Month: March 2011

Elements

DJs Jay Swing and Flipout are serious about their hip-hop. Talking to Discorder over sushi one afternoon Jay tells me about driving down Robson street back in ‘95, listening to a promotional copy of Mobb Deep’s Infamous album. “We thought we were pretty fucking cool ‘cause nobody else had it, it didn’t come out for another two months. It’s like a distinct memory in my mind. We were listening to it really loud, and we probably looked like nerds looking back on it. “I remember it exactly, it was between Howe and Granville,” Flipout adds. For these self-proclaimed hip-hop nerds, advance copies of albums might have been one of the only perks that came along with the late nights and long hours spent at CiTR working onElements, a mid-90s magazine dedicated to hip-hop culture, published by the Student Radio Society of UBC along with Discorder. While they’re best known as DJs and radio personalities, for a brief time, Jay and Flip used their arsenal of hip-hop expertise both on and off the airwaves, not only as Element’s …

Welcome to Pine Point

In the National Film Board-produced interactive web documentary, Welcome to PinePoint, Paul Shoebridge and Michael Simons, who make up the Vancouver graphic design team the Goggles, offer an ironic welcome to the region–the irony being that the small mining town in the Northwest Territories is no longer there. The town’s disappearance, or rather, erasure from the Canadian landscape back in 1988 is the focus of the project. The interactive web doc is an exploration of memory and form, offering a unique way of back at photographs of Pine Pointers, now knowing what they didn’t know then–that it would all, one day, come to an end. “Would it be so bad?” the pair ask, if “your hometown never changed”? In a way the question implies that memories preserve Pine Point exactly as it was. As I navigated the site from my dining room table, I couldn’t help but wonder if memories could really preserve a place like Pine Point. There’s solace in the idea that not being able to return means that the town can, at least …