Lost Recordings Old answering machines, tape decks and analog reels color a new series of enigmatic short films from design and lifestyle brand Moooi. Lost Recordings was made in collaboration with The Apiary—an Australian-born, Berlin-based directing duo who work across fashion, design, advertising and the arts
Yellow Using mixed filming formats, photography and cinematic styling, LA-based director Anthony Pham explores the significance of the word ‘yellow’—a pejorative term used to describe people of East or Southeast Asian descent. Pham’s short documentary collects different interpretations of the racial slur from a diverse cross-section of Asian personalities, which include director and actor Justin Chon, femdom practitioner Mistress Lucy Sweetkill, visual artist and NOWNESS contributor Andrew Thomas Huang, and model and transgender advocate Geena Rocero. “Yellow manifests the power of this traditionally racial term,” says the director, “it reveals personal struggles with Asian stereotypes, and questions, as well as goes in search of, a space for ownership and disruption.” The film is poetic, fluid and engenders intimacy between the audience and the central figures who candidly speak about their personal experiences and reconciliation with—or total rejection of—the term ‘yellow’. “This film sends out a universal message to all who are seeking a glitch in the dominant narrative,” says Pham, “A space between full submission and subversion, and an unapologetic way to celebrate fluidity and freedom.”
Deep Clean London-based director David Wilson, known for his music video work for Arctic Monkeys, Tame Impala, and Christine and the Queens, celebrates self-pleasure and the joys of objectophilia with an exquisite dance routine set to the global smash hit song “Sexual” by Neiked and Dyo. “We live in a time where queer aesthetics and the rainbow pride flag are marketed and sold like candy,” says Wilson, whose project is an adaption of an illustrious stage performance from Blackpool-born theater-maker Harry Clayton-Wright, who makes amorous advances towards the well-oiled handle of a vintage vacuum cleaner “It feels like the fluffy, fun parts of our community are peppering TV, film and commercials, but it’s ultra-selective as they’re only choosing areas that are palatable to a heteronormative audience,” says Wilson, who combines the charming color palette of a Wes Anderson movie with Freddie Mercury’s iconic vacuum cleaner dance number to boldly reclaim queer culture. “Five locations turned us down and insurance companies wouldn’t touch us because of the explicit sexual content,” says Clayton-Wright, who stars in the project.
Chapters of Food: Turkey and the Wolf In a city famous for its po’boy spots and gumbo joints, there’s one chef who has ripped up the New Orleans cookbook and stuck it back together with a slice of whit and a heavy dollop of whimsy. Founder, owner and all-round cool cook Mason Hereford opened Turkey and the Wolf as a casual sandwich shop in 2016
Sound & Vision: Immortal Lands Last year British multimedia artist Alexander James spent time living and filming on the road in the Arizona and New Mexico deserts. The raw footage he collected during his travels went on to form the foundation of this multilayered project investigating memory and personal experience through the aesthetic lens of thermal imagery. “I often had lucid dreams that I believe were directly manipulated by the atmosphere of the desert,” says James, who directed reenactments of his waking hallucinations in Immortal Lands
Nowness Experiments: Jacolby Satterwhite – Avenue B As part of our new series of moving-image premieres and live exhibitions, Nowness Experiments, we welcome digital video artist, performer and musical creator Jacolby Satterwhite to the screen. Based in New York and globally recognised as a leading multidisciplinary artistic voice, Solange collaborator Satterwhite tells us below about his new multi-channel project—the six-minute version of which we’re premiering in support of his recent album release, Love Will Find A Way Home, as PAT, the collaborative name for the musical duo he’s part of with musician Nick Weiss from Teengirl Fantasy. Stay tuned to Nowness for the full-length version of Avenue B, coming soon…
SELF 05: A Night In Shanghai Known for producing films that careen from martial arts epics to romantic comedies with enigmatic plotlines, Chinese director Wong Kar Wai curates the fifth installment of SELF, a multidisciplinary arts project conceived by Saint Laurent Artistic Director Anthony Vaccarello. Like its predecessors, A Night In Shanghai evokes the fashion house’s attitude of confidence, individuality and self-expression.
Roots for a Crown Written and directed by Sierra Leonean via London poet Julianknxx, Roots for a Crown explores the negative perceptions and prejudice surrounding locked hair. In this imaginative docufiction, various storytellers delve into the symbolism and traditions behind their locks, and discuss how their hair has become an aesthetic marker of ancestral identity.
Solitary Dancer: Violence of the Lambs Neo-noir electro duo Solitary Dancer reached out to Ivorian-Ghanaian filmmaker Will Niava to develop a video concept that dealt with issues of racial inequality and systemic oppression. The Montreal-based musicians explain how, Violence of the Lambs, the first track from their new LP, was purpose-written with the idea for the video in mind, and “prompted by growing frustration with the state of law enforcement.” This film follows a trio of young men and their altercation with a hot-tempered off-duty police officer who racially profiles the only black member of the group. The music is as intrinsic to the plot as the action, with corroded synthesizer sounds and thumping bass keeping pace with the rising animosity between the central characters. “Growing up in Ghana and Ivory Coast, police brutality is something I’ve experienced and witnessed on numerous occasions,” says Niava.
In Residence: Sue Webster When an entire residential road lost power and an eight-foot sinkhole opened up in the street, the north London council of Hackney could no longer turn a blind eye to the rumours surrounding the ‘mole man house’—a property owned by notorious amateur tunneller William Lyttle. When British artist Sue Webster purchased the property at auction in 2014, she was well aware of the former owner’s illustrious history.