Monthly Archives: July 2012

Lomography. The Skatorialist.

Los Angeles.

Color Negative 400.

Sigur Rós. Varúð. Ryan McGinley.

Film #6: Varúð.

sigur rós have given a dozen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band’s new album valtari. the idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. among the filmmakers are ramin bahrani, alma har’el and john cameron mitchell.

we never meant our music to come with a pre-programmed emotional response. we don’t want to tell anyone how to feel and what to take from it. with the films, we have literally no idea what the directors are going to come back with. none of them know what the others are doing, so hopefully it could be interesting.

this piece is my poem to new york city. i wanted to bring a childhood innocence to the streets, through a character whose own light and wonder effects the world around her. i’m always interested in an atmosphere where dreams and reality mingle on equal terms. —- ryan mcginley

Sigur Rós. Ég anda. Ramin Bahrani.

Film #5: ég anda.

sigur rós have given a dozen film makers the same modest budget and asked them to create whatever comes into their head when they listen to songs from the band’s new album valtari. the idea is to bypass the usual artistic approval process and allow people utmost creative freedom. among the filmmakers are ramin bahrani, alma har’el and john cameron mitchell.

“we never meant our music to come with a pre-programmed emotional response. we don’t want to tell anyone how to feel and what to take from it. with the films, we have literally no idea what the directors are going to come back with. none of them know what the others are doing, so hopefully it could be interesting.”

Lomography. The Skatorialist.

Los Angeles.

Color Negative 400.

Lomography. The Skatorialist.

Los Angeles.

Color Negative 400.

Pink. Blow Me [One Last Kiss]. Music Video.

Dave Meyers directs the video for Pink’s Blow Me [One Last Kiss] off her forthcoming album – The Truth About Love.

Cloud Atlas. Tom Hanks. The Wachowskis. Tom Tykwer.

Cloud Atlas explores how the actions and consequences of individual lives impact one another throughout the past, the present and the future. Action, mystery and romance weave dramatically through the story as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero and a single act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution in the distant future.

Life of Pi. Ang Lee. Trailer. Tobey Maguire.

Twentieth Century Fox releases the trailer for director Ang Lee’s Life of Pi based on the novel of Yann Martel. The film hits theaters on Friday, November 21.

The story of an Indian boy named Pi — a zookeeper’s son who finds himself in the company of a hyena, zebra, orangutan and a Bengal tiger after a shipwreck sets them adrift in the Pacific Ocean.


Jake Netter

Aaron Rose. The Watts Towers. Simon Rodia.

If you wanted to delve into one of the most creative minds from the past decade, you’d be hard pressed to find a better candidate than Aaron Rose, a linchpin of the “Beautiful Losers” movement and director of the documentary with the same title. “Artists are the storyteller people of our world,” says the Los Angeles native. As a writer, curator, publisher, editor, musician, and filmmaker, he’s quite the consummate storyteller himself.

For The Avant/Garde Diaries, Aaron introduces us to Simon Rodia, an early twentieth-century Italian immigrant who constructed one of the most impressive, and unlikely, manifestations of avant-garde architecture in the past century. The Watts Towers are a monumental complex of seventeen interconnected sculptures located in the Watts area of LA. Rodia, a construction worker by trade, constructed piece by piece over thirty years what he referred to as Nuestro Pueblo, or “our town.”

The Towers are a filigree of mortar-covered steel, adorned with a mosaic of broken glass, tile, shells, and other random finds Rodia collected during walks along the nearby train tracks. Shortly after completing the work, he moved north to Martinez, California, where he stayed until his death in 1965. It is said that Rodia never returned to Watts to see his creation, which were recognized by the United States as a National Historic Landmark in 1990. “I had in mind to do something big, and I did it, “Rodia later said. Aaron Rose calls them “a testament to the power of creativity itself.”

Rirkrit Tiravanija. Up Against The Wall ***.

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1301PE Gallery.