If you’ve heard of JR but can’t put a face to the name, it’s no surprise. He’s kind of like the Banksy of France. No seriously, nobody actually knows exactly who he is, all they know is that he’s an extraordinary photographer and filmmaker. He also has completed some memorable street art in his time, and he’s won a TED prize. So basically, he’s a contemporary art god.
His latest film project, Les Bosquets, which roughly translates to “The Groves,” is based on the story of actor Ladj Ly and the New York City Ballet’s performance of “Les Bosquets,” which found its choreography inspired by the French suburb riots that took place nearly a decade ago.
What’s extraordinary about this trailer is that it incorporates just about every form of modern art—dance, music (did I mention that Pharrell Williams helped compose some of the beats?), street art, performance, and photography. If there’s any video that testifies to JR’s mastery of the arts, it may just be this one. Do yourself a favor and watch it.
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You might not recognize his name, but you’ve definitely seen Jean Jullien‘s work. His illustrations have appeared on magazine covers to billboards, each one combined with his trademark observational humor and crudely drawn characters. Jullien’s philosophy is bringing the artistic side to everyday practical design. In both his commissioned and personal work, he explores topics like modern relationships, media consumption, and our insatiable appetite for validation in a way that’s witty and thought-provoking. The pieces in the gallery above were featured in a recent exhibition at Kemistry Gallery, but you can browse more of his recent work here.
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Eli Wilde’s poetry collection The Lines muses on the dark nature of obsession, fantasy, and loneliness. Each piece is just one section in a larger narrative, which turns out to be the story of a young man who has just broken up with his French girlfriend and is returning to his native London. On the train home, the narrator muses on how isolated he feels in comparison to the happy memories of the life he had in Paris with his ex-girlfriend. Slowly but surely, his obsession with the former love of his life becomes incredibly creepy and obsessive as now everything on the train begins to remind the young British man of the woman he left behind in Paris.
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Anne Plantagenet’s historical novel The Last Rendezvous brings the world of Romantic poet and actress Marceline Desbordes to life, down to the last detail. In a time period where women were frowned upon for putting pen to paper, Desbordes defied convention and became the only female author amongst Paul Verlaine’s group of “accursed poets,” a group that included Victor Hugo, Alfred de Vigny, and Charles Baudelaire. Plantagenet’s novel reveals how even though Desbordes found some stability in her turbulent life with her husband Prosper Valmore, it’s not until she begins her affair with an wealthy man named Henri de LaTouche that her poetry climbs to its greatest heights.
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Anthony Doerr, the award-winning writer behind the novel All The Light We Cannot See, sat down with Simon & Schuster to talk about where he got the inspiration for his World War II era novel. In the video he tells a story about how he noticed a man in front of him one day complaining about his cell reception. Doerr thought it was odd, as the stranger took for granted the gift of technology that allowed him to talk to someone far away. It was his epiphany about the miracle of technology that finally got the novelist to sit down and write a piece based on how awesome it is to be able to talk to someone using a small metal object, because “for most of the history of humanity, that was a strange idea.” Whether it’s a cell phone or a radio, Doerr ends the interview by saying that he hoped he accurately portrayed the magic of communicating with someone from a far distance and how technology has always captured our minds, even from the very beginning.
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