The timing of this 14 day workshop was chosen because it is a time of great activity in Iceland. There are several music festivals on the weekend of July 28th and a huge gay parade the following Saturday. There are also many themes and events to be photographed in and around Reykjavik. Mary Ellen Mark and her husband, Martin Bell will conduct a Photography & Film Making Workshop in association with Icelandic artists Einar “Effi” Falur Ingolfsson and his wife Ingibjorg “Inga” Johannsdottir. Mary Ellen and Effi will teach the photography workshop together. Martin will teach the film-making workshop. Inga will supervise the logistics of both classes including the operation of the darkroom and editing facilities and the guest lecturers at the Reykjavik School of Visual Arts. You can request your reservation through Photo Xpeditions website.
The Musée des Arts Décoratifs’ Toy Gallery is showing a retrospective of the work of the Czech designer Libuše Niklová (1934–1981). From the 1950s to the 1980s, Niklová created figurines and animals with gentle, simplified forms, including her rubber doctor, astronaut and chimney sweep and inflatable plastic buffalo, giraffe and elephant. She preferred lively, cheerful subjects that she could stylise to varying extents using contrasting colours and optical effects. In 1963, she had the brilliant idea of using flexible pleated piping that squeals when pressed. The result was her “accordion” toys: a cat, dog, goat and lion that can be taken apart and reassembled like a construction game. Throughout her career, Niklová designed toys to both play and create with.
Printed textile is a decorative art form, used for interiors as well as for clothing. The varieties of motifs often reflect the collective taste and Zeitgeist of a certain period. Printing textile is also a complex industrial process and as such dependend on innovation, mechanisation, research and technological progress. This exhibition spans through more than two centuries of textile prints from references to historical patterns (landscapes, floral and bucolic figures) to innovative, experimental motifs that became the trademark of a diversity of designers. A catalogue will accompany the exhibiton (Lido and Modemuseum Hasselt).
Big Nils is a Massachusetts punk band that is best known because its singer is Coco Gordon Moore, the teenage daughter of Sonic Youth co-leaders Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon. Big Nils have released an album called Sibling, and it’s streaming at their Bandcamp page, where it’s also available as a $5 digital purchase. It’s all awfully cute. Listen to Sibling below.
Marissa Nadler’s first album for her own label, Box of Cedar. Her songs are more complex than in her previous releases and with the help of producer Brian McTear, the songs fit together naturally; whether above synthesizers or acoustic guitar, they never sound forced. Nadler’s diligently expanded her reach as a writer and arranger during the past decade but still she’s one of those writers who sit on terrific strings of records, yet remaining relatively unnoticed. Once again, though, Nadler has maintained and etched out yet another album of cold, stony truths about the ways we love, or fail to.
Leila Palermo is half swedish but she was born in Milan, moved the United States, then in Rome and since 1983 she’s back in Milan. She founded her own communication agency named Studio Next which deals with events, PR and press office in the fashion field and related worlds as design and art. Lately Studio Next is been working with some independent designers helping to establish their brand, managing the organization of a challenging event for the design week in an art gallery, then launching the independent multi-cultural magazine “Pizza”.
Zero+ Publishing is releasing Heroes & Villains, a collection of portraits by photographers Tatiana Wills and Roman Cho which surveys some of the most intriguing personalities in today’s art, street and pop culture movements. Wills and Cho began their prescient documentation of these underground innovators six years ago, and many of their subjects are now attracting unprecedented attention in the art world. To further illuminate the motivations and impact of this diverse group of artists at this vital moment in history, the volume includes an essay and fourteen in-depth interviews by Amanda Erlanson. As the first collection of its kind, this stunning monograph will be a sourcebook for our generation and those to come.
Cécile is 31 years old, she’s from Grenoble but she’s been living in Turin for 5 years until now and since 3 years she’s working as a translator. She writes on her blog L’Armadio del Delitto and she’s going to be a vintage online seller. Cécile loves watching old movies, reading, walking around in flea markets and listening to Bob Dylan. Let’s shoot the breeze with her!