Where do I start with this music video… Well, it’s for the band Serena-Maneesh and their song D.I.W.S.W.T.T.D. The video was directed by Kristoffer Borgli, whom you might remember for his video for Casiokids and their song En Vill Hest. Now to talk about the video. It’s really weird and slightly disturbing and I think could potentially piss people off, so I asked Kristoffer about it because it’s still extremely well done.
The inspiration came from an extremely odd source, the Heaven’s Gate cult that committed suicide when the Comet Hale-Bopp was at its brightest. I was familiar with what happened because I’ve grown up in California all my life, but Kristoffer is Norwegian and lives in Oslo, so it was kind of weird that he knew about what happened. It turns out he just recently found out about the group and it inspired him in an odd way. The way I see the video is that a young couple believes that aliens exist, and they think their neighbor might be one. So they kidnap him in order to try and meet more aliens. Pretty weird, huh? But that’s why I think it’s so awesome.
A forgotten future was hidden in plain sight from filmmaker Evan Mather until he went hunting for it in his hometown, Baton Rouge. He was surprised when he found what was left of the Union Tank Car Dome, a geodesic dome designed by Buckmister Fuller: “this was supposed to be a world famous piece of architecture and here it was, a genuine ruin, rusting away in the wilderness.”
At the time of it’s completion, the geodesic structure featured the largest free-span in the world. Within the 384-foot-diameter dome, a giant turntable sorted and shuffled rail cars until the standard size of rail cars changed and the turntable didn’t. For decades the unmaintained dome served as storage, and it was razed in 2007.
And now you can stream Evan’s movie about the structure’s realization and demolition.
I never thought I’d be posting a Linkin Park video on this blog, ever. EVER. But then I saw their new video for the song Waiting for the End… and I kinda’ got chills watching it. I’ve always known they were not only talented musicians but accomplished artists as well. Both Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn went to Art Center where they actually started Link Park. Joe Hahn, who also goes by the moniker Mr. Hahn, directs a lot of Linkin Park’s music videos and he directed this one as well. He describes the video in his own words rather well:
“It was my attempt to digitally crush us to the point that you feel the soul of the music through what has become the essence of us,” he says. “We become the ghosts in the machine. Some may say that because of technology, we lose a sense of who we are. I counter that by illustrating that we can get closer to who we are if we sift through the noise. If this sounds like it’s too ‘out there,’ just ignore what I said and enjoy the pretty pictures.”
I absolutely applaude him for creating something so dynamic. There are a lot of familiar elements like Radiohead’s video for House of Cards and elements of anime pop into my mind as well. That said it still feels like an inventive and fresh video. And hey, the song isn’t too bad, either.
I’m honestly not sure where I came across this crazy track by Tjutjuna called Mosquito Hawk, but it’s so weird and the music is so great that I needed to share it. If I did drugs I would take a whole bunch and watch this video on repeat, it’s definitely one of those kinds of things. But if I were an epileptic I would avoid this video cuz’ it might be averse to my health with all it’s crazy flashing. The band just released a self titled EP as well just a few weeks ago so if you dig the song you can get the record by clicking here.
Only a little over a month ago I posted about Toko, a design firm situated in Australia who I was really into because of the diversity of their work. I had to revisit them because of a new project called the Infographiti Rug, which is actually a data visualization in rug form. The colorful blobs you see are actually the ecological footprints of continents, the orange part being the world’s biocapicity. It’s sad that something so beautiful represents something so… bad. Here are the colors that go along with the countries:
Orange… World’s biocapacity
Yellow… Latin America / Carribean
Dark green… Europe
Red… United Arab Emirates
You can get more information on their visualizations over on the site for Infographiti.