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think like a publisher

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Think like a publisher

theLAB-berlin is a cross-disciplinary, creative platform and artist collective, focusing on creative, digital solutions and storytelling for clients in the fashion, music, luxury and new media space.

I’m super excited to let You all know that our first, very own app is now available in the App Store on iTunes. Normally I’m not soliciting downloads and ratings but in this case I’ll make an exception – If You like what You see please go to…

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/thelab-berlin/id827447588?l=de&ls=1&mt=8

…and download the app for free and give us a rating in the store (this will help us tremendously)

The app was build from scratch – with my bare hands – using Adobe tools such as InDesign PublishingSuite and so on… I could never have done this without being a subscriber to the Adobe Creative Cloud which has opened up completely new playgrounds for me.

Much has been said – and is still being said – about think like a publisher and this project is my take on it.  I believe that the new technologies and new-media has given each and everyone of us a golden opportunity to craft and distribute our own story.

I still love being a photographer…
…AND there is so much more to discover!!!

Images by fashion photographer Anka Bardeleben and me…

blitzkids

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Nomi from Blitzkids in an interview about scents and the power of memories on Scentury.com – Perfume stories.

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on Scentury.com – Perfume stories.

Scentury – Perfume Stories is a great project by my friend Helder Suffenplan.

Scentury  is a research platform for perfume culture that strives to redefine the way we speak and think about fragrance.  This platform translates perfume into stories and images — a language everyone understands. Our global network of creative innovators and fragrance experts helps us to gain a deeper understanding of the cultural, social and psychological contexts of fragrance. Scentury operates both online and offline.  Scentury  was started and operated by 20FIRST, a Berlin-based studio for brand building and creative direction. 20FIRST was founded by Helder Suffenplan in 2006 and has won many national and international awards.

Tokujin Yoshioka Crystallized

Tokujin Yoshioka Crystallized

 

Tokujin Yoshioka Crystallized

Tokujin Yoshioka – Crystallized

Developed via chemical synthesis, Tokujin Yoshioka‘s signature crystals are formed through methodical cultivation on the surfaces of select materials. In one of the stunning image above a rose have been “frozen” under an ever growing layer of crystals and the next one shows the process of “growing” a crystal chair.

See more of his work currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo

Banksy vs. Damien Hirst

Banksy vs. Damien Hirst

Two art-business disruptors

Banksy and Damien Hirst are probably considered the polar opposites, which in my opinion is a bit sloppy thinking, since both of them are master marketers – albeit with different viewpoints. This fact was beautifully illustrated today, during Banksy’s ongoing NYC “residency” .  Banksy decided to have some fun with “the art establishment”  and  offered a few signed and verified pieces for sale on the street – with a small but important catch. Pieces that normally would go for tens of thousands of dollars – if not more, were offered for $60. (Bear in mind that these pieces are signed and authenticated)

Love the fact that the total take of the day amounted to $420,- (at $60,- a piece.) A few lucky buyers probably made their deal of a lifetime today.

This is the on-the-opposite-end-of-the-spectrum version of Damien Hirst’s Beautiful Inside My Head Forever coup of by-passing his gallerists and selling straight to the public at Sotheby’s some time ago. In that case the total sales were $198 million.

Kinetic Light Sculpture | Benjamin Muzzin

kinetic light sculpture

kinetic light sculpture by Benjamin Muzzin

Kinetic Light Sculpture

Full Turn ECAL/Benjamin Muzzin from ECAL on Vimeo.

A really nice example of a fusion of digital-virtual and physical-tactile expressions. Even though I’m very fond of the screen as medium it very often lacks the sensuality of paper or print. Here the screen dissolves in a furious spinning motion and the violence is replaced by a serene, ethereal fluidity.

Tutors: Alain Bellet, Gael Hugo, Christophe Guignard
ECAL / University of Art and Design, Lausanne Switzerland
Bachelor Media & Interaction Design
Music : “Murder!” by Montgomery Clunk (http://www.myspace.com/monteebeats)
http://www.ecal.ch + vimeo.com/channels/ecalmid

“With this project I wanted to explore the notion of the third dimension, with the desire to try to get out of the usual frame of a flat screen. For this, my work mainly consisted in exploring and experimenting a different device for displaying images, trying to give animations volume in space. The resulting machine works with the rotation of two screens placed back to back, creating a three-dimensional animated sequence that can be seen at 360 degrees. Due to the persistence of vision, the shapes that appear on the screen turn into kinetic light sculptures.”

Petro Wodkins – “Paint it White”

Petro Wodkins versus Petrov-Vodkin – Russian Contemporary Art

Petro Wodkins is a russian artist & musician, exploring modern, contemporary art. He was (re)born early spring 2013. The goal of Petro is to find the core of art, away from the market, the posh galleries and academia.

For some time now I have been involved in an on-going project by russian contemporary artist Petro Wodkins. Not shying away from controversial interventions both on-line and IRL , Petro recently managed to shut down the world renowned Luisiana Art Museeum for about 5 mins.

Man in white body paint

… from the project “Paint it White” by russian contemporary artist Petro Wodkins

 

 

For the “paint it White” session Petro had procured a black BMW that within 24 hrs. had been metamorphosed into a totally white car, from the inside out.

A telling and interesting aspect of Petro’s work is his name – Petro Wodkins. This is an allusion to the artist Petrov-Vodkin that lived some100 years ago. One of the aspects of Petro-Vodkin’s work was that he was critized for his work being “too erotic” and he was in conflict with the religious authorities of the Russian Orthodox Church. The latter of course takes advantage of all this and It could be very tempting to dismiss the rather flamboyant Petro as a loudmouth and trixter but once You start to scratch the surface a more nuanced and multi-layered image appears of a very thoughtful and complex artist with a mature understanding of his own role on the art scene and his relations to other artists and players.

The shooting itself was pretty straightforward and fast since our models were painted from head to toe in white paint and we needed to shoot while the paint was still “wet and fresh”. The main image happened at the end, almost as an afterthought and it grew on me later on in the edit.  Me personally had some other favorites but in the end the image of Petro throwing paint won out.

 

 

Petro Wodkins versus Petrov-Vodkin - Russian Contemporary Art

… after the shooting of “Paint it White”

 

 

 

 

Mounir Fatmi: Sleep (Al Naim)

Tilda Swinton sleeping at MoMA

Salman Rushdie sleeps in 3D

Mounir Fatmi: Sleep (Al Naim) on Nowness.com

Salman Rushdie sleeps in 3D – A brilliant 3D piece by Mounir Fatmi depicting Salman Rushdi sleeping for 6 hours echoing Andy Warhol’s famous “Sleep”
Rife with conflicting emotions such as violence, death and gentle peace I cannot get the image of the enbalmed Lenin out of my head.

The full six-hour-long video was ironically censored at a show at l’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris last year, but will premiere this week at Paradise Row as part of his solo exhibition History is Not Mine. “Rushdie lives between different worlds, between countries, between life and death,” says Fatmi. “It is at once boring and voyeuristic to look at someone sleeping for six hours. I want the audience to feel guilty about Rushdie’s destiny.”

The scene is illuminated by a soft and classical light which just increases the timelessness of this piece. The film moves on and transcends into digital sculpture.

Now, Salman Rushdi is not the only cultural superstar sleeping in public. Tilda Swinton is currently appearing inside a glassbox at MoMA.

Designer Michael Sontag & Hahnemühle Fine Art

Hahnemuhle Paper Fashion

Fashion designer Michael Sontag doesn’t sketch, draw or otherwise put his ideas down on paper before getting to work on his designs. Instead he intuitively and very much hands-on starts draping the fabric directly on his model – like a sculptor working with steel, glass or stone.

It’s his hands that are doing the work, directly manipulating the raw materials. The shapes are born directly from underneath his hands moving over a body and it’s this approach that leads to the fluidity, intimacy and movement of his pieces.
In this collaborative project Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper serves as his raw material. Folding, draping, moulding and ripping the paper he is creating instant and very short lived designs that only live long enough to be recorded on a computer chip in a camera.
It’s a very poetic mix of fashion, performance and semi-scientific research.

DIGITAL – WORK, PROCESS & IMAGINATION
This performance and dance-like piece is documented and digitalized by fashion photographer Per Zennstrom. Even though the resulting sculptural shapes are physical objects consisting of real paper they will only live for an instant, barely enough to be recorded and preserved in digital form before they are gone.
The digital output of Michael Sontags work is then presented on stage at Photokina, in theform of a fashion photo-shooting/performance which in many ways is a digital “reflection” and re-enactment of the first analogue session.

PAPER – THE END
As the process and performance nears the end the resulting images are again migrating back to the original media – paper. Large format prints from the photo shooting will be printed out on printers in plain view of the visitors…

From Street to pixels

BLU is an anonymous, italian grafitti/street artist who has married stop-motion technique with large scale painting with stupendous result.

I came across his work via the always amazing The Creators Project in their installment on how some grafitti and streetartists arereacting to the new digital opportunities.

From street to pixels so to speak… Some of the pieces are so short-lived that they only exist in digital form via self produced, documentary videos.

Read the full article here, it’s really worth it!