David Bowie has been the star of a number of beautiful videos in 2013 – notably his own, which have been directed by the sickeningly talented Floria Sigismondi. In the Louis Vuitton campaign film ‘L’Invitation au Voyage’, directed by Romain Gavras, Bowie performs a unique version of ‘I’d Rather Be High’ for Arizona Muse at a lavish Venetian party…or does he? You can watch the full director’s cut below.
This luxurious, high end advert is in complete contrast to Romain Gavras’ usual body of work – which includes gritty, controversial videos for the likes of M.I.A and Adidas. I find it quite surprising that Vuitton enlisted him to direct this video, but I’m glad they did.
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This wry GIF, by New York-based illustrator Beomyoung Sohn, is part of a project called ‘Dummymen‘. The repetitive animation shows our mindless addiction to brands and consumerism as well as, presumably, our loss of individuality as a result. The project, which is still a work in progress, has got a really dark, nihilistic humour to it that reminds me of work by Banksy and Jake and Dinos Chapman. It’s amazing how many brand logos have been squeezed onto all the faces of each block; every time I think I’ve spotted all of them, I’ll see one that I haven’t noticed yet – like the ones for CNN and FedEx, which are partly hidden.
If you like this, then you’ll probably like the hilariously horrible cartoon by Steve Cutts that I posted previously.
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Jérémie Rozan, founder of Surface to Air, has directed an excitingly futuristic video for Louis Vuitton’s jewelley line. Soundtracked by Justice’s ‘Planisphere‘, and starring Alana Zimmer, everything works together perfectly. See it for yourself by watching the video!
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Kazuki Guzmán has recreated Louis Vuitton’s signature print on bananas! The natural properties of the banana mean that the skins can be “etched” into.
This is a really nice film about Yayoi Kusama by Louis Vuitton. It’s an excellent roundup of her work, set to a whimsical little piece of music.
I especially appreciate this, because when I went to see the Kusama exhibition at Tate Modern, I had planned on going back through the exhibition to revisit some of my favourite pieces, you know, maybe see how her recent work compared to her earlier stuff – that kind of thing. Unfortunately, I wasn’t allowed to do this, because once I’d reached the end of the exhibition and attempted to turn back, some horrible old bat with a large polka-tentacle on her face (it was some kind of mole, but I’d like to think that her growth sort of resembled something Yayoi Kusama would see on her anyway) told me that there was “no re-entry”. This didn’t really make sense as I hadn’t actually left the exhibition, but never mind. I mean, whatever. I’m not bitter about it or anything…
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