We can envy the French for croissants, the French Riviera and the unique status of French cultural workers. But it seems that all good things come to an end. For now pastries and dreamy beaches are safe, though we cannot say the same for those artists’ privileges.
Axel Olson is a first-year BFA student who creates music videos and original narratives. This week, F Newsmagazine is pleased to present two of Axel’s videos along with a few of his words explaining what drew him to filmmaking.
We walked through the mountain valley beside the entrance to the town of Puka. Our host, Leo, the son of the owner of the guesthouse we were staying in, told us that the small lake overlooking the ridge into a stream was artificial, like most of the lakes we had seen during our travels in Albania. The clear water was overhung with draping willows, and tapered into a stream that would be useful for irrigation or flood run off, flowing into the fields below the pine forests.
“Today we are launching the biggest advancement in the history of iPhone,” announced Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, as he took the stage. The audience reacted dutifully, and maintained the same vigor throughout the two-hour event.
In 1935, when the Q121 24 foot wind tunnel was built, it was the largest return-style aerodynamic testing tunnel in Europe. It remains so today. This July the tunnel was opened after over two decades, and for the first time to a general public. Instead of aerodynamic research, the unique and now Grade 1 listed architectural site in Farnborough, about an hour outside of London, hosted concerts of experimental sound.
But still, there was the bird. Splayed out in the same spot between the buildings; unmoved for weeks and protected in plain sight from the destructive powers of sunlight and truck tires. Caught in the purgatory of the alley.
On Friday, June 20 graduate student Kevin B. Lee presented Transformers: The Premake at the Nightingale. Although the twenty-five-minute-long YouTube video had premiered days prior to the viewing, Lee showed the film to a sold out audience.