Friday, 30 October 2009

The best music videos of the decade!

Earlier this year Pitchfork published a list of the staff's top 50 music videos of the 2000s and now music video blog Antville follow suit with their take on the best 101 music videos of the decade - only this list is based on their readers' votes. "Fell in Love With a Girl" by The white Stripes directed by Spike Jonze tops both lists.
It's hard to pick a favorite because there are so many good ones, but I really like Bat For Lashes' "What's a Girl to Do" (dir. Douglas Wilson) which made it into the top 10 of both lists. "Here I Go Again" by OK GO (dir. Trish Sie & OK GO) and "What else is there?" by Röyksopp (dir. Martin De Thurah) are also great videos.
Perfect entertainment for the weekend so check it out!

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Absolut goes naked.

A new limited edition bottle with no label or logo has been launched by Swedish vodka brand Absolut. The only thing added to the iconic bottle is a small removable sticker proclaiming that "in an absolut world there are no labels." The new naked design is part of a campaign meant to challenge prejudice about sexual identities.


Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Video paint

This reminds me of Graffiti Research Lab and their inventive ways of mixing graffiti and technology, but it's actually done by multimedia video artists Bruno Levy and Blake Shaw
. Together they form multimedia group Sweatshoppe and They've come up with a way to paint with video involving LED lights on paint rollers and video control software. If you want more technical details on how it's actually done then go to Wooster Collective.
Very cool!

Monday, 19 October 2009

Mutate Britain - One Foot in the Grove

Just a reminder: go experience the One Foot in the Grove art event before it's too late - next weekend is last chance!
You can expect to see live street art, pole dancing robots, humorous scrap metal scuptures, beautiful prints, men riding fire breathing metal creatures and many other weird installations.
Once you get through the crowds looking to make a good deal at Portobello Road Market it's a really great way to spend a saturday afternoon.

And remember to put on some warm clothes because it's outdoors.

Friday, 16 October 2009

Finally Friday!

Here's something to enjoy while you're celebrating the fact that it's Friday.
I love Aakash Nihalani's tape stuff - it's so simple and yet so effective in making people see their surroundings from a different perspective.

Anish Kapoor at the Royal Academy of Arts

It’s not allowed to take pictures inside the galleries so these photos are of the big sculpture placed outside in the court yard called “Tall tree and the Eye.” Which leads me to my first point: if you don’t have time/don’t want to pay £12/can’t be bothered to stand in line to get in, then at least spend 5 minutes in the court yard looking at this amazing piece.

If you want to go see the full exhibition then here is a word of advice: book tickets online! Then you can walk right past the massive queue and go straight in.

Also, if you are flexible on times then make sure to go on a week day. I went on a Saturday and it was completely packed which meant that it was sometimes hard to see the art for all the people.

That said, I really enjoyed the exhibition. The large scale works are by far the most interesting, especially “Swayambh” which according to the catalogue is Sanskrit and means something like ‘self-generated.’ It’s a 30 ton block of red wax that slowly moves along tracks through 5 galleries. No point in trying to describe it further, you really have to see it for yourself.

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Spotted along Regent's Canal

There's a great little graffiti wall along the branch of Regent's Canal that runs along the southern edge of the park. The tags and pieces quickly get replaced, but I managed to get a photo of this one before it dissapeared. Pretty cool!

Monday, 12 October 2009

Google Wave

Great little explanation of Google's new communication platform Google Wave by Epipheo Studios.

Friday, 9 October 2009


I have always been fascinated by Tetris. Here are 2 very different takes on the game to enjoy this Friday afternoon. One is a low tech commercial for Freeboard skateboards and the other is an After Effects animation of a Berlin building block by Sergej Hein.

I love them both! More Tetris stuff!

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Bat For Lashes!

I’ve really been looking forward to this concert for a long time. I absolutely love the latest album Two Suns, and I still think she should have won the Mercury prize for that. This was my first time to see Bat For Lashes live, and I have to say that it was a really good experience. One beautifully performed song followed the other and there was a good mix of quiet and more up-beat tracks. I especially liked the live version of Pearl’s Dream that was almost stripped down to drums and percussion. Siren Song was another high point of the evening for me. Performed live with strings and everything almost brought tears to my eyes.

I also really enjoyed the variety of sounds – all the band members played several different instruments throughout the concert. At first it was a little confusing, I think the guitarist (if you can call her that) played 5 different instruments during the first 2 songs. But all in all I think it made it a more interesting experience.

Only negative thing was the length of the concert – only 1 hour and 10 minutes. That was a little disappointing.

Oh, and there was also an interesting warm up band called Yeasayer. I only caught the last couple of songs, but they had a nice mix of some 80’s sounds, some police and some folk music going on. Think I’ll check them out on Hypemachine or something.