Dig deep into surrealist cinema with five stunning films

The strange reality of the lockdown confused us, made us reflect and rethink, and gave us some of the weirdest dreams we’ve ever had. It left us scrambling to put back together the pieces of life’s puzzle. Days and weeks blurred into one another, and our bygone days outdoors suddenly seemed like distant sepia-toned memories. As if life’s new bonkers script had been written by a burgeoning surrealist master.

Pharmakon: The Art of Confrontation

Coughing. Breathing heavily. Rhythmically banging sheets of metal. Confronting mortality – confronting anything that might get in her way. New York artist Pharmakon. a.k.a. Margaret Chardiet has been snarling, wailing, baring her soul to global audiences for a decade now in a maelstrom of noise and power electronics. Through a raw and visceral process, Pharmakon unleashes her inner demons in full view, striking an enviable balance between strength and vulnerability.

Swans: Future Destination Unknown

Michael Gira and his sonic cohorts gave birth to Swans in the famously bleak, dystopian cityscape of early 80’s downtown New York. Minimalist, ritualistic and downright brutal, the band delivered a relentless assault to the senses—swallowing you gently and gradually into a dark and morbid liturgy, or mercilessly enveloping you in violent bursts of sound. No boundaries, no idols, just a restless cast of characters surfing no wave, a nihilistic era’s fierce and fearless sonic “renaissance”. After

Adipocere: The Dark Side of Hand Embroidery

Sheep, skulls, and spider webs… mountain laurels, moths and dog-strangling vine: Earth’s beautiful, curious things find their way into Adipocere‘s hand embroidery, putting a deviant 21st-century spin on a well-respected—and so far largely unadventurous—pastime. Hailing from Australia, Adipocere , a.k.a. Josh (a man that otherwise relishes his anonymity) first publicly presented his hand-stitched artworks in 2015 in Los Angeles’ The Hive Gallery, introducing a part sinister, part entertainingly i

Rimel Neffati and the Allure of Imperfection

French photographer Rimel Neffati‘s (and Beautiful Bizarre Magazine issue 006 | Sept 2014 featured artist) answer to having no technical knowledge working with a camera was to strike a pose and let her instincts take their course. Since she snapped her first portraits, in late 2008, the poses and string of different characters she embodied have multiplied exponentially, as she transformed into a warrior princess, circus acrobat, spiritual figure, innocent maiden, burlesque performer, fierce Frid
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