Physics meets the Japanese art of Origami (Paper Folding) when former NASA physicist Robert Lang uses his mastery of paper art to tackle big challenges in exploring space. What an awesome connection between the simple art of folding paper, and the almost incomprehensible task of escaping Earth’s gravity. Fascinating content from Great Big Story.
The latest video from Los Angeles-based producer/musician Bei Ru is just out. His intricately layered song delivers an interesting and somewhat surreal video shot in and around Los Angeles. Shot by Postas (@itsPostas) / Edited by Paisley Zerr & Jesse Dvorak / Wardrobe styled by Moneeekah / Cast: Christine Garibian, ReefKills, Stuntman, Ervin, Lilly Breeze, Remind. The whole LA Zooo album is great.
#TheFeelingsWhen you’re a bit of a Star Wars nerd and you find out that Los Angeles beats San Francisco for George Lucas museum site. Oh, yeah.
Been so busy, I forgot that posting here is even a thing! Sorry. Check out the trailer for this new feature-length documentary Miss Sharon Jones! directed by Barbara Kopple. The incredible singer unfortunately passed away in 2016.
Several good friends have told me I need to check out the new pizza-themed show from VICE Munchies, which is called The Pizza Show. This episode is all about pizza in NYC. Now I’m starving hungry, and ready to go hunting for some pizza myself.
This film by French artist Invader has previously only been shown at festivals and special screenings. Now it’s available online for all. The film follows the artist on his mission to get his artwork into space.
Here is an excellent talk by super accomplished Kiwi artist Askew One, whose roots are in graffiti, and is currently one of the top muralists in the world. Considering he has serious graf chops, and a place in the contemporary art scene, he has an interesting perspective on the subtle ways both his old and new schools of art overlap and differ. Is it street art? Is it post-graffiti? Watch and find out.
Rest in peace Sharon Jones, the incredibly talented soul singer lost a battle to cancer this week.
Here’s a nice video about public art in Long Beach, which features several POW! WOW! LONG BEACH murals from both the 2015 and 2016 festivals as well as a new indoor mural by The Draculas (Jeff McMillan & Gary Musgrave) the only artists who have participated in both years of the festival. The video is by Scott Nichols of Sickboat. Via Supersonic Art.
Netflix have been producing some amazing content lately, and this documentary about incarceration in America is well worth a watch. It deals with the US’s insanely high incarceration rate (over 4 million prisoners is the highest prison population in the world – higher than China, higher than everyone). And once they drill down into the numbers, things get even worse. It’s no secret black and brown people make up a wildly disproportionate percentage of the incarcerated people, and 13TH looks at how a small detail in the 13th Amendment essentially props up legal slavery, as criminals can be worked for little to no pay, and it’s big business. Regardless of color, many of the prisoners are locked up over trivial nonviolent drug offenses. This important social justice issue naturally overlaps with other major societal issues at the forefront today, including policing, police brutality, the fallout of slavery, institutional racism, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Not a fun watch, but a crucial one nonetheless.