// Shortfilm: Curve

// LPsLPsLPs: Die elektrischen Signale für das Brain-Zapping entstehen zwischen den Rillen und dem Tonabnehmer

Gepostet 16:06 in #Music #Album #NC-Tracks

„When Moiré decided to call his second album No Future, he wasn’t trying to make a political statement so much as state the obvious: If humanity keeps heading down the hateful path outlined by certain right-wing political figures and recent political events, we might as well hit the nearest self-destruct button. 'It’s not just about the West, either,' explains the London-based producer. 'It’s the way the whole world thinks. It’s almost like we’re in this mad cycle. In a way, we have no choice—we either adapt to the situation or we’re dead. That’s it.'“


Toller Soundtrack zu Beyond the Gates von Wojciech Golczewski, der auch schon die tollen (Fake-)Soundtracks zu The Signal und Tonight She Comes produzierte.

Schon älter aber geil, MassiveAttack-artige, darke Beats mit bisschen Postpunk: Initiation by ERAAS

Good Luck With That by Career Crooks: „Zilla takes the mood set by Small Pro and runs with it, dropping a seamless combination of stream-of-consciousness raps intertwined with expert story telling. The combination is a mesmerizing originality that taps into the feeling that we all had when we first fell in love with the form.“

Industrial-Techno und Electronica aus Polen von Zamilska:


„Gudrun Gut, the artistic powerhouse behind labels Monika Enterprises and Moabit Musik is […] ready to present one of her most ambitious projects ever: Monika Werkstatt – a loose collective of female artists set up to enable each of them to achieve new goals through collaboration. Monika Werkstatt will ensure that their artistic output gains visibility in an art context still too dominated by men.“


„Released on Ghostly International, Geotic’s Abysma might be dance music created for at-home listening, but it’s replete with a quiet beauty and private communion that can rival anything made to command the totality of your attention span. In a world riven by noise and distraction, Abysma is as subtle as Sunday morning ritual, a tender epiphany in a bombastic fireworks show.“

„At [Com Truise's Album Iteration's] heart is an elaborate narrative, one full of longing, hope, anxiety, and triumph. Iteration illustrates the last moments Com Truise spends on the perilous planet Wave 1, before he and his alien love escape its clutches to live in peace.“

„From his early releases as Lusine onward, Jeff McIlwain’s electronic explorations make up one of the more diverse discographies of the past decade and a half. Effortlessly blurring the lines between techno, electro-pop and experimental composition, the Texas-raised/Seattle-based producer’s arrangements are meticulously constructed, but also filled with emotion and soul.“

// Podcasts: Deutschland 2071, Ambrose Bierce, die Freimaurer und 20 Jahre OK Computer

Gepostet 13:44 in #Podcast #Audiobooks #Conspiracy #HipHop #History #Literature #Nazis #Podcasts #Radiohead #ScienceFiction

Zwei handvoll Podcasts und Hörspiele, die ich in der letzten Woche weggehört habe oder grade weghöre, unter anderem mit 'nem irren SciFi-Theater-Hörspiel-Dings live auf den Straßen Kölns, Podcasts über Radiohead, die Freimaurer, Ambrose Bierce, das Golden Age des Hip Hop und einen über Arschkriecher. (Podcast-Sammlungen gibt's als MP3-Feed unter der URL https://nerdcorepodcasts.appspot.com/. Danke Michael!)


Deutschland 2071 (MP3, Website zum Hörspiel): „erzählt […] eine ebenso dystopische wie humorvoll skurrile Geschichte über Kunst, Liebe und politisches Handeln. Parallel zum Hörspiel drehten die New Yorker Theatermacher [Impulse] den Kunstfilm, dessen Uraufführung am 25. Juni im Kölner Funkhaus stattfindet - live begleitet von einem originalen Trautonium.“

Wir schreiben das Jahr 2071: Das Land steht kurz vor dem gesellschaftlichen und wirtschaftlichen Zusammenbruch, Revolutionen kommen und gehen wie Sonnenstürme. Außerirdische werden erst freudig willkommen geheißen, dann verwurstet.

Die Kinderaufzucht findet bis zur Arbeitsfähigkeit in griechischen Kolonien statt und Gefühle wurden durch Emojis ersetzt. Die international arbeitende New Yorker Theatergruppe Nature Theater of Oklahoma hat "Deutschland 2071" sowohl als Film, als auch als Hörspiel realisiert. Das Retro-Science-Fiction-Projekt zeichnet das düstere und zugleich skurril komische Bild einer neuen, alten, utopischen, dystopischen, nostalgischen, futuristischen Stadt, die deutlich an das bundesrepublikanische Westdeutschland der Nachkriegsjahre erinnert.

Die Ton- und Bildaufnahmen entstanden mit großer lokaler Beteiligung vor der modernistischen Kulisse Kölns sowie diversen Baustellen Berlins - und im WDR Hörspielstudio. Alle Rollen - von den vorab gecasteten Hauptprotagonisten bis zu den Massenszenen - wurden mit Kölner und Berliner LaiendarstellerInnen besetzt: Alle, die zu den zahlreichen öffentlichen Aufnahmen kamen, wurden Teil des Projekts, die Stadt wurde zum Studio, die Live-Aufnahmen zur Performance, die wiederum zum Film - und all das zum Hörspiel.

Deutschlandfunk: 20 Jahre "OK Computer" – Eine Platte für die Ewigkeit (MP3, Info): „Der Weltraum, unendliche Weiten. Wir schreiben das Jahr 1997. Dies sind die Abenteuer der Band Radiohead, die sich mit ihren fünf Musikern wochenlang in ein englisches Landhaus zurückgezogen hat, um fremde Galaxien akustisch zu erforschen. Viele Lichtjahre von der Erde entfernt dringen Radiohead damit in musikalische Sphären vor, die so noch kein Mensch zuvor gehört hat. '…Breathe, keep breathing / Don't lose your nerve…' Computerstimme: 'Verspüren Sie bei dieser Musik ein leichtes Unbehagen? Empfinden Sie Euphorie? Beschleicht Sie ein Gefühl der Angst? Für Risiken und Nebenwirkungen fragen sie ihren Arzt oder Apotheker.'“

Deutschlandfunk: Widerspruch zum Loblied auf "OK Computer" – Der Klang des Kalküls (MP3): „Die Trennlinie zwischen den Radiohead-Jüngern und -Nichtverstehern verläuft genau hier: beim Gesang von Thom Yorke. Entweder man mag diese entsetzlich verkünstelte Zerdehnung offener Vokale oder nicht. Das ist Geschmackssache.“

"Bravo, Chef!" Auf der Schleimspur zum Erfolg (MP3): „'Brown Nosing' nennt man im Englischen den Versuch, jemanden hinten hineinzukriechen, sozusagen vom Ergebnis her gedacht. Ein ebenso gelungenes wie abschreckendes Anwendungsbeispiel lieferte die Kabinettsrunde von Donald Trump: jeder Minister lobte den Chef vor laufender Kamera in so hohen Tönen, dass ein Kim Jong-Un neidisch werden könnte. Aber andererseits: was gibt es da zu lästern? Ist das nicht auch bei uns die beste Methode, unter einem selbstverliebten Chef voranzukommen? Fortschrittliche Führungsexperten rümpfen da natürlich die Nase und fordern den Mitarbeiter mit Ecken und Kanten. Aber was ist, wenn der Chef oder die Chefin solche Typen gefressen hat? Theorie und Praxis dürften hier einigermaßen weit auseinander liegen. Auch in der deutschen Politik sind die Figuren des Kofferträgers und Abnickers tendenziell häufiger als der mutige Quertreiber. Schmeicheln, Jasagen und Liebedienerei sind eben alte und bewährte soziale Techniken - ohne die wir es zu nichts bringen.“

WDR Hörspiel: The Golden Age. Als HipHop seine Unschuld verlor (MP3): „Am 9. März 1997 wurde Notorious B.I.G. von Unbekannten erschossen. Nur ein halbes Jahr nach der Ermordung von Tupac Shakur. Es war ein gewaltsamer Endpunkt. Das Ende einer Zeit, die bis heute als 'The Golden Age', das 'Goldene Zeitalter' des HipHop gilt.“

DLF Feature: Algorithmen im US-Justizsystem - Schicksalsmaschinen (MP3): „Algorithmen entscheiden heute oft über Aktieninvestitionen, Bewerbungen und die Kreditwürdigkeit eines Kunden. In den USA lässt nun auch die Justiz zunehmend Software über Schicksale entscheiden. Computerprogramme erstellen Profile und geben so Prognosen über Straftäter und deren Wiederholungsgefahr ab.“

WDR 3 Hörspiel: Ambrose Bierce verschwindet (MP3): „Vor 175 Jahren wurde der amerikanische Autor Ambrose Bierce geboren. Berüchtigt waren seine präzisen, zynischen Pointen, mit denen er vor allem Politiker öffentlich brandmarkte. Berühmt aber wurde er vor allem durch sein mysteriöses Verschwinden, vermutlich im Januar 1914.“

SWR2 Wissen: Die Freimaurer: Mythos und Wirklichkeit eines Geheimbundes (MP3): „Wer aufgenommen wird, entscheiden die Freimaurer nach geheimer Aussprache. Deshalb standen sie lange im Ruf, Staat und Gesellschaft durch geheime Machenschaften zu gefährden.“

HR2 Der Tag: Braune Sonne über Hessen: Wo Rechte feiern (MP3): „Mittsommernacht, die Sommersonnenwende, der längste Tag des Jahres: das war in den Kulturen des Nordens schon immer ein Festtag. Aufgeladen mit Sagen und Geschichten und diversen Kulten. Die Nationalsozialisten, die sich gerne mit germanischen Runen schmückten, haben sich auch dieses Festes bemächtigt und es mit braunen Riten befüllt. Das tun ihre Nachfolger, die Neonazis bis heute. Besonders in Nordhessen, wo sie im Knüllwald ein eigenes Bildungszentrum aufgebaut haben, einen Treffpunkt der rechtsradikalen Szene. Von dort wird die rechte Ideologie verbreitet, dort werden die politischen Pläne der Rechten ausgearbeitet - und dort treffen sich die rechten Runenritter zu ihrer Sonnwendfeier.“

// Time for Sushi

Gepostet vor 4 Tagen in #Movies #Weird #Shortfilms

David Lewandowski did it again, he's still the best at whatever he's doing and he has a Weird Shit Store now too! This is wonderful. (via @samim)

In his new Shop, Lewandowski sells a 90k-Dollar Chess-Set made from (wait for it): Arctic Mammoth Ivory and rare Meteorite Alloy. Holy crap!

Remember that time you watched that YouTube video? Why not commemorate the experience with a premium chess set carved in ethically sourced arctic mammoth ivory and rare meteorite alloy. Handcrafted by artisans specializing in these elements for a combined 38 years, this product reflects a dedication to premium YouTube memorabilia.

Each set includes a personal note from David Lewandowski to the collector, and a formal invitation to play a game via correspondence at their convenience. Don’t miss out on a once in a lifetime opportunity to own one of the most extraordinary chess sets ever devised.

Below are his internet-famous late for meeting and the one that started it all: going to the store. This is some seriously deep stuff.

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// Buzzfeed-HQ infested with Parasites lol 🕷

Gepostet vor 4 Tagen in #Fun #Weird #Buzzfeed #Clickbait #Insects

Die Buzzfeed-„Headquarters“ haben sich eine Bettwanzen-Plage eingefangen und müssen erstmal von zuhause aus arbeiten: Bedbugs infestation breaks out at BuzzFeed.

BuzzFeed employees will be working from home thanks to a newly discovered infestation of bedbugs, according to an email to the staff this morning from Carole Robinson, chief communications officer of the company:

"We are acting out of an abundance of caution and asking you to work from home tomorrow to give facilities the chance to deal with this in the fastest and environmentally safest manner," the email reads. "Fumigation will take place as soon as possible tomorrow."

Man soll ja mit Schadenfreude eher sparsam sein, denn sonst wird man zum Arsch, aber es ist Stussfeed und die haben sich einen Parasitenbefall wirklich ein bisschen verdient. Ich muss dazu gar nicht mehr betonen, dass der Parasitenbefall des Parasiten der Netzkultur eine nicht ganz unironische Komponente hat. In other words: AAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHA HAAAAAAA HAHAHAAAHAHAHAaaaaa… HAaaahahaha… HAHAHAHAAAAHAHHAAAAAaaaaHAHAHAHAHAAaaaaa… Haha. Hahaha. HAHAHAHAHAAAAHAHHAHAHHAAAAAHAHAHAhahahahahaha. Haha. Ha!

Dear BuzzFeeders,

Please be advised that bed bugs have been detected at BuzzFeed HQ at 111 East 18th Street. We are acting out of an abundance of caution and asking you to work from home tomorrow to give facilities the chance to deal with this in the fastest and environmentally safest manner. Fumigation will take place as soon as possible tomorrow.

The office will be open until 11AM/ET to give you the opportunity to grab a laptop and anything else you need from your desk. To be safe, please don’t bring home items that are currently on the floor in the office. If you don’t need anything from the office, please stay home.

We want to make sure that you are aware of the signs of bed bugs in the office or home, please consult the information about bed bugs and their eradication available here. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Facilities at nyfacilities@buzzfeed.com.

We have every expectation that it will be all clear to re-enter the office and resume normal course of business by Friday morning.

Thank you so much for your cooperation,
Carole

// Shortfilm: Curve

Gepostet vor 4 Tagen in #Movies #Shortfilms

Tim Megans ultra-minimalistischer und auf mit den Sitges- und Fantastic Fest-Awards ausgezeichneter Kurzfilm Curve ist endlich online. Der Film lief ebenfalls (außer Konkurrenz) auf dem Shivers-Festival, über dessen Shorts ich neulich gebloggt hatte.

„Clinging to a smooth, curved surface high above a sentient abyss, a girl tries to cover the few feet back to safety without losing purchase and falling to her death.“

Short of the Week: „Winner of ‘Best Short’ awards at both Fantastic Fest and Sitges in 2016, Tim Egan’s 10-min Horror Curve is a dark, minimalist, and truly unsettling film. Simple in premise, but immeasurable in impact, prepare yourself for what is set to be one of the most tense and unforgettable shorts you’ll witness in 2017.“

Curve is at its most powerful when putting you inside the headspace of its doomed protagonist. An uncompromising, physical watch, Egan’s film sends shivers down your spine as you imagine your own fingernails desperately clawing to that unforgiving concrete, in hope of getting any kind of traction. It’s really hard not to watch Curve without setting your mind racing about what you’d attempt in that situation – however horrifying and hopeless it might be!

Taking just 8 hours to write, from first concept to shooting script, Curve was inspired by two key moments in the director’s life – the first being hit by a car and the second a conversation with a depressed friend.

// Cool example of a No-Bullshit-Contract

Ich habe, wie ich hier ab und zu erwähne, einen Business-Buddy. Tatsächlich ist es ein guter Freund, den ich seit 10 Jahren kenne, mit dem ich einen Vertrag abgeschlossen habe: Ich mache hier Chaos und kümmere mich ausschließlich um Weird Shit und den ganzen Rest, er macht alle Business-Aspekte davon (Verhandlungen, Mail-Verkehr mit PR-Buden, Orga-Kram, etc). In diesem Vertrag haben wir eine Klausel, auf die ich durchaus ein bisschen stolz bin, sinngemäß steht darin: „Es gilt der gesunde Menschenverstand“. Es ist eine Non-Bullshit-Klausel, die beide Vertragsteilnehmer in einem selbstorganisatorischen Gebilde erdet und beide auf Augenhöhe hält.

Die Design-Bude Segura aus Chicago ist ähnlich drauf und hat ihre „Terms“ entschlackt und übrig bleibt der obige „Don't be a dick“-Vertrag. Ich mag das sehr. (via Boing Boing)

You give me money, I’ll give you creative.
I’ll start when the check clears.
Time is money. More time is more money.
I’ll listen to you. You listen to me.
You tell me what you want, I’ll tell you what you need.
You want me to be on time, I want you to be on time.
What you use is yours, what you don’t is mine.
I can’t give you stuff I don’t own.
I’ll try not to be an ass, you should do the same.
If you want something that’s been done before, use that.

PRO BONO
If you want your way, you have to pay.
If you don’t pay, I have final say.
Let’s create something great together.

Gute Anmerkung von Jason Fried über die juristische Gültigkeit der neuen Terms:

For those who will be quick to point out legal holes or missing protections, there are many ways to do business. One way is working with clients you trust — people who appreciate this approach to work. And if you guessed wrong, and someone fucks you, rather than pursuing legal remedies which cost even more time, money, and hassle, there’s an alternative: Take your losses, wash your hands, and don’t work with them again.

// Trailerfest: Game of Thrones, American Assassin, Glow, The 4th, The Beguiled, The Recall, Marshall, Battle of the Sexes, The Guest Book, War for the Planet of the Apes

Gepostet vor 4 Tagen in #Movies #Trailer

Neue Trailer zum Actioner American Assassin mit Michael Keaton und Dylan O'Brien, zur Indie-Comedy The 4th, zum Alien-Invasion-Schlock The Recall mit Wesley Snipes, zum Period-Piece-Drama Marshall um den ersten schwarzen Richter des Obersten Gerichtshofs der USA, zur Tennis/Feminismus-Comedy Battle of the Sexes, Featurettes zu Sofia Coppolas The Beguiled, zur Womens-Wrestling-Serie Glow mit Alison Brie und zu War for the Planet of the Apes, sowie Trailer zur Comedy-Serie The Guest Book auf TBS (keine Ahnung, ob und wie man die hier legal anschauen können wird) und – natürlich – Game of Thrones.

American Assassin

Black ops recruit Mitch Rapp (Dylan O'Brien) is reeling from the death of his fiancée in a terrorist attack when he is assigned to shadowy CIA figure Stan Hurley (Michael Keaton) to receive special training in tracking terrorists. Rapp and Hurley are then dispatched to join a Turkish agent on a mission to stop a mysterious operative from unleashing chaos of international proportions.

Newsbits:

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// Beautiful set of rules for artful learning

Gepostet vor 4 Tagen in #Design #Kultur #Art #Education

Ganz wunderbare Regeln für Schüler und Lehrer von Sister Corita Kent aus ihrem 1992er Buch Learning by Heart: Teachings to Free the Creative Spirit. Die Liste entstand 1968 für ein Projekt ihrer Klasse und wurde nachträglich zu den offiziellen Regeln der Kunst-Fachbereiche am Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles erklärt. (via adloquii, Pic: sms2sms)

Brainpickings hat die ganze Story:

Buried in various corners of the web is a beautiful and poignant list titled Some Rules for Students and Teachers, attributed to John Cage, who passed away twenty years ago this week. The list, however, originates from celebrated artist and educator Sister Corita Kent and was created as part of a project for a class she taught in 1967-1968. It was subsequently appropriated as the official art department rules at the college of LA’s Immaculate Heart Convent, her alma mater, but was commonly popularized by Cage, whom the tenth rule cites directly. Legendary choreographer Merce Cunningham, Cage’s longtime partner and the love of his life, kept a copy of it in the studio where his company rehearsed until his death. It appears in Stewart Brand’s cult-classic Essential Whole Earth Catalog, published in 1986, the year Kent passed away. […]

RULE ONE: Find a place you trust, and then try trusting it for awhile.

RULE TWO: General duties of a student — pull everything out of your teacher; pull everything out of your fellow students.

RULE THREE: General duties of a teacher — pull everything out of your students.

RULE FOUR: Consider everything an experiment.

RULE FIVE: Be self-disciplined — this means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way.

RULE SIX: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail, there’s only make.

RULE SEVEN: The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.

RULE EIGHT: Don’t try to create and analyze at the same time. They’re different processes.

RULE NINE: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

RULE TEN: “We’re breaking all the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” (John Cage)

HINTS: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything — it might come in handy later.

// Fake ISIS-Lego

Gepostet vor 4 Tagen in #Kultur #Weird #Lego #Terrorism #Toys

In Malaysia haben sie Fake-ISIS-Lego-Sets entdeckt, komplett mit „beheading figurines“ und DIY-Waffen: ISIS-themed fake Lego sets exported globally from China.

The 'Falcon Commandos' fake Lego series pits counter-terror police against black-clothed Islamic State figures, commonly known as mini-figs, and what appears to be the ISIS flag. One ISIS mini-fig set pictures an Islamic State jihadi armed with a chainsaw and a bloodied head at his feet. Another contains a masked figure tossing dynamite and a catapult capable of launching crude incendiary devices.

Nine.com.au has viewed the 'Falcon Commandos' series on a major Chinese online retailer which states it will send the terrorist sets to Australia. The sets are recommended for children aged six and over.

The 'Falcon Commandos' counterfeit set is not the first time Lego has had to deal with copycat terrorist sets. In 2008 a US manufacturer called BrickArms caused outcry by releasing an Usama bin Laden figure carrying an AK-47 and wrapped in a belt of grenades. BrickArms, operating out of Richmond, Washington, have also previously issued an Nazi SS officer and Stormtrooper.

// Extreme Pimple Popping with Dr. Pimple Popper 2 🤢🤢

Gepostet vor 4 Tagen in #Fun #Medics #Yuck

Neue yummy Pickel-Action mit Frau Dr. Pimple Popper aka Dr. Sandra Lee aus Kalifornien, „A dermatologist [who] finds fame among those for whom watching a pimple explode recalls the butterflies of a first kiss.“

Diesmal geht es um gewaltige Holy-Shit-Pickel-Extravaganza unter der Kopfhaut, Eiter-Gore für wahre Kenner und die stillen Genießer unter den Ekelfetischisten. It's really something:

Pickel auf Nerdcore:
Extreme Pimple Popping with Dr. Pimple Popper 🤢
Dr. Pimplepopper pops Pimples on the Instagrams for yucky ASMR
Pimple-Microbe named after Frank Zappa
Pimplepopping Commercial and Pus-Art in Slowmotion
Eiterpickel-Cupcakes

// BBC News Live-Nothing

Gepostet vor 4 Tagen in #Fun #Tech #Error #Glitch #TV #UK

Vor ein paar Tagen so bei BBC News At Ten: Nachrichtensprecher Huw Edwards sagt 4 Minuten lang nichts und während dessen spielen die Regie-Praktikanten ein bisschen VJing mit repetitiven Animation-Bits und Nonsense-Visuals: „The BBC News at Ten suffered a huge breakdown on Tuesday 20th June 2017. This was recorded from the BBC News Channel and as NOT been edited in anyway.“

Guardian: Huw Edwards mesmerises the nation during BBC's silent News at Ten: „A BBC computer glitch left the experienced presenter on air doing absolutely nothing for two minutes“.

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// Simon „Hellraiser Lament Configuration“ Sayce, R.I.P.

Gepostet vor 5 Tagen in #Movies #Hellraiser #Horror #R.I.P.

Simon Sayce, der Designer des Hellraiser-Würfels aka Lemarchands Box aka Lament Configuration, ist an den Folgen seiner Krebserkrankung gestorben.

Der Würfel war tatsächlich seine erste Arbeit nach seiner Ausbildung am College, danach bastelte er Masken für David Cronenberg, Ken Russells The Lair of the White Worm und Clive Barkers Nightbreed und noch vor einem Jahr arbeitete er an einer selbstgemachten Replika namens Obscurita Box.

Mach's gut, Simon, und thanx for all the „experience beyond limits… pain and pleasure, indivisible“.

I have written what my interpretation of the history of the original box is, because essentially if you want to go back to my research in pitt rivers (oxford), it’s not a chinese puzzle box, because if you look at the beginning of the film (hellraiser), you have a chinese or asian man with the dark fingernails, but he’s not in china, and he actually looks like he is in an arab country. And the artwork and the stuff in the background, if you look at it, it’s quite interesting, but it’s not oriental.

So I did a back story, based on my original research which linked the making of the box by Lemarchand to the whole french colonial empire at the time. And the french colonial empire covered france and it covered Arabia, and it covered India I believe… and of course, for a while it did go very far east but only for a short time. And so I liked the idea that there was a story behind the design of the box, that was related to one person’s journey.

The Lament Configuration Supercut

Hier die Geschichte der Hellraiser-Box von Wikipedia:

The Lemarchand box that has become known in the film series as the Lament Configuration was introduced in The Hellbound Heart as "the Lemarchand Configuration". It appeared as an antique black lacquered puzzle box of unparalleled workmanship. A clever individual with a passion for solving the puzzle might spend the better part of a day loosening the first piece. As described by Barker on the first page of the novella: „The interior surfaces were brilliantly polished. Frank's reflection — distorted, fragmented — skated across the lacquer.... Lemarchand, who had been in his time a maker of singing birds, had constructed the box so that opening it tripped a musical mechanism, which began to tinkle a short rondo of sublime banality.„

The tune continues to evolve as each additional piece is moved: „And there was music too; a simple tune emerged from the box, played on a mechanism that she could not yet see. Enchanted, she delved further. Though one piece had been removed, the rest did not come readily. Each segment presented a fresh challenge to fingers and mind, the victories rewarded with a further filigree added to the tune.“

The puzzle draws the player onward until suddenly the puzzle is solved and the gateway is opened. As the puzzle is nearly completed, the sound of a large bell can be heard tolling mournfully. The sound comes from the realm of the Cenobites, and announces their impending arrival. Once the gate is opened, the box begins reassembling itself.

Gib mir den Rest, Baby…

// 1st Tank-Girl-Zine 30th Anniversary-Reprint

Vor dreißig Jahren veröffentlichten Jamie Hewlett, Philip Bond and Alan Martin ihr erstes Comic-Zine Atom Tan in einer sensationellen Auflage von ein paar hundert Stück, manuell fotokopiert und verkauft an ihre Kommilitonen für 50 Cent. In diesem Zine gab es eine einseitige Anzeige für eine ihrer ersten Comic-Figuren: Tank Girl, und für die wurden alle drei weltberühmt, wie wir heute alle wissen.

Hier die Story des ersten Tank Girl-Auftritts von Wikipedia:

Martin and Hewlett first met in the mid-1980s in Worthing, when Martin was in a band with Philip Bond called the University Smalls. One of their tracks was a song called "Rocket Girl". They had started adding the suffix 'girl' to everything habitually after the release of the Supergirl movie, but "Rocket Girl" was a student at college who Bond had a crush on and apparently bore a striking resemblance to a Love and Rockets character. They began collaborating on a comic/fanzine called Atomtan, and while working on this, Jamie had drawn

a grotty looking beefer of a girl brandishing an unfeasible firearm. One of our friends was working on a project to design a pair of headphones and was basing his design on the type used by World War II tank driver. His studio in Worthing was littered with loads of photocopies of combat vehicles. Alan pinched one of the images and gave it to Jamie who then stuck it behind his grotty girl illustrations and then added a logo which read 'Tank Girl'.

Zum dreißigsten Jubiläum von Atom Tan gibt es nun ein 30th Anniversary Special („with 633 Patch!“), ein Reprint des Hefts mit einem Poster der Tank Girl-Anzeige und einem „fully embroidered '633 Squadron' patch - a replica of the sew-on gang patch worn by the boys during the Atom Tan era“.

Ich hab' mir meine Tank Girl-Roots gestern nacht bereits bestellt, ein paar der 500 Exemplare sind noch zu haben und sie kosten grade mal 10 Pfund, ein paar weitere Pics gibt's bei DJ Food.

In June 1987, while still studying at Worthing Art College, Jamie Hewlett, Phil Bond, and I launched our first published work - Atom Tan issue #1 - printed on the staff photocopier and selling amongst fellow students for fifty pence. Since then, the comic has become a minor legend, having been the birth place of Tank Girl in her own one-page advert. Original copies are very rare, fetching high prices when they come up at auctions.

Now, exactly thirty later, we are offering a special anniversary edition, printed at half-size (A5) and retaining all of its original photocopied blemishes and drop-outs, it looks exactly as it did three decades ago. 28 pages, hand-signed on the back cover by myself (Alan, Tank Girl co-creator), with space of further signatures.

Along with the Atom Tan comic itself, you will receive a fully embroidered "633 Squadron" patch - a replica of the sew-on gang patch worn by the boys during the Atom Tan era, designed by Jamie and Phil in the spring of 1987 (12 x 8 cm). Also in the pack is a large format A2 fold-out Atom Tan Poster Magazine, featuring the original 1987 Tank Girl page on one side, and the story of Atom Tan (along with unseen photos and artwork) on the other. Hand signed on the poster side in fade-proof ink by myself. As a bonus, you will also receive a one-and-a-half inch Atom Tan badge/pin, featuring Phil Bond's original logo from the comic.

We think this is the most collectable item we've ever produced, as it not only represents the first printed appearance of Tank Girl, but also the first published work of Jamie Hewlett.

Gib mir den Rest, Baby…

// GATS on Driftwood and Skateboards from the 60s

Gepostet vor 6 Tagen in #Design #Art #Graffiti #Streetart

Love the new GATS-Exhibit at Spoke Art featuring his bold Characters and Faces on Driftwood and Skatedecks from the 60s. Stuff is sold out but one can only afford the Against the Grain-Zine anyways.

GATS (Graffiti Against the System) is known for his iconic mask imagery which comments on political injustices. “Against the Grain” will be GATS’ inaugural exhibition with SPOKE, in which he will be continuing his distinct graffiti insignia through a variety of mediums while incorporating elements from found objects.

In “Against the Grain” , GATS continues utilizing his iconic mask imagery, which represents a global identity that breaks down all barriers and prejudices. Known primarily for large-scale graffiti work in public spaces, GATS has re-contextualized his work for the gallery space by working in a variety of mediums he may not otherwise be able to on the streets. By utilizing a variety of found objects as a canvas (ie. a vintage child’s sled, skate decks and a wooden trunk) , GATS allows the viewer to pause and observe his intricate insignia and iconography while creating unique surfaces and compositions. Many of the objects carry specific meaning to the artist, giving a nod to graffiti artists’ use of fire extinguishers as a brush, or driftwood, which represents the artists desire to reconnect with nature. Lettering is incorporated throughout the works, paying homage to individuals he admires and notable political movements in history.

Gib mir den Rest, Baby…

// Home: Holidays in Cambodia

Gepostet vor 6 Tagen in #Movies #Politics #Refugees #Shortfilms #War

Böser, zwingender Kurzfilm von Daniel Mulloy: In Home, „Thousands of men, women and children struggle to get into Europe as a comfortable English family leave, on what appears to be a holiday.“

Der Film bedient sich eines einfachen Tricks und zwingt den Betrachter über ein banales Urlaubs-Motiv als narratives Hauptelement in die Perspektive einer flüchtenden Familie, ohne diesem Motiv in den Bildern wirklich zu folgen. Auf diesem Weg entblöst Home mit einfachsten Mitteln die interpersonellen und persönlichen Traumata, die ein Krieg und eine Flucht zur Folge haben. Ganz großes Kino und zurecht Best British Short-Gewinner während der BAFTA-Awards.

Aus einem Interview mit Mulloy auf Short Of The Week:

Arriving back in the UK, after a long time away, there seemed to have been a swing towards xenophobia and the dehumanizing and vilify of both migrants and refugees was happening at the highest levels. I wanted to create a short that would address this trend and that was how the idea for Home came about.

How we behave under stress is an indicator of who we are as individuals, as communities and as a nation. We know that there is an extreme humanitarian crisis going on. Sixty million people have been forced to flee their homes because of conflict and persecution – the highest number since the second world war. From here in the UK those sixty million can seem distant. With Home we wanted to create a very human snapshot and show how despite the horror – our greatest strengths of love and connection, often remain.