THE BIKE REPUBLIC

 

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.

http://www.thebikerepublic.it/

  
Author : Valentina Matelli

512 HOURS

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.

http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/
http://www.serpentinegalleries.org/exhibitions-events/marina-midnight-serpentine-diaries
http://512hours.tumblr.com/

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

  
Author : Serena Becagli

#ILLUSTRATOR OF THE DAY Jackkrit Anantakul

 

http://helloiamjk.com/

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Author : Redazione

UCYCLES

 

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.

http://ucycles.it/

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Author : Valentina Matelli

DIRT QUAKE USA

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

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.

http://www.cucubarcelona.com

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Author : Valentina Matelli

CILDO MEIRELES. INSTALLATIONS


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
Milan
http://www.hangarbicocca.org/

 

  
Author : Serena Becagli

#FeD #JOEL #OMAR and #SEB: A PROJECT BY #NIGELNOLAN – ARGENTINE BOYS FOR SALE

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

CONDOR CYCLES

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.

http://www.condorcycles.com

 

  
Author : Valentina Matelli

ASHES AND SNOW BY #GREGORYCOLBERT

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.

  
Author : Redazione

#BEACH #SURF #SUN

Francesco Palattella layback

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

FRANCO CREA – FURNITURE DESIGN

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 2014 EHY, OH. LET’S GO!

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

  
Author : Redazione

BIKE BOLT REFLECTOR

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.

http://www.gamago.com/

  
Author : Valentina Matelli

WHITE GOD

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

ART INVASION

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)

Artists: 
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

Info
www.prato-sarajevo.net
twitter: @PratoSarajevo
FB: https://www.facebook.com/pratosarajevoartinvasion

 

  
Author : Serena Becagli

DEDICATED TO THE PEOPLE OF #LOSANGELES


Above LA from Chris Pritchard on Vimeo.

title: Above LA
from: Chris Pritchard

  
Author : Redazione

#MOROCCO #REMEMEBER SURFING FOR LIFE

BREATHLESS MOMENTS

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

EZRA CALDWELL, THE “MAESTRO”

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

ZINEB SEDIRA, MARITIME CHRONICLES

 

Riccardo Crespi Gallery presents Maritime Chronicles, the first solo show in MIlan by international London-based artist Zineb Sedira.

In Maritime Chronicles, recent bodies of work by Sedira cast their gaze upon the sea of Marseille, France and Nouadhibou, Mauritania. Featuring photography and video installations, the exhibition speaks of transitional existences and liminal spaces, as well as addresses environmental, geographical and cultural mobility issues.

In the monumental photographs Sugar Silo, Sugar Mountain and Sugar Landscape (2013), the mountains of sugar stocked in warehouses in the Port of Marseille take the form of landscapes and topographical strata. The granulated sugar is extracted from sugar cane in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the world, from Africa and Oceania to the Caribbean, the West Indies and the shores of Latin America: the different shades of ochre recount the stories of human migrations, the endless journeys through the seas and oceans, and the triangular trade routes of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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Author : Serena Becagli

MATHMOS BIKE WHEEL LIGHTS

MATHMOS is a British heritage brand founded in 1963 by the inventor of the lava lamp Edward Craven Walker. Mathmos lava lamps have been hand made in Britain ever since.
The Mathmos story begins with the invention of the astro lava lamp by our founder Edward Craven Walker. Mr. Craven Walker was a great British inventor, entrepreneur and eccentric. Apart from inventing the lava lamp he also made underwater naturist films, flew helicopters, drove a fire engine, was a World War Two pilot, a talented accountant, entertained the cast of the 60s musical Hair and owned a naturist camp in Dorset.
Mr. Craven Walker originally developed the lava lamp from a design for an egg timer he saw in a Dorset pub. Taking years to develop the formula original models were made with orange squash bottles and the first lava lamp came to market in 1963.
Mathmos lava lamps are a twentieth century design classic, they are also the best quality lava lamps available worldwide. Mathmos also designs, manufactures and markets a range of other award winning ambient lights and other gadgets.

Mathmos Bike Wheel Lights easily screw directly on to your bike wheel valves and create circles of light when you cycle. The lights use high quality LEDs with light/motion sensors which mean that they will only come on at night when you’re on the move.

They are great fun lights but also aid visibility and therefore safety. They should only be used in conjunction with standard bicycle lights and not just on their own.

http://www.mathmos.com

  
Author : Valentina Matelli

NO ONE CAN RETURN FROM SERENGETI UNCHANGED

#LIFE #SOCCER

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Author : Mario Alfiero

CONNECTED#PALERMO

In the 2.0 world  we need to look for our roots and the reasons of our relationships in nature. This is the issue investigated by Meri Iacchi’s work in the show she presented in Palermo at the Botanical Garden of the University. After a first survey that took  place in Florence in May of 2013 in the spaces of the Botanical Garden and the Primo Conti Foundation,  the Florentine artist has pursued an ambitious project away from home. The project was realized under the curatorship of Silvia Petronici who’s always made the site-specific investigation  the scope of her investigation as a curator. Meri Iacchi was able to study and get in touch with various plant species realizing installations and thinking about actions that ideally start from the garden space and aim to spread their binding force throughout the entire territory. Triggering connections with different realities, artists and city associations, organizing meetings, workshops and residencies, let us hope in a message that considers art as a meeting place to find new ideas and energies.

Meri Iacchi, CONNECTED#PALERMO
curated by Silvia Petronici

Università di Palermo
Orto Botanico
Via Lincoln 2, 90133 Palermo
9,00 AM – 8,00 PM

www.ortobotanico.unipa.it
http://connected-palermo.tumblr.com


  
Author : Serena Becagli

KEEP CALM AND SURF ON

A room with a view..

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

FLYRIDER TROUSERS STRAPS

Flyrider Trouser Straps are designed in Germany by Donkey Creative Lab.

The Donkeys are best described as a „bunch of creative folks“. But you may also think of them as pioneers. Why´s that? Well, they are always ahead of the curve– always on the hunt for the new and the different. Like pioneers They explore the ordinary on a quest for the special. That´s when product ideas are brought to life – with passion and profession. Think of Donkey as a place where joy meets aspiration.

http://donkey-products.com

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Author : Valentina Matelli

TAKASHI MURAKAMI: JELLYFISH EYES

 

Takashi Murakami (Tokyo, 1962) is one of the most celebrated contemporary visual artists. Working in a different range of media, he  moves within an ever-expanding field of aesthetic issues and cultural inspirations blurring the lines between high and low culture, ancient and modern, oriental and occidental. His colorful universe is rooted in an antinuclear vision and is populated by fantastical creatures, genre-bending superheroes, skulls, smiling flowers, post-atomic mushrooms with reference to the manga and anime culture and the Buddhist iconography.

Murakami latest venture is into feature-length filmmaking with Jellyfish Eyes, his debut feature, where he literally brings to life his visual imagery and characters. The artist said how filmmaking was ‘much more complicated’ than creating a sculpture or painting due to his previous lack of technique and quoted iconic works such as Steven Spielberg’s ET and the live action children’s television series Power Rangers as sources of inspiration for his film. Clearly referring to the terrible 2011 earthquake and the resulting Fukushima catastrophe, the movie follows young Masashi, a boy who moves to a small city in the Japanese countryside. But Masashi soon discovers that inside the apartment he shares with his mother lives a tiny monster, and that beneath this strange city nothing is what it appears to be.

Watch the trailer after the jump!

www.jellyfisheyesthemovie.com

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Author : Federica Mascagni

ORIOL VIDAL

Oriol Vidal

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Author : Redazione

From #BALI with #LOVE

#UBUD #BALI #EATPRAYLOVE

  
Author : Redazione

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything

 

Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything is the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work and will be presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 31 – September 1, 2014. Deftly capturing the spirit of the age—or, as the artist refers to it, “the 21st century condition”—Douglas Coupland’s ideas are often encountered on the written page. But the themes he explores in his writing have appeared in his artwork as early as the 1980s when he was a student at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design. In this survey of Coupland’s work, we encounter his incisive social analysis in a variety of forms including installation, painting, photography, prints, sculpture, quilts and wallpaper. His synthesis of contemporary events, popular culture, new technologies and art historical references―that range from the paintings of Emily Carr and the Group of Seven to the Pop sensibility of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein―resists an identifiable style. By incorporating everyday materials and objects and referencing images that have become culturally iconic, he probes the way that things, images and processes of contemporary life affect our understanding of the world around us.

May 31 to September 1, 2014
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6Z 2H7
http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/

Organized by the Vancouver Art Gallery and curated by Daina Augaitis, Chief Curator/Associate Director.

www.coupland.com
Twitter: @DougCoupland

Douglas Coupland
Brilliant Information Overload Pop Head, 2010
acrylic and epoxy on pigment print
Collection of Lucia Haugen Lundin

  
Author : Serena Becagli

BROKEN FLOWERS

Jon Shireman is a New York City photographer specializing in still life, travel, architecture, and portrait photography. For his series titled Broken Flowers, he soaked various kinds of flowers in liquid nitrogen before using a special spring-loaded contraption to slam them against a hard surface, causing them to shatter like glass. The resulting images allow for a meditation on the fragility and impermanence of nature and beauty. Don’t you love it when photographers use all kinds of methods to make their work unique?

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Author : Chiara Cremaschi

ALICE ROHRWACHER’S WONDERS

Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher  (class 1981) made a name for herself with her debut feature Corpo Celeste back in 2011. Now she is heading to the Cannes Film Festival with her second film Le Meraviglie (The Wonders).

The movie has some autobiographical elements and it’s the story of four sisters portrayed over a summer of their life in the sunburst Umbrian countryside. Here the girls are led by Gelsomina, the eldest, heir to the small and strange kingdom that her father had built to protect his family from the world “that is about to end”. It’s an extraordinary summer, in which the rules that hold the family together weaken: on one hand, the arrival in their home of Martin, a German boy in rehabilitation, on the other, the incursion into their territory of a TV contest with prizes, “Il paese delle Meraviglie” (“The Country of Wonders”), conducted by good fairy Milly Catena.

The film stars Alice Rohrwacher’s sister, Alba Rohrwacher, who’s one of the most talented young Italian actress, Sam Louwyck, Sabine Timoteo and Monica Bellucci.

Check the trailer after the jump!

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Author : Federica Mascagni

A Race Of Angels – Just Begin

Even with delay..

A Race Of Angels – Just Begin : From The Album ArtDontSleep presents – From L.A. With Love

beacuase if one thing is f*** amazing,  is remains f*** amazing for the eternity.

enjoy

  
Author : Mark-eno

OCEAN AIR CYCLES

The bicycle is a simple and liberating vehicle that can help to facilitate adventure.  It does not have to be fancy or in some way magical, the best bike you can ride today is the one you have.  Use it as a tool to escape the mundane while still meeting you daily obligations.

To be an adventurer does not always mean that every moment needs to be an epic beyond compare.  Long trips to far away places are great, but not always easy to fit into our busy lives.  It is possible to find adventure in the nooks and crannies of each day.  To step outside of the box and take a way home that you have never gone before, to leave early so you can make some coffee in the woods with friends on the ride into work, to get outside of the car, office or house and actually do something outside.

The end goal is to deliver a product that makes you want to step out-of-bounds and break down the walls of your daily routine, to get out of your car, to go outside, try something you have never before and share it with friends.

This is the idea. This is Ocean Air Cycles.

http://store.oceanaircycles.com/

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Author : Valentina Matelli

BECOMING #SUMO #ACTION!

Ōsunaarashi (大砂嵐金太郎) is the first professional sumo wrestler from the African continent. Born Abdelrahman Shalan near Cairo, Egypt he first became involved with sumo through an acquaintance at the age of 16. In 2011 he came in third place at an international junior championship. The same year he decided to follow his dream of becoming a professional wrestler and moved to Tokyo, Japan.

This is a 4 minute story taken from a half hour documentary created for Red Bull Media House.

  
Author : Redazione

DAVID LYNCH & MOBY: THE BIG DREAM

 

Electronic musician Moby did a re-version of  The Big Dream, the title track from David Lynch’s second full-length album. Moby also directed the music video for the reversion staying true to Lynch’s nightmarish musical and visual imagery. “I wanted the video to look and feel like something that could have been made in Weimar-era Berlin in the 20′s,” said Moby. Both the track and the video feature Mindy Jones on the breathy vocals.

Check it out below.

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Author : Federica Mascagni

SAY YEAH

  
Author : Redazione

TIME IS ILLMATIC

 

Time is Illmatic is a documentary directed by Brooklyn-based multimedia artist One9 about the making of Nas’s landmark 1994 debut album Illmatic which is widely considered as one of the most influential and revolutionary albums in hip-hop history, being able to capture the sociopolitical outlook, enduring spirit and collective angst of a generation of young black men searching for their voice in America.

One9 started working on the project a decade ago together with music journalist Erik Parker who wrote the documentary. The duo aimed to produce a film they hoped would highlight the impact of the album that over the years has gained even more cultural prominence.

The result is a documentary which provides an in-depth and passionate account of Nas’s personal journey from a young street poet to a visionary MC, a transformation made possible by the support of his family (including his jazz musician father, Olu Dara) and his native Queensbridge community.

No doubt that the doc is a must-see for all the hip-hop lovers as well as all the neophytes out there who wish to know more about hip-hop culture and one of its protagonists.

Image above: Nas – photo by Danny Clinch

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Author : Federica Mascagni

THERE’S NO PLACE I’D RATHER BE #SURF #IVAN TROVALUSCI

Perfect wave

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

PRINS THOMAS/PRINS THOMAS III – NEW ALBUM RELEASED on FULL PUPP

PRINS THOMAS III  [Full Pupp | 2014]

1. Hans Majestet (6:24) 2. Arabisk Natt (Dub) (7:36) 3.Kameloen (5:21) 4. 2000 Lysar fra Morellveien (8:53) 5. Enmannsrock (5:48) 6. Kavalar (5:32) 7. Luftspeiling (12:51) 8. Oase (7:35) 9. Trans (6:00) 10. Labyrint (5:08) 11. Apne Slusa (6:09)

 

  
Author : Mark-eno

SARTORIA CICLI MILANO – USTERIA

Sartoria Cicli Milano is based in Milan, Italy and founded by Simone Russo and Luca Lanzini. It’s a magic place where traditional techniques are used to design bikes that are full of character and details.

This article is dedicated to Usteria!.

A bicycle that evokes a place. An attractive yet tough challenge. Convivial atmosphere, recycled objects round off an industrial-inspired ambiance that leaves nothing to chance. Refined details, cultured and other references make for a combination that creates a unique, timeless identity. The U barba tavern on two wheels is like a shout of “Usteria!”

http://www.sartoriacicli.it

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Author : Valentina Matelli

ALONSO RUIZPALACIOS: GUEROS

Alonso Ruizpalacios is one of the most interesting new voices of Mexican cinema. Güeros is his first full length feature, a black and white ode to the French New Wave.

The director said he wrote the film as a love letter of sorts to Mexico City.  In his own words “the movie is about overcoming the fear of the unknown, by traveling. I was very insistent that we, the cast and crew, make the same emotional journey as the characters while filming, and come to know and understand our home a little bit more in the process”.

The story revolves around three young characters. A student strike at the National University throws roommates Sombra and Santos into a sort of limbo in their apartment in Mexico City, whiling away the hours pining for the girl from the pirate radio show and tricking their neighbor’s daughter into helping them steal electricity. Their routine is interrupted by the arrival of Sombra’s teenage brother, Tomás, who has been sent away from his home by their mother because of an incident involving a baby and a water balloon. The trio sets out on a road trip in search of Tomás’s hero, legendary folk singer Epigmenio Cruz, venturing through the city.

Güeros promises to be a picaresque coming of age story full of poetry, youth and music. Be sure not to miss it!

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Author : Federica Mascagni

ALMOST FRIDAY!

  
Author : Redazione

REGINA JOSÉ GALINDO, ESTOY VIVA

A new performance, a selection of most representative works and performances never seen before. The golden lion at the 51.Venice Biennale as best artist under 35 is now at PAC, Milan.

Regina José Galindo (Guatemala City, 1974) is one of the most representative artists of the magmatic Latin American continent. She uses her body in a political and critical way, as a tool for reawakening the removed traumas, the torments of the memories, and the ruins of history.

Starting from the microcosm of her country, Guatemala, perpetually experiencing instability and violence, the artist creates uncomfortable works, often brutal, where her tiny body, apparently fragile, is exposed to a series of public actions using the metaphorical space given by art to denounce the ethical implications of social and cultural injustices, discriminations of race and sex, and, more in general, all kinds of abuses stemming from power.
Galindo explores her body, turning it into a tool of symbolic recall of events that involve the collective body, the so-called “social body”. Her actions, involving her completely, on one side reiterate the artist’s engagement in the expression of our dramatic present by means of violence and pain, and on the other explicit a sense of deep impotence that hits both artist and viewers. Details »

  
Author : Serena Becagli

EARTH DAY 2014

A sustainable development is not only necessary, it is simply the way we cannot ignore !!

  
Author : Mario Alfiero

AIRTIGHT CYCLES

A one man shop. Built in Brooklyn. All bicycle frames are tailor made to fit the rider’s proportions and riding style.

Nothing better than Mathew Amonson words , the owner, to understand what Airtight Cycles is:

“I’m a new builder with only a handful of frames under my belt, but with every frame I build, I’m shooting for my top level.  I ride and build single speeds mostly, so that is my focus.  My goal is to build very high performance frames that will be ridden in the city every day.  I consider single speeds perfect for the city, and love how they challenge your body to make up for more gears.

Everything is steel, bronze and silver. I hand miter the tubes and check my miters using Yamaguchi’s traditional frame building techniques.  I hand shape the lugs and dropouts to get the function and esthetic I’m going for.  I love Campagnolo components, but I also use anything and everything that works well and fits the build.”

http://www.airtightcycles.com

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Author : Valentina Matelli

CINEMA VEZZOLI @ MOCA GRAND AVENUE, LOS ANGELES

MOCA presents Cinema Vezzoli, an exhibition highlighting artist Francesco Vezzoli‘s (b. 1971, Brescia, Italy) mastery in deconstructing the vocabulary of filmmaking and in analyzing how celebrity-driven culture influences art and the public imagination. Rife with art-historical and autobiographical references and showcasing the artist’s love of embroidery, classic European cinema, and Hollywood stardom, Vezzoli’s works explore the modern-day obsession with celebrity.

In a series of portraits of movie icons in star-shaped frames, reminiscent of the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, long streams of embroidered tears emanate from the eyes of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. A gallery dedicated to Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti, an influential figure in Vezzoli’s oeuvre, displays teary-eyed portraits of actors from the director’s celebrated films Senso (1954) and Death in Venice (1971). The sorrow portrayed in these works represents life’s intrinsic drama, existing regardless of wealth or fame.

Vezzoli’s faux movie posters substitute lead actors from the original films with art-world figures. In this fictional world, German American textile artist Anni Albers replaces Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel as Emmanuelle in the 1974 French erotic feature with the same name. In All About Anni–Anni vs. Marlene (The Saga Begins) (2006), Albers is paired with the iconic actress Marlene Dietrich in an imagined story of rivalry between two strong and talented women. Sex, art, and movies coalesce frequently and dramatically in Vezzoli’s intense fixation with stardom.

At the core of the exhibition is a theater-like space sharing the exhibition’s title, Cinema Vezzoli. The selection of videos screened here feature well-known contemporary actors Marisa Berenson, Milla Jovovich, Eva Mendes, Helen Mirren, Natalie Portman, and Michelle Williams. Upon exiting the theater, visitors are presented with a large tapestry depicting the opening credits from Sono come tu mi vuoi (As You Desire Me, 2007), a film starring legendary Swedish American actress Greta Garbo. Vezzoli’s fascination with larger-than-life personalities comes full circle with the inclusion of Portrait of Sophia Loren as the Muse of Antiquity (After Giorgio de Chirico) (2011), installed in the museum’s courtyard.

Organized by MOCA Senior Curator Alma Ruiz, Cinema Vezzoli is part of The Trinity, a three-part series also presented at the National Museum of XXI Century Arts (MAXXI) in Rome and MoMA PS1 in New York.

Cinema Vezzoli

MOCA GRAND AVENUE

APRIL 27–AUGUST 11, 2014

IMAGE: Francesco Vezzoli, Michelle Williams & Natalie Portman in GREED, The New Fragrance by Francesco Vezzoli, 2009, video, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, gift of the artist, photo by Guy Ferrandis, courtesy of the artist.

 

  
Author : Federica Mascagni

THIS IS.. ITALIA #IVANTROVALUSCI

Toscana

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

ABOUT FILMMAKING, MUSIC AND MORE. A CONVERSATION WITH AARON BECKUM.

Aaron Beckum - Photo by Ana Coto

Night Giant, Aaron Beckum’s latest short film made us curious to know more about the man behind the camera. Here is the interview with the Los Angeles-based filmmaker, artist and musician.

FM: Hi Aaron! How about giving us a little background info about yourself? Your eclectic and cross-disciplinary attitude brings you to work with different media and languages. You are a filmmaker, a musician, an artist. Where, when and how did everything start?

AB: Music came first for me. I grew up around music and it was just a natural way of expressing myself. I took a video production class in college that kind of got my mind going towards film. We had a VHS to VHS editing system that barely worked but I remember loving the lo-fi analog feel to it and the possibilities seemed endless. Then I found out about this new way of editing on a computer on this program called Final Cut Pro and that was it. It was like magic being able to cut images. I think my favorite part was, and still is to some extent, the act of cutting image to music. When you cut the right image with the right piece of music it elevates it to a whole other thing. That’s fun.  Basically, filmmaking was a way to combine all of the things I loved: music, writing, art, photography etc…

FM: Do you believe that knowing more than one artistic field is a necessity in today’s art world?

AB: I don’t think it’s a necessity, but I think it’s common. Most artist friends of mine are doing all kinds of different things at the same time. I do think if you want to be exceptional at anything you have to pick one thing and practice and fail in that field until you get where you want to be.

FM: Let’s talk about your latest short film, Night Giant, which has had a great festival run. The short is about a young man’s surreal adventure as he is haunted by nothing less than a Night Giant…But it’s also the story of a journey  through the guy’s fears and insecurities that are invisible but real. The short playfully recalls different film genres with elements of horror and sci-fi combined with a dry humor which set the film tone. Can you take us through a brief walkthrough of how the story came about and evolved? What was the inspiration behind it?

AB: Night Giant just came to me one night as I was driving. I saw a strange shadow and my mind decided that that maybe it was the shadow of a Night Giant? I’ve been kind of intrigued by giants ever since I was a kid when my Dad read my sister and I the BFG by Roald Dahl. When I was writing Night Giant, I loved the idea of a real world that was totally normal except for this one thing, there are Night Giants out there. In the story the giant is obviously a metaphor for whatever that thing is that haunts you in life. In this case I was specifically thinking about that feeling of failure and the fear of failure that keeps you from growing. I was thinking about fears that stop you in your tracks and how once you confront them and move past them you can start growing again.

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Author : Federica Mascagni

CICLICO

Ciclico is in Padua, a city in the north of Italy. Ciclico is Leonardo Ragusa de Vargas Macciucca. Cicliclo is a workshop specialized in restoring classic Italian racing bicycles into single speed commuters.

You only have to take your old frame and leave it to Leonardo: your heart will begin to beat very fast when you’ll see the result after the restoration!

www.ciclico.it

 

  
Author : Valentina Matelli

FRIDAY

  
Author : Redazione

LIKE A SQUARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SEA

The reflection about contemporary culture by the art collective Studio ++ starts from the image of a buoy.
In the exhibition Come un quadrato in mezzo al mare (Like a square in the middle of the sea) curated by Agata Polizzi at the Francesco Pantaleone Gallery in Palermo,  the Florence-based group of young Sicilian artists that’s also engaged in research projects abroad,  is called to intervene by opening connections between places, architectures and people .

The image of the buoy and the sea used by the colletive is an allusion to objects related to the  visual representation of the city of Palermo. Rebuilding them in an art context aims to rebuild an identity. Come un quadrato in mezzo al mare (Like a square in the middle of the sea), doesn’t want to be just an exposition time but also a shared curatorial moment given to a “spoken and unwritten word” which is spread throughout the gallery space as an intimate and emotional gesture.
The exhibition is part of the Project Wall series, conceived by the Francesco Pantaleone Gallery
as a window that’s open to young artists .

STUDIO ++

Come un quadrato in mezzo al mare

Opening Thursday April 10 h 7 pm

April 10 – May 9, 2014

GALLERIA FRANCESCO PANTALEONE ARTE CONTEMPORANEA
Via Vittorio Emanuele 303   PALERMO

www.fpac.it

www.studioplusplus.it

  
Author : Serena Becagli

IN FLORENCE: THE MIDDLE EAST NOW FESTIVAL

The Middle East Now Festival is back in Florence. The fifth edition of the festival presents a rich program of feature films, documentaries, animated films and shorts from Iran, Morocco, Palestine, Iraq, Kurdistan, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, the UAE, Afghanistan, Syria, Qatar and Algeria.

Among the highlights at this edition, the first retrospective of the acclaimed Palestinian director Hany Abu-Assad, focus on contemporary cinema from Morocco, Iraq and Qatar, the Italian premiere of the documentary Return to Homs by director Talal Derki, one of the most impressive documentaries on the Syrian revolution which was awarded with the Grand Jury Prize at the last Sundance Festival, and much more.

The Festival also showcases a great programme of special events with art projects, talks, food, music and photography, that tell the many facets of contemporary culture from the Middle East and North Africa.

Check it out the full programme here:

www.middleastnow.it/now/

Image above: Sepideh-Reaching For The Stars by Berit Madsen

  
Author : Federica Mascagni

20 YEARS WITHOUT KURT

Load up on guns, bring your friends/It’s fun to lose and to pretend/She’s overbored and self-assured /Oh, no, I know a dirty word/With the lights out, it’s less dangerous/Here we are now, entertain us/I feel stupid and contagious/ Here we are now, entertain us/A mulatto /An albino /A mosquito /My libido/I’m worse at what I do best/And for this gift I feel blessed/ Our little group has always been/And always will until the end/And I forget just why I taste/ Oh, yeah, I guess it makes me smile/ I found it hard, it’s hard to find/ Oh well, whatever, nevermind.

Kurt Cobain – February 20, 1967 –  April 5, 1994

 

 

  
Author : Federica Mascagni

SERENGETI IN PICTURES

 

The Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Africa,  is one of the most incredible and fragile area of the world.

These few pictures show how Serengeti is still uncontaminated and wild, but for this reason an unique place to preserve, respect and protect.

Serengeti is pure magic!

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Author : Mario Alfiero

@FARNESE PERSOL CINEMA IN ROME

when: 31 MARCH – 2 APRIL
 at: 20:30

where: Piazza Campo de’ Fiori, 56 – Rome

  
Author : Redazione

DETROIT CARGO

 

They are two friends who made a living designing and importing mass production goods for more than 20 years. Over the years their foreign made products became well featured to a level of complexity far beyond usefulness. This was the result of low labor costs and a need to obsolete their current products. The imported products delivered everything they ever wanted except a soul. The latest product was always perfect, until next year when it was replaced and off to the land fill. They both wanted to move away from this crazy cycle of soulless consumption. They wanted to make products that lasts a decade or more. They wanted to make products with a soul.

http://detroitcargo.com

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Author : Valentina Matelli

OUT OF THE WATER, I AM NOTHING. °° IVAN TROVALUSCI PHOTOGRAPHER °°

Diego Beani – Tuscan Coast – Italy

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

WEDNESDAY

#wednesday #pizzatime

  
Author : Redazione

BEN RIVERS & BEN RUSSELL: A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS

A Spell to Ward off the Darkness by experimental filmmakers Ben Rivers and Ben Russell follows an unnamed man during three different phases of his life. We join him in the midst of a 15 person commune on a small Estonian island; alone and isolated in the majestic wilderness of Northern Finland; and during a concert as singer and guitarist of a black-metal band in Norway.

Starring musician Robert AA Lowe, best known for his intense performances under the name of Lichens, a Spell is full of symbolism, slowly-changing landscapes, rituals, and nomads who have withdrawn from society.

Marked by loneliness, ecstatic beauty and an optimism of the darkest sort, the film lies somewhere between fiction and non-fiction. It’s at once a document of experience and an hypnotic experience itself, a radical proposition for the existence of utopia in the present time and an inquire into transcendence that sees the cinema as a site for transformation.

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Author : Federica Mascagni

SONY WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS 2014

© Kylli Sparre, Estonia, Winner, Enhanced, Open Competition, 2014 Sony World Photography Awards

WPO, the World Photography Organization, has announced the winners to the Open, Youth and National Award competitions of this year’s Sony World Photography Awards, selected from more than 70,000 entries from across the world. The achievement of each of the winners from across the three competitions is extraordinary – both in terms of the number of photographs they have been chosen from but also that the photographers themselves are not professionals, but individuals who are passionate about photography, enthusiasts and amateurs.
All three competitions were judged on a single shot and prizes range from the latest Sony digital imaging equipment to trips to London to attend the Sony World Photography Awards gala ceremony on 30 April. The ten Open winners will also compete for a $5,000 (USD) prize and the title of Overall Open Photographer of the Year.  Winning and shortlisted images will be presented at Somerset House in London from 1-18 May as part of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition.

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Author : Chiara Cremaschi

MONDAY

  
Author : Redazione

RUPHUS WOODSMAN

 

Ruphus is the distillation of years of tinkering + designing, understanding materials, + perfecting a craft.

With deep roots in architecture + design, Ruphus is in fact the product-design arm of Raphael Design. Matt Raphael, a Virginia native and UVa School of Architecture grad, has spent 20+ years in Portland, OR running his design/build firm. His vision follows simple lines + unfettered function across many mediums. His work has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Portland Monthly, Treehugger + the Oregonian, among others.

His sun-lit studio in the Hawthorne neighborhood in SE Portland is the epicenter of Ruphus’ work, complete with late nights, woodchips + an assortment of toys + tools including a CAMaster CNC.

Matt has teamed up with Heath Korvola, a designer and photographer, who he met in 2011 while studying Product Design at University of Oregon. They were part of a design team that built an award-winning commuter bike, the Campus Mini Velo. Today you can find them designing + fabricating a unique line of products all intended to exhibit the warmth that wood brings to our modern lives.

The Woodsman’s frame is half skateboard: 11 layers of Canadian Maple is laminated with carbon fibre, so it’s possible to vary the ‘pop’. A removable glovebox was designed to fit underneath the top spar and a 2-speed, automatically-shifting rear hub and coaster brake was used. The integrated rear fender is made from walnut, resulting in a tasty and tidy urban transport solution.

http://www.ruphus.net

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Author : Valentina Matelli

LEAH MEYERHOFF: I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS

 

New York based filmmaker Leah Meyerhoff describes her debut feature, I Believe in Unicorns,  as the story “of a pair of lonely outsiders and their messed up relationship. A film about the dark underbelly of teenage love and lust. Although it may not always be pretty, it is a story that needs to be told.”

Indeed, the movie is a deeply personal story coming from  the director own experience as a girl who grew up taking care of her mother affected by a serious illness.

The story revolves around Davina, (Natalia Dyer) a teenage girl who has grown up quickly as the sole caretaker of her disabled mother. She often escapes into a beautifully twisted fantasy life of underwater fireworks, melting cupcakes and kodachrome dreams. She collects dolls in glass jars, scratches the emulsion off polaroids, and holds her breath constantly. Davina looks for salvation in a new relationship with an older boy, Sterling (Peter Vack), but soon the disturbing details of his past begin to emerge.

Blurring the lines between fact and fiction and combining archival footage with stylized live action and stop motion animation, Leah Meyerhoff takes us on a road trip through the complex landscape of troubled young love.

www.unicornsthemovie.com

  
Author : Federica Mascagni

BRET EASTON ELLIS & DUM DUM GIRLS: ARE YOU OK

American Psycho Bret Easton Ellis is not new to collaborations for the screen and the musical scene. It’s now out Are You Okay, an eleven-minute short Mr. Ellis penned for the LA group Dum Dum Girls.

The short is an eerie, psychological thriller starring singer Dee Dee Penny, actor Shiloh Fernandez and directed by Brewer. It features the Dum Dum Girls’ tune Are you ok? from their latest album Too True with additional musical score composed by Tamaryn and Drew McDowall. In the short you will also notice Charles Ray’s artwork Two Boys.

Watch it after the jump.

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Author : Federica Mascagni

SUGGESTED BY OLIVIA: NIKKI GIOVANNI

A Summer Love Poem

Clouds float by on a summer sky
I hop scotch over to you

Rainbows arch from ground to gold
I climb over to you

Thunder grumbles, lightning tumbles
And I bounce over to you

Sun beams back and catches me
Smiling over at you

  
Author : Vivienne Avidan

MY BODY IS HERE BUT MY HEART IS AT THE BEACH

SIMONE GIANNINI CURVE

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

FERRIVELOCI MILANO

 

FERRIVELOCI is an ambitioss project by two talented italian guys.

They learned the history of the great Italian masters, their different philosophies and studied aesthetic and construction details, understanding the technical reasons for them. Inspired by the past, by those who came before us and have more experience.

So their aim is to keep the Milanese frame building school alive, with all its peculiarities, and to implement it using both new and old technology.

http://www.ferriveloci.com

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Author : Valentina Matelli

ANA LILY AMIRPOUR: A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT

 

In Ana Lily Amirpour’s words a vampire is a serial killer, a historian, an addict and a romantic, all in one”. The thirst for life of these lonely creatures has always got a seducing power for the Iranian- born director who grew up on Anne Rice’s vampires stories.

Her debut feature, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,  based on her artful graphic novel, is a blood sucker romance set in the imaginary, nocturnal Iranian town of Bad City. Here a female vampire stalks potential victims with a judgmental eye, but she isn’t immune to romantic desire when it presents itself in the form of a boy who’s looking for a way out of his dead-end existence.

Shot in a stylish black and white, the film draws its influences from Leone’s westerns, horror films,  graphic novels, Lynch’s weird atmospheres and the Iranian New Wave. Amirpour, who is a true music addict and used to be the front woman of an art-rock band, also put  particular attention on the movie score that’s nurtured by a mix of Iranian rock, techno and Morricone-inspired riffs.

Keep an eye on the movie, on the girl, and enjoy the teaser after the jump!

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Author : Federica Mascagni

Music Sounds Better With a 303

EJECA One of the best UK producers 2013 .. makes a nice gift to everybody us!

A killer  FREE track  with a sample of classic tune “Music Sounds Better with You”

Enjoy it… and download dude!!

MUSIC SOUNDS BETTER WITH A 303

 

 

  
Author : Mark-eno

Beck is back!

After several years Beck is Back..

Sweet powerfull sound and magical artwrok..as ever!

 

Beck – Unforgiven

  
Author : Mark-eno

AARON BECKUM: NIGHT GIANT

“It’s hard to keep things casual and party with the cool kids when a Night Giant is after you…”

After a great festival run, you can enjoy Aaron Beckum’s new short, an enjoyable black and white noir-ish comedy set in a twilight zone world.

Check it out below!

www.aaronbeckum.com

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Author : Federica Mascagni

ROYAL H CYCLES

Royal H Cycles is about connecting people to their love of cycling. The bike is a means to that end. Anyone who has commissioned a bicycle knows this undeniable truth- that a custom bike is more fun to ride! The goal as a framebuilder is to offer a truly unique experience, not just the bike.

Royal H Cycles is about inspiring people to be better riders and putting a larger smile on their face every time they ride. A custom bike is about creating a relationship between rider and builder that helps bring their vision for the perfect bike into focus. This vision is what is put into the tubes and lugs that are going to become their bicyle. Royal H Cycles is about the big picture as much as it is about the fine details.

http://royalhcycles.com

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Author : Valentina Matelli

STUART MURDOCH: GOD HELP THE GIRL

God help the girl is Stuart Murdoch’s debut feature. Well known as lead singer and songwriter of indie Scottish band Belle and Sebastian, Stuart developed the project as a suite of songs, written while he was in between records with the group.

Set in a bohemian Glasgow populated by rockers, mods and emo kids, the film is a coming of age story about young Eve who is in the hospital dealing with some emotional problems and starts writing songs as a way of getting better. Over the course of a summer, she meets Cass and James who share with her a same restless attitude toward life, and together they form a group.

At the moment Murdoch is working with Belle and Sebastian writing new songs for an album to be recorded and released in 2014. Here at Elitism we can’t wait both for the movie and the record!

www.godhelpthegirl.com

  
Author : Federica Mascagni

PERTAMINA ENERGY TOWER – SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

 

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill design company presented their newest project for a skyscraper in Jakarta. The US architectural and engineering firm designed the building as “the world’s first super tall tower for which energy is the primary design driver”.

While today many buildings promote their environmental vocation by incorporating a single eco-friendly technology into their design, the Pertamina Energy Tower is one that architects call the most energy-efficient skyscrapers in the world.

The Tower is aiming for net zero energy use, reducing the impact on the environment because of its possibility to generate renewable energy.

The building, which will be 530 meters high, will feature an integrated “wind funnel” that will generate energy from the force of the increased winds at that height. Then there is the “Energy Ribbon”, a solar-panneled roof connecting the new campus to the tower, that will provide both sun and rain protection generating energy at the same time through photovoltaics along the surface of the roof. The tower itself looks like a silver bullet with a curved silhouette, which is intended to decrease solar heat gain throughout the year. In addition, there will be exterior sunshades to allow natural light in. This is intended to lessen the use of artificial lighting, hence, minimizing the energy consumption.

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Author : Mario Alfiero

SILVIA PETRONICI’S SENSE OF COMMUNITY

A conversation with Silvia Petronici, indipendent curator and creator of senseOFcommunity, workshop and residence for artist. Let’s discover with us what we are talking about.

The research on the territory within contemporary art is a topic which has drawn a lot of attention recently, but you have been working on it since a long time. Where does this interest come from? 

I believe in the cognitive value of art but mostly I think contemporary art is a practice and not a system of objects. I consider the artistic practice as an activity with great potential for the growth and improvement of the communities where it takes place. I am interested in projects that bring the research to focus on the so to speak “human” contents of the place where they are presented, on the stories and on the memory. I’m interested in supporting a practice of reactivation of relationships and restitution of meaning. When the artists, who work strictly site-specific, do this while using their own formal languages and  poetry, they have all my attention, respect and care in order to support their job. I’ve seen forgotten and ruined places coming back to the centre of meaningful dynamics through the work of brave and honest artists. I’ve seen stories told with grace giving birth to many other stories in a collective narrative saved from the silence and fatigue of forgetfulness. From my point of view the coefficient of the truth the art practice contains is directly proportional to its ability to be in tune with its natural and human environment. In site-specific works the vague and somewhat inflated notion of “territory ” as a place of memory and adhesion gains depth and becomes space to share, ecosystem, network of meanings and vital information. Even when I work in conventional spaces such as museums or galleries, I am interested in the dialogue between these places and the space outside, the people, the plants and the seasons. I think we can do a lot with the powerful medium of art which is able to move feelings, but this only happens if we open doors and windows letting the world, the present, in.

When was the first workshop of senseOFcommunity? How is living in close contact with the artists for a week? 

senseOFcommunity began in April 2013, with the first stop in Venice, at the Officina delle Zattere, then continued throughout 2013 with a residency at Spazio OFF in Pontassieve (FI) on the issue of collective work and in Bologna at the Adiacenze Gallery. The last place of residence took place at the Museo del Paesaggio of Torre di Mosto in the Venetian countryside and it ended last January. From my point of view the residence formula that allows the artists to live all the time with each other, with me and the other curators is the most coherent with the premises that could be developed from the title in the direction of that research the title itself wants to induce. Being together among people who mostly didn’t meet each other before allows artists and curators to continuously confront one with the other reducing distances and engaging unexpected shares and understandings. This gives each resident’s research a depth which concerns her/his own personal world, limits the rhetoric that is often used to conceal and defer discussion and brings the discourse on a level of honesty and trust that is useful to the quality of the conceived projects. During the day we spend together many working hours and in the evening, at dinner time, the cabaret is guaranteed. Undoubtedly I really enjoy myself but, in addition to these more than useful playful moments, the coexistence allows us to know each other and to establish connections as well as professional relationships. This is of great advantage for what we together intend to support through the works presented to the public at the end of the residency .

I got the impression that at some point during these workshops the different artistic disciplines which characterize each individual artist seem to disappear. Almost as if in a given phase of the project the individual artistic expressions were anesthetized in order to reappear strengthened and transformed. Is it really like this?

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Author : Serena Becagli

SURF ALL DAY EVERYDAY #IVANTROVALUSCI PHOTOGRAPHY

PERFECT WAVES

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

CICLOFFICINE VENTURA

Ciclofficine Ventura is an italian company based in Puglia. The founder is Nico Ventura, a young guy that assembles beautiful bicycles with precious accessories and follow the taste of his customers.

We love his products!

http://www.ciclofficineventura.com

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Author : Valentina Matelli

20,000 DAYS ON EARTH

 

London-based artists Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth met at Goldsmiths College back in the ‘90s. Since then they have worked together to art works focused on the re-creations of highly charged cultural moments that pioneered the use of re-enactment within contemporary visual art. Performace, music and sound also play a significant part in their work and their interest in music lead them to various collaborations including the one with our beloved dark angel, musician, lyricist and prose writer, Nick Cave.

Cave is the coconspirator and protagonist of Pollard and Forsyth’s cinematic debut: 20,000 Days On Earth. The film weaves two parallel narrative threads. The first is a cinematic portrait of Cave’s 20,000th day, created through a series of staged, but not scripted, scenes and encounters including a conversation with Cave and a therapist about his childhood memories, archival photos projected against the wall of a cramped office that resembles a detective agency, and a series of rainy car drives through the musician’s chosen town of Brighton with key figures from his life like Ray Winstone, Blixa Bargeld and Kylie Minogue. The second looks in depth at his creativity, from writing through recording and rehearsal to performance.
The filmmakers combine in one fictional day fiction and documentary, private and public, illuminating Cave’s life story as a man and as an artist. But 20,000 Days On Earth is also an invite to ask ourselves who we are, how many days we’ve been alive and what use we’ve made of our time.

www.20000daysonearth.com

www.iainandjane.com

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Author : Federica Mascagni

WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2014

John Stanmeyer from the U.S. has received the prize for World Press Photo of the Year 2013.
His piece shows African migrants on the shore of Djibouti city, raising their phones in an attempt to capture an inexpensive signal from neighboring Somalia. Djibouti is a common stop-off point for migrants in transit to Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea, seeking a better life in Europe and the Middle East. (26 February 2013, Djibouti City, Djibouti)

Here the entire collection of winning images: http://www.worldpressphoto.org/awards/2014

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Author : Chiara Cremaschi

ARKO BICI

Arko Bici is Marek Parajka. Marek lives in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava and it’s here where he design and restore bicycle under the banner of Arko Bici.

Fully made to measure, hand brazed, filed, grinded, sanded, polished, painted & laquered, Arko Bici truly represents what’s valuable in bicycles and cycling. In a world of automatisized manufacturing lines, cnc machining & robot welding, there’s no monetary value for the passion, dedication and craftsmanship that a hand made bicycle part represents.

http://www.arkobici.sk/

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Author : Valentina Matelli