Merry Xmas

Merry Xmas to all followers of the barrel, 2012 has been frantic but alot of fun. Now kick back and relax to the old school yuletide sounds of Run DMC's 'Christmas In Hollis'.

YouTube Rewind

The whole glorious year of YouTube memes in one convenient video.

Christmas in America


Photographer Jesse Rieser's series Christmas in America both makes me a little bit homesick, and a little bit not.  See the rest here.

Yosigo


Photographer Yosigo's series of isolated beach-goers look like miniatures in a sandbox.  View the rest of the series here.

Flying Lotus, Tiny Tortures



Film by director David Lewandowski for Flying Lotus's new track, Tiny Tortures.


I Think You Might Like It...Or Not

A Christmas surprise with a slightly ambiguous title in the form of a Travolta-Newton John Grease reunion that nobody asked for.
Thanks Alex D.

Grand Theft Auto

Grand Theft Auto: RISE - Live Action Short Film from Gevorg Karensky on Vimeo.

Ever wondered what Grand Theft Auto would look like in real life? Probably not. But here it is anyway.

The Universal Arts of Graphic Design

PBS Off Book takes a look at the most prevalent form of visual communication, graphic design.

Fabrice Fouillet


From a series called Eurasisme, documenting the move of Kazakhstan's capital city.  The full project and story is in the gallery section of Fabrice's website.

Wes Anderson Star Wars

With a new Star Wars movie in the pipes, Conan did his take on what a Star Wars film directed by Wes Anderson might look like. If only.

Enter the Dragon Baby

Videos and ads of babies doing cool stuff is nothing new but a ninja, bruce lee, dragon slaying, black mamba baby you have to admit is pretty rad.

Colin Delfosse


Image from Colin Delfosse's series on Congolese Wrestling, full project can be viewed here.

A Moody Christmas

We were lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the first few eps of this awesome new show by our mates over at Jungleboys. Watch it tonight on ABC 1, 8.30pm, it's funny as hell.

Robyn Twomey


Robyn Twomey's portraits of retired Playboy models are worth a look.  More here.

Thomas Prior


Thomas Prior's ongoing project is full of guns, explosions, low-flying planes, and sandstorms.  To see more, click here.

Vengeance Rhythm

New video for Two Fingers song 'Vengeance Rhythm'. DO NOT watch around kids unless you want to scar them for life.
Thanks Kyla E.

Ai Weiwei Style



Artist, political critic, and activist Ai Weiwei is also very, very funny.

Sakir Gokcebag food photos

Some nice geometric food photos by Turkish artist Sakir Gokcebag turned into gifs. More still versions here.

Lise Sarfati


From the series Austin, Texas, by photographer Lise Sarfati.

Arrested Development Documentary

Five years ago two fans set out to make the ultimate Arrested Development doco. It looks set to release soon to coincide with the filming of the highly anticipated fourth season.

Happy Friday

Big staff day today at the monkeys with a lazy lawn bowls afternoon. We are as psyched as this guy.

Jason Hanasik


Images from the series He Opened Up Somewhere Along the Eastern Shore.  Also worth having a look at Jason's other series on the masculine stereotypes associated with being a soldier; I slowly watched him disappear.

Average Homeboy

If only the whole world were as honest as Mr Denny ‘Blazin’ Hazen a.k.a the Average Homeboy. This video was sent to MTV in the late 80's. I'm tipping Jon Lajoie has studied this very closely.

TEEN Electric

TEEN's new video for their song "Electric," is so hip it's over itself. Directed by Sam Fleischner & Megha Barnabas.

Christian Stoll photography

Epic sci-fi like photos by corporate photographer Christian Stoll reminiscent of Kubrick's 2001. Check out more of his handiwork here.
Thanks Thea C.

Ben Roberts


Images from the series Chance Encounters by photographer Ben Roberts.  See the series here, or have a look at Ben's website.

Fishing



New track from NSW based band Fishing; video was produced, directed, and edited by the band with a bit of help from SPOD.

Friday Tune



Solo artist, producer, DJ, Ghostly International co-founder and all round nice guy, Matthew Dear is on the speakers today. This tune is the first single from his latest album Beams. The film clip plays hommage to underground experimental filmmaker Kenneth Anger.

Kevin Kunishi


Beautiful photo essay on the aftermath of the turmoil in Nicaragua. A selection of images from los restos de la revolución is available on Kevin's website.

Fraggle Folds Five


Ben Folds Five returns after 13 years to give us a nostalgia overload in the form of a music video featuring characters from 'Fraggle Rock'.

The Popinator


We're not sure if this is real but we want one. Each.

The Sochi Project


Photographer Rob Hornstra and writer/filmmaker Arnold van Bruggen have undertaken a project documenting the makeover of Sochi, Russia, where the 2014 Olympic games will take place 20 kilometers from a conflict zone.  It's an in-depth look over the course of five years at the change occurring in the area, and having been turned down from Dutch publications, decided to publish the work themselves.  For full access to the site you can purchase a yearly subscription, but the images above are from a photography series Sochi Singers available on the homepage.  Read more at The Sochi Project website.

Sweater by Willow


Using just a projector, two walls and a treadmill Belgian band Willow created this journey music video for their new song 'Sweater'.

Greg Krauss


Photographer Greg Krauss photographs his father, who suffers from sleep apnea, in his series The Dreamer.

Ink Riders

Just came across these by legendary ink photographer Alberto Seveso. A fitting tribute post for our one of our art directors and good mates Matt Heck's last day here at the monkeys before he sets off for Amsterdam. We're gonna miss you buddy.

Wang Yuanling


Stunning portraits in Wang Yuanling's project Eighteen Stairs, from the slums of Chongqing, China.

Jaqapparatus

Chris Cunningham spent years honing his craft as a special effects artist, before turning his hand to directing ground breaking and eerily awesome music videos for the likes of Bjork, Madonna and Aphex Twin. After redefining MTV in the 90s along side the Jonze's and Gondry's of the world, he spent the following decade experimenting with music, art and technology. Jaqapparatus is Cunningham's first installation following years of touring his live audio-visual shows.

Mind. Blown.

Lee Grant


Sudanese Portraits is a project by Canberra photographer Lee Grant, you can view more of her work here.

Death from above



Forced perspective at it's finest.

Valerio Spada


These images are part of Valerio Spada's look at the danger growing up under the Camorrah in Naples, in the project Gomorrah Girl.  See the full series at his website.

Typewriter for your laptop


You've heard of method acting, well this is method writing. All our copywriters now have this on their macbooks connected to 5.1 dolby surround sound. Only two of them have lost their minds so far.
Thanks Paul S.

Space Tiger


To encourage 'digital good deeds' on the internet, Robbie Rane has built a bottle rocket powered 'Space Tiger'. Each good deed adds a bottle rocket to the Space Tigers engine. Once he has a bunch of them he's going to light that sucker and ride the tiger off a dirt ramp, into space. Awesome.

Conflict Kitchen

Conflict Kitchen is an interesting idea to help expose American’s to the cultures that they’re in conflict with. The focus changes every six months to a different country and has so far included Iran, Afghanistan, Venezuela and Cuba, with North Korea next on the list.
Check out more here. Thanks Ben Y.

Jürgen Nefzger


Ever wonder what a city would look like without advertising?  With the current economic situation in Greece, you can get a fairly good idea.  Check out Jürgen Nefzger's project here.

Shoot like Kubrick

Kubrick's signature one point perspective in all it's glory.
Thanks Jay G.

Jean-Yves Lemoigne



These photographs are from Human Project by Jean-Yves Lemoigne, have a look at the rest of the series at his website.

Carl Kleiner : Studio Lollipops









































If you've never heard of Carl Kleiner, you love him, you just don't know it yet. These are from his latest series 'Studio Lollipops'.
Check out more over at It's Nice That blog.

David Fincher Titles

Check out this great David Fincher interview over at art of the title. They put this video of some of his movies title sequences together to accompany it.

Old Spice Muscle Music

Old Spice brings it again with Terry Crews flexing his muscles to activate musical instruments. Go watch it on vimeo and at the end of the clip you can play Terry and record your own tune. (takes a while to load up but its worth it)

The Real Dude

Meet the dude behind the Coen brothers character 'The Dude'. Directed by 'The Devil and Daniel Johnston' director, Jeff Feuerzeig.

Fake It Till You Make It

Brett Cohen decided he wanted to know what it was like to be famous. So he just pretended to be.

Insane in the Chromatophores

At last the age old question 'what does a squids chromatophores look like at 8X magnification when exposed to the vibrations of Cypress Hill's Insane in the membrane' is answered. For a proper explanation check this out.

The Poster Art of Paul McNeil

Mambo artist, owner of Art Park and all round legend Paul McNeil recently had a retrospective show of his band posters. This is a nice vid with Paul talking about his work. A must watch for anyone who was into the aussie band scene in the 90's.