This is the best thing I’ve seen circulating the web right now. A user on Tumblr named Swiked posted this image that has the Internet pretty well divided. Is the dress white and gold or blue and black? I stared at the image thinking it was white and gold and it literally changed before my eyes.
Apparently this was filmed inside a fish bowl, but I honestly have no idea what I’m looking at. It feels real (whatever that means). This audio visual experiment is part of filmmaker and musician Kamiel Rongen’s Hyde Park project. The artist describes these works as a series of landscapes. Watch the video below.
James Jean at Pow! Wow! Hawaii
Reach at Pow! Wow! Hawaii
My favourite part of attending the Pow! Wow! Hawaii festival each year is getting to meet so many new people. This year I became fast friends with Anna and Christina from VSCO who, along with my pal photographer Carmen Chan, interviewed many of the artists and produced a bunch of mini stories about the event. You can check out their coverage over on VSCO’s Pow Wow Hawaii Journal and be sure to check out their main feature on James Jean here.
Nicolas Jaar fans will love this. The acclaimed New York-based musician has uploaded an Armenian avant-garde film from 1969, called “The Color Of Pomegranates”, to Youtube along with his own original score. Watch the full film below.
If there was one digital medium that caught the attention of the online public in the past five years or so, it is obviously the Graphical Interchange Format, commonly referred to as the GIF. Initially employed as a file format for simple animations, over time it became the medium of choice for many artists and creatives to present their work thanks to improved bandwidths and easier storage on social media platforms.
Over the past year or so we have seen GIF art implemented in mainstream gallery spaces such as The Museum of Moving Image or Tate Britain’s 1840s GIF Party, or by way of Augmented Reality, presenting works at physical spaces through a smartphone device via barcodes, such as Rua Red’s Glitch Festival or GIF Art blog 15 Folds exhibition at the Lyst Gallery.
Back in 2012 the Photographers Gallery, London, was smart enough put together a major show about the format ‘Born In 1987‘, but before this all became fashionable in the art world, an organizer and artist from Toronto saw the potential of integrating this format into real-world events and collaborated with another artist whose medium of choice is the GIF itself, curating a collection of works created on a computer by artists from around the world, and projected on walls to accompany the surroundings.
The show was called ‘Sheroes’, a monthly event started in 2011 to 2012 that each month focused on female pop-icons ranging from Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, Yoko Ono, Madonna, Dusty Springfield or Dolly Parton, a range of artists whose distinct talents enriched pop culture, a “League of Legendary Ladies”. Here I will talk to Rea McNamara and Lorna Mills about the origins of this emerging scene and how it all started.
This is the best! Here is your inspiration for today, a video of the 2014-15 Louisville Leopard Percussionists rehearsing “Kashmir”, “The Ocean”, and “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin. These musicians are all students between the ages of 7-12, and each learns several different instruments as part of the program: xylophones, marimbas, vibraphones, drums, timbales, congas, bongos and piano. Watch the video below and try not to smile! Their faces at the end are priceless.
This installation by Kento Fukuda is a simple yet effective combination of mixed media and projection. A room full of Japanese pop culture, and various animations by the artist featured on the walls and scattered laptops and monitors. The piece is about the overwhelming consumption of media, be it financial goods or online information. Video embedded below.