Viejas del Mercado

I really like this video. It may be a two year old promo video for Retna and the mac gallery, but I think what really interested me is the simplicity of the production and more than anything the soundtrack. Actually come to think of it, it may be mostly the soundtrack that really draws me to this video. Its only a small snippet of Gloria Ann Taylor’s Love is a Hurting Thing, so if you like it as much as I do then listen to the rest here. Unfortunately this is such a rare track that its hard to find a good quality version online. If anyone comes across a clearer version make sure to post a link to it in the comments.

retna and the mac gallery promo from viejas del mercado on Vimeo.

Make sure to check out the rest of Viejas del Mercado’s videos on their Vimeo page. Their latest video provides a sneak peak of a project/exhibition slated to open this summer. Here is the description provided on that video page:

Beginning with a series executed by some of today’s most prominent graffiti artists, drawing on a medium that gained notoriety as a pictorial elaboration and adornment of subways and trains, with plans to include a broad variety of artists from different fields of practice, The Boneyard Project will seek to re-envision our evolving relationship with flying through populist and fine art perspectives, allowing prominent figures from the fine art world, installation and conceptual art disciplines as well as revered figures of youth culture, to each remind us of that unique romance we have had with planes in our lifetimes. With rising fears, prohibitive costs, and more hassles than seem even slightly reasonable, the great joy of getting on a plane to arrive someplace entirely new and exotic has lost much of its appeal in recent years. Yet to this day this amazing possibility is what flying still represents for us. It is a history and a future we should trust great artists to explore for us. And in our own culture where obsolescence is part of the plan and disposability is a bad habit of commerce we are having a very hard time shaking, the very idea that in the desert there is this wonderful graveyard of disused planes waiting for some new breath of life begs that we ask a generation of creators and thinkers to recycle and re-imagine these former marvels of engineering to take us some place we have indeed never dreamed of before.

THE BONEYARD PROJECT from viejas del mercado on Vimeo.

Hopefully they’ll post another video once the project is done.



Jazz Abstraction

I have been slowly listening and absorbing the sounds of jazz, moving like an amoeba through the different styles and engulfing what I find appealing. I like the traditional jazz but find that at times its too fast and ends up sounding like one extended solo. Don’t get me wrong, I still like it, but I can only handle so much of it. I found myself listening to more and more of the jazz fusion with elements of funk and groove, listening to those same artists that moved from their traditional jazz roots for the more melodic and funky notes, such as Donald Byrd and jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers. But in exploring other genres of jazz I came upon a little gem from Polish producers/DJs Skalpel. This took jazz into a whole direction that I was not familiar with. The duo have been collecting Polish Jazz record samples and have created what we hear below, which to me it sounds like traditional jazz deconstructed and reinterpreted. Though it is a stark contrast from the funky grooves I’ve grown fond of, I really enjoyed this take on jazz and ended up purchasing the whole album.

The video is pretty cool as well. It has this James Bond feel to it and I half expect Sean Connery to step out and point a gun straight at me mid video.

Song: Break In
Artist: Skalpel
Album: Skalpel
Year: 2004


Fear Always Motivates

The fear of God permeates the small town of Backwater, but when the Undertaker comes to town the Reverend of the church becomes enraged after losing his grip on power to the coming fear of Death. As days pass without a single death the townsfolk become restless and look for answers, allowing the Reverend to regain his coveted seat of power. In his return to importance, the Reverend decides to turn the tides against the one person in town who always dared defy his word with the hope of satiating the Undertaker’s quest for death while solidifying his own reign over Backwater.

This dark and grotesque animation proves to be a great social and religious commentary for today’s climate. Created by eight undergraduate students attending The Animation Workshop in Denmark, this short film has great animation and a great story:

As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die

Watch this short film below, you won’t be disappointed

The Backwater Gospel from The Animation Workshop on Vimeo.

via Brain Pickings


Their expressions are priceless.

The whole concept of a candle chandelier is pretty cool, but what really did it for me was the expression of the two girls watching the contraption rise and dip into the wax. Its that same look you get as a child while watching the inner workings of a grandfather clock. To me that feeling of awe and wonderment is truly priceless. Kudos to Studio Glithero for their creations as I will definitely be keeping tabs on all that they do from here on out.

The Big Dipper

Big Dipper from Studio Glithero on Vimeo.

In Big Dipper, an audience can witness the complete life of a product, from the moment the chandeliers are conceived until the moment they burn and perish.