To my mind, Vik Muniz is one of the more interesting artists working today. He plays with size and perception by using everyday items, be it sugar or garbage to create amazing images. His first documentary film, Wasteland, about his work with garbage pickers in the largest landfill in Rio, was up for an Academy Award.
Netflix released his latest work, This Is Not A Ball, in time and in honour of the World Cup. For this film, Muniz has turned his attention to the global fascination with football, asking the question of why it is such a popular game, all the while telling a story of a new art project built around 10,000 soccerballs. One of my favourite lines from the film, "People ask me when I became an artist and I always say that I became an artist when everyone around me stopped being artist, because all kinds are artists..."
Whether you like football or not, this is a fascinating film about life, art, meaning and creativity.
"Weeks, months and days by and then, quite unexpectedly, when both have followed their destiny in their separate ways, the logic of chance brings them face." Dumas
I came across a thoughtful post on Wait But Why, breaking down a 90-year life into days, weeks and months. It is a little sobering to look at ones life broken down in to small pieces that fit so neatly onto a graph and then find yourself present position-depending upon ones age of course.