Vice Meets - Aman Mojadidi

Aman Mojadidi is an Afghan American visual artist who uses his own personal experiences and cultural studies to address conflict, identity, and globalization through art. His work has been featured in exhibits in major cities all over the world, and he's also credited for playing a crucial role in the resurgence of Kabul's art scene.

After relocating to Afghanistan in 2003, Mojadidi created a number of works that used humor and irony to address the country's relationship with conflict, jihadi terrorism, and the United States. Today, he lives in Paris and creates site-specific installations that focus on global political issues such as migration and Guantánamo Bay.

On this episode of VICE Meets, we caught up with Mojadidi in Paris to discuss how his environment influences his artistic approach and how he's been able to use sarcasm to address sensitive issues about war and conflict.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wdbe8y/vice-meets-aman-mojadidi

Fortune Magazine - Tiffany

It’s not every day that a 178-year-old ­company gets to be an upstart again.

Yet that’s exactly what high-end jeweler ­Tiffany & Co. (TIF, -2.02%) is, following the recent launch of its CT60 line of luxury watches. It is Tiffany’s first major new collection of timepieces in years.

Four years ago, a bitter feud with onetime partner Swatch ended a joint venture that had been intended to make Tiffany a major luxury-watch player again. Now the New York City company is attempting yet another comeback, this time with the CT60 collection.

The CT60 pieces take their name from the initials of company founder Charles Lewis Tiffany and the 60 seconds in a New York minute. They range in price from $4,250 to $19,000 and hark back to Tiffany’s long watchmaking history.

Fortune Magazine - EEG headset (2014)

Ariel Garten knew from the start she wanted to make a product that makes people think.

The chief executive of the young Canadian company Interaxon, Garten sought to use brain-controlled interface technology — a science fiction-like development that allows a device to be controlled by the brain’s electrical activity — in a wearable device. With Google’s Glass and Nike’s FuelBand leading the way, so-called wearables are expected to grow from an $8 billion (in annual revenue) market today to a $20 billion one by 2017, according to Futuresource Consulting. Using brainwaves to control them seemed like, well, a no-brainer.

But Garten wanted to create something meaningful — something that people would use every day. Not a gadget or novelty. So she watched and waited for the market to develop. Muse, the company’s new $299 brainwave-controlled headband, will start shipping in May. With a splashy debut at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show and what Garten reports as strong pre-orders from consumers and corporate employee assistance programs, the company’s wait to go into hardware appears to be paying off.

http://fortune.com/2014/02/10/this-wearable-device-reads-your-brain-waves-is-there-a-market-for-it/

Action Research (2008)

Short documentary on noise and experimental music in Gainesville, Florida, completed May 2008.

Gainesville Parks and Recreation Dept - Teenzone (2008)

Short Documentary commissioned by the City of Gainesville highlighting their at-risk after-school youth program Teenzone. The first of a 4-part series highlighting different aspects of the Teenzone program taking place at the Eastside Recreation Center in Gainesville, FL. This focuses on the basics of Teenzone: Why it exists, what function it plays in the community, how the program is structured, etc.