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Alka #302

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While on the annual summer vacation in Croatia, I packed, but did not expect, that I’d be able to again go to the Alka. For those that are unfamiliar, it’s a ‘contest of knights’, a competition where riders on horseback try to pierce a quartered circle in the center. It commemorates a victory over the Ottoman army which took place in 1715, and this celebratory contest has taken place every year since then. All who ride must be born in the city of Sijn, where this takes place, and for the Alka they all dress appropriately to the time of the battle. It’s a truly spectacular, proud display of living history, unlike anything I’ve seen before.

I’ve drawn this a few times before. This time around we (my wife and I) had great seats not far from the President of Croatia, in the shade. Limiting if I was going to do a full essay, but good for the health, considering it was boiling hot. This time around I didn’t draw myself into a frenzy. I spent of the time simply watching, cheering and enjoying the spectacle. I did want to limit myself this time around. Fewer materials, less walking around, no crazy sitting in the sun. How does one approach something that’ they’ve done before? I wanted to build on what I’ve done in the past, in calligraphy at least. Next year, maybe I’ll go again and will further expand the essay. Until then, I hope you enjoy these few drawings.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_masonry_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1502384389645-8930eb47-7e58-6″ include=”1594,1590,1586,1585,1595,1584,1593,1591,1589,1587″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Lives marked

[vc_row 0=””][vc_column][vc_column_text 0=””]Riding the tram, watching the faces, playing with the marks that come from lives spent smiling, frowning, wondering and bumping into things, an eyebrow goes here, a nose there. I even snuck in a drawing of my son Adrian at the end of the gallery. His associations, smiles, hugs, no’s and kisses and individuality are the ringing bells that mark the hours of my every day. Since we don’t post photos , to those who haven’t seen him, this is the closest you’ll get to seeing him. Imagine a mendelian 50/50 of Ana and myself, and you get Adrian.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1492073797534-26ffaee9-71a5-4″ include=”1558,1566,1565,1564,1568,1562,1556,1557,1561,1567,1559,1560,1563″][/vc_column][/vc_row]


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A selected plentitude of faces awaits, peering out from this least Swiss corner of Switzerland. If this is to represent Geneva, than at least 50% of the faces are not Swiss. And if it’s to be true to Swiss exclusivity, than maybe one is a person who can actually be considered a true ‘Genevois’, tracing their ancestry many generations back.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_masonry_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1488309250702-69e2da16-16c6-5″ include=”1543,1547,1548,1546,1545,1544,1549,1541,1540,1539,1538,1537,1536,1535,1534,1533,1532,1531,1530,1529,1528,1527,1526,1525,1524,1523,1522,1521,1520,1519,1518,1517,1516,1515,1514,1513,1512″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Exponential Moments


Nicoletta Iacobacci I CreativeMornings/Geneva
Science-fiction is becoming science-fact as exponential technologies develop and increasingly influence our lives.It is evident to everyone who’s paying attention that we will experience progress at mammoth speed in the twenty-first century. Millennia of progress-equivalent compressed into a few decades. It is likely that during this century, machine intelligence will surpass human intelligence. We’ll see technological change never before witnessed—the merging of biological and non-biological, software-based immortal “humans”, and sentient artificial intelligence.A moment when a civilization will change so much that its rules and technologies will be incomprehensible to the previous generation. From Vernor Vinge who popularized the idea of the singularity (in his 1993 essay “Technological Singularity”) to Ray Kurzweil (“the Singularity is near”) let’s investigate and discuss what does the future hold for us.Nicoletta Iacobacci was Head of Strategy and Future Media at the European Broadcasting Union until November 2014, she earned a Ph.D (summa cum laude) in 2015, focusing on Ethics and Emerging Technologies.Member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, she’s a BAFTA guru and a Senior Advisor at Singularity University. International speaker and event moderator, she has curated five editions of TEDxTransmedia and nine European Broadcasting Union Summits. On September 2017 she will curate and host the first edition of TEDxCarouge. Currently, she works on robotics and affective science, teaches “Emerging Media” at Webster University Geneva and will be visiting professor, at Jinan University, in Guangzhou, China.

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Zagreb Portraits

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]My family just spent a drop of time in Zagreb, as we usually do during the holidays. It’s a lovely place to be at that time of the year, but I was mostly indoors thanks to some illness. Did manage to do some errands and draw a few people while riding the public transport, though.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_gallery type=”image_grid” images=”1462,1461,1470,1469,1463,1468,1466,1465,1471,1464,1472″][/vc_column][/vc_row]


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]More than one blog update in a month? You betcha! It’s cold outside, and I’m riding the local public transportation a bit more these days, leading to more portraits, a few of which I’m sharing here.

Looking at faces, I see the asymmetries. We’re born asymmetric, and grow more so over our natural lives. A nose veers off center. One eye is more open, or rests a little higher. A mouth cocked askew. It’s the human quality, the poetry and naturalness of a life lived honestly, and why I prefer a hand drawn circle over one shaped by a compass. I do not believe in perfection. I believe in study and a dedicated effort to communicate.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_masonry_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1481876645350-8f51bd47-1496-2″ include=”1357,1356,1350,1351,1352,1348,1353,1355,1349,1354″][/vc_column][/vc_row]


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]It’s been a long time since I’ve shared my iPhone portraits. It’s a form of study that I’ve been practicing for a long time, going to back to my time in NYC when it would rain and I’d take the subway to work, rather than ride my bicycle. And so this continues here in Switzerland. These are done on local trams and regional trains, quick studies, thinking of design, marks, sculpture, complexities and simplicities.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_masonry_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1480543071616-d13164b1-62d0-4″ include=”1336,1337,1338,1339,1340,1341,1342,1343″][/vc_column][/vc_row]


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”1333″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]My Millerocity blog has existed on Blogger for a while, and now I’ll begin using my website. To see my older intermittent blogs, click here.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”1087″ img_size=”full”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Taking the Plunge!

Innovation is not just a case of acquiring aptitude. It is also a question of attitude: Innovators strive to remain creative and active. “Taking the Plunge” is Elmar Mock’s message in his new book which provides an overview of the characteristics and essential strengths of the successful Innovation Factory, Creaholic.Elmar Mock was born on the 2nd of February 1954 at la Chaux-de-Fonds/Switzerland. He graduated as an engineer in micro technology in 1976 and in plastics technology in 1978.At the age of 26 he co-invented the Swatch, an amazing success story worlwide. A few years later, he designed Tissot’s Rockwatch before leaving the company and founding his own engineering and innovation consultancy, Creaholic.This prolific inventor has signed more than 150 patent families in many domains (watch-making, packaging, food, medical, automobile, environmental). Elmar is well known internationally for his innovation factory concept and philosophy of innovation.You can learn more about Elmar Mock and the creative team at Creaholic by clicking here:[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_masonry_media_grid grid_id=”vc_gid:1480342150663-f1d98bfc-3e11-0″ include=”1072,1073,1082,1078,1084,1074,1085,1081,1083,1079,1077,1076,1075,1080,1087″][/vc_column][/vc_row]


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_single_image image=”1295″ img_size=”full” css_animation=”top-to-bottom”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]FANTASY IS REAL.

This was the title of the Creative Mornings breakfast lecture series talk by Tami Hopf, an illustrator and graphic artist based originally from on the subject of Fantasy, starring Tami Hopf, an art director, illustrator and tattooer from São Paulo, now based in Vevey, Switzerland. She spoke of her evolution as an artist, and her approach to her work, which is deeply rooted in fantasy.

Below are some drawings I made on behalf of Geneva Creative Mornings. The speaker always influences what I do, and in this case I kept the work to black and white ink, and included some of her motifs such as the eye, doorways, and florals.

Fantasy is incredibly important, both to her work and to mine. There’s an element of research involved – looking at other artists to remind of what’s possible, and inspire for ideas that go in other directions, for example. Daydreaming, reading, discovering that there is no such thing as a mistake if it’s put down courageously, and trust all play a role in fantasy. It’s very personal.

I just asked my wife, a physicist, if fantasy plays a role in science. ‘Of course, man’, she said.  It’s important to all of us.

It was a fun and mildly odd experience drawing another artist. Thankfully she liked the work. And I hope you enjoy them, too.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_masonry_media_grid initial_loading_animation=”fadeIn” grid_id=”vc_gid:1480341324099-c290ea17-3e5e-5″ include=”1286,1288,1287,1291,1290,1292,1285,1284,1294,1283″][/vc_column][/vc_row]