Thursday 30 December 2010

New Loch Ness exhibition and news of a film about the Yeren

A monster of a mystery at MK Gallery
Wednesday 29th December 2010 TEN years of research into stories surrounding the Loch Ness Monster will culminate in a new exhibition at Milton Keynes Gallery from next Friday, January 14, until April 3.In his first major solo event in a UK public gallery, Irish artist Gerard Byrne will present Case Study: Loch Ness (Some possibilities and problems) 2001-2011 in the form of a conceptual art exhibition.The project, which makes use of subtle humour and a degree of ambiguity, aims to blur the line between fiction and documentary, and demonstrate how images shape our understanding of myth and reality.As well as eighty of Byrne’s photographs, the exhibition includes a new film composed of material gathered around Loch Ness, played to the sound of eyewitness accounts. The film documents the fauna of Loch Ness and the region’s unique landscape. Varying in scale, the photographs also feature landscapes and landscape details, newspaper front covers, texts, and photographs of original material, all relating to the Loch Ness monster. Large, gnarled tree sculptures will also be on display.A spokesman for the Milton Keynes Gallery said: “Intrinsic to any account of this subject is a story of make-believe, fabrication and hoaxes – a famous historic photograph of the monster which turned out to be a toy submarine; others of drifting wood. “Through his own footage and research, Byrne questions the ways in which images are constructed, transmitted and mediated and asks: is it possible to capture an image of something that does not exist?”Drawing on his accumulated work, Byrne draws direct parallels between one of the world’s most enduring modern myths and the rise of commercial mass media. Born in Dublin in 1969, Byrne is regarded by critics as one of the most important artists of his generation. He represented Ireland in the 2007 Venice Biennale. Other major presentations of his work include Gwangju and Sydney in 2008, Lyon in 2007, the Tate Triennial in 2006 and the Istanbul Biennale in 2003.A Fulbright Scholarship recipient, Byrne has also won the Paul Hamlyn Award and the PS1 Studio Award.Entry is free. Visit for more information. Source:

Home of China's "Bigfoot" plans to shoot Avatar-like 3D film on the elusive beast   2010-12-30            WUHAN, Dec. 30 (Xinhua) -- Central China's Shennongjia Forest District, the rumored hometown of a Bigfoot-like ape-man, plans to shoot an Avatar-like 3D movie about the district's elusive beast, said a spokesman for the district government's information office Thursday.The movie, tentatively named "Primary Zone," will cost more than 100 million yuan (about 15 million U.S. dollars) to produce, the spokesman said, adding that a Beijing-based entertainment company will be responsible for film's financing.Located deep in remote mountains in Hubei Province, the Shennongjia area has long been rumored to be the home of the "Yeren," literally "Wild man."It is also referred to as "Bigfoot," like the legendary North American ape-man.Since last century, more than 400 people have claimed to have seen the creature, which is said to walk upright, be over 2 meters tall and have a hairy gray, red and black body. But no hard evidence of the creature's existence has been found.A group of scientists have said they are considering launching a high-profile search for the mysterious creature. The last organized search for the beast was conducted about 30 years ago.

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