santogold – l.e.s. artistes video March 9, 2008Posted by KG in arts/culture, film, music.
Tags: l.e.s. artistes, new yorker, santogold, sasha frere-jones
A friend just sent me a link to the video for Santogold’s “L.E.S. Artistes,” with the question, “WHAT IS GOING ON HERE?” (I saw Santogold open for Björk last September, and still feel very positively about “Creator.”) These are my guesses as to what this video is about:
1. The traumatic switch from black-and-white to color in the movies, a long shift in preference that did not tip heavily in favor of color until the 1960s. It was hard to choose. They are both nice.
2. Artists being forced out of their lofts on the Lower East Side (even though there are more lofts in Williamsburg and SoHo).
3. A directorial decision to make the performers wear gray and act out clichés of movie violence while substituting brightly colored foodstuffs for traditional red squibs and gore.
4. Santi White’s frustration at not being able to ride a horse.