flicks and vids, tones and tomes
cottoncandyhammer: tonguing the taste of america's waste, among other things
much media worth checking these days, so find some time this weekend for the following:
- cottoncandyhammer has an absolutely amazing collection of flicks and finds here. i recommend setting the slideshow to about 4 secs (though you might find yourself with your mouse 'pon pause--some wild details in there). slowly but surely an overall aesthetic emerges: critical and comedic, with love of animals, nudes, everyday resistance, absurdity, and tony danza.
- in other flickr finds, jace points to some beguiling b&w views of osaka, and random explorations repeatedly yield shots of interest and beauty, not to mention mischief.
- for some serious shots, though, you've got to see jessica dimmock's heroin den portraits. arresting and sympathetic images of intimacy amid the utterly ordinary, if unnerving, travails of addiction.
- you've heard the song, now see the
videovideos(!): c/o marquise lee and franklin lopez. i have to admit i prefer the former, as the latter is a little too over-the-top with the captions and doctored footage. this story speaks so powerfully already, it doesn't need such stunts. (though i do dig lopez's "bumping" effect.)
- are you a music or math nerd? then you might like this: stephen wolfram, known for self-publishing heavy tomes on "new kinds" of computational science presents the latest interactive implementation of his work: wolfram's tones--an algorithmic music generator that claims to create unique pieces of music in various styles, including hip-hop! (bonus: you can have it as your ringtone.) i wouldn't know myself, as i seem unable to get it to play on my computer. but my friend nick, who pointed me to it, calls it: "annoying algorithmic music as promotional tool for dude's book..." be warned.
- finally, if you're in the cambridge area this weekend (or next) you MUST MUST MUST go see the collision collective's latest exhibit, "ocho," at art interactive. among other oddities and inventions, jackbackrack unveils an incredible new "sketchy" video effect you can try on yourself in realtime, a light bulb hangs suspended in the air by the same electromagnetic field that illuminates it, a solar-powered dragonfly buckles around in attempts to free itself, and a miracle toaster serves up slices with the unmistakable likeness of jeebus. the exhibit is open and free to the public, sat and sun, 12-6pm, this weekend and next. don't miss it.