Romance Moderne, the Brussels based independent record label, presents his first compilation.
The label is representing a large range of music styles and artists from the present or the past, based on 80's/90's sounds with a passion for analog machines. This is their first vinyl release.
Regularly they organize parties into great places, always composed by a live act and dj sets.
V.A. ROMANCE MODERNE LP / 12 tracks
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Sophie Bramly fut un témoin privilégié de l'émergence de la culture hip hop dans le Bronx au début des années 80. Ses amis de l'époque, qu'elle photographiait en permanence, sur scène comme chez eux, se nommaient Afrika Bambaataa, Futura ou Fab Five Freddy.
Ses clichés représentent plus qu'une certaine mythologie hip hop, ils documentent la prise de pouvoir d'une génération qui sublimait un quotidien difficile par un talent débordant et une énergie sans limite. Le hip hop avant l'argent, la globalisation, le matérialisme.
Un livre présentant ces photos rares, et pour certaines inédites, sera publié à 500 exemplaires numérotés.
Du 17 juin au 2 septembre 2011.
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TMA-1 headphones by KiBiSi for AIAIAI
Danish design firm KibiSi launch these beautiful minimal headphones today. The headphones are a collaboration with other Danish electronics company AIAIAI who wanted a durable design.
TMA-1 is a name taken from an Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, where it describes a machine that was long lasting and reliable. The headphones are finished in matte black rubber, nylon and plastic.
The design of TMA-1 is simple, and then some. It is stripped down to nothing more than the essentials. No ornaments, colors or other distractions. Only a very discrete and hidden logo indicates that these headphones come from an established brand.
This marks a new route in a terrain, that for the last couple of years have seen an endless array of products branded with extensive logos, and marketed by celebrities. The TMA-1 travels on a different road, and with it’s simple and iconic look, it is essentially nothing more, than the idea of the headphone.
I want one!
Polish graphic designer Roman Cieślewicz was a master of collage who brought surrealist fantasy to the dour visual culture of communist Poland with his scalpel and scissors. By reworking familiar icons like Che Guevara and Mona Lisa, he produced some of the most influential posters and book illustrations of the 20th century, now on show at London's Royal College of Art.
032c have finally launched their new website, with a complete archive of all 19 issues.
Editor-in-Chief Joerg Koch has opened up the archives to his 10 year old Berlin based magazine named after the bold red Pantone color-code that graces each issue's cover. Scroll through the dozens of links to previously published material and you'll find captivating pieces on heavyweights from every creative industry.
TRISTESSE CONTEMPORAINE is a new parisian trio with a twist: a Japanese girl and two lads, a Brit and a Swede.
"51 Ways To Leave Your Lover", their first maxi, has solid arguments to possibly blow your ears, whatever it takes, indie pop, krautrock, shoegazer, and what not. It’s all in there : a catchy tune, served by an androgyne voice, heavenly synth pads decaying to the max, and last but not least... a bass sound to die for. All in all, a very promising foretaste to Tristesse's upcoming album on the DANTON EEPROM label, to be released later this year. He produced & remixed this first track.
Tristesse Contemporaine "51 Ways To Leave Your Lover"
out on Fondation Records, maxi vinyl only.
Less than one year after signing a recording contract with Matador records, this Austin trio has already released its second album, 'Hippies'. Expect no flowers but power, harsh and infectious pop songs, all what love from a garage pop band.
Harlem "hippies" / cd & vynil / availabe at MAPP.
David Favrod was born in Kobe, Japan, of a Japanese mother and a Swiss father. When he was 6 months old, his family moved to Switzerland. Of this series, Gaijin, he says, ‘As my father had to travel for his work a lot, I was mainly brought up by my mother who taught me her principles and her culture. When I was 18, I asked for double nationality at the Japanese embassy, but they refused, because it is only given to Japanese women who wish to obtain their husband’s nationality. It is from this feeling of rejection and also from a desire to prove that I am as Japanese as I am Swiss that this work was created. “Gaijin” is a fictional recital, a tool for my quest for identity, where auto-portraits imply an intimate and solitary relationship that I have with myself. The mirror image is frozen in a figurative alter ego that serves as an anchor point. The aim of this work is to create “my own Japan”, in Switzerland, from memories of my journeys when I was small, my mother’s stories, popular and traditional culture and my grandparents war recitals’.
Insights from memories, fantasies of an extraworld strangely real as it is also geographically distant: his work invites us to a fragile travel through identities from the alpine moutaintops to the Kensai countryside. "I can see Japan" as the songwriter Momus sang during his childhood. So do we...
David Favrod featured in the new Dorade magazine / Available at MAPP.
Ed Templeton’s (b. 1972) work cannot easily be categorised. He was brought up in Orange County, a suburb of Los Angeles, and spent his youth in a world of skateboarding and punk music. While still very young he became a professional skateboarder and at the age of 21 set up his Toy Machine Bloodsucking Skateboard Company, for which he did all the artwork. Photography has also always been a constant interest. In the same way as he was never able to choose between skateboarding and being an artist – they fuel each other.
Templeton mainly documents his own life and that of the people around him. Being on the road also inspires Templeton into traditional street photography. His career as a pro skateboarder means he spends a lot of time with youngsters who are at an uncertain phase of discovery in their lives. With dreams, hope, worries, the formation of identity and the presentation of the self to the fore. He wants to create openness and offer insights and opportunities to those who want to grasp them.
His exhibition at the S.M.A.K. in Gent tells the story of a pro skateboarder, a photographer, a draftsman, a painter, etc. A story which, although it focuses on his own life and those of the people around him, transcends the autobiographical and exposes social and societal phenomena unhesitatingly but without pointing a finger.
Ed Templeton "The cemetery of reason" until 13.06.2010 at S.M.A.K.
Book "The cemetery of reason" availabe at MAPP.
TIGERSUSHI is 10 years old in 2010.
10 years of activism, love and artistic ambition. To celebrate its anniversary, the label is releasing a wonderful double compilation : More G.D.M. X, both a retrospective and vision of the future. A lot of unreleased exclusive tracks, some confirmed hits and some personal classics.
The first CD (Easy) shows the bright pop side of Tigersushi with songs by Poni Hoax, Panico, Principles of Geometry, Krikor, while the 2nd CD, mixed by the boss Joakim, explores the more experimental innerside of the label with K.I.M., Jackson, Joakim, Discipline…
A vinyl sampler is also available.
Rendez-vous in 10 years!
Beat Takeshi Kitano imagined an extraordinary project.
He created "Gosse de peintre", a site-specific exhibition for the Fondation Cartier pour l’Art Contemporain in Paris that presents an unexpected and captivating world in which the magical memories of his childhood take center stage.
With subtlety and an impertinent humor, that moves from black to zany, Kitano leads the visitor through surprises, gags, and games, all the while mocking contemporary art, experimenting with the sciences, and toying with the clichés associated with his country.
Presenting paintings and video films, as well as astonishing objects and settings, whimsical and fantastic machines, Kitano invites the visitor to think, play, dream and join the show.
Think, play, dream... This is MAPP. Welcome!
"GOSSE DE PEINTRE" exhibition by Beat Takeshi Kitano
Fondation Cartier pour l'Art contemporain, Paris
11.03.2010 / 22.11.2010