SPACELANDER BICYCLE

The Spacelander is a marvel of postwar biomorphic design. Its curving lines and amoeba-like voids represent the mutation of the prewar streamlined style into a new expression based on organic, rather than machine-made, forms. Although the prototype—made for a 1946 exhibition of British industrial design—was a critical success, Benjamin Bowden failed in his attempts to have it manufactured. By the time it finally went into production in the United States in 1960, tastes had changed and the price of the bicycle—$89.50—was too high. It is believed that only about five hundred examples were ever sold, making it one of the rarest and most sought-after industrial designs of the mid-twentieth century. When new, this bicycle was bright red; the color has faded over time.

  

MELVIN EDWARDS, LONDON

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 By summoning a range of artistic, cultural and historical references, his art resonates even more today.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
LONDON
www.stephenfriedman.com


  
Author : Serena Becagli

IF YOU’RE NOT LIVIN ON THE EDGE, YOU’RE TAKIN UP TOO MUCH SPACE #MOUNTAINBOARD

David Marsili Photographer

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Author : David Marsili

HENRI CARTIER BRESSON // ROME IN ARA PACIS

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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Author : Redazione

LEVI’S COMMUTER

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.

http://www.levi.com/

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Author : Valentina Matelli

FREE SURFING

Free surfing whit Brett Simpson , Kolohe Andino and Gabriel Medina

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

STEVE MCCURRY’S RETROSPECTIVE

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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Author : Chiara Cremaschi

#SHUT UP IT’S #MONDAY

  
Author : Redazione

#CHEESTROYER VINYL TOY

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/

  
Author : Redazione

#SALLY FITZGIBBONS #QUIKPro France 2014

Sally Fitzgibbons – France – 2014

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

NEW TRUTH BY FISCHERSPOONER

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 14

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

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.

  
Author : Redazione

HOUSE INDUSTRIES

 

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.

http://www.houseind.com/

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Author : Valentina Matelli

JUST STAY RIGHT HERE #IVANTROVALUSCI

ALE PONZANELLI NOOSERIDING

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

ASTER-OID #VILLAERBA #CONCEPTUALGARDEN

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

SUGGESTED BY OLIVIA: GWENDOLYN BROOKS

A SUNSET OF THE CITY

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

  
Author : Olivia Lewit

NOUMEDA CARBONE, TIPTOEING AROUND HER WORLD

Nocturne

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

#SURF DAYS #GOOD DAYS #IVANTROVALUSCI

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Author : Vivienne Avidan

CHROME INDUSTRIES

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.

http://www.chromeindustries.com

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Author : Valentina Matelli

HUANG YONG PING @MAXXI – ROMA

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

www.fondazionemaxxi.it

  
Author : Francesca Querci

#DANCEBOX by #Mike Song and KRNFX

visit KRNFX on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KRNFX
follow KRNFX on twitter: http://www.twitter.com/KRNFX

  
Author : Redazione

#CLIMB EVERY #MOUNTAIN!

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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Author : David Marsili

#FREE YOURSELF FROM #MEMORY

  
Author : Francesca Querci

SOLE’ BICYCLES

 

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.

http://www.solebicycles.com

 

  
Author : Valentina Matelli

VIOLENCE AND SERENITY

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
Spain
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Author : Serena Becagli

THE REPUTATION OF PINK BY LILY VAN DER STOKKER

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.”

LILY VAN DER STOKKER, HUH
Until October 18, 2014
Koenig & Clinton
459 W19th St, NYC 1001

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Author : Serena Becagli

#LAWSONROBB THE ULTIMATE PRIVATE SPAS

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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Author : Francesca Querci

KEEP IT REAL

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Author : Francesca Querci

NON STOP POETRY #THEZINES OF MARK GONZALES

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

IF YOU AIN’T CRASHIN, YOU AIN’T TRYIN HARD ENOUGH #MOUNTAINBOARD

Simone Fantini making HALF PIPE @Lucca

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Author : David Marsili

BREADWINNER CYCLES

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.

http://breadwinnercycles.com/

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Author : Valentina Matelli

#BUSTINBOARDS – CHINA

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

  
Author : Redazione

AVA LUNA – ELECTRIC BALLON

Nice Beat – Nice Rock..

enjoy.

 

 

  
Author : Mark-eno

HAPPY #SUMMER #HOLIDAYS 2014

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Author : Francesca Querci

#BRADLEYTHEODORE INTERVIEW

Bradley Theodore – Wall Street Journal

A.A – ABOUT ART

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.

Read more..

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Author : Francesca Querci

FILMING THE REVOLUTION. THE ABOUNADDARA COLLECTIVE

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

www.abounaddara.com

On vimeo: www.vimeo.com

  
Author : Federica Mascagni

ALL EYES ON US

  
Author : Redazione

OTTO PIENE. MORE SKY

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
Kulturforum
Potsdamer Straße 50
10785 Berlin
Opening hours
Tue – Sun, 10 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Monday closed

www.ottopieneinberlin.de

  
Author : Serena Becagli

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