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It’s the one Tumblr to end all Tumblrs: B4XVI, a blog established to document “an invisible conversation between hip hop and art before the 16th century” – happy Easter!

MONO.STUDIO: TSESAY SS 2014 CAMPAIGN

With spring in the air, high time to introduce our second campaign that we produced with mono.studio for New York fashion label tsesay. Continuing our modular graphic system of fashion images juxtaposed on land/cityscapes, this time we focused on summery sun-drenched settings as the tsesay Spring/Summer 2014 collection is largely inspired by surf and skate culture, incorporating elements of beach wear and tie dye techniques. To capture a sense of lightness and joy, all fashion images were shot in full motion, while the background images unashamedly revel in that summer feeling. mono.studio in pop modus, and happy Easter everyone.

Art Direction / mono.studio
Photography / Kai von Rabenau
Styling / Syria Bellisario
Hair & Make Up / Julie Skok
Model / Michaela / Izaio

Dekmantel Festival


Summer is nearly upon us, and with lots of festivals everywhere, we advise not to miss the return of Dekmantel festival to Amsterdam for 2014. With the likes of Nicolas Jaar recently announced and others such as Mount Kimbie (Now on tour), Jamie XX, Joy Orbison and waves more, its at an easy all round location and could be a super weekend getaway. Also check the fabulous new website and event trailer.

Amsterdamse Bos
Nieuwe Meerlaan 3
1182 Amstelveen
Amsterdam
Netherlands

THEY WOULD ROCK

Helena Henneken crosses Iran with her back-pack in 59 days and the result is They Would Rock.

“If my people lived in another country, they would rock!” – that’s how a 16-year-old Iranian pictures the situation.


MONDAY MUSIC: BLEACHERS

We were going to post the new video by Bleachers, I Wanna Get Better, directed by girl(friend) Lena Dunham, but alas, we can’t watch it – because we live in Germany. Anyone here will be familiar with the words coming up as above, which refer to a stalemate between the German GEMA, a notoriously bureaucratic institution that collects royalties for music being played in public on behalf of the music industry, and YouTube/Google, Vevo, etc, who are happy to collect advertising money, but don’t think they should be paying royalties to the musicians whose content they live on. Obviously, there are always tow sides to any argument, but who’s the real loser in this is us, the public. Anyway, if you are living outside of Germany, you can watch the video here, and let us know if it’s any good.

IS THERE ANY CREATION BEFORE IMITATION?

Indeed, we can never beat nature. But we can try to learn from its elaborate ways of designing & engineering and digitally translate it to our genious invention the 3-D printer to let him create what we wouldn´t be able to.
Just to come close to nature. So does Israelian architect and designer beauty Neri Oxman who won the Earth Award for Future Crucial Design in 2009. British science and technology magazine Wired interviewed her a few years ago after New York’s MoMA bought a series of her Natural Artifice sculptures and according to wikipedia Shalom Life ranked her #1 in 2012 on its list of  “the 50 most talented, intelligent, funny, and gorgeous Jewish women in the world”.

Definitely a woman who would be interesting to talk to, don’t you think?

BADUM BADUM

The dating scene can get a soul down, and usually I turn to the tunes for relief for my heart burn. “Luv Sikk” by Finnish DJ Kiki is the closest approximation I’ve heard lately to the experience of  infatuation (and heartbreak). Propelled by the thudding beat, it kicks off with thrilling scales and hammers on despite the interjection of a paranoid warning siren…before trailing off, spent, on an unresolved note:a cliffhanger.

Sounds familiar?

CORAL MAGIC

Whatever our little minds might think up, you can’t beat nature, of course. Nature will just always win. And just in case one might have forgotten about that, watch Daniel Stoupin’s stupendous time-lapse film, Slow Life, painstakingly assembled from thousands of still life photographs of coral reefs in full bloom. Turn off the sound and be amazed.

(Thanks.)

KUSTEPE

Kuştepe is an area in Istanbul where gentrification is brutally  knocking the door. Architect Uğur Tanyeli and photographer Engin Gerçek visited the homes of the dwellers, alas, whose spaces won’t be seen in the pages of FvF or, say, any decoration magazine.  

ALTERNATIVES IN PRINT: RIPOSTE

It’s a frequent sore point for us that the men/women ratio of mono.kultur features tends to be at 3:1, and we’re sometimes struggling even to that end. It has certainly nothing to do with that there aren’t as many talented and interesting women out there, but when it comes to having made a name for themselves that will be familiar to a larger audience, men unfortunately still outnumber women, even within the creative industries. Arguably, this has also to do with media exposure, and that’s exactly where new London-based Riposte come in.

Describing themselves as a ’smart magazine for women’, it’s also a smart magazine about women. And lo and behold, it turns out that Kanye West has his stage sets designed by one Es Devlin, that even that most male-dominated field of computer technology would not be the same without the pioneering work of Ada Lovelace and Grace Hopper, that many art institutions across the world are actually defined by women – they just don’t get talked about as much as their male couterparts.

And so Riposte is a charming equivalent to men’s titles like Port or even Monocle that work on the premise that their readers have a wide range of interests, from politics to design – whereas most women’s magazines will have us believe that women care about little else than fashion, cosmetics and celebrities, for whatever outmoded reasoning. Riposte, on the other hand, barely mentions fashion – and might possibly be the only women’s magazine to get by without any fashion editorials – but instead features a refreshing and unusual focus on women of excellence.

Lighthearted in its approach (with the writing possibly a little too lighthearted at times), beautifully designed and generally enthusiastic, it’s a title that even works for men.