Marc Jacobs has a way of luring the oddest of people to be in his ads, but this one definitely takes the cake. Harmony Korine, the director and writer of movies like Gummo, Kids, and Julian Donkey Boy is now the new poster boy for MJ. It’s hard to tell, but Harm’s looking a little thinner since I saw him in the Beautiful Losers film, but who knows when exactly that was filmed. I hope they come out with some weird, fucked up ones that really show what Mr. Korine is really like.
It’s been a little while since I came across a pair of shoes I really liked, but these new Clae shoes above totally caught my eye. They’re called the Whitman, and look like a kind of modern day wingtip. They’ve got a blend of canvas and leather, and come with a crazy electric blue rubber sole. I love they look modern enough to not get weird looks, but nice enough to wear out to a nice dinner.
They run around $90 and you can use Clae’s retailer locater to see if they’re being sold anywhere near your neighborhood.
Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who since her childhood has obsessed over dots. Claiming she was abused by her mother as a child, Kasuma has covered any and all surfaces with dots, turning this odd fascination into critically acclaimed works of art. While I’m not completely sold on how “artistic” her projects are, they certainly are beautiful to look at. Currently she lives in a mental hospital, her own choice, leaving rarely to visit her studio or special events.
Before I left town for the holidays I somewhat randomly set up a Kitsune Noir Tumblr account. The reason for this was because I had read that I could send photos that I had taken from my iPhone straight to my Tumblr, which sounded like a fun idea. So I thought I would share the random photos I’ve taken over the last two weeks with everyone.
Bear in mind that these were all taken by my iPhone, and they’re definitely not meant to be works of art, though I am proud of a couple of the images. I’ll throw a link onto the blog at some point, but for now, this post will suffice.
Last night, Radiohead, along with Current TV, presented a mini-performance of In Rainbows to ring in the new year. The video contains all of the songs off of the new album, and even though I’m barely 15 minutes into the hour long performance, it’s really rad to see Radiohead continue with their amazing creative streak. The video also contains weird video blips and a poetry reading as well. Weirdos.
Like the Radiohead video above, this is pretty abstract and weird, but totally captivating. The video shows data collected from a space probe that landed on Saturn’s moon Titan almost three years ago. What you’re seeing is the “descent imager and spectral radiometer” readings, but what I see is a bunch of pretty colors and sounds. What the cameras are doing are piecing together smaler images to create a whole image. As you watch you can see the moon coming into focus, until finally the probe crashes right into it. Pretty amazing stuff.
Check out the official NASA page to get the more scientific explanation of what you’re seeing exactly.
I came across the work of German-based Lichtfaktor earlier today and had a lot of fun watching their awesome videos. Their videos use pika pika, which uses flashlights and still photos to create light doodles and a moving video. The effect has been around for a while but Lichtfaktor is doing some pretty fun stuff with it.
The stills above are from their video called Star Wars vs. Star Trek and features trash cans-turned-robots and ninjas that duel with lightsabers. The audio part of the videos is pretty great well, using sounds like the doors and teleporter sounds from Star Trek, and even the “sent mail” sounds from Apple Mail. Be sure to visit the links above to watch the videos in motion, which sadly I couldn’t find a way to embed into the post.
First off, welcome to 2008! I hope everyone’s had a good first day so far.
Next up, Art Lebedev has revealed his new concept called the Optimus Tactus, a key-less keyboard. The whole deal would be nothing but touch screen, and if it ever does come to fruition, could certainly give your iPhone quite a case of screen envy. The idea seems solid enough now that touch screens are becoming so vogue, but the price tag on something like this would certainly be hefty.
On the site they show examples like picking your color palette (above) and watching video on your keyboard (not shown), though a feature like that would mostly be for getting laid by chicks with a computer fetish. Nonetheless, this is yet another stupendous idea by the awesome inventor.