No dollar is safe around artist Mark Wagner. A fascinating look at the collage artist’s meticulous hand-cut methods courtesy of The Avant/Garde Diaries. Watch the video below!
“Like Knows Like” is a superb documentary project, founded by photographer Marije Kuiper and filmmaker Bas Berkhout. This latest episode is a profile on photographer Amanda Jasnowski, better known to the Instagram world as @hokaytokay.
I often wander around on Instagram looking for new work and this funny thing happens time and time again. I scroll down to some older photos buried deep in this person’s feed, and there’s one photo that catches my eye. So I click to leave a friendly comment, and I find the most positive uplifting encouraging message has already been posted! And it’s from Amanda.
It’s been amazing to watch Amanda’s work evolve and her following expand. If you’re a photographer (or anyone) trying to figure out how to survive doing your own thing you could learn a lot from her.
Watch the video profile below!
“Mechanical Parts” is a series of drawings by Robo Faber, an autonomous drawing robot created by Matthias Dörfelt. His thought process for making drawings has been programmed into Robo Faber. As time passes Dörfelt’s process will inevitably change, but the robot will continue to drawing the same way, and represent a really specific time in terms of the designer’s creative thinking.
Watch Robo Faber make drawings in the video below!
Ashrita Furman is the man with the most Guinness World Records of all time (nearly 400). This film by Brian McGinn follows Furman as he prepares to climb Machu Picchu on stilts.
I love everything about this documentary, my only complaint is that it’s much too short! This story deserves to be a full feature! I want to surround myself with people like Ashrita Furman, so full of life!
Watch the film “The Record Breaker” below!
Spike Jonze has done it again! Breathing new life into awards shows by directing a live music video for Arcade Fire and a million other things at the recent YouTube Music Awards (that nobody watched). The slow reveal of the award show itself is perfect. Loved Greta Gerwig in Frances Ha, and she does a great job here.
Did any of you watch the award show? What did you think? It was really rocky at times but it was also kind of brilliant. From the Tyler the Creator performance to the Lena Dunham short, there was an energy to it all that Saturday Night Live and late night talk shows just don’t have. If you missed it you can watch the whole show here.
Watch “Afterlife” below! Props to the camera operator!
It’s been incredible to see my friend Benji’s little brand Poler grow into a giant over the last few years. I get so many ideas for things I wanna do with Booooooom just from watching what he’s doing.
Benji and company have just announced a capsule collection with NikeSB (you can see here) and made a fun video featuring Alex Olson adventuring his way from New York City to Iceland’s backcountry.
Watch the video below (love the ending).
I’m so excited to see Michel Gondry’s latest film (and it looks like we don’t even have to wait long)! The acclaimed filmmaker sat down with theorist Noam Chomsky and animated all the things they talked about. Just watching this trailer gets me so antsy to make things!
Watch the official trailer for Michel Gondry’s film “Is The Man Who Is Tall Happy?” below!
I rarely do this but I have to rant a little bit about this ad. It’s actually less about this particular ad and more about the cycle of constantly “improving” technology and what’s being deemed creative these days.
Sony’s new ad spot for their new 4k television features 8 million flower petals floating over a small town, symbolizing their new 8 million pixel display. The formula is a very familiar one: Take a bunch of colourful things, throw them everywhere, film it all in slow motion.
The ad is meant to promote the fact that the new Sony televisions will have four times the detail of the current HD sets, but sadly we don’t have these televisions yet! So that means we’re all watching this 3840 x 2160 ad in 1080p, on Youtube, and the fullscreen images look terrrrible.
I realise they must have thought of this, but if it was an intentional decision for us to watch a pixelated ad, is it effective? Does it really make you want to buy a new 80″ television, or does it only expose how stupid this is? I mean, filmmakers must be cringing right now, imagining all their future clients demanding 4k, and dreading the hard drive purchases and encoding times that await them. Do we even want this?
This is a perfect example of how the rapid cycle of upgraded technologies is actually killing creativity. Instead of trying to do something amazing with the tools we have, we are always tossing something in the garbage and unwrapping something else. Then we use that new thing to re-make something we already made with the thing we threw away. Who needs new movies when you can watch the same super hero origin story every six months in higher definition!
This commercial is a completely uninspiring re-make of Sony’s own Bravia ad from 7 years ago, and it celebrates an advancement that only makes it harder (and more expensive) for people to create things. A truly revolutionary moment will be when Sony releases an 8k television, and it comes with a human-like robot designed to actually appreciate it.
Maybe I am just getting old. You can watch the ad (in all its pixelated glory) below.