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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

ALBERT AND DAVID MAYSLES 1974 CHRISTO'S VALLEY CURTAIN - DOC NOW PLAYING AT @PRESENTFUTURE_ #SEEKANDLEARN

 

 

 

http://www.mayslesfilms.com/films/

 

For more docs, shorts, full flims, and trailers as well as original content follow PRESENT FUTURE FILMS on twitter @presentfuture_

 

 

- GRIFFIN

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Monday, 09 September 2013

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

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- GRIFFIN

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Tuesday, 20 August 2013

LA DANZA DE LA REALIDAD (DANCE OF REALITY) TRAILER - DIRECTED BY ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY

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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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- GRIFFIN

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Thursday, 08 August 2013

WATCH THE EARTH'S SEASONAL "HEARTBEAT" FROM OUTER SPACE VIA FAST COMPANY

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http://www.fastcodesign.com/1673186/watch-the-heartbeat-of-earth-from-outer-space

 

- GRIFFIN

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THE TWILIGHT ZONE INTRO

Just because we have all had days when it felt like we where in ... THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Enjoy...



(Thanks O for your help today! I feel a bit less insane haha.)

 

- GRIFFIN

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Tuesday, 25 June 2013

VACCINE

As someone who has been fan, proponent and originator of independent publishing in the past (The Key, STOP & CSNA) I'm very excited to announce the launch of my on-line & limited print edition art & literary journal VACCINE. VACCINE will feature a varied assortment of photography, multi-media art & collage, graffiti, short stories & broken werd. The extremely talented & visionary art director Frank Gargiulo will be in charge of the design and visual presentation. The early roster of contributors is nothing short of stellar, including Scooter LaForge, Dietmar Busse, Gazelle Paulo, Bubi Canal, Joel Handorff, HOMO-RIOT, Walt Cassidy, Paul Wirhun, Ethan Shoshan, Honey McMoney, Brett Lindell, Benjamin Fredrickson, Nicholas Gorham, Jonathan Daniel Federico, Chick Byrne, Marne Lucas, Richard Schemmer, Allen Todd Yaeger, Derek Dewitt, Natasha Gornik, Max Steele, Maria Pineres, Bj Dini, Muffinhead, Lee Baxter, Dick Mitchell, Ben Copperwheat, Clint Catalyst, Jeff Silverman, Simon Crawford, Shain Kish, Michael Alago & more to come. I am currently accepting submissions for the first edition which will debut in December 2013 at vaccineartjournal@gmail.com.
No censors. No limits. Ain't no stopping us now. As always, come correct or don't come at all.
Original VACCINE Logo by Mike Lohr @ semiliquid.net

VACCINE

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Saturday, 08 June 2013

A message from Gizem Yucelen Occupy Turkey

 

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Dear Shaded Viewers

News from Gizem Yucelen on the situation in Turkey.

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http://occupygezipics.tumblr.com/

The protest that  started in Istanbul, spread to the other cities in Turkey. Since May 31, some two thousand protesters all over Turkey have been injured as Turkish police employ tear gas, water cannon, and excessive force to disperse them.


All we ask the authorities to do the following: 

1. Immediately end the excessive use of force against peaceful protestors;
2. Ensure the right to freedom of expression and assembly;
3. Undertake prompt, independent and impartial investigation into the excessive use of force and bring to justice law enforcement officials that have been found to have ill-treated demonstrators or other members of the public.

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Facebook page where they are  uploading videos with different people in different languages from all over the world. If you want to join also, they'd be happy.
https://www.facebook.com/stopviolenceinturkey

Later,

Diane

 

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Friday, 31 May 2013

POPARCHIVES BY DUSTIN PITTMAN - ANDY WARHOL'S TAYLOR MEAD

FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNALS OF PHOTOGRAPHER    DUSTIN PITTMAN

Taylor Mead, my friend of 40 years passed away this month. I directed Taylor in 4 independent films and shot hundreds of images of him. I will miss him.  

RIP TAYLOR MEAD

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TAYLOR MEAD PHOTOGRAPHED BY DUSTIN PITTMAN 

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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

From Everyday to Everyman, from Stardust to Space Oddity: The David Bowie is Exhibition at The V&A. By Tamara Cincik.

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The Press Opening of the David Bowie is Exhibition at The V&A.  The first international retropective of David Bowie's career.

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I think a lot of us hold David Bowie dear to our hearts: like a precious friend who has seen us through so many versions of ourselves. We've grown up with him looking back at us across album sleeves and TV performances.  Depending on our age, perhaps we were there right from the start: watching his personas shift from cute quiffed boy next door to asexual alien, from rakish matinee idol, to troubadour.  There is something somehow both avant-garde, yet comforting; if David can do it, so can we.  If he can push himself to change, be creative, let go of success, of characters, identities, in search of new challenges, then so can we.  We don't have to accept anything less from ourselves, we don't have to settle for second best.  We can reinvent ourselves.

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When I was starting to style, I was confronted by the fact that the work I was doing, was less than I wanted it to be, than how I dressed myself.  I'd been perfectly confident working as a fashion assistant to some amazing fashion editors, but once it was my name on the page, I felt nervous of being brave, or stepping out of line, of creating stories which were as rich as my imagination.  All of which was obviously frustrating.  One afternoon, I I bought a secondhand copy of 'Hunkydory' from Record and Tape Exchange on Camden High Street, where I lived and played it incessently on my record player.  The album would catch and I would have to nudge it over the jump, and the sound was both stereo and scratchy in that way that only records can be.  One song became my repeat play mantra, 'Quicksand' and it was these lyrics which pushed me to be braver, to reveal more of myself in my work, to dare to rise to my potential:

I'm not a prophet
or a stone age man
Just a mortal
with the potential of a superman
I'm living on
I'm tethered to the logic
of Homo Sapien
Can't take my eyes
from the great salvation
Of bullshit faith
If I don't explain what you ought to know
You can tell me all about it
On, the next Bardo
I'm sinking in the quicksand
of my thought
And I ain't got the power anymore

I loved the way this ballad spoke of magic and dreams, of self belief and stripping away the bullshit.  That someone from Bromley could work hard, plug away and never give up on his creativity, spurred me on to try to be as good as that song.  I wrote a list to inspire myself with my aspirations and top of the page was: 'To be as good a stylist as Quicksand is a song.'  Whether I have achieved that is open to debate, but what I do know is, I tried.  I tried really hard.  I let go of the fear.  Can you say the same?

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I was looking forward to the press opening for weeks, would it live up to my hopes, I had a feeling it would, as The V&A consistently holds well curated exhibitions and to take on the popular culture god that is David Bowie, well you have to be brave and you have to have done your research. 

I got a great sense of his collaborations, such as how at an early stage in his career learning dance and mime with Lindsay Kemp informed his performance personas, from Ziggy through to Ashes to Ashes, via a fascinating video of a long haired Bowie visiting Warhol at the Factory and nervously miming opening up his chest to pump his heart to camera. 

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Similarly the clothes, the collaborations with fashion and set designers to create radical stage personas; these are not simple set builds or indeed costume changes.  If I learnt anything, it was how fully engaged he is with all levels of image control, from the mock-ups of album artwork he drew in coloured pen, to cardboard stage sets. 

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By the end of the exhibition, I actually felt very moved.  I really appreciated that this is a man, who like me, perhaps like many of us, has felt like an outsider.  Perhaps this is his appeal?  The normal boy from the suburbs, quite a shy boy, it seems judging from the interviews at the exhibition, who was drawn to keep trying, plugging away at being a singer, reading avant-garde novels on his way into work at an advertising agency, and for a time, 10 years in fact, nothing much happened.  And then when he created his first alter-ego in Ziggy, he was able to act, to manifest a stage identity to launch a messianic Martian: part space Odysseus, part Clockwork Orange anti-hero, somehow it struck a chord, a chord of the alien outsider, the leader from the everyday world made supergod from outerspace.

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David Bowie is 23rd March - 11August 2013

www.vam.ac.uk

By Tamara Cincik.

PS If you read this David, the curators said please could you come to see the exhibition.  If you do, I hope you like it.  I did x.

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

SALUTE TO THE SECOND MOST POWERFUL PERSON IN THE WORLD

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Last night in mist of another late March snow, I headed down to Neukölln to have a meeting with young French Berlin based Producer Alexis Delanoue and his team at Scandale Production. Alexis and I met a couple of weeks ago and have been talking about doing some work together here in Berlin. Check out their great Studio Cherie and some of their work here.

After our meeting Alexis, me, and stylist Theophile Hermand went out meet our mutual friends Belgium stylist Nyna Byttebier and British editor Nicola Powell for some drinks at this Belgium beer bar in Neukölln. The girls have been telling me about the bar for about a year now as I love Belgium beer and we have been planning to go but some how the stars have never seemed to align. Finally we all made it happen last night and had a great time.

Through the course of our conversation some how I had mentioned that Angela Merkel or Angie (as she is lovingly called here in Germany) was recently named the #2 most powerful person in the world by Forbes magazine. The girls said that Angie was always photographed posing with an upside down triangle, much like Jay Z 's pose. I wanted to take a group picture against this wall paper in the back of the bar (seen above) and as I already have my own pose, the girl and Alexis decided to salute dear Angie.

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Thought I would leave you all with Mick and his ode Angie.

 

Bis Dann, Caio from Berlin

- GRIFFIN

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