Much of the power of art lies in its ability to temporarily transport you to a different world. Immersive art can take you to distant, otherworldly lands, or introduce you to new and foreign concepts. As someone born in Cuba, but raised in Miami, Alejandro Cardenas is intimately familiar with this feeling.
“Argent Energy” is the title of one of the tracks of idSoftware’s 2016 video game “Doom.” The name references the plot of the game, where the antagonists open the gates of Hell in hopes of harnessing its energy to solve a crisis on Earth. The result, as one might expect, is an outbreak of demons intent on causing chaos and violence. The energy of Hell had been released, but in a way far too powerful to control. The soundtrack for “Doom” is widely celebrated as perfectly encapsulating this feeling, exactly as its composer Mick Gordon had intended.
“Everything I was is now haunting / My soul is desperately wanting / Clean my feet and breathe / on me, honey / Where are you?”
These lines from the first verse of Abi Ocia’s “Where Are You?” perfectly capture the tone of her music: ethereal, soulful, and introspective. Ocia is an up and coming alternative R&B singer from West London. She made waves in 2016 with her single “Running,” produced by British producer Draper.
When traveling to another state, country, or even continent, it is not uncommon to be presented with an entirely new culture unlike one’s own. These new cultural experiences may come in the form of new customs, food, or even a completely different lifestyle. Arguably the most important, however, is the ability to experience new art. Art reflects the most important qualities of what makes a culture unique, and the native art of each culture varies vastly. As the world becomes more intertwined, with travel and the internet, the exchange of art becomes increasingly important as a tool to understand other cultures. Through examining the works of Pacita Abad, multicultural art becomes a lens with which we can view the world as a whole.
He may not exactly be well known by most adults, but one would be hard-pressed to find a bigger star of YouTube Kids. This eight-year-old makes unboxing and toy review videos, and he was the highest-earning YouTuber of 2019, according to Forbes Magazine. He beat out Markiplier, PewDiePie, and Jeffree Star, two gaming YouTubers, and a beauty YouTuber, who make up some of the highest earners on the platform. He raked in a total of $26 million last year, out the second-place earner, Dude Perfect, a sports and comedy channel, by $6 million.
Some might consider oral cancer a debilitating disease, but Atlanta artist Wyanne Thompson considers it a gift.
“Before cancer, I created relatively small illustrative works. I always wanted to paint large canvas but was never brave enough to take the chance,” Thompson said in a 2018 interview with VoyageATL, an online publication. “I believe cancer woke me up to get off autopilot.”