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Last night we watched How Art Made the World on bbc2 and Cinema Iran on channel 4. Cinema Iran was followed by two films by Abbas Kiarostami, Where Is My Friend’s House? and Through The Olive Trees. I watched all of the first, but the second stretched on until 3:30am and I eventually had to give up on keeping awake. You can tell Kiarostami used to be a graphic designer as every shot was rich with texture and detail. Two Iranian films will be shown almost every night this week and I'm especially looking forward to The Apple which was directed by the incredible Samira Makhmalbaf when she was only 17 and A Moment Of Innocence. Samira's director father, Moshen Makhmalbaf, and his philosophy on life reminded me of my own father. I will have to record The Hole as they've unfortunately decided to play it at 4am.




How Art Made the World had some interesting theories by the host Nigel Spivey and V.S. Ramachandran (you can hear an interview with him here). It's an ongoing series so I look forward to tuning in to the next program.






I took part in the Art and Personality experiment and here's what it says about me:

Your favourite type of art is Japanese ukiyo-e.




In the personality profile you had a high intellectualism score, which suggests you like to think about abstract ideas and have a creative imagination.

So far, 6945 people have taken part in this experiment.



Average extraversion
People with average extraversion scores tend not to crave the company of others quite as much as people with high extraversion scores. But they also don't necessarily feel happiest on their own like people with low extraversion scores. They are somewhere in between. Sometimes they enjoy the stimulation of events like parties, but they are also more able to make their own entertainment.


High agreeableness
People with high agreeableness scores engage positively with other people. They are keen to understand people's feelings and feel real warmth for others. As they are so empathic, they like to make sure other people are happy and will do what they can to put people at their ease.


Average conscientiousness
People with average conscientiousness scores have a sense of responsibility and like to get the job done. However, they might concentrate more on the big picture and less on the details than people with high conscientiousness scores.


Average emotional stability
People with average emotional stability scores are more likely to have mood swings than people with high emotional stability scores. But they tend to have a less varied emotional life than people with low emotional stability scores. They are somewhere in between. They can be fairly relaxed and predictable, but may occasionally have strong emotional reactions to events.


High intellectualism
People with high intellectualism scores are interested the abstract. They like thinking about things they can't see and have creative imaginations, able to dream up whole new worlds. They like to feel they understand things and will probe deeply into a subject to get as good an insight as possible.


Average emotional intelligence
People with average emotional intelligence scores have a reasonably good emotional insight, but are only human. They believe they are relatively good at empathising with other people, though like anyone else they can occasionally get it wrong. Average scorers tend to see themselves as fairly well balanced, with some insight into their emotional make-up. They are pretty good at interacting with others and use their emotional insight to try to understand other people as well as they can.
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On May 10th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC), brella commented:
I was so looking forward to the cinema iran series until I looked up the schedule this week! They're all on in the middle of the night! ergh....
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On May 10th, 2005 06:00 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I know, Ch4 seems to put good films on past midnight often for some reason. It's a shame. I guess I'll have to dig up some blank tapes this week.
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On May 10th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC), interimlover commented:
it picked Japanese art for me too... but man, the overall choices were so entirely lame! my other results...

High extraversion
People with high extraversion scores tend to thrive on company – they're more likely to enjoy mingling and meeting new people. They crave stimulation and enjoy parties and other events where there's a lot going on. They'd also tend to be very open about themselves and their emotions.

High agreeableness
People with high agreeableness scores engage positively with other people. They are keen to understand people's feelings and feel real warmth for others. As they are so empathic, they like to make sure other people are happy and will do what they can to put people at their ease.

Average conscientiousness
People with average conscientiousness scores have a sense of responsibility and like to get the job done. However, they might concentrate more on the big picture and less on the details than people with high conscientiousness scores.

Average emotional stability
People with average emotional stability scores are more likely to have mood swings than people with high emotional stability scores. But they tend to have a less varied emotional life than people with low emotional stability scores. They are somewhere in between. They can be fairly relaxed and predictable, but may occasionally have strong emotional reactions to events.

High intellectualism
People with high intellectualism scores are interested the abstract. They like thinking about things they can't see and have creative imaginations, able to dream up whole new worlds. They like to feel they understand things and will probe deeply into a subject to get as good an insight as possible.

High emotional intelligence
People with high emotional intelligence scores see themselves as emotionally well balanced. They believe they are good at empathising with other people and have a good insight into their own emotional needs, drives and reactions. High scorers see themselves as well balanced and largely in control of their own emotions. They also tend to feel confident in interacting with people and believe they are able to connect with and influence others by using their emotional understanding.
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On May 10th, 2005 06:08 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I wasn't thrilled with most of the choices myself, but I guess they probably had to choose stuff with broad appeal and familiar artists? Dunno.

Interesting to see other people's results. Max claimed his was "exceptional intellectualism".. I asked if he also received "low agreeableness", but didn't receive an answer.


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On May 10th, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC), interimlover replied:
you may have discovered a hidden correlation there :)
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On May 10th, 2005 09:50 pm (UTC), atlaz replied:
To both of you I say, pffft.
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On May 10th, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC), interimlover commented:
oh, and I can't wait to hear your reviews of the Persian films... I've seen most of those.
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On May 10th, 2005 06:21 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I thought you might have. Where Is My Friend’s House? was really sweet and that boy was perfect + amazing cinematography. I'd like to see And Life Goes On.. about searching for the boys after the earthquake, although they mentioned in the doc that he never finds the boys.

In the Cinema Iran doc they made a funny contrast between Hollywood and Iranian film making and the interviews with all of the directors were inspiring. I hope they repeat the doc, if they do I'll try to record and digitize it.
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On May 10th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC), interimlover replied:
that'd be awesome! I haven't seen the other two movies you mention... I'll keep an eye out for them though.
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On May 10th, 2005 04:54 pm (UTC), uetsu commented:
Flicking through the channels I was amazed by Cinema Iran last night. Their embrace of digital techniques reminded me exactly of how we were brought up to treat film-making back home. What I also found amazing was that I co-incidently watched TEN three days ago. If you have not seen this you should seriously check it out. I'm interested in seeing The Apple - when is it on? I must set my VCR. Very inspiring stuff!!
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On May 13th, 2005 12:25 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Speaking of digital filming 20 Fingers is on right now. The two films I've watched so far, Where Is My Friend's House? and The Apple, have both blown me away. The innovative approach the Iranians have taken to film making is really incredible. I recorded the rest and will watch them as I can.

I put Ten on my screenselect queue.
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On May 10th, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC), redbedhead commented:
thanks for posting the art link :)
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On May 13th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC), nomi replied:
My pleasure. I wouldn't be surprised if PBS picks up the series soon.
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On May 10th, 2005 05:48 pm (UTC), pecunium commented:
Ukiyo-e for me too. I don't know what the other options were. I did find it interesting, given the choices for art expertise (which meant I had to say I thought I knew something about it, the next level up being formal study) just how many of the artists I recognized, even (e.g the Sargent piece) when I had never seen the piece before.

I do think there were better Hokusai to choose. :)

My other results.

My age/gender are most likley to prefer cubism (feh, though the Picasso Goat was very nice. I should have given them my "feelings" on that one).

High extraversion
People with high extraversion scores tend to thrive on company – they're more likely to enjoy mingling and meeting new people. They crave stimulation and enjoy parties and other events where there's a lot going on. They'd also tend to be very open about themselves and their emotions.


High agreeableness
People with high agreeableness scores engage positively with other people. They are keen to understand people's feelings and feel real warmth for others. As they are so empathic, they like to make sure other people are happy and will do what they can to put people at their ease.


Average conscientiousness
People with average conscientiousness scores have a sense of responsibility and like to get the job done. However, they might concentrate more on the big picture and less on the details than people with high conscientiousness scores.


Average emotional stability
People with average emotional stability scores are more likely to have mood swings than people with high emotional stability scores. But they tend to have a less varied emotional life than people with low emotional stability scores. They are somewhere in between. They can be fairly relaxed and predictable, but may occasionally have strong emotional reactions to events.


High intellectualism
People with high intellectualism scores are interested the abstract. They like thinking about things they can't see and have creative imaginations, able to dream up whole new worlds. They like to feel they understand things and will probe deeply into a subject to get as good an insight as possible.


High emotional intelligence
People with high emotional intelligence scores see themselves as emotionally well balanced. They believe they are good at empathising with other people and have a good insight into their own emotional needs, drives and reactions. High scorers see themselves as well balanced and largely in control of their own emotions. They also tend to feel confident in interacting with people and believe they are able to connect with and influence others by using their emotional understanding.

Rating, by my personal preference

Japanese
Northern Rennaisance
Impressionism
Secular Islamic (which is a strange category... like saying Secular European, they had stuff from the Moghuls, and from Morroco, and Persia. Most of it 400 years old, and the other piece 800)
Abstract
Cubism

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On May 13th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I recognized all of the pieces, but that's what happens when I have an artist for a father and my picture books were art books.

I think I put some contradictory stuff in the "feelings" field, I can't really put into words how art make me feel.
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On May 13th, 2005 03:19 am (UTC), pecunium replied:
Yeah, I don't know how to desctibe it. I take it in, I think about it but feel? Unless it's disgust at my intelligence being insulted, I don't feel much, esp. not from a 400 x 300 jpg.

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On May 13th, 2005 12:41 am (UTC), nomi replied:
No, I didn't. Any relation? ;)
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On May 10th, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC), heartswells commented:
a survey worth taking
Thanks for the link, and the insight of the films you've recently seen too.
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On May 13th, 2005 01:00 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: a survey worth taking
Glad you enjoyed them.. you're the first person I've seen who's received "Secular Islamic."
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On May 10th, 2005 11:31 pm (UTC), silver_notebook commented:
That series is the type of thing that makes me miss not having telly. The Apple is wonderful. Do make sure you catch it. I wonder, though, how it will work on a small screen.
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On May 13th, 2005 01:09 am (UTC), nomi replied:
I like having a tv in the UK because there are actually programs worth watching once in awhile here.. my tv was pretty much useless in the US.

The Apple is going to stick with me for a long, long time. The films are so powerful, poetic, and visually captivating.. so much so that they've been affecting my dreams for the last few nights.

I think it worked well on the small screen.
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On May 11th, 2005 05:31 am (UTC), cnwb commented:
A couple of years ago, the Melbourne International Film Festival held a retrospective on Abbas Kiarostami. I booked myself in to a few sessions, one of which was Homework, a 1987 film about Iranian schoolchildren. I took my usual position in the theatre, about a third of the way from the front, and slightly off centre. I knew I'd chosen a good aisle when Mr. Kiarostami himself sat at the end of it.

The film began with children conversing in the street, but there were no subtitles. Everyone figured the subtitles would kick in soon, but after 10 minutes the films stopped and the house lights came on. The director of the festival announced that they'd acquired the wrong print and that patrons would receive a refund. A voice from the audience asked if the film could be played nonetheless, to which the director replied "Mr. Kiarostami himself has requested that the film not be shown".

A friend of mine who worked for the festival told me later, that Kiarostami himself had brought the films over from his private collection, and had overlooked the fact that Australians don't speak Farsi.
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On May 13th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC), nomi replied:
Quite a big oversight. I think the documentary might have actually mentioned something about one of his films being shown without subtitles and it still being a festival favorite. I think it may have been Where Is My Friend's House? If I attend a festival to see a Kiarostami film I'll have to read up on some Farsi.. just in case. ;)
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On May 13th, 2005 12:36 pm (UTC), gulch commented:
Gutted to miss all the Kiarostami films, especially after reading a big article on him in the Guardian Review section recently, but I am really growing to hate TV and can barely bring myself to watch films on it after getting used to our DVD & big screen. I just had a row with our local DVD rental shop too (they've accused me of effectively stealing two films in the last year, and are taking an "if it was just once, we could put it down to being an accident or our error" attitude - even though I distinctly remember returning one of the films and the other one I never even took out, nor would I have wanted to) so I may join Screenselect - except that we're skint and I don't know whether I can justify the expense. Anyway, if we do I expect to see lots more obscure foreign films :)

I came out liking Northern Renaissance art, and average on everything except intellect which was high (but I kept confusing which end of the spectrum was agree and which was disagree, so I'm sure I answered some questions wrongly - how intellectual is that???)
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On May 19th, 2005 02:18 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
I'll have to search for that Guardian article about Kiarostami.

I don't mind watching films on tv. Often BBC4 and CH4 play films that I wouldn't have normally sought out and it forces me to sit down and watch a film. I have such a huge stack of DVDs to get through because I haven't made time for them recently.

We've had Screenselect for a year and it's worked out well.. they've always been efficient and reliable (plus a good selection of obscure foreign films). We had about 3-4 DVDs go missing in the post, but they haven't cut off our service or given us any trouble about it. The only problem we have is finding time to watch all the DVDs, which isn't exactly a problem per se. :)

I was kind of surprised I didn't receive "low emotional intelligence" i.e. Not Balanced At All, but hey, no test is perfect. ;)

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On May 23rd, 2005 07:33 am (UTC), gulch replied:
Yeah, I don't really mind watching films on TV - it just doesn't feel quite so special as watching them on the big screen, so sometimes my mind wanders, but I do still do it if there's a worthwhile film on (re-watched the Fog of War last week).

My worry about joining Screenselect is that we won't end up watching enough DVDs to make it seem worth the money - although we were watching 2 or 3 a week not very long ago, now we seem to see only about 2 a month.

I think my emotional intelligence was probably borderline low as well.
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