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FLOWER POWER

Architectural insanity from MVRDV, our cover stars of issue #18: the Rotterdam-based architecture firm recently completed their first building in their home town, a giant covered market hall with a variety of high-end food stalls and regional farmers, in the shape of two residential buildings leaning towards each other in a giant sweep and fusing into a curved rooftop, illuminated by large murals of flowers and vegetables. In its structural absurdity and aesthetic strangeness, it is MVRDV at their best – and, apparently, already hugely popular with Rotterdam’s residents.

MONO.PUNKT #29: THREE LETTER WORDS

Did we mention that art book fairs are all over the place these days? But this weekend is special, because this weekend we will see the revival of one of our favourite fairs ever, London’s legendary and long gone AWOL Publish and Be Damned.

Undergoing a revamp and reappearing under a new name – Three Letter Words – but thankfully, in their original location, at the lovely Rochelle School, TLW is also pursuing an ambitious agenda beyond the fair, planning an online magazine, several artist commissions and collaborations, and a virtual library as well as a digital art book fair – in short, a healthy blend of analog and digital tools to promote that beautiful genre of the artist book and magazine. You can support them here, and in the meantime, expect seven hours of mayhem on Saturday. Never mind the crowds, but make sure to visit us and say hello.

Three Letter Words Launch and Fair
Saturday 22 November 2014
11 a.m – 6.30 p.m.

Rochelle School & Club Row
Arnold Circus
Shoreditch
London, E2 7ES

Our Arrangement Hasn’t Changed

So much goodness floating around these days, we have to get rid of some early year-end love: Amen Dunes has a new video (below) and plays Berlin and Cologne next week (plus, Son Lux will also be in town), Run The Jewels 2 is Murder Mayhem Melodic Music indeed, Efterklang’s Vincent Moon-produced The Last Concert flick is now available (below), we discovered the Ultimate Painting, and what, who’s Hayden Pedigo? Did we mention yet we’re a little bored (Performance o.t.Y. below)?

STREET CAT DELUXE

Nowadays in Vdrome: Street Cat Deluxe by Ovidiu Anton

“The recent transformation of the city of Istanbul is critically analysed by a heterogeneous group of inhabitants of the Turkish metropolis. Discussing such topics as the impact of tourism, the effects of gentrification, and the results of urban policies on their daily lives, the single individuals also comment on the complex sharing of the city with their fellow denizens.”

STORE OF THE MONTH: SKYLIGHT BOOKS / LOS ANGELES

While preparing and opening our exhibition in Los Angeles, we naturally had to visit the local art book stores, amongst them the rather wonderful Skylight Books. Divided into two stores, one for fiction and one for art books, Skylight is the epitome of what great bookstores in the USA are so good at: atmosphere. A beautiful, warm space, good music at just the right volume, extremely friendly staff, a pleasant smell in the air (seriously) – and a perfect, passionate display of everything that is relevant. All situated in that most perfect area of Los Feliz, and if you have ever find yourself there, make sure to visit.

Skylight Books
1818 N Vermont Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90027
USA

THE MATING DANCE

You won’t believe what birds are able to do unless you have watched this:
A Cornell Lab scientist and National Geographic photographer worked together on an 8 years project to capture the entire spectrum of the so-called Birds of Paradise, which are domiciled in New Guinea, Australia, and nearby islands.
39 species of such are mind-blowing to watch and one never fails to impress a female.

MONDAY MUSIC: AGNES OBEL

Autumn is in full swing, and as the studio gets colder, time for a few warm tunes, for instance by lovely Agnes Obel.

OKAY OKAY OKAY

A man hangs upside down from a crane at Kottbusser Tor, circling the newly constructed apartment buildings to a bombastic song by the avant-garde group The Residents: “Okay? Okay? Okay! Okay!” The final scene in OKAY OKAY – Der moderne Tanz (1980) provides the title to a film where most dancing is performed by pulsating lampposts, smashed windows and cars under demolition.”

OKAY OKAY – Der moderne Tanz (1980)
by Heiner Mühlenbrock and Christoph Dreher
17.11.201 –  20.30h
Lichtblick Kino
Kastanienallee 77, 10435 Berlin

TRUISM OF THE DAY 33: RICHARD LINKLATER

Maverick film maker Richard Linklater knows a thing or two about time passing, especially since his magnum opus Boyhood, filmed over 12 years in real time. He shares some thoughts on the matter in this not so recent anymore interview with Matthew McConaughey (who coincidentally owes his first film role to Linklater) in Interview.

Hallo, aliens.

Hello, Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Hallo, aliens.

Hello, weekend.

(And then there is the long version.)