Chic et Artistic and Dan Black: Symphonies

I just discovered this mind blowing song by Dan Black about 20 minutes ago I’m super excited to be writing about it. This joint is going to be my song for the summer. I ran across it on Big Stereo and wanted to chime in about it. The video is directed by french art team Artistic et Chic and does a great job of capturing the aesthetics of so many films, posters, and album covers. Seeing the Blade Runner bit might finally convince me to go in drag as Pris this Halloween.

Symphonies isn’t available for download yet and Black’s album will be out later this month. Until then there is a free official download of Passion Pit’s remix of Symphonies HERE.

The song is actually an extrapolation of Notorious B.I.G.’s Hypnotize. Dan Black originally produced Symphonies as a cover of Hypnotize entitled Hypntz. To download Hypntz follow this link. I prefer Symphonies, it’s strong enough to stand on its own but Hypntz transforms Biggie’s original song into a grand sorrowful epic. Check it out!

Chic et Artistic also produced a handful of animated gifs for Dan Black that are doing their part to reclaim the animated gif. Check out their clever work below:

Peace,

Rio

Reclaiming the Animated Gif Part 3

In these early days of May there’s a lot pushed on us that will supposedly make me proud to be Mexican (er, Chicano). I can appreciate the politics of May 1st but when it comes to Cinco de Mayo I usually associate it with simplifying history, beer ads, and drunk college kids. I’m all for gettin’ sauced up now and then but please don’t do that shit in the name of my people.

That said, what’s made me proud to be Mexican American recently is the work of Mexican artist Jaime Martinez. With all the writing I’ve done about animated gifs so far I was excited to discover that these works of art were done by a Mexicano. I’m not sure what technique he uses for capturing his images, if he’s quick on the draw with the shutter or he uses multiple cameras. His methods give them the visual depth of old fashioned stereograms.

According to his site, Jaime Martínez was born in Monterrey México (1978) and he is currently living in Mexico City. His art sheds light on the potential of animated gifs. These mind-blowing images are truly state of the art. Enjoy.

Peace,

Rio

Reclaiming the Animated Gif Part 1

Much has been written about the differences between myspace and facebook and the implications of class, race, and education that fill the divide. Nothing has signified this paradigm better than facebook not displaying animated gifs on their site. People fleeing bling graphics and the gaudy pimped-out layouts of myspace have found peace and tranquility within the rigid boundaries of facebook.

I can understand the issues that people have with animated gifs. Aside from their mostly vulgar aesthetics that can make your eyes bleed they can also present technical problems as well. Back in the day when I only had a dial-up connection at home (about 3 months ago) I had to avoid the myspace profiles of certain friends because, quite frankly, they filled their pages up with so many gaudy ghetto graphics that the shit would cause  my computer to crash. Even now with a solid wi-fi connection too many “100% Sexy Mami”, “Just dropping by to say hi”, and “(insert name of Latin American country) pride” animated gifs will still fuck up my mac.

As a Chicano, I do have strong interest in these graphics that I so frequently condescend to. Animated gifs are the Paño art for the current generation of young people. They are art created with the available tools and resources at their disposal. In this transition they have lost their technical hand made quality in exchange for color, motion, and easy deliverance. Art in magazines like Lowrider, Teen Angel, and Mi Vida Loca have also become outmoded in the rise of the animated gif.

The cultural and social dynamics and ghetto notoriety of the gif has made me interested in artists who work in the medium with this stigma in mind. My favorite is Colombian graphic artist Mariana Rojas (also known as La Furia). Her artwork embraces the gaudy aesthetics of animated gifs and turns them into something bombastic. My favorites are below.

Friday Im in Love by La Furia
Friday I'm in Love by La Furia
Feliz viernes 13 para ti! by La Furia
Feliz viernes 13 para ti! by La Furia
Amor Electrico by La Furia
Amor Electrico by La Furia

More on this subject to come,

Rio