'World of Tomorrow' is a fantastic commentary on past, present, and future consciousness

Stumble upon this 16-minute Oscar-nominated short film by Don Hertzfeld entitled World of Tomorrow, which is now streaming on Netflix, and you won't be sorry you did. It's an enchanting sci-fi horror-meets-bedtime story, in fully animated stick-figure glory. A theme that continues to ring in the ears, long after the movie ends:

We don’t ever fully appreciate the present until it becomes our past

A more complete synopsis found over at The Atlantic

Exclusive: Behind the Scenes Video of Deebs & Jarell Perry's "Relapse" | Q&A with Choreographer Sophia Stoller

The warped emotional visual for "Relapse" was the result of a large collaborative effort between several rising talents. Thankfully we were able to catch some footage on set to give a glimpse into the magnitude of this crew's work. Take a look here:

To add another unique perspective, Sophia Stoller, who beautifully choreographed the piece, was gracious in answering a few questions:

What was your process for choreographing and casting the dance featured in "Relapse?" What about the song was inspiring for you?

After hearing the song, I knew I wanted the movement to be derived from an internal experience of struggle. Relapsing, be it in the situation of a toxic relationship or drugs, generally involves a physical addiction of some kind, so my feeling was that the story of this song was already inherently existing in the world of physical movement. I started my process in my living room, listening to the song on repeat and allowing it to move through my body. These repeated improvisations eventually took shape as choreographed phrases. In my conversations with Yoshino, we had discussed the dance getting progressively more desperate and violent as the song built, so each phrase incorporated a new level of intensity or struggle.  I have worked with Kayla, Dina, and Yvonne on past projects, and I knew they would each bring their own unique qualities to the movement I gave them, which something I really value in a dancer. I also knew they were able to work fast...they learned all of the movement in one short rehearsal.

The story of this song was already inherently existing in the world of physical movement.

Would you say there is a certain aesthetic or style or inspiration you're drawn to in your own work specifically? How do you describe it and what about it resonates with you?

My training as a dancer is very eclectic, and many little tastes of the styles I have studied throughout my life find their way into my choreography. I would describe the work I make as contemporary dance, but there are definitely elements of hip hop in this piece as well.  My inspiration generally comes from exploring psychological and mental states through physicality. There is so much that can be communicated about emotional experience through movement, and I am fascinated by the idea of transforming something that is very internal into something that encompasses the entire body in an outward expression of some kind. Aesthetically, I am drawn to high contrast and dynamism--choreography that surprises the eye again and again with quick shifts, subtle sharp accents, and clever punctuation.

Lock & Key, 2015

Lock & Key, 2015

I am fascinated by the idea of transforming something that is very internal into something that encompasses the entire body.

What is one of the major highlights of your career in choreography so far, the stuff you couldn't wait to share with others? A milestone, etc.

Last March I presented an entire show that I choreographed, directed, and conceptualized called "Lock & Key." The show was about physical and psychological prisons, and I collaborated with a team of incredible artists to develop an interactive set, live feed video projection, an original score of music, and lighting design that created the atmosphere of the piece onstage. The performance was my MFA thesis concert (I received my MFA in Choreography from CalArts in May 2015), so not only was it my most accomplished feat as an artist thus far, but was also a significant milestone because it signified the completion of my masters degree. Learning to edit video and creating my first dance film in 2013 was also a major highlight in my career thus far.  Video editing is all about flow and movement, and my vision as an editor, particularly when editing dance footage, is deeply informed by my work as a choreographer.

Check out an excerpt from Stoller's "Lock & Key" below:

Necessities: An Audiovisual Message from iamamiwhoami and To whom it may concern

what is necessary, and what purpose do the items we use in our every day life serve? is it our right to consume endlessly, and do we need to?
we think that creating and releasing our music, films and wear comes with a responsibility to care for the environment throughout the process. to give back to what we were brought up to take for granted.
— To whom it may concern; the label behind Swedish electronic act iamamiwhoami
“necessities” is a unisex line of organic clothing essentials with the purpose to encourage a sustainable mindset and where the item is meant to fit the person and its identity and not an ideal. it is what it is.

directed by WAVE
music by BARBELLE

If a Building Were a Person: In Residence with Architect Kulapat Yantrasast

It has to have a complex character, it has to be a attractive, it has to also have a sense of humor...
That’s the kind of work that I like - architecture, design, art - it all integrates into a meaningful kind of life.
— Kulapat Yantrasast

via NOWNESS - http://bit.ly/1Wfeiwf

Kulapat Yantrasast (born in Bangkok) is the founding partner and creative director of wHY, an interdisciplinary design studio with workshops of buildings, grounds, objects and ideas.

The Gap Between Good Taste and Good Work: The Insight of Ira Glass

Visual by Daniel Sax

Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.
— Ira Glass

Creating Therapy through Art and Music: The Work of Chaz Bundick

Creating art and music - that’s my version of going for a run. It’s kind of meditative...
It’s important to just remind yourself that when you’re creating you should always make what you want to experience.
— Chaz Bundick / Toro Y Moi / Les Sins