Hunger is that first moment of a potentially exhilarating interaction. A connection that completely electrifies you and a shock that echoes through your entire being. Call it love or lust at first sight, but all manner of thought floats through one’s mind in that first instance.
Hunger, filmed under the title In the Hearts of Wild Men — a name inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novella Heart of Darkness — is the culmination of a four year process for me creatively. Born in 2008 out of two separate photo shoot concepts and a story with some potential (but limited-to-no visual appeal) this video was a passion project, a working vacation if you will. A way to recharge the creative batteries. December 2011 I found the spare time to take first steps towards pre-production for this short-film.
Just got this treasure in my inbox, the new Cut Copy video for “Blink and You’ll Miss a Revolution” was just released… right now! To quote the email:
The video was found in a rusty chest in an ancient grotto in Saint-Maximin, France, and from what archaeologists can ascertain from the hieroglyphic-like scribes inside the chest, it was directed by Emile Sornin, and produced by Jules de Chateleux at Division. Because of its age, it took a lot of time to unlock said chest.
I also see that they’re performing in Vancouver two days after the final PEAK Performance Project Showcase… so maybe I’ll have to stick around…
This cute music video for How I Know by Toro y Moi is about three gents exploring a haunted house. Little do they know, the spirits of two female ghosts long for companionship. You may even recognize Daniel “You Go Glen Coco” Franzese from Mean Girls.
Yesterday Death Cab for Cutie performed the first ever one-take, scripted, LIVE music video for their new single ‘You Are A Tourist’. As fans and listeners, we able to tune in to www.youareatourist.com/ at 4pm PST / 7pm EST to watch them perform live on a stage with dancers, lights, and some great visuals. So awesome. This is exactly the reason they are my favorite band of all time, and have remained as such for 10 years.
There is a definite Marina & The Diamonds mood here, a little bit dreamier perhaps, you’ll feel these remixes go darker than if it were Marina’s standard fare. I fought the music snob inside when I started hearing some of the familiar pop hooks we’ve all heard before and instead allowed myself to get lost in the weight of the song.
The video is a surreal adventure, stretching the imagination & pushing the POV of Clare’s character. Within the immensity of the room you sense the loneliness and longing facing the protagonist, a desire that builds throught the song to an epic and nearly overwhelming ending. Maguire wrote “The Last Dance” the day after her childhood hero Michael Jackson passed away. “I was a huge, huge, huge fan of his,” she says in a recent interview with Blackbook.
The film contains 16 hidden messages that hold clues to the characters’ secrets. Eight are fairly easy requiring only a close eye. Six are moderately difficult using various encryption methods. Two are extremely difficult requiring a genius mind to decrypt. Delicious textures—herringbone fabric and washed-out wood—mixed with grainy whisps of wrapping light, I get lost in the motion of the movie and at times drop out of the storyline. Don’t take that the wrong way, it’s not that the story doesn’t work for it, trying to undress the process is always something I let get in the way of a plot line, leaving me often lost and somewhat uncertain at the end of a lot of movies.
Presented by Short of the Week as part of their new “Short of the Week Presents” program, featuring short films that have never been online before and help to coordinate their digital launch.
Some pretty fantastic double exposures from UK designer Dan Mountford. Mountford’s manipulations seem effortless and magical, he creates a visceral experience, inventing a whole world I’m completely sold on. I want to live here. See more on his Flickr.
Tomokazu Matsuyama’s work is similarly influenced by both the austerity of post-war contemporary art and the rough extravagancy of popular culture. An upbringing split between Japan and America spurred the questions of national and individual identity that figure prominently in the style and subject matter of his paintings – attempting to parse the “natural chaos” of our social environment, Matsuyama pushes viewers to confront their conceptions of cultural homogeneity, which seems to contradict notions of Japaneseness.
Joshua Liner Gallery
Matsuyama, born in 1976 now lives and works in NY. As a contemporary artist, he exhibits his work internationally showing in galleries and in institutions in cities from Tokyo, Osaka, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Miami, and Vancouver to institutions such as Asian American Arts Centre.
There is something wonderful and exotic in the work he does, a world you hope to get lost in. At once surreal and vibrant, I love the palettes and shapes he uses.
The Limits of Control is a 2009 film by Jim Jarmusch (whose recent credits include Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Coffee and Cigarettes, & Broken Flowers) and is worth checking out. This movie is an example of a perfect harmony of music and film. Jarmusch’s films often carry the intention of creating a form of world cinema that synthesizes European and Japanese film with that of Hollywood. This slow-burn aesthetic takes its time getting where it’s going but oozes stimulating visuals all along the way.
It should come as no surprise then that Jarmusch is and has been a musician on the side when you learn who all he’s collaborated with (Tom Waits, Neil Young, RZA, GZA, Iggy Pop, the White Stripes…) and hear the soundtracks from his film. He’s even committed his own psychedelic ambient landscape to The Limits of Control through Bad Rabbit, a band he and two others created for the movie.
La Boca is an independent design circus based in Portobello, West London. They specializing in art & design for the film, music and fashion industries, all industries I’m really excited about but it’s their work on limited edition vinyl record sleeves that I have especially enjoyed.
Remarkably eerie, yet beautiful painting by Portland based artist Josh Keyes. Keyes depicts a multi-faceted landscape where the creatures are left to adapt to new and often unsustainable environments.
Keyes’ work foretells what may happen to our planet’s creatures in the future, and conjures up many feelings, ranging from fear and helplessness to wonder and awe. To see more of his work, visit his website.