The three best skater videos I have seen lately

Since I am producing a short mountainbike video with Lukas Tielke, Carlo Dieckmann and Filmkartell at the moment I did a little research on contemporary street sport videos and here are some of the skate videos I found.

These three all have some things in common which I also found in the many other videos I watched. First, they are shot in a very distinct artistic way where every frame seems to be composed and the after effects grading is highly important. Second they like to show street scenes, people and faces and transmit a certain feel about the city where it is shot. And third, the music is really indie-emotional unlike the sound of skating when I started 15 years ago where it was all about hardcore or hiphop. In this case we have beautiful sunsets and emotional moments of freedom up to self-oblivion.

Please enjoy these three pearls of modern skate and movie culture.

A burn production: Never Extinguish from Burn on Vimeo.

Freeling from Andrew Lovgren on Vimeo.

No embed possible but worth the click is Quik by The Berrics

A Brief History of John Baldessari

John Baldessari will most likely be remembered as “the guy who put dots on peoples faces”. That’s what he says himself in this highly entertaining video biography full with with information about the legendary American artist. His own wish was that the commentary should be spoken by Tom Waits and his wish came true. Please enjoy six dense minutes about the man, his workplace, his art and his heritage. And why he burnt all he ever made in 1970.

Find more information on John Baldessari on his artsy page.

Why Own It?

Here is a new startup I like: The name is pretty descriptive since it is about collaborative consumption. It’s an app where people catalogue what they own and would be willing to lend. You connect your friend lists from Facebook and can find out what you can borrow from your friends. Simply idea, neatly done, I could take a look at the preview. I think sharing more physical stuff is a way of living more efficiently and resource friendly and a little step into solving the world’s problem of excessive consumption. Respect and all the best to Phillip and his crew.

Splash Festival happening now

Splash Festival is Germany’s most popular hip hop festival. I remember the first Splash in 1999, I was 19 and did an internship at Intro magazine. I travelled to more than 10 festivals in one summer (which is a lot but nothing compared to what Christine is doing this year) and Splash was one of them. I even got to go on stage and introduce artists to the crowd. I can’t quite remember why they let me do that but it was definitely a good time.

This year, Splash turns 15 years old and I very much like the idea of the video trailer with the son who wants to go to Splash for the first time and the dad who looks like he’s been going there for the last 15 years. After some years of bad luck with heavy rain and big shot artists on the line up who cancelled in the very last minute, for the last two years, Splash festival succeeded to turn around and present international musicians together with the German stars in a superb location.

This year will see Whiz Khalifa, ASAP Rocky, Mac Miller, Skream, Beginner, Caspa, Cro and many others. Weather looks good so far, all the best at Splash!
Follow the #splash15 Hashtag and listen to DJ Ron’s Uptowns Finest special Splash show