A bold claim made by Dutch artists Sander Plug and Lernert Engelberts, but fairly well deserved. Since their first collaboration, they have been working on commercials, leaders, art movies, documentaries and installations. Their aim is to make simple and communicative works, that takes little note of the existing border between contemporary art and commercial projects. Their highly esthetic, humorous and dedicated works are often challenging the media and its viewer, in a simple but very effective way. Check out some of their shorts after the jump! They all sort of share the same color palette and are nice in that way.
Marc-Phillipe Coudeyre’s line, “Black Renaissance,” combines the Rococo-ruffled sensibility of cocoon-puffed panier hoop-skirted volume, the gold-stud, gold leather, feather fur glam-rock aesthetic of Ziggy Stardust, and the morosely black capelets characteristic of Victorian mourning attire. The end result is a collection that is fit for a bizarre, alien Avian-human hybrid from the future. I definitely wouldn’t mind living on one of his planet’s black moons. Hailing from Antwerp, Coudeyre epitomizes the Belgian progressive aesthetic. Courtesy of the Flanders Fashion Institute, he will be showcasing his designs at New York Fashion week, at Showroom Antwerp.
I’m a few days late but I should have posted this video by Spy Films for Valentines day. It explores a fleeting moment between two strangers, revealing their brief connection in a hyper real fantasy. Kind of romantical if you ask me. You can also watch the making of the video after the jump!
Anastasia Cazabon’s photos contain such compelling settings and backdrops that it feels very calm and serene. With a soft color palette, natural and living environments, she manifest dramatic, playful and melancholic imagery.
The work of Karim Hamid, as the artist states is “interested in the process by which the female figure is objectified by the archetypal male gaze.” The naked figures are mutilated and leveled to one plane with the background making the main objects in the paintings create tension since they’re all sharing one dimension. The subtle muted colors, and the rough painting manner combined with bedrooms as backdrops, portray an indication of the women’s figure objectification throughout history, as well as today’s media insatiable need of it.
The world seen through the eyes of Charles Darwin forms the basis for the performance ‘Tomorrow, in a year’. Danish Theatre production company Hotel Pro Formas striking visuals blend with pop-duo The Knife’s ground-breaking music to create a new species of electro-opera. Unfortunately by now the opera might have stopped touring (it began in September of last year) but go check out the clips on Youtube, they look amazing! Kind of reminds me of Wooster Group’s La Didone – but in my opinion, a bit more accessible and requires not so much prior knowledge to digest.
The people at Actop, a Barcelona based creative agency, have a new website and updated it with some new awesome projects. They collaborate with many artists and experiment on a wide range of media: print, animation, motion graphics, live visuals and new approaches to the moving image.
Their latest work is a two short piece to promote Nova, a creative event at the Museu da Imagem e do Som (MIS) in São Paulo. Here are some screencaps of the shorts but you can watch the full shorts here.