East Coast Mangchi Tour 2016
East Coast Mangchi Tour 2016
Chema64 is an artist from Mexico City, bringing the past and the future to the only time we can experience it, NOW.
Instead of reliving old patterns, Chema64 “recycles obsolete technology and ephemera” creating visually pleasing aesthetics in multimedia art.
You may recognize familiar sculptures, video viewing screens and even the Gameboy that was a 90’s one-hit wonder gaming device. But the intersection of obsolete technology and short lived wonders combined, make for the joy and “newness” that resonates with these images.
Chema64’s funky tunes can be found here.
Blue Velvet is celebrating its 30th birthday this year coinciding with Peter Braatz’s release of Blue Velvet Revisited – never before seen photos and footage depicting the making-of. Director, Filmmaker and Transcendental Meditator, David Lynch asked German-born Braatz to come out to North Carolina to “observe him direct.” Braatz shot 70 reels of Super 8 film and took nearly 1000 photos. The behind the scenes look encapsulates the world of Blue Velvet and David Lynch like a fly on the psychedelic wall of the 1985 set. Photos of Dennis Hopper, Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, Kyle MacLachlan and of course, Mr. Lynch himself.
“David was producing every piece of art,” Braatz says. “He’s writing, he’s creating props, he’s making set decoration. You see him in my film working on each piece himself. So it’s not just a portrait of Blue Velvet, but a portrait of David in 1985 as an artist.”
“Beneath that appearance there are so many things happening,” says Lynch in Blue Velvet Revisited, and this making-of piece will take its viewers there. The documentary is being released along with a soundtrack just out from Crammed Discs.
“Sound is so important to him [Lynch], he adds so many things in postproduction,” Braatz says. “Ants crawling under a glass or—how do you call it in English?—a match that goes on fire. These things are mostly related very closely to the sound of the picture.” Angelo Badalamenti composed the original movie’s soundtrack and went on to create many more musical masterpieces with Lynch on projects such as Lost Highway, Mulholland Drive, and Twin Peaks.
Now Braatz has made an homage to Blue Velvet, sensual, provocative and true to the eccentric, dreamy vibrations of what is now a voyeur classic. A “meditation,” he calls it.
Braatz hopes the documentary will have a film festival premiere this year.
Photos: Peter Braatz Blue Velvet Revisited
David Choe at the Apollo
Three color variations of RETNA’s artwork for the Purpose album by Justin Bieber.
Upper Playground favorite, Jeremy Fish is planning to be in Malaga, Spain to lead workshops and and to present an exhibition of his work at the MOMENTS Festival. The festival focused on indie contemporary culture includes films, workshops, lectures, music, photography and art. If you’re traveling through Spain beginning of Nov. stop by to check out the festival:
About the Festival:
MOMENTS is a multidisciplinary festival aimed at those who love the most daring and independent contemporary culture. It is also a place to enjoy documentary films, workshops, lectures, music, art and photography, underground literature… and be sumerged inside the subcultures of skateboarding and This festival is a unique opportunity to discover the history of these alternative scenes that were born thanks to the Do It Yourself philosophy deeply rooted in punk and hip-hop and has forever changed the concept of art around the world. A pioneer event in Spain that will be held from the 5th to the 7th November at the San Telmo School of Art in Málaga in order to highlight the kind of work that usually has no place either in advertising or in major international showcases. But they are all 100% authentic and truly
Place: San Telmo Art School (Málaga).
Ticket price: Free (except workshops)
Dates: 5th, 6th and 7th of November