Check out the awesome venue for the upcoming Adam Curtis v Massive Attack collaboration for the Manchester Festival. Curtis calls it ‘A musical entertainment about the power of illusion and the illusion of power.’ Wow.
Connecting the dark, intense music and visual work of Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack with the thought-provoking vision of filmmaker Adam Curtis in an atmospheric space never before opened to the public, this haunted, captivating production promises to completely redefine the very idea of “the gig”.
Wish I was there.
I hope at least a portion of this show leaks to the internet, as it did with his killer film It Felt Like a Kiss.
FYI: If you feel like brushing up, check out his films in great resolution at ThoughtMaybe
FCD:What do the Mona Lisa smile and the Wall Street Journal have in common?
They both employ a design principle related to subtraction and minimalism. By limiting information, they engage the imagination.
In his book The Laws of Simplicity, RISD President John Maeda describes “the squint”: “The best designers in the world all squint when they look at something. They squint to see the forest from the trees—to find the right balance. Squint at the world. You will see more, by seeing less.
I asked Sprouls if he squints a lot. I asked him in all seriousness. “Absolutely I squint, and I’ve got the wrinkles and reading glasses to prove it,” he joked. “But seriously, yes. Squinting shows you what to pay attention to, what to ignore. It helps me know when and where to add something, or leave well enough alone. This work, and I guess any work if you think about it, is a constant process of focusing and unfocusing of my eyes, working up close, then standing back, little details and the big picture. Or it should be, anyway.”
Abstract: When Surrealist master Salvador Dali met Gala Devulina in 1929, the 25-year-old artist found a poisonous muse who defined decadence and outdid him in sexual perversity.
She would then dose him with “unknown quantities of one or more types of amphetamine,” thereby causing him “irreversible neural damage.”“Might it be possible,”Gibson asks the reader, “that Gala, in plying Dali with a mixture of pills from her private medicine chest, was…attempting to poison him? It is a possibility that cannot be entirely ruled out.” It was clear, in any case, that Gala’s treatment had reduced the artist to a bag of quivering bones. When the King and Queen of Spain visited him in 1981, he looked very battered: Gala was rumored to have made a dent in his skull with her shoe.
This is a fantastic read. What a piece of work. It should have been called Bros before Hoes. Give it a go or at least check out the rad photos from the making of In Voluptas Mors.
Despite looking a bit like one of the things from the end of The Avengers, Patricia Piccinini’s Sky Whale is satisfactorily weird. There’s more photos of it kicking around in some lovely Victorian landscape and an accompanying sentimental video. Good work Patty Picci!