Monday, 09 December 2013


[ M U T A T E . AW13 ]


The homonymous firm of the Mexican designer returns this Fall/Winter 2013 with MUTATE. The starting point is the beetle, an insect that throughout history has been an inspiration for industrial design, architecture and the military world. With eight all-black looks, MUTATE is characterized by oversize pieces, tailored quality and sporty touches. It surprises us with dynamic and original cuts, mesh details, and for the first time in the brand’s history there is a couple of functional accessories (cap and backpack) to create an outfit that reflects the concept perfectly. The collection? Wide-cut blazers with relaxed lapels, sweaters with wide sleeves, pants with big cargo-like pockets, and short wide pants. The textures reflect inspiration and are mixed with the designer’s characteristic black-over-black detail. The fortress, intellect, routine, and strength of the contemporary man is what emerges from this proposal from Zúñiga.

Make up:Ossiel Ramos
Model: Model: Frederik Tölke @ BANG! MANAGEMENT
Shoes: @ Feminine and Masculine

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Monday, 09 September 2013

Dziga Vertov's 1924 - Soviet Toys - Animated Soviet Propaganda film @presentfuture_




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Tuesday, 20 August 2013



Was happy to find the trailer for Jodorowsky's new film, LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD (DANCE OF REALITY), which debuted at Cannes last May. My dear friend in Mexico City Alisarine Ducolomb did the production design on the film, which she has been telling me about for sometime. I am look forward to seeing LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD, which is described as "a magic-realist memoir" of Jodorowsky's youth.


Here is an interview with Jodorowsky from Xan Brooks at The Guardian.

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Tuesday, 04 June 2013

A One Way Ticket to Mars: Behind the Mars One Project - TIME



For more information about Mars One check out their site here. And here is the road map to 2023.

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Friday, 08 March 2013


The always insipring Nina Menkes.


More on Ms. Menkes's work here from a previous post here and on her website here.



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Wednesday, 13 February 2013

GHOST NEBULA @presentfuture_


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Monday, 31 December 2012



One strange night, while I was living in London in February of 2011, I randomly met a bright, young and talkative Italian, who was in his last year at University College London, finishing his B.A. in Anthropology. At a certain point in the conversation, I started cracking jokes about the then Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi and the humorous love-hate relationship that Italians seem to have with him. Filippo informed me that in fact he was in the process of writing his thesis on Berlusconi and proceeded to tell me a series of funny stories and facts about the flamboyant and omnipresent Italian leader. 

About a year later, in February of 2012, Filippo contacted me and told me he wanted to learn more about filmmaking and expressed his interest in possibly working with me. Around this time, having finished University, he had moved back to his native Lake Como, and was in a bit of a personal "skyfall" of sorts. In the following weeks, as a way for him to venture into filmmaking and get out of his personal "C®isis!!", I suggested editing found footage from news and other sources, to expand on some of the ideas of his thesis in a new medium by creating a "filmic essay". 

The result of this exercise was Filippo's film C®isis!!, a clever combination of political satire, academic musings, and commentary on modern political theatrics and performance. The film features appearance from across the geopolitical landscape such as Angela Merkel, Barak Obama, Saddam Hussein, Ronald Reagan, Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, Dmitry Medvedev, as well as many more. To commemorate Berlusconi's recent engagement and his plausible return as Prime MInister of Italy in February, I thought it would be the perfect time to post the film.


Here is a brief summary of the film:

"C®isis! is about connection and disconnection. It reflects on what kinds of links the internet offers and how to expose them with the practice of the montage. The multiplicity of the narratives reflects the eclecticism through which politicians entertain side relationships that escape the public conscious. The intertwining of events —and their apparent unrelatedness— from Berlusconi to Putin, from the Greeks protesting in Athens’s Syntagma square to Gaddafi’s Libya, are composed in an abrupt fashion to replicate the incursion that information exercits on our everyday lives. An exercise in stealing and appropriation, C®isis revitalizes stuffy and culturally irreversible visual heritage by its use of evidently copyrighted material. A montage that comes as it disappears, telling a story that could or could not exist."


Also, I have included an additional clip of one of the stand-out stars of the film, Greek Communist party Liana Kanelli, who in my opinion steals the show.


Filippo is currently living in Berlin working with Present Future Films, helping to develop several new projects for 2013 and launching filsproduction, which you can check out here.


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Monday, 26 November 2012

My visit to the Transformance Center in New York. By Glenn Belverio

The Guru is IN. Sameer Reddy aka Samir at his Transformance Center

Dear Shaded Viewers,

When my friend Sameer invited me to his "Transformance Center" for a healing session, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical at first, if not also open-minded. After all, I happen to believe that Chinese dragons, through my feng-shui-ed invitation, fly through my apartment, out my bedroom window and through the wide-open space between my street and east 4th street, before they make their way over to the East River and down to the sea on a regular basis. So why shouldn't I believe some crystals could heal me of a few of the things that I stoicly try not to kvetch about?

When Sameer is conducting a personal appointment at the Center--which includes a series of questions, the choice of a Tarot card or I Ching reading, and a healing session--he's not exactly himself, but a character named "Samir." This is one of the ways that he's merged mystical practices with his admiration of performance art and other contemporary art forms.

He explains it thusly:

"The basic idea for the Center is to create a simulacrum of a 'real' metaphysical healing center (by nature, a metaphysical healing center problematizes our concept of the 'real'). the space is physically designed around strict feng shui bagua principles, which have been adapted to incorporate art historical references - there's a recreation of a Felix Gonzalez-Torres piece, as well as artwork incorporated from the artists who i consider to be the spiritual influences behind my practice, and this project in particular (jenny holzer, felix gonzalez-torres, cindy sherman, AA bronson, marina ambramovic, barbara kruger). 

I was affected by their respective engagements with the themes of social justice, the mutability of identity and the role of performance in catalyzing a deeply personal effect on the audience.  The Artforum issue in the South corner of the room has Dara Birnbaum's seminal Technology Transformation: Wonder Woman on the cover… the first piece of video art that i remember encountering, and one that deals with the idea of transformation using a pop culture mythological figure that represents the divine feminine."


One of Sameer's pieces featuring Samir as Shiva!

It's the End of the World As We Know It, and I Feel Fine
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 And this is where my healing took place! The lights are inspired by a piece by Felix Gonzales-Torres. I definitely "went somewhere else" during the session, in which Samir placed crystals on various chakra points of my body, including my third eye, and lightly touched them. The healing process is based on Reiki healing principles. I definitely felt a lot of heat leaving my body and Sameer told me later that the room became unusually hot. But the best part was the supernatural moment when the candle in the room flared up! And Sameer said it stayed that way throughout the session. My eyes were closed (and covered with a lavender-and-orange-scented pillow) and I was in a state of half-sleep where I saw things like baby dragons curled up in fetal positions and ancient stone walls covered with inscriptions. (I'm serious!) I also had a high energy level the next day.

A few times my hands, arms, and forehead were twitching, as if some kind of force was being released from my body. Before the session I was complaining of stomach problems and mild insomnia; after the session my stomach pains had vanished and later that night I slept like a log! (I'm serious!)




 Before the healing session, Samir read my Tarot and this card, the 5 Pentacles, came up. It had something to do with my conflict of working in the commercial world of advertising (represented by the "church of money" pictured on the card) and my more authentic (low-paying) creative impulses....that would leave me out in the cold and crippled? Well, I can't remember exactly now and anyway, the results of the Tarot reading should be private!


 This is the candle that flared up!




 The crystals that were used during my healing session.


Money For Nothing

2010, archival digital print


For further information and to book a session, you can visit or email Sameer at

Thanks for reading.


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Tuesday, 17 July 2012



This is Nakata, or Broccoli, and sometimes SIMON ! We all have Simon within us, we just have to try to over come him and not give into the darkside.


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Tuesday, 03 July 2012






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