The Nightlife Exchange Project involves 14 countries around the world filling crates with the best of their local nightlife and exchanging their country’s crate with another. It kicked off in Australia with artist and China Heights curator Ed Woodley giving the Aussie crate a good lick of paint at Sydney’s Darling Harbour [pictured], and the crate will be making it’s way around the country before enjoying a send off party in October.
Whoa! Win a $500 bundle of threads from ZANEROBE’s killer Game Day, Sunday collection. This competition is global: open to anyone, anywhere. To enter, just tell us about your ideal ‘Game Day, Sunday’.
Since I’ve been anchored in Seattle, I’ve seen some inspiring art projects going on around here. The Cactus Cooler Project is another cool local art-focused initiative, and this behind the scenes video gives you a peek at the talent and effort behind the project. The video is by Jack Leonard, a film-maker I met a few months ago. The kid’s got talent.
Pitched as ‘Ulterior Motives in Contemporary Art’, Disorder Disorder is running until November 14 at Penrith Regional Gallery. It’ll be well worth the trip out west of Sydney: the Australian, Japanese, American and European cast reads like a warriors of street art roundup and includes Mike Giant, Ed Templeton, Anthony Lister [artwork above], Ozzie Wright, and Jonathan Zawada.
Brazilian artist Nele Azevedo created this display of 1,000 ice men in Berlin in a statement against global warming. We like a smart public awareness initiative, but freezers aren’t too kind on the environment!
The Land of Giants is a vision from Choi+Shine Architects to transform mundane electrical pylons into statues on the Icelandic landscape. These amazing designs could be created by making only small alterations to existing pylon design.
The Let’s Colour Project is a global ‘colour movement’ that started earlier this year with the goal of inspiring communities with a splash of colourful paint. Schools, streets, homes and squares across Brazil, France, Turkey the UK and India were the first to receive some colourful inspiration, and we’ll be keeping an eye on the project to see where it goes next. Inspiration through colour – a great initiative.
We’ve got a little more on the stunt by former JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater. This is the moment Slater cursed out a nasty passenger over a plane intercom, grabbed some beer and fled down an emergency slide at Kennedy Airport. In Chinese. Apparently the translated title of this video is ‘Busy blasting the evil [...]
These ‘manner posters’ appeared in Tokyo subways between 1976 and 1982, informing passengers on subway etiquette and good manners. We’re not sure why it didn’t catch on elsewhere — a colourful and entertaining poster versus a crackly intercom message from a bored driver? Hmm. The posters were published in a book, Manner Poster 100′, printed in 1983 by Teito Rapid Transit Authority.
Whoa! We’ve never seen a pile of soda cartons look so fun. We’re not sure if this in-store display is the result of boredom or brilliance, but we’re digging it. It’s an idea with potential, too. Perhaps it’s a neat way for smaller supermarkets and stores to strike back against the conglomerates. They can’t compete [...]
A farm in Matamata, New Zealand, was the setting for the Hobbit village featured in the Lord of the Rings films. At the farm owner’s request, some of the hobbit homes were left on the farm once filming was complete. The plan was to create a small tourist attraction named Hobbiton, but the ubiquitous Kiwi sheep had other ideas. They’ve moved in. [photos by Miss Rogue and Rob & Jules]
The Everything Ages Fast campaign for Brazil’s Maximidia Seminars features fake vintage ads for Youtube, Skype and Facebook. It got me thinking about changes in society over the past fifty years or so. Before the world went digital, people read or watched a glittering product promise, or they heard about some new wonder-product from their neighbours. They saw ads, courtesy of clever Mad Man-type folk, and they bought the promise. Then they told people about the promise.
What do you see in this picture? Pencils? Look again. They’re sculptures. Dalton Getty has been patiently carving sculptures from pencils for 25 years. He creates amazing miniature pieces of art, including linked hearts, keys, and an alphabet project completed over a steady 2.5 year period. Incredible.
Our friends at Ghostly International are releasing Matthew Dear’s Black City album as a limited edition ‘totem’. A what? A totem – a limited edition metal bar used to access a private music chamber. Cool!