//YARDSTICK FOR A HUMAN BEING//
Swedish film director Roy Andersson caps off his Living trilogy with his latest film, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence. It's a movie as sublime and absurd as its title would suggest, consisting of several tragicomic sketches played out by an ensemble of Buster Keaton-faced non-actors against meticulously designed box sets. The film is set for limited release this week, watch the trailer here.
It’s the moment of the dog. Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Julia Holter has released a new music video for her song "Feel You," which features vignettes displaying the deep connection between the artist and her scruffy, somewhat bi-polar pup. The Baroque pop track will be included in her upcoming album, Have You in My Wilderness, which is set to drop on September 25 via Domino.
//YOUR FIXATION ON MY BALLS IS TRANSPARENT//
Balling out has never been this fun. Last week, the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. opened up an enormous room filled with clear plastic balls that adults can shamelessly play in because it’s Art. Conceptualized by Brooklyn-based studio Snarkitecture, the 10,000-square-foot pit brings the summer beach experience to The Capital. Visitors can dip their toes in the “ocean,” go for a quick dip, or sunbathe at its edges. Runs through September 7.
//CAT DRAGGED THE WIND IN//
What do Nick Jonas, Wolf Alice, and Rita Ora, all have in common? They’ve all done covers of Years & Years songs. The London-based band has been the subject of endless hype (all deserved) for the past few years, and now they are releasing their debut album entitled Communion. The band’s music is a unique take on synth-pop in which they intertwine infectious dance beats and soulful lyrics. Consisting of Mikey Goldsworthy, Emre Turkmen and vocalist Olly Alexander, the trio is influenced by 90’s R&B artists such as TLC and Aaliyah. Releases today through Polydor Records.
If there was ever a museum to encourage a more physical kind of interaction with its installations, New York's Museum of Sex, or MoSex would be it. Each year, the art space invites a different agent to interpret the meaning of intimacy, and this year sees the notable Studio Droog appointed the position of chief seducer. Their installation, Splendor In The Grass, is a provocative, experiential playground that essentially turned the museum into a surreal, sexual, fun-house.
//HOW YOU GET SO FLY//
Talk about dedication; when Brooklyn-based rapper Prince Harvey’s hard drive and laptop crashed, he headed to the Soho Apple Store to record his debut album. Descriptively entitled Prince Harvey At The Apple Store: Soho or PHATASS for short, Harvey recorded his album over a span of four months. It consists of nothing more than human voices. Scheduled for release July 27. Livin' the dream.
//LANGUAGE IS A LIE AND SO ARE YOU//
For those of us who have been anxiously wondering what Joyce might have made of computer code and tech slang, or what a Beckett monologue might sound like if it was being recited by a young Silicon Valley billionaire, the wait is finally over. Joshua Cohen's new novel Book of Numbers (released by Random House this month) is a lot of things: post-modern dark comedy, conceptual pseudo-biography, but most of it is an exploration of how technology is changing not just the language that we speak, but the language by which we live our lives. For fans of Thomas Pynchon or David Foster Wallace, your new literary obsession may have just arrived.
It’s been a big week for average American sixteen-year old: Lily-Rose Depp. The Instagram celeb/gene-lottery winner, began by playing poker at Chanel’s Haute Couture show with mother Vanessa Paradis, and then finished the week with a rap video. Rejjie Snow included the yung star in the second half of his latest music video, in which she jams out to his slow-beat song, “All Around The World.” Week. crushed.
//GIMME THAT APPLE//
Adam has returned and he’s looking for his Eve. Back in 2002, a fifteenth-century six-foot-two marble statue of our original father fell to the ground and shattered. Now, after a twelve-year restoration project, the statue has been resurrected in a special gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To celebrate the return, Reid Farrington, a multimedia director, has created a live, interactive installation aptly titled “The Return.” The exhibition opens tomorrow, with about four shows a day.
Edited by Elaina Ransford.
Contributers: Devon Green, Katie Gavin, Irene Kim, Matthew Hart, Michael Esguerra, and Madeline Saxton-Beer.