Support the Brooklyn ‘Flex Is Kings’ Street Dance Documentary

We’re big fans of the street dance documentary, Flex is Kings. Check out the trailer above and be sure to visit their Kickstarter page to support finishing this film. They are hosting a fundraiser tonight with a live concert and special performance.

When: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Doors 7:30 pm
Performance 8:00 pm

Where: Bond Street Theater
303 Bond Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
SUBWAY: F/G to Carroll, M/R to Union

Also Flex is Kings won Project of the Week on IndieWire. Now, we enter Round Two – Flex Is Kings is in the running for Project of the Month. If we win, we’ll get a meeting with Sundance. We need your votes.

Voting ends Friday at 5pm EST, so vote now and vote from every IP address you have. Note: every computer and phone has a distinct address – vote from all your devices and tell all your friends.  Three clicks, no personal info and you’ve helped us tremendously

Flex Is Kings is an independent feature length documentary about street dance in Brooklyn. It’s almost done and now we need your help!

This is a story of urban improbability. East New York is an impoverished section of Kings County with one of the highest crime rates in the borough. And yet a large and growing group of young men have transformed their streets into a stage.

Flex Is Kings looks at the culture of flexing, a unique and vibrant dance form in deep Brooklyn, and the realities of the dancers who practice it. We, the filmmakers, have followed a group of dancers for over two years and have shot over 275 hours of film.

Flex dancing channels the grittiness of East New York into choreographed violence: guns battle, bones break, and hearts are ripped from chests. Using dance to illustrate their everyday lives and their inner aspirations, dancers jump into beautiful and imaginative dream logic and feats of daring: monsters roam train cars, young lovers meet, souls fly from bodies.

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Stepping Into the Creator’s Mind

“One must from time to time attempt things that are beyond one’s capacity.” Auguste Renoir

The Creators Project was the City’s best kept secret this past weekend. For those who are unaware, the Creators Project is an ongoing global arts and technology initiative created by Intel and Vice in order to support visionary artists, musicians, and filmmakers who are using technology to push the bounds of creative expansion. The energy and intent behind this event was clear and successfully executed. Boundaries were pushed into unknown fields. Numerous exhibits visibly left participants lost for words and musical acts conjured tears of joy and appreciation.

Saturday was nothing less of a quintessential fall day. The abundance of joy from DUMBO’s sea of guests palpably radiated off their skin and into the cool October breeze. Vice and Intel had strategically planned out every underlining detail for the day. The crowd was the perfect size (you never had to wait in line for anything and could move around freely without ever feeling cramped), security was tight and on-point, all of the pop up spaces were flawless and original, VICE’s onsite team was hands on and helpful, and the event truly revolved around the art. A wrist band and email RSVP confirmation were required to attend the event (Saturday only). Once the blue band was secured, you were allowed to walk freely to and from the various buildings housing installations.

A few of photos from the galleries are displayed below, yet these mirrored images do not serve the sculptures justice. ORIGIN, for example, morphed into a glow in the dark rubix cube once the sun set in the sky. Hundreds of participants were found laying down on the floor of the installation, absorbing the vibrations of the sounds and looking into the sky of changing colors. ORIGIN is open through the 23rd of the month, we urge you to go check it out! The musical shows we were able to catch moved us beyond words. The archway was a treat of venue- hosting a very European, outdoor and natural aroma. The shape the arch created its own echo and captured lingering sound beautifully. The masterminds behind the soundboards knew how the manipulate this as A$AP ROCKY + CLAMS CASINO, Four Tet, and Florence + the Machine all hailed high from the stage.

This was one of the most put together, well organized, and artfully mesmerizing events I had experienced in a long while. Click here to check out the full photo gallery here. We can not thank VICE and Intel enough for the opportunity to be part of the Creators Project and we can’t wait for next year!

R&Dazzle is an asymmetrical, graphically camouflaged structure that hides within it an inverted kaleidoscope of color and fractured light. Using simple materials like wood and paper in their constructions, SOFTlab pioneered a new design practice that is perfectly in step with the future.

DISKINECT: By Team Diskinect
DisKinect explores the disconnect that exists between virtual and physical reality. Using a hacked Kinect controller, users contral a four-foot puppet suspended in mid-air. The puppet mirrors the user’s movements in an imperfect symbolic gesture that references the way our digital representations take on lives of their own.

SIX-FOURTY BY FOUR-EIGHTY By: Zigelbaum + Coelho
What if pixels could break free from the confines of the screen and into our physical environment? That’s the idea behind Six-Forty by Four- Eighty, an interactive lighting installation composted of magnetic, physical pixels. The pixels change color in response to touch and communicate with each other using the body as a conduit for digital information.

STRATA #4 By: Quayola
Quayola’s Strata series studies the visual language of classical paintings and architecture , using custom software to analyze and deconstruct the improbable tensions and collisions existing between the old and new. In this multi-channel immersive video installation Strata #4, he takes inspiration from works of Flemish masters like Rubens and Van Dyck, creating an unlikely harmonious dialogue between classic and digital aesthetics.

ORIGIN By: United Visual Artists, with music from Scanner
Origin is UVA’s latest work in a year-long project from The Studio, which begin with the re-design of Coachella’s main stage. There, UVA presented a moving mass of light, metal, and sound, before transforming the same sculpture into two more forms. Now, they present a 30-foot audio-visual cubic lattice- the largest interactive work they’ve ever created.

SOIL By: Cantoni +Crescenti
Soil is a multi-paneled seesaw from Brazilian Creators Cantoni + Crescenti. The piece is a reactive, aluminum floor installation composed of 50 planes that undulate as you walk across, throwing your world off-kilter. The duo custom design every component of their interactive projects-from nuts of bolts-creating pieces that are stunning to both see and physically experience.

Chairlift performing at the Archway.

A$AP Rocky + Clams Casino performing at the Archway.

The packed crowd at the Archway during Fourtet.

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Stop The Virgens: A Psycho Opera Co-Created By Karen O

Murmurs starting surfacing of Karen O’s psycho opera, Stop The Virgens, a few months back. However, details were kept to a minimum leaving curious imaginations to run wild. Karen O, best known as the front woman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and her for audacious fashion statements, has never been shy when it comes to expressing her true self. Musically, she has received Grammy and MTV VMA nominations for her work with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs,  scored tracks for feature films Where the Wild Things Are and Jackass, and played alongside Bjork, The White Stripes, and The Strokes. But does she have what it takes to make a successful opera? This traditional classical music genre is rarely depicted in the main stream. Yet, the standard definition of an opera is ‘an art form in which singers and musicians perform a dramatic work combining text and a musical score’.

Of course she has what it takes to make this perform piece phenomenal. Karen’s partner in crime, Christian Joy, is responsible for creating the costumes for the show. Her designs are imaginative, inspiring, and make you wish you could take a walk through his brain just to get a glimpse of how she views the world.

Karen stated: I have a pretty good idea of what the psycho opera is about but I wouldn’t dare try and put it into my clumsy words. I’m hoping to create an original live experience, it should feel like a psychedelic ride laced with catharsis. There is emotional cost to our narrative so we’re aiming to engage the audience, this piece isn’t aiming to be all about spectacle or abstraction though there is good helping of both in the production. It’s aiming to have all the good stuff of escapist entertainment with a few sucker punches to the gut along the way. I’m in the camp that needs to discover and take risks, sometimes it’s with the promise of something special and new, sometimes it’s to stay awake, either way it’s much more stressful with all the uncertainty but worth the pain in the end.

Stop The Virgens has been described as “an assault on the tragic joys of youth, fever dreams drenched in visual seduction, a cathartic spell spun through a cycle of nine songs”. The psycho opera is being produced by The Creators Project and will be taking place October 12-22 at Saint Ann’s Warehouse in DUMBO. Tickets start at $45. Click here to purchase tickets.

Co-created by Karen O & KK Barrett
Music Direction by Sam Spiegel & Nick Zinner
Directed by Adam Rapp

Featuring Money Mark, Jack Lawrence, Patrick Keeler, Brian Chase, Nick Zinner, Jason Grisell, Gillian Rivers, Yuiko Kamakari, Justin Kantor and Lili Taylor

Choreography by Mariangela Lopez
Choir Direction by Debra Barsha
Costume Design by Christian Joy
Make Up and Hair design by Mike Potter
Projection Design by Darrel Maloney
Lighting Design by Keith Parham
Sound Design by Andres Velasquez

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The Creators Project Returns to NYC this October

This fall, The Creators Project is returning the place where it all began – New York City. From October 13-16, The Creators Project will take over DUMBO in Brooklyn to bring us a wild mix of art installations, film screenings and musical performances, including a Karen O psycho opera. The New York event will cap off a global tour that started at Coachella, and continued to Lyon, Paris, São Paulo, Seoul and Beijing.

I know I sound like a broken record when it comes to my love for The Creators Project, but I definitely think it’s one of the coolest arts initiatives of our generation, and you’d be a fool to miss it. More details will emerge as the event approaches. In the meantime, follow @CreatorsProject on Twitter for the latest updates.

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Mobroder- Rush (Nile Delta Remix) Video

Scion A/V Presents: Mobroder – Rush (Nile Delta Remix) from Scion A/V on Vimeo.

Spank Rock launched his new side project with DJ Hoff and Blu Jemz, ‘Mobroder‘, late last year. This project has revived the Italo Disco’s spacey sound with drum machines, smooth synths, and vocoders. The cinematography is also wanting to reflect the same 80′s feel, without going overboard. Yes, this video surfaced a few months ago, but it’s a beautiful ear worm you should lend three minutes and twenty-seven seconds of your time (too if you haven’t already). Cheers

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Into the Woods and Far From Home: Daedelus, 12th Planet and Gaslamp Killer

Into The Woods is a collective of filmmakers from the pacific northwest who shoot bands and DJs in unusual places. I recently had the experience of watching this crew at my home to shoot a piece for San Francisco based band Young Prisms, and I even took some time to film with the collective behind the camera. The amount of equipment used to record the sounds and video was staggering, and I have to admire their expertise in capturing moments that I can only describe as magic off the stage. With the same likeliness, when I came across the footage of their encounters with Daedelus, 12th Planet and Gaslamp Killer, I was not surprised by the sheer quality and sentiments of these videos. Even more magical is how these moments are captured. The videos and performances exude raw and unique qualities that encapsulate the artists’ character and charisma - no crowds, just the artist and their nuance off the beaten path. Check out the refreshing videos after the jump, along with snippets of what Into The Woods had to say about the happenstance of  their encounters.

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A Collaboration of Epic Proportions: Chilly Gonzales’ Ivory Tower

After a summer of anticipation (and an iPad commercial, to boot), we finally got our hands on Chilly Gonzales’ Ivory Tower. Produced by electro heavyweight Boys Noize, Ivory Tower is hands-down one of the most unique and original albums I’ve ever heard. A classically-trained Pianist, Gonzales is no stranger to the world of collaboration, having worked with Peaches, Jamie Lidell, and Feist. Though the two artists come from opposite ends of the musical spectrum, the convergence of their distinct styles has resulted in a truly epic album.

And it doesn’t stop there. Ivory Tower is also the title of the accompanying film directed by Adam Traynor and starring Gonzales, Tiga and Peaches. For a preview of the film, watch the music video for “I Am Europe” below, and be sure to check out the sneak preview (and only scheduled NYC showing) of Ivory Tower at the Galapagos Art Space in Brooklyn on September 21, during which Gonzales will perform a 30-minute solo show [tickets].

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The Creators Project Conquers London

Last Saturday, The Creators Project held their second of five global events at the Victoria House in London. The exhibitions, screenings and panels were open to the public during the day from 12 PM – 6 PM, followed by a private party in the evening, which featured an array of musical performances and DJ sets from 9 PM – 3 AM.


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Contest: Fly to London for The Creators Project

If you missed out on the party of the year (or if you were one of the lucky few to attend), here’s your shot at redemption: Jetsetter is giving away a trip for two to London – including travel and hotel accommodations – so you can experience the Creators Project overseas. London is the second stop on their five-city global tour this summer. In addition to numerous art exhibitions and film screenings, the event will also feature performances by Mark Ronson & The Business INTL, Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Filthy Dukes, Trevor Jackson, Mumdance, Flats, Yuck and Hudson Mohawke.


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London Calling: Lovebox, FabricLive and The Creators Project (Take 2)

It may sound backwards to plan the dates of our vacation around the layover, but when we found out we’d be flying through the dubstep capital of the world on our way to Greece, we couldn’t resist. Our weekend of choice? July 16-19… find out why, after the jump.

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