see it here first: portraits of the 21st century
  • THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 2008

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Our good friend Lincoln Schatz, a professional video artist, has been busy working on a project for Esquire magazine's 75th anniversary. It's called "Esquire's Portrait of the 21st Century." It's definitely an insanely cool concept; take a bunch of infamous faces in popular culture, stick them in a cube, and create a "living" portrait through a combination of video and computer technology. The coolest part is; whoever is the focus has creative control with they want to do for their portrait. Examples include George Clooney dancing with a handful of different woman (typical) to LeBron James playing Xbox (also typical). We knew it was only a matter of time before some of our favorite musicians made appearances... and we're proud to have the exclusive scoop on two of them: Danger Mouse and M.I.A.

For Danger's portrait, he came up with real time "animating:" painting colors onto several very attractive ladies wearing white body suits (typical). And M.I.A. had some wild ideas, which eventually culminated into a bunch of interns being crammed into the cube. It starts with M.I.A. throwing some dollar bills in the air, then a fan blows money everywhere as the interns scramble for it (and who is that shirtless guy?). The portraits eventually go live on the Esquire blog, but for now these two are only on Lincoln's site, which we've linked to below, as well as each one embedded on our page. Keep an eye on this one.-joe puglisi


Danger Mouse



M.I.A.



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