The Media Disconnect

Video director Carl Burgess' work takes on mass media

“Art in advertising? Why would anyone do that after Warhol?” The joke may come from the most recent episode of Mad Men, but the punchline is just as clear in Carl Burgess’ video for “Drugs“—Ratatat’s latest single off their album LP4. Composed solely of stock footage typically reserved for the likes of corny law firm or pharmaceutical commercials, Burgess points to the absurdity of these …

Marco Brambilla: From Civilization To Power

CH exclusive: The making of Kanye West's newest music video "Power" with its artist/director

Kanye West has been kicking up controversy right and left recently—showing up at both the Facebook and Twitter HQs, turning his teeth to diamonds and engaging the public with his crude and prolific Tweets. After noticing Marco Brambilla‘s “Civilization” video installation in the elevators at The Standard New York Hotel in 2009, Kanye not only wrote about it on his blog, he commissioned the experimental …

Siku Ya Baadaye

The latest "Afropean" music videos from Congolese artist Baloji

The images and sounds of Europe and Africa clash in Congolese artist Baloji’s new music video “Siku Ya Baadaye.” His video reflects his sound, a blend of hip-hop lyrics with distinct African instrumentals, that has made fans of other hybrid genre musicians like Vampire Weekend and Beck. Calling himself “Afropean,” the Congo-born and Belgium-raised artist is quickly becoming known for both his stylized music videos …