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Joan Didion on John Wayne

IN THE summer of 1943 I was eight, and my father and mother and small brother and I were at Peterson Field in Colorado Springs. A hot wind blew through that summer, blew until it seemed that before August broke, all the dust in Kansas would be in Colorado, would have drifted over the tar-paper barracks and the temporary strip and stopped only when it hit Pikes Peak. There was not much to do, a summer like that: there was the day they brought in the first B-29, an event to remember but scarcely a vacation programme. There was an officers' club, but no swimming pool; all the officers' club had of interest was artificial blue rain behind the bar. The rain interested me a good deal, but I could not spend the summer watching it, and so we went, my brother and I, to the movies.

We went three and four afternoons a week, sat on folding chairs in the darkened hut which served as a theatre, and it was there, that summer of 1943 while the hot wind blew outside, that I first saw John Wayne. Saw the walk, heard the voice. Heard him tell the girl in a picture called War of the Wildcats that he would build her a house, 'at the bend in the river where the cottonwoods grow'.

As it happened I did not grow up to be the kind of woman who is the heroine in a Western, and although the men I have known have had many virtues and have taken me to live in many places I have come to love, they have never been John Wayne, and they have never taken me to that bend in the river where the cottonwoods grow. Deep in that part of my heart where the artificial rain forever falls, that is still the line I wait to hear.

 

From 'John Wayne: A Love Song' in Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays By Joan Didion (1968)

Mother

November, 2017. this video is dedicated to the current administration.

original song by pink floyd. performed by mother amanda palmer. directed by mother jordan rathus. arranged and conducted by honorary mother jherek bischoff.

for all song download/streaming information, cast, crew credits and backstory, go to: http://amandapalmer.net/mother

To Catch A Dream

To Catch A Dream from The Nest Collective on Vimeo.

Ajuma - a grieving widow - is desperate to stop her recurring nightmares. In an effort to end them once and for all, she explores a forgotten fairytale remedy that leads her to unexpected discoveries. To Catch A Dream is The NEST Collective's second fashion film project in collaboration with Chico Leco. Starring Ajuma Nasenyana.

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OFFICIAL SELECTION: Berlin Fashion Film Festival 2015. WINNER: Best Original Music, Berlin Fashion Film Festival. Get the soundtrack at http://thisisthenest.bandcamp.com

blissing me

the official video for blissing me from björk's upcoming new album utopia.

video credits:
Directed by Tim Walker & Emma Dalzell
Creative Direction by Björk
Director of Photography - James Henry
Lighting Director - Paul Burns
Producer - Jeff Delich
Stylist - Edda Guðmundsdóttir
Dress – Pam Hogg
Shoes by Gucci
Braid ornaments - James Merry
Makeup Artist - Hungry
Steady Cam Operator - Tommi Marshall
1st Assistant Camera - Þór Elías
2nd Assistant Camera - Daníel Gylfason 
Gaffer - Finni Sænski
DIT - Benedikt Vilborgar Og Jóhannesson
Local Production - Oli Páll Torfason & Daddi Bjarna
Post Production - Coffee & TV

all of my mouth was kissing him
now into the air i am missing him
is this excess texting a blessing
or just two music nerds obsessing

he reminds me of the love in me
i’m celebrating on a vibrancy
sending each other mp3s
falling in love to a song

this handsommest of wickermen
he asked if i could wait for him
now how many lightyears this interim
while falling in love with his songs

his hands are good in protecting me
touching and caressing me
but would it be trespassing
wanting him to be blissing me
robbing him of his youth

cliffhanger like suspension
my longing has formed its own skeleton
bridging the gap between singletons
sending each other these songs

the interior of these melodies
is perhaps where we are meant to be
our physical union a fantasy
i just fell in love with

so i reserve my intimacies
i bundle them up in packages
my rawward longing far too visceral
did i just fall in love with love?

Rejoice! (mais logo no Lux)

Directed by: William Kennedy

Here is an all star cast for the Hercules & Love Affair video for ‘Rejoice". Andy Butler explains, ”So after six years of us never appearing in a Hercules and Love Affair video (more by accident than design), I wanted us to appear in the video for ‘Rejoice’. Rouge Mary is such a ferocious performer so it was kind of a no brainer. We had to capture that energy in this video.” 

Enter Cybersissy (fine artist Antoine Timmermans) and BayBJane (Mourad Z.). Colourful, outrageous, androgynous, humorous and completely different, just some of adjectives you could reach for in vain to describe the creations of Cybersissy and her muse BayBJane. A partnership founded in the Cologne club Lulu, they have become something of a performance art phenomenon. Standing on the shoulders of many before her, Cybersissy’s visions for this nightlife duo springboard off of the trailblazing work of Leigh Bowery and early NYC/London nightlife, incorporating her education and prodigious talents as a painter and mixed media artist. From Cologne, to London, taking in Pike’s Ibiza and beyond, BayBJane has become one of the most popular performers around. And at 148cm tall, she is perhaps, the smallest Drag Queen in the world. 

Directed by Will Kennedy, the video for Rejoice is a dazzling and joyously bewildering film. “As a foil to Rouge’s performance, director Will Kennedy wanted to capture some of the club community around us, some that embody the essence of the message of the song.” says Andy, “Will has a great mixed media style and a documentary angle in his work. Rouge and I felt that two boundary pushing drag performers, who we love so much, Cybersissy and BayBJane would fit the bill perfectly. We met them at the wonderfully debauched club Hotel Shanghai in Essen Germany. They have triumphed in the face of much adversity in their lives, and channel that triumphant and joyful spirit into brilliant otherworldly characters that they bring into the nightclub. I am so happy with what Will has captured and put together. It is bursting with colour and conveys Cybersissy and BayBJane's boundless creativity and beautiful spirits. They personify Rouge Mary's wonderful lyrics.“

This State We're In

What have you been up to lately, Atlas?

 

A mosaic of asphalt adventures, landscape photography, and some of the craziest shit you’ve ever seen, Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s THE ROAD MOVIE is a stunning compilation of video footage shot exclusively via the deluge of dashboard cameras that populate Russian roads. The epitome of a you-have- to-see- it-to- believe-it documentary, THE ROAD MOVIE captures a wide range of spectacles through the windshield—including a comet crashing down to Earth, an epic forest fire, and no shortage of angry motorists taking road rage to wholly new and unexpected levels—all accompanied by bemused commentary from unseen and often stoic drivers and passengers. - Directed by Dmitrii Kalashnikov

 

How can many stupid things combine to form smart things? How can proteins become living cells? How become lots of ants a colony? What is emergence? This video was made possible by a donation by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. A huge thanks to them for their support and help over the last year! 

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Taken from Ólafur Arnalds' revived and reissued 'Eulogy For Evolution 2017' album edition.

Words from the video director Eilifur Örn:
"We travel through the circle of life from a family’s perspective by watching them at the dinner table over decades. The idea came instantly after I heard the song. I met with Òli and pitched him the idea. He told me that more or less I had just described the concept of the album, so we went ahead and started planning. In the end we ended up shooting the video in Òli´s childhood home where he wrote the very same song."

Malika Favre’s “Coding 101”

From The New Yorker:

"I decided to look at the future so I could create a positive image,” Malika Favre says, about her cover for the Tech Issue. “When you read about women sharing their experiences in a field that is so dominated by males, it can get pretty depressing. For me, it’s obvious that the solution has to start from a young age, with education and the games kids play.”