Category: Performance

Art

‘We the People’ kickstarter campaign features works of activist artists, to be launched on Inauguration Day on Washington DC as new symbols of hope

The iconic HOPE image used in the Obama campaign 8 years ago was created by Shepard Fairey. Right now, the country is facing another kind of situation, that she and fellow activist artists feel, shall require all new images that carry hope. These images will reject the fear, hate, and discrimination that have somewhat been "normalized" in the recent presidential campaign. As a peaceful protest and declaration of hope, the project entitled We the People will be launched on Inauguration Day, right in the heart of Washington, DC. The artists and their supporters will carry with them their new symbols of hope. The pieces are commissioned by the Amplifier Foundation. The project, which is currently on Kickstarter, is made possible through the efforts of many artists, filmmakers, editors, photographers, and activists. The artwork is created by Shepard Fairey, Ernesto Yerena, and Jessica Sabogal. The team promises that they will deliver the prints and artwork no...
Art

Designer duo makes gender-fluidity a reality in fashion week debut

Over the past few years, we've seen Hollywood and big clothing brands try to capitalize on the current cultural relevance of being "gender neutral". While the sentiment may be good-hearted, it is a long way towards being genuinely authentic. Then, enter Art School - the brainchild of Eden Loweth and Tom Barratt, the design duo that's creating all the fuss in the fashion community. For these partners, queer identity is beyond just another trend. It is a reality. Their reality. It's not just about jumping aboard the bandwagon, but rather, about living their life in the real world. The duo made their debut for fashion week at Lulu Kennedy's Fashion East showcase. Art School was presented with a non-model cast, directed by Theo Adams (who also happens to be a performance artist). ART SCHOOL is an official presentation at this year's Fashion East Men’s Presentations AW17. ...
Creativity

When you have faith there is no pain – Marina Abramovic in Brazil

 "The Artist is present"  is a film that has drawn a lot of attention on Marina Abramovic career and personal life. In this movie, we were introduced with Marina’s passion for creation, her power, patience, and emotionality. A body is her essential artistic attribute. That's why she is in a constant search for the ways people making the boundaries and communicate with and trough the body. Thus, It is not surprising that her new film about the exploration of body, pain, and spirituality in Brazil is already waiting for us. Marina visited The space in between and she has something to tell us about it. Taka a look. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qor1zzj-WtA...
Art

Artistic culinary treats and more in the 2017 Epcot International Festival of the Arts

Disney plays host to this year's Epcot International Festival of the Arts. You might have heard of the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival or the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. This one, however, stems out and creates its own brand of taking food beyond your imagination. Aptly named, it will take place in the "Food Studios" inside the Epcot World Showcase promenade. It will begin from January 13 through February 20. Audiences can expect art that marvels the eyes, the ears, as well as the taste buds. You will certainly see food that is treated as art on a plate. Get ready to take your Instagram snappers. Each day will feature a different interactive activity or workshop. For the schedule of workshops, take a look at this list. And starting on January 6, 2017, online bookings can be made. But if you can't wait that long, you can pick up the phone and dial 407-WDW-PLAY right now. All workshops and activities will be held in the Odyssey Festival...
Art

Multimedia artist taps into the powerful effects of ‘Transformational Makeovers’

Erica Prince is a multimedia artist based in Brooklyn. She is the genius behind Transformational Makeovers, the product of exploring her real-life experiences of making over her friends. It all began as an honest, simple hobby. In the end, she began considering herself as a creator of inanimate images and objects. After a long time, she realized that make-up can become a BIG part of her art, especially when she saw how her friends acted and felt differently after she made them up. This reaction made her understand that this was something powerful. So, she started experimenting with different colors and materials on human flesh. She found herself lost in the psyches of the subjects, letting her find a clearer perspective on that very person. Prince clarifies that the process is "not about beauty" but instead, it is a project that acknowledges the humanity of the participant by letting their guards down and letting an artist make them her blank canvass. See more of her...
Art

An altar of self-professed ‘junk’ becomes a source of introspective art

It is always said that art depends on the eyes of its viewer. With that being true, many will disagree on what constitutes art - and what is merely trash. However, a lot of fans and critics have come together to behold Huffer Collective's recent work: a towering pyramid of various knick-knacks. It is comprised of random things, from detritus lights to bootleg videotapes to ribbons to Star Wars figurines to photos of known personalities (hello, President Bush!) and a whole lot more. The piece contains an altar-like installment at the center, titled Save Your Selves. While the artwork is amazing seen as one whole body, many find it equally awesome to try and process each nook and cranny that makes it up. This artful heap of 'trash' - which goes all the way up to the ceiling - is now available for viewing at Locust Projects. ...
Art

‘La La Land’ brings back music and life to Hollywood

The fact that Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are starring in the movie isn't the only reason to see La La Land. Fans and critics alike are giving the film praise for bringing back the prestige of a good musical to Hollywood. Damien Chazelle's feel-good movie couldn't have come at a better time. With so many people feeling down because of political issues and generally negative news on TV 24/7, having something as fun and positive as La La Land definitely helps lift our spirits up. The cinematography is no joke, either. You definitely will get an overwhelming feeling of nostalgia - decades back where proper fashion and grooming made sense. The popping color of the film adds to its appeal, too. And don't think this is just another art film with good choreography and an impressive soundtrack. The film is generating a LOT of Oscar buzz. In fact, many share the opinion that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences could use a light-hearted musical break right about now. Many...
Animation

David Beckham’s tattoos speak up against child abuse and violence in PSA Video

David Beckham has had a long-standing partnership with Unicef. Over the years, he has worked with them on various humanitarian campaigns. Recently, the soccer great signed on to promote the #ENDviolence campaign. It features a 60-second film, which - in spite of its short length - is very moving and powerful. The film conveys strong messages against violence directed towards children all over the world. This will be part of his Unicef 7 Fund. According to the organization, about one in every ten girls under 20 years old has been through some form of sexual abuse. Another one in every five children dies because of violence. During the film, Beckham is in the spotlight, shirtless. His tattoos come to life - but not his actual ink. Instead, we see tattoos telling dark, real stories of how children go through psychological and physical abuse. We hear them scream and cry. In the end, the message is clear: "Violence against children marks them forever. It's wrong. End it."...
Art

Annual Corso Zundert parade in Netherlands celebrate nation’s iconic flowers

The annual Corso Zundert was founded in 1936 and is a celebration of the Netherlands’ most iconic flowers. The annual event takes place in the small town of Zundert in which 20 teams of volunteers from compete for the best-designed float. The float designs incorporate moving elements and some are covered completely in vivid dahlia flowers. The parade is accompanied by marching bands and performers with hundreds of onlookers joining in on the fun. “Dangerous Transportation” took home this year's award. It featured a giant dragon and was designed by the Tiggelaar group of volunteers. Head on over to John DG Photography for more high-quality photos from the event. ...
Performance

Method Studios takes the cake (with texture)

Method Studios has created the ultimate dance video. Forget that early 2000s iPod commercial with black silhouettes, this studio created over 40 motion animated textures mapped onto dancers. Using motion capture, procedural animation, and dynamic simulations, dancing avatars bring textures to life before your eyes and the result is mind-blowing. This project was created for the AICP Awards and the textures chosen are meant to represent the AICP sponsors in color and dance. To say the least, Method Studios created a stellar piece of design. Check out the video below to see the full project. https://vimeo.com/169599296 ...
Performance

Dance with your own shadow to improvised music from interactive installation

Mesa Musical Shadows is the title of an installation that Montréal’s interaction design studio Daily tous les jours has installed in Arizona’s Mesa Arts Center. Made from custom fabricated tiles with embedded speakers and light sensors, a sound is triggered by shadows so a person’s presence and movement will create the sound. Just as shadows are ever changing based on the time of day, the weather, and the season, the design studio poses the idea that “a visitor may never quite cast the same shadow twice”. This dynamic quality of the environment is embedded into the piece itself with the sounds changing with the angle of the sun, creating different sonic atmospheres at morning, the midday, the evening, and at night. ...
Creativity

Bodypainting at its best: animal illusions

Johannes Stotter, based out of South Tyrol, Italy, is a world famous body painter. Famous for his optical illusions, Johannes soared to fame in 2013 with his ingenious creation of paint, people, and a frog. As a current teacher at the World Bodypainting Academy, Johannes shares and showcases his talent the planet over. As he is a mastermind of his craft, Johannes has an extensive portfolio involving painting people as trees, rocks, fruits, and even wood, creating pictures and scenes within bodies, and recreating anatomy on his subjects. The work of Johannes is something you definitely don't want to miss. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gw8MN1FjRY&oref=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3D8gw8MN1FjRY&has_verified=1 ...
Art

A flock of 2,000 pigeons strapped with LED lights take to the skies of NYC

Artist Duke Riley has partnered with Creative Time for an art performance in the night skies of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The project Fly By Night, involves more than 2,000 trained pigeons, each with a tiny LED light strapped to its leg. As the dusk turns to a dark night sky, the patterns of bird flight seems to transform into a choreographed dance. The artist was inspired by the pigeons of World War II that were trained to deliver messages. He has described the work as though it was a moving constellation or a collection of tiny shooting stars. Many of the birds are from Riley’s personal flock, and he explained in an interview, “I think it’s a collaborative project between me and the pigeons, whether it’s a performance or maybe it’s a drawing that they’re doing in the sky.” ...
Performance

Visualizing the movements of a Kung Fu Master

Revealing the martial arts to be a beautiful form of dance, German media artist Tobias Gremmler has digitally captured and visualized the movements of Kung Fu. Commissioned by International Guoshu Association to create a piece for a Kung Fu exhibition, the artist worked with masters of the practice, capturing the movements of Master Wong Yiu Kau and Master Li Shek Lin. Gremmler said, “I was deeply inspired by the dynamics of motion and philosophy of Kung Fu.” ...
Performance

Player piano turns a cityscape into a soundscape

In a riff off of an old-fashioned player piano, Akko Goldenbeld has reinvented and reinterpreted the interaction between object and sound. In a project that he calls City Music, a model of the Dutch city of Eindhoven was formed around a wooden cylinder. As seen in the video below, when the crank is turned, the shape of the city, and the highs and lows of its buildings, are the forms that play the notes on the piano. The cityscape has become a soundscape. The piece was as part of the artist’s graduation from the Design Academy of Eindhoven. ...
Performance

Dance evolves with cross-genre ballet

Ever wonder how dance evolves? Take a look at these two videos and see the possibilities when ballet dips its toes into other dances. First up, Elena Gibson combines her background of classical ballet with her expertise in pole dancing. In this performance, Gibson demonstrates the similarities in movement both dances display, and the result is a mixed dance that executes grace at every angle. Second, comes Adrienne Weidert and Adam Brozowski. The two are internationally recognized swing dancers but in this video, Adrienne and Adam show the unique result when swing-outs are done en pointe. ...
Performance

Annual Corso Zundert parade features giant floats inspired by Van Gogh

Parades are notorious for drawing huge crowds, and why wouldn't they? They’re a ton of fun to attend. This year saw yet another terrific Corso Zundert parade. The legendary event took place in the streets of Zundert, Netherlands and was adorned by giant floats prepared by 19 teams. Vincent Van Gogh, who was born in Zundert about 162 years ago, served as the inspiration for the floats. They used everything from the color schemes he used to paint, right down to his appearance, taken from self-portraits. Check out some of the humongous floats below and click here more! ...
Performance

Mesmerizing body positions captured in photos

French dancer Arthur Cadre has created a beautiful photo series called “Wonderland Creatures”, a mixture of awe-inspiring photos combined with mesmerizing performance. The images were shot in a number of locations around the world. Cadre twists his body into a number of different forms, turning himself into different positions that complement the backdrop. For more of his work, visit his Facebook. ...
Art

Calligraphic that seems to float in thin air

Using the arabic alphabet as a his model, French artist, Julien Breton creates his own life-sized calligraphic images all over the world. His canvases are dark night-scapes, his paint is light, and and his brushes are variously-sized flashlights (sometimes overlaid with pigmented gelatin to create color). Capturing the motion with long exposure photography, the artist mimes out the calligraphy, waving the flashlight about in a sort-of dance. As one can imagine, some orchestration and practice are required for Breton to get the motions right. Though the pictures seem to be Photoshop-masterpieces, they are created solely with light. ...
Design

LED costume design explores body-shaming

Elizabeth Tolson brings us another intriguing custom design titled 'In the Presence of Myself.'  Tolson works in the realm of fabric, soft circuitry and electronics. Her ‘Vessle’ series was discussed in a previous Design Faves article. With ‘In the Presence of Myself’ the critical lens shifts form examining women within a social framework to the individual within the social world.  The costume addresses body-shaming, as well as the physical and emotional strain of trying to assimilate to universal standards. One main feature of the costume is its concentric light-rings centrally located on the torso that Kaleidoscopes in and out toward and away from the performer. The lights are intentionally place on the interior of the costume to indicate self-contemplation. New York-choreographer, Emily Smith (one of the performer in this series) is able to manipulate the costume so that it entirely obscures her body. The extension becomes a fifth limb of...
Art

Sunburn art is trending, but is it safe?

As the summer marches forward into heat, humidity, and sunshine, sunburn tattoos are becoming increasing popular. It’s now trendy to post pictures of burn-patterned skin on social media platforms. Sunburn-tattoo art is the use of templates, and carefully applied sunblock, to create intricate skin-designs, ranging from abstract shapes to floral patterns to super hero logos. Unsurprisingly, this fad has raised the heckles of The Skin Cancer Foundation and other health experts because as we all know sunburns are not only painful, but significantly increase one’s chances of developing skin cancer. On one hand it’s easy to agree with the experts, on the other, considering Millie Brown's colorful-puke canvases, Orlan's plastic sugary and Alexander Selvik Wengshoel’s hip-meal, it certainly hasn’t been the fist time artists have put themselves at risk for the sake of art.             ...
Art

Cloud sculptures made indoors exist for just 10 seconds

Amsterdam-based artist Berndnaut Smilde creates temporary sculptures that exist for just 10 seconds. Thankfully the photographs of the indoor clouds exist for much longer, evoking the strange ethereal sensation that can only be achieved by such an unlikely image. The series titled 'Nimbus' uses just smoke and water-vapor in a space where conditions are just right for cloud making—cold, damp, and no air circulation. Each space requires a slightly different formula to get an ideal cloud form, and the artist creates about 100 clouds in order for his collaborating photographer to capture just the right shot. “I see them as temporary sculptures of almost nothing—the edge of materiality,” said the artist. “It looks like you can dive into them or grab them, but they just fall apart. There’s a duality that I really like where you’re trying to achieve this ideal thing that then collapses just moments later.”   ...
Furniture

NYC trash transformed into living room photography sets

It takes a person of vision to see the value in what others discard. Photographer Justin Bettman and stylist Gozde Eker have collaborated on a project that sources discarded materials and combines them in such a way to create a vignette of a home interior. Titled 'Set in the Street,' the sets are built and documented, but the installations live on in unexpected ways. The artists leave the sets intact with a note encouraging passersby to create their own photographs and share them on Instagram with the hashtag #setinthestreet. Just as an interior space was created within the exterior world, the creation of a private set is then explored by the public.  ...
Performance

Dancing triggers pyrotechnics in this spectacular temporary club

Bushveld of Johannesburg, South Africa got a temporary addition to their night life when Absolut commissioned artist Charlie Gadeken to create a pyrotechnic dance floor. The constructed venue was a giant cube made of glass and mirrors wired with pyrotechnics, triggered by the audience’s feet dancing on the floor. As the fireworks display went off it lit up the exterior of the structure, transforming the desert landscape with fire, smoke and color, and making for a wild night of dancing. Watch the video below to see the massive spectacle. ...
Art

When drawing turns to performance – “Draw to perform” in London

'Draw to perform' is an international two-day art symposium, where artists from around the world gather to perform, drawing on a large scale in front of the public. This unique art event, which is a second annual symposium held in London, focuses entirely on the connection between performance art and drawing. In addition to live drawing performances, the symposium invites viewers to video screenings, talks and lectures by artists and art historians. Many well-recognized artists took part in the symposium, including Ram Samocha (UK/Israel) who is the curator of this event, Gerald Royston Curtis (UK), Kevin Townsend (USA), and Kellie O’Dempsey (Australia) to name a few. Please see the videos from the last year's event below. ...
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