The radio silence of Kanye West's Twitter account has been wildly unnerving for some of us (and by some of us, I mean me).
His last tweet was on January 7, and it read:
The world is our office.
Keep in mind, this was right after the Twitter tirade he went on -- sending a rapid fire 80 tweets in the span of 3-4 hours. From spewing out absurd messages like he was going to pick up "where Steve Jobs left off" and how school systems were messed up, to quoting George Bernard Shaw, the Charlie Sheen-esque "twirade" made us a little nervous -- but what was even more unnerving was his sudden silence. Did his PR team finally put the kabosh on letting Kanye personally tweet? Will they get a ghost tweeter to commandeer the account? Maybe he's "over" Twitter?
Let's get real, he didn't even tweet when Blue Ivy Carter came into the world -- is this not alarming to anyone else?
Well, we finally figured out where Kanye has been hiding -- The Middle East. According to The Observer, the rapper recently sent representatives to the Persian Gulf region to scout locations for his upcoming project, a short film that will be similar to his 30-minute "Runaway" arty music video he previously filmed in 2010.
So where is West looking precisely? Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Doha, apparently. And it's causing a mini crisis between the rivaling governments, as each country wants to claim the film as their own.
The Observer writes:
“In Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha all of the film initiatives are government controlled,” one source involved in the talks explained. “A bidding war is going on between various government entities and private investors to fund the film. There’s pretty intense rivalry here between Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Qatar. They all want to claim the film as their own and take credit for generating the publicity.”
West apparently fell in love with the area after he performed there last year, and his creative team has moved to the region for a few weeks to get a feel for the culture. Could this be a new stone turned for Kanye? A non-Twitter stone? I guess we will have to wait with baited breath and see.
Can you find him?
Wednesday, June 19
We sat down with Anne Pasternak for a few questions about Creative Time's past and future, as well as the importance of having an awareness about public art in the city.