Art, Culture, Design, Fashion

Bernhard Willhelm’s exhibition at MOCA looks into the future of fashion

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From February 7 through May 17, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, will present the first American museum exhibition of the work of fashion designers Bernhard Willhelm and Jutta Kraus. Titled ‘Bernhard Willhelm 3000: When Fashion Shows The Danger Then Fashion Is The Danger’, the two designers bring a site-specific work to MOCA Pacific Design Center that functions as a sculptural installation while featuring their Fall/Winter 15-16 collection. The installation will consist of video and photo material next to displays of ephemera and objects selected by Willhelm. The result is a meditation on the future of commerce and a “thinking-forward exhibition”. Willhelm sees the show as a response to the uniformity of consumerism in the 21st century as well as a forecast of the 22nd century fashion experience.

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Art, Literature, People

Vanessa Matic – Blossom Of Your Pain

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Our beloved house poet Vanessa Matic has surprised us with another poem, to be read after the break. Read her previously published work here. Read More »

Photography

Diane Meyer embroiders photographs as a memory to the Berlin Wall

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Artist and photographer Diane Meyer is based in the U.S. and has been working on a series of photos taken in the city of Berlin that have been obscured by cross stitch embroidery sewn directly into the photograph. The result is a pixelated version of the underlying image, as a memorial of the Berlin Wall.

As Diane Meyer explains herself: “The images were taken in the city center as well as in the suburbs where I followed the former path of the Berlin Wall. I was particularly interested in photographing locations where no visible traces of the actual wall remain, but in which there are subtle clues of its previous existence. These clues include incongruities in the architecture that occurred as new structures were built on newly opened land parcels, changes in street lights or newer vegetation. In addition to the physical aspects that point to the former division of the city, I am interested in the psychological weight of these sites. In many of the images, the embroidered sections of the photograph represent the exact scale and location of the former Wall offering a pixelated view of what lies behind. In this way, the embroidery becomes a trace in the landscape of something that no longer exists, but is a weight on history and memory. As the embroidery takes the form of digital pixilation, I am making a connection between forgetting and digital file corruption. The embroidery emphasizes the unnatural boundaries created by the wall itself and provides a literal contrast to the concrete of the wall and a metaphorical contrast to its symbolism.” Read More »

Culture, Food, Music, Nightlife, Technology

DELI gives personalized travel suggestions based on a little Buzzfeed-like quiz

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There are many travel guides around online that try to capitalize on the tourist market. Some of those services are handy and beautifully designed, but lots of them consist of heaps of irrelevant information that you have to dig through in order to find a place that appeals to your specific taste. DELI, a new interactive site promises to fix this by offering travelers personalized travel suggestions in just a few clicks. All you have to do is answer six Buzzfeed-style questions and DELI provides you with a customized travel itinerary. DELI’s pilot site for Amsterdam is already online and in the next six months there will be guides for Paris, Berlin, Barcelona, London, Stockholm and Copenhagen – plus maybe a few spots in the U.S.. After answering questions like “Which shoe fits your style?” or “On which spot are you likely to be seen on a casual Saturday?” DELI’s custom algorithm – developed between the University of Amsterdam and University of Stockholm, then processes your answers to give suggestions for places to eat, go out, etc.. The results are then visualized in an interactive infographic: “The platform is designed in a minimalistic way—using simplified illustrations, basic colors, and a few interactive elements. We aimed to create something very user-friendly and intuitive,” explains founder Anna Kolk.

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Art, Photography

Matt Crump’s candy coloured minimalist photography

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Capturing signs, palm trees, fun fairs and architecture, photographer Matt Crump invites us into his very personal universe in which the warm colours of summer are never replaced by grayness. Crump is a self-taught minimalist who has no formal training in the field of photography. After his studies of art direction at the Texas Creative programme at Austin’s University of Texas – renowned for its focus on artfulness and simplicity in advertising – he went on to become an award-winning commercial art director. After ten years in the business, he began to dabble in minimalist photography with a colourful edge. His unique style was an instant succes, gaining him ten thousand Instagram followers in less than a month. Crump attributes this to his distinctive use of candy coloured negative space, surreal compositions, unusual subject and the endless summer vibe his photos emit. Read More »