WATCH OF THE WEEK
To coincide with Dazed magazine’s latest summer issue, producer Ryan McGinley released short film “Up in Arms,” which highlights Gen Zs fighting for gun control. In the film, young activists such as Ruby and Christopher Underwood, who became involved in the movement after their brother was shot, and Brandon Wolf, a Pulse Nightclub shooting survivor, are dressed from head to toe in orange, otherwise known as the universal garb hunters wear to indicate “do not shoot.” Marching through the streets yelling “Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho the NRA has got to go!” and citing social media as the fuel that brings people together, the video showcases how Gen Zs are willing to fight for what they believe in both online and in real life.
Snapchat teamed up with artist Christian Marclay on Sound Stories, a series of immersive installations on display during this year’s Cannes Lions Festival in France. Utilizing content uploaded publicly to the app, Marclay and his team worked with Snap Inc.’s engineers to develop algorithms that transformed the footage into five unique visual and auditory experiences. For example, the installation entitled “Tinsel Loop” features a carefully curated series of posts with audio recreating Marclay’s original 2002 composition “Tinsel.” Meanwhile, “Talk to Me/Sing to Me” features smartphones hanging from the ceiling equipped with an algorithm that allows them to communicate with one another. The phones work together to listen to what is said, find the clips to match the sounds they are picking up, and play the same sounds back to visitors. Truly in the spirit of the festival, which celebrates creativity, the exhibition shows that, despite a rocky start to 2018, Snapchat isn’t out of ideas just yet.
If there’s two things Millennials love (besides avocado toast), it’s meet-ups and meals. Luckily, new concept Breakfast Club is combining the two for a global series of pop-up events. Founded by Emily Elise Miller, the egg-cellent concept takes the idea behind the traditional dinner party and ups the ante. Bringing together creatives in design innovation and the culinary arts, each event features a fast food offering designed by a notable chef and served at a chic restaurant during off hours. Whether it’s the acclaimed Pujol in Mexico City or the trendy Oregon-based eatery Kachka, the food is served in The Breakfast Club’s signature minimalist carton packaging. Mixing and matching people, chefs, locations, and menus, Breakfast Club offers a dining experience that is truly one of a kind.
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Calling all Animals! Kesha is taking to the sea and inviting fans along for “Kesha’s Weird & Wonderful Rainbow Ride,” a 4-day music festival cruise. Departing from Tampa, Florida and stopping in the Bahamas, the lineup thus far includes a medley of acts from artist like Betty Who and duo Superfruit to LGBTQ+ icons such as Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness and Bob The Drag Queen. The event will also feature not one but two Kesha shows, a Lip Sync contest hosted by the artist, “non-stop dance parties,” and more acts yet to be announced. While tickets are not yet on sale, die-hard fans can register for the pre-sale until June 24th for first dibs on tickets, which range from $895 to over $3k depending on accommodations.
Those of us who take dozens of photos at a time should download Gemini immediately. The new app uses machine learning to pick out the best images of a bunch so that users don’t have to. Operating on a monthly, annual, and one-time purchase model, the app considers photos that have already been edited or favorited, those with faces in them, portraits with eyes open, and nixes blurred photos and screenshots. The app then gives users a final opportunity to flip through the selected photos before the remaining are deleted. Freeing up both storage and time, Gemini is the perfect photo manager for Gen Z and Millennial Instagrammers who take thousands of photos to get the perfect shot.
Print is not dead, it’s simply going niche à la indie fashion magazine Renaissance. Composed of essays and photo-journals covering everything from work and travel to relationships and life discoveries, the biannual lifestyle publication also comes with a notable twist: it only features models 40 years and older and has a strict no photo retouching policy. With actresses like Academy Award winner Helen Mirren condemning the term “anti-aging” and The Good Place’s Jameela Jamil asking not to be airbrushed, women are more conscious than ever of the media’s role in creating unrealistic and harmful body standards focused on youth and “flawlessness.” Renaissance as a fashion magazine tackles both of these issues head-on in a triumphant celebration of women that showcases the beauty in aging.