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Letter from the Editor We live in a world of remakes. Last month, Hollywood felt it necessary to reboot and remake the Spider-Man franchise, a franchise where not even a decade has passed since the last film was released. Regardless of whether or not you liked Andrew more than Toby or Emma more than Kirsten, the fact remains: we live in a world that’s constantly being remade. In the case of another masked superhero, I’m fairly certain we can agree that Batman’s reboot has been met not only with legions of movie-goers, but also with praise for the artistic and creative merits of the three films. That’s the sort of reboot I can get onboard with. Mostly, remakes aren’t successful and it’s because we’ve seen it before. No matter how you feel about Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, the original Willy Wonka will always be far superior to the remake. But what happens when you take something stylistically old and make it new again? Some of the artists in this issue are doing just that, and rather than it being a stagnant rehashing, these artists are making fresh and exciting works. Well-Strung, the fun-filled (and pun-filled) string quartet on our cover has taken their love of classical string music and not only made it accessible to a wider audience but is infusing it with new life. Playing everything from Beethoven to Britney, they have taken their show on the road to do a sit-down engagement in Provincetown for the summer. Another group of artists are taking music from a similar era and transforming it into some of the most dynamic, engaging and stunning dance in New York. Company XIV has been taking classic baroque dance and music and re-funneling it into a completely new style and look that’s both modern and classic at the same time. I love when artists are able to take something that existed previously and repurpose it into something new. I don’t mean when a rapper takes an Imogen Heap or Janet Jackson chorus and inserts it into their song and pretends it’s alright to do so. I mean, when someone takes classic art and re-channels it in a way that both maintains the integrity of the art and makes it accessible to a new audience. That’s really cool to me. And I stand by my statement about Willy Wonka. As much as I love squirrels more than geese (this is an understatement), the original will always be superior.

Ryan Brinson Editor-in-Chief 4 BLEEP

BLEEP Magazine 207  

BLEEP's August issue features Well-Strung, Company XIV, the art of Nicole Rubendall and many other talented people who are making a mark in...

BLEEP Magazine 207  

BLEEP's August issue features Well-Strung, Company XIV, the art of Nicole Rubendall and many other talented people who are making a mark in...