Monday, August 9, 2010

Anyone here got a degree in art history?

Kanye WestKanye West released a teaser clip for his heavily-previewed new single, Power, on Friday. It's a pretty lavish affair - a Greco-Roman orgy, with West standing statuesque at the centre, wearing a giant necklace bearing an image of Horus - the Egyptian god of the sky, law, war and protection of the living Pharoah.

Director and artist Marco Brambilla says it's "a video portrait of Kanye as a symbol of power". I reckon it's inspired by the frescos of Michelangelo, but that's basically a guess, attached to a vague memory of The Creation Of Adam that I had to look up online, because I've co-opted all of my cultural knowledge to Google.

Anyway, if anyone can provide a more insightful analysis of the following 1min 28secs, I'd be interested to hear from you.

Kanye West - Power

PS: The YouTube comments are worth reading, just for the huge argument over whether or not Kanye is an instrument of the Illuminati. The main evidence seems to be the existence of a triangle in the video's imagery. I feel sorry for the people (let's call them 'nutjobs', for ease of reference) who have to keep an eye (no pun intended) on the Illuminati's activities. Imagine having to check out the progeny of every triangle ever drawn in the annals of popular culture. How do you differentiate between an evil triangle, heralding the dawn of the New World Order and a regular triangle, symbolising a slice of pizza or a vegetable samosa? Does trigonometry help?

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