By now you’ve probably seen Lady Gaga’s latest video extravaganza G.U.Y. I love the look of it – the song isn’t my favorite, and the presence of the Real Housewives, really threw me – but it’s a gorgeous video. The location was San Simeon otherwise known as Hearst Castle, the former home of William Randolph Hearst the publishing tycoon who was the inspiration for one of the greatest films ever made, Citizen Kane. It is now a museum and they have not allowed a film shoot there in nearly 50 years, so they story goes, so this was a big deal before they shot a frame. No doubt the concept was a bit inspired by the Venus section and intro to G.U.Y. in the video, as it centers around the Castle’s two famous bathing areas, the Neptune & Roman pools which feature statues of the gods. (Although God himself is Andy Cohen. Who knew?) But seriously, locations aside, Gaga’s next video shouldn’t star herself at all, but rather this vixen in the video below.
Artist Jordan Wolfson is currently exhibiting this animatronic figure at David Zwirner Gallery in New York. He has brought this new star to life, with some help from his friends at Spectral Motion. The figure is entirely animatronic and incorporates facial recognition technology, allowing her to focus on, and unnervingly, follow visitors in the room. Can’t you just see her doing Applause (she starts to as the video ends!) Better get on this Stefani before Madge or Miley beat you to it! (go full screen so you can see her facial expressions. Eerie!)