Rock Covers, an amazing book published by TASCHEN and authors Robbie Busch (DJ and record collector), Jonathan Kirby (record collector and music writer) and Julius Wiedemmann (art editor and marketing professional), pays tribute to the legendary covers of rock albums, from David Bowie, the Beatles to Elvis and Pink Floyd.
This anthology features more than 750 iconic album covers, from famous to rare record releases, with further details on what inspired the artists behind them and their music. Many of the photographers, graphic designers, art directors have all been featured in gallery exhibitions.
Each cover in the book is accompanied by a fact sheet, with short descriptive profiles for 250 highlighted records. Five interviews with rock insiders add personal insights to the shaping of rock history, while 10 leading rock collectors share their top-10 record lists.
It's excellent if you're a fan of these bands. I highly recommend it.
Romanian artist and Prix Marcel Duchamp winner Mircea Cantor (b. 1977) is the subject of an exhibition at the Rennie Collection at Wing Sang this winter. This is the first solo presentation of his work in Canada. Cantor is best known for his ostensibly simple video narratives that slowly build to subtle but powerful climax leaving the audience with open conclusions.
Included in the exhibition will be one of Cantor's most popular video works, Wind Orchestra (2012) seen at the Pompidou Centre a few years ago. In this video, a young boy stands three knives on their handle end and blows them over, like a row of dominoes now more threatening than innocent. The violent implications of playing dominoes with knives appears lost on the boy, who does not seem to recognize the power of the knife as something more ominous than a toy. Another object's common purpose is similarly disrupted in Double Heads Matches (2003). Cantor convinced a match factory in Romania to halt regular production and double dip a series of matches by hand, rendering the typical function of a match more dangerous, but potentially also more cost effective. In both instances, the original symbolic meaning of the object is changed, either by a simple act or change.
The BAFTA Qualifying ASFF: Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a celebration of independent film from across the world, and an outlet for supporting and championing short filmmaking. One of the UK’s most exciting site-specific events, this year’s festival will take place in 15 iconic venues across the historic city of York from 6 – 9 November 2014. Moving between medieval halls, galleries, museums and cinemas, ASFF invites audiences to create their own unique viewing experience.
The films span a diverse range of genres from comedy to music video, drama to documentary, and animation to artists’ film. New for 2014, ASFF showcases outstanding works from the fashion and advertising industries, working with London College of Fashion to establish a place for serious discussion about fashion film; its identity, responsibility to society and impact on visual culture. We also welcome Ridley Scott Associates and Jigsaw who will reveal the art of advertising and how filmmakers collaborate with brands such as Vivienne Westwood, Swarovski, Louis Vuitton, Trager Delaney etc.