As many of you know, Banksy, the elusive street artist, recently completed a run of his art show, Dismaland. The dystopian theme park made headlines with shocking art pieces that twisted and distorted popular tropes associated with family destinations like, Disneyland. The entire spectacle was captured in the above trailer for the park and this expose from Channel 4. Complete with a castle, carnival barkers, and surreal amusements, Dismaland is the perfect destination for pop culture nightmares.
Dropbear’s stop motion video for Opiu’s track, ‘Quack Fat’. The video from the group of Australian artists features an array of timeless 80’s artifacts. Watch as cassette tapes, boomboxes and multi-colored morphing cones get down to down to some serious grooves.
Present by the Nation Film Board of Canada: A Chairy Tale
In this Oscar-nominated short film, a chair, animated by Evelyn Lambart, refuses to be sat upon, forcing a young man to perform a sort of dance with the chair. The musical accompaniment is by Ravi Shankar and Chatur Lal. This virtuoso film is the result of a collaboration between Norman McLaren and Claude Jutra. Directed by Claude Jutra & Norman McLaren – 1957
How do you peacefully keep secret Russian submarines from spying on your country? Let them know how gay you are, at least that is what The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society is recommending. The world’s oldest peace organization and three-time Nobel Peace Prize recipient, is taking to the waters off Stockholm, to install a piece of “gay propaganda” they hope will deter Russia submarines from entering Swedish waters.
According to the Moscow Times, The underwater installation is comprised of a flashing neon sign that reads, “Welcome to Sweden, gay since 1944”. The device also emits a Morse code signal that states, “This way if you are gay.”
The sign plays upon the stark contrast between the two country’s stance on LGBTQ rights. Sweden decriminalized homosexuality 71 years ago, while Russia recently banned the promotion of any “gay propaganda” while also enacting homophobic laws in 2013. The sign is also a direct reference to the recent reports of Russian submarines in Swedish and Finnish waters.
Some cool profiles of Japanese artist, Yayoi Kusama, and her life long obsessions with dots. The first video is from the TATE. It documents the creation of a interactive art installation put on by Kusama where visitors helped decorate an all white room with a variety of dotted stickers.
Next, Nowness presents a piece entitled, “Self Obliteration”.
This video was created by FatHappy Media and shares the story of how Big Chief Tugga and his tribe create the elaborate ceremonial suits of the Big Chief and the cultural importance of the tribes. The Mardi Gras Indians are a central aspect of New Orleans culture. With origins dating back to the 1800’s, the Mardi Gras Indians were originally escaped slaves who joined the local Indian tribes. Since then, they continue to celebrate their long history in many ways, including unauthorized parades through the streets of New Orleans, ran by the tribes’ Big Chiefs.