Selfridges go skating

Seems like Selfridges have got the skateboarding bug, for 6 weeks they are ‘riding the waves of this season’s surf and skate trend’ with Board Games… I’m not sure they have the messaging right calling surfing and skateboarding a trend, more a sub-culture, and it’ll be interesting to see how the ‘high fashion filter’ will translate…

Anyway Slam City Skates are supporting the project which gives the campaign an air of credibility and their staff will be manning ‘The Board Room’ which is a shop / arts space that showcases over 50 limited edition skateboards which have been designed from brands housed by the store designers, including Stella McCartney, Sophia Webster, Hood By Air, Philip Lim, Erdem, 3.1, Isabel Marant, Kokon To Zai, Isabel Marant and Christian Louboutin to name a few.

 

I guess the most interesting part of Selfridges Board Games is the HTC One skate park which launches today, 27th March until 19th April, it’s free and is housed in the Old Selfridges Hotel.

Here’s a little teaser featuring Daryl Dominguez and filmed by Dan Magee to get you in the mood.


Vice News

Vice News – The uncut version of news for our generation? Front line journalism getting the real story at street level? Is this the future of news? I guess time will tell, I know the big national newspapers are reporting on Vice News as news itself with articles such as this one in the Guardian, are the bigger broadcasters looking over their shoulders?

It will be interesting to see how future news is reported. With three Vice News crews in the Ukraine at the moment and with their raw front line reporting, it’s definitely got my attention.

 


What Difference Does It Make? A film about making music

To mark the 15th anniversary of Red Bull Music Academy, Mind Pirates have produced a full length film about making music. The film was shot at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York by award-winning director Ralf Schmerberg.

What Difference Does It Make? features Brian Eno, Giorgio Moroder, Nile Rodgers, Richie Hawtin, James Murphy and a whole lot more, and explores the challenges that a life in music can bring, seeking to go beyond music, and ask questions about life itself.


Volvo Trucks X Van Damme

Jean-Claude Van Damme carries out his famous splits in this never done before stunt between two reversing Volvo trucks, impressive stuff especially as it was filmed in one take.

With nearly 18 million views in 3 days this is now officially a viral video, I’m sure Volvo and their marketing team are very happy.


The Hoff V Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Not my normal type of post but this is too good not to share.


Better Out Than In – Banksy in NYC

Love him or hate him, I love him, Banksy is one of the world’s most famous artists and will be remembered alongside the greats, and yes I am talking about da Vinci, Picasso, Dali, Warhol, Hirst etc

Banksy’s latest body of work, Better Out Than In, saw the Bristolian set up a month long residency on the streets of New York in October 2013. New Yorkers were treated to a daily dose of work encompassing street art, installations, videos and sculptures.

Below are a few of my favorite pieces of work, you can view them all at Banksyny.com

Banksy set up a stall in Central Park selling 100% authentic original signed Banksy canvases for $60 each…

The banality of the banality of evil ‘ Oil on oil on canvas. A thrift store painting ‘vandalised’ then re-donated to the store sold at auction for $615,000, proceeds went to charity.

NEW-NAZI-OIL-TIGHT-for-pop-up-use

Westside

day2

Upper Eastside

Upper-West-Side.Sized


Warp Records X Tate

Late at Tate Britain presents a free evening of performance and installations from Warp Records and Jeremy Deller, inspired by Deller’s work The History of the World.

Live performances:

  • Jeremy Deller presents Acid Brass (live) featuring Fairey Brass Band
  • Patten (live AV show)

The History of the World’ installation commissions:

  • Oneohtrix Point Never presents Melancholy
  • Hudson Mohawke presents Summers of Love
  • Rustie presents Rave

Plus:

  • A tribute to 808 and 303
  • Other contributions from Jeremy Deller

Late At Tate is a programme of events for young and diverse audiences held at Tate Britain on a bi-monthly basis; featuring music, film, fashion and live performance.

Friday 6th December 2013, 6.30PM – 10PM
Tate Britain, Millbank London (Pimlico)
Free entry.

http://warp-x-tate.net


Wide Open Walls – Gambia

In 2011 a group of Street Artists united in Gambia with the basic idea of turning villages into a living art project. This video shows the artists at work and an insight into the Gambia and it’s people.

Artists included:
Bush Dwellers_http://www.wideopenwalls.co.za
Best Ever_http://www.wideopenwalls.co.za
Remed_https://www.facebook.com/pages/Remed/…
ROA_http://www.flickr.com/people/roagraffiti
Know Hope_http://www.thisislimbo.com/
Selah_http://www.onestreetherald.com
Tika_http://tikathek.com/
Freddy Sam_http://www.freddysam.com


Hackney Wick Skate Park – Frontside Gardens

Andy Willis opened Frontside Gardens, a stainable skate park in Hackney Wick, in 2012 as party of the Olympic legacy. The park was built from reclaimed left overs from the Olympic games after his idea won him three month’s free use of the land.

The park has recently had a two year extension much to the delight of local skaters.

This video shows details of the project and how it came about.


JR – Inside Out Project London

I’ve been a fan of JR and his Inside Out Project for a good few years now. I find out he’s in LDN and get all excited that I can have my picture taken with his touring photo booth. I head down on the last day of his tour to Somerset House only to find out that the booth had been shut down due to adverse weather conditions, aka a little bit of rain…

I was pretty gutted, anyway fear not he has an exhibition of his work at Lazarides until the 13th Nov, so I’ll be sure not to miss that and suggest you don’t either.

On March 2, 2011, JR won the TED prize at the TED Conference in Long Beach, California, and called for the creation of a global participatory art project with the potential to change the world. This project is called INSIDE OUT.

Inspired by JR’s large‐format street “pastings”, INSIDE OUT gives everyone the opportunity to share their portrait and make a statement for what they stand for. It is a global platform for people to share their untold stories and transform messages of personal identity into works of public art.

Each INSIDE OUT group action around the world is documented, archived and exhibited online. Over 120,000 people from more than 108 countries have participated.

The INSIDE OUT project has traveled from Ecuador to Nepal, from Mexico to Palestine, inspiring group actions on varied themes such as hope, diversity, gender-based violence, climate change… Discover the extent of the project through some selected actions.

 

JR’s TED Talk from 2012.