I’ve been waiting months for the opportunity to bring Tatiana Plakhova’s work onto Colossal but wanted to make sure it was something brand new that hadn’t been widely circulated online. Just today she published this incredible new series of digital artwork called NOOSPHERE that blends her signature algorithmic and gemotetric line work with landscape photography. If her work is new to you and you want to learn more, start here.
If you don’t see a music player below, click the photo above. Sorry, the Grooveshark player is weird.
Konono Nº1 is a Grammy nominated musical group from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. Via Wikipedia:
They combine three electric likembé (a traditional instrument similar to the mbira) with voices, dancers, and percussion instruments that are made out of items salvaged from a junkyard. The group’s amplification equipment is equally rudimentary, including a microphone carved out of wood fitted with a magnet from an automobile alternator and a gigantic horn-shaped amplifier.
The above track (if you’re reading via RSS click here), Kule Kule, is a collaboration with Jherek Bischoff and is one of the most supremely wonderful things to fill my ears in quite some time. If Colossal had a soundtrack, this would be on it. Incidentally this is the same track used by Tim Wheatley in his Cyclotrope video. Buy the track off iTunes.
Behold the latest installation by French artist Cyprien Gaillard who constructed this 72,000 bottle pyramid of beer in cardboard boxes (a beeramid, if you will) at KW Berlin. After signing a waiver participants are free to climb, open, and consume as many bottles of “Efes” beer as they desire, making this, in my eyes, the pinnacle of modern art as we know it. Though in all seriousness the pyramid is meant to act as a monument and its consumption is intended to illustrate the hyper-destruction of architectural relics that are often relocated to Berlin:
By using the monument – by climbing the sculpture and drinking the beer – its destruction is already initiated. The barbaric removal of single architectural elements that have been transported from their original location to Berlin, embodies both the concept of displacement and a tourist colonialism.
Gaillard’s pyramid will be gradually consumed through May 22. Art Observed notes:
The pyramid is now dilapidated, though one can still make out its general form. The corridor leading to the piece is lined with empty beer bottles, while the floor surrounding the former monument is covered with broken glass and half-smashed beer bottles.
This is the first prototypes of 3 lamps I’ve made. I wanted to work with the contrast of the clean scandinavian design and the rough imperfect concrete. The plan is to start producing and sell these in limited edition of each design. Each lamp will be numbered and signed. Since the are handmade, all lamps will have an unique look to them. [... ] This is a personal project and I’ve done everything from design, to the fabrication of the moulding shapes aswell as the moulding of the lamps myself. I’ve also taken the product photos.
The heavy, utilitarian use of concrete is an interesting take on something that is generally designed to appear light or weightless. I really hope this project comes to fruition. Click images above for details.