Archive for January, 2009

I happened to stumble across a page in the nearly two weeks old Guardian G2 supplement to find this amazing photo/art project called The End by a graphic designer known as Dill Pixels, guess the inspiration was running low.dill-pixels-the-end

But The End is great!, it’s essentially an art project showing a collection of film frames giving you a glimpse at how the golden age Hollywood movies always ended in predictable prefabrication of triumph and gloria. From snogging couples to all singing and dancing jazz bands, Hollywood movies of the old age would softly brainwash our minds to the utmost degree of vacuousness. But still we’re most satisfied with the knowledge that all things ends in good cheery blossoms and don’t we all love looney tooney endings!

For more  interesting collections from Dill Pixels, please click here.

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fredo-violaThis week I was thrilled to have discovered some remarkebly original work from Fredo Viola, a London born artist and a musician who is undeniably the most imaginative art driven fusioneer.  On his equally inspiring website theturn.tv you’ll find that his artistic expression of music is truly multidimentional and free from modern day cliches.

One of Viola’s most well known songs are perhaps The Sad Song in which individually  recorded vocal harmonies are so masterfully orchestrated to create this eclectic  layers of tumultuous melody in the midst of soft electro beats. The result is something you’ve never heard of, which what makes Fredo Viola so genious. See below for a more resent work from Viola.

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I’ve realised that I’m becoming a self-qualified neo-rantist when it comes to TV ads, as such this week I wanted to have a good sniff at the new ad from BBC 6 Music which shows animated graffiti character made of big snout and ears crawling its way around London streets in search of music.

As The Guardian mentioned the ad was created by a creative agency called Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R, but interestingly, no one seemed to have dug deeper to find that an exactly same creative was originated by BLU, a sketch and graffiti artsit, who created my fav MUTO animated graffiti videos many many months ago. While the new BBC ad looks and sounds to be “cutting edge”, I’m not quite sure how BLU artist feel about having their works emulated by ad agencies.

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The first blog post in the brand new sizzling hot year of 2009!! Hope you’re feeling non-taxated and somewhat adrenalised in this post festive period.

There’s no doubt 2008 was a year full of doom and gloom with so many twisted  ironies and occasional idiosyncrasies, but I’m impatiently waiting to see what 2009 holds for pop-culturalist, sub-modernist trends inspectors like me.

So before I choke to death with my own excitement, here’s some interesting trend forecasts freshly delivered from the web:

General trends

Jeremy Gutsch at Trend Hunter:  Hot Trends in 2009 Forecast

Predictions: DIY crafting, Hollywood virals, Shockvertising, Geek pride, Humanisation of pets, Style over tradition, Pop gaming, Brag materialism and Political Remixing.

Art

Telegraph: Top 10 websites for art in 2009

The Independent: Highlights of 2009: Art

Prediction: Don’t think anyone knows it yet!, I reckon  it’ll be the usual wacky, harebrained, controversial, extremely talented and non talented stuff. Apparently, Linz, the Austrian city will be the European Capital of Culture in 2009, excited to see what the city regorges up with.

Music

Guardian Music: Hotlist 2009

The Vine TV: UK music predictions 2009

Predictions: 2009 will be the year of pop sensation Clare Maguire, and a  host of other bands and artists, as listed below.

  • Florence and the Maching
  • Everything Everything
  • Golden Silvers
  • Little Boots
  • The Big Pink
  • Doves
  • Antony & The Johnsons
  • White Lies
  • AutoKratz
  • And the mighty Franz Ferdinand comeback album!

Fashion

Fashionising: Fashion Trends 2009

Trend Hunter: Spring-Summer 2009 Fashion

Predictions: 2009 SS Women’s fashion will consist of wrecked denim, fetish garments, fairy tale dresses, see-throughs, flat abs and all other things that I’m happy to ignore.

Consumer technology

Telegraph: Future technology: our predictions for 2009

Digital Trends: Tech Trends for 2009

Predictions: Touchy feely screens, Netbooks, Blu-ray players, live-streaming technology and more social networking shabangs.

The web/Social Media

ReadWriteWeb: 2009 Web Predictions

Lightspeed Venture: Consumer Internet Predictions for 2009

Predictions: Free web, Virtualisation, Better social media management tools and more mashups.

Science

Telegraph: New Year 2009: Leading thinkers offer predictions of ‘next big thing’

Predictions: Radiotelepathy, green energy technology, genetic re-engineering, Artificial Intelligence, personal genomics and funnily enough the End of Optimism.