03.04.15 by Jeff

Video of the Day: “We’re Gonna Be Lords” The Next Generation of New York Hip Hop

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Enjoyed this profile on New York’s next generation of hip hop artists. Action Bronson, The Flatbush Zombies, The Underachievers, and openly gay rapper Le1f are interviewed in this short, beautifully shot and directed by Robert Lopuski. Watch the film “We’re Gonna Be Lords” below.

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05.03.15 by Jeff

Animation: California Inspires Mark Mothersbaugh

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Really enjoying this series called, California Inspires Me, a collaboration between Google Play and California Sunday. A creative person is interviewed for each episode and then an animator creates visuals to go with the person’s voice. Last time I posted about this series it was Jack Black talking about growing up in California; this time it’s Mark Mothersbaugh animated by Barcelona-based studio, Manson. Watch the animation below.

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24.02.15 by Jeff

Video Profile: Toro y Moi

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The Creator Class has just released the final video in their five-part documentary series, A New Breed. This one features an introspective Chaz Bundick aka Toro y Moi, discussing his creative process. Really enjoyed the slower pace and cinematography in this one. Watch it below.

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02.02.15 by Jeff

Guest Contributor: Rich Oglesby of Art and Technology Blog Prosthetic Knowledge

When I first stumbled across Rich Oglesby’s blog, Prosthetic Knowledge, it was like discovering a wormhole in the Internet. I’ve always liked reading about people experimenting with next-level technologies, but I really never knew where to look. His site became my little window into the world of what’s next: Future technologies, virtual art experiences, experimental apps and installations.

Rich is particularly interested in the intersection of art and technology; forward-thinking new media projects, on both the art and design sides of the spectrum. I’m really excited he’s agreed to be a guest contributor here; hopefully he’ll turn you onto some things that I would never have been able to show you. Keep an eye out for his posts (you can follow them all here), and bookmark his blog. Below is a short conversation I had with him.

 

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02.02.15 by Jeff

Artist Profile: Composer Mark Mothersbaugh and his Vast Collection of Synths

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Cool Hunting offers a delightful peek into the creative headquarters of DEVO founder, Mark Mothersbaugh. The award-winning Hollywood composer has accumulated quite a collection of synths; I feel like Moog fans would have a heart attack if they stepped foot inside this building.

This is worth watching if for no other reason than to know what “we smell sausage” becomes when its played backwards! Mothersbaugh is crazy in the most lovable way; I really hope that the Mark Mothersbaugh-designed theme park Wes Anderson talked about will become a reality. Really enjoyed this. Watch the video below.

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27.01.15 by Jeff

Fresh Paint: A Profile of Artist Rabi (of CYRCLE)

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The Creator Class has just released another video in their five-part documentary series, A New Breed. This first one features Rabi, one half of the art collective CYRCLE, making work in Miami during Basel. The video also features MADSTEEZ, NYCHOS, and several others. Watch “Fresh Paint” below.

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13.01.15 by Jeff

Video of the Day: Artist Profile on Andrea Wan

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Ignant produced this wonderful profile on artist Andrea Wan whose solo show “Fleeting Seasons” opens this Thursday at BC Gallery in Berlin! Andrea, if you’re reading this, thanks for the shout out in the video! Berlin is lucky, Vancouver misses you!

Watch the video below.

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12.01.15 by Jeff

Animation: Jack Black Interview

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The California Sunday Magazine, in collaboration with Google Play, is producing a series of animated interviews with Californians. This particular episode features Jack Black talking about life growing up in Hermosa Beach. Full disclosure: I love Jack Black.

Several years ago, I was part of a big art event here in Vancouver. An hour or so before the show there was a line of people around the block waiting to get in, and as I walked past them to the back entrance I noticed Jack Black was standing in line (waaay back in the line). I was gonna keep walking but I thought I should at least offer to get him into the show early. So I quickly introduced myself as one of the artists in the show, and offered to take him right inside. Without hesitation, he thanked me for the offer but said, it’s cool man, we’ll wait. Then the woman he was standing with leaned over and said she wouldn’t mind going in, if it wasn’t too much trouble, as she was pretty tired. So I took them both around the back, and while we walked he asked me my name, and what I did, and we talked for a few minutes, and he was pretty much the friendliest guy ever. After they got their wristbands and everything, he came back over to me and thanked me again.

Later on in the evening there was this TV personality type guy going around the gallery doing these mildly obnoxious pranks for some video he was making. At some point he was able to get Jack Black’s attention, and with a crowd of people around, he pulled out this McDonalds cheeseburger, sort of re-arranged the buns and everything, and presented it to the actor, demanding $200 for his work of art. Without skipping a beat, Jack Black pulled out a bunch of bills, and put it in the guy’s hand. And then he grabbed the cheeseburger art, and raised it up in the air, before dramatically throwing it directly into the garbage. It was hilarious.

Enjoy the animation below.

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