Ugh that sure was an embarrassing delay in posting frequency. I bow my head in shame to you. As a penance, we provide you with a shining, beautiful, sad, and transcendent short form documentary, WHATEVEREST. Directed by Kristoffer Borgli, it is a film about…ummm…music and dancing and being happy and sad and drugs but legal drugs (maybe legal?) and not having bad days and…I’m not sure, it’s amazing. Just watch it, trust me. I don’t think I’ll see a more perplexing and striking image this year than that of Marius running through the streets clad in white and wearing a light bulb necklace. Enjoy!
ONE by ONE WEDNESDAYS’ is a weekly series wherein one of our Blacklist staffers selects a cultural contributor of their choice and provides an introduction to that person. These are the people who get us excited, inspire our pitches, and interrupt our days with something beautiful.
This week we’re profiling the ever-prolific prankster of contemporary art, Maurizio Cattelan. For those uninitiated, Cattelan’s work is some hybrid of Charles Ray, Marcel Duchamp, and Weird Al Yankovic, like someone telling you a joke that hits just a little too close to home. His career, to some degree, has been mired in mystery, producing work only when invited to participate in an exhibition with the aforementioned works existing as jokey ruminations on death (a recurring theme) or critiques of institutional, societal, and political ills. Cattelan’s work proves that there is often a transcendent form of honesty and truth in humor.
To break up your mid-afternoon lag, check out this really beautifully shot video profile of children’s book writer and illustrator Oliver Jeffers. On a side note, Studio AKA’s short film ‘Lost and Found’, is based on Jeffers’ book of the same name. You can see the trailer for their film version here! (via Swissmiss)
Pitchfork just put up this great, short interview with pop songstress Robyn. She is possibly one of the most inspiring people on the planet. For more excellent examples of why she is super stellar, listen to her album ‘Body Talk’ or just watch the video for ‘Call Your Girlfriend’ and marvel at her innate ability to dance better than you. On camera.
This is a flexible screen that Samsung is working on. Screens can be flexible now…the future is right now. That is all.