The Michelin-Starred Bo Innovation Chef Takes Us to the “X-treme” Edge of Cooking
Celebrating the GIF's Quarter Century With a Pioneering Exhibition
NOWNESS invites you to submit your own animated GIFs for the chance to be featured in a groundbreaking digital showcase during this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach. The open call marks the launch of "Moving the Still: A Festival of GIFs", a collaboration between the cutting-edge online art collecting destination Paddle8, created by Alexander Gilkes and Aditya Julka, and David Karp’s visionary microblogging platform Tumblr, which will culminate in the innovative show. For the next five days, the NOWNESS community will have the exclusive chance to join in conversation with tastemakers and festival judges Nicola Formichetti and Johnny Misheff. On Friday November 2nd at 12pm EST, fashion wunderkind and Lady Gaga stylist Formichetti will team up with influential New York-based art writer and event facilitator Misheff to lend insider knowledge to our fans, answering your questions about what it takes to make a winning graphic animation. Paddle8 and Tumblr's celebration of the now 25-year-old medium is endorsed by an impressive selection of top creatives, from the Rodarte sisters to Michael Stipe, to the legendary fashion photography team Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin. Today NOWNESS continues the open call with the premiere of twohundredfiftysixcolors: Preface, a six-minute GIF from "Moving the Still" artist duo Jason Lazarus and Eric Fleischauer.
Click here to submit your GIF creations.
The Pop Prodigy Debuts His Smokin' New Video
A cast of bright young things gives new meaning to conspicuous consumption in Tom Vek's latest video "Aroused," directed by Saam Farahmand. "It's a nod to the way in which smoking is used heavily and quite innocently
in art and fashion," says the indie music anti-hero. "In the video, it represents feelings of being
overwhelmed and extremities—both of which tie in with the sentiment of
the album." Released earlier this year, Vek's sophomore effort Leisure Seizure marked the end of a five-year mysterious hiatus for the self-taught multi-instrumentalist, and sees him hone a more controlled interpretation of the much-adored inventive pop that marked his 2005 debut, We Have Sound.
How did the concept come about?
It was a blank canvas for Saam, and ironically it is an idea I wished I'd had, so I'm pleased it was for my track.
Why did you choose to collaborate with Saam?
We are friends and we argue about films a lot, so it seemed a good idea to risk destroying our relationship and invite him to direct a music video.
What is the connection with the song and the words that feature?
Saam has preoccupations with fashion's self-awareness in the 1990s and how it forced personality and character to the surface. He asked me to develop "couture propaganda" that harmonized with the song and the album's sensibilities, which is where the text in the video comes from.
What makes a music video stand out?
I've always maintained that a music video that can be described in one sentence will help people digest and pass it on.
Director Saam Farahmand
Producer James Waters
Choreography Jennifer White & Leah Mckesy
Editor Tom Lindsay
Hair & Makeup Dorita Nissen
Director of Photography Will Bex
Styling Nova Dando