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Keith Haring ranks among the most iconic, influential and popular artists in the world. Opening twenty years after his death, “Keith Haring: 1978–1982” is a rare and in-depth look at the prolific early years that established Haring’s language as an artist, his politics and social conscience, and his open homosexuality. The historic exhibition opened on March 16th at the Brooklyn Museum and chronicles the early career of Keith Haring in New York City, through the years when he opened his studio and took his art to the streets.
Organized by the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and the Kunsthalle Wien in Vienna, the exhibition traces the development of Haring’s extraordinary visual vocabulary. “Keith Haring: 1978–1982” includes 155 works on paper, numerous experimental videos and over 150 archival objects, including rarely seen sketchbooks, journals, exhibition flyers, posters, subway drawings and documentary photographs.
This piece includes a number of vintage photographs, a photo-gallery and the documentary, “The Universe of Keith Haring.”
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/the-early-works-of-keith-haring-1978-1982/Keith Haring ranks among the most iconic, influential and popular artists in the... more
“Creatures of the Deep” is part of the award-winning nature documentary series “Life,” which was created by BBC television and first broadcast as part of the BBC’s Darwin Season in 2009. The series received its North American premiere on Discovery Channel Canada in November 2009 and received its U.S. premier on Discovery Channel in March 2010. The series was nominated for six Primetime Emmy Awards in July 2010, and the episode “Challenges of Life” went on to win the Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming Award.
The series takes a global view of the specialized strategies and extreme behaviors that living things have developed in order to survive. “Creatures of the Deep” focuses on marine invertebrates, which are some of the most bizarre and beautiful animals on the planet, thriving in the midst of the toughest parts of the oceans. Divers swim into a shoal of predatory Humboldt squid as they emerge from the ocean depths to hunt in packs. When cuttlefish gather to mate, their bodies flash in stroboscopic colors. Time-lapse photography reveals thousands of starfish gathering under the Arctic ice to devour a seal carcass. The greatest living structures on earth, coral reefs, are created by tiny animals in some of the world’s most inhospitable waters.
The beautiful HD “Life” nature series provides the perfect visual background for any living room activity. As many have discovered, they play even better when muted and paired with soundtracks of your own choice. Now, videographer Tobi Totschlag has undertaken the task of curating some of his favorite songs and pairing them with parts of BBC’s “Life,” including some amazing scenes from “Creatures of the Deep.”
This piece includes a number of color photographs and four music videos created from the documentary series.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/03/25/the-challenges-of-life-extraordinary-creatures-of-the-deep/“Creatures of the Deep” is part of the award-winning nature documentary... more
“A House, A Home” is an amazing narrative music video from the debut album of The Alialujah Choir, directed by Daniel Fickle and produced by Mark Smith. The song tells the story of two imagined characters, an adolescent boy and girl, who were in treatment at a psychiatric hospital. They were both going through that intense experience together, but since they were never allowed to be alone with each other, and the boy could never express his feelings for the girl, his feelings for her became larger than life. One day, when the boy saw the girl leaving the office from her therapy session, he assumed that it was a rendezvous of a different kind and took his own life.
Smith wanted to create a narrative for the video to help the boy who had committed suicide reconcile his past. A few years after the boy’s death, the girl also died of natural causes and was buried next to him. It was Fickle’s idea to continue the story underground. By keeping the obvious graveyard imagery out of the story, it helped to create a lighter mood and leave room for playfulness, which was a counterbalance to the somber tone of the song and lyrics.
This piece includes color photographs and an HD version of the breathtaking music video.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/the-alialujah-choir-a-house-a-home/“A House, A Home” is an amazing narrative music video from the debut album... more
The ghostly Polaroids that filmmaker Jem Cohen has taken of New York City over the past 30 years remind him of “a sleepwalker’s view of the city.” The impressionistic images, filled with vaporous landscapes, acid colors, deadpan close-ups and long, lonesome vistas, could be said to capture those parts of the city its residents have forgotten, or even what the city has forgotten about itself.
The same can be observed about Mr. Cohen’s short films, “NYC Weights and Measures” (2006) and “Lost Book Found” (1996), which capture the lonely solitude that exists beneath the often deafening noise and frantic bustle of the city’s streets.
This piece includes a number of Cohen's color Polaroids, as well as two of his short films.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/the-lonely-ghosts-of-new-york-citys-past/The ghostly Polaroids that filmmaker Jem Cohen has taken of New York City over the... more
“Girl Walk // All Day” is the newly-released debut film from director Jacob Krupnick, a piece of visual art painted with the colors of New York City, where the residents don’t even blink when a seemingly goofy young woman in a windbreaker starts dancing like a crazy person right through a park in broad daylight. The twelve-act movie uses “All Day,” the latest album from Girl Talk (Gregg Gillis), as its narrative force. The music provides a deeply emotional soundtrack to 71 minutes of dancing, as the three main actors dance their way through New York, from the High Line to Central Park, to the subway, to Occupy Wall Street and back.
This piece includes a number of color photographs, an HD version of the full movie and the documentary, “A Day in the Life: Girl Talk.”
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/girl-walkall-day-an-infectious-urban-dance-marathon/“Girl Walk // All Day” is the newly-released debut film from director... more
In film director Aaron Rose’s Warhol-inspired and farmyard-centric “Chicken Screen Tests,” a collection of exquisite California chicks and a charismatic duck mug for the camera, all the while posing for their portraits to the music of Dean and Britta’s cover of Bob Dylan’s “I’ll Keep It With Mine.” Rose’s bewildering chicken screen tests were shot with 16mm film in line with the standard formula of Andy Warhol’s 1960s “Factory Screen Tests,” with the finely feathered thespians obtained from a farm in San Pedro.
This piece includes photographs, as well as the perplexing short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/03/10/sexy-screen-tests-a-big-cock-and-hot-chicks/In film director Aaron Rose’s Warhol-inspired and farmyard-centric... more
“L’Odyssee de Cartier” is a dazzling 3 1/2-minute CGI short film directed by Bruno Aveillan, which was nearly two years in the making with a team of 50 people. The original score for “L’Odyssee de Cartier” was composed and arranged by renowned orchestrator Pierre Adenot and recorded at London’s legendary Abbey Road studios; special effects were created by Digital District.
The movie, showcasing standout creativity and innovation, centers around the iconic Cartier Panthere traveling around the world in search of inspiration. It comes to life after the lights go down in Cartier’s Paris flagship store and then takes an intricate CGI journey around the world, visiting Russian royals taking a horse-drawn carriage ride, then conversing with a dragon that becomes the Great Wall of China, and then encountering one of India’s famous roving palaces (on top of an elephant) before being flown back to France by Alberto Santos-Dumont, the aviation pioneer for whom the Cartier Santos wrist watch is named.
This piece includes a number of color photographs and the amazing HD-CGI short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/03/04/lodyssee-de-cartier-the-cartier-panthere-travels-the-world-searching-for-inspiration/“L’Odyssee de Cartier” is a dazzling 3 1/2-minute CGI short film... more
Indiewire’s Anne Thompson takes us backstage on Oscar night and explains how easy it is for someone covering the awards season, like herself, to over think the way Academy voters will respond when ballots are cast. There were a few categories at this year's ceremony that had everyone guessing.Indiewire’s Anne Thompson takes us backstage on Oscar night and explains how... more
“The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore” is an award-winning animated short film by author/illustrator William Joyce and Co-Director Brandon Oldenburg at Moonbot Studios, which won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film last night at the 2012 Academy Awards. Drawing on inspirations from Hurricane Katrina, The Wizard of Oz and Buster Keaton, the amazing and inspirational short film combines a variety of animation techniques to tell the story of people who have a passion for books.
This piece includes a number of colorful illustrations, as well as the acclaimed animated short film.
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The Street Photography of Alex Webb: Sweet Home Chicago
“Photographs from the Streets of Chicago” is a wonderful video photo-essay, a collection of photographs by the acclaimed contemporary street photographer, Alex Webb. Unlike street photographers of the Chicago School (Callahan, Metzger, Sturr and Sterling), Alex Webb has chosen to photograph the city’s multitudinous character in color. Having spent most of his three-decades long career shooting outside of the United States, Webb turns his lens to Chicago during this very important election year.
This piece includes a number of color photographs and the HD video photo-essay, an exploration of Chicago and the Loop.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/02/25/the-street-photography-of-alex-webb-sweet-home-chicago/The Street Photography of Alex Webb: Sweet Home Chicago “Photographs from the... more
The fleeting beauty of youth is captured in this spellbinding collection of raw, honest portraits of androgynous boys that documents the authenticity of youth, from London-based photographer Toyin Ibidapo. A tribute to the charged emotions of adolescence, Ibidapo’s first solo show “There’s No Such Thing as Perfect, But There’s Perfection in the Things We Love,” is currently on exhibition at the Doors Showcase Gallery in London.
Ibidapo is a fashion photographer who has collaborated with the late Alexander McQueen, super-stylist Nicola Formichetti and designer Kim Jones, as well as contributing to “Dazed & Confused,” “Arena Homme Plus” and SHOWstudio. The exhibition evolved from Ibidapo’s book “Cult of Boys,” which she describes as a “record of amazing moments and various chapters in my life as a photographer as well as the faces in this book. They represent themselves and they also represent me because it was my vision and they came into my world, some for years, others just once. But sometimes once is all you need, one photograph to remember a poetic moment forever. Seen through the eyes of the female gaze.”
This piece includes a number of mesmerizing color photographs, a photo-gallery and two richly creative musical documentary short films.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/poetic-moments-a-celebration-of-young-masculine-beauty/The fleeting beauty of youth is captured in this spellbinding collection of raw,... more
“Welcome to My Home” is delightful documentary short film by Kelsey Holtaway and Mark Cersosimo at Departure/Arrival Films. Anthony Pisano is a sweet old man who sits on the sidewalk and invites passersby to browse the contents of his East Village home, an amber-lit apartment-space packed with antiques, photographs, knickknacks, figurines and watch parts, which might easily be confused with a rummage sale or second-hand shop.
But nothing in the collections Mr. Pisano has built throughout his life is for sale. Instead, for Mr. Pisano, the benefit of living in his East Village storefront is that it offers him a chance to meet people. He leaves the front door ajar, and blasts Frank Sinatra music into the street. Passersby peer at his collection of unusual items, like a Bill Clinton doll on an antique model boat. “The New York Times” reported in 2010 that Pisano “estimates he gives away 10 to 12 trinkets every day.”
This piece includes colorful photographs and the wonderful documentary short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/anthony-pisanos-east-village-apartment-a-home-for-the-heart/“Welcome to My Home” is delightful documentary short film by Kelsey... more
Update: "Welcome Home" has been named a winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize!
“Welcome Home” is a series of photographs about Iraq war veteran Brian Scott Ostrom, who suffers from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, by Pulitzer Prize-winning “Denver Post” photographer Craig Walker. Walker has just been named Newspaper Photographer of the Year in the Missouri School of Journalism’s Pictures of the Year International Competition for the collection of photographs he took over 27 months about soldiers engaged in the Iraq war, which included the stunning images documenting the struggles of PTSD sufferer Brian Ostrom.
After serving four years as a reconnaissance man and having deployed twice to Iraq, Ostrom, who is now 27, returned home to the U.S. with a severe case of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Since his discharge, Ostrom has struggled with the demands of daily life, from finding and keeping employment to maintaining healthy relationships. But most of all, he’s struggled to overcome his brutal and haunting memories of Iraq and his guilt for things he did and didn’t do, while fighting a war in which he no longer believes.
This piece includes photographs, a photo-gallery and a documentary short film.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/02/19/welcome-home-soldier-the-story-of-scott-ostrom/Update: "Welcome Home" has been named a winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize!... more
“Decade of Nudes” is a beautiful fine arts video portfolio of nude photography by the German photographer Alexander Paulin. Since 1999, Paulin has worked as a freelance photo-designer in his studio near Hamburg, Germany. Paulin’s photography has been featured in a number of magazines, including “Playboy,” “Maxim,” “Stern” and “Photographie,” as well as in many books and calendars.
This piece includes a number of photographs, as well as the wonderful fine arts video portfolio.
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Fox’s “Glee” dedicated Tuesday’s Valentine’s Day episode to the late Whitney Houston when, through a strange twist of fate, the hour featured a cover of one of the late pop icon’s most memorable hits in “I Will Always Love You.” Originally written and performed by Dolly Parton, with Houston singing the track for 1992′s feature film “The Bodyguard,” “Glee’s” Amber Riley covered the song in an already emotional scene where her character chose to be single rather than choose between her current boyfriend Shane and her ex, Sam.
The producers of Glee opted to update the episode, which had been delivered to the network last Friday, the day before Houston’s death, and featured a dedication to the singer-actress in a title card that came at the end of the episode. The card read, “Whitney Houston 1963-2012. We will always love you.” Houston died on Saturday at the age of 48.
This piece includes photographs and the music video.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/02/15/the-glee-valentines-day-a-tribute-to-whitney-houston/Fox’s “Glee” dedicated Tuesday’s Valentine’s Day episode... more
“Born to Die” is the new music video directed by the celebrated photographer/filmmaker Yoann Lemoine, from the chart-topping major label album debut by 25-year-old retro chanteuse Lana Del Rey. A number of malcontent bloggers have taken snarky aim at Del Rey, taking issue with the size of her fantastic pout, with the fact that she changed her name from the far less exotic Lizzy Grant, and for presenting an image they feel is just too cool to be real. Nevertheless, Del Rey comes across like a gangster Lauren Bacall, finds musical inspiration in the bright lights of Monte Carlo and can sing with enough grace and longing to break your heart after just one verse.
This piece includes color photographs and the music video.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/02/05/celebrating-the-renaissance-of-the-cyberflaneur-born-to-die/“Born to Die” is the new music video directed by the celebrated... more
“The First Time I Ran Away” is a beautifully animated music video for M. Ward’s new solo album, “A Wasteland Companion,” set for release on Merge April 10th. The “Him” from the indie music group She & Him is Matthew Stephen Ward, known by his stage name M. Ward, a singer-songwriter and guitarist who rose to prominence in the Portland, Oregon music scene. The delightful animated video was directed by Joel Trussell and his team of animators, who use M. Ward’s lyrics as a basis to tell the three-part story following a girl who’s run away with her pet llama and fish. The soft, pastel colors are a perfect companion to M. Ward’s soothing voice.
This piece includes colorful illustrations and the wonderful animated music video.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/m-ward-the-first-time-i-ran-away/“The First Time I Ran Away” is a beautifully animated music video for M.... more
“The Last Goodbye” is a powerfully emotive music video portrait of the rock duo Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince, directed by the Oscar nominated actress Samantha Morton. The Kills celebrate ten years of musical partnership with this poignant and captivating video. The melancholic song “The Last Goodbye” offsets the usually hard-edged sound that Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince are known for, with haunting vocals and a nostalgic piano loop.
Shot in monochrome on crisp, silvery 35mm film, the video reflects the beautiful simplicity of the track, while using an old-school photo-booth to provide an intimate backdrop for Mosshart’s intense and heart-warming opening performance. Her introduction is followed by a series of touching poses that casts a tender light on the musicians’ longstanding and spirited friendship, as Mosshart and Hince share memories of their first meeting and a decade of collaboration.
This piece includes black-and-white photographs and the heart-warming music video.
http://disembedded.wordpress.com/2012/01/28/the-kills-the-last-goodbye/“The Last Goodbye” is a powerfully emotive music video portrait of the... more