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Short film about New York-based artist Christine Sun Kim

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By Lee Basford in New Film on Tuesday 19 June 2012

Todd Selby has created a fascinating short film on the New York-based artist Christine Sun Kim, who produces work exploring the physicality of sound. She incorporates performance into the act of creating sound, where feedback becomes physical, something to be experienced with the body. Being deaf since birth, she cannot hear the sounds herself, only see and feel […]

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Humankind: new design by Lee Basford

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By Lee Basford in New Design on Saturday 2 June 2012

I’ve just completed a new portfolio website of my design, illustration and photography. In July, I’ll be leaving my role as an Art Director in England and moving to Tokyo, a place I’ve grown to love after twelve years of extended visits.

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Mark Gonzales: Gonze vs Stairs

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By Lee Basford in Video on Friday 1 June 2012

Mark Gonzales has been an inspiration to me since I was about 14 years old. It’s not just about him being one of the most influential skaters of all time, or that he’s an amazing and prolific artist. It’s the other stuff, too.

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Aikawa Masaru’s hand-painted CDs

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By Lee Basford in New Art on Friday 1 June 2012

Aikawa Masaru reproduces CDs by hand on canvas. Each item is hand-painted: front and back cover, disc, lyrics, stickers, everything. On each of the CDs, he also sings the entire albums by himself. As he explains: ‘I have passionately and respectfully duplicated the music a cappella’. I’ve heard it and let me tell you, it’s so bad, it’s good.

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Brown Lullaby: a new music video by Black Mekon

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By Lee Basford in New Music on Friday 1 June 2012

Black Mekon are a partial mystery. It appears to be two men (or one, or three?) who give away very little information other than tall tales regarding their origin and a wealth of interesting music videos online. Shying away from the usual baggage that comes with being a band, Black Mekon would rather let their […]

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Wooden Helmet design by Dan Coyle

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By Lee Basford in New Products on Friday 1 June 2012

I love bikes and wood in equal measure. Dan Coyle has brought both of these things together with his wooden helmet design. Each one is individual, taking on its own natural, wood-grain patterns specific to your helmet. And by combining hardwoods and softwoods, they make use of properties found naturally in wood. Durable hardwood is better […]

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Photography of BMX culture by Ricky Adam

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By Lee Basford in New Photography on Thursday 31 May 2012

Ricky Adam is a photographer from Northern Ireland who is completely immersed in the underground world of bikes and youth culture. His first book, Destroying Everything, is a raw look into that world and a strong reminder of why I should always own a BMX. He’s also got some great collections of moving and disturbing photographs documenting life around the UK. From The Streets of Leeds is one of his ongoing projects.

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Teddy Gray’s Sweet Factory documentary by Martin Parr

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By Lee Basford in Video on Thursday 31 May 2012

I grew up not too far from one of the Teddy Gray’s sweet shops (I’m pretty sure it was possible to do a work placement there from school), so it was quite special to see Magnum photographer, Martin Parr’s documentary about Teddy Gray’s sweet factory. Since 1826, it’s been owned and run by five generations […]

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Photo Express Tokyo by Keizo Kitajima

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By Lee Basford in New Photography on Thursday 31 May 2012

Between January and December 1979, Japanese photographer Keizo Kitajima exhibited his photographs of Tokyo life in a way that was close to performance art. Each month, he would cover the walls with huge black and white prints made up of smaller pieces of photographic paper (developing in real time on the walls). He would often […]

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Handmade, small run jeans by Hiut Denim Company

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By Lee Basford in New Fashion on Thursday 31 May 2012

Hiut Denim Company are doing something good: breathing life back into the Welsh coastal town of Cardigan, which used to make thousands of jeans a week until production was moved overseas (400 people lost their jobs, but the skills remained). Ten years later, David and Clair Hieatt started Hiut with strict goals: make the best […]

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