Chaos Germinates Art: Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo Qiang was born in Quanzhou, Fujian Province of China in the year 1957. Cai Guo-Qiang gained an exposure to Traditional Chinese art forms and Western literature as an effect of his father’s job, who was a traditional painter and a calligrapher, and worked in a bookstore. Cai grew up in the period, which was under social tensions of the Cultural Revolution, as a teenager, Cai himself participated in the parades and various demonstrations. His memories and experiences of the various forms of explosions, such as fireworks of celebration and cannon balls, made a deep impact on his creative streak and imagination. Creating the artworks by gunpowder explosions became his signature style. It can be said that he was, in a way trying to depict the good and the bad ways in which gunpowder can be used, through his art.

“The Spring and Fall of a Small Town” and “Real Kung Fu of Shaolin” were the two martial art movies that Cai acted in the late teens

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Music Marketing and Promotion – What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between music marketing and music promotion?

Marketing and promotion are often confused among indie musicians. There is a difference between music marketing and music promotion. Let’s first look at marketing.

Marketing

Marketing is about getting your target market to know who you are, what you have to offer, why you are offering it, and why what you are offering is something they want. Marketing is about getting your target market to know, like, and trust you.

Does your target audience know you? In order to get your target market to know you, they have to know that you exist. Your target market need to know about you and your music. How do you do that? You show up where they are. You should know where they hang out, what they read, where they shop, and what events they attend. You or your street team need to have a presence in front of them. You can do this by performing where your target market hangs out, postin

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Body Painting – 7 Tips For Cleaning Up Safely and Easily

If you are just getting started in body painting or face painting, one thing you may not have considered is how you are going to get all that paint off again!

While your client may like being a zombie or a tiger at a party, they may not want to go to work looking like one. In any case, they will want to get cleaned up before going to bed or doing pretty much anything else, and you will be expected to know how to remove the paint you put on them safely and painlessly.

Here are 7 quick tips for removing body paint from the skin, and also for staying clean and neat while you are working.

1. Check your paints and packaging.

Always use safe paints that have been made specifically for face painting and body painting. They should explicitly say that is what they are for. Read what they say, either on the label, or on the website, about how to clean them up. Some body paints are made to be cleaned with water; others may use a special kind of remover that you will

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The Shakespearean Theater Comparative Analysis – Then and Now

The Shakespearean theater in the 1500s was a lot different from the theater of today’s society. The old theater is considered an antithesis of the modern theater. The architecture was different and the internal style of the building not similar. For example, one of the oddest things about the theater is the fact that the audience would lean against the stage while standing – they were not seated!

The audience in the Shakespearean theater who were standing around the stage, and leaning against the stage, paid the lowest admission fee to see the play. The fee was somewhere in the area of one cent, unlike today, an individual will normally pay an average admission fee of $75 to sit next to or directly in front of the stage. This is definitely a sign of inflation of the times, and the use of modern technology in the theater unlike in the past.

One must wonder how an individual exited the crowd to attend to bodily functions, or maintained bodily space in the old

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How to Correct Your Plastic Model Car Painting Mistakes

“Oh no, now I’ve done it.” You have just applied to much paint and created huge sagging paint globs to your once perfect model. That perfect contest winning finish you were hoping for is now a disaster.

All is not lost however. You can fix just about any paint mistake that you have made on your contest model with just a bit of work. With a careful paint sanding technique, you can create a perfect finish.

Using four techniques; paint standing, re-spray, paint polish and wax, you can fix just about any mistake you make. I will show you how to use these techniques to fix your model and bring it back to contest level.

Paint standing is the first technique we will use to correct and over spray or orange peel situation you have created on your model. Orange peel is just extra paint that is applied to thickly and ends up making the surface of your model looked like the outside of an orange. The easiest technique I’ve found to correct this kind o

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The Genesis of Philosophy

The genesis of philosophy can be observed across a wide range of human interests such as religion, creative arts, education and economy. In its very essence, philosophy involves unique belief systems that refine the conditions and thoughts pertaining to life, growth and death. Philosophers are considered to be wise visionaries and thinkers who suffered the tragedy of being labeled ‘eccentric’ or ‘ridiculous’ for their unique pattern of thoughts during their lifespan. Most philosophers were unappreciated during their lifetime.

The genesis of philosophy began with the Roman and Greek philosophers, at around 600 BC. Philosophy evolved when men began to question their purpose on earth. There are several schools of thoughts to philosophy.

The Genesis of Philosophy: Theories

Important philosophical theories that comprise the Genesis of Philosophy include:

* Rationalism: It propounded that human beings are intellectual creatures who have

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Great Figures and Important Periods of Poetry From 1500-1700

THE RENAISSANCE PERIOD (1500-1600)

The Renaissance Period in English literature is also known as Elizabethan Period, or the Age of Shakespeare. Renaissance means the revival of learning, and in its broadest sense it is the gradual enlightenment of the human mind after the darkness of the middle Ages. This age advocated humanism, emphasizing man’s concern with himself as an object of contemplation. The Italian writers Dante, Boccaccio and Petrarch started this movement, which shortly spread other countries of Europe. Moreover, revealing writer’s own self became full of interest. Sensitiveness to formal beauty and cultivation of the aesthetic sense lead to the exquisite lyrical poetry of the Elizabethan age.

The poetry of Elizabethan Age opens with Sir Thomas Wyatt and the Earl of Surrey. Another important name is Thomas Sackville. Thomas Sackville, unlike Wyatt and Surrey, is not a cheerful writer, but he is superior to them in poetic technique. Sir Philip S

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Why Overcoming Your Music Career Competition Is Simple, Here’s How It’s Done

Complete this 5-second music career test:

True or false: To attain all the music career opportunities you want, you must overcome tons of competition.

True or false: To truly become successful in the music business, you must beat out thousands of competitors.

Both of these statements are completely false!

The music business really isn’t filled with tons of competition. Music companies are in dire need of new musicians to offer great contracts to, but have a hard time finding such musicians. You read that right.

Extremely successful pro musicians don’t think about competing with others. They invest their time into becoming the kind of musician that other music industry types are looking for. This helps them get the music business opportunities that others don’t get/don’t know exist.

What makes someone the right kind of musician who gets the best opportunities? Specifically, what must you do to become this kind of music

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Wear Scrubs to Do Some Painting

Painting any part of your house is always going to be a big job. From the preparation to the cleanup, a lot of work is going to be involved. If you are going to be doing some painting in your house, the best way to get the job done is to make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. That being said, the quickest way to do that is to dress comfy. There could be no better way to dress comfy than by wearing a pair of womens scrubs.

By dressing comfortably to do your painting, you will feel less stress without even realizing it. Scrubs will make it easy to do all the bending and stretching that comes with the entire paint job. If you will be taping off all the woodwork around the room, scrubs will be so comfortable and less hindering than a pair of jeans. If you will be painting your ceiling, they won’t distract you as your struggle to roll the paint on above your head. If this is the case, you are going to get paint in your hair as well as on your clothes!

The

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Puppeteers and Puppets

We are exposed to puppets as children in schools, library programs, museums, toys, dolls, movies, and television. We have all been exposed to puppets from early childhood and continue to be entertained by them as adults.

Early television viewing presented children to:

  1. The Punch and Judy Show by Rod Burnett
  2. Kukla, Fran, and Ollie
  3. Shari Lewis with Lamb Chop
  4. Howdy Doody created by Buffalo Bob Smith

What is a puppet? It is an object made from wood, paper, cloth, saw dust, straw, cotton, and other materials which can be shaped to represent a person, an animal, or an object.

The puppeteer brings it to life using his fingers, hands, strings, or rods. A puppet is often times referred to as a doll especially when movements are operated by mechanical or electronic gadgets.

Full Body or Full-Costume Puppet:

Sesame Street characters introduced the full body puppet. One of the most popular characters is B

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