The Art of the Flight

Not your average snowboarding film, ‘The Art of the Flight,’ features some awesome photography of top boarders in extreme landscapes around the globe, brought to us by the producers of “That’s It, That’s All”. The soundtrack is perfectly matched and makes the overall effect absolutely mesmerizing. Can’t wait for this film to come out in September! Fore more info visit the Art of the Flight movie website.

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Red Bull Street Art View

On the heels of Google’s Art Project, comes Red Bull Street Art View. Using Google’s “Street View,” the Art View will feature crowd-sourced images of graffiti from all over the globe. The concept, which originated at the Brazilian ad agency Loducca, is making a fine attempt at parlaying the ‘counterculture cache’ of graffiti. However, for fans of street art, this is exciting, as you can now zoom in on markers to see murals picked out by locals.

More info here.

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Seize HappyWallMaker show in Paris

Seize HappyWallMaker, a young French artist, will show works at the Parisian Gallery Mathgoth, now until the 16th march 2011 at Espace “In My Room” 32 rue Rodier, Paris 9th.

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Dazed Digital’s Top 100

Here is a list Dazed Digital’s 100 best artists from 2010. I have to say, this is quite an eclectic collection that at evokes past decades, especially the 70s…or maybe that is the just the first few songs! I’m still working my way through the list, but already found this list worth sharing.  Enjoy!

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The New Yorker Party Playlist

Check it out – one song for every year of the magazine’s existence:

New Yorker Party Playlist

Songs are available for listening at: Alexey Grozny’s YouTube playlist or Tom Whitwell’s Spotify playlists (Europe only).

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Love this video produced for a short film competition “kurzundschön” (Short & Nice).

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How to aestheticize

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Nowhere Near Here

“‘Nowhere Near Here’ is a stop motion animation that uses a combination of light with stencils and long exposure photography to tell the story of a dog running around the city at night, doing whatever a dog does. The animation was first exhibited at the The Herbert, on the 7th October 2010.” More info here. Enjoy!

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Welcome to Art Basel Miami

Escif‘s reminder to the artists in attendance at Miami’s Art Basel Miami.

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Making the invisible visible

Mentalgassi (a street art collective) and Amnesty International have teamed up to produce lenticular fence posters around London to raise awareness about the presumed innocence of the death row inmate, Troy Davis. The resulting image is amazingly poignant.

Check out the making of video:

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‘more with Google’

This ad by Wieden+Kennedy Tokyo for Google Japan reminds me of the Polaroid scene in Clueless (the 2.0 version)

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Modern art

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It has been three weeks since I saw, ‘Transition,’ the Istanbul edition of the exhibition series, ‘Edge of Arabia‘ (which has also shown in London, Berlin, Venice, Riyadh and Dubai), and I can’t stop thinking about it. The show features contemporary art from Saudi Arabia, and presents 22 artistic positions intended to cause visitors to engage with various social and cultural phenomena, including faith, consumer culture and identity in the “tension between tradition and a modern, globalized world.” The prevalent use of symbolic imagery allows the works to speak for themselves, but many were accompanied by quotes from the artist in order to guide the dialogue between the work and the viewer. Some of my favorites include:

“I see us out, shedding this cocoon of negatives,
the misconceptions and preconceptions cast upon.”

(Shadia & Raja Alem, ‘Negative No More,’ 2004)

“…Longing for the hapiness that it promise, little do they know,
that when a city breathes, suffocation is bound to follow.”

(Manal Al-Dowayan, ‘Satalite Hallucination,’ 2010)

“Believing the yellow cow was as relevant now as it has ever been,
Ahmed decided to create a brand in order to ‘set the story free.”

(Ahmed Mater, ‘Yellow Cow,’ 2010)

“Message to the messengers.”
(Abdulnassser Gharem, ‘Detour,’ 2010)

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Musée national Eugène Delacroix

I have walked by the Delacroix museum hundreds of times this past year, and finally decided to enter. One of the apartment/studios where Delacroix lived and worked, is now a small museum showing some fantastic work. Of particular interest to me were the works on paper such as the “Frightened Wild Horse Emerging from the Water,” or “Negro in a Turban,” (below) which highlight the artist’s ability to capture the expression and emotion in his subjects whether they be animal or human. It was also refreshing to see work by this artist that was smaller scale and exhibited a minimal use of color, in contrast to the large, vivid canvases one can find in the Louvre or Musee d’Orsay, giving the museum a very intimate feel, apropos to the place where Delacroix spent his last days. If you are ever passing through the sixth and have a few minutes, I recommend you stop by and take a look: Musée national Eugène Delacroix, 6 Rue de Furstenberg, 75006

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Castles in the Snow

Just released official video for ‘Castles in the Snow’ by Twin Shadow

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