Diana Vishneva in F.L.O.W (For Love Of Women).
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Directed by Daniel Askill of Collider, These New Puritans slow the visuals down to a crawl for their new percussive assault of a single We Want War. The new album Hidden is out Jan 18th 2010.
Edit: The Askill brothers Jordan and Daniel are now collaborating under Askill Projects. Not much there at the moment, just links to their other individual sites, but maybe hang around in the future for updates as to which direction the talented Askill compass is pointing.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Amazing documentary for all of you interested in the sonics of silver and the magic of machine. Dial up your square wave and oscillate around this visual velodrome, coming courtesy of the British Broadcasting Corporation's dusty reels.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Urs Fischer's sculptural abstractions and installations manage the monochrome much better than most, to the point where I'm wondering if anyone with pockets to the ground has rung him up about some interior decoration? Not trying to trivialise the man or his work, but I'd certainly be giving Gavin Brown a call if I was planning on renovating my NYC loft/Spanish illa/penthouse/super yacht.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Karlie Kloss by Annie Leibovitz for US Vogue, September 2009
Feeling particularly susceptible to people thinking I'm taking a lo-fi tangent with this blog considering the new layout and the two last posts. The time I have for anything that does not propogate ideas that are able to obtain or already possess the ability to make money = 00:00 Jpg's are excluded from this, and thus when they make it up here it is a guilty pleasure that I personally am indulging in. Annie Leibovitz is also blowing it at the moment, how many people in the universe took out 15 million dollar loans in the middle of the largest recession in their lifetime, let alone how many did so who are employed in artistic industries. Fail Annie.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Norman Mclaren, Pas De Deux, 1968
Scott King, Brian, 2008
Scott King, a man probably best known for his TEMPORARY EYESORE comission erected next to the Tate Modern in 2008, is on the panel for a publication due out in November by Kunstverein München curators Stefan Kalmár (also the acting director for Artists Space) and Daniel Pies. When it comes to his work, even Walt Disney has to Marvel at the way he embraces graphic design via the obvious mathematical homonym. Working with pie charts, scattered bar graph's and Venn diagrams might seem a little clinical for those students scribbling on their desk in the back of maths, but he's also been drawing moustaches on photographs for at least 20 years longer than I have. The book should be a treat, proving true the contested idiom that "Everything new is necessary"
Monday, September 7, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
Tokujin Yoshioka got behind the design wheel in the refit of Issey Miyake's Pleats Please store in Aoyama, Tokyo. Results come care of recycled car aluminium, glass and steel keeping themselves warm under some particularly white light. No longer playing second fiddle to Issey Miyake's design orchestra, the interior architecture is most definately the mortar to Miyake's blocks of colour. He'll be in London dropping the curtain on his project for Camper on the 25th of September, which should be a pretty interesting kettle in comparison.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
John Wesley, the man almost single handedly responsible for making the work of people like Parra and So Me socially acceptable, is currently the subject of a massive retrospective containing some 150 works. Coming from both private collections and prestigious museums, the works are being displayed in a space on the tiny Venetian island of San Giorgio Maggiore, which conveniently coincides with the Venice Biennale. The show will run from now until October at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.
As for those not able to summon up the euros, the web is bringing forth a plethora of photos from the show and other John Wesley rarities that are worth googling.
Monday, June 8, 2009
Matthew Day Jackson, Apollo Space Suit (After Beuys), 2008
After what has become a lengthy hiatus, BUSYBEINGBETTER is back with something that will slide you through the next 17:34
Busy Being Better Mixtape Vol. 1
1. Global Communication - 8:07 (1994)
2. So I'm Jo - Time Machine (2009)
3. Maze & Frankie Beverley - Twilight (1989)
4. The Orb - Majestic (1992)
5. Tracy Ackerman - Love Hangover (Extended Dub) (1986)
6. Grace Jones - Comme Un Oiseau Qui S'envole (1978)
7. Hercules & Love Affair - Roar (2008)
8. Opus III - It's A Fine Day (1991)
9. Etienne Daho - Tombé Pour La France (1985)
Friday, April 3, 2009
The latest project from the genius minds of the multidisciplinary Askill brothers, two young men behind Australia's premier production company Collider, is a collaboration with the Sydney Dance Company and choreographer Rafael Bonachela. Bonachela, in follow up to 360° from last year, worked together with Jordan and Daniel to create We Unfold, which, with Daniel in charge of video and Jordan responsible for costuming should be nothing short of extreme spectacle for those yet to catch it. It's on as of last Tuesday (31st) until the 11th of April, with premium tickets at $70, $40 if you want to be up there in the Gods.
Althought the TV commercial is painfully Channel Ten, I expect more from ex-Dior Homme jewellery designer Jordan who whilst still at Tafe here in Sydney was selling prints to Alexander McQueen, especially when working with his award winning film director of a brother Daniel. As for Rafael, click here if you missed the first link to watch the trailer to 2008's 360°.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Colby Bird, Ring Flash Self-Portrait with $6 Champagne-Wrapping Gold Teeth, 2006
There'll be more extensive news soon. In the meantime check out Colby Bird try get swagger like us at CRG if your in the area. Known for his highly conceptual sculpture and artistic obsession with hip-hop, it'll probably be pretty interesting, starts this Saturday the 28th at CRG Gallery in NYC.
If you can't get into that, some bands that have some new things in the works that could be good can be found at the following links:
Or just check a tumblr or two, here's mine that no one ever looks at, and here's some other's that are more accessible. Ffffound owes them a couple of dollars for sure.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Monday, March 2, 2009
Marie Claire, 1973
Got back from Berlin/London last week, one of Berlins greatest modern cultural attractions has to be the Helmut Newton Foundation. Magazine clippings, Helmut Newton's personal camera and prop collection as well as huge lifesize prints, works by Alice Springs and an extremely well stocked Taschen bookstore are what's discovered upon entry, which is free if you find yourself there on a Thursday night between 6 and 10pm. Curated by Dr. Matthias Harder, a man with a somewhat encyclopaedic knowledge of photography (in particular that from Germany), it's definately one of the most impressively cohesive artist based museums(especially when you've just been to the comparitively boring Salvador Dali museum which only recently opened in Berlin's forward thinking Postdamer Platz).
Currently showing is the exhibition Helmut Newton: Fired, containing work that was produced after being fired from French vogue for failing to adher to an apparent obligation he had to remain monogomaus to the publication.
Helmut Newton Foundation
D - 10623 Berlin
Phone +49 30 3186 4856
Fax +49 30 3186 4855
P.s. A couple of photo's of the visit can be found somewhere here in the archives.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Dots Obsession - New Century, 2000
Yayoi Kusama: Mirrored Years is now open at the MCA in Sydney. From 1965's Infinity Mirror Room - Phalli's Field to 2008's Clouds, the exhibition is a worthy retrospective, if not a little colourless, especially for those so fond of her particular brand of polka dotted dementia.
Yayoi Kusama: Mirrored Years
February 25th - June 8th
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Playboy, Braille Edition
The art collection of the C.I.A., cryogenic freezing units, braille editions of premier men's mag Playboy and the only legal marijuana crop in America. These are but some of the images found within Taryn Simon's investigative and particularly interesting portfolio. Plunging into her work like a dead weight in a deep ocean, Simon manages to colour in between the lines created by countless inquistive conversations and considerations.
Her work currently hangs on the walls of a few galleries around the globe, most notably at The Photographers Gallery in London until April 12, as a contender for the The Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, the Met in NY until March 22 as part of Reality Check: Truth and Illusion in Contemporary Photography and as of tomorrow, the OK Centre for Contemporary Art (Linsz, Austria) till April 26th as part of the Biennale Cuvée.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Berghain, located in a converted power plant
Possibly be heading to the Germanic capital next week. Places of interest so far include the Berghain nightclub in Friedrichshain, the current home of European techno, considering the relative simmer down that the Tresor has encountered due to its change of venue. Upstairs in Berghain hangs the photographic work of Turner Prize winner Wolfgang Tillman looming over a dancefloor with a ceiling so high you may as well be outside. Downstairs on the bottom floor, in true Eurotrash style, the Berghain features a dark room generally reserved for sexual or otherwise illicit encounters (the kind of place you'd find yourself swinging like a rusty gate, tongue deep in a close friend after too many absinthes). As well as an amazing exterior and music deeper and darker than the rabbit hole, it's considered quite unfashionable to arrive before at least 3AM, and the club operates a 24 hour licence so don't be suprised if upon your exit you find the sun setting as opposed to rising.
As for the Tresor, it's still operating today albeit on less hallowed grounds. On the 14th of Feb what might be the first of a few Adventure Circus Club will be in full swing, promising "an excursion into a world of pantomime, machine-beings, acrobatics and shadow dancers that, next to extensive displayed visuals will provide an unforgettable adventure". Something I don't doubt, with the interior of the club as industrious as it is.