I feel like miniatures are making quite a comeback these days with ideas like tilt shift videos or Christoph Niemann’s New York in Legos. Big ideas are made of small things? Anyhow, this video for Christopher Smith’sGently Gently is about a little adventurer travelling through a snow globe world where he’s chased by a mysterious creature.
The video was directed by SALAZAR, the director of photography was Todd Duym, art direction by Hitoshi Okamoto and the assistant set decorator was Robin Hunt. You might remember SALAZAR as the creative team behind that weirdo Babe Rainbow video I posted about a month ago. If you’d like to see some of their behind the scenes photos you should click here.
Also, I’m guessing this video was inspired by Martin & Muñoz, the duo who make those disturbing snow globes. I think this is sort of evolution of their work, but it should definitely be pointed out that M&M did it first.
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.