FUN! / Vince Staples / Calmatic / 2018

FUN! / Vince Staples / Calmatic / 2018


Footnotes

The video is shot from the perspective of Google Maps and virtually, instead of physically, follows a day in the life of Staples within his neighborhood of Long Beach, California, CALMATIC said. The video’s visuals aim to create meta-commentary on white audiences viewing African-American performers, CALMATIC added, saying audiences may try to fit in with the rapper’s lifestyle but will never truly know what it’s like.

“What’s entertainment to most people is our reality. So while other people are able to just be entertained by (African-American performers), … this is our everyday life and this is the way we live,” CALMATIC said. “It just shows you how connected, yet disconnected we are from each other.” ➡︎


Extras

▶︎ Neighborhood: Vince Staples Gives Complex A Tour of Long Beach, CA / Complex / 2015


Sources

◼︎ Flux screening series promotes creativity by straying from traditional video art / Alyssa Wheeler / Daily Bruin / Feb 19, 2019


You, the World and I / Jon Rafman / 2010

You, the World and I / Jon Rafman / 2010

Los Angeles: City of the Future? / BBC2 / 1992

Los Angeles: City of the Future? / BBC2 / 1992