Tessa Kuragi by Nick Knight for Another Magazine
The word most often associated with Tessa Kuragi's work as a model and artist seems to be 'uncomfortable'. She explores themes of desire, violence, confusion and exploring suppressed fantasies of abandon. . Warning: NSFW.
I've been thinking about this often these past couple of days: people are mostly driven by unseen and often unacknowledged forces. Sometimes they rationalise it. But when reason doesn't fit, they don't stop and let go. They go ahead and do it anyway. The reason we're surprised by that is our belief that the rationalisation of our actions is our motivation, when in fact it's almost always the other way around. We make up stories about who we are and why we do things, but those stories are often blind to the irrational.
Anyway, I was thinking about this while scrolling through Facebook (as you do), when ShowStudio slid a link in my feed to the amazing shoot Tessa Kuragi did with Nick Knight for Another Magazine . Did I ever tell you about the day I interviewed Nick Knight for two hours on the phone and my recorder broke down so I had to scribble his analysis of contemporary visual culture down on a stack of printer paper next to my desk? Maybe some other time. Go check out the full story here
Hyper-Reality by Keiichi Matsuda.
This might seem like a dystopia right now, but I've got a feeling in about five years this video will seem quite meek compared to the actual rise of augmented reality.
Talking of fantasies: this pop star doesn't even pretend to be real. She's the ultimate hologram projection of what (some) people want these days. Her fans ever write music themselves so 'she' can sing it. Yes, that's Pharrell and Takashi Murakami giving her the official go-ahead to slip into mainstream pop culture. Here's the original, performed 'live' by Mitsu, with English subtitles. Fascinating stuff, found on Hunger tv.
Mykki Blanco feat. Woodkid - "High School Never Ends"
"These violent delights have violent ends." Mykki Blanco creates a contemporary take on Romeo & Juliet with themes of homophobia and racisms blended in, while Woodkid croons "Why don't you just delete me?" Haunting stuff, also NSFW.
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Radiohead Vignette by Tarik Barri.
How good is that Radiohead album? So good.
OK, let's end on a fun one:
Skepta Boiler Room Tokyo Live Set.
Running up on the mic with a mighty (and sweaty) display of power. Boy better know.