The atmosphere of her voice, the sadness that hypnotizes you...all of this brought together in a surreal smokey video...I can imagine Mr. Lynch using this for a new Twin Peaks-kinda movie/show. The Ballad by NY-based New Look!
Tuesday, 31 May 2011
Indian publicist TARA BOOKS* brings us this heartwarming and witty children's book "I Like Cats" by poet and children-book writer Anushka Ravishankar and illustrated by various artists from the finest tribal and folk traditions from across India.
*Tara Books is an independent publisher of picture books for adults and children, founded and based in Chennai, South India. They collect and publish unusual and rare voices in art and literature.
Monday, 30 May 2011
London duo Labyrinth Ear has a sound that makes you think back of those fluorescent beatNsynth songs from the late 80s. Some lo-fi human touches (and a "The Knife" darkness - the beginning of "Snow White") makes them hypnotizing and addictive to dance on!
More to be discovered...
thanks to chromatist
thanks to chromatist
Sunday, 29 May 2011
Indie-electronic infused pop music that -most of the time- makes you feel happy!
Check out this compilation by the Swedish Labrador Records with songs by the likes of Pelle Carlberg, the Legends, The Radio Dept. ...
Saturday, 28 May 2011
Through my interest and passion for graphic design and packaging I discovered L CONDOMS. Their classy dark design, done by Chicago based graphic/packaging designer Adrian Gilling, brings us also the core-message of the L Condom - brand. Their prerogative is to empower women globally by supporting the human right to safe sex. For every condom that is purchased, they distribute one in a developing country and provide educational programs for a better awareness about HIV/AIDS within regions and communities that are vulnerable and highly affected by the disease.
be aware be safe
Croation artist igor eskinja plays with composition, dimensions and perspective to transform his simple-looking 2D-installations into 3D-art. Let your eyes and brain be tricked!
all pictures courtesy by igor eskinja
Sunday, 22 May 2011
Check out this incredible vintage-inspired animation video for Apache, the new song by Australina band Danger Beach. The graphics/animations are by Rodney Selby and Ned Wenlock who also directed the video.
The little Apache figure, created out of a doodling sketch by Ned and together with Rodney Selby, it became the main character in this unwinding video that seems to consist out of 1 entire roll of paper turning and transforming in front of your eyes revealing to us the trip from the Midwest over traintracks onto Broadway through night and day of the little Apache. Its funny, vintage, very-American-in-a-good-way and feel good thanks to the old-skool kids-book imagery combined with the traveling-rhythm of the song!
I really heart the yeti-like guitarist in his cave!!
Let me tell you the story of Swedish jewelery designer Hanna Hedman...or how would you tell her story? What would you leave out and what would you add to make the story more intriguing, more melancholic?
Just a little intro to the collection of jewelery designed my Hanna. When you see her creations from afar, you might quickly consider them as organic grown shapes, layered by nature. But when you look closer you will see the lightness of the objects creating together a story by shape and material. In the series of jewels, as shown in the pictures below, Hanna materialized the fascinating aspect of storytelling and how the story changes whenever it is told by somebody else. In her work everyone can see his own thing and story, Hanna Hedman brings you the frame and the keywords to the plot of a tale, not always happy but always with the spark on it of a beauty to be discovered.
These powerful volumes are build up out of the finest layers of copper threads, silver layers, paint,...into a composition that will tickle you fantasy and help you escape the stressy world around us.
For a while now the creations of Hanna Hedman are on display in art galleries and shops all over the world (from Antwerp to London, New York, Sweden, Poland,...) and if you wanna stay up to date, just check her website hannahedman.com
photography by sanna lindberg
Thursday, 19 May 2011
Oh sunset, you make me lyrical...and make me grab back to some soothing evening music. Though I don't have the greatest view from my window to match this music, I would like you all to take a listen to Emily Jane White.
This young singer-songwriter from an almost seaside-hidden-story-loaded town of Fort Bragg, California, has a way to touch you with her music, to take you with her, like on a drifting wave of air floating from the sea into the woods...like Miss Emily must have experienced in her hometown. The same air that took her to study in France and return back west to San Francisco where she, so far, made 3 musical gems.
Her music and songs do bring up the reference to Catpower, but to be honest, I like Miss White more. Her voice and how she builds up songs is just that bit more intriguing and playful, while Catpower often makes me wanna turn off the album after 2 and a half songs.
I love her softened voice that seems to slide over raw and natural materials and objects, like reading them and transforming them into songs. Early-evening lullabies sometimes and windy-afternoon stories other-times with her acoustic instrumentation and her blues and folk-inspired background, with sometimes a hunch of a young PJ Harvey in her timbre.
As I write this, I've found out Emily Jane White is touring Europe and has a new album ready to release into the eager musical world : Ode to Sentience on which she looks back into the history of the Americana. From this album you can download the single The Law for free on her website!
If you wanna get a good taste of what the music is about, check out some songs on her debut album Dark Overcoat. This album was followed by Victorian America, which I unfortunately haven't listened to yet. But now re-listening to Dark Overcoat and the new single The Law I definitely wanna see Miss White in concert!
Check her out at Botanique (Brussels, Belgium) on the 6th of June, or at the Groninger Museum (Groningen, The Netherlands) on the 13th of June or on the lovely URBAN EXPLORERS FESTIVAL (Dordrecht, The Netherlands) on the 17th of that month.
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
My recent obsession for classic black & white movies continues with tonight a heavy portion of psycho-analysis and guilt-repression in Alfred Hitchcock's 1945 dream-infused-psycho-thriller Spellbound.
An icy Ingrid Bergman plays a psychologist who encounters and falls in love with a guilt-repressing and schizophrenic handsome man (played by Gregory Peck). In a quest to keep him out of the hands of the police she decides to help him return to sanity and find the answers to the mystery. During these sessions we get glimpses of the man's psyche through dream-sequences designed and drawn by the great Salvador Dali.
Analyse and get analysed in this great (sometimes a bit long-rididen) movie that makes you love the cool- and stubornness of Miss Bergman!
Sunday, 15 May 2011
At MONUMENTA 2011 in Paris you must go and visit the impressive flex-sculp-ture / installation by Anish Kapoor. By creating an enormous blown-up blob volume, with a thickness of only a few millimeter and empty on the inside, Kapoor tries to bring massiveness in conflict with the almost absence of material.
When you enter the womb-like interior you'll experience a completely different world and you'll discover the translucency of the material when you see the sun shining from the glass roof of the Grand Palais that lightens up the almost red interior. You'll experience a space that will feel bigger on the inside than on the outside!
Go re-birthing and enter Leviathan!
Saturday, 14 May 2011
In my recent obsession to watch every night a black & white movie classic I entered last night the mad world of M. This masterpiece by Fritz Lang (famous for his movie METROPOLIS) made in 1931 is considered one of the first psychological thrillers, where the conflict between free will and insanity are put into discussion.
Fritz Lang tells the story of a city and his inhabitants terrorized by a mysterious serial killer. The police tries at his extreme to catch the criminal, but without any results...then the organized crime syndicates take charge to do it themselves (to get rid of all those cops nosing around and making their activities impossible).
The expressionist influenced imagery, the wide views and well-casted out of this world actor Peter Lorre (the Murderer) create a sinister atmosphere and make this 30ies movie very up to date with modern time problems!
a Must see!
on youtube/movies you can now stream this movie for free (amongst other classic movies as The Third Man and some Hitchcock classics).
Let me know what other great movies I can add to my list of must-see-classics!
So far :
to watcht this weekend :