Contemporary Japanese artist Takahashi Murakami is in town promoting his first movie, Jellyfish Eyes. I went with a co-worker the other night to watch Mr. Murakami and Pico Iyer, a British born resident of Japan, sit down to talk about about Murakami's art, it's cultural implications as well as its reception in Japan and in the west. I found it all fascinating. You can watch the 90 min conversation online here if you're interested. The chat was put on through The Broad foundation.
On our way to The Orpheum theater we passed a few downtown LA details as well as buildings with incredible architecture. I couldn't get enough.
The classily stunning Orpheum Theater.
Highly recommended if for no other reason than the interior architecture.
|Pico, translator (only for the difficult questions) & Takahashi.|
(please excuse the iphone camera)
In wintertime, it’s very important to do aerobics, because you’re stiff. So I make my staff stretch. And now we say “hello” and “good night” and “thank you so much,” because the young generation cannot say hello. Everyone wants to keep quiet. But SMS is loud, and everybody is quiet and cannot look each other in the eye. It’s crazy. I hate that. You have to say hello. Hello. Hello!
-Takahashi Murakami on calisthenics and the kids these days
Making it through this week on little sleep.
Our new car