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F: new music from Chilean band Mostro

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By Scratch My Nose in New Music on Friday 28 June 2013

Alongside Dizzlecciko, Animales Exóticos Desamparados and diaBlo, Mostro are one of the most interesting bands I heard during my three years living in Santiago de Chile. Mostro are Carlos and Jaime Reinoso, two brothers who make strange instrumental electronica with live percussion (think UK post punk band This Heat, Mount Kimbie and Jad Fair’s instrumental […]

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Museo De La Memoria: dedicated to Chileans killed during Pinochet period

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By Scratch My Nose in Cool Travel on Friday 28 June 2013

For many people from outside the America’s, the only realistic depiction of life in Chile during the Pinochet period has come from the recent Academy Award nominated film, No. The film follows the advertising political campaign during the historic 1988 election when it was to be determined whether General Pinochet should have another 8 year […]

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Gert and Uwe Tobias: identical twin artists from Romania

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By Scratch My Nose in New Art on Thursday 27 June 2013

The work of these Romanian-born identical twins hybrid artists prominently features and blends legendary characters with the aesthetics of their ancestry: so it’s repeated forms and shapes taken from Romanian folk-art mixed with abstract landscapes, and printed still-life’s mashed-up with peculiar ready-made glass sculptures. Their recent show in New York presented these mixed media collages […]

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Surasi Kusolwong exhibition at the MOMA PS-1

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By Scratch My Nose in New Events on Thursday 2 February 2012

Acclaimed Thai artist Surasi Kusolwong’s latest art installation, Golden Ghost (The Future Belongs to Ghost), invites audience members into a vast field of industrial thread waste to search for three gold necklaces planted by the artist. The audience member who is fortunate enough to find it, can keep the treasure. The day I visited, there […]

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Five Production Company Logos in 3D

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By Scratch My Nose in Video on Thursday 2 February 2012

Five Production Company Logos in 3D sees Emile Zile standing around looking slightly bored in jeans and a hoodie in an empty space that could be an office-style set of ceiling fluoros. His own CGI studio. Incongruously, we hear a descending wall of sound mimicking perfectly the impressive zooms and sweeps of corporate and cinema company promos.

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Peter Greenaway: The Tulse Luper VJ Performance

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By Scratch My Nose in New Events, Video on Thursday 2 February 2012

Filmmaker Peter Greenaway, who is best known for his controversial and visually lavish films, was recently a guest of Santiago a Mil Arts Festival in Chile. As part of the program, Greenaway presented a 90 minute live cinema experience on four screens, which was a mix of magnificent visual and aural chaos.

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The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Los Angeles

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By Scratch My Nose in Cool Travel on Friday 27 January 2012

At this unique privately owned museum in Los Angeles, one has to walk through a maze of corridors within the softly lit exhibits where you are introduced to an alternative history that you would not read in history books.

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Santiago street art by Basco Vazko

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By Scratch My Nose in New Art on Saturday 17 December 2011

Some of the most startling and original images seen on the streets of Santiago, Chile, are the anthropomorphic creatures of artist Basco Vazko. These surreal creatures seem to have lept out of the story of children’s books mixed and cut-up with medical textbook imagery. One of Basco’s strengths is how he uses the weathered walls not as an accidental background for his work but as integral part of the image.

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The Host: A Masquerade Of Improvising

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By Scratch My Nose in New Events on Saturday 3 December 2011

The Host was recently presented in Poland where strange robots danced and twirled around the large warehouse space. They have an unnerving presence, which is inhanced by a 1950s sci-fi soundtrack and automated lighting, including moments of darkness. Marynowsky, the Australian artist behind it all, purposely gives the robots an abstracted human form, which adds […]

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Rubber Johnny: experimental short film by Chris Cunningham

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By Scratch My Nose in Video on Friday 11 November 2011

I could watch this imaginative and hallucinatory experimental short film 100 times. Rubber Johnny is the creation of UK film-maker Chris Cunningham. Johnny is a mutant child kept alive living a basement where he mumbles, squeeks and burps to communicate.

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HTRK: Synthetik

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By Scratch My Nose in New Music on Thursday 10 November 2011

What is in a band name that immediately gives us an impression? Air Supply. Could there be any name more odourless, invisible and blank? At least it suited them. Then there are bands who re-write the rules of spelling and grammar, such as HTRK (pronounced ‘Hate Rock’).

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Animales Exóticos Desamparados: Del Caos Al Cerebro

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By Scratch My Nose in New Music on Tuesday 4 October 2011

The Chilean music scene is an undiscovered gem. How western music has infilterated the music consciousness is very strange. Just the the other day I heard The Smiths’ Girlfriend in a Coma while shopping in a supermarket, much to my amusement. There is also a quite vibrant underground scene. One of the highlights would be […]

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Santiago street art by Chile Estyle

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By Scratch My Nose in New Art on Tuesday 4 October 2011

Street art is on every conceivable wall in Santiago. Throw-ups. Stencils. Tags. Stickers. Murals. It even competes with outdoor advertising. Chile Estyle: Historia del Street Art Chile is a documentary which interviews are diverse host of pioneers artists such as Cisco and Basco Vazko, while discussing the importance and legacy of the Romana Parra Brigades murals, which reflect the history of political and social events in Chile.

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Pole Posters by Scratch My Nose

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By Scratch My Nose in New Art on Tuesday 4 October 2011

Scratch My Nose’s text-based pole posters mirror those used by rock bands on the streets of Sydney. They work on the fringe, providing a social commentary on suburban street corners and competing with Jennifer Anniston and New Idea, Shane Warne’s new ‘FaceBook’ and whether or not Barak Obama is a ‘Twit(ter)’.

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Damian Dillon: Jailbreak photo series

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By Scratch My Nose in New Photography on Saturday 1 October 2011

Damian Dillon’s digital and analogue images are characterized by his ‘destructive’ attitude towards the medium of photography.

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