Sunday, 26 July 2009

The Blog Parties,Kirsten Ibsen Kure,A Space Oddity,Ron Mandos,Olympus Pen Story,Summer 2008 Pictures

The Blog Parties is a monthly showcase that brings the sound of musicblogs to Ekko in Utrecht and Winston in Amsterdam.

6th (Ekko) and friday the 7th (Winston).

On this first edition the main act is Dead Pixels from London. Dead Pixels bring reminiscence to Joy Division, but somehow seem to avoid sounding like Editors or Interpol. Maybe because of their female singer or because of their electro influences. Sounding dark and catchy at the same time, they are a different sound in the overcrowded London music scene , curious the fact of their diverse backgrounds including Egypt, France, UK and fronted by Danish Lone Blomhoj.

Mp3 | Dead Pixels - So You Say

Speaking of Danish people , our friend K , aka Kirsten Ibsen Kure will be going back to Copenhagen in a couple of weeks and we are organizing a bbq in sarfati park Amsterdam on the 8 of August.

One of my favorite places in Amsterdam is A Space Oddity , loads of Star Wars vintage stuff , aslo lots of other cool stuff like Batman, He-Man, Dragonball, Spawn, Nightmare before Christmas, Toy Story, Muppetshow, Simpsons, Star Trek, Manga, Spiderman, Lord of the Rings.

Ron Mandos gallery Amsterdam is proud to present ‘Best of Graduates 2009’; an unexpected selection 2009 Dutch Academy graduates. (Rietveld Academy Amsterdam, KABK The Hague, HKU Utrecht, ArtEZ Arnhem, St. Joost Den Bosch/ Breda, Academie Minerva Groningen). The works have been carefully selected by the Ron Mandos team and curator Radek Vana.

Participating artists are: Boukje Voet (AKV/St Joost), Branko Miliskovic (KABK), Daniel De Roo (GRA), Edwin Deen (GRA), Edwin Jans (KABK), Elvira Rensen (HKU), Hessel Stuut (HKU), Koen Doodeman (HKU), Laetitia Schoofs (GRA), Maartje Smits (GRA), Merel & Mirte Fellinger (AKV/St Joost), Milou Rabe (KABK), Natascha Libbert (KABK), Nicole O’Niel (KABK), Ohad Ben Shimon (KABK), Paul Beumer (KABK), Sander Cedee (GRA), Sean Hannan (GRA), Sjors Vervoort (AKV/St Joost), Stephan van den Burg (KABK), Stephan Sjouke (KABK) en Veniamin Kazachchenko (KABK)

This is the Olympus PEN Story in stop motion. We shot 60.000 pictures, developed 9.600 prints and shot over 1.800 pictures again. No post production! Thanks to all the stop motion artists who inspired us. We hope you enjoy :-) Free download of the music at

Watch | Olympus Pen Story

I met Nick last year in Jessie birthday party in Holland and he end up spending two very cool weeks in Portugal , yesterday by my big surprise , his pics were finnaly uploaded

The first stop Lisbon and tradicion in the summer are Caracois , ( Snails ) and beer

Anti Pop Music Festival 2008 at Santiago Da Barra (Viana Do Castelo) , Micro Audio Waves live set

Leaving the camping site and next stop Porto.

Great time in Porto

A Visit to the Jose Maria da Fonseca cellars in Vila Nogueira de Azeitão , beautiful village on the Foot of the Serra da Arrabida and my place of birth.

Miguel , the son of kikas

Bairro Alto , Lisboa

Kikas :-)

Moi .

Lisbon Zoo . lol

Lisbon , near Docas de Sto Amaro

Time to say goodbye , Nick flight back to New York in 3 hours


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Monday, 20 July 2009

Audiopleasures Mixtape,Damon Soule,Challenge Your World, kinawa Churaumi Aquarium,Raw Rhythm Festival,Tom Sachs,Another Perfect World

Audiopleasures Mixtape

Mp3 | Cornelius - Drop
Mp3 | Diamond Nights - Girls attractive
Mp3 | Franz Ferdinand - Walk Away [ Acoustic ]
Mp3 | Inlets - Pictures of Trees
Mp3 | Just A Band - Burn It Out EP Medley
Mp3 | Klaxons - Atlantis To Interzone [ Digitalism rmx ]
Mp3 | Luna - Bonnie and Clyde
Mp3 | Maritime - parade of punk rock tshirts
Mp3 | My Brightest Diamond - Feeling Good [ Nina Simone Cover - planet claire sessions ]
Mp3 | Pixeltan - Get Up Say What
Mp3 | Royksopp - Eple [ Black Strobe mix ]
Mp3 | The Notwist - This Room [ four tet manitoba mix ]

Download full Audiopleasures Mixtape

damon soule was spontaneously infused in our solar system via the magnolia state, 1974 and began expanding annually in a location sometimes referred to as the crescent city. Around the age of four, he began work on his lifelong pursuit concerning the application of homogenous forms to linear topography. Exposure to such a wide range of serendipity during his formative years provided him with a unique vision: “self determined entropy can produce highly contagious effects,” he recalls, “until the horizon line begins to recede and the ends become independent of narrative." Damon Soule

Challenge Your World 20/20 Crazy ideas
20 Artists. 20 Ideas.
Challenge Your World 20/20 is a partnership between Challenge Your World and Motionographer. Each year, 20 video artists create 20 wild, whimsical, and unconventional machines that solve environmental issues. If we’re going to transform the world we have to push ourselves to think differently — so these videos reject the status quo, explore crazy ideas, and blast beyond boundaries.

Would you like to participate? For information on how to submit a video contact Julien Vallée Here

Awesome shot at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium by Jon Rawlinson
The main tank called the "Kuroshio Sea" holds 7,500-cubic meters (1,981,290 gallons) of water and features the world's second largest acrylic glass panel, measuring 8.2 meters by 22.5 meters with a thickness of 60 centimeters. Whale sharks and manta rays are kept amongst many other fish species in the main tank.

Watch | Kuroshio Sea - 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world

AMSTERDAM 31 July - 01 Ausgust

Some cool names will be next weekend in the Culture Park Westergasfabriek .
Lamb , Roni Size , Dj Spinna , Jazzanova , Alice Russel , Herbalize.

Full program Raw Rhythm Festival

Tom Sachs is a sculptor, probably best known for his elaborate recreations of various Modern icons, all of them masterpieces of engineering and design of one kind or another. In an early show he made Knoll office furniture out of phone books and duct tape; later, he recreated Le Corbusier's 1952 Unité d'Habitation using only foamcore and a glue gun. Other projects have included his versions of various Cold War masterpieces, like the Apollo 11 Lunar Excursion Module, and the bridge of the battleship USS Enterprise. And because no engineering project is more complex and pervasive than the corporate ecosystem, he's done versions of those, too, including a McDonald's he built using plywood, glue, assorted kitchen appliances. He's also done Hello Kitty and her friends in materials ranging from foamcore to bronze. Tom Sachs

Another Perfect World is a documentary about digital utopias, about online worlds created as places for work, play, friendship and love.

People have always created utopias, worlds that reflect the greatest, most enlightened and noble ideas of the period in which they live. The utopias of the future will be created online, in digital worlds capable of rendering photo-realistic depictions of whatever the mind can imagine with technologies that allow people from around the world to join in. We now have the chance to build a new world from scratch.

If you were going to do so, on which principles would you establish it? What is more important: freedom of expression; an active marketplace to encourage social interaction; or laws to define the limits of social relations? Another Perfect World

Watch | Another Perfect World

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Saturday, 18 July 2009

Swatch,NuFormer,Moon,Air,Troika,Holly Throsby feat Bonnie 'Prince' Billy,Makoto Yabuki, Harvie Krumpet,Festo Interactive Wall, Bonobo, Passion Pit

The Swatch Young Illustrators Award is a unique competition awarding creativity and innovation in personal contemporary illustration and graphics. The award encourages and supports designers in their artistic practice and offers an international and worldwide recognized platform to them. Illustrative art works, art projects with graphic influences, animations and book art objects qualify for submission.

The nominees of the Swatch Young Illustrators Award will be invited to Berlin and get the opportunity to exhibit their work at Illustrative 2009 in Berlin. The winners await prizes worth 6.000 Euros as well as publications and illustration agency contracts and will also be featured in future international shows. One winner will be invited to design a Swatch Watch – a great opportunity to join the ranks of artists such as Kiki Picasso, Pedro Almodóvar, Robert Altman and Keith Haring.

Deadline - September 30th, 2009

for more info visit Illustrative

Impressive and stylish projections on buildings, a renewing way of communicating.For those who want to carry out a message in a striking and visually attractive way with guaranteed exposure: 3D Projection on buildings is the communication tool of 2009, and what an impact!

NuFormer Digital Media develops high-skill 3D video mapping projections. These 3D projections will be custom-made to fit any specific building and will be exposed by a battery of powerful projectors.

Watch | Projection on Buildings

Co-written and directed by Duncan Jones (son of David Bowie) Moon is more quiet introspection than 2001: A Space Odyssey acid trip or Event Horizon deep-space psycho horror. Rockwell delivers an impressive performance as both Sam Bells, and the straightforward no-twists, no-frills plot is as simple, effective, and refreshing as the miniatures used for the exterior establishing shots. Movies online

Watch | Moon

French duo Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel , Air , have released their new single , It's called "Do the Joy," new album Love 2 , october 5th.

Free download Here

CLOUD, A Digital Sculpture For British Airways Terminal 5
Troika was commissioned by Artwise Curators to create a signature piece for the entrance of the new British Airways luxury lounges in Heathrow Terminal 5.

In response, we created 'Cloud', a five meter long digital sculpture whose surface is covered with 4638 flip-dots that can be individually addressed by a computer to animate the entire skin of the sculpture. Flip-dots were conventionally used in the 70s and 80s to create signs in train-stations and airports. By audibly flipping between black and silver, the flip-dots create mesmerizing waves as they chase across the surface of ‘Cloud’. Reflecting its surrounding colours, the mechanical mass is transformed into an organic form that appears to come alive, shimmering and flirting with the onlookers that pass by. Troika

Watch | Cloud

Official music video for the song ‘Would You?’ by Holly Throsby, with guest vocals by Bonnie 'Prince' Billy. The song revolves around a simple question: “Would you want somebody new?”. The clip drifts slowly in and out of reality - lights pass and bodies fall, on a slow, dark night, on the way home in the car.

Watch | Holly Throsby feat. Bonnie 'Prince' Billy - 'Would You?'

Makoto Yabuki works as a director/ art director at Tokyo ,Japan.
He started his career as a visual designer in 1997 ,and joined at its establishment in 2003 as director. His artistic range is expansive; among his recent works are "scope" ,"MANAKAI",and "CONFINE(S)". His works have been presented in film festivals such as SIGGRAPH, onedotzero, artfutura, ARS Electronica.

Watch | As One
Watch | Confine(s)

Winner of the 2004 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, Harvie Krumpet is the biography of an ordinary man seemingly cursed with bad luck. From being born with Tourette Syndrome to getting struck by lightning; from having his testicle removed to developing Alzheimer's disease; Harvie's troubles seem unending ! Yet, Harvie learns many lessons about life and enjoys its many fruits. He finds love, freedom, nudity and ultimately the true meaning of what it is to be human.

Watch | Harvie Krumpet

The FinRay structure is a prototype for an emotive wall. The emotive FinRay wall is composed of seven separate wall pieces, which can swing their body back and forth. Embedded in the skin of the FinRay are arrays of LED luminaries, which can be programmed individually to give personalized information or just to create an ambient luminescent atmosphere. Festo

Watch | Festo Interactive Wall

New video for the forthcoming single from Bonobo 'The Keeper', out on 14th September 2009 on Ninja Tune.

Watch | Bonobo - The Keeper

The official video from Passion Pit for 'To Kingdom Come' to be released on August 24th.

Watch | Passion Pit - To Kingdom Come

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Monday, 13 July 2009

Olga Mink Interview

Olga Mink works in the fields of new media, live performance, video- and interactive art, exploring new possibilities in digital representation. With a strong emphasis to conceptual approaches, her work crosses boundaries between music, photography, architecture, poetry, nature, dance, public spaces and engaged themes. Her installation Ballet Mechanique explored the idea of physicality in the virtual (projected) environment, whilst Video_matic employed touch screens and online interactive works as part of a permanent installation for a new building. Work has been released on labels internationally, whilst her expansive live performances been seen in Europe, United States and Japan. Her works have been displayed at Tate Britain, Empac New York, Sonar in Spain, and the Grand Canaria Biennial amongst others. She also works as a curator in audiovisual arts and digital media. Mink lives and works in The Netherlands.

1 - Nam June Paik, one of the most important video-artists said “As the glue took over the paint, also the cathode ray tube will replace the canvas”. Do you think that’s what happening in art, nowadays?

I think the screen did replace the canvas, but all is in flux and I see a need for non-screen based arts nowadays. People want to explore works beyond the screen, and make something that is more tangible and human again. There’s a need for more human elements in digital art to identify ourselves with. I think screen-based art will continue to exist merely on the net. However, the need for film and {live} cinematic experiences, will remain to be an important artform.

2. What’s the main concept in your videos? Do you consider being video art?

My video’s contain a wide range of themes and conceptual approaches. I like to explore different kinds of narratives, forms, and context issues. An important aspect in my work is to create a tension between the actual space, the projection and the spectators’ perception. I like to capture one’s focus and create an immersiveness to fully absorb one’s attention and drift into another possible world, to evoke a sensory experience.

3. Where do you get the inspiration? What kind of music, video or other arts forms do you seek to inspire your projects?

I enjoy working with people that explore new boundaries in art, life, music, technology. I am mostly interested in ambient orientated arts, and like to work
with people that are also interested in these fields, wether this is music, art, architecture, ballet, electronics. My work with Scanner has resulted in projects
that explored ideas in nature and digital media. We tried to create a dialogue and response to many digital arts nowadays, that is merely driven by technological and minimal esthetics.

4. How is all the creative and editing process?

I don’t make a distinction between the creative and production process. The creative is embedded in the whole production process, and I prefer to be able to make choices at any time, and to value them as equally important. I prefer having a non-fixed idea to a certain extend. The idea of creating something that already exists and just has be produced doesn’t sound appealing to me. This would bypass the creative exploration which is the core of my practice as an artist..

5. You link all the nowadays technology: video, photography, live performances, installations…Is this the future of Art? All together, making a concept like “The Definitely Art”?

The future of art is now, and as an artist you are shaping the world you live in tomorrow. Mixing hybrid media and working within interdisciplinary art has
been within my interest for years. A creative method involves implementing new ways, ideas and technologies. New Media guru Lev Manovich, explained hybrid media as a fundamental transformation, in his discourse about a “silent revolution”. Media hybridity especially in moving image, occurred from the use of various software applications, in the past decade. Software such as after affects enabled artists to mix all forms of screen based content, to create a new kind of [abstract or visual] narrative. The internet has been a main influence for this too. This idea of ‘remixology’ is a base for new developments and further explorations. Nowadays, there’s a general shift from the virtual to the real world and an unlimited number of challenges are yet to be explored. What major transformation may occur out of this, is an interesting topic to think about, but impossible to predict in advance.

6. You recent release your project “Atlantida”at 2nd Biennial of the Canaries 2009. How was the experience?

Very good, we got to see some exotic and remote places. The Canarian islands are very beautiful and the change of scenery in such a short time was a unique experience. I mean, how often do you get to explore seven islands in seven days? Nevertheless, it has been a week of hard working too. Every day existed of getting up early, driving through mountainy terrains, catching a plane or boat (imagine the last minute stress), hiring a car, checking-in hotels, and finding the best location for filming. Although the trip was well arranged, we still had to sort these things out ourselves, ofcourse. But it has been an amazing opportunity and the results came out very well. At the time we didn’t know wether we would be able to figure out the balloon shots, and our main idea was to use smoke. We wanted to use flairs, but didn’t get permission from the organization as this could cause issues with the local authorities. Luckily the balloons worked out well and the installation has been received as one of the best during the expo!

Watch | Atlantida, Installation at 2nd Biennial of the Canaries 2009

7. Do you prefer to work alone or do you consider more productive working with other artists?

Sometimes working on your own can be very relaxing and totally great. Other times I need to interact with other people, and miss the vibrant interaction you can get from collaborating. If there’s a good flow, something unique can be created out of collaborative projects. It can be easier to push new boundaries and expand on ideas that are beyond the usual. On the downside of things, collaboration can also be limiting, which is something you would want to avoid at any time..

8. Why the decision to put the videos on vimeo and youtube?
Do you defend thedemocratization of art?

I just enjoy sharing what I make, and to use the social network aspect of web2.0. It’s a sign of the time and an opportunity to expand on new ideas and interact with others. It’s a way to communicate, connect, react and interfere with other peers. I hardly submit work to video-screenings, as instead my videos are available on the net. Though, this doesn’t count for live performance or installation based work, which I absolutely love to present in the flesh and could never be fully experienced elsewise.

9. Which is your foresight for the development of Video Art in Europe?

I don’t think any developments are limited to Europe, but my thoughts about this in media- and video art, would be dealing with emergent technology in holography, stereoscopic projection, augmented reality, infrared motion tracking, ambient technology, and ubiquitous computing..

Olga Mink Links


Thank you,
Miguel Peres

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