Mesmerizing and haunting photos by Anna Skladmann. “Little Adults” is a series that explores what if feels like to grow up as a privileged child in Russia. I thought about the wonderful Up Series of documentaries by Michael Apted that explores the socio-economic background of British children. It will be curious to see where these “Little Adults” end up in seven years.
Another way of working outside the “Hollywood” model is to create a collective of your choice. A collective is a viable and exciting paradigm to work in, very exciting.
Fog and Smog is a creative collective of culture vultures from the SF Bay Area and Los Angeles. Some of us work as composers, some as film editors, producers, designers, deejays, animators, photographers, etc.
Our first project, “Whole Foods Parking Lot” was written produced and performed by DJDave aka David Wittman, and directed by George Woolley with Pedram Torbati. Jake Pushinsky cut it, and both Ben Kahle and Ben Marlbrough appear in supporting roles. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.
There’s a proverb that says that the fruit takes a long time to ripen, but it falls suddenly.
Illustration: Oscar Ramos Orozco
We are so busy absorbing information that we forgot to flush out our brains in order to complete the creative process. “Developing Your Creative Practice: Tips” from Brian Eno offers insight on how to develop a practice to facility a fruitful creative process.
Current neuroscience research confirms what creatives intuitively know about being innovative: that it usually happens in the shower. After focusing intently on a project or problem, the brain needs to fully disengage and relax in order for a “Eureka!” moment to arise. It’s often the mundane activities like taking a shower, driving, or taking a walk that lure great ideas to the surface. Composer Steve Reich, for instance, would ride the subway around New York when he was stuck.
A vast patchwork of kaleidoscopic colour, Holland’s tulip fields are clearly nothing to be sneezed at. From the air it looks as though a giant toddler armed with a box of super-sized crayons has been let loose on the Dutch countryside… if the lines weren’t quite so perfect.
Leave it to the French to find a strange and poignant beauty in the reeling and degraded remnants of the once-great American nation. This past April, after more than five years of exploration amid the back alleys, ruined halls, pot-holed streets, and emptied factories of the failing Queen of Midwestern Cities, Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre released their photographic homage to the place, The Ruins of Detroit. And the results of these two French artists’ prurient and somewhat sordid interest in the fallen city reveals—in much the same way that porn reveals—something about the hidden beliefs, latent habits of thought, and dark submerged impulses that exist in some subterranean place in the heart of our culture.