Trevor Jackson concerns himself with the culture of music. His latest project, F O R M A T, which is also his latest album, will be released on 12 different musical formats. Needless to say, this makes a bit of a statement in a music culture that's overwhelmingly digital and increasingly homogenized. With remarkable effortlessness, the London-based creative and fervent music enthusiast has split open the musical information super highway into 12 antiquated detours, and untangled very basic assumptions about contemporary music culture in the process. We had a chat with Trevor ahead of tomorrow's opening at the Vinyl Factory.
Digging deeper into his romanticising relationship with physical music formats, legendary London-based creative Trevor Jackson will be releasing his first new album in 14 years on 12 different physical formats: one for each track on the album. Ambitious in scope and playfully conceptual, F O R M A T explores the uniqueness and stories inherent in physical music from vinyl to DAT tapes.
As followers of our newsletter will know, we recently supported an exhibition at with-it, NYC-based gallery The Hole. Featuring an all-star cast of contemporary creative frontrunners, like Dev Hynes, Connan Mockasin, Roger O’ Donnel (The Cure) and Know-wave radio, the exhibition aimed to create: ‘a perspective towards physicality, allowing for an intuitive and communal dream-like experience’ as curator Cara Stricker so poetically puts it. Check out photos of the headphone installation and the opening below.
Helsinki-based ceramics artist/designer Man Yau has crafted a series of remarkably elegant, conceptual sculptures that look and feel like a million dollars. They’re the sort of trophy-like objects that you might secretly dream of being able to afford - when you move into that swanky new Lower Eastside apartment where Apartamento and Monocle magazines are casually interspersed on the charmingly weathered upholstery of your vintage Eames sofas. However, these sculptures come with an interesting catch; they’re actually fully functional bongs ready to be filled with potent Mary Jane and get you high as a kite.
Visiting this years Unsound Festival gave us a cornucopia of live acts, DJ sets and impressions. However, one thing really stood out visually with a deserved standing ovation in the Kino Kijów.
What do you get if you take a Russian synthesizer, an Israeli artist, a Copenhagen gallery and run them through a competent curatorial blender? ‘Eccentric Exercise’, that’s what. We’ve lent some friendly headphone support to this very interesting exhibition that sees the Venice Biennale-exhibiting artist Guy Goldstein interpret the sounds of an ageing synth to rather remarkable effects.
Conveying duality through two-dimensional work on paper, illustrator and designer Alext Trochut has made a series of prints that feature some of the most remarkable electronic musicians of our time, such as James Murphy, Caribou, Four Tet, Acid Pauli, John Talabot and Lucy. Truchot has invented a process through which separate images can be shown on one surface: one that appears in light and one that appears in the dark.
Is a stunning multimedia installation that will, quite frankly, leave you reeling. And begging for more. We’ve been following the work of artist, illustrator and Ghostly International collaborator Sougwen Chung for a while and it’s nice to see that that her lofty ambition and unyielding talent keeps developing into bigger and better entities.
The fact that we haven’t yet featured the brilliant work of Ryoji Ikeda must be down to some sort of collective blip. The Japanese artist’s fusion of art, technology and wide-eyed wonder strikes at the very heart of our nerdy fascination with the Art & Technology continuum and this post can thus be seen as an attempt to rectify that embarrasing blunder. Inspired by the mathematical notions of quantum mechanics, his latest performative piece is called Superposition and explores the way we understand the reality of nature on an atomic scale.
I have a huge soft spot for art projects that deal with the translation of digital concepts into real world objects. I'd like to showcase two such projects I've come across recently.
Opale is a Paris-based band comprised of Sophia Hamadi and Rocío Ortiz. Last week a remarkable teaser video for their upcoming album popped up online.
Ghostly International, our discerning friends who have given us so much good music over the years, have slowly moved away from being ‘just’ a record label and branched out into art, style, pop-up shops and most recently: sugar. More specifically, they’ve created a remarkable limited art edition of Beacon’s new album ‘The Ways We Separate’. Housed in a sculpture cast in sugar and epoxy, the latest Ghostly innovation should make an eye-catching addition to your record collection.
The latest edition in the AIAIART series comes with a generous helping of the feminine touch. Caroline Sillesen is a young illustrator/artist with a distinctive black/white graphic aesthetic and a deeply personal style. Have a look and a listen.
The Gravity stool is invented by the Dutch Artist Jólan van der Wiel, who uses it to craft interior design and furniture with unique tactility and shapes.
The L.A.-based musician Nosaj Thing released “Eclipse/Blue” a few months ago. The track is great but the video is...hard to put into words. The visual made by the artist Daito Manabe who teamed up with takcom, Satoru Higa, and MIKIKO to direct this masterpiece, is produced by the Creators Project, the ongoing, seriously fruitful collab between Intel and Vice. The video expresses a hypnotic compelling perceptional universe of optical illusions and movement.
It gives us no small amount of childlike joy to feature Copenhagen street art legend huskmitnavn in the AIAIART series. As some of you may remember, we once did a USB project with the very same artist a few years back and it’s no secret that we’ve always been fans of his subtle, quirky and very often straight up hilarious work.
For me, one of the kewl things about photographing fashion week is that they're often done at venues that you don't see every day. The other one is, of course, that there are beautiful people everywhere you look, and sometimes they're scantily clad. These then are a handful of snapshots with nary a model in sight.
A stack of cardboard boxes in a room at the MNAC Contemporary Art Museum in Bucharest, Romania seems banal at first glance. It looks like a couple of warehouse guys had a couple beers too many during lunch, which prompted them to mess around in the stockroom, but the artist Zimoun actually cleverly arranged these boxes in collaboration with architect Hannes Zweifel and this sound sculpture installation is in no way a simple device.
Hans sent us these photos and asked if we could include a poem by Frank O' Hara. A request that it would utterly boorish and philistinic of us to deny... Keep it coming, Hans.
In which Hans went to take some memorable photos of the three winners of this year's prestigious art prize. Take it away, Hans.
We asked our young, talented friend, Anton to make us a video that touched on the theme of sound and was relevant to what we do. This yielded a mini documentary about a young, Drake-loving, Copenhagen-based poet who poses poignant, intelligent questions about authenticity and his role in a social media-saturated technological reality where the notion of self is becoming an increasingly fragmented and elusive idea.
Hans works in mysterious ways. That is, he went to a Danish pro wrestling event to take some photos of big, sweaty, bear-y men doing the Danish version of the WWF. As they say in Starship Troopers: 'Would you like to know more'? Then click on the photo already.
In which Hans hangs out at artist and The Avant Garde Diaries Contributor Andreas Emenius' Studio and does an AIAIAI version of MTV Cribs. Take it away, Hans.
This week's post from Copenhagen-based creative Hans Bærholm is a sort of visual diary from the world's oldest operating amusement park called Bakken. Placed in northern Copenhagen, it's only open during spring/summer, which you can probably tell from the melancholy, people-less images.
It's an honor and a privilege to present the first AIAIAI post from our latest contributors, the truly awesome Copenhagen-based visual artist collective known as Dark Matters. First up is a feature on their recent trip to Poland's Unsound festival where they discovered a new muse in the form of Wojciech Fangor. Take it away, boys.
AIAIAI’s old buddy and ex-graphic designer, Christian Zander, is a multitalented visual artist whose thoroughly impressive work we thought it pertinent to feature on our blog. The Emperor was kind enough to accommodate and will thus be contributing right here on the regular. To start things off, here’s a colourful video he made in collaboration with Silviu Visan for Copenhagen-based purveyors of affecting melancholy, the awesome I Got You on Tape.
Copenhagen-based architect, photographer, and new AIAIAI contributor, Hans Bærholm, sent us these utterly breathtaking photos of Rudolph Tegner’s Museum and Statue Park, which is placed in Dronningmølle in the immediate vicinity of Elsinore.
Artist, director, designer and photographer, San Diego-based creative Charles Berquist is an innovative jack of all trades who manages the rare feat of mastering it all. Teaming up with our American pals over at Ghostly International, the talented visualist has created a series of hazy, enigmatic prints for Ghostly’s expanding, new label of visual artists.