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GANG BANGIN’ LIZARD

Most of us are familiar with Planet Earth, the incredible documentary series presented by Sir David Attenborough which explores how animals meet the challenges of surviving in the most iconic habitats on earth. Almost like South Central Los Angeles. And that is when Snoop Dogg comes in, helping us visualise the lizard being a South-Central gang banger running from the police. It kind of works.

GERMAN SONG FOR YOUR SHLONG

What do you do when someone gives you a sack full of condoms and the creative freedom to do whatever you want? You think “German Shlong”. What else? It is the title of director, Tal Zagreba’s, wacky new ad for the underdog condom brand R3. The spot premiered at Pride Parade in Tel Aviv and is aimed at Israeli teenagers. You cannot deny it isn’t catchy. The lyrics might be a mashup of English, German, and Hebrew but you can still sing along.

RAVE ANYWHERE!

Google teamed up with Boiler Room to create a mobile VR experience immersing people in the world’s most famous parties. VR Dancefloors: Techno in Berlin transports you into a club and you can “choose your own adventure”. This time, technology is being used as a cultural lens. Is this the future of rave?

HAVE A SHOT OF THIS, TRUMP

This is what happens when brands get on the bandwagon of hot topics and actually get it right. Over the last weekend, Smirnoff went viral with an outdoor ad campaign mocking the Trump administration’s ongoing scandals involving alleged collusion with Vladimir Putin’s regime and who should or would speak on the matter before Congress. Cheers Smirnoff.

INSIDE THE WORLD OF JEFF KOONS

Jeff Koons is one of the most influential artists of our time and now the subject of a new mini-documentary directed by Oscar Boyson. The eight-minute clip is entirely narrated by Scarlett Johansson with appearances from Pharrell Williams, Larry Gagosian, and George Condo. It highlights the artist’s modest beginnings to his rise to art stardom. Is it kitsch or reflective art? Whether he’s creating with flowers, stainless steel, Play-Doh, granite or porcelain, he is pushing the limits of existing processes.

SPACE MONKEYS AND ANGRY PIGS

Beyond Good and Evil is about as ‘cult classic’ as gaming gets. An awesome teaser trailer for the prequel has just been released, stirring gamer’s appetites for another bonkers adventure. However, the game is still at ground zero of development but Ubisoft is confident to follow through, even if it takes a couple of years. Let’s hope the ambition of the game exceeds the hype.

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