This week, it’s one step forward and two steps into the past with our time-travelling finds: ‘Metropolis II’ designs the future of freeway, ‘Dear Photograph’ captures flashbulb moments, Disney teaches their toys some new tricks, Fall fashion puts its best foot forward, and The 360 Project looks at dancing from a whole new angle. Hop in the DeLorean Smarty McFly, we’re going back to the future!
You know how much you love grinding to a halt in bumper-to-bumper, stop-and-go traffic on your daily commute? Our point exactly. Fortunately, one man had the vision, the dedication, and the Hot Wheels hook-ups to construct a model of what the freeways of the future might look like. That vision is Metropolis II, and that man is Chris Burden. The former UCLA professor has made headlines for his controversial ‘performance pieces,’ such as nailing himself to the hood of a Volkswagen Beetle as it drove around, or his infamous in-class Russian roulette spectacle. If nothing else, he is an out-of-the-box thinker… ALL the way out of the box. Over four years in the making, be sure to check out Metropolis II before it arrives at LACMA this Fall:
While we’re cruising down the open highway, Disney‘s innovative new iPad app blends good old-fashioned toys with new-fangled ones. Using Cars as cursors, the app combines tactile play styles with cutting-edge technology, which could inspire countless creative executions down the road. Check out the demo:
For all those who miss the simple joy of actually holding a photo (rather than uploading it to Facebook seconds after snapping it on your phone), you’re not alone. ’Dear Photograph‘ takes treasured childhood photos and juxtaposes them with modern-day locations. This basic premise has delivered some powerfully emotive results – some are funny, some are sad, but all are delightfully nostalgic. Why not dig out the old photo albums this weekend and bring a memory back to life?
And on the subject of snapshots, it’s 2011, which means it’s time to abandon all thoughts of photography as a static medium. The 360 Project shows that anything is possible… with the right technology, of course. Canadian photographer Ryan Hughes collaborated with The Big Freeze and used 48 cameras enabling him to capture dance moves from virtually every angle. With a bespoke soundscape created by UK-based Zelig Sound, the final product is a beautiful exploration of the still and moving image.
Speaking of moving pictures– as the release of Dreamworks’ latest animated adventure Puss in Boots draws closer, we were pleased to see that our favorite Latin feline hasn’t lost any of that Old Spice… with this much swagger, he must be listening to Kanye and Jay-Z‘s ‘Watch the Throne‘ album!
As all you cool cats out there in the fashion world know, the Spring / Summer fashion collections may be wrapping up, but the fashion show must go on. This made us wonder what a glamorous ex editor from one of the most famous fashion publishing institutions does in the off hours.
If your name happens to be Carine Roitfeld, there’s no such thing as “off hours.” Not only has the former editor of French Vogue just announced that she will be launching her own quarterly magazine with a September issue next year (luckily for us, it’s in English), she’s also releasing an early run of her new book Irreverent this weekend at the home of Paris cool – Colette. She also appears on the cover of i-D magazine this month and, as if that wasn’t enough, Tom Ford has created the ‘Carine’ bag in her honor (available exclusively at Colette). Fashion stops for no one!
The Arctic Monkeys are back with a video for their new single ‘Suck It And See,’ which is out on October 31st (the future!). We love the feel of a modern-day Rebel Without a Cause that the music video conjures up. Kind of makes us want to throw on that leather jacket and ride a motorcycle this weekend…
One more song couldn’t hurt – especially one this good.Twin Sister create the kind of hypnotic pop we’ve been dreaming about. Formed in Long Island just two years ago, they sets out to ‘make music which you could feel comfortable cheating on someone to’. While we can’t condone such behavior, we certainly do appreciate the eerie beauty of ‘Kimmi in a Rice Field’.
Trust video games to give us a thrilling new vision of the future. Bullfrog’s classic Syndicate title just got a thrilling new update into the first person realm thanks to Starbreeze, and this first teaser marries the future noir of the original with a pounding new Skrillex score, delivering a post-Bladerunner kick to the head. Turn it up, and get ready for a whole new generation of corporate shenani-guns.
Finally, before we ‘take off’ for the weekend we leave you with another glimpse at Real Steel, a movie close to our (robotic) hearts which hits US cinemas in just one week’s time. Steel definitely got real when the film partnered with Virgin America to take over an Airbus, themed with the underdog (or should we say under-bot) Atom and his not-unattractive cornerman, Hugh Jackman. Our only question: how did a massive robot boxer ever make it past the airport metal detectors?
We’ve peered into the past, we’ve gazed into the future… now it’s time to go carpe the diem! Enjoy the weekend.