Thursday, October 9, 2014

Naughty, naughty Musee d'Orsay

Une exposition, un regard : "Sade. Attaquer le soleil"

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Venice International Performance Art Week 2014

Following the first edition Hybrid Body – Poetic Body that took place in December 2012 at Palazzo Bembo, the 2nd Venice International Performance Art Week will open at Palazzo Mora in Venice on 13 December 2014 and will run until 20 December. 

The contemporary performance art exhibition will showcase works of over 50 artists including Vito Acconci, Pedro Reyes, Sigalit Landau etc.

The project consists of a vibrant programme of live performances, installations, photographic and video documentation, conferences, daily round tables talks focusing on the curatorial concept: Ritual Body - Political Body.

Sigalit Landau, Barbed Hula (1999) 

The Future of Fashion is Now

The Future of Fashion is Now, Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen. Concept/Art Direction: Glamcult Studio.

The Future of Fashion is Now, opens at the Museum Boijmans, in Rotterdam, a centre for fashion innovation, on 11 October and features around fifty designers who blur the line between art and fashion and experiment with textiles, materials, and shapes, offering their visions for what the future of fashion is. The list includes both established and emerging designers such as (my favourites) Viktor & Rolf (The Netherlands), Christophe Coppens (Belgium), Craig Green (U.K.), and Rejina Pyo (Korea), as well as up-and-coming designers, like the Japanese Pyuupiru. Don't miss it!

Viktor & Rolf Haute Couture, season Fall/Winter 2013.

Ana Rajcevic, Animal - The Other Side of Evolution, 2012.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Quote of the week: Annie Lennox on Beyoncé's take on feminism

During the interview with Pride Source, Lennox referred to Beyoncé's recent MTV Video Music Awards performance where the word 'FEMINIST' was displayed in large letters behind the singer. "I would call that 'feminist lite'. L-I-T-E," she said. "It's tokenistic to me. I mean, I think she's a phenomenal artist – I just love her performances – but I'd like to sit down with her. I think I'd like to sit down with quite a few artists and talk to them. I'd like to listen to them; I'd like to hear what they truly think."

Monday, September 29, 2014

Denise de La Rue revisits Guernica

A Cry for Peace (film still) © Succession Picasso, 2014. © Denise De La Rue, 2014.

Denise de La Rue debuts a new film titled A Cry for Peace at the United Nations headquarters in New York City. The three-minute film will be presented by UN Alliance of Civilisations during General Assembly on 26 September, 2014. 

A Cry for Peace renews the message so poignantly conveyed by Pablo Picasso's antiwar masterpiece, Guernica, which Alejandro Escalona recently described as "a cultural icon that speaks to mankind not only against war but also of hope and peace."  This is the first time Succession Picasso and the State of Spain have authorised the use of Guernica in a contemporary art piece.

Set to an original score by Academy Award-winning composer Gustavo Santaolalla, the film portrays a matador, performing the bullfighting dance against the backdrop of Picasso's great mural.

Tauromaquia, the rituals of which closely parallel those of war, has had an unwavering presence across generations. Depicted in the film as an artistically reproduced battle with no opponent, it is contemporary, immediate and at one remove from the act of harm. Juxtaposed against an unflinching depiction of suffering, these two very different representations of battle create a dynamic meditation on the persistence of violence and the continuing devastation of war. Echoing the ideals set forth in the United Nations charter which aim "to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war," this film strives to combat indifference to human suffering and function as a protest for peace.

BLAZON collection of scarves

BLAZON celebratres the public launch of its debut collection with a pop-up at Shoreditch’s Boxpark from the 29 September–6 October, featuring giant, abstract, geometric scarves on extendable arms, oversize poster prints an interactive photobooth.
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