Art & Design. New York Design Week: The next few days usher in New York's Design week. It's one of the most inspiring weeks of the year. Talk about perfect timing. We've been working hard on a few projects outside of Dork and we're planning to slowly increase the number of daily posts around these parts. Fortunately design week provides plenty of writing material.
This weekend we're attending Tokion's Creativity Now, the ICFF, The New York Photo Festival, and a few other exhibits. It'll be great to catch up with folks offline. We're also looking forward to seeing all the creative talent that'll descend upon NYC. One designer in particular is Samantha Hahn. Her illustrations and patterns are beautiful. The lines, the color choices and the overarching simplicity make her works resonate. She'll be showcasing her designs at Surtex - the art & design show. We've posted images of her work below. We've also included info about the above mentioned events.
Audio. Lupe Unplugged: It’s cool when a couple of elements of a song are changed and the result is something completely fresh. Lupe Fiasco’s Superstar gets new life with this live version he recorded with Matthew Santos for BBC. It reminds us of Nelly Furtado’s cover of Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy.
The acoustic version is a bit more subdued than the original. Lupe employs a soft-spoken delivery and it kind of makes you listen to the words differently. He even does back up vocals for Matthew. Pretty impressive stuff. Watch the acoustic version of Superstar after the jump.
Film. Medicine for Melancholy: Medicine for Melancholy is an anomaly. It’s a story about two San Francisco hipsters and the Sunday they spend together after having a one-night-stand. They ride fixed-gear bikes, smoke a joint, visit a museum, go dancing at an indie-rock club, and buy late night tacos. They also happen to be black. Gasp!
Like it or not, a monolithic image of blackness pervades in popular culture. Any deviation from this is deemed inauthentic and unmarketable. This is not a subtextual issue for the film but a theme it tackles head-on. The duo’s affinity for indie-culture has left them isolated in a rapidly gentrifying city that is only seven percent black. Meeting each other seems to bring their mutual identity crisis to light. Their affection for each other is visceral, - they both realize, without actually saying it, that they belong together. Micah (the guy) wants to go with this gut feeling, while Jo (the girl) seems a bit reticent. Here’s what director, Barry Jenkins has to say about the film: “In this meek story of a random encounter, the film explores the process of negotiating one’s identity by illustrating how the effects of gentrification make it virtually impossible for minority urbanites to just be.” [Photo Credit]
Dork recommends Medicine for Melancholy. View the trailer [Here]
Media. Nike's Maybe: Once again Nike raises the bar. We've played their latest commercial at least twelves times now. We're not sure why, but we find this particular ad really compelling. Entitled "Maybe," it is narrated with Jordan's confident and instrospective tone. The shots, cut aways and sequencing is everything Nike has become - the symbol of defiant, odd beating, hard working, impossibilities achieved by the passionate. And, amazingly they've breathed this ethos in a narration articulated by the word maybe. It's just plain awesome.
Spike's Mars, Saul's List of Demands, and now Jordan's Maybe. We've added this to our morning get-hype machine. After watching this you'll feel like you can tackle anything if you put in consistent hard work. Get your dose of inspiration after the jump.
Film. The Killing of John Lennon: For all of the wrong reasons, Mark David Chapman, was a man ahead of his time. He was a 25 year-old narcissist, whose obsession with Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye and celebrity, led him to murder. You can’t watch this movie and not feel weird. This attention is sort of what Chapman wanted, right?
This movie’s worth seeing because it’s not about what is going to happen (we know how the story ends, sadly), but why and how it happens. It’s doesn’t condone or romanticize what Chapman did. The film is entirely factual - nothing has been made up. All of Chapman’s dialogue was taken from interviews, depositions and court transcripts in the public domain. Chapman’s isolation and detachment are captured with shots of him walking the streets in slow motion in relation to the surrounding world. The story is told entirely from Mark David Chapman’s point-of-view, which is challenging, but it gives the film a vivid realism rarely seen. In exploring the mind of a celebrity stalker, Andrew Piddington (the film’s director) has turned the mirror on us, and exposed things about our celebrity-obsessed culture that we don’t like to see.
Dork recommends this film. View the trailer [Here]
Link Heavy. Muxtape: Muxtape is a great new site. We’ve been waiting for something like this for a while. The service makes it super easy to put together your own mixtape. Justin Ouellette created the program and we think it has the potential to change the way people find out about new music.
The site’s best feature is the personal URL you get once your tape is done. It’s the perfect thing to put in your email signature or forward to friends. Listening to a personal playlist is like diving into a person’s subconscious (not really). Muxtape is going to be really popular, really soon. We were so excited that we decided to put together our own mix. Check it out.
Make your own muxtape [Here]
Film. Paranoid Park: Life’s all about choices. That’s definitely an obvious observation, but it's a truism often realized after you’ve made a horrible decision. One night Alex, a teen from the suburbs of Portland goes to Paranoid Park, an infamous skate park on the rough side of town – weird things happen and someone ends up dead. He decides to say nothing.
Paranoid Park is a brilliant examination of mood. The film’s naturalistic aesthetic and unstable, herky-jerky cinematography capture the alienation and pain one feels when they have a dark secret. Ultimately, Paranoid Park is about the possibility of personal redemption and its transformative effect.
Dork recommends Paranoid Park. View trailer [Here]