London's The Viral Factory just hit us upside our delicate craniums with "Extreme Sheep LED Art." You may not be able to wrap your brain around that right away, but it's exactly what it sounds like.
The video, a promotion for Samsung's LED line, is equal parts hilarious, a brainfuck and painful to watch -- painful because it's long and about sheep, a brainfuck because the sheep are being (EXTREME!) shepherded in such a way that they reproduce high art (sort of), and funny because THEY PLAY PONG. USING THE SHEEP.
Grand in its unyielding over-the-toppiness -- brought extreme fishing to mind for a sec -- and reviews on YouTube have been favorable. As always you've got the more eloquent members of the human race arguing over whether or not this was "enhanced" -- or demonstrating superiority with their absolute certainty: "fake as hell."
(*shakes head sadly*)
"Happiness Factory 3" continues Coke's Happiness Factory/Open Happiness campaign with a Monday-friendly beginning we can all identify with. Mid-yawn, a guy hits up a Coke vending machine, compelling all the Wonderland creatures inside to yawn too.
There's a bit of authoritative clapping, then some feel-good pop music kicks in. Everyone snaps open their Cokes, and both worlds bloom into quotidian activity.
Ad land has this incredible talent for bastardizing beautiful things, and doing it in a way where we're like, hey, that's kind of cool.
That's the feeling you get when you watch "Burger Grease Art," where a guy uses the grease from non-Arby's burgers to create a giant reproduction of Da Vinci's enigmatic lady.
Across the bottom of the video -- which we really couldn't help sitting through, even as we clutched our stomachs and began to dry-heave -- is a link to burgergreaseart.com, which tackles your line of sight with three appealingly matte Arby's Roastburgers. (For some reason, we kinda hoped for an Etch-a-Sketchy painting game, except with grease, but no dice.)
Agency Guava threw together this spot in which a Blackberry literally shoots through Apple. (Both are helpfully represented as fruits, and the tagline hypes BB's first-ever touchscreen model.)
Crystal-clear and slightly reminiscent of a long genre of late-'90s films where bullets penetrated human flesh at high-speed, ripping it to ribbons in slow-mo. (We like pulpy shit.) But I wouldn't throw myself behind the current iteration of BlackBerry's Storm for any amount of money, let alone pro-bono.
Looks like Philips Shave Everywhere, pretty cool at the time, has been upstaged by Wilkinson Sword's Ma Garden Party (se video here)which officially launches March 16. Hooking up with French singer Simone elle est bonne, the brand is out to show just how much fun it can be to "garden."
It's a catchy tune. We're sure it'd be even more catchy if we could understand the lyrics. But you don't really need to to get what's going on and understand the message.
For client Puma, Droga5 produced "Lift," an ad in which an avatar-like couple engages in a sultry courting ritual where nothing's really what it seems, and everything changes, and expectations between man and woman differ -- and it's all out there for you to see, projected on the walls and riffing off their bodies.
Didn't do much for us. If you wanna play girl-meets-boy, you'd be better served by the naughty-naughty Levi's or even childlike, slightly macabre Scion.
Musicians Squeak E. Clean and DJ Zegon joined forces under the name NASA (North America/South America) to release their first album, The Spirit of Apollo, which has been in-progress since '03.
Promotion strikes me as general and disorganized, but the pair has many talented hands behind it. According to the pressie, the Apollo album was conceived "with the righteous goal of bringing people together through music and art" -- as a result, it's heavy with surprising collaborations and interesting visual media.
Tom Waits growls over Kool Keith, Karen O taunts while Ol' Dirty Bastard gives shout-outs to Wu Tang and N.A.S.A from the grave, and David Byrne, Chuck D and others expound on the evils of "Money."
Other collaborators include Method Man, Seu Jorge, Kanye West, Santogold, George Clinton. Then there's the charmed director team: Syd Garon, Paul Griswold, 3Legged Legs and Flourescent Hill.
Artists that donated paint and pens to the animated music videos include Shepard Fairey, Sage Vaughn, The Date Farmers, Mark Gonzales, Marcel Dzama and Splunny. Some also contributed original album cover designs, so CD buyers get five interchangeable covers per copy.
I realize this is a lot going on so I'm gonna just show you stuff. Here's the latest release, People Tree with David Byrne, Chali 2na (from J-5!) and art by Marcel Dzama. It's magically delicious.
This short film on pretending to work was put together entirely on Microsoft Office for Mac -- which is more than what we can say for Crispin's "I'm a PC" campaign.
It's a fun little watch, loaded with sneaky new tips for feigning productivity while rehashing stuff you probably already do -- like keeping that Excel spreadsheet just within easy toggling distance.
We much prefer iWork, but MSFT Office for Mac does have its merits. Props to the magical, miraculous Krystalline Armendariz for taking it upon herself to share a few. To support her, pass the YouTube link around.
Here's a clever way to highlight the "extremely realistic sound" touted by Loewe.
You've got a choir performing a piece. When an invisible remote zapper toggles between sound options, the orchestra changes in order to provide the desired audio texture. As "bass" increases on a dial, some bassists run in; a woman raises her voice -- then lowers it -- as treble changes; and higher volume results in a last-minute dash to the stage by previously-unseen performers.
The conductor's "WTF?" face ties it all together nicely, and the ad wraps up by panning away from the choir to reveal a television frame. Nice work by Scholz & Friends/Berlin, and production firm Element E.
We can also envision an online engagement opportunity on the website -- letting users toggle sounds from their keyboards in various settings. No such luck yet though.
Mekanism put together this sensory mindfuck of a week in the life of a single twenty-something. Impressive how he manages to get into all those shenanigans and still stay Axe fresh.
The slogan follows pat: "Axe will fix you up" (no matter how messy everything else around you gets). More interestingly though, the ad's stuffed with links to thefixers.com -- which we only managed to catch once, maybe because we weren't looking hard enough.
The Fixers is a fake talk show about questionable hook-ups and pranking friends. It's funny, but then again, Axe never had a problem being funny. Nice effort overall.