Fix Your Bike is a custumizable kit for your bikes, composed of 7 pieces decorated with the nostalgic “tape” diagram created by the design study Tagmi and printed on adhesive film.
Not a common sticker, but a long duration (3/5 years), waterproof, anti-UV, and anti abrasion adhesive.
Anyone can easy apply the diagram on a bike, you only nees the aid of a meter and a cutter. Thanks to the “easy to apply” glue there will be no bubbles during the application and it is possible to move the film, attacking it and detaching it until the final adhesion on the frame of the bicycle.
It is then possible to remove it easily, using an hair phon, bringing everything back to its original aspect and replace with another diagram.


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Author : Valentina Matelli


Miranda July. We love everything she does, so we can’t wait to read The First Bad Man, her “so heartbreaking, so dirty, so tender, so funny—so Miranda July-“ debut novel.

Here is Cheryl, a tightly-wound, vulnerable woman who lives alone, with a perpetual lump in her throat. She is haunted by a baby boy she met when she was six, who sometimes recurs as other people’s babies. Cheryl is also obsessed with Phillip, a philandering board member at the women’s self-defense nonprofit where she works. She believes they’ve been making love for many lifetimes, though they have yet to consummate in this one.

When Cheryl’s bosses ask if their twenty-one-year-old daughter, Clee, can move into her house for a little while, Cheryl’s eccentrically ordered world explodes. And yet it is Clee—the selfish, cruel blond bombshell—who bullies Cheryl into reality and, unexpectedly, provides her the love of a lifetime.

Tender, gripping, slyly hilarious, infused with raging sexual obsession and fierce maternal love, Miranda July’s first novel confirms her as a spectacularly original, iconic, and important voice today, and a writer for all time.

The book comes with a collateral project you can read more about here: www.thefirstbadman.com

Author : Federica Mascagni


American artist Jim Hodges is known for his singular ability to infuse emotion and narrative into the objects of daily life, creating poignant studies based in temporality, life, and love. This is the first comprehensive survey to be organized in the United States on the work of the New York–based artist. Featuring some 75 pieces produced from 1987 through the present, Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take brings together photography, drawing, works on paper, and objects rendered in mirror, lightbulbs, silk flowers, and glass alongside several major room-size installations. The exhibition is curated by Olga Viso, executive director, Walker Art Center and Jeffrey Grove, former senior curator of special projects & research, Dallas Museum of Art. The Hammer’s presentation is organized by Connie Butler, chief curator, and Aram Moshayedi, curator.

Since the late 1980s, Hodges’ poetic reconsiderations of the material world have inspired a wide-ranging body of work. From the delicate nature of early wall sculptures—including Diary of Flowers (1994), composed with hundreds of doodled paper napkins, and Changing Things (1997), made from disassembled silk flowers—to the large cut-paper photographs of flowering trees, gold-leafed newspaper pages, and light-filled mirror mosaics of the past decade, Hodges’ art typically begins as humble, even overlooked materials that are transformed through his touch. These acts of subtle transmutation, which merge the practices of drawing and sculpture, are evocative reminders of longing and loss and the formation of queer identity in the aftermath of the AIDS crisis.

Until January 18

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024
(310) 443-7000

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Medical staff carry James Dorbor, 8, suspected of having Ebola, into a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia. Sept. 5, 2014. (Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times)


More than ever, photography has become the predominant means for us to communicate. An absolutely astounding number of pictures are shared every single day — half a billion, and rising. And yet somehow, even amid this colossal torrent of imagery, the best pictures rise to the top. Photography, with the still image continuing to hold extraordinary power, bypassing borders and languages and cultures, to inform and educate us. Its success is its impact, altering our actions or thoughts merely because it exists. It’s our proof.

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Author : Chiara Cremaschi


Here we are. In a  blink, it’s Christmas again. Like every December, nearly 1 million Christmas trees are sold in New York, where hundreds of people set up shops along the sidewalks working 12-hour shifts and sleeping in cars and campers. Neighborhoods welcome back the vendors from year to year, often embracing them with warm hospitality. This is the unique setting of Christmas, again, the new movie by director/writer Charles Poekel.

Poekel – who had a three years experience of running a tree stand in Greenpoint, Brooklyn -, said he wanted to explore the unique relationship between the New York Christmas trees’ sellers and their neighborhoods “to  show what 29 nights on the sidewalk can do to the human spirit”.

His indie Christmas tale is the story of Noel, a young man who travels from upstate NY to sell trees in the city. But this time his heart is so broken he is practically in mourning. As Noel begins to spiral downwards, alienating all the people around him, it turns out this same community may be the only one capable of saving him from self-destruction.

Happy Holidays and Happy Christmas, again!


Author : Federica Mascagni


image by SOFIA NETO a very talented illustrator

Author : Francesca Querci


Bicycle Tailor. A unique one man bicycle workshop specializing in service/repairs, custom bike builds, hand built wheels, restorations & consultation.

Ben, the owner, is a Italophile with a great knowledge and passion for classic Italian culture, and especially cycling. He opened this space that it’s more of a dream hangout than a workshop. Whether you need a wheel trued or a frame built, or just want a coffee or a beer and a chat, you’ll be welcome.

Cicli Spirito is in Sydney.


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Author : Valentina Matelli


Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck is the first fully  authorized documentary about the Nirvana’s frontman. Director Brett Morgen started working on the project 8 years ago and could gain access to Cobain’s entire personal and family archives. The movie itself gets its name from a musical collage Kurt created with a 4-track cassette recorder around 1988.

Morgen said that once he stepped into Cobain’s archive, he discovered over 200 hours of unreleased music and audio, a vast array of art projects (oil paintings, sculptures), countless hours of never-before-seen home movies, and thousands of pages of writings that together help paint an intimate portrait of an artist who rarely revealed himself to the media.

The documentary, which is executive produced by Kurt’s daughter, Frances Bean, includes  numerous Nirvana performances, together with previously unheard songs and never-before-seen home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, journals, demos and songbooks.

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in February.


Author : Federica Mascagni

S T O R I E S – A journey from photography to literature

STORIES. A journey from photography to literature by the photographer Paolo Gotti.

The photographic series is inspired by the compelling plots of some of the greatest stories of all time all over the world. Literature depicts the complexity of the world. But if the novels are a reflection of reality, it is equally true that the reality often takes inspiration in their plots.

With the photographic series STORIES the photographer Paolo Gotti conducts an investigation diametrically opposite to the one of the publisher in search of a book cover. Gotti started, in fact, by the photographs he took personally in his countless trips around the world, and then found the stories that could ideally be linked to the images. Each image is associated with a quote from books very different from each of them: great classics and contemporary novels, collections of short stories or historical narratives.

STORIES includes visual interpretations of Robinson Crusoe (1719) by Daniel Defoe, Wuthering Heights (1847) by Emily Brontë, Anna Karenina (1877) by Leo Tolstoy, Treasure Island (1883) Robert Louis Stevenson, Tales of the South Seas (1921) by William Somerset Maugham, On the Road (1957) Jack Keruac, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967) by Gabriel García Márquez, The name of the Rose (1980) by Umberto Eco, The Mexico Dust (1992) by Pino Cacucci, Ocean Sea (1993) by Alessandro Baricco, Shame (1999) by JM Coetzee, ending with The Road (2006) by Cormac McCarthy.

13 images for 12 novels by different authors that Paolo Gotti loved, that somehow have marked his personal history, as well as his travels and his pictures, taken throughout the last forty years all over the planet.

S T O R I E S by Paolo Gotti

December 16th, 2014 – February 19th, 2015

Teatro Duse’s Foyer, Bologna


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Suspended between the boundaries of realism and fantasy, Kara’s hand cut collages are an act of imagination and re-creation produced through the up-cycling of magazines.  Launched in 2013 at a London exhibition alongside works by Hirst, Emin and Quinn, Kara named her first collection “i don’t wanna be famous!” and has since produced over forty images, excluding commissions, which have sold, as limited edition prints, in the UK and overseas to private collectors, hotels and commercial spaces.


What does art mean for you? 

For me it is a way to invent, to imagine, to dream, discover and reveal my musings

How many piece ​s have you done in your entire life and when did you start?

If I was any good at maths, I could tell you! Let’s just say I’ll make many more than I’ve made

Do you think that Art must be explained or do you think that it’s a subjective thing?

Subjective all the way!

How do you choose the subject for your pieces?

I empty my head of all thoughts and plans and take the plunge! Each collage I start from the very beginning; searching through my pile of out of date magazines and selecting images which spark a reaction from me. With each acquired image a story evolves.

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Let the magic begin: Kelly Slater, Gabriel Medina e Mick Fanning

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Author : Vivienne Avidan


The documentary The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness by director Mami Sunada gives us a rare glimpse behind the scenes of one of the world’s most celebrated animation studios: the legendary  Studio Ghibli.

Mami Sunada granted near-unfettered access to the animation house being able to capture many of the details of the studio’s production process.

Over the course of one year, she followed the three men who are the lifeblood of Ghibli -the eminent director Hayao Miyazaki, the producer Toshio Suzuki, and the elusive and influential “other director” Isao Takahata- as the studio rushes to complete two films, Miyazaki’s The Wind Rises and Takahata’s The Tale of The Princess Kaguya.

The result is a delightful journey and an insight into the dreams, passion and singular dedication of these remarkable creators.

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Author : Federica Mascagni


The Palazzo Strozzi Contemporaneo project is now hosting Tu sei qui (You Are Here), a site-specific environmental installation designed by artistic duo Bianco-Valente.
Bianco-Valente use their work to explore such universal human themes as the relationship between body and mind, or between collective history and personal perception. In this installation, produced specifically for the Palazzo Strozzi Courtyard, the Neapolitan artists reflect on the concept of experience, on the dynamic of choice and on the pressures and influences that determine it.

A large reflecting wall erected in the centre of the Courtyard bears the legend “you are here” on both sides, a direct and simple statement echoing the words frequently found on city maps or building plans. The wall is complemented by a diagram on the ground, shaped by lights projected from above, evoking an abstract and symbolic visualisation of personal experience, of the choices and events that people and shape our existence.

Bianco-Valente have always interpreted personal and collective history as a network, a connecting fabric that redefines the environment around us and that is defined by that environment in its turn. Through the Palazzo Strozzi Courtyard experience, Tu sei qui (You Are Here) offers a metaphorical depiction of life between limitations and choices, individual pathways and happenstance.

curated by ELENA MAGINI


Author : Redazione


Lili Reynaud-Dewar creates environments and situations in which she uses her own body, as well as those of others, to examine the dual experiences of vulnerability and empowerment associated with acts of exposing oneself to the world.
Recently her installations have staged domestic environments, such as a series of bedrooms produced over the past year featuring beds that have been transformed into sound sculptures through the insertion of speakers.
“Live Through That?!,” Reynaud-Dewar’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States, presents a new installation in this series and includes, among other works, four site-specific videos. Shot on several of the Museum’s floors, the videos reveal the artist as she moves and dances alone through the building, camouflaging herself in the empty gallery spaces during the transition period between exhibitions. Playing with notions of intimacy and display, the french artist pays homage to four films by Bruce Nauman titled Art Make-Up (1967–68), in which the artist applies layers of makeup to his face and torso, first white, then pink, then green, and finally black—the same four colors Reynaud-Dewar covers her own body with as she performs throughout the Museum, using a different color on each floor.

Courtesy New Museum, New York. Photo Benoit Pailley

“Lili Reynaud-Dewar: Live Through That?!” 
curated by Helga Christoffersen.

Until 01/25/2015
New Museum
New York 

Author : Serena Becagli


A magic video from Scott Gold

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Animals aren’t actors, spectacles to imprison and gawk at, or circus clowns. Yet thousands of these animals are forced to perform silly, confusing tricks under the threat of physical punishment; are carted across the country in cramped and stuffy boxcars or semi-truck trailers; are kept chained or caged in barren, boring, and filthy enclosures; and are separated from their families and friends—all for the sake of human “entertainment.” Many of these animals even pay with their lives.

Read more on PETA site: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-in-entertainment/#ixzz3KqKM0Cmw
Author : Francesca Querci


Kelly Slater Pro France 2014

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Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott, 2006

The exhibit The Cal – Pirelli Collection, Form and Desire is a great selection of over 200 photographs from the Pirelli Calendars, from its inception in the ‘60s to today. Scheduled from 21 November 2014 to 22 February 2015 at Palazzo Reale, in Milan, the exhibition, curated by Walter Guadagnini and Amedeo Turello and with the patronage of the Expo, was created thanks to the fundamental contribution of Pirelli, which made available its collection of thousands of photographs.
After quickly becoming a cult object, the Calendar has always interpreted social and cultural change and anticipated trends in new fashions through the attentive eye of the most famous contemporary artists. The exhibit is a must-see opportunity to admire 50 years of extraordinary and innovative images by the best photographers in the world– including Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, Peter Lindberg, Bruce Weber, Peter Beard, Steve McCurry, Patrick Demarchelier and Steven Meisel. Their images are a journey through the romantic discovery of nudity and the modesty of intimacy, the presence of evocative symbols and inspirations, seduction and the desire to provoke, nature and the artifice of imagination, elegance and timeless beauty.

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“Fake ‘till you can”. Sid Vicious

In the late ‘90s JT LeRoy achieved a cult status through critically acclaimed and ethically charged books such as Sarah and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things which deal with issues inspired by his own personal life: teen prostitution, addiction, HIV. Leroy’s public appearances increased the myth around his persona, presenting him as a mysterious figure wearing wig and sunglasses, mixing with a fashionable crowd of writers, musicians and filmmakers. But just as his fame skyrocketed, journalists uncovered that he wasn’t who he claimed to be. What followed was a downfall  bewildering and tragic.

San Francisco based filmmaker Marjorie Sturm gained access to LeRoy’s inner circle before the deception was revealed. In the feature documentary The Cult of JT LeRoy she chronicles what really happened and explores our culture’s complicity with the author’s seductive cult of personality questioning about identity and celebrity, literature and culture, and the reality of the society we live in.

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Author : Federica Mascagni


Melvin Edwards‘ career began in 1965 with a solo exhibition at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Over the next five years three more museum exhibitions followed, including his groundbreaking presentation at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the first ever by an African-American sculptor. Since 1970, Edwards’ work has been widely exhibited, establishing him as an iconic figure who inspired a younger generation of African-American artists.

In all its forms, Edwards’ work engages with the history of race and civil rights and social and political turmoil. Taking inspiration from Africa where he spends several months each year working in Senegal, Edwards’ sculptures address his personal history with beguiling openness and universalism and celebrate inclusion and diversity.

The exhibition features a dramatic large-scale sculptural installation made from barbed wire and conceived in the 1960s. Realised here for the first time, its many strands cascade from the ceiling and create a single plane anchored to the wall in a circular configuration. Sharing an affinity with other conceptual minimalist installations of the 1960s, Edwards’ choice of barbed wire as material imbues this sculpture with social and political meaning.

Edwards’ work contains a multitude of contradictions. Seemingly arbitrary forms are meticulous compositions; distinctly evocative, sensitive and forceful. By summoning a range of artistic, cultural and historical references, his art resonates even more today. In January 2015 the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas will host his next major retrospective.

25 November 2014 – 17 January 2015
Stephen Friedman Gallery
25-28 Old Burlington Street

Author : Serena Becagli


David Marsili Photographer

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Mexico 1934-1935


From 26 September 2014 to 25 January 2015, the Ara Pacis Museum of Rome will host a retrospective exhibition of Henri Cartier-Bresson, curated by Clément Chéroux. This large exposition is a production of the Pompidou Centre of Paris. It is promoted by Roma Capitale Assessorato alla Cultura, Creatività e Promozione Artistica – Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, produced by Contrasto and Zètema Progetto Cultura, and proposed on the ten-year anniversary of Henri Cartier-Bresson’s death.

Compositional skill, extraordinary visual intuition, and the ability to seize upon the most fleeting but also most important moments, made Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908 – 2004) one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century. Throughout his career, while travelling the world and witnessing history’s greatest moments, Cartier-Bresson was always able to unite poetry with the power of documentation. From Surrealism to the Cold War, from the Spanish Civil War to the Second World War and Decolonization, Cartier-Bresson was one of the greatest chronicles of our history; the “eye of the century”, as he is rightly called.

His work falls into three great periods. The first, from 1926 to 1935, when Cartier-Bresson socializes with the Surrealists, takes his first steps in photography and goes on his first voyages. The second, from 1936 to 1946, is defined by his involvement in politics, his work for the Communist press and his experience in filmmaking. The third, from 1947 to 1970, covers the period after the founding of Magnum Photos agency to his retirement from photo reporting.

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Levi’s Commuter is a special line designed for and by cyclists.

The collection is made up of featuring denim trucker jackets, a simple T-shirt range, jeans, cargo pants, pleated shorts and a technical parka. This latest lookbook showcases the heritage brand’s stylish solutions for urban commuters.


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Author : Valentina Matelli


Free surfing whit Brett Simpson , Kolohe Andino and Gabriel Medina

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Author : Vivienne Avidan


WHO: Steve McCurry, born in 1950, the legendary American photojournalist and one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography. McCurry creates stunning images over six continents and countless countries. His work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike – yet always retains the human element.

WHAT: His new exhibition, Oltre lo sguardo (a retrospective), displays 150 of his photos from a career that has spanned over 30 years and countless treks across the globe. It presents striking portraits of people and culture around the world: from India to Afghanistan to Ethiopia, McCurry captures the very essence of humanity in unforgettable ways.

WHEN: Until April 6, 2015

WHERE: Villa Reale di Monza, Italy –> http://www.mostrastevemccurry.it/mostra.html

WHY: “For me a portrait is about connection. Somehow you connect with a person, visually or emotionally,” said McCurry ”I’ve often believed that a person’s life stories are kind of written on their face. It’s magical, it’s mystical the way you can connect to a person, it’s hard to describe. You know it when you see it.

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From a quick interview with Glenn Manders, an indie toy maker from Brisbane, Australia.

Tell us something about your project

The Cheestroyer is like a cheeseburger godzilla style character.. The “King of Burgers”! The character was designed by Bad Teeth and sculpted in clay by Double Haunt in Brisbane. I started drawing a mutated version of a little cheeseburger headed boy character that I have had for many years now, and soon after I contacted a local artist to help me turn this guy into a toy. Double Haunt produced a few resin versions of the toy but we wanted to get this guy made in soft vinyl, however the process of getting metal molds made by a professional toy company is super expensive.

..and how Cheestroyer has been produced.

We ran a Kickstarter to fund production in soft vinyl with UK based designer toy company Unbox Industries in late 2013. There were resin versions of the toy and copies of the Cheestroyer comic book available as backer rewards, in addition to pre-orders for the first batch of vinyl figures. Soft Vinyl is a fantastic material for toys.. it has a real sincere, genuine feel about it.. a lot of vintage toys were made with soft vinyl including the original Godzilla and Ultraman toys from Japan.  So far we have released vinyl in standard GID, Black Glitter, Light Pink, Crystal Clear, Blue GID and Flesh colourways with painted limited runs on top of those base colours by Bad Teeth, Double Haunt and also some guest artists from overseas.

Where we can buy your products?

Blanks and hand-painted versions of the toy are available at http://badteethcomics.bigcartel.com/ and https://www.doublehaunt.com/

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Sally Fitzgibbons – France – 2014

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Fischerspooner releases its first art book, New Truth, a retrospective overview of the project from 1998-2003.

Founded by artists Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner in 1998, Fischerspooner began as a philosophical provocation that sought to explore the expressive potential located in the gap between popular entertainment and art. Soon swelling from a duo to an army of dancers, stylists, photographers, and musicians, the group has activated a variety of spaces such as traditional concert halls, nightclubs, construction sites, parades, art galleries, and museums. Fischerspooner ultimately proposes that artifice and surface can be recombined to create a new concept of authenticity—a new truth. This kaleidoscopic monograph provides unprecedented insight into the first five years of the Fischerspooner project. From a debut performance in a New York City Starbucks, to a blitz of the international art world, to more mainstream visibility via a major label recording contract, New Truth chronicles Fischerspooner’s quest to profoundly upend the boundaries of art, music, and performance. Invested in liminal spaces and the in-between, Fischerspooner also captures a unique millennial moment that seemed to prophesy a future where the avant-garde could be translated into a vernacular of pure joy.

Published by Damiani
Edited with introduction by Meredith Mowder. Text by Klaus Biesenbach, Gavin Brown, Jeffrey Deitch, Warren Fischer, Casey Spooner.

Author : Serena Becagli


Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the longest-running and most prestigious nature photography competition in the world. Now in its 50th year, the WPY competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography. The competition is co-owned by two UK institutions that pride themselves on revealing and championing the diversity of life on Earth – the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.
The overall winner is American photographer Michael Nichols with his image of five female lions at rest with their cubs in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park. Until 30 August 2015 you can visit the WPY exhibition that showcases the award-winning images at London’s Natural History Museum .
Images are chosen by an international jury for their artistic composition, technical innovation and truthful interpretation of the natural world. The winning images reveal the abundance, beauty, resilience and vulnerability of life on Earth. Our precious and fragile heritage.

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Author : Chiara Cremaschi


Falling for Myanmar (Burma) from Chris Brosz

Whether soaring over 2,000 pagodas at sunrise in Bagan, boating through Inle Lake’s floating fishing villages, or simply interacting with the locals, you quickly realize Myanmar is a true gem.

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Craftsmanship combines steel, denim, machined alloys, vectors, lines, splines, pigments, paints and pixels in this unprecedented new collection from House Industries.

House Industries worked with several manufacturing partners to develop custom House Industries bicycles and related accessories.

Tellason and Tanner Goods bring their own brand of distinctively American workaday utilitarianism to the project with selvage denim and a handcrafted leather seat bag. In a nod to Japan’s rich cycling history, Nagasaki Prefecture’s Hasamiyaki adds four centuries of ceramic history to the collection with Velo coffee cups and plates.

Released in conjunction with the new House Industries Velo Serif font collection, the House Velo bicycle and accessory concept parallels the new typeface family’s goal of utility and simplicity. With an extended wheelbase, ample tire clearance, rack and fender mounts and strong-but-supple, double-butted steel tubing, the House Industries bicycles are ready to attack a daily commute or an adventure of a lifetime and everything in between.

Loosely inspired by iconic European branding, the Velo Serif font family is a simple yet elegant creative workhorse optimized for a wide range of design applications. Originally conceived in 2003 in a partnership between House Industries and type designer Christian Schwartz, Velo is the result of more than decade of refinement.

Velo Serif includes sixteen fonts: Twelve display styles ranging from thin to black with complementary italics and four text styles designed for longer settings. Velo Serif Display features an increased x-height for more illustrative headlines while Velo Serif Text maintains a readable cadence in high word count environments.

The Velo Serif fonts were designed by House Industries, Christian Schwartz, Mitja Miklavcic and Ben Kiel.


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Author : Valentina Matelli



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Presented at Villa Erba on Lake Como at the 6th edition of the sophisticated and high-end garden exhibition Orticolario, which just took place from 3rd to 5th of October, the Aster-oid of the Florentine Ludovica Ginanneschi and Meri Iacchi has been awarded the Best Artistic Garden prize, ‘where Art and Nature create a perfect balance’.   Selected through an international call for applications for the Creative Gardens section, Aster-oid is first of all a wordplay paying homage to the aster flower, ‘star flower’, to which this edition of Orticolario has been dedicated.   Taking inspiration from land-art, the garden reproduces on the ground the crater originated by the impact of an imaginary asteroid with planet Earth, from the heart of which explodes a profusion of colourful asters.

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Author : Serena Becagli



Already I am no longer looked at with lechery or love. My daughters and sons have put me away with marbles and dolls, Are gone from the house. My husband and lovers are pleasant or somewhat polite And night is night. It is a real chill out, The genuine thing.

I am not deceived, I do not think it is still summer Because sun stays and birds continue to sing. It is summer-gone that I see, it is summer-gone. The sweet flowers indrying and dying down, The grasses forgetting their blaze and consenting to brown.

It is a real chill out.

The fall crisp comes I am aware there is winter to heed. There is no warm house That is fitted with my need.

I am cold in this cold house this house Whose washed echoes are tremulous down lost halls.

I am a woman, and dusty, standing among new affairs. I am a woman who hurries through her prayers.  Tin intimations of a quiet core to be my Desert and my dear relief Come: there shall be such islanding from grief, And small communion with the master shore. Twang they. And I incline this ear to tin, Consult a dual dilemma.

Whether to dry In humming pallor or to leap and die. Somebody muffed it?? Somebody wanted to joke

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Paris born, Italian artist and freelance illustrator since 2006. She works with ink, pigment liner, felt-tip pen and sometimes she mixes hand drawing with digital instruments. Her illustrations are surreal, dreamlike,   darkly and full of incredible details. As a freelance illustrator, in recent years she has worked with some   creative directors and each one gave to her various and very interesting point of view about aesthetics, way to work, communication’s process.

“Nocturne” (picture above) as Noumeda says – represents a lady with sexual and provocative elements, an occasion to reflect about the darkness and lustful ways to obtain   the object of desire. She is exposing an opium flower to seduce the little bird. Her upper part of the body is  intricate, sophisticated, and represents an hiding place for the bird’s copulation. – Her pubic hair turns into   blades of grass. She’s trying to camouflage herself.

More on Noumeda: Her works has been published on ” 200 Best Illustrators worldwide Luerzer’s Archive Specials 09/10″, Big Book of Fashion Illustration, Communication Arts – 50° Anniversary Issue, Rolling Stone Magazine, Glamour magazine, Computer Arts, La Perla Magazine, Trenland, Kult magazine.  Awards: *3×3 PROFESSIONAL SHOW N°7 2010 merit Awards. *Design & Illustration AWARD at Art Takes London 2011.

Web : www.noumeda.com Contacts: info@noumeda.com

Author : Francesca Querci


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Almost two decades ago the first Chrome Bag was made with a Juki sewing machine, a few yards of Cordura®, military grade truck tarpaulin, and the commitment to make bombproof gear that works on and off the bike. From the beginning, the drive for simple, useful, and resourceful solutions led Chrome to make its original messenger bag with a salvaged seatbelt buckle. With innovations like the iconic quick release buckle, load stabilizing strap, dual wall construction and five bar webbing, the Chrome Messenger Bag became the bag of choice for working bike messengers around the world. Over the last 17 years Chrome has never wavered from its commitment to making useful and durable gear for professional messengers, fixed freestyle riders, and urban commuters: people who live and ride in the city. Chrome makes street tested bags, footwear, and apparel that adapt to the changing and unpredictable nature of the city. Chrome is not about fashion. Chrome is utility and mobility.


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Huang Yong Ping at Kamel Mennour

Considered to be one of the most interesting contemporary artists, a protagonist of the Chinese artistic avant-garde with the Xiamen Dada movement he founded, Huang Yong Ping is in Italy for the first time with a major exhibition.  Installations of monumental dimensions, including a gigantic aluminium serpent, invade the museum spaces ideally representing an encounter between East and West and proposing a critical analysis of the contemporary geopolitical situation.  Starting out from the relationship between cultural and identity traditions, the artist also touches on another fundamental theme: the relationship between religion and divinatory arts. It is no coincidence that the title of the show references a passage from Exodus in the Bible: “Aaron cast down his staff before Pharaoh and before his servants, and it became a serpent”.

MAXXI – ROME – ITALY 19 December 2014 – April 2015
Gallery 3 and the museum piazza
curated by Hou Hanru


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#DANCEBOX by #Mike Song and KRNFX

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Matteo Beni like Superman – Simone Fantini like..drop! – ARNO RIVER – FLORENCE

 “Eating wheat, like ice climbing, mountain boarding, and bungee jumping, is an extreme sport. It is the only common food that carries its own long-term mortality rate.” William Davis

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Solé Bicycle Company was founded in 2009 by two friends who were fed up with the state of fixed gear bicycles. With a shared determination and vision, they set out to introduce high performance, stylish and affordable fixed gear bicycles to the planet.

Fast forward four years and they’re still doing what they love — putting their passion for design, simplicity and community into every bicycle they create and working day and night at Venice, Calif. headquarters to make you fall in love with your daily commute.

Whether cruising from the office to the beach, the coffee shop to campus, or just taking a lazy Saturday ride with friends, your bicycle is a vital accessory.  At Solé, they want to share the blissful experience of riding a high-performance bicycle that leaves you with enough cash left in your pocket for your next adventure.  On a Solé, you’re set.



Author : Valentina Matelli


The first major solo museum presentation in Spain of british artist Marc Quinn at CAC Málaga includes a selection of new and recent works that continue Quinn’s investigation into some of the key concerns of our age. Violence and Serenity curated by Fernando Francés, focusing on such wide-ranging themes as notions of identity, mapping and our biological and cultural evolution, Quinn’s work incorporates a range of media including sculpture, painting, tapestry, photography and drawing.
For Fernando Francés, Director of the CAC Málaga: “The natural course of life and scientific advances intended to avoid destruction and death come face-to-face in Marc Quinn’s work and his oeuvre precisely reflects what reality prefers not to reveal. Military conflicts taking place around the world are notably present in his latest series (…) Beauty in death and violence, representations of bodies and living beings impossible to find in nature, displaying themselves to the human eye as they have never done before, portraits made from DNA: in sum, Marc Quinn’s work invites us to constantly challenge the principles and pillars of human knowledge. The viewer enters a laboratory in which science succumbs before art and death before eternal beauty”.

The exhibition is in collaboration with the British Council.
Marc Quinn
Violence and Serenity
12 September 2014 – 30 November 2014
CAC Málaga, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo
Author : Serena Becagli


The Dutch artist based in Amsterdam and New York Lily van der Stokker presents Huh, at the Koening and Clinton Gallery, NY.
Huh is discussion about beauty, femininity, and optimism to which the ugly, the cheap, and the vacant are tethered.Huh holds a mirror to art world clichés and power structures, and laughs about them. Affixed to the Gallery’s wall, a pink retail sign advertises: only yelling older women in here/nothing to sell. Just opposite, van der Stokker’s vast acrylic wall paintings engulf the main gallery space. Initially inspired by the artist’s own floral-patterned pajama pants, handwritten speech bubbles are adorned with curlicues, puffy clouds, and floral motifs. Sculptural objects expand the wall paintings’ reach into three dimensions, while custom-made furniture invokes interior décor, a nod to feminine beautification and domestic coziness.
“The reputation of pink is one of low intellect,” notes van der Stokker. “For me, Nothing and pink represent a comfort zone, a return to the womb, to the mother, to sleep, to the bed; a world without ambition or hierarchy; the ground. Here, pink is a world of pleasure, of goals unreached, a world without urgency or pressure.”

Until October 18, 2014
Koenig & Clinton
459 W19th St, NYC 1001

Author : Serena Becagli


Lavish hotels have long influenced residential interior design desires. LAWSON ROBB are renowned for creating the ultimate hotel affluence in their client’s homes, recently showcased on a Grade II listed Mayfair residence. Featuring elective 3-way mirroring between the pool and gym areas, the basement spa within this 15,000 sqft residence also includes massage, sauna and steam rooms, a walk-in jet shower located within the adjoining vaults and a secret stone stairway that leads up through a wine cellar to the library above.

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Non Stop Poetry: The Zines of Mark Gonzales is a comprehensive presentation of the zines made by Gonzales from the early-’90s to the present day. Gonzales, thought by many to be the greatest skateboarder of all time, is revealed by this significant book to deserve equal recognition as an artist and poet. His extraordinary production of more than 145 zines (the exact number is unknown since Gonzales kept no records of his output), is a remarkable artistic achievement worthy of the careful analysis and documentation provided by this book. Gonzales zines are made spontaneously using an argot all his own and demonstrate a remarkable gift for verse and drawing. Misshapen, hastily scribbled and collaged into brilliantly drawn and colored ephemeral pamphlets, these handmade zines continue a notable tradition of artist-made publications from Ed Ruscha to Raymond Pettibon.

Every zine found after years of research by the editors which was created by Gonzales from 1992 until today, including those created in collaboration with Harmony Korine, Cameron Jamie, and others, is presented with all available publishing information and illustrated with cover and interior scans.  Upon critical contemplation of the aesthetic and philosophical contents of the zines, Gonzales’ creative genius becomes evident. From child-like drawings of playful characters scribbled over snapshots Gonzales took on his travels, to emotional poems about the mendacity of life with words scratched out creating complex and outré koans, Gonzales’’s zines have a simplicity that showcases his whimsical and poignant mind. But most of all, there’s a freedom in the ephemeral nature of these thin paper volumes: Gonzales isn’t manacled to rules of any sort, and the results that he pours onto the page reflect that unbridled joie de vivre.  Published in a limited edition of 2,000 copies.

Author : Redazione


Simone Fantini making HALF PIPE @Lucca

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Author : David Marsili


Breadwinner Cycles makes beautiful high-quality bicycles for people who love to ride every day. Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan, who have a combined 15 years of framebuilding experience, have come together as Breadwinner Cycles. Melding their two complementary styles results in bicycles with a winning combination of form and function, delivered in eight weeks or less. The Breadwinner lineup of six custom steel TIG-welded bicycles are equipped with the best U.S.-made parts available and built in Portland, Oregon.


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Author : Valentina Matelli


We are back after Summer and ready to inspire you. Watch this video, let’s start with ACTION!

China. For 5 weeks the three man Spanish crew traveled across China skating and filming in some of the most majestic and eclectic spots on the planet. Bruno and Toti; Part traveling freak show, part skate apostles, their journey through the old and the new of China is captured here by the genius of Perropro. Enjoy!

Bustin Boards is a Brooklyn-based longboard skateboard company. www.bustinboards.com

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Bradley Theodore – Wall Street Journal


What does art means for you?

- Art for me means everything. It’s like one big thing in the middle of a circle. The circle concern sex, food, friends. Art for me is the meaning of life and it’s in the middle of everything.

How many pieces you have done in your entire life and when did you start

 - I started doing little projects just for fun and making pieces for passion but i have always wanted to do something concerning art. Then i decided to paint everyday. In 2013 i have done 60 pieces that i consider good enough.

Do you think that Art must be explained or do you think that it’s a subjective thing?

-  Both of them, i mean. It’s good to understand what is thinking tha artist but everyone sees things in a different way and details look different to everyone.

How do you choose the subject for your pieces?

- Sometimes from the newspapaers or magazines or just figures that i like. Other times i just listen to interviews and when i like them i portrait the interviewed. Buti t also happens that i paint friends and people that inspire me.

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Author : Francesca Querci


Founded in 2010, the Abounaddara Collective is a group of filmmakers working to provide an alternative image of Syrian society through narratives that run counter to the typically portrayals of the conflict in Syria found in the mainstream media.

Charif Kiwan, the Collective’s spokesperson, said that that the group is committed to making a short film every week as a contribution to the revolution. “But we didn’t film our revolution in the way that you might see it on YouTube through unbearable chaotic images. Rather we sought to understand it through the stories of individuals who are on the other side of the news. For us it is a question of making an immediate cinema without succumbing to the tyranny of the news, of making a political cinema without succumbing to facile denunciation.”

The nickname Abounaddara literally means “man with glasses” and it was chosen because in Arab cities ordinary people are associated by their professions. But the name also refers to Dziga Vertov, a pioneer of documentary cinema, who called himself “the man with a camera”. Privileging short and intimate films, the members of the group -who are all anonymous and volunteers-, aim to make an “emergency cinema” which documents everyday lives of ordinary men and women who are neither heroes nor victims but “just”  human beings.

Image above: still from one of the Abounaddara collective’s short films. Photograph: Human Rights Watch/Abounaddara collective


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Author : Federica Mascagni


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Few artists have dedicated themselves to experimental, genre-defying work as ardently as Otto Piene  (18 April 1928 – 17 July 2014), one of the great artistic figures of the 20th century. As a cofounder of the international ZERO movement, by the 1960s he was already playing a crucial role in the redefinition of classical forms of art including painting and sculpture. His smoke pictures and fire paintings as well as his light installations and light ballets evoke a Romantic longing for harmony with nature, incorporating the elements of motion, light, time, and space into the work itself. After staging various projects in public places throughout Germany and the United States, Piene moved to the States at the end of the 1960s, where a number of further decisive opportunities awaited his artistic experimentation. Since the beginning of the 1970s, the artist has collaborated with technical engineers at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies (CAVS, MIT, Boston) to develop a number of interdisciplinary projects and events.

PH: Otto Piene, Berlin Superstar, 1984 | Otto Piene Archiv / ZERO foundation

Otto Piene. More Sky
July 17 – August 31, 2014
Neue Nationalgalerie
Potsdamer Straße 50
10785 Berlin
Opening hours
Tue – Sun, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Monday closed


Author : Serena Becagli



THE BIKE REPUBLIC is a three day Festival with expo, sport events, food, Live / DJ sets on three stages throughout the day until late at night, with the participation of guests from all over Italy and the most innovative musical realities in Turin.

On May the 31st, 1st and 2nd of June (Italian public holiday), in the spaces of Bunker in Turin, with the patronage of Bike Pride, the first edition of THE BIKE REPUBLIC took place.


Author : Valentina Matelli


If you are planning to visit London within 25 august you have to do the experience to meet Marina Abramović during her performance 512 hours at the Serpentine Gallery. Marina Abramović  is spending 512 hours interacting with the public, held in three completely empty rooms.
There is nothing in the Serpentine galleries except lockers, where visitors can put their bags. Phones, cameras and even watches are banned, as Abramović takes people by the hand and encourages them to spend time focusing on the bare white walls. Abramović’s only materials will be herself, the audience and a selection of props that she may or may not use. The public will become the performing body, participating in the delivery of an unprecedented moment in the history of performance art.

“My only chance with the British public is to be vulnerable,” she told  ”the audience is someone who completes the work.”

The exhibition is only for ages 12 and over.

Serpentine Gallery
Kensington Gardens, London
10am – 6pm, Tuesday – Sunday.


Marina Abramović (photo © 2014 by Marco Anelli, courtesy Serpentine Gallery, London)

Author : Serena Becagli

#ILLUSTRATOR OF THE DAY Jackkrit Anantakul



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Ucy born from the passion for cycling and design. The dream finally was realized in creating unique bikes, with minimalist and elegant forms. A product of the highest craftsmanship and flawlessly hand made in Italy.

The bicycle becomes stylish and acquires a value that goes beyond the simple pleasure of use. An object of desire and fashion compliment.


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Author : Valentina Matelli


This Is Dirt Quake, A go fast, turn left celebration made for anyone and everyone with motorcycle unfit for the half-mile Castle Rock Dirt Circle. A spectacle that cannot be unseen, an event that will leave you trembling in anticipation as world class racers compete in four uncommon categories:
Inappropriate Road Bike; Street Tracker; Kitchen Sink and, everyone’s favourite, Chopper Flat Track.
put on by seeseemotorcyles.com and sideburnmagazine.com

Author : Redazione


Cucu Barcelona was born as a brand that brings fashion, elegance and passion for cycling in all its products. A breath of fresh air with the cycling culture as the center of gravity and the idea of allowing bike lovers to show off their passion, both on the bike and in their daily lives.

Cucu Barcelona do not believe in that only functional jersey but wants to go one step further. For Cucu team, care and sober designs are the best way to communicate the beauty of cycling, and the hint of retro jerseys, honors the early years of the sport, where the epic was a constant.

Alpe d’Huez, Hautacam, Galibier, Tourmalet, Mont Ventoux, Angliru… the most legendary ports of cycling history fill the design of Cucu jerseys and urban clothing line. The hallmark of Cucu Barcelona is the result of cycling culture combined with the elegance of the conventional fashion. A different proposal. A commitment to the purity of cycling.


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Author : Valentina Matelli


Installations is the first exhibition in Italy devoted to Cildo Meireles (Rio de Janeiro 1948), one of the most important and best-known post-war artists. Curated by Vicente Todolí, the exhibition includes 12 of the artist’s most important installations, made from 1970 to the present day. Back in the 1960s, Meireles was one of the first to experiment with multi-sensory immersive installations that required the full involvement of the public. His works address social and cultural issues, revealing their full meaning only when they are walked through, involving not just sight but also hearing, touch, smell and even taste. Although he is considered to be one of the artists who ispired the international conceptual art movement, the diversity of his work has made him an infinitely more complex figure and one that is hard to classify.

until 20 July 2014
Cildo Meireles
Installations / Curated by Vicente Todolí
Hangar Bicocca


Author : Serena Becagli


SEB spent the night, private residence, Buenos Aires, 2010

Nigel Nolan is a Canadian, Buenos Aires based artist, working with installation and situation specific scenarios. A graduate and medal winner from the Ontario College of Art and Design, Nigel’s past projects have used scenarios constructed of wall paintings, people, video, and photographs to explore the intersection of art and reality. Nolan has held solo exhibitions in Toronto, Buenos Aires and New York.

FeD, JOEL, OMAR  and SEB contains excerpts from Nigel Nolan’s 2013 release, argentine boys for sale - a 500 page graphic account with a 20 minute soundtrack by Los Angeles-based musicians Xiu Xiu.

Argentine boys for sale chronicles Nigel’s three year project in which he shared space with five Argentine men. Through text, music, photography, and painting, the digital book offers intimate portraits of DANIEL, FeD, JOEL, NIGEL, OMAR and SEB. The exhibition has helded on June 21 at The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St West, Toronto in partnership with Nuit Rose, an all-night queer contemporary art event during World Pride 2014.

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Author : Francesca Querci


At Condor the aim is to provide everything that bicycle ownership entails, from advice, bike fitting, components and clothing, to repairing a puncture on a Monday morning.

The success over the last sixty years has been dependent on being aware of current and future technologies. Ongoing market research and close relationships with key component manufactures has enabled Condor to offer the latest products; tried, tested and assessed before appearing on the store’s shelves.

In 1948 the majority of race bikes were bespoke but in today’s market place, a bespoke bicycle is a rarity. At Condor, it is what they have done every day for sixty years. From competitive to fitness rider, commuter, new or returning cyclist, the right bike opens up a world on two wheels.

As more and more marques take their manufacturing to the Far East, they continue to produce the frames by hand in Italy. Frames are constructed from a own selection of tubing and manufactured to their own design requirements. They utilise the right materials to produce frames dedicated to each purpose.

The bikes take inspiration from a rich heritage. Condor bicycles have been ridden to World Championship gold medals, ridden in the Tour de France, and have been the choice of many figures in the public limelight, ranging from judges to rock stars. Few brands can claim to have their bikes ridden by cycling household names including Tom Simpson and Bradley Wiggins.



Author : Valentina Matelli


Ashes and Snow by Gregory Colbert from Gregory Colbert on Vimeo.

Gregory Colbert’s Ashes and Snow feature film captures extraordinary moments of contact between people and animals as seen through the lens of the artist’s camera on more than thirty expeditions to some of the earth’s most remote places. Written, directed, produced, and filmed by Gregory Colbert, it is a poetic field study that depicts the world not as it is, but as it might be—a world in which the natural and artificial boundaries separating humans from other species do not exist. The viewing experience is one of wonder and contemplation, serenity, and hope.

Edited by two-time Oscar-winner Pietro Scalia; narrated by actors Laurence Fishburne (English), Enrique Roche (Spanish), and Ken Watanabe (Japanese). Musical collaborators include Michael Brook, David Darling, Heiner Goebbels, Lisa Gerrard, Lukas Foss, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, and Djivan Gasparyan.

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Francesco Palattella layback

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Author : Vivienne Avidan


The Noa Collection – nothing Biblical here

Let’s be honest with ourselves here for a moment – all arts and design graduates have very little idea what they are doing once we leave the safety of university. Our professional and self-confidence hangs by a thread, but that thread is all we have, and if we don’t at least try to begin our professional careers, then we are doomed. Don’t be afraid of failure. You will fail. You will feel like a fraud. Get up. Try again. And again.
Adelaide-based furniture designer Franco Crea felt the same fear when he dealt with his first real-world customer. He felt the fear and he rode its intimidating wave, learning as he went, and in the end he succeeded. His first foray into the professional world of design hadn’t killed him. He’d survived.
Now in his 2nd decade of designing furniture, Franco is still learning, but is closer to mastering his craft. Very close indeed.
His style embodies clean, simple minimalism. His designs are driven by the materials he uses.
“There was so much planning and development involved in making these pieces, but, when you see it, it looks really simple,” says Franco.

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Author : Heat Campbell


Pitti Uomo 86
17-20 giugno 2014
Fortezza da Basso,
viale F. Strozzi 1, Firenze

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GAMAGO is a San Francisco-native consumer products design company. This small in-house team of artists have created hundreds of original products in their SoMA design studio. They manufacture and sell these products to thousands of stores – large and small -around the world.

Chris Edmundson and Greg Long founded GAMAGO in the Spring of 2001 in the basement of Greg’s San Francisco home. For eight years GAMAGO focused on apparel and accessories that featured an incredible assortment of original characters, monsters, and critters.

Following their interests, during the Summer of 2008 Chris and Greg shifted GAMAGO’s focus to consumer products; specifically gifts. GAMAGO’s growth has accelerated, earning the company placement on the SFBiz Times Fast 100 list for the past two years.


Author : Valentina Matelli


Part revenge movie, part fairy tale, Hungarian film White God traces the misadventures of a girl and her best friend, a dog, in a world of winners and losers where pedigree is a decisive factor.

“My intention was to demonstrate that mankind and beasts share the same universe. Only if we are able to position ourselves in the place of different species do we have the chance to lay down our arms” director Kornél Mundruczó said.

The film is a metaphor for class oppression which intends to defend hope for peace and the belief that the eternal war between higher and lower beings one day will be brought to an end. Top prize at 2014 Cannes Un Certain Regard.

Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Author : Federica Mascagni


Prato-Sarajevo ART INVASION, a residential project for young artists active in Tuscany and Bosnia promoted by the Regione Toscana and Provincia di Prato within the context of Toscanaincontemporanea 2013, is presenting on Thursday, June 12, from 5 to 11 pm, the works of these artists in an itinerary of incursion into various sites in the city, where the artists have worked seeking for on-going contact with the territory.

On the date of June 12, 2014, with the implementation of an urban itinerary that will lead us, from 5 to 11 pm, to various sites in the city, all of the artworks and performances will be visible to the public, with the entire project concentrated in a single moment of encounter shared among the participants and the territory that has welcomed them, in a a great festival of images, sounds and culture. The artworks and their documentation will remain on display until June 21, 2014.

ph. Giacomo Laser and Giulia Del Piero,  El Cosmógrafo

Prato-Sarajevo ART INVASION
residential project for young artists active in Tuscany and Bosnia

June 12 2014,  from 5-11 pm  Prato (Italy)

Francesca Banchelli, Lana Čmajčanin, Gaetano Cunsolo,
Emma Grosbois, Lori Lako, Valentina Lapolla,
Giacomo Laser and Giulia Del Piero,
Olga Pavlenko, Bojan Stojčić, Virginia Zanetti
curated by and organized by 
the Centro per l’arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci di Prato
with Dryphoto arte contemporanea and Kinkaleriwithin the context of Toscanaincontemporanea 2013

promoted by the Regione Toscana, Provincia di Prato
in collaboration with the Comune di Prato, Comune di Carmignano
and Spazio d’Arte Alberto Moretti
in connection with ARS AEVI – Museo d’Arte Contemporanea, Sarajevo

twitter: @PratoSarajevo
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pratosarajevoartinvasion


Author : Serena Becagli


Above LA from Chris Pritchard on Vimeo.

title: Above LA
from: Chris Pritchard

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Today i want to celebrate and remember Ezra Caldwell.

Daniel Ezra Caldwell died at home on May 24, 2014, after six years with cancer. He was cared for by his wife Hillary and other family and friends, with the support of the hospice team from the Visiting Nurse Service of New York.

Born in 1973, Ezra grew up in Putney, Vermont.  As a boy, he moved from one passion to another – juggling, acting, rock climbing, building crossbows and puppets, making constant use of his fathers’ woodworking shop. From the age of eight, he spent much of each summer in northern Vermont with the Bread and Puppet Theater, performing as the baby gorilla in their annual circus. After graduating from the Buxton School in Williamstown, MA, he lived the village of Santa Marta in El Salvador for a year during the post-conflict reconstruction, working in a woodworking shop with ex-combatants.

He attended the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, first focusing on art and design but then making an unlikely switch as a complete novice to the modern dance department. After graduating, he danced for Momix and Gabriel Masson Dance, then spent a year in a masters’ program in dance at Bretton Hall, part of the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom. Here he began to use video and persuaded an entire institution that there were two of him, the twins Daniel and Ezra, as documented in abundant footage. One of them attended the masters’ program; the other was a chef in a local Thai restaurant. His cooking benefited from the year as much as his art. He left without completing the degree, stubbornly determined that a written thesis should be unnecessary for an arts degree.

On returning to New York, Ezra choreographed and performed with his own small company, at times collaborating with his musician brother, Thomas Bartlett. He had work commissioned by universities in Belgium and Holland, performed in festivals in Europe and the US, worked as artist-in-residence at Sarah Lawrence, and at dance workshops in Lima Peru.  For almost ten years, he taught at DanceSpace NY, later Dance New Amsterdam, gathering a following for his athletic and demanding classes.

In 2007 he moved away from dance and teaching, turning back to the involvement with fabrication and design that had preoccupied him since childhood, and which had been refined during summers and other stretches doing construction and cabinet making.  He had for a while been assembling bikes from components, putting them together for friends and family and dance students. But now he learned how to weld and quickly became a respected custom builder and designer, turning out his elegant Fast Boy Cycles in a shop in his brother’s basement next door.

In 2009, Ezra was married to Hillary Nanney in a fisherman’s church in the La Have Islands, Nova Scotia.  Ezra had been visiting the islands every summer since he was a boy, and he and Hillary spent many weeks over recent years kayaking, mussel gathering and exploring with their beloved dog Putney Sue.

Ezra was always, in one way or another, a performer and an artist, but he was happiest when his creative impulses locked on to the practical side of life. Beautiful bikes met his needs better than fine art. He liked performing more as a cook than as a dancer.  He created and enacted a rich, unique life and death and he never lacked an audience.

Ezra decided a few years ago to forego further treatment for his cancer, and spent most of his remaining months deeply engaged in the things that mattered most to him – making bikes and other objects, mountain biking, photographing the world around him, cooking, playing pool. As his capacities diminished, he seemed always able to adapt and find new ways to satisfy his passion for productivity and mastery.  Courageous, independent, opinionated and stubborn to the end, Ezra amazed, delighted and exhausted his family and close friends.  At the same time he entertained and inspired thousands of people through his blog, which demystified cancer, chemo and colostomy bags with flair and humor.


Author : Valentina Matelli