What the hell happened to Akron/Family with their latest disc, S/T II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT? The album itself is quite enough of a departure from the band’s previous works, but the videos are really something else. This new video for “Silly Bears” is a psychedelic stop-motion affair through outerspace, starring stuffed bears — and lots of them (well, actually, it’s the same one, I think, repeated over and over again). What possessed the band to compose a song about silly bears and then led them to decide that showing this bear on a Rubik’s Cube-like painted cardboard surface would be a good idea?!!! I am ever so confounded. However, that does not mean the video is not entertaining, because it is, in a Lite Brite, The Science Of Sleep kind of way.
Vivian Hua (華婷婷) wears a lot of random hats, but has somewhat mastered globetrotting like a hobo and evading traditional 9-to-5 work schedules. She enjoys observing human idiosyncrasies perhaps more than anything and is a magnet for homeless people (a joy) and bug bites of all types (absolutely terrible). Through her work, she hopes to embrace the temporary while documenting the nostalgic, using divination and dream symbolism as guides through the cosmic maze. Additional writing, art, video, and other crap, like her astrological chart, can be seen at www.inallthings-patterns.net. She is the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE magazine, and quite appreciates unsolicited personal e-mails just to shoot the shit and narrow the gaps between human beings.
Beyond Beyond Is Beyond is a record label that has become adept at curating artists