PREMIERE: Shirt “Cuba” Video

Going through Shirt’s Instagram is like walking through a museum of the world’s art. It includes original clothing from him, paintings, actual museum exhibits, and a look at his guerilla marketing campaigns. And his IG is just a sampling of the creativity flowing in his brain.

Diving back into his music, Shirt worked on an intriguing visual for a track off his Nike Adidas Records project from last year. The video is a collage that draws from multiple mediums and sources of media. Consider it as a look into the piece of his New York City, as he experiences it. It ends with a clip of the Floating Piers in Italy and what looks like Shirt in a motorized raft driving by.

You’ll also notice a title screen towards the end that displays a book description for Kenneth Goldsmith’s Capital: New York, Capital of the 20th Century. But Shirt replaces “Capital” with “Cuba video” or “Cuba” in the Youtube description, which reminds us of a quote often ascribed to Picasso: “Good artists borrow, great artists steal.”

You can read the description below and watch the video above.

“Cuba video is a kaleidoscopic assemblage and poetic history of New York: an unparalleled and original homage to the city, composed entirely of quotations. Drawn from a huge array of sources—histories, memoirs, newspaper articles, novels, government documents, emails—and organized into interpretive categories that reveal the philosophical architecture of the city, Cuba is the ne plus ultra of videos on the ultimate megalopolis.

It is also a video of experimental cinema that transposes Walter Benjamin’s unfinished magnum opus of literary montage on the modern city, The Arcades Project, from 19th-century Paris to 20th-century New York, bringing the streets to life in categories such as “Sex,” “Commodity,” “Downtown,” “Subway,” and “Mapplethorpe.”

Cuba is a video designed to fascinate and to fail—for can a megalopolis truly be written? Can a history, no matter how extensive, ever be comprehensive? Each reading of this book, and of New York, is a unique and impossible passage.”

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