There's no denying that the Beat Junkies are one of the most influential DJ crews ever assembled. With collaborations with some of the most defining acts and individuals in a variety of genres, it's only right to celebrate the twenty-years since the crew emerged from the Los Angeles and Bay Area underground. LRG is pleased to announce For the Record -a short-form documentary that places a needed spotlight on the Beat Junkie's influence and progression lent towards hip-hop and DJ culture. In addition, an LRG x World Famous Beat Junkies Tee and Limited New Era Snapback will be available when the Beat Junkies kick off their world tour which gets started Saturday, June 30 at the Echoplex in Los Angeles. For now, let the teaser trailer serve as a warmup for the July 2 release date of For the Record.
While I am not a fan of modern dance. I am a hug fan of Sigur Ros and while I'm confused by this too-cool-for-school experimental project, I watched most of Fjögur píanó by Alma Har'el with my mouth agape. I am pleased by how this video makes me feel.
Oxford Sparks presents a visit to the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva. Find out more and explore other LHC resources at www.oxfordsparks.net. No protons were harmed in the making of this animation.
Ian's "The Unfinished Swan", a first-person painting game is finished and coming to PSN. More on the visually stunning game about exploration and wonder:
The Unfinished Swan is a game about exploring the unknown.
The player is a young boy chasing after a swan who has wandered off into a surreal, unfinished kingdom. The game begins in a completely white space where players can throw paint to splatter their surroundings and reveal the world around them.
It's being developed exclusively for the PlayStation 3 and will be available for download sometime in 2012. You can follow the game's development on our blog.
The Avant/Garde Diaries presents Transmission LA: AV CLUB, curated by Mike D, an interdisciplinary festival featuring the work of 16 contemporary artists, musicians, designers, filmmakers, and chefs, including Peter Coffin, Jim Drain, Will Fowler, Benjamin Jones, Mike Mills, Takeshi Murata, and Tom Sachs. The presentation will include the international debut of the Mercedes-Benz Concept Style Coupé and an evening concert and DJ series featuring performances by many special guests, including Santigold.
The 17-day festival will illustrate how audio and visual art forms complement and influence each other, through various exhibitions, concerts, DJ nights, performances, and installations,. The event’s logo embodies Mike D’s artistic concept, depicting the letters A (for audio) and V (for visual) as inextricably fused.
Raw footage of Cai Guo-Qiang's Mystery Circle: Explosion Event for MOCA, Los Angeles. Highlights at the start, :58, and 1:27. While the spectacle lasted a short period of time, it was talked about all night long.
Mystery Circle, a site-specific work created for MOCA, will contain four stages of special pyrotechnics. At the moment of ignition, 40,000 firework rockets will form a string of crop circles and launch perpendicular to MOCA’s north wall, toward Temple Street, before falling onto the ground. Amidst a curtain of smoke, approximately 100 spinning pyrotechnic UFOs will sporadically appear from the parking lot grounds, while an imaginary alien-god figure on the left side of the wall is outlined from bottom to top by gunpowder fuses. When the burned fuses reach the “halo” of the figure, mini Titanium Salute rockets will shoot into the air followed by a grand finale. The rockets will create a burned imprint on the museum wall, leaving an outdoor drawing. While Cai’s signature explosion events, Project for Extraterrestrials, have been dedicated to creatures from outer space, his new project at MOCA will be the first time an imaginary alien figure actually appears.
Plenty of Angelenos showed up for the post-sunset fireworks show.
After much anticipation, the time finally arrived! We experienced Guo-Qiang's site-specific work created for MOCA up close. Maybe too close. When the first humongous explosion ignited, everybody screamed because they were simultaneously scared and excited. People generally expect fireworks to explode in the air, vertically. At blast off, we experienced a wall of 40,000 firework rockets with full visual, auditory, and olfactory senses dialed up on overdrive. Not to mention the heatwave that followed. The spectacle lasted only a minute but it had the crowd chattering all night long. It was an amazing, amazing, amazing event to experience.
The imaginary alien figure appears on the smoldering firework wall.
After the outdoor exhibition, we toured Guo-Qiang's first west coast solo museum exhibition, "Sky Ladder". Upon seeing this crop circle piece, Lulu pointed excitedly and yelled, "The carpet is on the ceiling!" This made me laugh.
The rest of the evening was spent dreaming about the explosions in the sky.
Phil Frost is an artist's artist. He taught Shepard how to wheat paste. He is legend. To get to peek his studio, I want to weep (can you tell I ♥ him)?! More about this clip:
In celebration of the upcoming release of MARLEY, Kevin Macdonald's epic feature length documentary on the life of Bob Marley, artist Phil Frost (who's known to be incredibly reclusive) participated in an terrific short video in which he for the first time talks about how his work and life has been influenced by Marley. MARLEY hits theaters and all the digital outlets (including Facebook) on 4/20 and includes never before seen footage and music.
If you enjoyed the epic A Gathering of Elephants from a few years ago, Eames Demetrios, director of the Eames Office, has made another Elephant movie, this time animated on location in South Africa, at Mala Mala Game Reserve outside Kruger National Park.
The stop-motion film is a joy to watch and an adventure worth experiencing. I loved the zebra crossing. And chilling with the water buffalos. Where will the herd go next?! Somewhere fun, no doubt!
I live and work in Los Angeles. My daughter will someday proudly say she was born here. Not bad for a war refugee and a punk from the Parisian projects. I am looking forward to growing old in this city.
I am loving this documentary, "The Wrinkles Of The City, Los Angeles" by TED Prize winner and French humanitarian/artist, JR. It's great to put a few names to the millions of faces that make this City special.