Outlandishly Coping With The Apprehensions of Adulthood
Last night, a friend and I were discussing the new faces of art/life/other-things-of-the-like, and he mentioned Ray Tintori, a new young name in film, who recently directed this video by MGMT. Below is the youtube video but given the aesthetic purposes of the video I recommend watching the higher resolution here. Regardless of whether you’re interested in the video, the song pretty great in itself.
We talked about what motivates these reasons for using low-grad equipment and fidelity and the possibilities of it being more emotive and effective than strenuous attempts of “professionalism.” Of course, other such proponents of this freewheeling expression that where mentioned was of course those kooky kids from Wham! City. One of the most notable elements of the music video is the idea of the occult, which has curiously become a large point of interest with young people these days as well as other artists such as Animal Collective.
Another interesting area where these themes have been present in the artistic world was 100 years ago in France with the Northern-Paris collective who called themselves Les Nabis (meaning “the prophets” in French). Similar to the aforementioned artists, the Nabis painters such as Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard were interested in using heavy-handed brush strokes in order to evoke the emotion in their subjects and pay more attention to the idea of color rather than theme.
Now don’t misread this, I’m not simply trying to name drop; moreover, I’ve noticed that responses have been floundering on the blog I hope that this will spark an open discussion on some of the techniques discussed and whether or not they seem as credible as I might be led to think.
Ray Tintori’s first short film can be found here.