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Jake Swantko on Documenting Ukraine after the Russian Invasion
by Chérmelle D. Edwards During a recent a trip into Bed-Stuy's Civil Service Café, we encountered an exhibit featuring photography from second-generation Ukrainian photographer and documentary filmmaker Jake Swantko's travels abroad. Some of these...
DESIGN
Carlo Scarpa's Casa Tabarelli, Rediscovered
From the peak of the Alps to the very tip of its boot, Italy is a country as rich in history as it is diverse in terrain. And though this is what makes the country so astonishing, it can also end up obscuring some of its most incredible cultural...
CULTURE
TED Prize Honors StoryCorps' David Isay
by Laura Feinstein Since 2003, journalist, radio documentarian and MacArthur Fellow David Isay has helped bring attention to the daily and intricate lives of ordinary Americans with his groundbreaking oral history project StoryCorps. Oft-replayed...
CULTURE
Kitra Cahana's Still Man Artwork
During the most recent TEDMED conference, photographer and documentarian Kitra Cahana delivered an empowering talk on triumph in the face of adversity. Her father, Rabbi Ronnie Cahana, suffered a stroke in his brainstem three years ago. Paralysis...
CULTURE
Off Piste: Nahanni Reforestation Photography Book
Nahanni Arntzen was born inside a teepee on the shore of the Kingcome River in remote British Columbia. Her parents were tree-planters, hired by logging companies to repopulate the large swaths of land left naked by clear cutting forestry operations...
CULTURE
Like Knows Like Documents Wasted Rita
Back in 2012, filmmaker Bas Berkhout and photographer Marije Kuiper launched a socially oriented side project together, known as Like Knows Like (LKL)—with an aim to make documentaries about the people they admired. The duo shot 10 films in the beginning...
CULTURE
Rebuilding Budapest's Skateboard Scene
In spite of what the stadium hosted competitions, televised events and billboard cameos may portray, much of the core skateboard industry is suffering. To combat this, a sub-sect of small, independent brands have popped up both stateside and in Northern...
CULTURE
Speed Sisters: The Middle East's All-Female Motor Racing Team
The Speed Sisters (aka Betty, Marah, Mona, Rhana and Noor) are the subject of a documentary by Amber Fares. The film—which is still in production—follows the lives of the Middle East's first all-female motor racing team, their struggles not only...
CULTURE
Apocalypse: A Bill Callahan Tour Film
Each track Bill Callahan crafted during his (thus far) 24-year career posses unfathomable depths of beauty and thought. There's an ever-intimate progression within the singer/songwriter's lyrics—moving, melodic and masterful—which all the while keeps...
CULTURE
Danny Lyon: The Bikeriders
Motorcycle culture has always held a place in American society and—thanks to iconic films like "The Wild Ones," "Stone" and "Easy Rider"—the concept of the outlaw biker has continued to intrigue those with wayward inclinations. With one hand on the...
CULTURE
Mistaken For Strangers
The National is a band of brothers. Twins Aaron and Bryce Dessner both play guitar and piano, while siblings Scott and Bryan Devendorf play bass and drums, respectively. Lead singer Matt Berninger is technically the fraternal outlier, but his friendships...
CULTURE
Interview: Frank Pavich, Director of Jodorowsky’s Dune
by Charlotte Anderson Some 10 years before David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of the popular science fiction novel "Dune" by Frank Herbert, Chilean-French filmmaker (and icon) Alejandro Jodorowsky was already penning his own screenplay. His goal was...
CULTURE
Fantastic Man
by Leo Walton Like many of us, you may have already enjoyed the fascinating and utterly infectious music of William Onyeabor. A mysterious Nigerian producer of the late '70s and early '80s, Onyeabor's cult-like status has recently grown beyond the...
CULTURE
Home Ground
The desolate region surrounding Iceland and Greenland is, in essence, pure wilderness. The landscape, the people—every aspect of the area is unique. While the two isolated countries share an impressive amount of geographic similarities, the native...
CULTURE
Kapital Creation: A Beijing State of Mind
Urbanization is a major global issue, but nowhere more pressing and extreme than in China. The country's urban population is expected to hit one billion over the next decade, according to the World Bank. Alongside unprecedented economic development...
CULTURE
Outerlands: Season One
Every now and then a project comes along that can make even the most jaded curmudgeon crack a smile—Outerlands is one of those projects. Video games are a diverse form of entertainment, and one that is oftentimes misunderstood, vilified or mocked...
TECH
Mysteries of the Unseen World
The current René Magritte exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC (which concludes on 12 January), titled "The Mystery of the Ordinary," showcased surrealist paintings by the Belgian artist that challenged the way the viewer would perceive...
CULTURE
Weekend of a Champion
by Katharine Erwin So often artists hold on to material and work, squirreling it away from the public due to timing or budget or perfectionism—half-painted masterpieces rolled up and forgotten, or handwritten novels tucked in a bottom drawer. Fortunately...
CULTURE
theFINproject by Timothy Hogan
Sometimes the most integral aspects of a craft receive the least attention. This rings especially true in surfboard design where the fin is often overlooked. But theFINproject, a new photo series and upcoming documentary by still-life and renowned...
CULTURE
WA State Fire Lookout Project
Few places garner the type of awe and admiration for the abundance of nature like the great Northwest. While its cities continue to produce an impressive crop of creativity, its wilderness remains in part uncharted but ever-enchanting. To keep the...
FOOD-DRINK
SOMM
How much do you know about wine? That's essentially the question that a few select candidates are asked each year at the Master Sommelier Exam. But the manner of questioning is far from straightforward, instead taking the form of a multi-day slugfest...
CULTURE
Interview: Jonathan Harris
We first spoke with artist Jonathan Harris six years ago and gained some insight into his process and work at the time. Since, Harris has continued to create extremely involved and engaging work, exploring the human condition through a technological...
TECH
Interview: Sugarkane Studio
In the few short years since forming Sugarkane, Milan-based duo Nicolò Cerioni and Leandro Manuel Emede have come to work with some of the most esteemed names in entertainment. The passion with which they take on any project—from music videos to...
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