It feels like its about time that some proper remixes were done of the King of Limbs. For those of us who follow Radiohead, dance remixes of their latest records seem to be the trend. The digital overload of Kid A and Thom Yorke’s obsession with electronica has allowed many unknown and unexpected artists to take full advantage of Radiohead’s sonic landscape. And now, The King of Limbs is getting proper treatment. And no, I don’t mean the original King of Limbs in the first photo above.
This is the third 12 inch released this year regarding the King of Limbs. The artists chosen for this – Thriller Houseghost, Illum Sphere, and Shed – seem to take The King of Limbs in the vein of ambient house and future bass. Considering all three of the original songs are sparse, hypnotic pieces that rely on open spaces and hypnotic repetition, the genres really work. Above is the Thriller Houseghost remix of Give up the Ghost, completely reworked into an ambient bass track. I’m a big fan of Radiohead remixes because they allow a wide variety of artists (including their own listeners) to take a shot at changing their craft work. Maybe I can remix their next track? Who wouldn’t take a shot!
Capturing a spirit of a place or a person is one of the joys of photography. I think a good example of this are the photos of Daniel Naudé, who’s work above is from a series called Animal Farm. The series was started during a road trip from Cape Town to Mozambique in 2008, where he began to document the feral dogs and cattle he would run into, contemplating the nature of mankind’s dominion over animals. It’s a deep and philosophical question, one that only becomes more complex as you look over Daniel’s photos, which are beyond perfection. There’s something really spiritual about his photos, like these could be gods in some Miyazaki film.
‘Imagine The Possibilities’ is the name of a new project from the guys over at Magpie Studio. The publication was made in collaboration with the paper manufacturer Robert Horne and it looks stunning. When The Robert Horne Group released their latest paper Imagine, they were keen in catching the eye of the creative industries (as you’d guess) and so they turned to the London-based studio for help with their campaign.
Magpie Studio’s response was plain and simple: “with imagination, anything is possible”. While the premise may be a little hackneyed it’s the execution that really nails it for me. Combining a series of inspiring quotes about the nature of creativity with some seemingly impossible illustrations they’ve created a set of posters that are both beautiful and inspiring. I’m particularly fond on the bold choices in colors and the use of heavy black line. Take a look at the rest of the publication online here. As for me, my favorite has to be the diamond print thanks to the great quote from the Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle: “No pressure, no diamonds”. True words for sure!
It’s Wednesday and we’re continuing our visual journey into the albums of Baltimore based band Animal Collective, today’s album being Feels. At this point in Animal Collective’s career, they were putting out an album a year, which is a feat for any band. Feels feels to me like what an Animal Collective album is supposed to be, it has all of those necessary ingredients like frantic drum beats, complex vocal layering and and a piano that’s become naturally out of tune. It’s one of my favorites because of it’s diverse range of songs, which honestly go all over the place. My favorite song off of the album is Banshee Beat because it shows that range really nicely. It starts out quietly, with a strumming guitar and a faint piano, until the drums start to slow filter in and the song bursts.
Handling the artwork for the album is Christopher Muccioli, a Baltimore designer/illustrator who’s work I totally admire. His site is a joy to explore, he plays with some really interesting ways of presenting his work. The work itself is annoyingly good, with lots of love in the area of screen printing, both t-shirts and posters. I feel like his love of screen printing is blended into the vibe of his wallpaper as well, with this big smears of paint dripping down over the cymbal and drum, which play such a pivotal role in this album. Here’s what Chris had to say about his wallpaper.
Listening to the album “Feels” I focused in on the various sound characteristics that come out through the dynamics of the album. Some of the most energetic parts of the album happen through the use of a cadencing floor tom which has influenced a number of bands and musicians around today and being a drummer myself I felt it appropriate to focus on. The splashy crash on tracks like Did You See The Words? and The Purple Bottle add a lot of color and dynamics that really drive the songs and pull you in.
I think the simplicity of this wallpaper is a big plus, I know how a lot of you readers are! A huge thanks to Chris for participating and yet again, another huge thanks to Andy Mangold for being an awesome curator. Check back next Wednesday when we tackle Strawberry Jam, the wallpaper is fantastic, I promise you’ll love it.
I first heard of Mat Collishaw and his zoetrope “Garden of Unearthly Delights” from my friend Kyle who raved about seeing this kinetic sculpture in person. When I saw his name was also part of the exhibition Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities at the Museum of Art and Design, I set out to find a video of his zoetrope. What I found was this video of Mat talking about an older exhibition of his Hysteria installed at the Freud Museum. From the tree stump record players, to the ghostly mirror portraits of women in shifting smoke, to the zoetrope that has now made it way to the Musuem of Art and Design, his work begs to be shared. Hopefully, you’ll like it as much as I do and hopefully you’ll be close enough to go and see it in person.
Yesterday, it was discovered that Samsung, in an effort to not get sued by Apple, is attempting to prove a point that Stanley Kubrick created the original form of the iPad when he made 2001: A Space Odyssey. As you can see in the images above, there’s clearly some kind of electric tablet sitting there, and Samsung claims that “two astronauts are eating and at the same time using personal tablet computers.” It’s that last part that I don’t agree with.
Is that really a personal tablet computer? Or is it a personal television? As you can see there are 10 buttons on the bottom of the tablet, and what they do, we can only imagine. The scene which this was featured lasts only two minutes, and they never actually touch or interact with the devices in the scene. Looking up a timeline of the personal computer, in 1968, the same year 2001 was released, Hewlett Packard coined the phrase “personal computer”.
An advertisement in Science magazine by Hewlett-Packard introduces first programmable scientific desktop calculator, which Hewlett-Packard calls “the new Hewlett-Packard 911A personal computer”. (This is claimed as coining the term “personal computer”.)
In another example, you can see the Nova by Data General, which is basically a giant filing cabinet with a tiny monitor on top. So to say that the image is a personal computer seems just a tiny bit far fetched. What’s also funny to me is that you can clearly see a tiny IBM logo on the bottom right of the device. Interestingly enough, IBM launched the first laptop called the IBM 5100, in September of 1975, 7 years after the release of 2001.
Now, I’m not saying there isn’t similarities. Perhaps Kubrick did envision this as a personal computer, and perhaps IBM or a prop guy built something close to his idea? But is there any solid proof that says that’s what this was? Either way, I found the history lesson of personal computers rather interesting. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in the last 40 years. Imagine the computers we’ll be using 40 years from now.
More often than not the branding for a gallery or art museum tends to be minimally boring, relying upon tightly kerned Helvetica or something of the sort, which gets old fast. So I was pleased to see this identity for the Ceri Hand Gallery, the largest commercial independent gallery in the UK outside of London. It was created by Marcus McCabe, a freelance designer/art director who studied in Dublin at the National College of Art & Design. I love the practicality of the mark, that it’s simplicity lends itself to becoming something physical like a table or something smaller like a stamp. I also love how the logo works in conjunction with the printed materials, creating a beautiful grid that works on basically any content.
Marcus is going to be moving to Sydney, Australia in October, so if you’re in need of some good design work you should hit him up.
You may already be familiar with the work of EVOL, he’s the German artist who turns those power boxes you see on the side of the roads into apartment blocks, in effect creating miniature cities. Recently he was asked to create an installation in a place that’s almost the opposite of his normal environment… an open field. Instead of building something on the land, he decided to create in the earth itself.
He ended up creating an intersecting X shape that allowed him to create his own city in the land that viewers can walk amongst. As you can see from these photos (scroll down to the comments) it looks like the trenches must be about 4 or 5 feet deep, which in total took him about 8 days to unearth (you can see process photos here, scroll down again). The effect though, is amazing, like he’s unearthed some sort of secret world. I wish I would have been able to walk around in it.
Last week London-based illustrator Mat Pringle updated his website and with it he posted a collection of excellent images from a children’s story he’s working on. Inspired (I imagine) from a recent summer spent in San Francisco, The Spirit Bears of California features a series of multi-coloured bears that keep a watchful eye over the State. I love the scale of these bears and the simple color palette which Mat uses. As he says on his site, this is a project which he’s working on at the moment so I’m really looking forward to seeing how the whole thing shapes up.
Mat studied graphic design at the London College of Communication before stumbling his way into what he calls “the murky world of illustration”. His site has a great mix of illustration work on it and it’s well worth taking a look at. I’d also recommend checking out his excellent zine The Film One which I picked up earlier in the year. Not only does it feature Mat’s artwork inspired by his favorite film but also contributions from twenty five other artists, illustrators and designers. More details here.
Of all the slopes in Switzerland, the ones inside the Rolex Learning Center by SANAA are the subject of this photo series wherein architecture students marry their love of snowy sports with their devotion to the built form. When the new Rolex Learning Center opened, the school’s photo club wanted to show off how the innovative structure is used by the students. Johann Watzke, Anne-Fanny Cotting & Aurélie Mindel proposed that the white and sloping interior could host a variety of winter sports. My favorite detail in series is probably the skiers riding the skilift in the top photo because building equipement meant simply to provide accommodation is often ignored and rarely celebrated. Just remember that architecture is a very serious endeavor.