Cosmic Code A/V show with Psychemagik & Ari Russo on 18th November 2014

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In preparation, Psychemagik and Ari Russo have gone through 1,000’s of VHS tapes, laserdiscs, vinyl records and cassettes in search of the perfect sample. Unknown private press records from the 1970’s and 80’s will be mixed with more familiar sounds, whilst the visuals will combine sensory overload with stark, sarcastic footage. A live camera will capture video which will be processed in real-time using a programming code developed by Ari Russo. These three-dimensional visualisations will be led by the music, and projected back into the space, creating shadows that blur imaginary with reality. Far from a random arrangement, the performance will provide a film-like narrative held together by carefully selected music, found footage and audience participation.

Commission have worked together with the artists to create a body of work which encompasses ‘Cosmic Code’ a juxtaposition of Psychemagik’s otherworldly sounds from the past and Ari Russo’s digital intervention. This site-specific installation will occupy two 3 x 4m walls on which we’ll display a series of screen prints at the Gallery Bar of the Ace Hotel London between the 18th and 30th of November 2014. The prints are 50 x 70cm and limited to 10 per colour-way, these will be available to purchase at £30 each.
Further details:
Entrance £5, advance tickets available from Resident Advisor
18th November 2014, support DJs at 19:00, performance 20:30 – 22:00
Miranda Bar, Ace Hotel, 100 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JQ
Hope to see you there!
The CHC

LACMA and The Getty: LA – “If you don’t know, now you know.” -Biggie

1369545754094.cachedIn what was my first OFFICIAL visit to LA I can say that I was definitely IMPRESSED with both the LACMA and the Getty museums. Both institutions have been mentioned throughout my studies and to get to experience them in person was well worth the visits.

Being more partial to art of the contemporary persuasion I had an especially great time at the LACMA. The James Turrell Retrospective (see image above) in particular was a HIGHLIGHT (no pun intended), something that I strongly recommend to anyone living in the area or heading out that way – it runs through April 6th. The works span Turrell’s lengthy career, from early works all the way through plans for a yet-to-be-executed project at the Roden Crater in Flagstaff, Arizona. The temporal and spatial affects of Turrell’s works can hardly be described in words, one really must be there in person to engage with them. In order to experience the energy and power emanating from these works, immersion is vital and the effects are unforgettable.

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The Getty Museum (see image above) is one of the most beautiful institutions I’ve visited to date. High up on a hill overlooking the city of Los Angeles, you definitely gain a sense of the extreme wealth of the museum (J.Paul Getty left no shortage of cash). Like the LACMA it’s split up into different buildings housing different styles of art throughout various periods in history. The highlight for me here was Hearsay of the Soul, a 5 channel video installation created by one of my favorite directors, Werner Herzog (see image below). The film is a compilation of etchings by Dutch artist Hercules Segers complimented by the music of composer/cellist Ernst Reijseger (also Dutch). I found this piece to be both unsettling and beautiful, capturing the sublime through the coupling of the etchings and the pure emotive power of Reijseger as he played. It’s as if he was translating the artworks through his music. This was for me, definitely a must see! 4.-Herzog

If you have the opportunity to get to LA and visit these institutions, you’ll be doing yourself a favor.

In the words of Biggie, “if you don’t know, now you know”…so go!

Cheers,

NYX

#TeamCureParalysis – Dance For Paralysis x Krewella x Electric Family

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“We fell in love with the foundation’s mission because we can donate money on an individual basis and DIRECTLY HELP those SUFFERING from PARALYSIS.” – Yasmine of Krewella

Wednesday was an incredibly SPECIAL day for the PARALYSIS community. An announcement was made that Dance For Paralysis x Krewella x Electric Family will be launching a bracelet – their first PHILANTHROPIC project on an international scale to support paraplegics and quadriplegics. 100% of Proceeds from each bracelet will go directly to Dance for Paralysis. Jahan of Krewella declares, “Every time we go on stage, we will stand and dance for those with paralysis. We believe that by working with our Krew that our efforts will help get people out of wheelchairs and back dancing again!”

Project founder Thomas Smith announces, “All parties involved strongly believe that by working together, we will become an INTERNATIONAL BEACON of HOPE for those living with paralysis. Our GOAL is to provide the proper medical resources for those with paralysis so that one day they can join us for a DANCE.”

Electric Family manager, Jake Udell states, “The Electric Family bracelet will be the first endeavour of many that we will build together in an effort to help find a cure for paralysis. Tom’s story is an inspiration and his success dealing with paralysis gives hopes to paraplegics everywhere.”

Electric Family is an EDM lifestyle brand that works with artists to support the charity of their choice through the artist(s) designing a custom series bracelet. “It is our mission, along with Krewellas’, to show the world that together we can make a significant IMPACT improving the lives of others,” says Steve Brudzewski, Co-Founder of Electric Family.

#TeamCureParalysis

GET INVOLVED AND PURCHASE YOUR BRACELET HERE!

XX, CHC (Instagram – @cultureheARTs)

P.S. Shout out to LP (Instagram – @LeannePeriece) for bringing this story to us.

 

CARLOS GUEVARA of X-FACTOR, an INSPIRATION

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You think you have problems? How do you deal with them? Is art your means of working through these issues, whether mental or physical? Look at this smile – put all your issues aside. PUSH THROUGH. BELIEVE in YOURSELF.

Well folks, I have got to say. Carlos Guevara is all the RAGE. He will not let his struggles hold him back… and his struggle is turrets and OCD. Forget the turrets. Forget it. Seriously, this kid works through his disabilities through a voice that will bring you to tears. It is so absolutely incredible, inspirational, and motivational. Watch him sing John Mayer’s Gravity and keep a tissue near by. This is one of the most beautiful moments I have ever witnessed on TV, and for me, who watches tons of tele, that says ALOT.

NEVER LET ANYTHING HOLD YOU BACK. FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS. FOLLOW YOUR He(ART).

XX, DP

Jay-Z and Marina Abramović Join Forces @ Pace Gallery NYC for Jay-Z’s NEW MUSIC VIDEO “PICASSO BABY”

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History is in the making. Rap master/lyricist SENSATION Jay-Z aka HOV and performance GODDESS Marina Abramović have combined forces for Jay’s new video “Picasso Baby.” Yesterday, clips and images were released of HOV shooting his video with the goddess herself at Pace Gallery in New York City. Listen and watch the interaction in this video, it is  truly AMAZING seeing these two artistic power houses unite. This I would say is PERFORMANCE ART at its FINEST!

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Can life get any better right now? I think not!

XX, DP

Damien Hirst as a PR Fool? “Money Can’t Buy You Class” Mr. YBA

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Pre-Warning: Profanity is in this video. If you get offended easily this may not be for you.

Fabricated. Ridiculous. Mass-produced. Dots. Dots. Dots. And yet, how does the YBA Damien Hirst present himself to the WORLD? Our man Hennessy Youngman says it best:

Do your pose. Strike it. But maybe not like Damien… Regardless of how much money he has… he just looks absurd – and that may even be an understatement. Countess LuAnn from Real Housewives NY sings in her one and only single (thank goodness): “Money Can’t Buy You Class.” Now isn’t that the truth? Damien, take a hint.

Here is her vid incase you missed out on this…

Just saying.

XX,

DP

HUDSON @ The Viper Room 6/22/2013

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California based (Oklahoma born) artist HUDSON will be preforming at the one and only Viper Room (click for details and tickets) in LA this SATURDAY. Check out his single “Chained” below.

If you’re in LALA Land we HIGHLY suggest you check out the show.

For more info on Hudson and his upcoming shows, follow his twitter and like him on Facebook – that is if you want the inside scoop… why wouldn’t you?! He’s redic – and I mean that in the best way possible.

XX, DP

P.S. Shout out to our musical gal pal LP (@leanneperice) for the heads up. Good eye. GREAT ears. Just all around a FABULOUS human being. We He(ART) You!

The Venice Biennale – My Afterthoughts

What struck me the most at the Venice Biennale was how I decided I am a modernist and I don’t know where my he(ART) lies in contemporary art. However, with that being said, I still found pavilions and artists I do admire and found some pretty incredibly intriguing works.
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To begin, Ryan Trecartin never disappoints and is always a good laugh watching his drag-style videos. While to me they are never a bore, it is tres interesting to find some people were literally passed out at one of his viewing spots in the Encyclopedic Palace. But actually, knocked out. Unconscious. This was not my case, for I was avidly watching his films, as I always do. If you ever get the opportunity to watch one, DO IT.
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In terms of Pavilions though, my ABSOLUTE most FAVOURITE pavilion was the Netherlands Pavilion in which sculptures were erected out of clay and wood, amongst found objects. The sculptures were a combination of portrait like busts in various sizes, amongst a wooden table that had a clay sculpted lady attached to the front of the table, in a viking-ship like style. What happens when the clay dries?? But besides all this when you were up close looking at the sculptures they had incredibly strong facial features that captivated my eye.
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The COREA pavilion was interesting as well. The iridescent building was without a doubt eye catching, and yet the experience inside was polar opposite. For the “show” inside the pavilion was for you to experience darkness and silence in a room with a few others for a mere 60 seconds. Keep in mind though – you can wait up to 20 minutes to stand in what some may consider a closet with no lights and sound – so you could try and experience this at home  – although I do not recommend it. Your roommates or relatives may find this odd.
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Anri Sala’s Ravel Ravel Unravel video series for the FRENCH Pavilion (which technically took place in the German Pavilion – they made a switcharoo) was nevertheless intriguing, captivating, and moving. I highly recommend taking the time to sit down and watch the videos – just don’t lean on the walls or else a little lady will come and make you move.

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While I know there are 50+ more pavilions to discuss, this is what I have to share for now. If yo get the opportunity to go, make sure you don’t miss these works. Trust me. They are some of the BEST.

XX, DP

BRIDGE’s Newest Video – Whiskey

Dearest dudes/dudettes-

Here is our friend Bridge’s newest video “WHISKEY!” Check it out. Spread the love. Have a magical Monday.

Go download Creature of Habit: Part I for FREE at www.xxbridge.com !!!

DO IT! ANDDDD follow BRIDGE on twitter @xxBridge

XX, DP

P.S. It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere…. So Pour Yourself A Glass