Lafayette Anticipation associate curator Anna Colin talks to artist Tyler Coburn about Ergonomic Futures, a speculative project engaged with art, design, science, anthropology and writing. In this interview, Coburn discusses the research, production process and network of collaborators of a multilayered project ultimately concerned with the futures of humankind. Anna Colin: When one comes across your museum seats Ergonomic Futures (2016—) in contemporary art exhibitions—and soon in natural history, fine art, and anthropology museums—they look… [read more »]
The Congo (formerly Zaire), 2008 (?) – Today’s entry is about the arranged marriage of disparate styles and the intense randomness that springs forth from such unimagined couplings.
Koffi Olomide’s songs are a cheesy Congolese staple. In fact, you don’t need to see more than 60 seconds of this video to know that nothing about him stands out, except for his genius styling choices: think of early-’90s TLC videos, all of the shitty fur and leather stores on Orchard above Delancy, Morpheus from The Matrix trilogy, and see what else springs to mind.
Random enough for you? This triple-combo was clearly overlooked and needed to become synchronized via some thoroughly post-modern choreography. Throw in a giant hall brimming with chandeliers and you have yourself a major breakthrough in styling and art direction. Koffi has even added the words “Coco Chanel” in the very beginning of the song in order to take us there. I could write an essay on this video but I’ll stop right here.