Saturday, 30 August 2014
All Gone - Josh Caffe & David Newtron feat. Fi McCluskey
Get Up Recordings continues to bring the heat this summer with “All Gone (feat. Fi McCluskey)”, the latest track from London’s Josh Caffe & David Newtron, featuring backing vocals from fellow Londoner, Fi McCluskey. Check out the teaser video here
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
GOSHA RUBCHINSKIY SS15 SHOW Photos and Text by Noémie Sebayashi
I can't give only one reason why I love Gosha Rubchinskiy, I just know that when I see his clothes I want to be a young boy and do skateboard everyday.
That's what caught my eye at first, the skate influence and how he involves young russian skate-kids in his work, there is this raw-reality athmosphere, the kids never smile, some of them seem they got out of jail "ZEK KIDS".
Rubchinskiy ss15 collection shows street-wear casual silhouettes, in a primitive color range, with Cyrillic prints, and a very cool appropriation of different element like faux-fur or neon pink for Menswear.
Friday, 22 November 2013
La Biennale di Venezia - last weekend to visit the Reflection Center for Suspended Histories
Dear Diane and dear Shaded Viewers,
It is the last weekend of the biennial, therefore also the last chance to visit our “Reflection Center for Suspended Histories. An attempt” exhibition on site at the New Gallery of the Romanian Institute for Culture and Humanistic Research in Palazzo Correr (Campo Santa Fosca) Venice.
Sebastian Moldovan - "Side Works. Sanitary Installation"
The “Reflection Center for Suspended Histories. An attempt” exhibition, curated by Anca Mihulet works as a temporary institution, a model for a center of reflection and thinking about the relevance of art history and visuality. The works of art have been selected by using a method similar to the one Johann Joachim Winckelmann applied when evaluating the Greek, Roman, Estrucan and Egyptian antiquity, mindful of the fact that historical forces have influenced art history, taste and aesthetic value.
Apparatus 22 - "Portraying simulacra"
Even though determining actions of the artists are specific and have a strong regional tint, their message and visual result are universal.
The thought captive within the simulacrum of Queen Mary’s golden chamber in Olivia Mihălţianu’s installation Smoking Room, the evaluation of the illusory world of fake emotions and experiences depicted by Apparatus 22 in Portraying Simulacra, the fear induced by Karolina Bregula’s film Fire- Followers that comments upon the necessity of burning old art in order to make space for new art, the suspension of a possible movement in time and space discussed in Adi Matei’s animation Bird in a Room, the interviews examining the way in which imagination operated within memorial houses filmed by Irina Botea and Nicu Ilfoveanu, or Sebastian Moldovan’s sanitary installation becoming a pseudo-architectural element , and mark of habitation, are all elements of agency, and an the assuming of a space that is commonly shared by the artworks and their viewers.
Therefore, the visitor is offered a generous personal space along the exhibition parcours, which has also developed the features of a perfect hideaway.
Karolina Bregula - "Fire followers"
The exhibition, one of the two projects officially representing Romanian at La Biennale di Venezia this year, can be visited also online at http://reflectioncenterforsuspendedhistories.com/ a website created as an immersive virtual tour that offers the possibility to go more in-depth with the themes disseminated by the artists and curator.
The innovative website offers three ways of understanding the content of the exhibition, based on three curatorial principles:
- The Obsession with Art History
- The Imaginative Parcours of Knowledge
Olivia Mihaltianu - "Smoking Room"
Adi Matei - "Bird in a room"
all photographs by Stefan Jammer.
Monday, 28 October 2013
Forsaken - Showcase Gallery
Going to a vernissage entails what you see in your head... a drink, some nibbles, art, and a lot of art murmuring that is both very loud and very quiet. Showcase Gallery's new exhibition did just this, but with a couple surprises.
It is a gallery that has existed in Dubai since the 1990's, arguably since before there was even really an art scene to be spoken of, under different directors with varying descriptions. In its current incarnation, it exposes artists from Africa, Europe and the Middle East, along with some pretty fantastic antique looking furniture (for anyone who complains about wanting a seat to be able to sit and enjoy looking at the art, Showcase won't disappoint you). There is a certain ethnographic quality to the space and what lives inside of it, and Forsaken, a series of photographs by Christian Ghammachi, follows suit.
The photographs are dramatic, and the drama is enhanced by the unusual layout of the gallery with small nooks and crevices that hide other works. National Geographic style mixed in with the super shiny (and they maintain it) with its floating glass framing and occasional printing on metallic paper. The wild animal portraits give these creatures a strikingly human feeling, and the photographs of sand-filled abandoned architectures also exude a distinct humanity: loneliness (an additional contrast to a densely hung installation).
For a room full of everything the antithesis of human vivacity, you leave feeling distinctly the opposite.
Learn more here: http://showcaseuae.com
The entrance giving you just a taste of what's to come.
The view from one of the several platforms of which to view the artworks.
Well-advised centrally located gourmet cheese table, thannks to Stephanie Duriez from Secrets Fine Food.
Monday, 21 October 2013
I was looking through the myriad photos I took in Vienna last month and realized there were a few more things I wanted to share from MQ Vienna Fashion Week with the Shaded Audience. It was a jam-packed week.
A nice memory from backstage at Tiberius.
No, that's not King Kong and Fay Wray--it's me and Tiberius designer Marcos Valenzuela in the VIP Tent. I'm sporting my Tiberius ostrich-leather gloves.
René Oberortner exemplified grace under pressure (and inventive style) during his duties as the seating wrangler at the shows. He contradicted the New York method by proving you can get the job done without being an aggressive bitch.
Carole Pope and I during the last night of shows.
Mark & Julia designer Mark Stephen Baigent and friend on opening night.
A big-boned buxom beauty swathed in chiffon gender-fucked her way across the catwalk after the Susanne Bisovsky show.
Opening night featured a show by singer Martin Meister (he sang an original song and also a rendition of Soft Cell's "Sex Dwarf") while Mia Legenstein put a colorful spin on a Marlene mood.
Everyone was mad for the pom-pom hat from Susanne Bisovsky.
Later on in the week, there was a group show of Austrian designers.
The Austrian art and fashion magazine FAUX FUR presented a show of three designers. Launched last year, Schirach+Rosenthal accessorized their colorful sportswear with plastic guns and faux bruises. I'm sure it had something to do with their motto: "Love + Tragedy. In rain or shine or life and death."
My friend Irene Meyer gamely modeled in the show, sporting more bruises than the other models. She really put up a fight to wear this ensemble!
I really liked the color palette at Schirach+Rosenthal. The purple hair and the orange sash are nice touches.
Mark & Julia were in a light, white mood for their spring collection. Launched in 2010, the brand has also been shown at fashion weeks in Berlin and Copenhagen.
This made me giggle and of course made me think of Elizabeth Taylor in "The Driver's Seat" when she cuts past a long line at airport security in Germany. "This may look like a purse, but actually it's a BOMB!" she snarls as she throws her handbag down in front of a security officer.
Elizabeth Taylor goes shopping in "The Driver's Seat."
MQ Vienna Fashion Week co-organizer Zigi Mueller-Maytas was feeling pretty badass in her THE SHIT hat from The Shit Shop by Berlin Shit it girl Bonnie Strange.
Handsome model catwalking for Urban Fashion Night.
More man candy from the Tiberius backstage.
Carole in the mirror with me at my favorite 19th-century cafe in Vienna, behind the Opera House. It has a kind of "Night Porter" feel to it.
I love the windows and the fantastic Viennese coffee.
Carole on a sugar crash after we hoovered down some superior apple apfelstrudel.
After the rain clouds parted on Saturday, we went to the much-celebrated flea market at the end of the Naschmarkt. There we were treated to the sight of the gorgeous Wienzeilenhäuser designed by Otto Wagner in 1898.
Carole demonstrates the correct way to make holy hand gestures at a Catholic church in Spittelberg.
Beautiful, defunct parfumerie in Spittelberg.
Just in case you were wondering what the Viennese hipsters were up to.
Art in Spittelberg: elegant offal, a rats' feast.
Because I'm a morning person, I had sort-of a routine during my week in Vienna--a long walk from my hotel to my cafe which included this stroll past the Kunsthistorisches Museum and the statue of Maria Theresia, the only female ruler of the Habsburg dominions in the 18th century.
Ferdinand Raimund, an Austrian actor during the early 19th-century, and his muse.
Our charming waiter during our mind-boggling vegetarian lunch at Tian. The woman in the yellow scarf looks a bit perturbed by my tomato tea simmering in a Japanese tea pot.
Carole Pope loved the nipple parade that complemented the delicate transparent embroidered blouses at the Rozbora Couture show.
The clothes were quite chic as well.
A divine Grecian fantasy at Bipone.
René was working kind of a Dark Knight look one evening although I think that might be a pterodactyl and not the bat signal around his neck.
Thank you for reading.
Monday, 14 October 2013
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25hours Hotel in Vienna. Photos & text by Glenn Belverio
Last month, during MQ Vienna Fashion Week, I stayed at the quirky 25hours Hotel located at the border of Vienna's newly trendy 7th district and steps away from the wonderful MuseumQuartier (so you can get your fill of Egon Schiele AND hipster thrift shops). The 25hours Hotel reminds me of a few things: the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs, the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam--and a time-traveling Bozo the Clown on acid. But really, it's like no other hotel that I've ever stayed at.
The lively "show" mood of the hotel is right in step with many Vienna institutions: the Prater, the Opera Ball, the Life Ball and the city's many music and theater venues. The building that is now the 25hours Hotel began its life in 1971 as a 6-storey student dorm designed by architect Dr Kurt Schlauss.
25hours--a mini empire with hotels in Austria, Germany and Switzerland--opened their property in Vienna in March 2011 after being refurbished by the Viennese firm BWM Architekten und Parnter. The second phase of the hotel was unveiled in April 2013, with 219 guest rooms spanning 7 storeys--topped by the wildly popular Dachboden bar on the 8th floor.
Headed by Armin Fischer, the Augsburg-based design team Dreimeta was responsible for the hotel's aesthetics and design. A humorous take on the world of spectacle. Sexy and surreal fantasies inspired by Vienna's circus legacy. In 1808, a permanent circus opened in Vienna's Prater amusement park. Throughout Europe, the circus experienced its heyday in the early 20th century when it was a combination of a freak show, a chance to gawk at people from faraway lands, and vaudeville entertainment.
With this in mind, Dreimeta gathered together and revamped vintage finds from this period, without concealing the age of the pieces. They sought out memorabilia with a story to tell. "Juggling clubs, trapeze wires, chairs and desk lamps--we trawled countless flea markets, hunting and gathering," recalls Fischer. "Everything at the circus is temporary and can be put up and taken down quickly. The troupe uses the venue they find themselves in and make the best they can of it with simple means. We wanted to give the hotel an improvised feel too, while still making it seem cosy and not unfinished."
After soaking up the hotel's "Euro hipster backpackers run off and join the circus" mood, I was prepared for whatever my room was going to throw at me....Luckily, I'm not clown-phobic (unlike so many others) so I was delighted by this whimsically frenetic mural behind the bed of my rather spacious suite. I wondered what kinds of dreams I would have in this bed (nice ones, it turned out)....and would it scare off any male suitors who might find themselves in my suite...(no, thank god.)
The mural behind the bed and all of the other 19th-century circus-themed paintings in the hotel are by Berlin-based artist Olaf Hajek, one of Germany's best-known illustrators. They were my favorite element of the hotel.
I liked how this plush blue rug was used to delineate the "living room" area of the suite....the round rug and others around the hotel are an indirect allusion to a typical circus ring.
The office area of the suite (and there's a kitchenette, complete with dishwasher to the right, not pictured). This is a bit of a gonzo aside, but I can't hold it in: the mismatched letters and numeral 1 on the wall remind me of an obscure feud between Barneys New York's former creative director Simon Doonan and artist Jack Pierson. Pierson claimed that this style was his intellectual property and that Doonan had stolen it for displays at Barneys Co-Op.
Even though the hotel is technically 3 stars, one of the many things that imbues an overall luxury feel are the bathrooms. My suite had a cavernous rain shower that was big enough for a circus elephant, and included copious amounts of sustainable bath products. The lighting in the bathrooms is reminiscent of a performer's dressing room (and they were flattering) and the taps have a nostalgic feel.
The fixtures, like this stool and the waste bucket, feel like they were plucked from a circus trailer.
I don't drink soda but I love the designs of these bottles from the mini bar. What I did partake in was the complimentary tins of high-end aromatic teas that were replenished daily.
Vintage luggage stacked and repurposed as a display for the flat-screen TV. Clever! And who could not love this turn-of-the-century clothes form.
Each room has its own mascot outside the door....I had the illustrated man snake charmer...
And who doesn't love a good transgendered trapeze artist....
As a copywriter, I couldn't help thinking that this hotel project was some copywriter's dream job....the design of the hotel is very copy-heavy....for each room, instead of a Do Not Disturb/Please Clean My Room sign, there is a BOOK with red and green pages of 25 sometimes-witty, sometimes-annoying slogans to choose from: "it might not look like it, but it was fun" "it's the 25h hotel. i need an extra hour." "police crime scene. move on." "still naked." "imagine the rolling stones stayed in the room." And so on.
The top floor is the very spacious Dachboden bar and the circus-cum-hipster eclectic decorating theme continues in full force...
Out on the deck, it's all about the view....on a clear day you can see Maria von Trapp.
Another view...lovely Vienna....
Normally, hipster vinyl-only DJ booths get on my nerves, but as this is Europe, the taste level is higher and more discerning than in tired America. Case in point: Ennio Morricone's magnificently languid soundtrack for the film VERUSCHKA is displayed totem-like in Dachboden...as it should be.
The spacious and airy restaurant at 25hours, 1500 FOODMAKERS, has a great look, if you love ecleticism (as I often do). The pizza is so good, you'll almost forgive the restaurant's ill-advised official slogan, "Fuck it, eat pizza."
Mirror mayhem in 1500 FOODMAKERS.
The hotel at night....I probably took this photo when I was returning from one of my wurst and/or Kaiserbründl runs....
The 25hours is just spitting distance from Spittelberg, that tiny, charming, cobblestoned Biedermeier festooned pedestrian district that was once--horrors!--a red-light district. Now, for better or worse, you can buy postmodern dirndls by Austrian designer Lena Hoschek and the kind of vintage '70s clothing that Mary Richards and Rhoda Morgenstern first shopped for at a hippie boutique called "Shot Down in Ecuador, Jr." circa 1973.
Me doing my imitation of Christ routine in Spittelberg...
The many charms of Spittelberg...this is basically how I feel inside when my appetite is rampaging Godzilla-like through Europe....
Thanks for reading. I had a marvelous stay at 25hours....danke schön.
Saturday, 12 October 2013
Upstairs-Downstairs at the Hotel Marignan
Diane has spoiled me yet again on my last day in Paris on the opening night of ASVOFF taking place later tonight at the Centre Pompidou. I've duly checked in to the uber-chic Hotel Marignan designed by Pierre Yovanovitch -- a stone's throw from the Champs-Élysées.
Split level rooms with epic bathrooms upstairs and living-sleeping quarters downstairs with balconies both inside the room and out overlooking the street. Of course the ubiquitous bars, restaurants and such. But also a plush cinema downstairs without even having to leave the front door. Of course, cinematic Diane Pernet would make that a requirement, wouldn't she?
Lucky boy I be....Need I say
more? As they say.... a picture truly is worth a thousand words.