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Enter Pipilotti Rist’s “Pixel Forest” At The New Museum

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Pipilotti Rist, Pixelwald (Pixel Forest), 2016, courtesy of the New Museum

The exhibition opens today

The following feature appears in the October 2016 issue of NYLON.

Starting today, New York City’s New Museum will display immersive video works by Swiss multimedia artist Pipilotti Rist, in the exhibition “Pixel Forest.” We consulted Massimiliano Gioni, artistic director at the New Museum, to get his thoughts on how the museum plans to present these works, and on our changing impressions of technology and art.

What drew you to Rist’s work and inspired you to bring her to the New Museum?
Rist is a well-known international artist, but has not been shown in New York often or in depth. She’s an artist who, since the late ‘80s, has looked at the way technology transforms our perception of our bodies and ourselves.

In what way will the viewer encounter the multimedia components of this exhibition? 
With one of the pieces in the exhibition [the eponymous Pixel Forest], imagine an LED screen as though it’s been taken apart so that the screen becomes a sculpture through which you can move. You’re literally surrounded by pixels, almost like your own nervous system. 

How does this exhibition reflect our changed perceptions of technology?
Technology is becoming a metaphor for the way we experience the world. Rist grew up witnessing a desire for images to become more and more crisp and bigger and panoramic, but the future actually meant that images were becoming paradoxically smaller. Now we consume films, TV, and more in intimate spaces. 

How would you characterize the artist’s views on technology?
Unlike many of the other artists from her generation, Rist has looked at technology with a sense of optimism. I think she’s also very much aware that the technology can wake up new spaces of perception and new spaces of participation.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video] www.youtube.com

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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.

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