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Martinez Makes ASP Ratings Leap After Billabong Pro Mundaka Win!

Martinez Makes ASP Ratings Leap After Billabong Pro Mundaka Win!

What started as a dream became reality when defending champion Bobby Martinez (USA) became the first surfer in the history of the Billabong Pro Mundaka to post back to back victories at the reeling lefthander today.

“I had a dream that I won the event about a week ago,” Martinez said. “I didn’t even tell my fiancי Cleo, but I didn’t want to wake up from the dream. It felt so real and now it has come true, it’s just so weird how it all ended up. It’s good to win an event wherever it is, but winning here last year and then winning here now… it’s just brought back so many great memories.”

Martinez beat Foster’s ASP World No. 3 Taj Burrow (AUS) in a closely fought Final to defend his Billabong Pro Mundaka title and post best result of the season. Burrow lost the final by less than three-tenths of a point, despite posting an excellent 9.33 (out of 10) wave score toward the end of the heat. Martinez bettered his low score by catching the set wave after Burrow’s and the Australian was unable to answer back.

“Taj surfed really well, he got the best wave of the heat,” Martinez said. “Thank goodness there was that wave that I caught right after his because it ended up being one of my better waves. When the announcers said he got a 9.0 something, I knew he had to have gone into the lead, but then my score was an 8.27 and the situation didn’t change. I was just thinking the whole time, ‘How much more time is left, let’s get this thing over with!’

Martinez jumped from 13th to 6th on the Foster’s ASP World Tour ratings with the win. Previous to his win today, the Californian had posted one 3rd, one 5th and five 17th place results on the 2007 tour. He finished World No. 5 last year to become the 2006 ASP Rookie of the Year.

“I was kind of nervous in France, questioning my re-qualification, so I was pretty stressed,” Martinez said. “I didn’t want this tour to end for me, so to come here and get a win I couldn’t be happier. I can’t be more thankful. Taj surfed really well, he got the best wave of the heat, I couldn’t believe it that I won again. It’s just crazy.”

Burrow mentioned having a dream in which he won the event last week too, but unfortunately for the current World No. 3, a goofy-footed (right foot forward) Martinez crushed it today.

“That was tough, it actually felt totally unfair at first because Bobby was getting these waves from deep that I knew I couldn’t make on my backhand,” Burrow said. “They were just too small and too quick and he was flying through them. I was saying, ‘I am doomed in this final, I can’t do anything,’ but then the tide came in a bit and the faces opened up a little. I got that 9.33 pretty late in the heat, and with my 6.83, I just needed a little bit more like a 7.0 something. It was pretty tight and frustrating really but Bobby was ripping, what I can I say.”

Only eight of 10 events are factored into the Foster’s ASP World Tour ratings at the end of the year and Burrow is dropping a 33rd and a 17th place result. If Burrow wins the next event or places one spot ahead of current ratings leader Mick Fanning (AUS), the World Title will be decided at the ASP season finale in Pipeline, Hawaii.

“I was planning on winning these next few events, but a 2nd is great for sure,” Burrow said. “I made the Final and I’m on track. I’ll just have to aim to win Brazil or at least place ahead of Mick and Kelly to keep in the picture. I am still there so that’s the best thing. All I can work on is getting more and more keepers from here on out, it is an exciting race for sure.”

Only Fanning, Burrow and 8X World Champion Kelly Slater (USA) remain in contention for the 2007 ASP World Title after the Billabong Pro Mundaka. Burrow beat Slater 14.00 to 4.93 in their second semifinal match-up of the year today. Burrow caught the best waves of the heat while Slater searched the lineup in vain.

“It’s ironic because this contest has kept me in the World Title hunt, but I’m just really frustrated,” Slater said. “Realistically, I need a win in Brazil and for Mick and Taj to get 5ths. Then I’d probably have to do the same thing again at Pipe. I can’t win the World Title without winning at least one of the next two contests.”

Slater did not attend the Foster’s ASP World Tour event in Brazil last year, having already won the World Title in Mundaka, but he will have to win the event this year to stay in contention to win a 9th ASP World Crown.

“It’s not impossible, it’s still there for the taking,” Slater said. “I’ve been in this situation a couple of times going into Pipeline and I was able to pull it out, but that was with one event to go and with an event that played well for me. With Taj and Mick both winning before in Brazil, it’s probably not the best circumstance for me, but anything can happen.”

Fanning is the defending champion in Brazil, the next and second to last event on the 2007 Foster’s ASP World Tour. Burrow won the event the year prior. If Fanning repeats and wins in Brazil again, the 2007 ASP World Title is his.

“Brazil has been a really good event for me, so I still feel comfortable,” Fanning said. “I have known from the beginning of the year that it would probably go down in Brazil, maybe even Hawaii, so I’m not worried. I’ve been in the race with a few events to go at certain times in my career, but I’ve never been in the position that I’m in right now. It feels good to be in this position.”

Despite his Semifinal loss to Martinez today, Fanning knows that his equal 3rd place finish in Mundaka, earned right after a win in France, keeps him in strong contention for a maiden world crown.

“Yeah it’s a great result,” Fanning said. “I have a 17th to get rid of with two contests to go and these guys are keeping 9ths, so in the big picture it’s still pretty good. It’s been a good month so I’m still stoked.”

The top five spots on the Foster’s ASP ratings remained the same after event No. 8 of 10 on this year’s tour. The next event in Brazil will begin on Nov. 30, 2007.

BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA FINAL RESULTS:
Final: Bobby Martinez (USA) 16.44 def. Taj Burrow (AUS) 16.16

BILLABONG PRO MUNDAKA SEMIFINAL RESULTS:
Heat 1: Bobby Martinez (USA) 14.17 def. Mick Fanning (AUS) 11.67
Heat 2: Taj Burrow (AUS) 14.00 def. Kelly Slater (USA) 4.93

Foster’s ASP World Tour Ratings after Event No. 8 of 10, the Billabong Pro Mundaka:
1. Mick Fanning (AUS) 7346 points – Top 5 ratings leaders remain the same
2. Kelly Slater (USA) 6326 points
3. Taj Burrow (AUS) 6275 points
4. Joel Parkinson (AUS) 5505 points
5. Andy Irons (HAW) 4966 points
6. Bobby Martinez (USA) 4582 points – Up 7 spots from 13th
7. Jeremy Flores (FRA) 4580 points – Up one spot from 8th
8. Bede Durbidge (AUS) 4424 points – Up one spot from 9th
9. Pancho Sullivan (HAW)4287 points – Down three spots from 6th
10. Damien Hobgood (USA)4274 points – Down three spots from 7th

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November 13, 2007 Posted by | sports, Surfing | , , , | Leave a comment

Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits Abdurrahman Öztoprak

Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits Abdurrahman Öztoprak

Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art, Istanbul presents the exhibition “Poetics of Space: Öztoprak and His Generation’ to honor the eightieth birthday of Abdurrahman Öztoprak, one of the Turkey’s leading contemporary artists of international stature. The exhibition will be held between 12th of December, 2007 and 15th of March, 2008.

The exhibition, ‘Poetics of Space: Öztoprak and His Generation’, curated by Necmi Sönmez, will focus on one aspect: Abstract artistic dialogue between Turkish and European artists. The aim of the exhibition proposal is to present first time in Istanbul some important abstract paintings after 1945 from the collection of European Museums together a selection of works by Abdurrahman Öztoprak. Both accessible and compelling, this confrontation of abstract works from Europe and Turkey transcends cultural and geographic distance.

There will also be a concert taking place on 13th of December which will meet the art work of Abdurrahman Öztoprak and Beethoven’s music to dedicate the artist. In the following days after the opening of the exhibition, there will be a panel at the museum, where the museum directors of the loaning institutions will be attending.

Abdurrahman Öztoprak (*1927 Istanbul, lives in Akyaka) is one of Turkey’s leading contemporary artist of international stature. His works are represented in the permanent collections of major museums and private collections in Turkey. He draws his inspirations for his abstract compositions primarily from Classical European Music. He created a unique body of abstract works during a fifty year period. On July 1st 2007 Abdurrahman Öztoprak has been eighty years old. Öztoprak was educated at the Art Academies in Istanbul and Rome and worked in Germany between 1960 and 1975.

Öztoprak’s abstract paintings are a true archive artistic dialogue between East and West cultures and testimony to the way in which different traditions express their feelings. Their messages are continually universal. The geometrical abstract works of artist demonstrates a unique imaginative form vocabulary. Öztoprak’s paintings have recorded interesting dialogue between Oriental and Occidental Art; through them we witness a fertile symbiosis of Turkish and European Culture.

The dual objective of the ‘Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art’ is to facilitate the globalization of contemporary Turkish art, whilst familiarizing the viewing public with a wealth of important international art. By combining high quality work executed by established and emerging artists of Turkish origin with that of well regarded international artists the Museum ensures the effective promotion of Turkish contemporary culture. Through this eclectic, important collection, which illustrates over fifteen years of development in contemporary art, both domestically and abroad, the Museum demonstrates the significance and vitality of Turkish art, while offering people the golden opportunity to view major international art, rarely seen before in Turkey.

Visit : www.ElgizMuseum.org

November 13, 2007 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists, raw art gallery, Uncategorized | , | Leave a comment

Gao Xingjian at Singapore Art Museum

Gao Xingjian at Singapore Art Museum

The month of November focuses brings the avant-garde visual art practice, theatrical and literary writing of Paris-based recipient of the 2000 Nobel Prize for Literature, Gao Xingjian to Singapore. Audiences will have the opportunity to partake in an array of programmes related to Gao’s artistic practice, including forums, workshops, exhibitions, performances and films organized by the presenters and partners of Gao Xingjian in Singapore programme. Gao Xingjian donation ceremony – 23 November 2007, 5.00 pm

Born in China in 1940 and a French citizen since 1998, the cosmopolitan, multidisciplinary artist Gao Xingjian has been conferred many awards in France and Italy for his accomplishments in the literary, performing and visual arts. Gao is also the first ethnic Chinese to win the Nobel Prize in Literature, for the literary work Soul Mountain.

Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is proud to present Gao Xingjian in Singapore – a dialogue session with Gao Xingjian. Conducted in Mandarin, English and French (with translations), the dialogue session represents an exclusive opportunity for participants to experience Gao up-close, as well as explore his avant-garde visual art practice, theatrical and literary writing.

Following Gao’s extremely well-received first Asian retrospective exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum in 2005, the dialogue session as well as the related programmes promises to be another significant artistic as well as media event to watch. Says Director of Singapore Art Museum, Mr Kwok Kian Chow, “In approaching Gao’s first retrospective art exhibition in Asia in 2005, the Museum did not begin with painting but with language – through commissioning essays and organising lecture series as part of curatorial research work – in tandem with Gao’s aesthetic trajectory. This year, the dialogue session with Gao will contribute toward earlier scholarship undertaken on Gao’s artistic practice, and provide personal insights into Gao’s inner artistic vision.” Dialogue session proceedings will be recorded for further development, research and archival purposes. Adds Mr Kwok, “It is hoped that the recording can contribute research insights on the development of Chinese literary and visual arts internationally.” The forum is organised as an official event of the 2007 Initiation International Festival in Singapore, the session will include a video screening of Gao’s selected theatre works.

Gao is an acclaimed novelist and playwright. The literary award winner is also well known for his ink paintings. Currently residing in Paris, he paints in ink and has held about 30 world-wide exhibitions spanning across Asia, Europe and the United States.

To further contribute to this event, Gao Xingjian will donate his masterpiece, Day and Night, to Singapore Art Museum. In Day and Night, various figures are seen moving across a landscape. The scene progresses from the sun-lit aspects on the left of the painting, through the middle section representing dusk, onto night. In Gao’s works of literature and art, he communicates the idea of consciousness of self. He sees this consciousness as divided into three stages represented by first person, second person and third person status; otherwise known as I, You, and He/She. The movement of the figures in Day and Night is thus akin to a personal journey of self, in which a person moves from the various stages of consciousness, to return to the original starting point in a circular and never-ending motion, while the monochromatic shades of grey represent the reality of human existence. This work is featured in The Big Picture Show, an exhibition on the muralist tradition in Asia.

Says Mr Kwok, “SAM is honoured to receive the donation from Gao. As an artist, Gao draws his inspiration from his philosophical inquiry into self and consciousness, a theme recurrent in his literary works. Using his chosen medium of Chinese ink, the expressive quality of his work emanates the artist’s subconscious intent which reflects the subtle yet powerful interplay of language and painting. The donation is certainly a valuable addition to the Museum’s collection of contemporary Asian art.”

For more information, visit The Singapore Art Museum at : www.singart.com Mondays to Sundays 10am to 7pm, with extended hours and FREE Admission on Fridays from 6pm to 9pm – Singapore Art Museum is located at 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555

November 13, 2007 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists | , | Leave a comment

Camden Arts Centre shows Steven Claydon’s choice of “Objects and Things”

Camden Arts Centre shows Steven Claydon’s choice of “Objects and Things”

Camden Arts Centre in London presents a new artist-curated exhibition, Steven Claydon has selected works from across the 20th-century examining the relationship between the art object and the institutions which display them. It includes photography, painting, sculpture, installation, film screenings and audio works by Alberto Giacometti, Claude Cahun, Francis Picabia and Elisabeth Frink.

The exhibition follows acclaimed artist-curated shows at Camden Arts Centre such as An Aside by Tacita Dean (2005) and Richard Wentworth’s Thinking Aloud (1998). Claydon’s choice of “objects and things” addresses what he calls “the taxonomies of display”, dependent on modes of display and the fickle nature of market forces.

His own artistic approach is reflected in the thinking process behind the selection and he includes a new installation made in the Clore Ceramics Studio at Camden Arts Centre. The exhibition takes its title from a quote by fictional 1930s detective Charlie Chan and contains a peculiar British Modernism.

“It may be that an acceptance of the manifold nature of histories and cultural contexts could lead us to better understand ‘the thinglyness of things’ or it may just be that strange events permit themselves the luxury of occurring.” Steven Claydon

Crossing a number of generations, the exhibition includes sculpture from the start of the 20th-century by Jacob Epstein and Alberto Giacometti to films by contemporary London-based artists Bonnie Camplin, Mark Leckey and Simon Martin. Claude Cahun’s photographs from the 1930s are shown alongside ceramics from the 1970s by Hans Coper. Iconic sculptures by Elisabeth Frink and Lynn Chadwick provide a context for other artists working in the 1970s. A new sculpture by the American artist Charles Simonds has been commissioned by Camden Arts Centre.

Exhibiting artists: Douglas Binder, Anna and Bernhard Blume, Carol Bove, Edward Burra, Claude Cahun, Jeffery Camp, Bonnie Camplin, Lynn Chadwick, Neil Chapman, Steven Claydon, Hans Coper, Keith Coventry, Jane England, Jacob Epstein, Vincent Fecteau, Rachel Fenner, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Elisabeth Frink, Alberto Giacometti, Richard Hawkins, Guy Hetherington, Jenny Holzer, Thomas Houseago, Des Hughes, Peter Lanyon, Mark Leckey, Wyndham Lewis, Simon Martin, Sidney Nolan, Eduardo Paolozzi, Francis Picabia, Elizabeth Price, Margaret Priest, Marcus Selg, Jim Shaw, Charles Simonds, John Stezaker, Graham Sutherland, Edward Underwood, Franz West, J.D.Williams.

Visit Camden Arts Centre at : www.camdenartscentre.org

November 13, 2007 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists, photography | , , | 1 Comment

Gravity Zero Groove Bed May Be Too Entertaining To Sleep On

bed music

Nevermind that the color scheme looks like it was designed by Ronald McDonald —this Gravity Zero bed is packing some serious features like a 150-Watt sound system, 2 sleep system motors, 2 powerful massage systems with 12 programs, four-joint adjustability, flexible shoulder comfort zone, pneumatic hand control, and a ventilated Talalay latex mattress for added comfort and support.

Pricing details have not been made available, but my guess is that it won’t come anywhere near cheap. It you are willing to drop some serious cash on the Gravito Zero, rest assured that it will be available in a variety of colors.

Gravity Zero

November 13, 2007 Posted by | Architecture, Design, electronics, Geeks, music, Technology, Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Contemporary Arts Festival: Jakarta, West Java

Jakarta, West Java

Art lovers in Jakarta will be delighted to hear that the city plans to hold a contemporary arts festival for the entire month of November. ASI V 2007 will be held at Taman Ismail Marzuki (TIM) in Cikini, Jakarta Playhouse in Pasar Baru and Goethe Institut in Menteng, all in Central Jakarta.

“The festival will feature the best and 14 perfroming artists from 11 countries, including Indonesia,” said Putu Wijaya, the event organizing committee head for Art Summit Indonesia V 2007.

Putu said the committee had chosen the artists based on their quality, background and work.

Some of the artists, such as dancers Diez y Diez Danza from Spain and Angela Liong from Singapore will premier work in the festival; while Dorky Park from Germany will have its debut in Asia the Jakarta Post article explains.

Three Indonesian artists performing in the festival are Made Sidia with his Wayang Listrik (Electric Wayang), monologist Butet Kertarejasa and Jecko Siompo, a dancer.

However, unlike previous years, Putu said there would not be any visual arts in this festival.

“We have to compromise due to the lack of funding,” he said.
The first ASI, which featured dance and music, was held in 1995 under the initiative of Edi Sedyawati, the then-director general of culture at the Education and Culture Ministry.

The second ASI was held during the reform year in 1998, and was almost canceled by the organizer because the team thought it was inappropriate to hold a festival at the time.

“However, on second thought, we realized that people needed art to feed their soul, therefore we held the summit,” he said.

The ASI is held every three years. The first ASI involved 15 groups from nine countries; the second one was followed by 15 groups from eight countries, featuring performing arts, such as dance, music and theater; the third ASI in 2001, which had the same concept as the second one, was followed by 17 groups from 10 countries; and the fourth ASI in 2004 was followed by 15 performing artists from 10 countries and 25 visual artists from six countries.

Playwright Ratna Riantiarno, who is also on the organizing committee, said she was happy the city could hold the festival.
“It’s amazing how performing artists from overseas eagerly want to participate in this festival.

“However, I feel sad, though, because it’s not easy to get sponsorship from local partners,” she said.

November 13, 2007 Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Art Fairs, Artists, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Chocky’s Place In Bingin for sale

Chocky’s Place In Bingin

Ever wanted to own a guest house in Bali? Imagine waking up at one of the best surf breaks on the island, right on the beach and being able to surf anytime you want. All this and be able to make money at the same time.

Australian Kenny Cole, owner of Chocky’s Place is putting it on the market. Located centrally on Bingin beach, Chocky’s Place is super popular with surfers and is home base for surf contests held at Bingin.

Could be a brand new life style for some lucky person. Those interested contact Kenny either by phone of email.

Yamas what do you say? Is this a dream come true?

November 13, 2007 Posted by | Design, Surfing, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Asus EcoBook Bamboo Laptop Prototype

Asus EcoBook Bamboo Laptop

Here is an image of the most recent prototype of the Asus “EcoBook,” an “ultra green” laptop that is supposed to come out next year. The internals don’t concern me much-I’m sure it’ll use some efficient chipset available elsewhere, but the bamboo covering has now been extended to the inside palm rest. It begs to be stroked, the blonde bamboo slowly soaking up the oil from the hand. You may think that’s grody and I guess it is a little, but I love what happens to wood when it shows the evidence of human touch. It would be great to have a laptop that gets more beautiful as it is used, not less.

November 13, 2007 Posted by | Design, electronics, Geeks, Technology | , , | Leave a comment

Artists Team Up with Microsoft for Zune Originals

microsoft zune artists

Zune‘s next move takes their support of emerging artists and literally puts it on their sleeve. Zune Originals is a collection of 27 original works by 18 international artists designed to be engraved onto the back of the device. On the Zune Originals site, launching 13 November 2007, visitors will be able to customize their Zune by size, color, illustration and with up to four optional lines of text-all free of charge, at least for the time being.

November 13, 2007 Posted by | Artists, Design, electronics, Fashion, Geeks, grafiti, music, sports | , , | Leave a comment