This video was featured on archdaily last week and I was a little disappointed that all of the comments on the post were about how “useless” the video was. Maybe these naysayers would have enjoyed a video about waterproof membrane details better… or hair restoration… but I think they’re kind of missing the point. Clearly, this is not an objective narrative about the history of high gothic architecture as it relates to high modernism. No, no, no. While this video does use several photographs of historically significant buildings, I don’t think you could construe this video as being instructive. But just because the video doesn’t tell you the same things that wikipeida can doesn’t mean that it is useless.
…But maybe you agree with them.
The video’s creator is Rob Carter, who you may know from his band, Matchbox20. Just kidding. Rob is artist who was born in England and now lives and works in Brooklyn.
I have never been to Brooklyn, but in my mind it possesses an almost mythic status and encapsulates everything that is holistically artistic, effortlessly cool and divergent from the mainstream. In his short film/documentary “Breukelen”, “Afropean” filmmaker Ofa brings to life the Brooklyn of my imagination.
Taking the viewer on a journey through the borough that follows different visual and audio transitions, Ofa’s short film is a captivating exploration of the area that gestures towards contrasting moods and atmospheres. Portraying various sides of the Brooklyn community, the completed film is, at times, poetic, downtempo and tinged with nostalgia, as well as vibrant, dynamic and bursting with energy. Producing a work that is simultaneously private and social, Ofa’s camera is a quiet observer that does not intrude into the action, but allows the borough to speak for itself.
For a while now I’ve had kind of a crush on the work of Somefield, also known as Barnaby Ward, who I posted about a couple years back. I’ve been keeping an eye on him and seen his work explode all over the internet. I’m absolutely in love with his style, which is very anime inspired, but I feel like he puts his own unique twist on it. I don’t think anyone will argue that it’s all downright beautiful.
For his wallpaper he created an image that to me looks like something out of Alice in Wonderland. It’s a bizarre little vignette that he decided to enhance by giving it a watercolor look and feel. I’m also smitten with the colors of it, the blues, violets and magentas absolutely pop. But it’s also a rather simple desktop at the same time, so it shouldn’t get i the way of your icons either. This is hands down one of my favorites of 2010 so far. Thanks Barnaby!
I’m really digging this book created by the folks over at Project Projects called Mapping Istanbul which attempts to map and define the complex city. Working alongside Garanti Galerie and architects Superpool they’ve put together a collection of maps, charts and graphs that show the various aspects of the city and how it works. I love the visual language the’ve created for the book, and there’s a ton of great images for those into info-porn. And at 224 pages this is an absolute epic in terms of information, I can’t imagine that they’ve missed much.
The awesomely disappointing Darcel is going to be having a show at Colette in France and I’m sad I can’t see it. The show opens on May 5th and will feature paintings, prints, scultpure and animation, so it should be a really fun show. Check out the the little video above he put together which gives you a little sneak peek of the show. How long do you think it’ll be before Darcel has his own book? My money is on Gestalten or Nieves putting it out, I know I’d buy it.