Rachel Khoo is one of Paris’s most exciting “food creatives”. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in Art & Design from the renowned Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Thereafter she worked for a luxury fashion brand, doing PR and e-marketing. Ultimately, her passion for pâtisserie lured her to Paris, where she studied at Le Cordon Bleu and obtained a pastry degree. Since then she has combined her technical culinary training with her design flair in a plethora of cooking projects throughout the world. She is also a food writer with books “Barres à céréales, Granola et Muesli faites maison” and “Pâtes à tartiner” published by Marabout. Her third cookbook (her first English book) “The little Paris kitchen” was published by Penguin on March the 15th 2012. This book will also be translated into Dutch, French, Italian, German, Danish, Russian and Norwegian in 2012 and the US in Spring 2013. Her first cookery show “The little Paris kitchen” was aired on BBC 2 from the 19th March for six weeks. She is currently working on her fourth book.
Here’s the debut video for “I.C.U.” by Lou Doillon, the impossibly beautiful 30 years old daughter of Jane Birkin and Jacques Doillon and step daughter of French superstar Serge Gainsbourg. Doillon, who is a pretty big-time actress in France and who is the face and muse of fashion house Givenchy, is apparently taking her first serious stab at music. And we like it. The song is the first single off her upcoming E.P. of the same title to be released on October 2nd.
12Mail, Red Bull France’s exhibition and creative space ends its third year of operations by inviting Camille Vivier (check out this interview we had with her some time ago), a French photographer whose singular universe has already seduced international magazines such as Numéro, Grey or Another Magazine.
Chloë Roddick is a programmer, critic and festival producer, she’s currently working as a film programmer for the 10th edition of the Morelia International Film Festival in Mexico (November 3rd – 11th) for the past two months, as well as advising on and programming short films remotely for the London Short Film Festival (submissions are open until September 21st… hurry up!), which she produced for two years. Before that, she was working for a short film festival in Sydney (Flickerfest). Besides writing for the highly-esteemed international film magazine Sight & Sound, Chloë is also the founder, together with Kirsty Dootson, of Salon des Refusés, an experimental screening event in which we screen short films that have been rejected by other festivals.
Mitra Tabrizian’s work explores a range of issues including post-colonial theory, corporate culture in the West and the recent cultural and political shifts in Iranian society. Blurring the boundary between fact and fiction and combining documentary techniques with those of film, she produces meticulously choreographed photographic scenes of condensed narratives. This exhibition brings together the complete series Another Country (2010) for the first time in the UK and focuses on the idea of homeland, the emergence of hybrid cultural identities in the context of globalization and the politics of everyday life for Muslim communities from the Middle East in the UK. Born in Tehran, Tabrizian has recently had solo exhibition at Tate Britain (2008) and Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2006). Forthcoming exhibitions include Light from the Middle East at the Victoria and Albert Museum (November 2012) and her new book (Another Country) was published by Hatje Cantz in March 2012.
Oma & Bella is an intimate glimpse into the world of Regina Karolinski (Oma) and Bella Katz, two friends who live together in Berlin. Having survived the Holocaust and then stayed in Germany after the war, it is the food they cook together that they remember their childhoods, maintain a bond to each other and answer questions of heritage, memory and identity. As the film follows them through their daily lives, a portrait emerges of two women with a light sense of humor, vivid stories, and a deep fondness for good food. Created by Oma’s granddaughter Alexa, the film captures their ongoing struggle to retain a part of their past while remaining very much engaged in the present.
Nightwave is the latest alias from Maya Medvesek, a Slovenian-born, London-based producer, dj and vocalist who previously racked up credits on Slit Jockey and Seed under the name of 8Bitch; a member of Red Bull Music Academy’s class of 2011, she had a prolific year, remixing the likes of Altered Natives and Unknown To The Unknown and putting out a steady stream of records on Svetlana Industries, Unknown To The Unknown, and Fortified Audio, among others. And here’s a fun fact: Nightwave did the motion capture for the female characters in the video game DJ Hero!