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Masashi Kawamura

“日々の音色 (Hibi no neiro)” is the name of this new music video for the band SOUR, directed by Japanese designer/art director/video guy Masashi Kawamura. The amount of choreography involved in this video, which is comprised of clips of fans shot on their webcams, is so staggering I don’t know how they possibly could have done it…but I also don’t know how they could have faked it. After the jump, more work from Kawamura, who’s done a lot of other cool, clever stuff in various mediums.

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Robin Burkinshaw

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Above is an image capture from Alice and Kev, a project from British game design student Robin Burkinshaw. The project, presented as a frequently updated blog, tracks the lives of a homeless father and daughter family Burkinshaw created in the Sims 3. She guides the two characters as little as possible, instead relying on AI and their set personality traits (the father is insane, while the daughter is compassionate). The amount of conflict created by these two characters is on par with pretty much any soap opera – and despite being completely artificial computer game characters, the humanity of them is plainly evident in the entries’ comments, in which readers express sympathy for various characters and contempt for others.

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Sam de Groot

True True True owner and designer Sam de Groot hails from The Netherlands. I purchased And yet, and yet…(four short bittersweet reflections by Dutch writer Nescio–all written between 1914 and 1943) and Andy de Fiets: Letter to Robin Kinross (22-year-old Andy de Fiets, on the verge of graduating from his graphic design studies, writes to his hero: Hyphen Press publisher Robin Kinross). After the jump are spreads from Letter to Robin Kinross and picture of the knick knacks I asked Sam to send. Ahh…I love snail mail!

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July Shirt of the Month: “B/D Yoga Vintage” by Oliver Hibert

July Shirt of the Month: "B/D Yoga Vintage" by Oliver Hibert

July’s shirt of the month is an ultra-limited edition shirt with a one-of-a-kind color way & printing process we are calling “B/D Yoga Vintage.” With only 25 units ever made, this shirt will definitely sell out quickly! The shirt image of a playfully levitating yogi has been printed without a white base to give it a lovingly-faded appearance. It looks like your favorite shirt, without having to wear & wash it 200 times to get the same effect. Once gone, this shirt will not be reprinted–so pick up yours ASAP!

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July Shirt of the Month: “B/D Yoga Vintage” by Oliver Hibert

July Shirt of the Month: "B/D Yoga Vintage" by Oliver Hibert

July’s shirt of the month is an ultra-limited edition shirt with a one-of-a-kind color way & printing process we are calling “B/D Yoga Vintage.” With only 25 units ever made, this shirt will definitely sell out quickly! The shirt image of a playfully levitating yogi has been printed without a white base to give it a lovingly-faded appearance. It looks like your favorite shirt, without having to wear & wash it 200 times to get the same effect. Once gone, this shirt will not be reprinted–so pick yours up ASAP at the Beautiful/Decay Online Shop!

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Stacy Kranitz: Project Target Unknown

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Stacy Kranitz focuses on the multidimensional character of Leni Riefenstahl, whose focused vision and murky set of morals greatly inspired Kranitz. These grey areas spoke to her desire to understand people beyond the constraints of good vs. evil.

During Pennsylvania’s yearly reenactments of the Battle of the Bulge, Kranitz portrays Leni Riefenstahl and behaves with soldiers as she would. Kranitz examines how the photograph documents and shapes history, since much of our conception of history is based on images. The 500 reenactors base the authenticity of their looks on images and, in particular, on Riefenstahl’s film Triumph of the Will. Kranitz focuses on how these historical images have been filtered through both the media and propaganda, becoming history as generations pass and memories fade. Photographs and film become the dominant forces that shape the public imagination.

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The Nomi Song

I’m back with another fantastic documentary from my netflix archives. I give you The Nomi Song!

Looks like an alien, sings like a diva – Klaus Nomi was one of the 1980s’ most profoundly bizarre characters. He was a cult figure in the New Wave underground scene, a genuine counter tenor who sang pop music like opera and brought opera to club audiences and made them like it. He was a performer with a “look” so strong, that his first audiences went wild before he even opened his mouth. Klaus presented himself as “the perfect video star” yet his star burned out just before the mass explosion of MTV. On the verge of international fame as a singer, he became instead one of the first gay artists to die of AIDS. In the end, his recorded output consists of re-reissues, in various forms, of only two LP’s and a live album. For those who do know him, the reaction he provoked was so strong, that he is still unforgettable, even 20 years after his death. Even now, Klaus is somehow still winning new fans among those too young to have known him when he was alive. And a quick check of the Internet reveals that all his records are still being sold.

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Forrest Lucero

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Forrest Lucero is a California based designer working in print, typography, media, and apparel.  My favorite works are the series of minimal (and poetic) posters and flyers.

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