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Well the greats of Auto-Tune the News (RADAR Ep.27 – ATTN) have done it again. They have used the evils of auto-tune for good! How you ask? Well they took the already comical Jimmy McMillan and made a musical number out of his speeches during the Gubernatorial debates. It’s hard not to find a comedic note with the Rent is Too Damn High party because of their name and Jimmy McMillan’s facial hair configuration, but the people of Auto-tune the News took it to a whole different place by making a smooth R&B for a party that should have taken office. Try not to giggle too hard when you watch this. Remember your coworkers can hear you.
Brian Grainger, of Milieu (RADAR Season 3), is releasing a new album called ZYUAXOHTVIMIVTHOXAUYS! For those of you that can’t get enough of warped and twisted ambient music turned into melodic rhapsodies be sure to check this album out. His fervor for creating complete experiences has never been this strong. From the beginning of the album you are quietly lulled into a state of engagement by the low key and slow introduction. The shift into genius music goes almost unnoticed until you realize that your speakers are rumbling uncontrollably and you don’t want them to stop. You just have to let the wave of sound come crashing over you. Give in to Brian Grainger and his electronic arrangements. The album is for sale on Grainger’s bandcamp website, and for an extra four bucks you can get the special edition CD-R which should be a fun treat for you electronic heavy addicts out their. You can’t miss this album, it’s overpowering!
Pecan Pie Baby – Sophie Blackall
Illustrator Sophie Blackall (RADAR Ep16 – Missed Connections) has a new book out. She has teamed up with Jacqueline Woodson on the children’s book Pecan Pie Baby. The book focuses on Gia, a young girl who’s mother is about to have a second child. Gia has a hard time coming to terms with everyone’s obsession with the baby on the way. Blackall’s illustrations fit perfectly with the colorful characters, and accentuate the familial sweetness of the tender story. Sophie Blackall received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award. She has illustrated several award-winning picture books. Her blog Missed Connections features her creating these accessible and quirky illustrations based on the Missed Connections section of Craigslist. Her caricatures are wonderfully whimsy and fun to encounter. Be sure to give Pecan Pie Baby a read if you have a little one of your own.
If it smells like beer and charcoal you know Dr. Sketchy’s (RADAR Ep.8) is coming to town. Come join the fine people of Dr. Sketchy’s as they revive Andy Warhol’s Factory days. The troops will meet at the Red Lotus Room, and revive the spirit of pop art eras past. There is no way that an upstanding New York citizen wouldn’t want to attend a debaucherous drawing session in the persona of Edie Sedgwick or Basquiat. You really can’t miss this one because it is sure to be a once in lifetime opportunity to tap into the power of art while you are playing the part of a great artist. Cigarette girls will deal art supplies. Guests will pose for polaroids and confess dark secrets in the “Screen Test” video booth. Drawing jams will take over the walls, art students will become models, and at the end of the night, one guest will shoot Andy Warhol. As always, this event is brought to you by the wonderful Ms. Molly Crabapple! Go!
Saturday, November 13 · 6:00pm – 10:00pm
The Red Lotus Room
893 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY EVENT INFO
Paris Vs. New York
You always hear the hipster girls in bars say that New York is no Paris. Even some of the older generations of New Yorkers can’t help but bring up how the two cities are the most wonderful in the world. The comparison between Paris and New York is timeless, well except for the bit of history that Paris existed without having New York to be compared with. The two cities embody the metropolitan spirit of the Western world, so it’s kind of hard not to talk about the similarities and differences between the two. That’s where the blog Paris vs. New York comes to play. Over at Paris v. New York, they create graphic representations of aspects of both cities, and take the city out of them. They choose to accentuate just the sensory details that can be encountered when traversing the cities. From Amelie v. Carrie to Quasimodo v. King Kong, their distilled imagery of Paris and NYC iconography is quirky and fun. Who do you root for in these visual comparisons?
Dickchicken has become something of a cultural fixture in Brooklyn over the past year. He is a street artist whose tag is hard to miss. Some love it, some find it baffling, and others outright hate it. Begun as a humorous response to graffiti culture, Dickchicken’s work has evolved into gallery installations, so despite the controversy, he clearly has his fans. Yet no one knows who Dickchicken really is, working incognito at night in order to protect his true identity.
CREATED by Lance Weiler & Alex Johnson
DIRECTOR Josh Cramer
EDITOR Jawad Metni
DP Jarin Blaschke
SEGMENT PRODUCER Janine Saunders
POST PRODUCTION House of Trim
FEATURED MUSIC by:
Bear Hands “Can’t Stick Em”
Bear Hands “What A Drag”
Building the Ideal Transmedia Music Doc Team – A Top 5 List Where do you go to find the right team of collaborators for something that’s never exactly been done before? Who’s your Dream Team for the Unseen? What are their roles and responsibilities? Here’s the situation: I’m a writer/director/producer of a transmedia documentary called “Get It All Out” that is now in its 4th year of development, with a goal… read more
ARGFest heads to Atlanta I had the opportunity to speak at ARGFest in 2008 and had a wonderful time. It’s a great group of people doing some amazing work in the transmedia space. I was thrilled to hear that ARGFest this year would be getting bigger and better. I had a chance to ask ARGFest Chair Brooke Thompson a few questions about this year’s… read more
Golden Rules: Running an Independent Film Screening Series In 2009, as a reaction against an increasingly corporate-ized and fractured media landscape, I decided to start an independent film screening series. My friend and colleague Georgi Goldman was also enthusiastic about the idea, and together we began running a monthly film series in Los Angeles: Cinema Speakeasy.
The purpose of Cinema Speakeasy was to be the filmic equivalent of the… read more
Here at RADAR we usually don’t go for videos or projects that have started to become heavily circulated throughout the web, but when we came in contact with The Underbelly Project, there was no way we were going to turn out heads.
The NYC subway system is a haunting web of tracks and stations that criss-cross and span the boroughs of the city. It’s dark expansive system of tunnels have few hidden gems. Every now and then you see graffiti scrawled under a light near a tunnel staircase. Maybe you get a glimpse of workers from a distance. But not everything can be easily spotted in such a vast network of transportation. Somethings must get lost. Underground activities must go unnoticed. What secrets are under the fast streets of New York? For one thing there is The Underbelly Project which is a collection of art from over a hundred different street artists decorating an abandoned subway station somewhere deep underneath the city. This collection of street art which is closed to the public, is a place where nightmares and fantasies mingle and dash themselves across urban, industrial canvases. The Shadow Machine video is a perfect example of the ghostly pieces one would encounter in a place that off the beaten tracks. This is surely something to be excited about.
It’s exciting to encounter a game changer before it changes the game. PlayButton is nothing more than an MP3 player built in the shape of a pin. It is a device that could really alter the way to distribute music to the public. Playbutton is a way to literally a way to “put on” your music. It turns your favorite album into an accessory that you take eveywhere. It is fashionable way to support music. Most brilliant of all is that there is no way to mess around with the music that is already on the pin. Artists have complete control over their sound and the way you experience it. This is most definitely going to become a must have little gadget.
Storybird is fun site to explore no matter what your age range is. The idea behind this bustling, moving web experience is creating short, fun, straightforward stories in the vein of children’s picture books. The stories and books seem endless, and the content is diverse enough that it can keep even old souls coming back for quick and electrifying short stories in high resolution display. The charm behind Storybird is the ability to become part of this artistic community. Becoming a writer is as easy as starting of with one of the many templates available to you. Also, the site features artists and their works from which you can take subjects and place them in your story. When they say collaborative storytelling they mean. Check out the site, and go through some short stories. If you want to create your own short ditties be sure to join.
Lori Nix (RADAR Ep33 – Unnatural History) is having a show. Her series The City, constructed and photographed since 2008, will be on display at ClampArt. This will be Lori’s first solo show at the gallery. Her work will then travel to Chicago for an exhibition at Catherine Edelman Gallery, January 7 – February 26, 2011. Lori’s use of dioramas instead of actual subjects creates a dynamic and dramatic setting for her photography. Her process truly differentiates her from other photographers because she prefers to work with her hands rather than create worlds through computers and editing tricks. She doesn’t even edit her photographs after shooting. She is an true artist with a vision and fidelity to her subject matter. The worlds that she creates are completely vivid, and realistic, her photography then captures these hyper-realistic mini-worlds, and freezes them in a believable facsimile of the real world. Lori Nix is an inventive and talented creator of worlds.
Solo Exhibition of New Work
November 4 – December 18, 2010
Opening Reception: Thursday November 4, 6 – 8 pm
521-531 W. 25th Street, New York City
Land Art Generator features works and ideas for public art pieces that creates clean energy. Their concepts and designs are futuristic and functional in the way that works would work within the space they are featured in. The idea behind the movement is to bring to the forefront art that is active and that serves a purpose. It is hard not to fall in love with the clean lines and delicate aesthetics qualities that rely heavily on enhancing the natural surroundings of the public work. Apart from featuring works, Land Art Generator links its followers to news and events concerning design that revolves around being eco-friendly.
Luca Barcellona is a supremely talented calligraphy and letter artist who has a streak of figural arts in him that is amazing to encounter. When he draws his intricate and dazzling letters it is a fluid performance of delicate proportions. The long, broad strokes of steady perfection are hypnotizing to watch. His work has been exhibited in galleries and on the large walls across the streets of Europe. His public works are a combination of ancient manuscripts and urban graffiti that defies many modern ideas of what public art is and could be. The Wall of Light project by Luca Barcellona and features the artist creating a dynamic light show where he creates poetic musings with his beautiful lettering. These words are accompanied by vivid illustrations and settings in which the words float around. Interesting to note is the public’s interactions with the wall of light. People can be seen at the bottom of the wall moving around and interacting with the moving surface. These people become ghostly images that become part of the settings that Luca Barcellona creates. What a cool video and awesome concept!
Some of my favorite stuff by him HERE
Luca Barcellona website
Tin Pan Band Live – Union Square
Everybody’s favorite lilting blues band, Tin Pan Band is having a very public show, and you just have to give them a listen. The Tin Pan Band will be playing Union Square above the N/R/Q platform. The instrumentals are lively and mesh together beautifully to create a solid backing for lyrics about love, loss, and overall living. Their brand of Blues is distinctly urban by focusing on topics like gentrification of old city neighborhoods and greed. In New York, the Blues are experiencing a Renaissance, and Tin Pan Band is at the forefront of this rebirth. On your commute back from work, stop by and give them a listen. Also, check our RADAR episode on the Poetry Brothel featuring music by Tin Pan Band.
Thu Nov 04, 3:00 – 6:00 PM
Union Square subway station, above the N/R/Q platform
My Biggest Regret Ever
PostSecret established a candid intimacy that only the internet in its immaculate glorification of the individual can achieve. My Biggest Regret Ever takes the most gut-wrenching of human emotions and splatters it across the internet in plain black font against a white screen. The stark directness of the blog correlates wonderfully with the honesty and forwardness of the confessions that make up the site. Regret is something that runs through every person, and the anguish that comes from past mistakes affects everyone. What do you regret? What still haunts you to this day? Read what others have to say, or post your own entry. Maybe this is the cathartic release you’ve been looking for.
Aakash Nihalani (RADAR Ep21 – Tapes and Mirrors) is a great public art figure. His ephemeral compositions are mostly shaped through the use of bright florescent adhesive tapes and cardboard. He creates simple polygonal shapes and places them within an urban setting in ways that make them look three dimensional, but still out of place. With his newest show he takes the founding elements of his aesthetic and lets them run amuck around the urban sprawl of the USA, India, and parts of Europe. This time his polygonal figures start to take on organic forms through the layering of tape and cardboard into intricate forms. These sharp organic figures now interact within their environments through their purposed interactions with city surfaces from different points of perspective. Nihalani manipulates what the audience can see by making floors become backgrounds and sides of buildings become foregrounds. Aakash Nihalani uses public space in a smart, mind bending way, and his show is sure to be engaging.
Overlap by Aakash Nihalani
163 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
November 4 – December 18
Artist Reception: 4 November, 6 – 8 pm
After Party: 4 November 9 – 11 pm @ 17 Frost (Williamsburg, Brooklyn) – Featuring Das Racist
In Conversation: 20 November 3pm
Design Related – Social Network for Designers
Design Related is a place where creativity inspires creativity. It is excellent source of inspiration through the exploration of a pool of diverse artists that practice different in mediums of creation. They have a stimulating inspiration section on their website where members can post a steady stream of inventive and cultured articles and links that can really get the juices flowing. Their twitter account distills the very idea of the flow of artistry into a torrent of media and sites that send you on a flight of fancy through design and imagination. Overall, even though Design Related is about the abstracts that are art and design, it grounds itself in the practicalities of being able to make what the mind sets out to think. This is a place where functionality meets the muse. Get impelled. Get enlivened. Let yourself get Design Related.
TCIBR podcast: Filmmaker Magazine This edition of TCIBR is brought to you by IndieFlix – This week our guest is producer and Filmmaker Magazine editor Scott Macaulay. Our conversation centers on the fall issue of the magazine which is on newsstands now and also available via a new digital subscription option complete with page turning, search and a download as PDF feature (see… read more
Space Hunter – RADAR S4 Ep 40 [vid] Heather Gargon is a Space Hunter who travels with her sister Kristen to worlds unknown in search of exotic life forms. The Space Hunter project includes creatures that Heather draws, builds and animates via stop motion photography – all elements of an expansive installation. The worlds that she creates are fantastic and whimsical, and mix a nostalgic atmosphere with the… read more
Inside Design: The Reality of Living with Style LABS TACKLES REALITY WITH STYLE
WBP Labs just produced “Inside Design,” a three-part reality series about interior design for IKEA and Babelgum. Not to blow our own whistle, but we think it’s pretty swell.
Whether you’re a design professional yourself or you just need some fresh ideas to make your crash pad feel like less crash-pad-like, this series is for… read more
This is an odd, fun and strangely hypnotic video that features a couple using only their hands to do an elaborate dance to a Latin-inspired electropop song. Could it just be the next amazing and elaborate dance video to go viral and make its rounds on all the big trendy Internet sites? Maybe. Is it still really cool and catchy as hell? Definitely.
Dfalt – Free Mixtape
Roger O’Donnel just might be one of the most accomplished musician we’ve featured in a RADAR episode (Ep26 – Hidden Oras). After all, how many musicians out there can say they used to be in The Cure? But aside from performing with high profile acts also including the Psychedelic Furs among others, he’s also made time for an impressive solo career. His latest work, quite a departure from the goth rock of The Cure, is Piano Formations, which pairs ambient piano pieces with videos of clouds that he filmed. The set will include an audio CD, a DVD of the cloud videos with the audio and a book of the piano exercise scores, and will be released November 15, but O’Donnel’s website has some of the tracks and videos available for streaming now.
Facebook Page with Video: HERE
Website with Audio Streams: HERE
Glesbo – Glennis McMurray’s
Looking for advice? Glennis McMurray (Ep2 – I Eat Pandas) just might have some for you. She’s been writing a hilarious blog called Glesbo for years, and recently (very recently, as in October 19), she decided incorporate an advice column called Ask G. Readers can send in questions and Glennis will publish her response, full of profanities, tangents, and surprisingly good advice. And while you’re there, the rest of the blog is also a good read, if you like witty observations mixed with toilet humor and made-up words to describe obnoxious creeps (such as Jagwad, Jagdong and Jagloaf among others).
Story Pirates (Ep30 – Story Pirates) are known for providing kids with performances full of family friendly fun. This… is not one of those performances. HalloWOAH! is an after-dark, adults-only event, where the Story Pirates take you through a bizarre, unpredictable haunted house experience. And of course, there’s a bar. And while this event isn’t for the kids, proceeds from the event will go towards Story Pirates after school programs and Manhattan Youth programming.
ADULTS ONLY SHOWS
Friday, October 22nd & 29th: 10 PM and 11 PM
Saturday, October 16th & 23rd: 9 PM to 11 PM
Saturday, October 30th: 9pm and 10pm
Sunday, October 31st: 9 PM to 11 PM.
The Downtown Community Center
120 Warren Street
New York, NY 10007
Molly Crabapple is the mastermind behind Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School (Ep8 – Dr. Sketchy’s), as well as an accomplished artist in her own right. Her kinky, Gilded Age-inspired illustrations are quite unmistakable, and her latest project is a little something called the Art Monkey Alphabet—and it’s exactly what it sounds like. Each day for 26 days, she’ll release another monkey letter illustration, and when it’s all done, she will release the monkeys as a font, as well as silkscreen posters of all the letters.