Geographer’s Kaleidoscope Proves That Any Image x 4 = Amazing.

Artists! The secret is out now, for everyone to actually see. A recent influx of works have certainly inferred that mirroring an image is satisfying to the mind’s eye, and that mirroring it and reversing it is arguably even more satisfying. Something about symmetry just fits in snugly into compartments of the brain, like a file cabinet of matching images. Well, Geographer is really, really exploiting this with his new track, “Kaleidoscope,” which comes with a phone app and website that takes the aforementioned satisfying image-creation clauses and executes them.

Admittedly, I was a bit skeptical when I first saw that the track was named “Kaleidoscope.” It seems a bit too overt. And am still skeptical, considering you get your image on the website if you hash-tag an image on Flickr or Twitter with #geographer (social media genius or a bit too overt?). Still, though, the point remains that this is just good wholesome fun. Here’s a miniature gallery below, which seriously proves that just about any photo dragged through this filter is immediately satisfying. It’s a love it or hate it thing, but I imagine that it will encourage artists who manually do a lot of this kind of work will soon find it too mainstream and look towards alternative patterns of art-making…

You can view the rest of this application at… where you can also listen to your record, if you don’t get overly distracted by the endlessly entertaining app.

Oh right, and about the music… I guess all there is to say is that there is an upcoming Modern Art tour, which begins March 1st, with Geographer, Miniature Tigers, The Chain Gang of 1974, Pretty & Nice and SPEAK…

3/1/12 Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA
3/2/12 Branx Portland, OR
3/3/12 The Independent San Francisco, CA
3/4/12 Troubadour Los Angeles(West Hollywood), CA
3/6/12 The Casbah San Diego, CA
3/7/12 Club Congress Tucson, AZ
3/8/12 The Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
3/16/12 The Prophet Bar Dallas, TX
3/17/12 Fitzgerald’s Houston, TX
3/19/12 The Social Orlando, FL
3/20/12 The Masquerade-Purgatory Atlanta, GA
3/21/12 Nightlight Chapel Hill, NC
3/22/12 DC9 Washington D.C.
3/23/12 Milkboy Philadelphia, PA
3/24/12 Brighton Music Hall Boston(Bridgton), MA
3/25/12 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
3/27/12 Club AE Pittsburg, PA
3/28/12 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights, OH
3/29/12 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
3/30/12 Schubas Tavern Chicago, IL
3/31/12 Off Broadway St. Louis, CO
4/2/12 The Black Sheep Colorado Springs, CO
4/3/12 Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
4/5/12 Beauty Bar Las Vegas, NV

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Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

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