My friend Lee Juskalian sent me a video that reminds me of a video from Gizmodo.com that I posted as “Painted girl evolves,” with the excuse that the stop-motion painting of the face of a girl named Elvis Schmoulianoff had something to say about art and beauty, if not necessarily architecture.
Lee’s video, ILHAMA feat. DJ OGB, (whatever that means), had similarly strange music and I think the girl may be the same, but I can find no conclusive evidence that she is Elvis. Still, the video is striking, sort of a mix between the Elvis girl opus and another video, a string of clips of Rita Hayworth dancing to the BeeGees’ “Stayin’ Alive.” Except that ILHAMA features clips from Laurel and Hardy films, with what might be the same Elvis girl dancing intermittently between L&H clips, with and without others, and a DJ scraping some disc in the hip-hop manner.
All this appealed to me and I hope it will to you. Maybe you can suggest who she is and whether they are the same girl. To illustrate this post I will try to find a clip with some sort of architecture in the backdrop of a shot of Laurel and Hardy. That’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it.
A tip of the hat to Malcolm Millais, author of Exploding the Myths of Modern Architecture (2009), for sending along this site, Jewish Humor Central, that gives the provenance of this swell video, including a video on how it was made. It stars Azerbaijani singer Ilhama Gasimova.