New York from above – Jeffrey Milstein photography

Photographer Jeffrey Milstein captures cities using high-resolution camera equipment from the open door of a helicopter. He has released these photographs of the Big Apple as part of a his LANY exhibition, featuring images of New York and Los Angeles.

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s e a s h o r e — l i b r a r y

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no doubts this is the most strangely strange yet oddly normal location in the whole world you would go to get some wisdom. unfolding feelings. of distance and loneliness.

beijing based studio vector architects built the aptly named seashore library on the white sands of a beach in Nandaihe, a coastal region in eastern china.

this cast-concrete library sits on a stretch of deserted beach facing the East China Sea and features a tiered reading hall topped by a curving ceiling

the cast in-situ concrete walls are imprinted with the grain of their timber formwork – influenced by the rippled markings left behind on the sand by the wind and water

“it implies a mark of memory in time – wood grains are the marks of realisation process that we want to leave on the library.

also, it softens the hardness of concrete with warmth.”

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“from outside, it looks like a weathered rock that is pure and solid; but inside, what it contains is the rich feelings and experiences”

“when walking into the space, one starts to feel the light, breezes, and sound of the ocean. In here, everyone can slow down the usual pace, and unfold the feeling of distance and loneliness different from the city life.”

giacomo carmagnola || the #trooper

(photoshop) fusing symbolic photographs and figures from history, digital artist of these days Giacomo Carmagnola combines old and new and is said to create modern images.

“completely absorbed by” glitch art and writers like h.p. lovecraft and carlos castaneda, in amongst his work is mithered contemporary anxiety.

he states his perception of these images is  “alternative beauty”, finding it extremely fascinating “how the same image can change so much by keeping its original ‘skeleton’. –  Of course they’re also visually impactful. But before this, I find them simply beautiful.”

for now and the foreseeable future.

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(r)evolution VS fad : gender fluidity

think-outside-the-gender-binary is THE now credo! few happenings:

• the “mx” honorific being this close to be officially included by the oxford dictionary to its next edition,  as a way to represent all those who do not want define as “mr” or “ms”, “over the past two years, ‘mx’ has seen a surge in acceptance and is now recognised on official documents such as driving licenses and bank statements”…

•• we live in the same world where facebook and google+ have added that new ‘infinite’ gender options for users

••• the american comedy-drama television series “transparent”, produced by picrow for amazon studios, debuted on february 6 last year, the story revolves around a LA family and their lives following the discovery that the person they knew as their father Mort is transgender

•••• trans models (from hari nef to andreja pejic), besides the fact that they are trans and models, they are also been found to burn up the runway, mm

••••• selfridge’s ‘agender’ pop-up department, aiming to create a ‘genderless shopping experience’,  is claimed to represent one of the hottest initiatives in fashion this year, and in retail all the more

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last but hey not least, coufme was yesterday part of the freaky funny audience at the official preview of  my model / myself exhibition by (con)temporary artist mx (number one and most well-known representative of the mxs) justin vivian bond (the exhibition is open to visitors from today, may 6) at vitrine gallery, groundbreaking name among the variety of Bermondsey art spaces.

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interesting enough, mx bond draws his/her(?) exposition as “a journey to escape traditional gender roles through a

capitalist

phantasm

of self-creation

as a survival

mechanism”

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zeitgayst!

or a subtle peek into a darwinian evolution chapter?

milan design week 2o15 – top visual experiences

Stand-out exhibits from the Milan Design Week this year span from experiential to immersive, from high-tech to lo-fi, executed and curated in a slightly contemporary and mesmerizing way.

Distortion, reflection ad refraction as leitmotif – yes, we experienced a oh massive use of reflective surfaces, mirrors, prisms and kaleidoscopic effects originating unusual perceptions, didn’t we?

Referencing last year’s elevated minimalism of visual merchandising , luminous materials, ethereal assemblages and subtle kinetic elements create that sense of fragility and lightness.

On the other side, lo-fi everyday objects, curated in a chaotic yet considered manner create a kitch overload of colour and texture.

The trend is re-shaped.

Here are some of the best hits.

CHINTAI : TOKYO GIRL’S ROOM

Four rooms. The first as a grey space with a central assemblage of black, white and grey stuffed animals alongside a pixelated grey scale backdrop. The next one is a pitch black, aiming to reset visitors’ senses before they enter the (chaotic?) colour room. Last room was white, white, white, with bright neon lights lining the walls and ceiling.

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MISSONI : MIRRORING

Centred on a kaleidoscopic mirroring effect, Missoni’s installation was all about reflection. Reflecting the moltitude of colors and patterns throughout the whole installation, this seems a prelude to the Missoni, l’Arte, il Colore Exhibition at MA*GA Museum.

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MU PRESENTS

Marcia Nolte, Stijn Van Der Vleuten and Bob Waanderburg are the three creative thinkers behind We Make Carpets, transforming everyday objects (pasta, plastic cutlery, clothes pegs, sponges) into elaborate assemblages. Around 50 temporary carpets were created over the space of five years, a selection was presented during the design week.

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HUNDAY, SCULPTURE IN MOTIO 2.0, HELIO CURVE

Here is the number two part of Hunday’s Sculpture in Motion Series (first episode was in 2o13, with Fluidic Installation). This undulating sculpture is the result of a collaborative work, Reuben Marcolin + Hunday Motor Design Center, it celebrates harmony in the organic movement. Recreating the motion of an ocean wave…

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 MARNI : MERCADO DE PALOQUEMAO

Referencing the market in Bogotà, Colombia, Marni transformed its showroom into a colourfull fruit market – exotic goods such like pineapple, guanabana, zapote and curuba. Not too distant from last year’s installation, Animal House, colorful metal and PVC sculptures take inspo from the fruit alongside, spanning from oversize containers to smaller decorative items for centrepieces.

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hype tech – apple oh clock

It’s been such a long wait, but hey geeks! The latest gadget from Apple is finally out – today and in selected countries.

The brand’s first new device after mr iPad birth and mr Steve’s death, this online-available-only gizmo comes in three different models (controversial point as The Verge argues it is stocked in some stores..).

One more revolution or just another toy we can’t wait to kill some time with?

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