Saturday, August 18, 2012

iPhoneography at LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012

Tonight is the launch the inaugural LA Mobile Arts Festival, which has developed into a dynamic hybrid—art gala, high tech extravaganza, and celebration of the mobile art movement around the world. I'm very excited to see how this emerging art form, now called iPhoneography (taking pictures, videos and creating art with and around the iPhone) has taken off since I first noticed the phenomenon and started blogging about it here and here, the latter post about how Jorge Colombo used an iPhone app to create a New Yorker cover. But there is more than just taking pictures and videos with the iPhone to what I could include in this creative phenomenon, it's also the cover art and related products in the iPhone eco-system that I blogged about here. With Instagram being sold to Facebook for $1B, no one can deny that the iPhone is at the center of a whole new digital social art movement, and the cool thing is that even though it now is finding it's way into the galleries, most iPhoneography is created and enjoyed by everyday people who do not consider themselves artists or art-lovers. It's just life!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

What Does TED and Aliens Have in Common?

A lot it turns out. Actor Guy Pearce plays cybernetics pioneer Peter Weyland in this imagined TED Talk from the year 2023. The video is a viral promotion for the upcoming Alien prequel Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott, trailer below (via Laughing Squid). This is smart branding for both TED and 21st Century Fox of course, as well as smart and entertaining content marketing. I'll get tickets to see this in the movie theater for sure to get the "big" experience, will you? This will be an event movie for sure!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

TIME's 2011 Person of the Year - Fairey Designs Cover

Back in October, I asked on this blog whether Shepard Fairey would design the Occupy movement? It seems like the answer is: Yes! It turns out that he did the amazing cover for TIME Magazine's 2011 Person of the Year issue, naming The Protester as their choice. It goes without saying that both the choice of topic and cover art illustrator meet my approval. The Internet is bringing about monumental changes to societies around the world and artists like Fairey and scholars like the late Marshall McLuhan are at the forefront in this "revolution" of the 99%. Can't wait to see where this is going...

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Hyundai Veloster Has The Right Idea, But...

The Hyundai Veloster RE:MIX LAB is a festival of art, music, fashion, technology, culture and design taking place in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Miami and Los Angeles. Having seen the video above from Art Basel in Miami, I was very excited to go to Re:Mix Lab in LA this past Friday and even brought some influential friends. However, the experience was a disappointment. It was not the fault of Shira Lazar or Jane McGonigal or anyone else on stage but the ad agency involved or whoever produced the concept. It was just poor execution and if I was Hyundai I would not be happy. The ad agencies need to do more than to sell a paper-product, but actually understand what they are doing, or it won't feel authentic. You can't just put a PS3 in the trunk of a car and think that the geeks will will approve, you need to tie it all together in a way that makes sense. The car is actually kinda cool, but this event was just a distraction for any serious car-buyer.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Amon Tobin Gets Squared in LA

Amon Tobin is an amazing Brazilian musician, composer and producer of electronic music. A true contemporary artist, Tobin has released seven major studio albums since 1996 under the London-based Ninja Tune record label, but also scored movies and video-games. For his latest tour, he has teamed up with Blasthaus, LA-based visual arts shop V Squared Labs, Vita Motus Design, Leviathan and others to create something really unique: A 3D Audion/Visual experience that is so much more than a DJ-set. Check out the video below to see what I'm talking about!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Will Shepard Fairey Design the OCCUPATION Movement?

LA-based street artist Shepard Fairey has designed the official poster for tonight's OCCUPATION PARTY in NYC's Times Square (above). Maybe he will also be the artist who creates an official image for the OCCUPATION movement, which is increasingly gaining popularity across the nation? He certainly has the right credentials. Specialized in "worldwide propaganda delivery," Fairey is perhaps most famous for designing the defining poster for the Obama-campaign, but has a ton of other ironic propaganda poster well worth checking out on his website. Obey!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Best Indie Music Venues in The City of Angels

Here's the list of good places: The Echo (its sister venue Spaceland used to be the best when I lived next door in Silver Lake, but it's under new management, so I don't know what the deal is now), Troubadour, Bootleg Theatre and Fais Do-Do (once in a while). Catch neat indie bands like Datarock from Norway (pictured) plus odd entertaining underground music that you won't see anywhere else, such as Gil Mantera embedded below. As a bonus, here's also a list of 10 good hipster bars in Silver Lake worth checking out for a beer before or after the show, personal favs are Red Lion and Cha Cha Lounge, not on the list but also really good are Hyperion Tavern and El Cid.