Every now and then you forget the genius behind the genius.
As I flipped through all the Art Basel parties and exhibits I wouldn’t be seeing this weekend, I came across a party on Friday night hosted by Marina Abramovic at the Standard Hotel Miami. Here is where Marco Brambilla will be premiering his large-scale 3-D video collage called “Evolution.”
Now if you’ve seen Kanye West’s “Power” video, than you’ve see some of Marco’s greatest work. Kanye tapped Marco to direct “Power” after seeing his permanent exhibit at the New York Standard’s Boom Boom Room. Brambilla says of Kanye, ”Very interesting. He draws from art, fashion and usually pushes people to create something that is richer than it would have been without him. The video really came from the song. I thought it would be really great to do a portrait of him using that technique and putting him in a crazy neo classical setting.”
Brambilla comes from a rich past of film directing (“Demolition Man” & “Excess Baggage”- Alicia Silverstone classic) and many other notable and experimental video and photography projects.
He is currently working on “Evolution,” his first video collage in 3-D. He will be illustrating the history of humankind as a “vast side-scrolling video mural depicting the spectacle of human conflict across time through the lens of cinema.” Using samples from his extensive film archives, Brambilla first composes the entire canvas as a photo collage, works with a special effects company to place film loops on top and then projects it on a 3D landscape.
If you’re in Miami GO SEE HIM!!
It took Radio thirty four years to reach an audience of fifty million, television did it in thirteen. The Internet had fifty million users in less than four years, and now there are over a billion websites online.
And then there were blogs. The vast majority of websites are written by amateurs, using programs written en mass that are no more complicated than a Myspace page. Thus the question arises, who is watching what, and how do you innovate when just getting by is seemingly good enough? Does it make any sense for Matt Drudge to invest time, energy or money in a flash site when he’s getting more hits than CNN and MSNBC combined?
Unlimited democracy, it seems, breeds mediocrity. Alex Cox said, that “film was the revolutionary medium of the twentieth century, and it can not be the same for the twenty first.” While we still exist in the infancy of this new century it is difficult to reconcile that our media saturation will soon capitulate to a growing necessity among individuals to separate themselves and their talents from the sheep at the slaughter.
The film makers of the next fifty years will be ground breaking graphic designers, who will manipulate the amorphous concepts that we now understand as “the web” in order to express new dimensions of technology.
EBIZ online magazine wrote up the top ten flash-sites of 2010, and although the list might be simple, if all you do is glance at the shiny graphics then you are just a pawn in the game. All ten of these sites, (and wonderwall, which they didn’t mention) are connected to brands/people who/which are changing their industries terrestrially, is matt drudge really doing that?
So next time you wanna find something other than porn online, peep the list, and think about how your gonna be buying your kids creativity via their Skype account.
KC Ortiz’s focal length is distant, converging on often forgotten cultures, and grimy conditions in places Sally Struthers would call payday.
He’s an incredible example of believing in your own talent against all odds.
Growing up Ortiz was subjected to gang-infested poverty in Chicago, and by twenty one he was serving a five year sentence in federal prison.
Ortiz’s collected experiences have given life to a career oddly built by this adversity; the resourcefulness of poverty, the patience of prison, the humility of fear, the excitement of the unknown. These attributes have converged into a style that is visually arresting and socially conscious.
The Juxtapoz feature profiling his immersion into a Hmong rebel camp in Laos is on newsstands now, you can click below for a snapshot of the interview.
Chicago artist Immy Melvin has been producing work for over 30 years now. He describes his work as unique due to its complexity, use of geography and its great use of Sharpie markers. Dubbed the Sharpie King in 2008, Melvin uses nothing but old fashioned Sharpies to produce his work. Claiming that the office staple has vibrant color and long-lasting ink, Melvin’s devotion to the brand is what has earned him the title of Sharpie King.
Designed by Marko Design, The MoonRider is a futuristic hybrid two wheeler which can be driven as a bike, but also acts as a flying machine. The lightweight motorcycle is an electric-powered bike with zero emission as well a plasma jet engine to provide power in flying mode. The MoonRider is made of lightweight composite materials which allows the bike to fly efficiently. The MoonRider features two front tandem wheels that consist of electric motors powered by electric batteries. The batteries are charged up by solar panels placed in the front of the two wheeler.
A conversation on cool: Complex Magazine sat down with up and coming style guru’s to discuss staying fresh and clean. Among those interviewed Sean Sullivan the proprietor of “The Impossible Cool” and now his new site, “A Conversation on Cool”. Indeed everything associated with these six up and coming movers and shakers is cooler than a polar bear’s toe nail.
”Scentbranding” is nothing new for hotel chains, electronics companies, or lingerie lines, but it is new for apartment living. It’s rumored to be part of an experiment in a low-income housing development in the Bronx. In the Bronx, the hope is that by dousing common areas like hallways, lobbies, and shared spaces with perfume, they can make the residents happy, logic being that research shows strong connections between olfactory response and emotion. In shops, that can mean creating a feeling that is conducive to buying lots of stuff. In housing complexes, that can mean creating a feeling of hopefulness in an otherwise unpleasant environment.
While it’s difficult at times to discern “good art,” MOBA (Museum of Bad Art) has made a mission of collecting “bad art.” The works of art range from poor technique such as crayon etching, to lousy subjects like a demented clown. Housed in a pair of basements, has even hosted a hand full of poorly designed knockoffs. But the question often posed to the curators is whether this collection is meant as a celebration of effort, or a mocking of absence of talent.
Careers Reversing Dystopian Future
Many believe the world is changing rapidly and if we want to sustain order and livability on earth we have to adapt. One of the biggest concerns will be shifting jobs and focusing on new fields or ones that we relied less on in the past. For example, bees have been disappearing, and because of their importance in the food cycle, there may need to be a rise in the number of beekeepers. Jobs like librarians/archivists might also be important; so much information is stored only on computers, and at risk of being useless if there’s a massive technological failure.
Mobile Fish Farms
A new generation of fishers and scientists has been developing a new era of sustainable green fish farming with the mobile fish farms. These massive spherical cages contain the fish in the open ocean but what makes them unique is they’re designed to flow with the ocean currents, keeping them from causing damage by stagnating in one area. The cages also have computer controlled propellers to help direct the cage if it gets too near reefs, or currents are not enough.
There is something irresistibly playful and mischievous about Robin Rhode’s artwork due to this youthful interactions with each piece. By becoming part of his art, the South African artist brings it to a whole new level. Based in Berlin, Germany, Robin Rhode pushes the boundaries of stationary art, bringing life to an otherwise static creation.
Caisa Ederyd crowdsourced her first tattoo, and allowed complete strangers to design and vote on a tattoo to cover the left side of her rib cage. The Wellcome Collection provided sponsorship as part of their Skin exhibition. She put a lot of energy into describing what she wanted from the design on Facebook, Twitter and on her own blog. In the end, she got a “reworked” version of a design that she chose herself. The design chosen by the community was totally different, and didn’t feature any pigs.
Aston Martin Resort
MVRDV plans to build a luxury holiday resort that seems to have pulled up a lush green hilltop like a blanket and hidden itself under it. To be located in Montenegro and designed for Aston Martin, the grass-clad hotel seems to blend in seamlessly with its surroundings. Dubbed “Galije” and located on a parcel of untouched coastline land, the resort is envisioned as a way to combine exclusivity with a responsible, sustainable embedding of the structure in its surrounding landscape.
Picture: David Choe, RVCA ANP artist
Artists, models, athletes, and musicians have more outlets, networks and opportunities today than ever before to express themselves. Of course, we have the internet to thank, but we also have brands and companies like RVCA that bring art and lifestyle together for the greater good.
In 2001, out of his closet and from humble beginnings, the company’s founder, PM Tenore started RVCA (Pronounced “Ruca”), an action sports apparel company, first and foremost. PM also created a program to support artists and give them a platform he thought was missing, ”I wanted to do something other people in the industry weren’t, and that is provide a space for artists, musicians, surfers, skaters, curators, models. That’s when I started conceptualizing the artists network program (ANP).”
If PM likes someone’s work, he shares contacts with them and invites them to do limited-edition designs in which a portion of the proceeds will go to the charity of their choice. The members of this ANP tribe have free reign of RVCA’s sprawling headquarters that feature, a recording studio, rooms filled with sewing machines and fabric swatches, and working spaces for any late night workers.
“It’s a balance of industry and art,” says PM, who claims creativity and commerce shouldn’t be mutually exclusive. For RVCA, it is about today, tomorrow and life as the big picture. It is about inspiring our generation, providing something of substance and culture and above all doing it with integrity and as a united family, a close-knit community.”
If you don’t know about the Creators Project, check it out! Aiming to satisfy our global hunger for innovative art and technology, The Creators Project is a “modern day media channel” that will exhibit content and work from artists all over the world on their site. They are also hosting events in some of the biggest cultural hubs, New York, Sao Paulo, London, Seoul and Beijing, bringing interactive art and installations, panels, screenings, live performances and workshops to you.
One artist to watch out for is Muti Randolph, who designed the Galeria Melissa for Sao Paulo Fashion Week. A space that continually changes and has become quite a tourist attraction. He refuses to put himself in one box, but has become a skilled artist in many different mediums and will be showcased at these events.
See more from him and other creative innovators below…. http://www.thecreatorsproject.com/creators/muti-randolph
Some of the recent digital SLR cameras that have been hitting the market shoot 1080p full HD at 24 frames-per-second, have extra low-light performance, and huge range of compatible 35mm lenses. This new breed of cameras allows the average student, accomplished artist or professional, and everyone in between to shoot cinematic quality with a simple, low budget approach!
So go shoot that western horror musical you always wanted to.