The Art World Enfant Terrible Goes it Alone on His Industrial-Inspired Debut Album
Hyper-saturated, infrared shapes blur and reform in artist Dinos Chapman’s abstract music video for the track “Alltid,” taken from his new album Luftbobler. Named after an airy Norwegian chocolate bar, the album is the culmination of a decade-long experimentation with sound for Chapman, who rose to prominence with his younger brother Jake in the YBA heyday of the early 90s. Produced in collaboration with The Vinyl Factory, its reverberating sonic soundscapes and techno pulse were inspired by such stripped-down, electronic influences as industrial godfathers Throbbing Gristle and avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen. Compiled using an Ableton sampler, Luftbobler subverts the usual analog to digital cycle. “It sounds really different on vinyl when it’s made digitally,” says Chapman. “It’s an odd reversal of the norm.” To accompany the album release, which will be available in all formats including a limited-edition of 300 hand-etched, gatefold vinyl records, the artist-musician created eight original short films, and “Alltid” was crafted using a surprisingly accessible format. “I made it using iMovie,” he reveals. “Everyone thinks it’s a thermal camera, but it’s just me pushing up the dials on the scale. It’s a film of my daughter playing in the waves.”
A site-specific audio-visual installation of Luftbobler takes place from February 28 through March 3 at The Vinyl Factory, 51 Poland Street, London, W1F 7LZ (Entrance via Phonica Records).
The Culinary Rogue Reveals the Secrets of Chinatown and the Music of Sichuan Cuisine
Sporting his trademark long bleached hair, maverick foodie and Sonic Youth aficionado Danny Bowien shares the kitchen antics at his celebrated Mission Chinese Food restaurant and feasts at his favorite local joint, where he finds inspiration in peppercorn- and beer-braised chicken and pork pancakes, in this new film by Jordan Bahat. The Korean-born, Oklahoma-raised chef has been drawing visitors to his small Chinatown outpost in staggering numbers since it opened in Manhattan last May, placating lines of hungry guests with a keg of free beer. It’s worth the wait: hybrid dishes like Kung Pao pastrami, catfish à la Sichuan seasoned with Old Bay and barbequed pig tails marinated in Coca-Cola have earned him a place at the top of The New York Times critic Pete Wells’ 2012 “Restaurant Triumphs” list. Bowien first gained cred for his signature brand of Chinese-American dishes with a pop-up venture in San Francisco’s Mission District. He picked up his culinary spark working odd restaurant jobs—not in formal training—and happily credits neighborhood haunts like Spicy Village as keys to his success. “Danny really let us in on his process,” said Bahat, who has shot music videos for indie acts including Josh Osho and Grouplove, and chose the sounds of Ducky to accompany this new short. “Danny goes somewhere, orders everything on the menu and then goes home and tries to recreate it. He’s the Mayor of Chinatown.”
A Film for Dasha Zhukova's Garage Magazine Reveals the Passion Driving the Tattoo Scene
Internationally renowned tattooist Mo Coppoletta divulges the personal significances of being inked in this intricate profile by filmmaker Ryan Hope. Owner of influential London parlor A Family Business, Coppoletta has turned his dedication into a lifestyle, making international pilgrimages to be tattooed by those at the pinnacle of the craft. “For me the key to a brilliant documentary is to tell it through a brilliant character,” says Hope. “Mo has an amazing technique and dedication, he is an absolute purist. His energy and his style are beautiful.” Today’s short is an exclusive extract from Hope’s documentary Skin, which follows five skin-art collectors on their journey to be tattooed with designs created by major contemporary artists Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Raymond Pettibon, Jake and Dinos Chapman, and Richard Prince. Originally commissioned to accompany a Hedi Slimane photo shoot featuring the contemporary artists and collectors for Dasha Zhukova's Garage magazine, Hope redeveloped the original concept. “It seemed more interesting to tell the subject's story, rather than that of the artists themselves,” he says.