Björk is a contemporary icon whose contributions to music, video, film, fashion and art have influenced a generation worldwide, back in March, MoMA in New York opened up a major mid-career retrospective. Thames & Hudson released a tome detailing Björk’s boundary pushing body of work. Seven distinct booklets came together to create “Bjork: Archives” with one publishing the intimate correspondence with philosopher Timothy Morton in which they search for “a definition of me and my friends’ stance in this world, which I felt his writing came very close to already. Of course I’m still searching but this email chat of ours got pretty close and we shared a couple of coordinates trying to define what “ism” a pop musician from iceland would be [...]“. “Björk: Archives” features contributions from Klaus Biesenbach, Alex Ross, Nicola Dibben, Timothy Morton and Sjón and is designed by M/M (Paris) is out now. Click here for more and see some spreads after the break.
Torino’s Guido Costa Projects Gallery is hosting a show displaying work created when the photographer was little more than a teenager making her foray into the New York art scene. Uncovering the images last year when Goldin herself stumbled across an old box of images taken in Boston during the 1970s, the photos document the city’s queer and club scenes, with many images unseen until now. Tracing her workings with colour and her first attempts at creating visual narratives, these rarely seen images document the fledgling beginnings that would lead to the creation of the controversial 1986 book The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, building her into the visionary we know today.
Domino Kirke is a mother, musician, doula (someone who assists in childbirth) and co-founder of Carriage House Birth in Williamsburg. Growing up in a musical family, the daughter of Bad Company drummer Simon Kirke took on to her own musical journey first as a solo artist and then with the band Domino. After putting on hold her career, focusing solely on her son Cassius and working as a doula for some years, Kirke teamed up with Here We Go Magic’s Luke Temple to piece together a four-track EP entitled Independent Channel, the first single of the new work “Ordinary World” has a video directed by Zia Anger and features her sister Jemima. Read our interview after the jump, and make sure to see her performing at the Half Moon in Hudson NY on August 19th.
Nowness presents the third installment of MINI’s The Cultural series. This time New York-based creative Ana Kraš travels to Belgrade to explore the cultural traditions that influence her work. This Aaron Rose-directed short is an architectural tour of the Serbian capital and playfully captures Kraš’s magpie spirit. “Most things happen to me because I wasn’t making a plan,” she says. “Rather, I was going with the flow.” Watch the video below and follow Ana through the streets of her hometown!
Agnes Martin was a key figure in the male-dominated fields of 1950s and 1960s abstraction. She is perhaps most recognised for her evocative paintings marked out in subtle pencil lines and pale colour washes. Although restrained, her style was underpinned by her deep conviction in the emotive and expressive power of art. Martin believed that spiritual inspiration and not intellect created great work. “Without awareness of beauty, innocence and happiness” Martin wrote “one cannot make works of art”. This is the first retrospective of Martin’s work since 1994, you have time until next October to see this exhibition, tie a knot in your handkerchief!
French electronic acoustic multi-instrumentalist Colleen, aka Cecile Schott, during her recent U.S. tour, performed a fully dynamic set of songs from her new record “Captain of None” live on KEXP Radio in Seattle. Watch her perform her latest single “I’m kin” below and stream the full set here.
Meg Lewis is the founder of Ghostly Ferns and works with happy companies to execute thoughtful brand strategy and usable, clean and friendly design across various platforms. She never takes herself too seriously but this didn’t stop Ghostly Ferns from being nominated for Agency of the year at the Net Awards, Meg is also currently nominated for designer of the year for the second time in a row, read her interview after the jump.
Innen zine just released a new fanzine by it girl Chloë Sevigny, titled No Time For Love, the photobook is filled with snapshots from photobooths and candid images of the men in her life – from her father to her first loves – plastered with stickers to keep their privacy, of course. Hit Read More to see more images.
Singer and composer Natasha Khan, whom you may know under the monicker Bat For Lashes, directed the short film entitled I Do. It will form part of Madly, the MTV feature project on the theme of love that will premiere at Toronto Film Festival next September. Other shorts in the feature include films directed by Gael Garcia Bernal, Sebastian Silva and Mia Wasikowska. In the meantime have a look at this short film she directed for YMC, soundtracked by an unreleased collaboration between Khan and Beck.
Polly Brown is an English artist and photographer living in London. Maybe you remember her for her project “Plants”, a collection of portraits of potted plants found in the office of some of the worlds most iconic brands and companies, her photos were also featured in various campaigns and projects across the world for clients such as Frieze, Givenchy, Roksanda Ilincic and The Gourmand. Discover more about her and her new projects after the break!