William Lamson – Emerge

William LamsonWilliam Lamson is a unique Brooklyn-based artist who works in the mediums of video, photography, performance and sculpture.

William Lamson’s work involves intervening with natural and cultural forces to explore ideas of power, control, and human agency. Through the use of homemade props and low-tech devices he engages directly with these forces as a performer, or by passively allowing his constructions to function on their own. Although his performances often involve struggle, and the devices appear to work effortlessly, in both systems chance and inevitability become dominant factors. In each case, his work documents a subtle transformation, a collaboration between forces that are usually unseen or unconsidered and his agency as an artist.

I first came across his work in the (awesome!) pinhead and balloons video featured on MilkandCookies.com, but the blog has been quiet recently (ever since that bad-ass Komei Aoki video last week!) and I thought that his ’emerge’ video would fit in nicely. Npr.org has a nice writeup of his work, including a neat multi-balloon on ladder popping trick video at the end

Komei Aoki at the BJC 2009

juggling.tv video

No words describe the sheer level of awesome Komei displayed at the BJC gala show this year. Contact Juggling, then Juggling, then Ring Manipulation. If you like any of these things, you should absolutely watch this video.

(edit:ryan: WATCH THIS VIDEO!)

Santa Cristal 1: Email from Daniel Valderrama

I get the nicest emails from our M.o.M readers. It seems we have caught the attention of a lot of super-talented people.

Here is an email I got today from Daniel Valderrama of Colombia. I’m posting it in full here because I’ve now decided that he and his friends are awesome.

Hi, my name its Daniel Valderrama and I`m from Bogota Colombia.
firstable i want to thank you for your page, I see all days the ministryofmanipulation, and i find allways nice videos and nice informacion.
I`m a juggler and I go to the film school, and for a cuple of months i do juggling videos with my friends in Bogota.
i want to invite you to see the work of my friends and my, and if you like will be realy nice for us to be in your blog.
I have my videos in youtube, my chanel its “danymaromas
I hope you like it and, will be nice to know wath do you think about it.
a big hug from Bogotá and sorry about my english

thanks for watching us, Daniel.
I’ll be posting some of the videos you’ve sent me in blog posts this week; I’m really amazed by the level of skill and innovation in Colombia 🙂 greetings from the Ministry.

Corrosion – club juggling

Juggling – RadosĹ‚aw Kozak

Filming – Kuba Borkowicz

Editing – Jakub Janz

Here is what internet people are saying:

Incredible video, such great locations, filming, editing, and juggling! Probably the best so far this year in my opinion.

Amazing! You give me so much inspiration!

“That was truly some of the best 3 club work i have ever seen!!!!!!”

“INCREDIBLE – beautiful work on this – truly inspiring”

Radoslaw Kozak rocks the club juggling. Great flow, timing, scissor catch variations, 423s, rolls, all the things that make club juggling good.