The sixth O.K. Periodicals will be released on the 8th of July.
After a bit of a delay (sorry for that) we'll be officially releasing the BORING issue. As you know this magazine is pleasantly disruptive and always curious for inspiring creative work. Maybe the Boring theme is a paradox, but wait until you see all the stunning visuals and read the fascinating stories. Being bored seems to be a most interesting state of mind for people to become even more creative.
We got some big names featuring this issue, and a large part of relatively unknown creative talent as well. All of them deserve a beautiful representation to a bigger audience. This is just one of those magazines you wish you bought before it sold out (we're only printing 500 collectibles).
O.K. Periodicals #6 is featuring: Harmen Liemburg, Gemma Correll, Francis Alÿs, Tom Gauld, Petra Kruijt, Meyoko, Pixy Liao, Simon Wild, Atle Mo, We Make Carpets, Helmut Smits, Jaap Blonk, Mr. Bingo, Berndnaut Smilde, Hans Eijkelboom, Sam Durant and many more...
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This is pure awesomeness! A giant hot wheels sculpture made by Chris Burden. The title of the piece is 'Metropolis 2'. He made version 1 before, which was smaller than this huge installation. Great question in this video interview: 'Why is this art?' Chris: 'When people say it is art, it's art'.
Just have a look and feel young again!
Heyheyhey one of my favourite design studios, great people with crazy ideas. Melvin the Machine is one of them, a wonderfull project.
Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine (or just Melvin the Machine) is best described as a Rube Goldberg machine with a twist. Besides doing what Rube Goldbergs do best - performing a simple task as inefficiently as possible, often in the form of a chain reaction - Melvin has an identity. Actually, the only purpose of this machine is promoting its own identity.
Awesome illustration by Richard Wilkinson. Have a look at his blog to see how he makes his illustrations, layer by layer.
“Content is Queen” is a video art series of generative portraits that reflects on the foundations of democracy against the resilient nature of structures of power. At the same time, is a paradoxical dialogue and strange marriage between the banal and utterly majestic: to create the series, the most popular (in a truly democratic sense) internet videos of a given moment are used as the input of a generative process that “paints” with action the image of a contemporary Queen.
Jeroen Holthuis and myself have been in contact since we featured his work in the second O.K. Periodicals; the FAILURE issue (click ISSUES on the right for a preview). We featured his Bitquid installation in this issue which I think is very very very, VERY, awesome!
Recently he has been working to transform the beautifull glitchy images into silkscreen prints. Which, as you can see, did work out very fine.
He told me there are a limited amount of copies available for purchase. I'd say: get one!
As a reminder also the previously featured video of the Bitquid installation.
A (new?) website showing posters in the streets of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). A wonderful collection with good and bad ones. They also started doing interviews with the designers of the posters, one of the first is Michiel Schuurman. He makes awesome poster-designs.
Robert Overweg is a photographer in the virtual world. He sees the worlds of (first and third person shooter) games as the new public space of contemporary society and as a direct extension of the physical world.
His various projects give a marvellous view of a photographer in a virtual world, unlike the real one. For example, he searches for different ends of the virtual world, shows the people he has met in an uncomfortable series of photographs (literary; screenshots of videogames) or looks for places which give a new view on the game. This makes you start thinking about which role videogame-makers have in the contemporary art world, don't you?
New experiment by Bart Hess: the slime research, exploring limits of the gaga goo. Images found via his facebook page, not yet on his website. He creates imagery that captures future human shapes and new body form’s.
Ton Zwervers Every Day Sculptures project defines the way the artist works. For him, his work is ever changing. The sculptures he makes every day from found material, only exist for a moment as they are photographed and changed again.
The first weekend of June, his work is exhibited during KunstKamers Rotterdam, worth checking out.
Blue Remix/ Yann Marrusich
In his spectacle-instalation Bleu remix,Yann Marussich let a mysterious blue liquid ooze as blood would, through the layers of his skin, as though it was a final effect or a by-product of his body's inner processes. This way, Marussich opened the paths between the inside and the outside world - secret passages from the unconscious, straight to the conscious. Each time the spectacle is performed, a different (local) musician accompanies Yann This exceptional - unique and one-time - confrontation of a musician with a performance establishes a new relation between the sound and the created image. The spontaneous meeting of two artists brings an element of risk and uniqueness to the event, as if the music explored the spectacle over and over again and depicted new ways of perception.
In his spectacle-instalation Bleu remix,Yann Marussich let a mysterious blue liquid ooze as blood would, through the layers of his skin, as though it was a final effect or a by-product of his body's inner processes. This way, Marussich opened the paths between the inside and the outside world - secret passages from the unconscious, straight to the conscious.
Each time the spectacle is performed, a different (local) musician accompanies Yann This exceptional - unique and one-time - confrontation of a musician with a performance establishes a new relation between the sound and the created image. The spontaneous meeting of two artists brings an element of risk and uniqueness to the event, as if the music explored the spectacle over and over again and depicted new ways of perception.
Life Support/ Revital Cohen
Assistance animals - from guide dogs to psychiatric service cats - unlike computerised machines, can establish a natural symbiosis with the patients who rely on them. Could animals be transformed into medical devices?
This project proposes using animals bred commercially for consumption or entertainment as companions and providers of external organ replacement. The use of transgenic farm animals, or retired working dogs, as life support ‘devices’ for renal and respiratory patients offers an alternative to inhumane medical therapies.
Could a transgenic animal function as a whole mechanism and not simply supply the parts? Could humans become parasites and live off another organism’s bodily functions?
A few weeks ago I visited a lecture by mr. van den Hoed about his work and specifically his latest project, in which he set out on a quest to reproduce certain stills from the film Lost in Translation, sans characters. Yet van den Hoed never makes a traditional photo (if there is indeed such a thing as the traditional photo); one work is a composition of hundreds if not thousands of tiny photos from different times of day and different lighting situations, edited into an essentially timeless piece. The final image represents a moment that was never really there, a kind of vacuum in time and space in which the heart of the city of Tokyo resides. The story of his quest is almost as interesting as the work itself, but is too long to be told here - and he tells it better anyway. If you can, I highly recommend you check out his current exhibition.
There's another guy roaming the internets with his pinhole cameras, but this one is a lot more innocent and a lot less macabre. Artist Francisco Capponi devised this egg camera that is its photograph at the same time, a concept which I love. It's kind of like an artsy Kinder Surprise Egg!
Check out his website for more of his cameras and photographs.
The critical acclaims below are pretty much explaining why you should take a look at the amazing sound sculpture works by ZIMOUN.
With hundreds of dc-motors, wires and cardboard boxes he creates wonderful artworks.
«The sound sculptures and installations of Zimoun are graceful, mechanized works of playful poetry, their structural simplicity opens like an industrial bloom to reveal a complex and intricate series of relationships, an ongoing interplay between the «artificial» and the «organic». It‘s an artistic research of simple and elegant systems to generate and study complex behaviors in sound and motion. Zimoun creates sound pieces from basic components, often using multiples of the same prepared mechanical elements to examine the creation and degeneration of patterns.» Tim Beck
«It is a poetic and humorous absurdity we find in Zimoun’s work, which opens up a wide, refreshing and enriching space for discoveries, associations and a multitude of approaches.» Nina Terry
«Zimoun creates more than moving structures; he develops a space where the oeuvre, once it’s set in motion, can create itself.» Oscar Gomez Poviña
«Zimoun is best compared to a watchmaker of a self-reproducing time constructing his own gauging station.» Radjo Monk
Andreas Nicolas Fischer is an artist working with generative systems, physical representations of data as well as visualizations of digital processes. And the work he makes is very intrigiuing. His latest work, the PL I, II and III serie have also some videos.
Reflection II, commissioned by 5 Days Off Festival, combines sound that reacts on the sculpture when it's scanned. But there are a lot more projects worth watching on his website.
Turn your speakers up! ;)
This is an excerpt from a performance made in part to demonstrate the effect of noise pollution from opencast mining and in part to demonstrate the art heritage of the Vevring community which is about to be destroyed by the mining project (www.bygdasframtid.com). The instruments are part of "Desibel", an exhibit made for the 30th anniversary of the Vevring Art Exhibition (www.vevringutstillinga.no), created by Geir Hjetland. The composition is by Maia Ratkje.
On my I-wish-I'll-see-this-list for the summer: Leviathan by Anish Kap oor in Grand Palais, Paris. This enormous space made from inflated PVC is dedicated to missing artist Ai Wei Wei. Kapoor calls for a worldwide day of action where museums and galleries close for one day in sympathy with Wei Wei.
Canadian artist Nathan Brown makes these really elaborate art pieces, among which are some very delicate rice paper vests. He seems to be inspired by all kinds of folk art, yet he still manages to give his own swing to things. Make sure to check out his blog: http://nathanalexisbrown.blogspot.com
This is the new version of 'Skryf'. An interactive mobile device which writes letters (word/sentences) with sand. Dutch artist Gijs van Bon made it and during special events people can say what they want to write down on the ground with the sand. The machine protects the letters when it's making it. But when it continues its ride to write on the letters will become less readable when the wind blows the sand gently away.
I think it's a brilliant device; a good way of interaction and showing how fragile everything is.
When the O.K. Festival exhibition was finished we didn't quite know what to do with all the polystyrene packaging pieces which were used to showcase all the magazines. Maybe we should have heard of Michael A. Salter back than and donate everything to him, so he could make an amazing artwork from it!
Have a look what he does with leftover packaging!
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