which nobody can deny
6 D.O.G.S celebrated its first year of existence with a party and Elektro Guzzi on the top of it, who they may look like a traditional band when you see the typical guitar-bass-drum combination but they have absolutely nothing to do with it.
The sound produced when they start is great techno, performed live in front of you, with all the loops and beats and sounds created the same moment. You close your eyes and you find it hard to believe that these guys use no computers. nothing. nada. niente. never seen anything like it before
just to get an idea:
working (running is a better word for what i’d been up to the last week) for twelve hours every day doesn’t sound very exciting but i have to admit loads of good stuff have marked my calendar and i feel content in the end. before i drop dead on my bed i thought i had to do it with grace, so i joined Filep Motwary to a cozy dinner regarding his interview for the next issue of +Plus magazine, edited by Silo. now i can sleep peacefully for twelve hours, tomorrow another round begins.
Silo, Filep and Manto, the photographer with a star tattoo on her right cheek
..or how we say Fantastikoi Hxoi‘s track from his new release!
after two years of hard working and an extra effort to obtain legal sample clearance that led nowhere, Aggelos will be giving his album for free download in a few days. soon after that some time in the beginning of 2011, Mr. Fantastic will release a double vinyl containing his ultra new tracks by Inner Ear, so stay tuned.
for now enjoy Idios Ilios here and hit the full album one of these days there
listen or right click
i shamelessly snatched those from my cool friend on the other side of the world, where it’s spring and bloomy
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. i instantly fell in love with him when i saw the video of his installation at London’s Barbican centre.
the fashion story for Vogue Hellas November issue is a travel around the world, based on layering, gipsy influences and boho references
Burberry shearling coat
Dolce & Gabbana dress. Dries Van Noten jacket
Celine cape. MaxMara velvet embroidered dress.
Dior vest. Gucci tulle dress.
playing with a J.Smith Esquire headpiece
no comment: the Givenchy bag
Givenchy knitwear. Manolo Blahnik boots.
Shoot on location by George Kaplanidis.
dearest friend, collaborator and uber talented make-up artist Manos Vynichakis has started his own make-up workshop! in collaboration with Nyxi-Nyxi Academy, Manos will be giving courses for professional make-up artists, amateurs or any girl who just wants to learn a good make-up and the seminars’ duration is from two days to six months depending from the program one chooses
Loewe, back in Paris
the other day between appointments, i went over Mastori*Motwary atelier to say hi and have a quick coffee. i was happily surprised to find there Annabel, trying on some of Maria and Filep’s new pieces for SS2011. The collection is ready and looks amazing, so sophisticated and well-made i felt the urge to try everything on myself. i didn’t, i had to work unfortunately. Here is a glance on what to expect, dear Mastori/Motwary fans!
The only i think i regret missing while i was living la dolce vita in Paris, is the event that Orila phonographic label organized in the beginning of October. Vassilis and Yannis made one of their dream come true, to gather some musicians all together for a trip, to play their music in the woods for a small audience that cares to listen. Fortunately my friend was there:
“Saturday, 10.00 sharp, bus is waiting across the columns of Olympian Zeus along with a Hippie looking group of people that generates curiosity and probably fear to the eyes of an other group of old people parking their bus next to us. their curiosity climaxes when they see all these funny looking luggage been loaded on our bus- why music instruments and speakers scare them, i don’t know.
the bus starts and after a rainy course, it lands on βουνΟριλα , somewhere in the woods of north Evia. The project is revealed in front of my eyes, inside my ear drums and my nostrils, between my fingers. Take urban concrete city generated music and blend it with mountain green, humidity, soil brown, tree sounds and clear borderless view. Caution, the project is being recorded.
Our stage is the old ruins of a Summer Camp being digested by the surroundings. Rain, no rooftop, we make one of our own with plastic covers while the others make a web of cables on top of carpets put on the floor. Egsun make their first sounds with a guitar,a looper, a glockenspiel,a zither and a pling plon. I am hypnotized. The soundtrack one would use to dress a movie talking about dreams is being unrolled, raki finds the way to my hands.
a thousand beautiful women take the stage and lift me over the treetops, i’m tripping on nature. A psychedelic improvisation of a guitar, a sinthy, a girl’s voice and a looper, create vivid colors in front of me . I find my self standing on a top of a nearby hill listening to Lunar Miasma. They say he is the new ‘must’ in urban underground experimental music in Athens, the only must for me is ‘i must be lost’. without knowing how i am lost in the woods and my only chance to get back to the music is to try and follow it. The trees and eco filter and regenerate Lunar’s sounds making a marriage made to last. It’s night, its cold, we make fire, thank god we are in the woods.
The Hippies are now gathered around the fire listening to No Clear Mind , i needed that lyric break, they are the food we haven’t eaten yet, now i can hold on for a couple more hours. Strumming, looping , programing, singing, they are good chefs. Alexandros Miaris proposes a new way Cretan rizitika can be played. The use of his voice reminds me of a priest crying because he has fallen in love with a woman that left him. Interesting but not my cup of tea.
Matteus is anxius to play so he sets up his gear quickly . A theremin, a mic and a laptop are his weapons. The battle of an under the water female voice and a soul struggling to get out of Matteus body starts. His “Ugly doll’s stories” album is like the prequel of what i hear and see, its like someone is gutting Bjork for being sweet and fragile.. I like it.
The gas from the generator watering us with electricity all day runs out absolutely synchronized with Matteus’ ending. We are hungry for food but all our other needs are covered for now, today we created , felt a vast variety of emotions , every cell on our skin is soaking with nature. We reload our dirty sheets in the bus , have a quick cigy and head back home…or head back away from it.”
yesterday i had the chance to meet Jim Shaw for his portrait for Vogue Hellas, regarding his exhibition “New Works” at Bernier/Eliades gallery. Loved his work. As the artist said, all those works in the exhibition derive from a single dream he had a couple of years ago:
“i was working on these shaped canvases and sculptures that had printed blowups of appliances and added elements such as expressionist drips, shirtless guys in pain, cartoon and Fauvist chickens, and cartoon elements [..] My LA dealer came in and said he wanted them all and i said no. There were elements of Bacon and the shirtless men referenced the Netter CIBA-Geigy medical illustrations and probably Longo. The shaped seemed to refer to the object on the cover of Led Zeppelin’s ‘Presence’. The Baileys had tried to get a group to buy their mansion, which was now on an island in the middle of the street in Danna Ruscha’s old neighborhood. Mike had also done a series of quick sketches for things like ‘repressed school memories game’ and an issue of Nat’l Geographic with an article on Nazism in rock”
my job upon waking was to figure out as best i could what the meanings and associations of the objects and images were.
Jim Shaw (b.1952 in Michigan USA) belongs to the generation of american artists that have shaped the cultural west coast of USA during the late 80′s till today. His work is interwoven with american pop culture elements that alternate in a structural context of narrative themes. He is a conceptual artist known for playing cut & paste with styles ranging from minimalism to monster magazine illustration, through several multipart, quasi-narrative projects.
The exhibition at Bernier/Eliades Gallery will last until November 18th 2010.
The charity AIDS T-Shirt has been present in all Maison Martin Margiela collections since Fall/Winter 1994/1995. Each T-Shirt is produced in a different colour with contrasted text every season and bears the text marked below in English:
THERE IS MORE ACTION TO BE DONE TO FIGHT AIDS THAN TO WEAR THIS T-SHIRT BUT IT’S A GOOD START
This year the t-shirt is a bit different. In their own words:
Further to the seasonal English version, the Maison has decided to have a yearly edition every time in a different language for the World AIDS day, starting with Japanese. Created in Paris, sold around the world, worn touching the heart, this limited edition charity AIDS T-shirt will be exclusively available in all Maison Martin Margiela stores.
When most T-shirts carry a slogan their message may be read from a distance… dialogue is not necessary. When this T-Shirt is worn it is no longer possible for others to read the text printed on it (most of the text is on the inside at the back of the V-neckline). A dialogue on HIV/AIDS is there encouraged once another asks the wearer to explain what is written on their T-Shirt.
A percentage of the sales is donated to ‘AIDES’, a French organisation dedicated to fight the HIV virus and take care of patients living with HIV/AIDS (www.aides.org). Over the years, 170,000 T-shirts have been sold and brought a contribution of over 700,000 euros to ‘AIDES’. Unfortunately, the virus is still around and that action is still valid.
the t-shirt will launch on December 1st
for spring-summer 2011 Karl Lagerfeld designed a capsule collection for Hogan, consisting of 6 pieces: a sneaker, a cowboy boot, a clutch-bag, a messenger, a trench-coat and a jacket, adopting parachute silk, suede, leather and tulle. for this collection Mr.Lagerfeld event inspired a short film, ‘La Lettre’, which he directed himself and was screened in Paris during fashion week.