Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kaleidoscoping

Following my recent discovery of musician Devendra Banhart (last post), curious me of course went on to check out his website. And oh surprise!... the Index page is so much fun. Nothing too fancy, just a simple good idea to keep a fan, or a graphic design geek like me, entertained for a little while: As you move your cursor around, the image mutates into different versions of a kaleidoscope. I bet whoever designed it was thinking in terms of mobile visitors. iPods, iPhones, iPads. Since using your finger is a lot more fun these days...

Seriously, I would love to have some screensaver like this on my future iPad. Food for though people!

Banhart's Index

And...

Gareth Pugh was invited to participate in Pitti Imamgine Uomo 79 (on Jan 13) as the Guest Womenswear Designer. His response: A new Fashion Film. At this point it should come as no surprise that Pugh always presents his collections with a cool and kind of dramatic (...with a slight Neo-Matrix complex) short film, instead of with the usual runway (He was amongst the first to do this). And they're always done in collaboration with Ruth Hogben, from SHOWstudio. Come to think of it, I might be doomed to repeating the previous sentence for seasons and season to come, since it's hard to imagine a Pugh video not created with Hogben at this point.

This is actually his 5th collection film, and just like the previous ones (and not unlike the brand's image and clothes, of course), focuses on the use of black and white; includes [as usual] some dark beats, and uses a lot of reflection or "mirroring" in its compositions. Very much like a kaleidoscope! One that would in all probability scare away the kids...

The video also makes me think of a futuristic silent film. Set in the year 3.000, in which the girl-hero is sent back to earth to fight. To finally reclaim it for humankind. Whether she wins or not... well that might just depend on her warrior-clothes. Yeap, that's my imagination working....

And by the way, seeing this video projected onto the ceiling of a 14th-century church in Florence must me really something! Just sayin'. Future warrior-hero fantasy or not.


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