St Vincent wants all of your mind

Category: Film / Multimedia, Music, Performing Arts

Let me begin by saying that I have a major crush on St Vincent. She consistently writes clever lyrics, can play 13 different instruments (and arrange them into catchy, yet darkly satirical pop/rock tunes), is a kick-ass guitar player, knows fancy soccer moves, has collaborated with David Byrne and has an impressive hair do. Her latest, self-titled, album came out recently and is one that really grows on you the more you listen to it. So many great musical moments to discover—its got the intricate melodies, the raw guitar riffs, the dreamy vocals, the bellowing horns, the biting lyrics. St Vincent succeeds at creating tracks full of tension and dissonance. We are pulled in by a catchy tune, automatically bobbing along only to be disrupted by grating guitar or unexpectedly forthright lyrics. She knows how to keep the listener on their toes.

Digital Witness, a jab at the Facebook/Twitter/Instagram generation, is not my favourite track from this album but the video (directed by Chino Moya) is stunning. A series of impeccably composed shots drenched in mustard yellow, sickly chartreuse, sea-green, mint—this is worth the watch for the colour coordination alone. St Vincent appears in larger-than life, eerily familiar industrial environments and in stripped back interiors reminiscent of The Office. She leads her proletariat with rhythmic nods, in sync with the abstracted, empty, mechanized movements performed by the workers. I am reminded of Isobelle Wenzel’s Building Images photographic series of office workers contorted in absurd positions.

Watch Digital Witness above, and then do give the full album a listen! She is on tour in the U.S, the U.K and Europe over the next few months and is an amazing performer live so catch her if you can.

Anna Tokareva

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Moving Image Arts (Film/ Video)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Contemporary Music

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
http://www.naba.it/

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Bachelor of Art in Media Design and Multimedia Arts
Masters of Art in Film and New Media

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Nomad X—space exploration meets heartbreak

Category: Animation, Film / Multimedia, Gaming

To some, this imagery may elicit a bout of nostalgia for hours blissfully spent avoiding homework and navigating the depths of pixelated outer space…Well believe me, you haven’t quite experienced it like this before! Nomad X is a short film by animator Kristian Andrews, that takes on the guise of a classic space simulator game from the 90′s. Heavily inspired by David Braben’s Frontier Elite, a playthrough of Nomad X is narrated by a fictional fan in the manner of thousands of Let’s Plays that can be found on You Tube. All starts off OK despite an intermittent, annoyingly persistent cough. But the narration of the gameplay soon becomes intertwined with a tale of the gamer’s degenerating relationship with his now ex-girlfriend, culminating in physical conflict as the spaceship runs into trouble onscreen.

It’s somewhat of a strange concept, but it works! Nomad X manages to combine quirkiness with moments of hilarious dialogue of a dejected lover. And I love the the colour palette of dusty maroons, navy, and power pink that emerges from the black void. Despite the novel appearance and funny dialogue, an air of poignancy does linger after watching the short. It’s sad to think that this guy’s love for video games probably sabotaged his relationship, and it’s now also the only thing he finds consolation in.

Kristian Andrews has made several wonderfully animated shorts. Stylistically they are very different from Nomad X, being hand-drawn and sketchy. All of his works express small, personal-derived narratives that are universally easy to relate to, which is partly what makes them so successful. He is currently working on Bang, a short developed at a residency last year. When not dreaming up a new short film, Andrews directs commercial briefs at award-winning Studio AKA.

Anna Tokareva

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Media Design School

Premium Design Academy in Auckland, New Zealand
http://www.mediadesignschool.com/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor Software Engineering (Game Programming)
Bachelor of Creative Technologies (Game Art)
Bachelor of Art and Design (3D Animation and Visual Effects)

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Arts
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Moving Image Arts (Film/ Video)

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NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti

Milan, Italy
http://www.naba.it/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Art in Media Design and Multimedia Arts

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NewSchool of Architecture + Design

San Diego, California
http://www.newschoolarch.edu/

Relevant Courses:

Bachelor of Science in Digital Media Arts
Bachelor of Arts in Animation
Bachelor of Arts in Game Art

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State of Mind

Category: VisionFest Video Competition

An experimental short featuring a dancer going inside her dreamy inner thoughts.

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Jungle’s hypnotic grooves

Category: Film / Multimedia, Music




You may have already come across Jungle’s Platoon video featuring the incredible six-year-old B-Girl Terra (i.e coolest girl on the planet). Well, after obsessing over that track for a while, I can’t get enough of The Heat. Like Platoon, a simple backdrop sets the scene, but what looks like an abandoned warehouse is soon transformed into a stage for the smoothest roller-skating I have ever seen. The featured duo is part of the High Rollaz UK skate crew, whose self-described aim is to “to inspire and share their skill and love for skating with the world.” How awesome is that?! Though Jungle have only released two videos, a coherent visual aesthetic and philosophy is already becoming apparent. I love the fact that, in conjunction with making great music, they are providing space to showcase other amazing talent.

Jungle’s motivations are clearly not focused on stealing the spotlight—they are notorious for their enigmatic ways, refusing to give any clear clues to their identity. It seems that the core duo goes by “J” and “T” in interviews, working with a growing group of musicians and cohorts. Check out their live performance of Platoon at BBC studios, it’s all shadows and mystery in black and white, and their live set sounds seamless.

Jungle’s music is texturally rich, it hooks you in with its mesmeric grooves, soulful vocals, electro-funk influences and 80s hip-hop nostalgia. I am seriously addicted, I have played their four existing tracks at least twice every day for the past two weeks. If you haven’t listened to them yet, click play and get ready to get hooked! And check out their website for tour dates, they will be playing in Europe, the U.K and the U.S throughout March.

Anna Tokareva

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Santa Fe University of Art and Design

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.santafeuniversity.edu/

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Moving Image Arts (Film/ Video)
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Contemporary Music

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Flatness

Category: VisionFest Video Competition

Flatness is an audio synchronized video creation with capability of being displayed solely as a silent piece for frontier’s media contest.

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