Category: Performance

Art

Exceptional choreography through contemporary dance and performance art creates a visual spectacle for public audiences

Branch Nebula aims to engage its audiences through performance art, continually pushing the boundaries of political and social awareness. The founders, Lee Wilson and Mirabelle Wouters, have used the project as a platform for their communal creativity since they began in 1999. Through modern dance and performance in the public sphere, they reach out to audiences who would not ordinarily go to theaters (mostly because of socio-economic reasons). "This is site-specificity of the most immediate kind, a visceral connection to a place of play, not its social role or its history, in a display of what is often regarded as fun but here as art without losing the integrity of its popular foundations. The outcome is a visual spectacle, impeccably choreographed so that star turns are embedded in and shoot out of the mesmeric poetry of the grand sweeping collective rides and runs that transform the concrete into a magic, enabling vessel." – Keith Gallasch, Real Time ...
Art

French artist Abraham Poincheval will live inside a boulder for a week to ‘see what is really happening’

French artist Abraham Poincheval has in recent years been known for living inside a bear sculpture for 13 days. In a new performance art, the artist is doing it again, locking himself up in a stone block in which he will stay for a planned seven days. Poincheval entered the stone on Feb. 22 and will come out on March 1. Living inside an object is a way of understanding the nature of that object, the artist told journalists before embarking on his endeavor, taking place at Paris' Palais de Tokyo contemporary art museum. For him, it is in fact the superior way of comprehending. "I say to myself, hold on, what is this object really? And you ask yourself the question and say to yourself: 'Well, hold on, instead of distancing yourself and removing oneself from it, let's go inside and see what is really happening,'" Poincheval said. While inside the boulder, whose space within is patterned after the position of a seated person, Poincheval will subsist on stewed fruit, soups and purees....
Art

‘Maker Faire Kuwait’ exploded with technology and art, featured some of the country’s brightest talents

Maker Faire Kuwait took place at the Kuwait International Fair, the largest event space available in the country, last February 9 to 11. It was a grand event that highlighted "makers" to share their work, collaborate with each other, and inspire younger generations of makers. Many of the participants used everyday objects as well as recycled materials to create astonishing works of art. This event is only one of the series of Maker Faire exhibitions. Be sure to watch out for the next destination to be included in the series. Below are some of the artists who participated in the Maker Faire Kuwait event. Check these out and be inspired to CREATE and MAKE! (From top to bottom: Pottery and Sculpture by Sara Al-muail, E-buru Paper Marbling Demo by Wael Al-saleh, Model Ships by Ali Mohsen, Art by Omer Al-hamed, and Scroll Saw Art by Faten Fahad.) ...
Art

Mandala sand painting courtesy of actual Tibetan Buddhist monks featured in college gallery

Drepung Loseling Monastery Buddhist monk all the way from Tibet will be constructing a mandala sand painting, to be featured as a highlight of Allegheny College's Year of Mindfulness. The painting will be housed at the art galleries of the college. The actual construction will take place on March 1 until March 3, from 10 AM to 6 PM daily and on March 4 from 10 AM to 12:30 PM. It will be open to the public for free, which can create a nice opportunity for both the students and the locals. Mandala sand painting truly is one of the most unique traditions that root from Tantric Buddhism. Colored sand will be used, making the exhibit even more one-of-a-kind, as it is placed onto the platform for several days to create the mandala image. Mandala is a symbol of the universe, and it coincides with the event's theme of mindfulness. Be sure to check out this rare event if you can! ...
Art

New gallery opens in Rhinebeck, gives the art community a new chance to come together and connect

The [email protected] new destination for art lovers and aficionados. Technically, it is a non-profit organization and will be available for members who have registered. On a larger scale, the gallery will serve as an economic platform to help boost the community's tourism, while adding more opportunities for business and employment for the locals. It also is a chance for weekenders to get outside, enjoy some art, and come together and connect as a community. The Gallery will feature various types of art - installations, sculptures, and paintings hung on walls. On top of this, it will also serve as a home for many other forms of art, such as spoken word, theatric plays, poetry slams, and poetry readings. Live jazz and classical music performances will also frequent the new venue, giving musicians and songwriters a new hub to flourish their talent. There will also be fashion shows, fundraisers, and other events that will benefit Rhinebeck in many ways. See some of...
Art

Artist creates sketches from lectures and performances he attends, turns them into amazing postcards

Have you ever been in a long-standing seminar, conference, meeting, or lecture that you just wanted it to end? If you have, you probably had the habit of creating doodles out of boredom. An artist from Dallas does exactly the same thing, only his doodles are more of artwork that can wow you, and he wasn't exactly bored with the lectures. Brad Ford Smith has had a fruitful career as an artist. He is known for being part of many big projects, several of which have been on shows and exhibits. In his free time, however, he is known to carry around his humble sketchbook. His friends say that wherever he goes, he takes it. And whenever he sits down, he sketches. Another thing he often does is attending readings, performances, and arts lectures. Now, Smith seemed to have found a way to combine these two loves of his. Below, you'll see his sketches done during these lectures, which he has been making for well over a year now. ...
Art

Behind the scenes: Stop-motion artist creates important advocacy film in collaboration with Lena Dunham and JJ Abrams

The world is going through a lot of issues right now, and we need - now, more than ever - to have artists and celebrities fighting the good fight. Fortunately, we are in a surplus of these good people. An Emmy-winning stop-motion animator and director, Kirsten Lepore is collaborating with dozens of actors, artists, musicians, producers, directors, and visual artists to create a short film as an advocacy for Planned Parenthood. The film raises awareness about the pro-choice movement for women, which highlights their right to be free to know, own, and control their own body. The film is a collaborative effort between Natalie Berkus, Lena Dunham, Kirsten Lepore, and Alex Ronan. They had a lot of help from certain famous people, including America Ferrera, Mindy Kaling, Jennifer Lawrence, Hari Nef, Andrew Rannells, Cecile Richards, Gina Rodriguez, Amy Schumer, Meryl Streep, Tessa Thompson, Constance Wu, and Sasheer Zamata. The film's...
Art

Art Dad debuts in Fashion Week, showcases clothing that embodies responsible yet fun fatherhood

Gone are the days of the traditional dad. The dad who focuses on working during the day, watches the game at night, and gives a stern look to misbehaving kids. Now, we have Art Dad. What is Art Dad? “Art Dad is a reaction to everything being about ‘youth youth youth’. There’s something to be said for being responsible, having health care, taking care of business but still having fun.” This is how co-founder and collaborator Tremaine Emory explains the phenomenon. He says that Art Dad doesn't always have to be a dad. It's about embodying creativity, style, and a good fashion sense while harboring maturity beyond your years. At the OFF-WHITE Paris show, Art Dad opened with an oversized shearling coat, leopard print boiler suit, graphic tees and socks, and a whole lot more. You can learn more about Art Dad by following Emory on Instagram or checking out his ShowStudio profile. ...
Art

Young artist spent 3 months creating Michael Jackson portrait using just string and nails

In a span of three months, Zenyk Palagniuk was able to create an amazing portrait of Michael Jackson.The artist, who is just 21 years old, made the pop icon's image using nothing but string and nails.The portrait started out as a mere formation of nails, but when the artist started manipulating and placing the string, an artistic masterpiece was formed. Palagniuk used a total of 15,000 nails for this project.This isn't his first work, he has done portraits using the same materials in the past years as well. Zenyk Palagniuk says that most people have the preconception that art should be made from drawings or paintings, or garden sculptures. He believes in going beyond the confines of traditional medium and using whatever is available to create something beautiful. And his work is indeed beautiful. Check out some photos of his Michael Jackson portrait below and be awed by his sheer skill and talent. ...
Art

Olga Diego brings an exhibition for all the senses in her exhibition for UC Merced Arts

As part of the UC Merced Arts Presents Artist-in-Residence Spring 2017, Olga Diego will fly in from Spain to showcase some of her best artwork. Her show will take audiences into an exhibition designed for a complete sensory experience. The art will stimulate the sight, touch, and hearing of its audiences. New technologies will also be an important part of the show. UCM Arts has been featuring artists and performers from all over the world, sharing their work with the Merced community. Diego's showcase will take place on February 10. She says that her inspirations are life and people. She claims that public participation is a huge and vital element in her art. Diego is a graduate of Fine Arts and has undergone other art-related courses, such as technology and strategy for artistic creativity and theory and practice of art performance. Find out more about her art on her blog. See the details of her UCM event on Facebook. ...
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...
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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! ...
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