Good Times Online #4
It seems like everywhere we look online people are all about that heinous but brilliant Trump meme life. To some people's dismay, but probably more people's delight, we've decided to stere clear of all things politics this fortnight and stick to the stuff we love most: new Aussie music, American rappers who liken themselves to God, and totally bizarre/awesome perfume adverts. Perhaps most notably, however, is a new trailer for a documentary to premiere shortly at the Venice film festival. You'll have to read on for the details of this future doco gold.
1. Kanye's Favourite Noises
Your boy Kanye is easily one of the most eccentric, narcissistic, border-line manic artists walking the earth today. YouTube channel Bort recently added a compilation of his "Favourite Noises" to their collection of "Kanye's Favourite Things" videos. Much like past uploads documenting Ye's favourite animals, food and TV shows, it's pretty damn accurate. Ockit ogit sickit yeeeh. Watch now for a good laugh and, while you're at it, check out this video of his 'moment' of extreme self-love and semi-appreciation for fellow artists recorded at last weeks MTV Video Music Awards.
Former skate photographer, Spike Jonze, who is widely known for directing Being John Malkovich (1999), has created a perfume for high fashion brand Kenzo. It begins with all the cliches you would expect from an advert by a French luxury fashion house, most notably beautiful women clad in ball gowns with a desire to run away. From that point on though, it actually gets pretty weird. Actor Margeret Qualley delivers an awesome performance that makes you want more after the last few moments come to a close.
3. The Ruminaters - Bad Bad Things 360 Vid
Well, the production behind this film clip is unlike anything else we've scene in the industry - at least not in the Australian indie rock scene. It's also an excellent, excellent tune by the Sydney boys who recently returned form an EU tour and have a string of shows lined up in the coming weeks back here. I don't know what else to say other than check out this crazy 3D business. It'll only work on a phone, and best if you spin around in circles like a hyperactive child. There's no fancy choreo or insane VMA style wardrobe numbers, just a bunch of dudes jamming in a variety of locations, encouraging you to get dizzy and do bad, bad things.
4. David Lynch: The Art Life
David Lynch is a total mastermind renowned for his genius in the visual and sonic arts, and incredible directorial feats (Twin Peaks, Mulholland Drive, The Elephant Man) spanning the entire length of his immense career. Whether you love his paintings that he describes as "organic, violent comedies", or call your self a hardcore devotee to his expansive collection of cult-classics, you're in for a good time come the release of "David Lynch: The Art Life". The documentary, which journeys to the director's formative years in Montana and Philadelphia, is to show at this year's Venice Biennale. Until the film hits the small Italian crowd, the incredibly Lynch-esque trailer will have to keep you going while creator Jon Nguyen readies the visual memoir for the rest of the world. Click image below to be redirected to the video.
5. Art & CRAZINESS at Burning Man
Burning Man is a festival like no other. Set in Black Rock Desert, Nevada, it’s a gruelling experience thanks to many incredible internal and external social and environmental factors like the unique and often harsh climate, new community ideals and the challenge of total self-reliance. However, it’s life-changing effect on the tens of thousands of ‘burners’ who attend this time each year is what makes it so much more than a fleeting experience.
Festival-goers come together to create a temporary metropolis dedicated to “radical self-expression, self-sufficiency, community and art”. Known as Black Rock City, the cultural experiment starts evolving the moment everyone arrives. Nothing is for sale (except coffee and ice), no infrastructure is prepared for attendees at any stage prior to or during the event and there are no pre-existing signs of life until gates open and the people of Burning Man arrive with every thing required to survive the week, to trade with others and to build, create and engage in the Burning Man art scene.
What’s more is that at the end of the week, after burners have ridden around on their bikes and traded with fellow attendees, created or appreciated different themed villages and installations like Karlie Kloss’ gigantic vacuum and this awesome t-rex, the entire population departs leaving no trace of existence in the desert whatsoever.
Words by Tim Salisbury and Elli Webb
Curated by Nick Sheehan, Sam Nicholls, Tim Salisbury and Elli Webb
Illustrations by James Martoo