woodhands + asif mian: i wasn’t made for fighting.

SpyFilm‘s Asif Mian created this totally slick vid for Toronto’s own sweaty and glorious electro-poppers Woodhands and their new single “I Wasn’t Made For Fighting”.

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seth brau: the universal declaration of human rights.


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carlos lascano: a short love story in stop motion.

This is one of the loveliest things I’ve ever seen.

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I need to get married and move to a cottage and make babies and grow old and look winsome.

“A Short Love Story In Stop Motion” is a masterful mix of stop motion and 2D animation created by Argentinian-born, Spanish-based artist and animator Carlos Lascano. I can’t get over the quality of light throughout. It’s thick and viscous and delicate and warm. Thought I can’t imagine how much complex work goes into making something look this easy, the result has such a natural ease. I’ve watched it 5 times now, and I don’t think I’m about to stop. Pure joy.

You can check out some very cool behind-the-scenes notes and photos from Lascano’s site here and his other excellent work here.

good magazine: the hidden cost of war.

This comes from the beautiful folks at GOOD Magazine. If you’re wondering why the American economy is on the verge of a total collapse,  watch this video. Don’t even try to totally wrap your head around it, because it just. doesn’t. make. sense.

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niels fyrst + bjørn svin: modular noia.

Niels Fyrst created this vid for Danish techno wizard Bjørn Svin‘s track “Modular Noia”. It’s got shapes. It’s got colours. If you watch it long enough, you start to forget your name, where you are, and what you’re doing.

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diesel + the viral factory: sfw xxx.

This is fucking amazing. Literally. Please… just watch it. Watch it right now.

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(Agency: The Viral Factory. Animation: Big Animal.)

The original idea of a site called SFW Porn, which takes some (seriously nasty) XXX pics and pixellates clothes onto the porn stars, The Viral Factory and director Keith Schofield take the same idea onto film for the build-up to Diesel’s globe-hopping 17 city 30th anniversary, Diesel XXX.

I think my fave part is the corn eating. That, or the chick “spinning” on the turntables. What’s yours?

This shit is going to spread like wildfire, so start sending it around now. Viral brilliance everywhere.

Thanks to Jason for the tip.

sandy smith.

Scottish artist Sandy Smith has gotten loads of well-deserved press and internet buzz around his brilliant Computer Installations project, but his site showcases a ton of interesting tech and socially-tinged installation work, as well as some awesome insight into each piece from the artist himself.

For Computer Installations, including the obsolescent beauty of “Mauritian Sunset”, pictured below, he took old computer monitors, donated by his alma mater, the Glasgow School of Art, and turned them into gorgeous large-scale installation pieces.

Eye-grabbing from the front and equally intriguing from the back. I love the “technology behind the curtain” vibe; the allusion toward so many beautiful things whose veneer faces us while the nuts and bolts of how their allure is maintained is hidden. The door also intrigues me. You don’t have to travel around the outside of the entire piece to see both the gilded and the mechanical side; there’s a passageway right there in the middle, a portal, and Smith invites us to openly transverse between the two. This way we see the honest connection between the colourful light and all those dull, grey wires that are working so hard to create it. They might not be as pretty or as celebrated, but they’re responsible for all the shiny glory shimmering on the other side.

For “Green/Blue Horizontal”, inspired by the ubiquitous Windows wallpaper “Bliss”, he created a walk-in corner installation from more than 60 computers. Programmed to glow blue and green, people could walk inside the amazing luminescence created by the piece and find some bliss of their own.

But that’s just the beginning. In his own description of his installation work “Sapere Aude”, Smith’s flair for the written explanation really kicks in. This guy isn’t just an artistic bright light, he’s also self-deprecating and funny as hell:

“…we set forth our intention to work collaboratively in an exploration of Immanuel Kant’s essay ‘What is enlightenment’. It was a lofty project, and a beautiful proposal, where we would explore ‘why we make crap things with highbrow ideas.’ Not us personally, but everybody and us… It would be too impertinent to suggest that by merely attempting this process we have resolved anything so lofty as our intentions and ambition desired, but I put it to you that maybe, just maybe, that’s okay. This is not to excuse ourselves – you read me too literally. We like this shit. And thus maybe we should not seek to explain ourselves just too much, and instead ‘have courage to use your [our] own reason’. Or, as Kant paraphrased in the first paragraph of ‘What is enlightenment?’, Sapere aude.

Kant. What a cunt.”

Seriously. How can you not love this dude?

For “Please Don’t Break My Heart”, he sculpturally constructed the phrase “All The Time I Was Making This I Was Thinking Of You” from 100 sheets of mounting board he super-glue together. Standing 2 metres tall but only 12 centimetres deep, the precarious fragility of the whole piece was intentional.

With that in mind, the picture below is the only one he has of the completed piece as it appeared at the exhibition opening. That night someone bumped into it and the whole thing collapsed. Oddly enough, I think, knowing what it spelled out in the first place, the broken down version is even more beautiful. A wonderful physical adaption to the tenuous nature of the sentiment it once spelled out. I also wonder if maybe, having built it to a dimension that made it so easy to topple, this was Smith’s secret intention the whole time.

For “All The Time I Was Making This I Was Thinking Of You”, part of the Studio Project 9 residency at Glasgow’s Market Gallery, Smith spent 18 hours a day placing 600 hand-made paper flowers and 1200 leaves onto four large trees. Sitting in the “meadow” between the four trees is an angular block, lit from within, whose perforations spell out “Every day in every way I am getting better and better”.

On his site Smith says “What’s it all about? The optimism, beauty and misplaced trust of striving to make Art contrasted with the puritan work ethic involved. Making a nice place to sit. Endeavour, arrogance, naivety, spontaneity, Dead Poets Society and art.”

Finally, in another project that sources from the deep well of the net’s collective emotional concious, the appropriately titled “Google Image Search” is a video installation consisting of two monitors. One displayed a single word, and the other displayed the top 20 image results for that word from Google.

From the vast list of words used in the total 74-minute looped video, you can watch two of them right here: “Free” and “Freedom”.

fueltv + golden lucky: looking thru the b sides.

I read that people went apeshit when “Looking Thru The B Sides” went up at Pictoplasma NYC. The trailer makes it pretty clear why. Commissioned by Fuel TV, director Saimon Chow at Golden Lucky was given the breifs to thrill and inspire action sports lovers with a visually-crazy short film. Mission accomplished. The result is an 8-minute multi-styled cartoon epic about a skater named Ollie.

Complete with soundtrack by one of my favourite sound designers, the kick ass Simon Pyke at Freeform, if the insanely hype full trailer below isn’t enough for you, then you can also check out the 15 sec teaser here, the 20 sec teaser here, and a totally weird French-puppet promo spot that makes no sense here.

The trailer alone has be fully pumped. The full short isn’t available online yet, so be sure to check out local film fests and animation conferences to see if you can be lucky enough to see it on a big screen.

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kristofer ström + minilogue: animals.

Swedish electro-poppers Minilogue have the kind of sound that is just begging to be populated with perky cartoon animals. It would be almost wrong for it not to be. Thankfully director Kristofer Ström and VFX creator Erik Bucholtz have filled the vid for Minilogue’s latest single, “Animals”, with a full-on menagerie of animated wondercreatures. So cute. So happy…

Watch “Animals” in HD here, or check out the YouTube below:

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glenn marshall: metamorphosis.

Programmed entirely in processing, a new open-source programming language designed specifically for animation and moving images, computer artist Glenn Marshall has created a subtle, beautiful, and mesmerizing world. The soundtrack is “Corsair”, by one of my fave ambient-electro outfits, the amazing Boards of Canada.

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