This may been the finest piece of marketing ever to grace my Facebook sidebar.
What happens when you combine Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami, American actress Kirsten Dunst, and vowelless director McG over a classic ’80s hit from one of my favorite bands? Would you believe it’s this?
(Warning: contains images not safe for work or family.)
I’m not really sure how I feel about this video. Dunst’s cover doesn’t bring a lot musically, but I don’t think that’s the point. The trio seems to have set out to make something more like a short film, but it has no sense of narrative or flow. Magical Girl Super Kirtsen doesn’t have a consistent character–in one shot, she seems lost and outside of reality, in the next she’s flirting with the camera like we’re real and everyone else is outside. There’s some cultural statement lurking under the surface–not just about being an outsider, but about how we relate to pop culture, how foreigners can become engrossed in what is commonplace to locals (BoingBoing talked a bit about this recently), but the quick-cut, non-linear film never manages to get to the point. I give it an A for concept, C for execution.
For contrast, here’s what an actual Vapors video looks like:
Here’s his full youtube stream, I think there’s something for everyone in there. See you all next week!
Back in October (when the Elephant was hibernating), Pink Tentacle posted a set of wonderful animated stereoviews by early Japanese photographer T. Enami, including this one of a handful of rikishi displaying their kesho-mawashi:
It’s a fascinating combination of stillness and motion, depth, and not-quite-natural color. Also, the dude on the left moved during the exposure, dooming him to an eternity of ghostly half-existence. Scary.
For our edification, I also decided to do a little ImageReady work so we could check out the embroidery in more detail, which is not a phrase I ever expected to type:
(Video is from an episode of the TV series, thus it is even more nonsensical than it might otherwise be. Also, Mickey’s little scat bit is looped once, presumably to make room for antics.)