Kenny tipped to join Leeds and Barton’s future expected to be resolved

first_imgBolton are ready to step up their interest in Leeds United goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, potentially paving the way for QPR’s Paddy Kenny to move to Elland Road, according to The Bolton News.Kenny is tipped to join former boss Neil Warnock at Leeds following Rangers’ signing of Robert Green.Meanwhile, Joey Barton’s future could be clearer by Monday or even today, the Daily Mail report.An apparent internal investigation by QPR following Barton’s violent outburst against Manchester City is expected to be concluded soon.Barton kicked Sergio Aguero and aimed a headbutt at Vincent Kompany after being sent off for elbowing Carlos Tevez.The FA subsequently banned him for 12 matches and Barton is not expected to be named in manager Mark Hughes’ 25-man Premier League squad if the player remains at Loftus Road.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Kentridge: master of his craft

first_img7 July 2003William Kentridge is not only South Africa’s best-known artist, he is also regarded as an artist of great importance internationally, with galleries around the world queuing up to exhibit his works.With one exhibition, theatrical production or multi-media collaboration after another, his creativity seems unstoppable. Though he tends to use one specific technique, his trademark charcoal drawings, Kentridge continues to explore diverse media – from etchings, lithographs and silk screens to animated film, theatre with puppetry, opera and video – as vehicles for expression.He is best known for his animated films in charcoal drawings and his multi-media theatrical productions, like Faustus in Africa and Ubu and the Truth Commission, which he created in collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, using puppets, live actors and animation.His works have a breathtaking power and boldness, compelling the viewer to take notice and interact with them. Kenneth Baker from the San Franscisco Chronicle had the following to say: “People tend never to forget where and when they first encountered the art of South African William Kentridge, such is its power.” And Guardian art critic Adrian Searle described his work as “so arresting, so unexpected and so unplaceable that it is truly refreshing”.Johannesburg is still homeThough a global player in the art world, Kentridge’s inspiration remains Johannesburg, where he lives with his wife and three children. His works are profoundly political, but Kentridge steers away from the label of “political commentator”. Neither, he says, are his works expressions of “white guilt”, as some critics have argued.“I have never tried to make illustrations of apartheid, but the drawings and films are certainly spawned by and feed off the brutalised society left in its wake”, he said in an interview. “I am interested in a political art, that is to say an art of ambiguity, contradiction, uncompleted gestures, and certain endings; an art (and a politics) in which optimism is kept in check and nihilism at bay.”Kentridge, who was born in 1955 in Johannesburg, is the son of Felicia Geffen and respected QC, Sir Sydney Kentridge, who was involved in several historically and politically important law cases in South Africa. He is one of four children.Kentridge studied a BA in Politics and African Studies at the University of the Witwatersrand from 1973 – 76. For the next two years he studied art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation. From 1981 – 82 he studied mime and theatre at the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. He was a founder member of the Free Filmmakers Cooperative, and served as a member of the Junction Avenue Theatre Company from 1975 – 1991.Exhibitions around the worldKentridge has exhibited his works – both in solo and group exhibitions – at many prestigious galleries and museums around the world, including the Museums of Modern Art in Oxford and New York, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego and Documenta X1 in Kassel, Germany.Several of his exhibitions have toured major cities around the world, including Barcelona, Brussels, Munich, Marseille, Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington DC and Sydney. He has also participated in several biennales.In 1998 Kentridge was a finalist for the Solomon Guggenheim Museum’s second Hugo Boss prize, and was awarded the Carnegie Medal at the 1999/2000 Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine art from the Maryland Institute of Contemporary Art in Baltimore.More recently, the Kentridge Retrospective has been on show at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the SA National Gallery in Cape Town.His latest collaboration with the Handspring Puppet Company, Confessions of Zeno, a multi-media production, was performed at the National Arts Festival and in Belgium and Germany last year. Zeno Writing, his exhibition of drawings, was on show at Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg in March 2003.To order books or a CD Rom on William Kentridge’s works, click here. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Web2.0: JavaScript Cousins to AJAX Appear

first_imgWith so many new technology announcements being made over the past few month, it’s really an exciting time for web developers . After a few years of dominance by the fragile and cryptic JavaScript-based AJAX, next-generation RIA frameworks like Adobe’s Apollo, Sun Microsystem’s JavaFX, and Microsoft’s SilverLight seem to be popping up now on a regular basis.AJAX is now being challenged even on its own turf by newer JavaScript contenders. Google Gears, for example, while not a head-on competitor to AJAX, provides a new paradigm for creating off-line browser-based applications, allowing the developer the ability to cache and serve up application resources locally — and it is Javascript based.Another example is Sun Microsystem’s Project Flare which is directly positioned as an AJAX alternative. Project Flare is an Open Source research project that is scheduled to be released later this year. Dan Ingalls, chief investigator on the project describes it as “a self-supporting Web programming kernel that’s all written in JavaScript”.While it’s not easy to find many details about the project since it is still in development, it should be noted that the project is separate and parallel to Sun’s JavaFX product.But what’s different about Project Flare compared to AJAX? It’s not dependent on what Ingalls refers to as “junky” technology, like HTML, the Document Object Model (DOM), and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS).While not yet available, it is hard to judge, but some have criticized the Project Flare approach. Dropping the ability to use XHTML and CSS in effect means Project Flare is recreating the basic web framework.   Trying to replicate and surpass the flexibility and capabilities of HTML and CSS will be difficult.Forrester comments that the criticism isn’t fair because the target of Project Flair is a more limited set of developers that are now struggling with some aspects of AJAX. And when viewed from a different level, all the new RIA frameworks are attempting to move onto successor technologies to HTML.last_img read more

Real-Time Search Outfit Collecta Releases API, Offers MacBook Pro for the Best App

first_imgjolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts “The API is really simple to integrate,” said Collecta CEO Gerry Campbell in a phone conversation yesterday. “It works very similar to the Twitter search API. We enourage that as a standard and wanted to make sure developers could easily pick it up and use it.”Campbell had an interesting take on Collecta’s approach to the ever-more crowded real-time search space.“Our focus is real web search,” he said, “not just the social web. We’re looking across the web everywhere to find timely items.”And while other real-time search engines, such as OneRiot, have PageRank-eqsue algorithms involving backlinks and user influence to determine search results, Collecta’s results are ranked solely on timeliness.“We believe really strongly in relevance. We’re just going about it in a different way. If you want to offer real-time search, you have to be true to the timeline. We give you not the summary of the story, but the story as it unfolds.”Campbell said this type of result is good for searches on entities and events, and he and the rest of the Collecta team feel the API could be put to great use in weather or fantasy sports applications.“We think publishers will find this very interesting to use for evergreen or static stories as a widget or sidebar,” he continued.API calls are limited to 5,000 per hour for developers who have not established a relationship with the company, and Collecta does plan to charge for high-level API usage as part of their revenue model.The company was funded by True Ventures to the tune of $1.85 million and is still figuring out how the product will be monetized.“Obviously, we’re building a business here” said Campbell.”‘I ran search at AOL… I’m pretty well-versed in search-related business models.”Although he noted that the startup is “still getting all the players on the field,” Campbell did reveal that the basis for Collecta’s business strategy will be offering creative solutions to brands and advertisers. “The reason I love search is because it’s the number one place where user value and advertiser value are completely aligned. When users are coming and looking to buy something, I expect there to be those opportunities in this kind of search, as well.” Collecta, the real-time search startup we reviewed in May and again in June, is releasing their API today and announcing that the developer of the best application will receive a MacBook Pro. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#startups A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more