Franco A. Stancato


The Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project pt.4: the sources
Background image by Nick Gaetano!

Background image by Nick Gaetano.

In order to be able to make a some-how accurate twitting action from companies and people, I am gathering information from the following sources:

The book

Objetivism Reference Center

Wikipedia: Atlas Shrugged

– Free Online CliffsNotes for Atlas Shrugged

Website dedicated to Atlas Shrugged

– Timeline of major events in the novel

– Atlas Shrugged

To see more:

The Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project pt.1: Concept

The Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project pt.2: twitting Companies

The Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project pt.3: twitting fake countries

The Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project pt.4: the sources

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The Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project pt.3: twitting fake countries

I have created twitter accounts for the following fake countries -“People’s States”- that appear in the book:

  

    

   

  

These are: @PSofTurkey @PSofPortugal @PSofNorway @PSofIndia @PSofGuatemala @PSofMexico @PSofGermany @PSofFrance @PSofEngland @PSofChile @PSofArgentina and @PSofChina (12 so far).

The Twitter avatars I have created are “mods” to the original flags.

To see more:

The Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project pt.1: Concept

The Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project pt.2: twitting Companies

The Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project pt.3: twitting fake countries

The Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project pt.4: the sources



The Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project pt.2: twitting companies

I have created twitter accounts for the following companies that appear in the book:

@taggartrailroad

@DAnconia_Copper

@rearden_corp

@HammondMotors

@PhoenixDurango

@IncorpTool

@WyattOilCompany

@UnitedL_Works

@SummitCasting

@AmalgamatedCorp

@AssociatedSteel

@AyersMusicPC

@Barton_n_Jones

@AtwoodCompany

@StocktonFoundry

@DanaggerCoal

@SandersAircraft  (17 so far).

Twitter Avatars for Companies created from a “web mash up”

The Twitter avatars I have created are a “mash up” between different logos, text and “posterized” images. The images that are part of the backgrounds of the different companies’ Twitter pages are either pictures from the internet, Twitter backgrounds or some very cool designs by  (franlestat@hotmail.com) here; here; here and here!

To see more:

The Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project pt.1: Concept

The Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project pt.3: twitting fake countries



The Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project pt.1: Concept
Background image by Nick Gaetano!

Background image by Nick Gaetano.

I will start the Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project… and what is that? Well, I do not even know… I read the book, 1300 pages, in one week. I must say that I read it during August 2012 and found out days later that the book is back on every political discussion in the US. Just coincidence.  I loved the book: the story, its characters and its parallel reality. What about the political ideas of the book? Well, I think they are interesting to start a thought conversation with friends… it is a “teaser” as I see it. Now lets go back to the project:

  • Why?

I love art deco. I also loved the book and thought it was a good idea to try to replicate the book as a set of Twitter Conversations (dialogues) and announcements (facts or opinions)… with images as I imagined it would be.

  • Experience doing this?

None, first time I will try something like this and I do not know of any similar projects. I am not claiming any kind of “artistic entrepreneurship” on this, just to say that I do not have any guidance (have not looked either). In other words, YES… there will be some unintentioned mistakes  and inaccuracies. Sorry!

  • Time it will take?

No idea, what my free time allows. It will not follow the timeline set in the book in real time (would take years).

  • Is this any kind of art?

I do not know. But it is fun… at least for me. I intend to use some of my artwork too… for example to showcase some scenes. Furthermore, I will create/edit some art work specially for the project (avatars, pictures and drawings). For example, I have already created some “corporate logos” as you’ll see in the companies’ twitter accounts.

  • How will it work?

I have created some (many) twitter accounts which I intend to use to tell the story. There is also an “official” twitter account that I will use to answer questions, receive ideas or just prepare the setting for the other tweets. This twitter account is: @ASTProject

The story could be followed in three ways:

1. By following every twitter account

2. By following and checking the “Atlas Shrugged Twitter Project” list created by @ASTPRoject

3. By checking the “storify” page that I will produce to tell the book chapter by chapter.

  • When does the project start?

As soon as I have all the accounts prepared…

Hope you like it!



New painting about Medoza / Nuevo cuadro sobre Mendoza
March 27, 2009, 2:27 am
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Oil / Oleo

Oil / Oleo

This is my first painting in 2009: “Landscape from Mendoza”. It represents a picture that my friend Picolo Bieller took while travelling and fishing in south Mendoza, Argentina. As I did before with the “Plaza Mayor in Mexico” painting, which was inspired on a picture taken by another friend, Juan Cruz Diaz, I have tried to give a particular look to the image instead of copying it. Furthermore, for this painting I did not have the picture with me so I had to remember it as much as I could.  The painting is still in Washington, DC and I have planned to bring it to Argentina in June.

Esta es mi primer cuadro del 2009: “Paisaje de Mendoza”. Representa una fotografia que mi amigo Picolo Bieller saco mientras viajaba y pescaba en el sur de Mendoza, Argentina. Tal como hice con el cuadro “Plaza Mayor en Mexico”, que fue inspirado en una foto tomada por otro amigo, Juan Cruz Diaz, he tratado de darle un toque particular en vez de copiarla. Mas aun, para esta obra no tuve la fotografia conmigo por lo que tuve que recordarla lo mas posible. El cuadro se encuentra todavia en Washington, DC y tengo planeaddo traerlo a la Argentina en Junio.



2008 was a little better, 4 paintings this time… / Las 4 obras en 2008 por Stancato

While living in Washington I have not been able to paint much. 2008 has been a strange year regarding art as I have focused on just enjoying art rather than producing. I have filled my life with music this time… one year for Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, the Raconteurs, Radiohead, the Kills, the Teenagers, We are Scientists, B-52’s, Filter, Kings of Leon, the Breeders, Lou ReedCafe Tacvba, Morcheeba and some other bands unnoticed (yet). Anyways, I was able to paint at least four paintings: all different size, similar techniques and same subject: Rio de Janeiro.  This time I used a mixed technique: I printed photographs I have taken in Brazil in 2006 and glued them to a canvas/board and paint on them… in other words, felt like being back at school doing a collage.

Vivir en Washington no me ha permitido pintar demasiado. 2008 ha sido un año extraño a lo que arte se refiere ya que me focalizado mas en disfrutar el arte que en producirlo. He llenado mi vida con musica esta vez.. un año de mi vida para Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, the Raconteurs, Radiohead, the Kills, the Teenagers, We are Scientists, B-52’s, Filter, Kings of Leon, the Breeders, Lou ReedCafe Tacvba, Morcheeba y otras bandas que no son conocidas (todavia). Aun asi, pude pintar por lo menos cuatro cuadros: todos de diferentes tamaños, con tecnicas similares y sobre el mismo tema: Rio de Janeiro. Esta vez utilice una tecnica mixta: imprimi fotografias que habia tomado durante mi visita a Brasil en 2006 y las pegue en un canvas/carton y pinte sobre ellas… en otras palabras, me senti como de vuelta en el colegio haciendo un collage.

Rio I

Oil & photo on canvas - 24 x 30 inches (61 x 76 cm)

Oil & photo on canvas - 24 x 30 inches (61 x 76 cm)

Rio II

rio2-thumb

Oil, ink & photo on board - 11 x 17 inches (28 x 43.1 cm)

Rio III

rio3-thumb

Oil, ink & photo on board - 14 x 17 inches (35.5 x 43.1 cm)

Rio IV

rio4-thumb

Oil, ink & photo on board - 7.5 x 10 inches (19 x 25.4 cm)



Maria Jose Reynals’ Showreel now in the web! / El reel de Maria Jose Reynals ya esta en la web!

Please watch the Showreel in HIGH QUALITY. To know more about Maria Jose Reynals and her film projects, visit her Blog. The images are great and the song by The Ting Tings suits perfectly! (I helped her to choose it..he!) If you cannot see this video, click on the following links: high quality, normal quality.

Vea el Showreel en ALTA CALIDAD. Para saber mas de Maria Jose Reynals y su trabajo en cine, visite su Blog. Las imagenes son increibles y la musica de los Ting Tings pega perfectamente (yo la ayude a elegirla!) Si no puede ver el video haga click en los siguientes links: Alta Calidad, calidad normal.