Monthly Archives: January 2013

Ken Miller Talks Photography

Ken Miller is a writer, editor, consultant and curator. After spending six years editing Tokion, he has moved on to curatorial consulting and curating. One of the things I find most interesting is that his projects tend to be serious in scope and multi-faceted. His book project Shoot: Photography of the Moment (Rizzoli) featured work [...]

NotEqual In Conversation

If you’re like me (and according to my mom, you’re not), then your interest in fashion is only superseded by a crushing obsession with reality TV. Sometimes these areas overlap and it’s awesome (Tyra Banks), and other times it’s the worst (again, Tyra Banks). Project Runway falls somewhere in the middle of these two, which [...]

Amanda Valdez: Taste of Us

An abstract painter is situated strangely in relation to the history of her medium. On the one hand, very little in a given work bears a direct and obvious connection to common social life—a situation that has always made interpreting an abstract painting uncomfortable. By definition, it cannot picture its theme, and this makes it [...]

Roman Grandinetti In Conversation

It’s understood by now that digital technology, for all the distance and disconnect it can create, has generally done just the opposite: bridging societal gaps, reviving and revitalizing analog technology, and—ultimately—fostering a broad worldwide connectedness. Creative agency CNNCTD, and their project CNNCTD+100, might be one of the best contemporary examples of that kind of experience. [...]

Quilted/Comfort

I first discovered Telfar Clemens, the 28 year old Liberian-raised, New York-bred fashion designer, online. Clemens launched his eponymously titled brand, Telfar, in 2005 as a progressive attempt to deconstruct traditionalism in fashion, specifically targeting commercialism and brand dissemination. Since then he has pushed out sixteen collections (two ironically under an American Apparel diffusion line, [...]

Brenmar Rising

Bill Salas, better known as Brenmar, makes what he calls “club music for the present.” His production combines the smooth vibe of Chicago house music with the production sensibilities of classic hip-hop and R&B; filtered through a deep understanding of sound design. Brenmar quickly gained notoriety for his remixes of pop acts Jamie Foxx, Cassie, [...]

Panorama

As a rule, we should have more dance videos on here. Especially after watching Panorama, a video piece featuring the dancer Juri Onuki, directed by Arat-Voix (Holland Brown and RT Salvor of Salvor Projects.) Choreographed by Onuki, the dance was inspired by a personal account of Onuki’s, based on her emotions in leaving New York [...]

Daniel Askill In Conversation

Daniel Askill defies definition. Living between Sydney and New York, he belongs very much to both places and simultaneously to neither. Askill’s work can only be described as a collision of disciplines, in which the filmmaker and artist employs as many mediums as possible. This innate knack for a multifaceted approach has lent him more [...]

Brave New World

Do you know the difference between a niche celebrity and a micro-celebrity? Do you even know what either one is? Sarah Austin, a niche celebrity herself, took to the streets of Manhattan recently to ask people if they knew the distinctions, with not much success. Most of the people she asked didn’t seem to know [...]

Jennifer Herrema

In the year 1998 the first mass-produced digital audio player was introduced. Will Smith had a huge hit with “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It.” The Spice Girls broke up. Total Request Live began airing on MTV. And Royal Trux released Accelerator, something solid and not at all plastic or commercialized, something personal and universal. Maybe even [...]