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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! 


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.”

The Forever Tree

The Forever Treea black historical fantasy film, stars Wendell Pierce and Olivia Washington. It made its debut at the third Bentonville Film Festival, which aims to headline creative works by women and filmmakers of color.

Set during the Harlem Renaissance, The Forever Tree tells the mysterious, magical story of Tawny Bennett, an antiquarian's apprentice. The film is just 18 minutes long, but co-writer and producer Chrishaunda Lee Perez says she hopes someday they'll find the resources to tell a longer version of the story. Her star actress agrees. "It's like an adventure really is beginning," says Washington. "So I love the idea of seeing where it goes."

Valery Katsuba











I was born in the village of Sergeyevichi in 1965. At that time the village was in the Soviet Union - now it is in the Republic of Belarus. Space flight was already under way, and my father liked it when my mother put on high-heeled shoes and styled her hair into a "babetta" for village festivals.

My father and elder brother taught me how to work, while my mother and younger brother indulged my penchant for the arts and sciences. At school I was friendly with the history teachers Galina Drozd and Natalia Demidova. On dark winter evenings Galina would often tell me about her sailor nephew's voyages around the world. When I left school at 16, I went to study at the Admiral Makarov Naval Academy in St. Petersburg (then Leningrad).

I graduated from the Academy with distinction, thanks to Professor Vladlen Adamenko, but I did not spend much time at sea. I met the writers Sergey Kalinin and Catherine Phillips, and began to write myself, with encouragement from the artist Bella Matveyeva.

Just before the year 2000 I became interested in old photography. My new friends, the wonderful stylist Katharina Flohr and the well-respected photographer Neil Kirk, realised the seriousness of my intentions and said "You should take pictures yourself!". I started doing just that. And my first experiments were supported by Olga Sviblova at the Moscow House of Photography and Carine Roitfeld.