Anonymous Israeli artist collective Broken Fingaz has directed a politically charged animated music video for U2. The stop motion video for Get Out of Your Own Way applies the collective’s signature psychedelic pop style to entirely paper cut scenery, depicting contentious imagery. In one notable scene, Ku Klux Klan members march outside the Oval Office to the backdrop of a rainbow, as Donald Trump watches.
London-based creative studio, Builders Club, has redesigned MTV Global’s visual language launching today (19 January 2018). The studio was the winner of the Young Director Award 2017 at Cannes Lions and can now add the music channel giant to its impressive list of clients like Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Kenzo, Google and i-D.
You might not believe it at first glance, but Portugal-based illustrator Mariana Malhão’s bold and joyful illustrations are inspired by bacteria. Her series, “Microbios,” is full of lively bodies and colourful shapes that place you in the centre of a surreal fairytale. Her illustrations are about perspective: “We cannot see microbes, there are so many of them and they are everywhere. My illustrations relate to the idea of a world inside a world,” Mariana tells It’s Nice That. The characters that inhabit her universe invite us to change our outlook and re-imagine what might be around us that we cannot see. Perhaps we are surrounded by four-legged alligators with purple hands, four-armed boys with heads between their legs and fox-like creatures wearing rainbow suits.
We’re just about at the point in January where most have given up on hopeful New Year’s Resolutions. But don’t feel guilty for dismissing the healthy lifestyle you promised yourself, Max Siendentopf is here to help with his latest project, Instructions for World Peace.
Contemporary culture and the modern world is dictated by the digital image. As we continue to consume more and more of it through the illuminated rectangles that surround us, many creative mediums are experiencing rapid change. Having witnessed the transformation to her chosen medium over the last ten years, photographer Tereza Mundilová, along with four fellow Berliners and friends, decided to create XZY magazine as a space to reflect on and examine “the electronic image in the era of post-photography.”
London-based pattern design duo Patternity has collaborated with British department store chain John Lewis on an extensive collection of homeware and women’s apparel. Featuring the duo’s signature monochrome, geometric repeats and other more fluid motifs, the range spans everything from leggings and tops to cushions, towels, rugs and bedlinen, making it John Lewis’ first collaboration across fashion and home.
As a parent, the compulsion to document every waking moment of your child’s life is always there, resulting in boxes and boxes of photos or digital folders full of phone snaps. However, for fine arts photographer and teacher Steven Bliss, it was the spontaneous purchase of an 8×10 camera in the year his second son was born that prompted him to document his children in a more considered manner, resulting in his ongoing project, Boys.
This week’s Friday Mixtape is by London-based band, Shopping. Today the trio of Rachel, Billy and Andrew release their third record, The Official Body self-described as “100% bangers” and we definitely have to agree. Full of bands with new releases to discover if you’re still listening to the same records from last year, this mix is perfect if you’re looking for something new for 2018. h3. Why have you picked these songs, what do they remind you of or make you feel?
Evan Cohen’s latest comic sees a community of characters working together to travel through the panels of their own story. Aiming to create a kind of 21st Century parable, Visions is an exploration of relationships, spiritual and physical, he says. “Set within a story about creation and ancient myth, it’s about the connections we share with our community and the world at large.”
For Lithuanian graphic designer and art director Tadas Karpavicius, his career provides a means for him to indulge his interests by working with a variety of clients from artists to architects or curators and cultural institutions. In a recent project, it was his regard for the opera that he was able to utilise, designing the catalogue for the Vilnius City Opera’s performance of Faust.
“With one leg in the physical world and the other in the digital realm,” duo Anny Wang & Tim Söderström have gathered quite the following for their satisfyingly real renders. As the creative industry grows increasingly fascinated with the world of virtual reality, Wang & Söderström offer a softer, less daunting introduction, particularly in their latest exhibition Transitional Speculation at Volvo Studio, Stockholm.
Adidas and the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (BVG) public transport system have formed an unlikely team, releasing a new shoe that doubles up as a year-long public transport ticket for 2018. The sought-after trainers are unfortunately limited edition as Adidas has only released 500 pairs, which are being stocked in just two stores in Berlin. The Local reported people camping outside the two shops up to four days before the EQT Support 93/Berlin shoes’ release date, 16 Tuesday 2018. The crowd had grown to 550 people by early Tuesday morning.
Illustrator Cécile Dormeau has made her name creating diverse, empowered and hilarious female characters that eschew conventional body image tropes. At Nicer Tuesdays, she spoke about why it’s so important to defy cliche and the mixed reaction she receives online and from clients, plus shares her brilliant response to critics.
H&M has appointed a global leader of diversity and inclusiveness following criticism of a “racist advert" featuring a young black boy in a green hoodie reading “coolest monkey in the jungle”. The Stockholm-based company was forced to close several of its South African shops earlier this week after protesters trashed displays and destroyed mannequins. American rappers The Weeknd and G-Eazy cancelled their partnerships with the company because of the ad.
Since graduating from the Moscow School of Photography and Multimedia, Ukhta-born Alexander Anufriev has been working on a number of series which describe and analyse “the social landscape of modern Russia”.