1050.6(c) against Showtime by Scott Carthy

6 May

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Director Scott Carthy has created this 7 minute gem documenting New York City’s renowned subway car performers. The subculture itself is in danger of extinction thanks to a trebling of arrests in a move to clean up the city. 1050.6(c) is the section of the New York Transit code that states panhandling and performing on trains is prohibited. There have been 256 convictions under the code since mid-March. Carthy spent two days befriending and documenting these subway performers, experiencing first-hand the perspective of both performer and audience – unexpectedly witnessing the remarkable cultural resonance they have in crafting the character of New York City. For me, this is street culture in its purest, most unadulterated form. We live in a fast culture where street movements no longer get to go unnoticed and grow organically. Rather, due largely to the internet and social media, they are unearthed and co-opted in a heartbeat by brands who try to sell them back to us. Watching Carthy’s documentary you see true hustle. Watch it now before Nike slap a swoosh on it and try to sell you sneakers.

If you like what you see, you can back Carthy’s Kickstarter campaign to make a full-length documentary.

Nastya Nudnik

8 Apr

Nastya Nudnik is a Kiev-based artist who, in her ‘emoji nation’ series, blends classical art with the all too ubiquitous notifications of modern social media and digital culture. Far from a snide exercise in post-modern irony, the resulting images are a striking comment on themes of isolation and our cultures false sense of connectedness .

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A Brand Filmed 20 Strangers Kissing For The First Time: Gets 7 Million YouTube Views In One Day

12 Mar

Want 7 million YouTube views in one day? Go and film 20 strangers kissing each other. That’s what LA based fashion label Wren did.

A Yelp Reviewer Is Chronicling His Love Life To Create A Topographical Map Of His Last Relationship

12 Mar

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You know the scenario,  you find yourself in a new part of town – or maybe you’re in a strange city for business or pleasure and you’re lost. Whatever. You pull out Yelp to get a crowdsourced recommendation for a decent bar to soak in the vibe and imbibe. Unless you stumble across a post by Chase Comptom. As Business Insider reports:

For the last four months, Compton has been using Yelp to write a digital memoir, detailing the collapse of a relationship through the reviews of different bars and cafes that he visited with his ex. His posts are each several paragraphs long, written in a narrative voice, jam-packing his poetic musings alongside details about his Chinese food or pierogies.

Compton, 31, and his boyfriend met on OKCupid and stayed together for about nine months before the relationship fell apart. Readers don’t get every detail of what went wrong by reading Compton’s intentionally vague posts, but Compton makes it clear that he was the one who got dumped.

You can read all 18 of Compton’s posts at his Yelp profile. According to Business Insider:

So far, Yelp hasn’t contacted Compton, and he admits he’s a little nervous about what the company would say.

“My intention was to be kind of like a literary Banksy,” he says. “And I don’t want to lose this. I’d be crushed if Yelp were to find out and not like what I was doing and shut me down.”

[via Business Insider]

The Most Watched YouTube Videos of 2013

11 Dec

YouTube has revealed its list of the most watched videos of 2013. As the official YouTube blog states:

As 2013 comes to a close, these are some of the videos, channels and moments that shaped our year. While each annual list is unpredictable (what’s up, Mr. Miley Cyrus impersonator), trending videos just get bigger each year. And with 80 percent of all views on YouTube coming from outside the U.S., the global community is driving pop culture unlike ever before.

Scope the list of most popular trending videos and most popular music videos below:

Top Trending Videos for 2013
1. Ylvis – “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” by tvnorge
2. “Harlem Shake (original army edition)” by kennethaakonsen
3. “How Animals Eat Their Food” | MisterEpicMann by MisterEpicMann
4. “Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball (Chatroulette Version)” by SteveKardynal
5. “baby&me / the new evian film” by EvianBabies
6. Volvo Trucks – “The Epic Split feat. Van Damme” by VolvoTrucks
7. “YOLO (feat. Adam Levine & Kendrick Lamar)” by thelonelyisland
8. “Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise” by CarrieNYC
9. “THE NFL : A Bad Lip Reading” by BadLipReading
10. “Mozart vs Skrillex. Epic Rap Battles of History Season 2″ by ERB

Top Music Videos for 2013
1. PSY – “GENTLEMAN M/V” by officialpsy
2. Miley Cyrus – “Wrecking Ball” by MileyCyrusVEVO
3. Miley Cyrus – “We Can’t Stop” by MileyCyrusVEVO
4. Katy Perry – “Roar (Official)” by KatyPerryVEVO
5. P!nk – “Just Give Me A Reason ft. Nate Ruess” by PinkVEVO
6. Robin Thicke – “Blurred Lines ft. T.I., Pharrell” by RobinThickeVEVO
7. Rihanna – “Stay ft. Mikky Ekko” by RihannaVEVO
8. Naughty Boy – “La La La ft. Sam Smith” by NaughtyBoyVEVO
9. Selena Gomez – “Come & Get It” by SelenaGomezVEVO
10. Avicii – “Wake Me Up (Official Video)” by AviciiOfficialVEVO

COY – Launch Party

11 Dec

On Friday 13 December, young Canberra designer Pat Rose is launching his new clothing label, Coy. The artists, musicians and creative vagabonds involved reads like a veritable buffet bar of Canberra cool.  “Off the chain” seems mild in describing this thing. Check the website for more details – but before you do that, be sure to watch a video of a girl eating chicken… Kids these days.

 

Mr X – A Short Film by Alex Nicholson

10 Dec

Mr X by Alex NicholsonDirector Alex Nicholson shot this darkly innovative short film featuring Duncan X, a tattoo artist from South London reminiscing about his life and work. It is visually arresting thanks to MPC Advertising‘s Motion Design Studio. Duncan begins the film reflectively discussing his experiences of life, drugs and existential views on the parallels between the human condition and tattooing. As his tattoos materialise and come to life, the subject matter becomes lighter and the viewer warms to him – his tattoos become part of his story, rather than the usual vehicle for judgment. It is beautiful – watch it below.

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