ALTERNATIVE MEDIA

If you’re a fan of all things weird in film and you’ve never heard of Something Weird Video, you should probably get acquainted with their work. Since 1990, they’ve been distributing some of the best and worst exploitation films from the 60s and 70s. And now the largest non-profit genre film archive in the world AKA Alamo Drafthouse’s American Genre Film Archive is teaming up with Something Weird in order to preserve some of the sleaziest mid-century films out there. The first wave of films will be transferred at 4K resolution and get distribution to home video and theaters next year! Each release will feature not only the main film but also B-side bonus features and goodies such as trailers and commentary by filmmakers. If you’re a grindhouse, drive-in, exploitation, or cult film fan or just have a general appreciation for the totally bizarre and sleazy, head over to A.V. Club to read up on more of the preservation initiative!

Will the signature be in yellow??? All jokes aside, Shelley Jackson has a very unique story telling style.  Even if it is a bit hard to follow (read backwards on her Instagram feed), her creativity and dedication is unquestionable. Her first piece was via tattooing  words on skin, this edition is written in snow, we are probably following her to follow her storytelling techniques (what's next?) than we are following her actually stories.

EtchaSketch taken to serious depths of creation

Kseniya Simonova's live sand animation performance on the Ukraine's Got Talent is something to behold. Her passion and storytelling that is engraved in her performance brings the audience to tears. This dedication to the tragedies of WWII is as powerful a 10 minutes of artistic expression that we have seen in quite some time. Looks like Ukraine really does "got talent".

Embrace the Shake: Phil Hansen's art of the imperfect.

Artist Phil Hansen shows us another great example of turning what some might see as a handicap into a unique advantage in his craft.  He uses unique media (his torso, x-rays, a tricycle...) to create his version of meta-art, videos that document the creation process -- showing that art is action, not just result.

Have you seen the Strandbeest?

If you have not heard of Theo Jansen and his ongoing 20+ year project Strandbeest (Beach Animals), we would like to introduce you. These mystical moving creatures are kinetic sculptures the Dutch artist builds from PVC and move from mostly wind energy. Here is a black and white compilation he recently released of different sub species of the Strandbeest over the past two decades. #Breathtaking

Allan Teger is one of those artists that starts with a beautiful backdrop, and let's his imagination run from there. His "bodyscapes" series is a re invention of one of the most depicted subjects throughout the history of art: and that is the female form. We are just glad he stuck to females…no offense guys but a jungle scene on a man's body just might not strike us as art. You can buy Allan's discussion starting coffee table book here on Amazon.

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The Canadian Olympic Skeleton team is leading the way with artistic expression of individuality within a very traditional arena.  Adding a little "cool" to less popular olympic sports really should be a trend that would help the exposure of the athletes (and the ratings).   There might be a valid debate here against the progression of olympics away from traditional country colors, but on Indie Street, we love when art pops its head up in unexpected places.  And let's face it, the sport of "skeleton" should thank the Canadians, because I know I wouldn't be writing about or watching it if it weren't for these dope helmets.  I personally can't wait til 2018…I am really looking forward to the custom design brooms on display during the Curling competition.  

Mellisa Hollingsworth

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Sarah Reid

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John Fairbairn

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Eric Neilson

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photos by Getty Images (in order, RICHARD HEATHCOTE, JOHN MACDOUGALL, TODD KOROL(2))