“‘88” Honors Basquiat at the Barbican

Ruffmercy, the UK animator/director (and Stash regular) best known for his music video work, lets loose with a magnum opus called “’88,” a gloriously chaotic 11-minute film made for The Barbican’s Jean-Michel Basquiat retrospective in London.

Scored by experimental musicians Danalogue, Leafcuter John, Idris Rahman, and Sarathy Korwar, the piece was created for a curated program of short films with live musical accompaniment responding to Basquiat: Boom For Real – the first UK retrospective of Basquiat’s work.

Ruffmercy: “I feel like a thief that has been given keys to a palace for an evening. Once entering that palace there is only me and the treasures within. I get to wear his crown and to dance in his slippers; what an opportunity, if only for one night.”
 
88 Basquiat at the Barbican by Ruffmercy | STASH MAGAZINE

88 Basquiat at the Barbican by Ruffmercy | STASH MAGAZINE

88 Basquiat at the Barbican by Ruffmercy | STASH MAGAZINE

88 Basquiat at the Barbican by Ruffmercy | STASH MAGAZINE

88 Basquiat at the Barbican by Ruffmercy | STASH MAGAZINE

88 Basquiat at the Barbican by Ruffmercy | STASH MAGAZINE

88 Basquiat at the Barbican by Ruffmercy | STASH MAGAZINE

Director/animator: Ruffmercy
Music: Danalogue, Idris Rahman, Sarathy Korwar, Leafcutter John
 
 
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