathy Angel, performed with the band. Daring aerial by Ivory Fox. Old-time strongman and sideshow stunts by Adam Realman. Hosted by dashing magician Nelson Lugo. Fabulous face & body painting by Painteresse Elysabeth. 2014 divinations by gifted psychics. Absinthe and other mind-altering potions by The House of St Eve (yes, t.h.o.s.e. cocktails). Easy beginner swing dance class at 9:30pm by Brooklyn Swings. Champagne flows free 9-10pm.
Dress code: depression glamour, evening ball on the Titanic, hobo formal, desperation derring-do. Effort required / no entry without.