Anwar Batte

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I grew up on the Internet, which explains a lot.

See Artist Nam June Paik's Weird Retro Vision of the Future of TV

See Artist Nam June Paik’s Weird Retro Vision of the Future of TV

The legendary video artist Nam June Paik‘s Global Groove is a music video that comes with this introduction: “This is a glimpse of a video landscape of tomorrow when you will be able to switch on any TV station on the earth and TV guides will be as fat as the Manhattan telephone book.” The…

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The Coolest Undressing You'll Ever See (NSFW, Obviously)
The Coolest Undressing You’ll Ever See (NSFW, Obviously)

Check out this visually captivating scene from the Dimitris Papaioannou-directed dance Nowhere. Proceeding in near silence, two dozen dancers work in close concert to (of course) undress a couple. Dedicated to legendary dancer and choreographer Pina Bausch, who received a tribute film of her own a couple of years after her 2009 death, Papaioannou tries to…

“Breathless,” a Series of Cinemagraphs That Make Suffocation Morbidly Funny

The cinemagraph is a relatively new and simple artistic format: the trend involves GIFs that look more like photographs, in which only a specific part of the image moves. (If you were ever into the brief popularity of Cinemagram, you’ve seen these.) Spanish-born filmmaker Diego Agulló decided cinemagraphs would make an ideal medium for a series…

Christina Vantzou:
Christina Vantzou: “VHS (Loscil Remix)”

Here’s my pitch for the slept-on music story of 2014: Christina Vantzou establishes herself as undisputed queen of Beautiful-White-Women-Moving-in Slow-Motion-to-Equally Beautiful-Music. Drawing from a collection of remixes from her latest album Nº2, the video for “VHS (Loscil Remix)” is a kind of motion study, featuring one actress performing a series of turns and steps. On Facebook,…

Rare Footage of Malcolm X Showing His Humorous Side on British TV
Rare Footage of Malcolm X Showing His Humorous Side on British TV

From the way most of us are taught history, you’d be surprised to learn Malcolm X—El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, at the time this interview was conducted in late 1964—ever smiled. The juxtaposition of his evolving black nationalism with MLK-style integration rightly depicts his politics as more antagonistic but less accurately suggests humorlessness. Fortunately, that’s where YouTube…

“Whole,” a Danish Short Animation About Getting Over Breakups and Finding One’s Power Animal

Lying in bed, depressed over a lost love, Ingeborg feels anything but whole. But when her friend drags her out to party while she’s not even slightly in the mood, she ends up on a spiritual journey reminiscent of (mainstream understandings of) Native American vision quests. Whole works largely on the weight of its polished…

Watch Fractured Animation in Xiu Xiu's
Watch Fractured Animation in Xiu Xiu’s “Botanica de Los Angeles” Video

Fans of Xiu Xiu‘s (aka Jamie Stewart plus interchangeable women) well-established brand of tortured, noisy experimentation will be happy to see the video for “Botanica de Los Angeles” fits comfortably into their corpus. The viewer is “treated” to a collaged protagonist who appears to be coming mentally undone almost as fast as the world around…