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Konono Nº1 is a Grammy nominated musical group from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Via Wikipedia:
They combine three electric likembé (a traditional instrument similar to the mbira) with voices, dancers, and percussion instruments that are made out of items salvaged from a junkyard. The group’s amplification equipment is equally rudimentary, including a microphone carved out of wood fitted with a magnet from an automobile alternator and a gigantic horn-shaped amplifier.
The above track (if you’re reading via RSS click here), Kule Kule, is a collaboration with Jherek Bischoff and is one of the most supremely wonderful things to fill my ears in quite some time. If Colossal had a soundtrack, this would be on it. Incidentally this is the same track used by Tim Wheatley in his Cyclotrope video. Buy the track off iTunes.
What you’re looking is not the result of Photoshop. This incredible collection of photos entitled INFRA from Eastern Congo was shot by 30-year-old photographer Richard Mosse using discontinued Kodak Aerochrome film. Mosse chose this infrared film to intentionally subvert traditional photos taken from the region to help draw attention to an often overlooked conflict.
INFRA; examines the conflict in Eastern Congo using Kodak Aerochrome, a recently discontinued film that was originally developed for military reconnaissance. These extraordinary colors are not the result of Photoshop. The project seeks a new strategy to represent Congo’s intangible conflict. Mosse chose to use this infrared aerial surveillance film out of context in order to explore how photography represents a place like Congo, a place deeply buried beneath its past cultural representations, from Heart of Darkness to Tin Tin. Infrared light is invisible to the human eye, and so the work alludes metaphorically to the conflict’s lack of visibility in our global consciousness, as well as (paradoxically) this endless war’s over-saturation in the mass media. Color infrared film portrays the world in a pink palette which the photographer uses to subvert the ways in which Congo and the African continent are traditionally photographed. He deliberately wishes to break the generic rules in order to question how we see (or don’t see) this war.
(via black harbor — at the time of posting this, the site appears to be down)