YACHT-Designed Sunglasses Collection Out Now
We designed a collection of sunglasses for Brazilian accessories company Chilli Beans. The collection, called “Make Your Face Smile,” features eleven different unisex frames, including optical frames, in an entirely black and white palette, and includes dozens of hidden details: hidden third-eyes, smiley-faces built into the screws, and translucent temples which reveal the sunglasses’ armature. Refinery29 said the collection “reimagines past trends to suit the modern age,” and called them “just the ticket;” NYLON agreed that the “awesome prints, holograms, rainbow-tinted flip-ups, anchors, and cut-outs…could only have been imagined by the dance punk musicmakers.” The sunglasses are available online and in Chilli Beans stores worldwide. Read more at CoolHunting and MTV.
Where Does This Disco?
For the release of our EP, “Where Does This Disco?”, we created a multimedia investigation into the history, nature, and future of the compact disc. The physical was an editioned CD art object including two discs: one, a unique “Mini-Max” containing the songs of the EP, and two, a clear unplayable disc sculpture engraved with YACHT’s entire musical catalogue, but without the reflective pane of foil which allows for playback. The intangible was the accompanying narrative, told through wheredoesthisdisco.today, an interactive microsite which scrolls through our creative process and larger themes at play—consumption, commerce, design, physical media, and the nature of a song. WIRED Magazine called the project “music not as a thing in itself, but the beginning of a chain of experiences which has no edge.” Listen to YACHT’s interview with CBC Radio about “Where Does This Disco?” here.
Claire Named Futures Editor for VICE’s Motherboard
In addition to taking on half of everything YACHT-related, Claire has also maintained a robust career as a journalist specializing on where science and art collide. She has been a frequent contributor to ESPN’s Grantland, National Geographic’s ScienceBlogs, OMNI, and VICE’s Motherboard, the latter of which has now given her the very cool title of Futures Editor. View all Motherboard articles by Claire L. Evans.
YACHT & Claire L. Evans at Moogfest
Moogfest was one of the first festivals to allow YACHT to represent the full spectrum of itself. In addition to the YACHT show, Claire presented a daytime panel called “Science Fiction & The Synthesized Sound,” bringing artists together to discuss the future of music. And who better to discuss science fiction, androids, utopias, and high-concept musical narratives with the Electric Lady, Janelle Monae, than Claire L. Evans? No one, that’s who. Watch the panel discussion with Janelle Monae on YouTube. Read an overview from The New York Times.
“Plastic Soul” Video Produced by JASH
The video for “Plastic Soul,” directed by Whitmer Thomas and Clay Tatum and produced by the YouTube comedy channel JASH (Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts, Michael Cera, Tim & Eric,) documents a three-day adventure in Gulf Shores, AL—the birthplace of the cheeseburger in paradise—captured on handheld cameras. Read more on Pitchfork.
Jona & Claire Speak at Creative Mornings
Creative Mornings is a morning lecture series geared towards the creative community with chapters worldwide. At Creative Mornings Los Angeles, Claire and Jona presented an overview of their work, shared their design philosophy, and discussed the value of creating meaningful experiences both on and offline. The theme of the talk was “Work is Play.” Read more at Creative Mornings, or watch the talk on YouTube.
YACHT & Marc Maron Release NSA Protest Song in Trade for Donations
“Party at the NSA” is a new song that directly satirizes and protests the continued illegal surveillance of private citizens by the NSA. The song, which features a guitar solo by comedian Marc Maron, is available online for a small donation. All proceeds from sales of the song are being donated to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a donation-supported nonprofit that litigates on behalf of the public interest for digital rights. Read more on Nothing Major, Fast Company, and SPIN, or listen to our interview on “All Things Considered” on KCRW, or with Marc Maron on WTF.
YACHT Lyrics & Design Ripped Off by Big-Box Retailers
Kohl’s, Macy’s, and Burlington Coat Factory are all selling a t-shirt designed by Freeze, CMI which employs the YACHT logotype and lyrics, without our permission. Learn more from Pitchfork, Hollywood Reporter, SPIN, and the LA Times
Claire Opens Solo Art Show in Miami
A multisensory survey of objects and videos, scent and literature, collected in one place for the first time, and largely new to the world. High Frontiers is, as Mark von Schlegell writes about Claire’s work, “a room of networked science fictions [where] young women’s minds will meet the shock of the ‘demoniac glimpse’ of the technologically-accessed modern real, and in the temporary safety of this new Dark Age see the stars.” High Frontiers opened February 20th, 2013 at Gallery Diet in Miami, FL.
Claire Releases New Book of Essays
High Frontiers is a new collection of Claire’s essays revolving around science, space, art and the unknown. Previously disseminated and published through various means online, this edition is published by Publication Studio. Subjects covered range from submersibles to mycology, surrealism, cyborgs, machine learning, love, and art on the moon; includes interviews with Dr. Oliver Sacks, Trevor Paglen, and Ursula K. LeGuin, and a couple of weird poems, to be safe.
YACHT TV Show in Development with Amazon
Support is a dark comedy we’re developing about the life of an opening band, optioned by Amazon Studios. For the past three years, we’ve imagined our lives on the road as a TV show. In many ways, a tour is a perfect analogue to an episodic series: there’s a central cast of characters, recurring locations, absurd scenarios, and new conflicts to resolve every day.
YACHT Co-creates Shangri-La Perfume
Shangri-La is a limited-edition fragrance which completes the total sensory experience of YACHT. Shangri-La is closer to an anointing oil, hand-blended from all natural essential oils by Heather Sielaff of OLO, a cult fragrance line based in Portland, OR. The collaboration has resulted in a mystical serum, a bottle which leads the subconscious directly to Utopia…A place that exists solely in the mind, gently triggering the synapses just like a scent memory. Read about Shangri-La on Refinery29.
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YACHT is a conceptual pop group based in Los Angeles, California. It’s the brainchild of Jona Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans, whose wide-ranging interests and deep-seated ADD cause YACHT to frequently metamorphose: from band to belief system, from disco infiltrators to punk rockers, from performance artists to graphic designers, publishers, sculptors, or philosophers.
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