When Art Collides

Sometimes I enjoy dabbling with photography and digital collage. I post most of it up on Pixabay under Creative Commons licensing—”Free for commercial use. No attribution required.”

Why do I do this? Because when you throw art into the universe, sometimes it collides with more art and comes back to you…. and that’s always exciting.

That happened recently when I was informed that one of my images had been used in a video by John Horn Music. I went to listen and really love the composition he did. With photos, a few phrases and his music he tells this sparse tale of visiting a place called “The Spike,” a lawless cyberpunk themed outpost where anything can be had for the right price. The music is hypnotic but energized. The visuals are intense. It’s like an speculative art-exhibit-musical-story.

I think this counts as a movie credit for me… right?

I do love this cityscape—skyscrapers sinking to their knees in a flooded world under an alien sky—and I’ve used it in quite a few places myself. You can see it on the header above and as the background for the #136 fiction line up… and that was because I used it again on page 44 in the last issue of Space and Time as the backdrop for Maxwell I. Gold’s poem Crimson Faces.

This is art colliding. A bunch of creatives bounced around like atoms and when a bunch of free radicals start bouncing off each other there is sure to be some sort of explosion. I’m excited to see what happens. While we wait for the art-calypse, give John Horn a listen, a view and a like.

If you really want to immerse in this collision, read Crimson Faces by Maxwell I. Gold (Space and Time magazine, Winter #135, page 44) and then watch this video.

Visit John Horn Music on Facebook, or at John Horn Music here.

You can see the original image and use it in your own project here.

See “The Spike” below…

About Angela Yuriko Smith

Angela Yuriko Smith is an American poet, publisher and author. Her first collection of poetry, In Favor of Pain, was nominated for an 2017 Elgin Award. Her latest novella, Bitter Suites, is a 2018 Bram Stoker Awards® Finalist. Currently, she publishes Space and Time magazine, a 53 year old publication dedicated to fantasy, horror and science fiction. For more information visit SpaceandTimeMagazine.com or AngelaYSmith.com.
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