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Brian Solis and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpins discusses “the End of Business as Usual”

I have a love/hate relationship, coupled with the outmost respect for Billy Corgan and the Smashing Pumpkins. At the same time brilliant and haughty, down to earth and incredibly snobby he here discusses the role of the artist in the future media landscape with celebrated author Brian Solis.

One of the things I took away from this interview was the notion of that  there is no turning back – artists have to embrace and make use of the tools that technology is handing over…

Gallery Weekend – Berlin

The annual Gallery Weekend Berlin -. “50 GALLERIES, 50 OPENINGS. THREE DAYS, THREE NIGHTS”

… is taking place as usual the last weekend of April, right before the annual, ritualized showdown between the extreme left and the forces of law & order.

As usual people will spend the next few evenings and nights dividing their attention between some world-class art and the whole street spectacle which really has become an almost public event with people inviting friends over to the best spots  pick-nick tables and all…

Artists exhibited include heavy hitters such as: Andy Warhol, Diane Arbus, Julian Schnabel, Jenny Holzer just to mention the most recognizable names…

NOOG – digital collectibles

NOOG – a set of purely digital collectibles is a collaborative, purely digital art project that uses augmented reality technology in a fun and easy way. I just came across it and hope to be able to experiment with it a bit more. Above some of my first attempts using this fun tool that instatnly brings augmented reality into the hands of anyone…

“The NOOG Collection is the first set of purely digital collectables known to us. There have been different versions of existing material collectables that have transgressed into the virtual world of the Internet, but these are mere extensions to sets that predominantly populate the world in a material form. Digital Collectables define a pure immaterial set of desirable yet absent objects. Collectors begin their journey as curious and inspired amateurs. As their hunger for completion increases with every obtained fractal of a set, the collector steadily develops into a lover of NOOG.

They grow into masters as their desire for the entire set grows with the number of collected fractals of a set increases. The less pieces of the puzzle that are missing, the more a true collectors heart desires those missing and the warmer her love for the collected elements becomes.

Digital collecting demands a greater heart than material collecting, as the viral and virtual love is purer, it being disassociated from material and form. In digital collecting the intellect and passion must combine to heighten the imagination of the collector.

Pure love, desire and passion are entirely detached from a material form. Customization turns into a rewarding level of collecting, where the collector can interact with her set and become artist and curator of her own collection. 128 NOOGs are fully designed and styled, all of which have their own flavor. Another 128 NOOGs can be styled by you, the collector, using your own imagination.”

11horses – the viral issue

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Hello and welcome to 11HORSES and “the viral issue”. I have long had an interest in how ideas, gestures and “memes” get transmitted throughout our societies, changing, evolving and sometimes mutating into something new, getting passed on from generation to generation. Why is it that You will see soft, cuddly animals strapped to the front of big heavy trucks, driven by big, heavy men all over (at least) the western world ? Or what does the sight of a pair of sneakers, laces tied together, thrown over a phone wire mean, and why is it that kids all over will continue throwing them? We recently celebrated the 200 year anniversary of scientific giant Charles Darwin. His brilliant theory of natural selection continues to amaze and inspire us with it’s simplicity and elegance. In this issue we’re trying to illustrate and reflect on all of these phenomena with the help of some extraordinary talent.

Dark Forest

… some images that I shot in a wintery swedish forest. Blair Witch anyone ?

The very dark Nordic forest is populated with all kinds of beings, both friends and foes. One of my favorite characters is the Princess Bianca Maria / Princess Tuvstarr, both immortalized by the Swedish illustrator John Bauer who spent his time bringing to life these figures… There is another Nordic mythological creature, the “Huldra” (or “Skogrå”) who is essentially a cunning seductress, very much like the mediterraenean Siren. In the stories she would lure woodworkers into the forest with her radiant beauty, never to return again…

These extraordinarily beautiful creatures are shape-shifters and if You would happen to catch a look at them from behind they would resemble nothing more than a hollow, rotting tree stump. Another way of making them out was that the females sometimes had a fox tail sticking out from under their skirt.

For more images of sticks & twigs see this post as well as this one