Month: February 2016

Kedr Livanskiy

The Most Alive & Honest Thing In Moscow: Kedr Livanskiy’s “January Sun” EP (2MR Records)

“Lo-fi” homemade & handcrafted objects offer an immediate glimpse of the heart & soul of a place. Whether it’s a handstitched quilt, decked out with regional colors and designs, or a disintegrating flyer for a punk show that happened a decade ago, handmade, locally-sourced objets d’art offer an essential insight into the hopes, dreams, styles, and preferences of a people. This is particularly true of “lo-fi” or bedroom music, which seems to inherently evoke images of intimate listening in close quarters with the artist, as they unveil their secrets, like a hidden jewelry box from under the bed. As the world seems to succumb to Pop’s hypnotism, as the spectacle continues to get bigger, bolder, and less accessible to independent participants, the need for raw, intimate, accessible art will continue to expand exponentially. January Sun is a glimpse into the hidden, jewelled kingdom of Kedr Livanskiy, who crafts weightless, otherworldly synthpop and antiquated future beats from a skeletal configuration of bare synth, drum machine, and voice. Each element, however, seems packed in styrofoam, steeped in …

Surging Seas 10 feet

3 Mapping Technologies That Will Change How You See NYC

New York City has always been a city in flux, with compelling local histories buried as quickly as new histories are born. These three innovative mapping technologies from artists and developers worldwide allow users to explore the city in entirely new ways — all from the convenience of a smartphone or laptop. Don’t take NYC at face value; use these three tools to uncover the past, future, and hidden present of your city. 1. Surging Seas Surging Seas is an interactive map with a unique premise: displaying the coastline changes that would occur at various forecasted sea-level rises over the next century. The map was created by the ever-creative team at Stamen, a digital agency based in San Francisco with a special focus in mapping and research technologies. For Surging Seas, the developers aimed to differentiate themselves from existing forecast tools by creating a map that highlighted the “land that’s lost,” showing how even “minor” changes like the 13 feet rise caused by Hurricane Sandy can radically alter the shape of the city. 2. Spyglass …

Panda Bear – Crosswords (Music Video)

“Crosswords” is the 2nd EP by artist, Noah Benjamin Lennox, Panda Bear, also known from his performances with Animal Collective. Lennox’s solo work plays around the genres of net-psychedelic pop and experimental pop. Lyrics: Ain’t fate, just me Come a cropper for the weak stuff that you stew Ain’t fate, just me A cripple on his feet again you say Stay there while I move Stay scared while I improve But it don’t mean I’ll do it like you want me to But it do mean I’ll do it like you need me to But it don’t mean I’ll do it like you want me to So good, so good You got it so good So good, so good Damn it, so good So good, it’s so good, so good Get it day to day Day after day So good Day to day Day after day So good

album art Matmos Ultimate Care II

Matmos – Ultimate Care II – Album Review

Music and fashion go way back, probably for as long as either have existed. These days, however, they’re more intertwined than ever, with a number of music’s biggest names working as fashion designers, models, or icons, in their own regard. Electronic music and high fashion are particularly interwoven, as cutting-edge designers soundtrack their runway catwalks with booming beats and glistening synths. Considering all of that, it stands to reason that someone would flip the script, and make electronic music out of fashion. Quite literally. Matmos are some of electronic music’s longest-running and most notorious sonic dada punk conceptualists, crafting countless musique concrete odysses over the last 22 years. Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt have made oddly-danceable albums out of everything from plastic surgery noises to automata to civil war battles to psychic powers. On Ultimate Care II, Matmos are at it again, this time using the humble source of a vintage washing machine. This is no laundromat field recording, however; Daniels and Schmidt are too hyper-detailed and fussy for such a thing. During the course of …


MAD NYC, What Have We Done, The Catastrophe of Homelessness

— An exclusive photo editorial piece by photographer Alberto Alcocer. Words by Maya Amoah. Images below were shot in New York City and Madrid.  It’s 2 AM and the lights of Time Square brilliantly shine like no other place in the world. Pixelated images in every direction flash before the eyes of both tourists and New Yorkers alike and if this doesn’t keep them transfixed, the juggling street busker who breathes fire surely does. On a sunny day in hot July, children eagerly lap up melting sundaes and chow on some Coney Island chili fries, strolling the sand dusted boardwalk with mama and old Pops. “Isn’t life grand, dear?” Mom whispers into dad’s ear as she sweetly kisses his head. Indeed it is, for those who can afford it. Nestled under the steps of a merry go round just meters from the Coney Island boardwalk lives an invisible man. His decrepit figure and hapless fortune has deemed him unseen to society, yet he is just 1 of over 60,000 New Yorkers who hold membership to this impoverished underworld. “It wasn’t …

Kerry James Marshall, Art History Counter-Archive

The work of Kerry James Marshall is centered on African American life, culture and history. His body of work explores new frontiers in racial politics, socio-economical issues and the artists’ own feelings & views about social responsibility. Marshall was born in Birmingham, Alabama in 1955 and later relocated to South Central, Los Angeles near the Black Panthers headquarters. Marshall grew-up in a country in which there were not many black artists to reference and “black studies” were in their early stages. Through his work, the artist has committed himself to compensating for the absence and invisibility of black culture. The artist attempts to reconcile African American culture with images of western ideals in his paintings by highlighting black identity within their historical context and the current socio political situation. Video courtesy of Museo Reina Sofia, Painting and Other Stuff, 2014 For Marshall there is an evident gap in the [Western] art history archive. We can define his whole body of work as a counter-archive, reading between the lines of mainstream culture during the past decades …


6 Genre-Bending Artists You Should Follow on Instagram

Instagram can be a gold mine for creative inspiration, but it sometimes feels like artist accounts on the ubiquitous social media platform are more self-promotional than authentically engaging. With 400 million active users, it can be hard to find quality content outside the tropes and cliches. Here’s a roundup of some of our favorite artists using Instagram in unique ways — from digital installations to math-infused origami masterpieces. @prismspecs New media artist and programmer Grayson Earle is constantly breaking down boundaries between tech and art with interactive exhibitions and hand-crafted digital games. The process, from conceptual sketches to halfway-completed hardware, is documented on his Instagram account alongside a heavy helping of glitch art and tongue-in-cheek tech humor. People Pattern #loop #glitchart #generativeart #netflix #videoart @illuminator99 @saddestlunch A video posted by Grayson (@prismspecs) on Jan 28, 2016 at 8:32pm PST Earle is based in Brooklyn, where his work was most recently shown in the AgitProp! exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.   @sopopomo Manila-born, Texas based artist Dan Lam and her friendly [and touchable] neon-hued sculptures.  A …


Thủ Thiêm, the new and the old, a photo documentary by Adriana Roos

This is a story of loss and change, of family, land and redevelopment. Thủ Thiêm is an urban development project on District 2, Ho Chi Minh City. As in almost all stories of redevelopment, there’s a back-story. Before its clearance, Thủ Thiêm was one of the most densely settled areas in the city and included a central market established in 1751. As of today, site clearance of the area is almost completed, between 14-15,000 households have been removed from the development site and resettled after more of a decade clearing 720 hectares of land. The following images aim to tell the back-story, looking at a family who’s lived there, in the same house, for more than a 100 years. They have almost no neighbours left, just rubble and empty spaces around them. This is their story: All images courtesy of photographer Adriana Roos More information and data about Thủ Thiêm New Urban Area  

Hadar Pitchon

Sounds of Endless Charging, Adam Kaszewski by Hadar Pitchon

“The three great elemental sounds in nature are the sound of rain, the sound of wind in a primeval wood, and the sound of outer ocean on a beach. I have heard them all, and of the three elemental voices, that of ocean is the most awesome, beautiful, and varied. For it is a mistake to talk of the monotone of ocean or of the monotonous nature of its sound … Every mood of the wind, every change in the day’s weather, every phase of the tide – all these have subtle sea musics all their own … the continuousness of it, sound of endless charging, endless incoming and gathering, endless fulfillment and dissolution… Above the tumult, like birds, fly wisps of watery noise, splashes and counter splashes, whispers, and seethings… The seas are the heart’s blood of the earth. Plucked up and kneaded by the sun and the moon, the tides are systole and diastole of the earth’s veins … Consider the marvel of what we see. Somewhere in the ocean, perhaps a thousand …

Saint Laurent

Spring 2016 Trend Preview

This spring, minimalism takes a back seat. If the Spring/Summer 2016 runways are any indicator of the trends to take over fashion bloggers’ Instagram feeds, it looks like styles are taking a turn for the extreme—in the best way possible. Looks seen on the runways were a combination of romance, maximalist, and a healthy tinge of grunge. For fashion lovers looking to stay on top of the trends this season, we gathered the biggest and best from the runways to keep you in-the-know and ahead of the game. To start, say hello to old world folklore, because romance and ruffles are in full force for the fashion-forward crowd this spring. Appearing at Roberto Cavalli, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, and Marques Almeida, an abundance of fluffy ruffles took over maxi dresses and oversized tops. But ruffles aren’t the only indicator of romantic details. The Victorian era continued with floral maxis and lace flowing down the catwalk. And as Fashionista notes, tiaras—yes, tiaras—are also trending for the season. Saint Laurent and Miu Miu are both reminding us that …