A small & beautiful carpet from the huge & eerie installation of artist Christoph Buchel called Simply Botiful at Hauser & Wirth Gallery in London. This kind of carpets are made in Afghanistan. They usually depict symbols of wars between Afganistan and it's neighbours. I have written previously about these amazing carpets when I found some russian-afgani war era ones in a vintage store . Check them here
After Design museum I went to the Tate Modern and I enjoyed the exhibition of Swiss artists Peter Fischli and David Weiss. I attach some photos of the series of sculptures Clay figures and always my fave subject: a heels photo.
Yesterday I took a stroll on the south bank and I first went to the Design Museum to see the exhibition of Alan Fletcher -one of the most influential figures in British graphic design. Alan Fletcher co-founded Fletcher/Forbes/Gill in the 1960s and Pentagram in the 1970s. He created iconic brand identities for clients such as Pirelli and the V&A and transformed book design in his role as consultant art editor to Phaidon Press with his spirited, witty and very personal style. Alan Fletcher died on 21st of September 2006. He donated his archive to the museum and before his death he was very much involved in the planning of this retrospective exhibition.
Gallerist Pablo de la Barra with fashion blogger Diane Pernet
IQONS is a new fashion community website that aims to have same impact on fashion as MySpace had on music. Yesterday night I went to the London Avant Première Party Featuring DJ's: Giles Deacon and Hazel Robinson, Richard Battye (The George and Dragon), Richard Mortimer (Boombox), Jerry Bouthier (Boombox), Princess Julia, Pippa ShopGirl Live performance from Pam Hogg. I attach some photos.
If you happen to be Shanghai, China check out the solo show of Tobias Bernstrup at the Duolun Museum of Modern Art. In his work Tobias is using the visual language of pop culture, video games, Sci-fi, classicism and gothicnoir, he has created his own unmistakable stage persona with gender-crossing live performances dressed in elaborate costumes of shiny rubber and heavy make up. In this show creates a thrilling story of two giant praying mantises duking it out over the Oriental Pearl and Jin Mao towers. Check his website here
Have you seen this icon above somewhere or the word RSS? Some friends has asked me to explain them what is RSS and how this can work. So I am posting today some information and some instructions about this very important feature. RSS is a simple system that allows users to subscribe to their favorite websites. For example: want to know when your favourite blogs have new posts without visiting every little while? With the help of Bloglines (www.bloglines.com) you 1. simply make an account 2. check on your favourite blog if there is RSS > clicking on this you get an address (which is something like www.youclickedthis.com/atom.xml ) 3. Copy this address and paste where it says "search for feeds" on the Bloglines page. 4. The results page brings up the blog , and click on the" subscribe to this blog". 5. Download also the notifier from the Bloglines as well so whenever new posts are published a small icon notifies you on the bottom-right side of your screen. Make sure you put blogs that are not constantly updated because it will be very distracting.
It is so difficult to concentrate on work while browsing YouTube. Few minutes ago I found these amazing videos from an animated science fiction film called Fantastic Planet (the English title of La Planète sauvage - literally "The Savage Planet"). This 1973 film is directed by René Laloux. The film was an international production between France and Czechoslovakia. It won the special jury prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973. The film depicts a future in which human beings, known as "Oms" have been brought by the giant Draags to the Draags' home planet, where they are kept as pets (with collars). The Draags are an alien race which is humanoid in shape but ten times larger than humans, with blue skin, fanlike earlobes and huge, protruding eyes which they theat Oms like pets if domesticated , unless they are been exterminated... check more here
The new issue of A magazine is curated by Undercover's Jun Takahashi. The magazine includes an extensive look on his tokyo lab, his stuffed dolls and statues, his designed furniture, his drawings and of course his fashion. There are also some interviews. Here is an extract from his interview to Terry Jones about his last collection:" My first idea was to use just one fabric and one color on the wholebody (wrapped faces too). I thought it would be beautiful, attractive in a way. I am realising recently that people say it's dark, but for me it's beautiful [..]It's romantic, beautiful and also ugly in a way sometimes and all these kind of feelings are finally beautiful in a way." Check his last collection on Style.com here
Nikola Tosic is a fellow artist, writer and a poet. He lives between Belgrade and Cape Town, sometimes as a spoiled brat and sometimes as a disciplined triathlon athlete. I consider his writings are very Neen. Last week in Amsterdam he read his last poems. I publish some of them here which the 2 of them were written and improvised while we were chatting on Skype a day so I am just pasting from the chat history (btw bless you Skype!) His site
i used to own kubrick.org and i forgot to renew it how damn that is but life goes on i am still a huge kubrick fan i have all of his movies music books atlhough i did not see any of his movies in last three years
nose drops are made of noses toilet paper is made of toilets riding saddles are made of riders tooth paste is made of teeth bathroom doors are made of bathrooms sport watches are made of sports
angelo asked me for hundredth time if i have a webcam and for hundredth time i told him i dont have one
i am the most neen person that i have ever met and using this standard i judge everyone else of course everyone is inferior to me when it comes to being neen some would probably disagree to this but no one is really sure what neen is so i win
Being gay and not reading Butt magazine is like eating pizza without Coca Cola. You miss the point. I am still in Amsterdam and today I got the just launched book of Butt magazine published by Taschen. The Dutch-based magazine about the coolness of homosexuality has been launched 5 years ago and it is made by Gert Jonkers and Jop Van Bennekom. The online version includes some interviews and of course a Butt-head dating section for action and networking. By the way I am Butt-Head n0 4!
The afternoon preparation at the restaurant section
Me Looking at You website overlooking us
Club11 is situated on the top-floor of the Stedeljik museum
Yesterday night at Amsterdam's Club 11 there was a Neen evening and a Meet-in-a-nice-Restaurant at the same time. The dinner and event was put together by Rafael Rozendaal and the event included projections of artworks by Andreas Angelidakis, Rafael Rozendaal, Miltos Manetas, Joel Fox and myself, poetry reading by Nikola Tosic. The space was filled with thousand of towels with the word Neen on it. Also the band Aux Raus perfomed and it was really great.
My friend Rafael showed me this amazing book today. This book is a collection of frenetic flyers produced for the American punk scene between 1977 and 1985. As the introduction says"this book started with a simple idea and turned into the monster you hold in your hands now[..] Just consider this a celebration of the scene. More than an empty nostalgic gesture, the artwork, the photos shows you that the punk scene is a vast one.."
Is there something familiar to you on this photo right above? These days I had this idea of bringing AngeloSays logo on Second Life as a garbage can. The piece is located on the front side of the under-construction house that Andreas is designing for us. It is not ready yet and I am still learning how to make sculptures like that but you can have an idea of how it looks or maybe come and empty your trash right there. By the way, a small correction : Blue Boy Bar is not a website (as it appeared on a previous LIFO issue) it is a "real" virtual gay-bar on Second-Life. It is easy to find me there too.