Wednesday, 14 May 2008

An Ambiguous Animation Painted on Public Walls

MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.

This is AMAZING, right? I'm not the only one who thinks it is, am I?

It makes me think of the artwork for the Beck album 'Guero' (under-rated, imho) by Marcel Dzama, both in terms of the style and in the general strange-ness. I so prefer this to Banksy. I begrudgingly respect certain of his work, and if I look in my heart of hearts I suppose that if he wasn't quite so famous I might like him a bit more. But it's a bit self-consciously controversial, a bit "ooh-look-at-me-I'm-SUBVERSIVE). He makes me think of this thing what Tina Fey said:

RD: What pleases you more, applause or laughter?
Fey: Laughter. You can prompt applause with a sign. My friend, SNL writer Seth Meyers, coined the term clapter, which is when you do a political joke and people go, "Woo-hoo." It means they sort of approve but didn't really like it that much. You hear a lot of that on [whispers] The Daily Show.

(From an interview with Reader's Digest)

Basically it just comes down to the fact that I'd much rather have a cup of tea with the person who created this:...than the person who created this. Not that cup-of-tea-a-bility should be the criterion on which to base a view of art, but whatever dude.
I infinitely prefer the Banks who sings on this track to the aforementioned Banksy. And here also is a bonus track off of Guero, and a lovely track it is too:

mp3: Interpol - Specialist
(taken from The Black EP)

mp3: Beck - Send a Message to Her
(taken from the UK version of Guero)

Did you download those tracks? Seriously, you should feel guilty for at least eighteen seconds if you didn't, coz they're both really bloody good. REALLY BLOODY GOOD. Yahearme?? You know what's good for you. Do it. Do it now. Do it do it do it do it do it do it do it now.

P.S. New Beck album next month - yaaaaaaay :)

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