Arsham premiered a film which opened up more questions than it gave answers to. We crashed his New York studio to decode the deeper references behind it
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artist Daniel Arsham released his second in a series of films and an accompanying shoe, made in collaboration with adidas Originals, titled PRESENT – HOURGLASS.
For those unfamiliar with Arsham’s work, entering into his world is like opening up a wormhole. Time, space and architecture become disjointed and it’s difficult to pinpoint where you are and when – all this at Arsham’s absolute pleasure.
The film, PRESENT – HOURGLASS, opens in Miami in the aftermath of a storm, and ends ominously (spoiler alert!) with the words “to be continued…” It’s classic Arsham – his work constantly reveals new questions and leads to very few answers, if any at all.
In order to gain a more thorough understanding, Dazed visited Arsham at his New York studio, camera and a go-pro in hand, and dug deeper into the references behind the enigmatic artist. A few things we found; the score was inspired by old Italian horror films, such as those by Dario Argento, and that “Find Japan” has a lot more meaning to it than we initially imagined. To find out more, watch the video above as Arsham unpacks some of the lesser-known references from his latest film.