Bodies are jammed into cars for a very unusual photo series

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Tuesday 10 February 2015

In 2012 a world record was broken when 28 people crammed into a new model Mini Cooper – a car which typically seats up to five (and that’s pushing it). But recently three artists went about stuffing people into cars, not to break a record but to explore the ‘subject of mobility in megacities’.

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Photo series by French photographer covers 5,600km and 25 iconic locations

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By Milo Sumner in New Photography on Thursday 22 May 2014

This new photo series by French photographer Maia Flore covers 5,600km and 25 iconic locations in her native country. Flore was commissioned by Institut Francais to spend her summer travelling up and down France, taking her contemporary artist’s eye to historic sites and monuments. In doing this, she was able to re-imagine places that have been part of French culture for years, sometimes centuries.

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Take a whiff! Tins of French air selling for 5.50 euros

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By Rachel Oakley in New Products on Thursday 12 December 2013

Student Antoine Deblay is behind this somewhat genius idea of selling air from his hometown, Montcuq. His idea garnered attention from the press, and not only because of the gimmicky idea, but because ‘the name Montcuq is frequently mispronounced as ‘mon cul,’ which translates to English as ‘my ass.’ So, ‘Air de Montcuq’ roughly translates as ‘the wind of my ass’.

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Awesome music video made from lettering by Couboyz

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By Chris Arran in New Music on Tuesday 9 April 2013

This French duo, Couboyz, consists of a graphic designer and a photographer. In this music video for the band, Husbands, there is little or no digital intervention, just a handbuilt set and some old-fashioned electronic wiring.

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French turntable group C2C’s awesome Happy video

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By Valerie Auersperg in New Music on Saturday 6 April 2013

I just can’t get enough of French turntable group C2C’s song (and accompanying video) Happy!The video is directed by the talented Wendy Morgan, who has previously brought us clips like Gnarls Barkley’s Going On and Janelle Monae’s Tightrope (you can tell that Ms Morgan likes a good dance!)

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So Frenchy So Chic 2013 compilation

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Tuesday 26 February 2013

The 2013 So Frenchy So Chic compilation is a winner. Continuing the annual tradition, So Frenchy So Chic 2013 features everyone from Émilie Simon to Lou Doillon. I was even happily surprised by an appearance from Aussie local Julia Stone doing a beautiful duo version of Let’s Forget with the very French Benjamin Biolay. Invite […]

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Mood Indigo: Michel Gondry’s new French romance

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By Annie Churdar in New Film on Friday 22 February 2013

Set against playful vintage swing music and a backdrop of swirling color, L’écume des jours (or Mood Indigo in English) is a visually brilliant love story. From the looks of the trailer, the film is yet another artistic succes from the imagination of Michel Gondry, complete with unusual little gadgets, dreamy imagery, and all his […]

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Fip: a brilliant French radio station

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By Ed Tucker in Cool Websites on Wednesday 29 August 2012

Fip is brilliant. It’s a French radio station that plays a wide but cohesive cross-section of music, focussing largely on jazz, world, reggae, soul, folk, and the like, as well the obligatory weird French pop and only minimal chat, which also happens to be very easy on the ears. Thanks to the internet, now everyone […]

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Creating French electronic music from Jelly

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By Low Lai Chow in New Music on Friday 6 April 2012

We love jelly as much as we love music, and now it appears we can have both in one. According to French designers Raphaël Pluvinage and Marianne Cauvard: ‘Noisy jelly is a game where the player has to cook and shape his own musical material, based on coloured jelly’. Somebody will have to make sure that these yummy instruments don’t get gobbled up before the music is done.

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Jean-Luc Godard films re-imagined by AB/CD/CD

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By Davis Silis in New Film on Friday 30 March 2012

Three classic Jean-Luc Godard films re-imagined by contemporary French directing collective AB/CD/CD for Opening Ceremony, the super-cool NYC boutique. AB/CD/CD fully embrace the lo-fi conventions of earlier filmmakers, using dummies for stunt doubles as actors tumble down stairs and out of windows. Vibrant, stylish, and with classic typography evoking French film heritage. {watch all three videos below]

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Quirky video for the new Pier Planas song

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By Nathan Gross in New Music on Saturday 7 January 2012

We made this video for Toulousain musician, Pier Planas. His song, Elle Depense (‘She Spends’) is about our consumerist ways, using ‘the Cougar’ as an example. For the video, we wanted to take the message of the song to an extreme. That is, have our (very young) Cougars compete against each other for all the […]

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Want to see Sarkozy’s greatest triumph? Watch on in awe

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By Merzipan in Video on Wednesday 28 September 2011

France privatizes an historically socialist service — phones — and look what happens. KITAYNS EVRAYWHAR! It doesn’t matter if you speak French or not, this commercial proves that before long, capitalism and socialism will both be dead and the furballs will rule over all.

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Hip, hip, hooray: Vaughn de Heart turns two years old

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By RoyLyn Palmer-Coleman in New Fashion on Friday 3 June 2011

I started the Vaughn de Heart brand, which is sold through the Lost At E Minor online store, two years ago. This is a video to celebrate and tell more of the story. The music is by Lemolo.

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Korkoro: a moving exploration of Gypsy life

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By Merzipan in New Film on Tuesday 17 May 2011

I just returned from seeing Korkoro and I am a maelstrom of emotions. Its short, lush scenes tell a tense tale of gypsies in WWII France, but that narrative is drowned out by its intense cinematic poetry, with odes to running, joy, anxiety, nature, novelty, bewilderment, unfairness, kindness, and music that is in your bones […]

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