Category Archives: contemporary culture

Are going to the party?

Whenever i choose to go out in public with friends (mostly just to keep myself from becoming a goblin) i always end up having a great time because of them. However, the whole process of meeting people that will probably never share anything besides a few blurred sentences; dressing a certain way to complement the caged arena; head-bobbing/bouncing to a song that loops the off-key voice of a lady that may/may not be under the spell of an auto-tune; all the while im trying to consume as much alcohol as possible to ease awkward eye-contact sequences with my bartender…yeaa, that process just doesn’t appeal to me.
Lindsay Scoggins has actually simplified this whole process through a range of edited/juxtaposed mammals in her video “party animals”; which serves as the promo for the contemporary art show curated by her as well. This girl is a pro at beat-editing, and quite the master of contemporary satirical content. Check out her YouTube channel if you haven’t done so already.

***Also, many thanxs to Jay for introducing me to the term “goblin”; which i will shamelessly abuse in future posts***

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Unpretended


“There are two things that don’t have to mean anything, one is music, and the other is laughter”

Last time i visited NYC, i startled up a conversation with a friend who’s a musician about creating a visual project based on the layered sounds of the city. We stayed still for about five minutes, and just tuned in to the sounds of NY. Not conversations, like the typical nosy New Yorker, but the actual sounds of the city; the background noise of real life, melting/welding together into what we call “the familiar”

This is not a new concept, although it might be if you’ve never heard of John Cage’s 4:33. I find myself quoting, and often using John Cage as a theme of conversation, simply because he breaks down complex ideas in realistic/modern terms. Music and visuals for example, don’t have to be decipherable to human senses, or even appealing to be interesting and meaningful. In fact, iconic art filled with clear statements and loud/bright colors can often dull down a piece to a level which can no longer be considered genuine. This concept can be connected to anything, not just limited to music and visuals; human relationships also apply, by using fewer words and more gestures to perfect the art of communication.

Lost Things

One of the main reasons i praise stop-motion animation is because of it’s endless possibilities. Stop-motion has a way of getting away with fluid movement and minimal cuts/frames that never ceases to impress me. In the old days, animation studios like soyszmultfilm would accomplish stop motion by putting together a model, taking a shot with a film camera, moving it a bit, taking another shot, and another shot and so on. When i look at how stop-motion has changed, i realize that the procedure still remains intact, but it has advanced incredibly in terms of storyline and the tools used to execute it.

Similar to Oren Lavies “Morning Elegance”, Alison Sudol wrote the piece of music specifically for this short film written and directed by Angela Kohler.

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almost effortlessly..


“It has to do with the surface of both, which at the end becomes erased, or more erased. Before that, they were richer, full of things. Uglier, but more precise maybe”
-Gerhard Richter

When I think of really intense sensations, like experiencing a moment of pure bliss, or feeling deeply connected to someone else’s understanding of these emotions; I find my head lurking visually for a spot filled with tranquility. Not charged with busy backgrounds, or strong statements, but instead a spot within monotoned and saturated images that contains very little color. Probably one of the reasons to detest most pop art and modern photography is the abusive use of color to convey emotion. I find this so incredibly forced, when it should look almost effortlessly. I caught myself completely falling for this track visually, like the first time I experienced a Gerhard Richter painting up close. Richter’s technique can be found remarkably perfected in Blakes video. Blurred, erased, focused in some areas, but overall revealing a main purpose/intent. I get completely lost in these images, almost effortlessly.


A wilhelm scream is a stock sound effect used in hollywood movies (for ex: a coyote howl, hooting owl, lightning and thunder)

Kari Altmann

Kari Altmann is a Baltimore-based artist whose works propose questions of technological interaction, and its relationship to the modern cultures use of such as a mode of communication. I stumbled across her work while listening to the song below. Immediately, i fell for the minimalistic and ridiculous effects that play along so well with 10mi stereo lyrics. It reminded me of a cheap iChat effect, and this is probably the initial reaction of plenty when they compare it to the iChat interface. As you start to look around, little 3D trinkets and symbols begin to appear alongside the human figures. She uses various forms of editing and 3D softwares, and technically, It’s pretty interesting to try and decipher everything that goes on in her work.

I found this while scavenging the artists shows and influences:

“I can only speak for myself, and I identify more with the ideas of post-network art or internet-aware art. As we’ve expanded our view of the relationships and voids between everything from databases or networks to dataclouds and holograms, we’ve arrived at a better realization of the virtual and physical properties inherent in everything. Everything becomes matter, energy, and representation, and is connected to everything else. This idea isn’t new, but I’m sure that the experience of growing up with the internet has affected the way that many artists my age approach it. We’ve had an unprecedented accessibility to a more “zoomed-out” and multidimensional understanding of our environments.

If you have an understanding of this infinite matter you can also learn from it and interact with it in infinite ways. The material we deal with everyday moves back and forth between virtual and physical form so fluidly. Each seems both tangible and imaginary. You are always interacting with matter “through” other matter. This is where processes like hacking, aggregation, modulation, disembodying and many more come into play, through surfaces and intermediaries. We are simultaneously sourcing from this ecosystem, interacting with it, and creating it.”

Also, if you’re interested in reading more about her work, here’s a pretty extensive INTERVIEW on her digitalisms

on>Autopilot

Chaos is so necessary in a daily routine, that lacking such can really push anyone into a deep state of autopilot. The beautifully distorted view in this video paints a chaotic dreamworld in a state of numbness. Wanting to break out into dabs of watercolor, the lyrics complement human silhouettes while stopping/replaying movements. Without losing the human-like component, visuals manage to submerge the viewer into a wonderfully surreal dimension composed through cinematography. The feeling of craving that bit of chaos is overwhelmingly shattered, overlaid, and distorted for a whole 4 minutes and 19 seconds.

In the deep, the shallow and the rest, we walk.

This poem and short film is based on a runaway thought. A girl wakes up, tired from always experiencing life in her dreams and decides to walk. Walking away from her everyday life in search of her dreams in full-color. It is in fact the act of walking that is hardest, for we often come to the conclusion that life will in fact live for us. We believe that things will just “fall into place”, that our problems will eventually “poof!” and disappear. We forget how big this universe is and how many people,places, and miles we’ve yet to walk about. I too, sometimes, forget to simply walk.

“The room grew quiet and empty this morning.

Drifted past traffic signals,
turned in places with no road.

The noise and air and city fell from your shoulders,
the sun now breathing, look.

There’s the roaring ship of being,
the light broke out against the shore.

Eyes like roses beaten petal red with seeing,
the demolition of the moon.

Past the buildings stripped to only gold
and the hanging romance novels of the dead,
hearing breaths unspoken
in fields of silent telegraph poles.

In the deep, the shallow and the rest,
we walk.”

A film collaboration with the incredible Christopher Hewitt. We Walk was shot in LA and is based on a new poem written by Brett Darling. The soundtrack is by Max Richter.