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Anna Meredith’s Nautilus Triumphs with a Unique Sound not unlike Björk

British composer Anna Meredith just released her debut, Black Prince Fury EP on limited edition vinyl from the Vinyl Factory/Moshi Moshi in the UK. It’s limited to only 300, so if you want one, you better act fast. You can stream the full version of Nautilus and check out the animated video via Noisey, directed by Tony Comely. 


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Sponsored Post: Think Aloud: Future Fashion

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As with everything else in life technology is changing the way fashion is created, documented, and finally consumed. Long gone are the days of discovering small brands by accident while on vacation or stopping someone on the street to ask them what designer they are wearing. In todays world everyone has immediate access to everything and small fashion brands, stylists, and writers only need a few minutes to create a website or youtube channel and share their vision with the world.

In this short film  “Future of Fashion” i-D explores the way in which the internet and technology is transforming the industry. Supermodel Coco Rocha recounts her experiences of multimedia catwalk performances while Net-A-Porter’s Natalie Massenet talks e-commerce; i-D’s New York Fashion Director Alastair McKimm explores 3D printing, fashion designers threeASFOUR predict the future of wearable tech, and internet wizards OKFocus explain how computers can revolutionize fashion as much as photography has. Join these fashion luminaries as they share stories of fashions yesteryear and discuss how technology will influence fashion in the future.

Alejandro Guzman: Creative Misunderstanding Through Art

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Alejandro Guzman focuses his artistic practice on the idea of creative misunderstandings through art. Guzman uses performance, sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and video to explore his interest in human nature, behavior, migration, consumption and materialism.  A Puerto Rican artist living and working in New York there are cultural and historical references to indigenous folklore traditions, colonialism and storytelling combined with European and American modernism throughout Guzman’s work.

Also interested in shared human experiences, Guzman designs performances and art objects that offer experience and provoke thought.  For his exhibition, Intellectual Derelict, Guzman created a sculptural performance object, a dual character, one half covered in colorful flowers and drawings and the other in mirrors and black-and-white drawings.  The figure was involved in three performances that were meant to enhance a viewer’s experience with the natural world.  For another performance for AD Projects, Guzman wore a modified Vejigante mask.  El Vejigante is a historical figure generally part of Puerto Rican festivals.  He was born out of Spanish Christianity, West African Yoruba rites and Taino aesthetics.  The figure both embraces and resists his multifaceted roots and represents the ability to live both inside and outside society.

Always incorporating industrial and natural materials as well as his own drawings and sculptures, Guzman’s creations and performances are thoughtful, insightful and visually engaging.

Giant Wooden Funnel Sculpture Made Of Reclaimed Wood

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This giant snaking sculpture is the Funnel Tunnel by artist Patrick Renner.  The temporary sculpture was commissioned by Art League Houston and sits on the esplanade across from their building.  Renner’s Funnel Tunnel stretches for 180 feet, open as a giant funnel at one end and tapering to a sharp point at the other.  The structure was created using steel and reclaimed wood.  The ALH explains, “the sculpture reflects the creative people and businesses in the Montrose area, and is the first of its kind in Houston.”   [via]

Shelby DiMarco

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Shelby DiMarco is a Los Angeles based artist who creates these whimsical collages while working over at Urban Outfitters. I really enjoy her use of composition, I feel it is one of the strongest aspects of her work. (That – and the stories these illustrate.)

Jonpaul Douglass’ Amusing And Surreal Photographs Of “Pizza In The Wild”

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Los Angeles-based photographer Jonpaul Douglass gives us a glimpse into the secret lives of pizzas in his series Pizza in the Wild. These strange and amusing images are just that – perfectly-shaped pies that are alone in this crazy world, draping themselves over street signs, satellite dishes, and even a pony.

These photographs were inspired by a graffitied image of pizza that Douglass saw in his neighborhood. He was tickled by the sight and decided to replicate it using the real deal, but wanted a very specific type of pizza. It had to be the quintessential pie, like the one the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would devour. Douglass found the perfect pizza in the form of Little Caesar’s $5 pepperoni pizzas.

All told, Douglass has gone through 20 pizzas or so in his series. In an interview with Global Yodel, he reveals that some are better kept than others:

Much of time I will pick up two pizzas and then after I run around town photographing them I will put them in my fridge in case I get another opportunity  If you look at the series you can see that some pizzas are fresh and some look to be days old. This works because some situations call for a floppy pizza and some call for a stiff pizza. I also must admit that there has been times where a used pizza gets eaten anyhow, it’s tough to ride around with a freshly baked pizza and not be tempted. (Via Neatorama and Global Yodel)

Short Film “Shiloh” Powerfully Explores Self-Identity Using Dance And Colored Powder

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“Shiloh” is a creative short film that uses dance footage and bursts of colored powder to explore self-identity. Created by Brooklyn-based production company Dreambear with director James Hall, “Shiloh” is a unique and contemporary fusion of dance, film, and visual art. The short narrative begins with dancer Shiloh Hodges crouching and swaying ritualistically in a spotlight. As the music picks up, she rises and moves into a fluid dance while dust falls from her shoulders. With each beautiful flourish she throws colored powder into the air, which is captured in beautiful arcs by the slow motion footage.

“How can we present our identity through art?” the video description asks, seeking to articulate what makes art such a powerful outlet for self-expression (Source). Emerging from Shiloh’s own difficulty in exploring personal identity in the oft-competitive and critical field of dance, the short film wordlessly answers this question; with a powerful self-awareness, her body resists the surrounding darkness as it moves seamlessly with the uplifting music. The rainbow-colored powder she throws evokes a spectrum of emotions, from joy, to love and self-care, to a tinge of sadness. Accenting her skin are beautiful, drawn-on “fractures,” making it appear as though the coloured powder comes from within, symbolizing her internal, heart-based experiences.

Accompanying the short film is a portrait by renowned Madrid-based artist Gabriel Moreno. Moreno became a collaborator on the project when Hall reached out to him and subsequently produced the art piece featured in the film’s final scene. As in the film, depicted in the illustration is an overlay of multiple emotions and experiences; beneath the central portrait are different outlines of Shiloh dancing. As in his other works, Moreno uses bursts of color to dramatically punctuate the illustration. Together, the film and portrait explore self-identity across mediums, immortalizing Shiloh’s beautiful dance as a powerful fruition of creativity, talent, and strength.

Visit Dreambear’s website to see more of their exciting work, as well as their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Moreno’s work can be followed on his website, Twitter, and Facebook page.