Andy and an Amiga 1000 in video. Humorous, digital archaeology. ➝
Interactive 24 hour music video (the first in the world) for Pharrell Williams’ Happy (➝).
The high-spirited catchy song Pharrell created for the “Despicable Me 2″ movie is also available on a shorter, more traditional, version (➝). Cameo appearances from Magic Johnson, Jimmy Kimmel, Odd Future and Steve Carell.
« Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth. »
Bob Dylan’s 48-year-old classic on a new music video crafted as an interactive multi-channel television ➝
From a Rolling Stone article, by Gavin Edwards:
While many of the channels are peopled by actors, the lineup is peppered with numerous celebrity performers such as comedian Marc Maron, rapper Danny Brown, the hosts of Pawn Stars, and Drew Carey (on the set of The Price Is Right). The overall effect is head-spinning but incredibly compelling: the more you surf through the “Like a Rolling Stone” video, the more the song’s contempt seems to be addressed to all of western civilization. By the time you land on a vintage live performance of the actual Bob Dylan, he feels like the only real person in existence.
Stoya reads an excerpt from “Necrophilia Variations” by Supervert. A poetic struggle of focus, full of intensity, between concentration and letting go. The end result: a beautiful smile.
(You’ll want to be on headphones for this one. And full screen.)
This video is part of Hysterical Literature:
a video art series by NYC-based photographer and filmmaker Clayton Cubitt. It explores feminism, mind/body dualism, distraction portraiture, and the contrast between culture and sexuality. (It’s also just really fun to watch.)
This Cubitt’s film is some sort of divine performance that embraces writing as an art form and the act of reading as an obsessive generator of more art.
«(…) Cubitt channels that there-but-not-there sexuality into the things which he does permit you to perceive: the crescendo of sensation building on Stoya’s face; the movement of her hands, which are imbued with an eroticism they would be denied if the frame included the diverting sight of genitalia; the transformation of her voice, which begins in narration and ends in gasping.»
«(…) what is happening to her body deprives the book of its ability to deliver whatever answers it may have. The words are reduced to emotive groans and, when Stoya’s face lights up, it is an indication that her mind has gone dark.»
«(…) Cubitt’s aesthetic and Stoya’s performance are what make “Hysterical Literature” stand on its own as video art, but what thrills the silent partner in the ménage is to see how their experiment extends the spirit of the book. They take an impulse from the text, translate it into another medium, and beam it into the world anew. Bravo.»
Stoya’s thoughts on the experience here.
Stoya’s is Session One. Watch more sessions here.
I don’t know who came up with the idea for “live music videos” or “live short film”, but YouTube bet on it and it is quite a match. Merging the work of music/film professionals and the concept of “reality videos” (that are the bread and butter of the internet giant) makes perfect sense for a live YouTube music show.
It works quite well in the Spike Jonze live-directed Arcade Fire performance of “Afterlife” with actress Greta Gerwig dancing her socks off.
The Avicii performance got the Lena Dunham’s treatment with her comedic live short film played by an ensemble cast (Dree Hemingway, Nick Lashaway, Michael Shannon, Jason Schwartzman, Vanessa Hudgens, Joel Marsh Garland) and directed by Spike Jonze & Chris Milk.
There’s something different in these “live videos” that bring some freshness to the live music awards scene. Other performances, like Eminem’s or Lady Gaga’s, while less star-filled also got their unique approach with different chromatic styles and film look (directed by live show director John Gonzalez). An interesting start, YouTube.
New trailer for The Grandmaster, Wong Kar Wai’s latest film. The feature, presented by Martin Scorsese, is inspired by the life of the legendary kung fu master, Ip Man, teacher of Bruce Lee. Rooted in the republican era that followed the fall of China’s last dynasty, seems like an interesting and tumultuous time for an interesting story in the golden age of Chinese martial arts.
Tony Leung portrays the main character. Everytime I see the name of Leung written, it always comes to mind his character in Kar Wai’s “In the Mood for Love” (2000) with cigarette in mouth and his own “cool” tempo, just like the film he was in. I guess, in The Grandmaster, cool Tony just gets more badass.
More trailers of the film, here.
For the past months, the internet played the rumor/guessing game on Apple’s next moves. Today some will be revealed during the WWDC 2013 Keynote. Last year’s management changes put Jonathan Ive in charge of human interface design for iOS and (Mac) OS X, as well as being at the helm of the company’s industrial design. This move couldn’t help but bring great speculation of what iOS and other products could look and feel like. Rumors grown around the notion of a “flat” UI design for the next iteration of iOS, departing from the previous look. Poor discussions ensued reducing the conversation to the “flatness” and “style” of the iOS, obliviating the importance of the experience as a whole.
Apple has proved several times that it understands design as the means for the all-encompassing fine experience of a product. So, in that regard, the colours, the depth, the fluidity, the way the app elements work as we interact with it, are all interlinked units concurring for the optimal experience. When you relegate the conversation to “style” as an empty shell covered with new exciting graphics, you’re missing the point. So, later today, instead of hoping to see the holy grail of visual design (which is a chimera in itself), I’d like to see (and later in the year, experience) a well fundamented and implemented work rooted in thoughtful human interface strategy.
Now for playing the tea leaves game for a bit (take it with a grain of salt). One can’t read too much in it or any for that matter, although Apple has placed a few hints on what’s to come in previous event invitations. Considering Apple’s WWDC 2013 invitation graphics as well as the billboards Apple put-up in Moscone West, one could say there’s a good chance of Helevtica Neue Ultra Light being in iOS 7 (OS X, too?). But as important seems the idea of colour or, better put, the idea of “contamination” of colours as being a core visual center of the new iOS interface.
It was this that made Harryhausen a Modern Prometheus; this ability to make us care, to breath a real spark of life into his puppets of clay, steel and rabbit fur. Time and again when I rewatch Ray’s films, it’s the small things I notice. The way characters shift their weight from foot to foot if they’ve been standing a while; an absent minded scratch of the thigh; the brief, anticipatory lick of the lips, as the Cyclops prepares his dinner of spit-roasted sailor.
The skeleton battle sequence of Jason and the Argonauts (1963) blew me away the first time I saw it, in the late eighties. Masterful animation artist.