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Juxtapoz Magazine - Red Bull Arts New York Produces “RAMMELLZEE: It’s Not Who But What,” Examining the Groundbreaking Artist
"Elaborating on the ornate and abstract visual language of wild style graffiti, Rammellzee decided to create his own Alphabet, arming the letter for assault against the tyranny of our information age. A visionary, polymath and autodidact, Rammellzee infused urban vernacular with a complex and hermeneutic meta-structure that was informed equally by the illuminated manuscripts of the Middle Ages, the history of military strategy and design, radical politics and semiotics.

A persistent and formidable figure in New York’s Downtown scene since he moved from his childhood home in the Rockaways and relocated to a studio in Tribeca in the late ’70s, Rammellzee garnered a legion of followers (notably including A-One, Toxic and Kool Koor) to his school of Gothic Futurism and stormed public consciousness with his performances in films like Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style and Jim Jarmusch’s Stranger Than Paradise. His most famous collaboration, however, was with his one-time friend and life-long nemesis Jean-Michel Basquiat, who immortalized him in his masterwork Hollywood Africans and produced Rammellzee’s signature single “Beat Bop,” releasing it on his own label, Tar Town Records. To this day, it is considered one of the foundational records of hip hop. After enjoying much success in the art world in the ’80s, Rammellzee would turn his back on the gallery system and spend the rest of his life producing the Afrofuturist masterpiece The Battle Station, in his studio loft.

Guided by his treatise on “Ikonoklastik Panzerism,” the first manifesto he wrote while still a teen, Rammellzee was at once the high priest of hip hop and a profoundly Conceptual artist. In his expansive cosmology, born of b-boy dynamics, the wordplay of rap and the social trespass of graffiti, Rammellzee inhabited multiple personae in an ongoing performance art where identity and even gender became fluid and hybrid. Over the past two decades of his life, increasingly focused on his studio practice, he created a mind-blowing universe of Garbage Gods, Letter Racers, Monster Models and his surrogate form, the vengeful deity of Gasolier. Though his art, working with toxic materials, and lifestyle brought about an early death in 2010, his ideas and art remain a legacy we’ll be trying to figure out for generations to come. —Carlo McCormick"

[video on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjAfVHSeIvY ]

[See also:

"The Spectacular Personal Mythology of Rammellzee"
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/05/28/the-spectacular-personal-mythology-of-rammellzee

"The Rammellzee universe"
https://boingboing.net/2018/05/23/the-rammellzee-universe.html

"Art Excavated From Battle Station Earth" (2012)
https://www.nytimes.com/2012/02/26/arts/design/rammellzees-work-and-reputation-re-emerge.html

http://redbullartsnewyork.com/exhibition/rammellzee-racing-thunder/press/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rammellzee ]
rammellzee  via:subtopes  nyc  history  art  music  1970s  artists  video  basquiat  afrofuturism  jimjarmusch  charlieahearn  gothicfuturism  autodidacts  polymaths  jean-michelbasquiat  middleages  illuminatedmanuscripts  streetart  graffiti  edg  costumes  performance  glvo 
june 2018 by robertogreco
It's Nice That : Playfulness abounds in dazzling Dutch designer Femke Agema's fashions
"I came across Dutch fashion designer Femke Agema flicking through an in-flight magazine on the way back from a recent trip to Amsterdam; one of the most enjoyable pre-take-off distractions I can remember. Femke’s work marries technical skill with some fantastical ideas as proved by her two most recent collections. For Elders, her 2013 spring/summer range, she took inspiration from our primordial emotional response to the onset of spring, “the simple joy we feel in being let loose into the wild to play in an environment overflowing with possibilities.”

It followed on neatly from her last collection of 2012, which was titled Nigliktok after the inuit word for “cold,” created as she says “for the inevitable snowpocalypse.” Playful and consistently rewarding, Femke’s talent ensures I will never again toss another airline magazine aside."

[See also: http://femkeagema.nl/ ]
dashion  design  femkeagema  wearable  costumes  glvo  wearables 
august 2013 by robertogreco
Parangolés – Wikipédia
"Os Parangolés, do artista brasileiro Hélio Oiticica, é um conjunto de obras que nasceu, segundo o próprio artista, de "uma necessidade vital de desintelectualização, de desinibição intelectual, da necessidade de uma livre expressão"."

[See also http://www.digestivocultural.com/colunistas/coluna.asp?codigo=856&titulo=Parangole:_anti-obra_de_Helio_Oiticica and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zTJDCugNB4 and
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/17/arts/design/17oiti.html?pagewanted=all and
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H%C3%A9lio_Oiticica ]

"He also created works called Parangolés which consisted layers of fabric, plastic and matting intended to be worn like costumes but experienced as mobile sculptures. The first parangolés experiences were made together with dancers from the Mangueira Samba school, where Oiticica was also a participant."
heeliooiticica  paranolés  art  ncmideas  glvo  wearables  wearable  tropicália  brasil  brazil  gruponeoconcreto  dance  fabric  textiles  artists  costumes  sculpture  openstudioproject 
june 2013 by robertogreco
Nick Cave Brings Art, Fashion, Sculpture to Life With Colorful 'Soundsuits' | PBS NewsHour | April 24, 2012 | PBS
"Chicago artist Nick Cave says he has always been fascinated with items cast off by other people. The Missouri native and his team assemble thrift-store finds into life-size creations that are part sculpture, part costume, which he calls "Soundsuits." When you see one, Cave wants you to wonder, "What am I encountering?""
glvo  costumes  video  interviews  nickcave  fashion  art 
june 2012 by robertogreco
Artifacts | The Stand-Up, Button-Down Suit - NYTimes.com
"Explosive color comes into the show via “Drive-by,” an exhilarating video where we get to see the Soundsuits in action. Cave made it with a company of masked dancers and acrobats performing as shamans dressed in suits of brilliantly dyed feathers and sisal. They jump around on pogo sticks, leap into the air, lunge, somersault and circle-dance in a boundless white space, fading in and out of the picture to the slowed-down, amplified sound of their movements that accelerates into a pumping drumbeat.

As a glimpse into the afterlife, “Drive-by” is mesmerizing. Bereavement counselors should study it. The rest of us can just be quiet and let our eyes do the listening. There’s certainly more here than meets the ear."
2011  nickcave  costumes  art  soundsuits  glvo  edg  srg 
october 2011 by robertogreco
Hallowgreen | Art21 Blog
"While we often think of contemporary art and how our older students might respond to it, we are always pleased that our very youngest students are so enthusiastic about it, too. Nick Cave is one reason why.

Cave, chair of the Department of Fashion Design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, brings together his interests in fashion, performance and sculpture while making reference to African ceremonial costumes. Watch a video of Nick Cave, produced by United States Artists:"
nickcave  performance  performanceart  sewing  costumes  classideas  tcsnmy  art  fashion  interdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  design  glvo  wearable  textiles  sound  dance  sculpture  soundsuits  fabric  crossdisciplinary  wearables 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Nick Cave Lecture at Fowler Museum, Jan. 9, 2010 on Vimeo
"A lecture presentation by Nick Cave about his signature Soundsuits is followed by a conversation between Nick Cave and the Fowler Museum's director Marla C. Berns about the global resonances in the artist's work.

This event was organized in conjunction with the exhibition "Nick Cave: Meet Me At The Center Of The Earth" which is on view at the Fowler Museum at UCLA January 10 - May 30, 2010."
costumes  music  masks  nickcave  art  performance  fowlermuseum  ucla  lectures  conversations  2010  textiles  wearable  performanceart  sewing  sound  soundsuits  glvo  classideas  tcsnmy  artists  expression  design  dance  sculpture  fabric  interdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  wearables 
may 2011 by robertogreco
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago: Profiles: Nick Cave
"My work, clothing & fiber-based sculptures, collages, installations, & performances, explore use of textiles & clothing as conceptual modes of expression & pose fundamental questions about human condition in social & political realm…

I believe that what happens in my studio & living life as an artist are the single most important things I bring to the classroom. Artists must design their own pathways, work through plateaus in their work & understand that they will find themselves humbled by the very process of art-making.

I encourage my students to build their work w/ conviction, come face-to-face w/ truth of what they are attempting to create, & be open to experimentation.

I have been lucky to have been mentored by talented artists who taught me to challenge myself & build level of confidence & trust in my creative judgment…I hope to provide my students w/ knowledge that their art making holds the possibility for acting as a vehicle for change on a larger, global scale."
nickcave  art  performance  textiles  classideas  performanceart  design  collage  assemblage  life  living  teaching  education  learning  artists  glvo  cv  sound  interactive  sculpture  installation  expression  humancondition  society  politics  sensemaking  experimentation  doing  making  understanding  self  confidence  trust  wearable  fabric  sewing  change  costumes  dance  soundsuits  tcsnmy  interdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  pedagogy  howwework  wearables 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Art - Nick Cave, Dreaming the Clothing Electric, at the Yerba Buena Center - NYTimes.com
"Over the last decade Mr. Cave has become known for making colorful, extravagant sculptures with this kind of double life: they can stand alone in galleries as visually compelling art objects, or they can be worn by dancers as vehicles for sound and movement. He calls them Soundsuits.

Some Soundsuits, like a bouquet of metal toys and tops perched on top of a bodysuit made of crocheted hot pads, make a clanking commotion. Others, like the Soundsuits made of human hair (bought already dyed from a wholesaler in New York), tend to fall in the quiet, whispery range. All come to life in performance.

Yerba Buena’s director, Kenneth Foster, who described his institution as “deeply multidisciplinary,” called Mr. Cave a natural choice for the center for that reason. “So many visual artists cross over in a way that the performance world would be aghast at,” he said. “Nick is one of the rare artists as strong in his secondary field as he is in his home art form.”"
nickcave  design  performanceart  performance  dance  art  glvo  classideas  tcsnmy  costumes  sound  soundsuits  2009  interdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  fabric  sewing  textiles  wearable  sculpture  wearables 
may 2011 by robertogreco
The Soundsuits of Nick Cave: Contemporary Art or Material Culture? : Bad at Sports
"My own lack of familiarity  with Cave’s work makes me wonder, though: Why is Cave’s show traveling to the Fowler Museum, which is a museum of cultural history, and not an art museum that has an equally strong ability to support and exhibit interdisciplinary art of this nature, like, say, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) or even UCLA’s “other” arts institution, the white-hot Hammer Museum*?"
art  fashion  costumes  design  sound  nickcave  fowlermuseum  ucla  2009  classification  interdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  glvo  classideas  tcsnmy  wearable  performanceart  performance  sewing  soundsuits  dance  sculpture  fabric  wearables 
may 2011 by robertogreco
Target Mocks Your Homemade Costume | GeekDad | Wired.com
"You may have seen this ad for Target, in which a mother dresses her child in a homemade Iron Man costume. Slate had an excellent take-down of the ad, which basically says that making costumes is a terrible idea and your kids will suffer for it.

Aside from the fact that there are some costumes you just can’t buy, Target has just ticked off the entire Maker movement in just fifteen seconds.

Maybe they forgot that Tony Stark’s suit was homemade, too. And his first one didn’t turn out so great, either."

[See also: http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/scocca/archive/2010/10/19/target-despises-homemade-halloween-costumes.aspx ]
make  makers  geekdad  glvo  costumes  target  creativity  diy 
october 2010 by robertogreco
Nick Cave’s Soundsuits : Bad at Sports
"Nick Cave’s Soundsuits are fabulous creations made of thrift store finds, twigs, plastic bags, discarded thcotchkes, and just about anything else that strikes his fancy. Children loved seeing his work and guessing the materials they were made from, and seeing a video presentation of people inhabiting them. They enjoyed learning about his process, too. Often, Cave’s Soundsuits are assembled by a multigenerational, multicultural group of volunteers in his Chicago neighborhood.”

[see also: http://blog.art21.org/2008/10/29/hallowgreen/ ]
nickcave  children  art  glvo  wearable  via:regine  sound  dance  performance  recycling  costumes  design  sculpture  soundsuits  sewing  classideas  tcsnmy  fabric  interdisciplinary  multidisciplinary  crossdisciplinary  performanceart  wearables 
december 2008 by robertogreco
Interview with Riitta Ikonen - we make money not art
"My work is concerned with the performance of images, through photography and costume design. Certain items, usually small and insignificant, excite me to the point where I have to wear them and then document that process. The super- garments I make open up new experiences. In my costumes tremendous things happen - to me and to the people I work with. Today I exploded an egg in the microwave. Next, I want to make an egg costume."
costumes  art  design  glvo  wmmna  interviews 
august 2008 by robertogreco
Superheroes: Fashion and Fantasy | Special Exhibitions | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"Through fashion and the superhero, we gain the freedom to fantasize, to escape the banal, the ordinary, and the quotidian. The fashionable body and the superhero body are sites upon which we can project our fantasies, offering a virtuosic transcendence b
comics  fashion  superheroes  art  costumes  culture 
may 2008 by robertogreco
Subjectivity And The Subjugated
"Regardless of exactly the nature of what his photographs evoke, they are evocative, and very often beautiful, which is possibly the best one can say about a photograph from the artist’s standpoint. Not from a documentarian’s, or an ethnologist’s standpoint certainly, but from an artist’s."
costumes  ethnography  glvo  masks  nativeamerican  pacificnorthwest  cascadia  photography  history  comments  truth  nonist 
april 2008 by robertogreco
Michael Chabon on why real-life superhero costumes don't work. This... (kottke.org)
"A constructed superhero costume is a replica with no original, a model built on a scale of x:1. However accurate and detailed, such a work has the tidy airlessness of a model-train layout but none of the gravitas that such little railyards and townscapes
superheroes  glvo  costumes  michaelchabon  comics  illustration  sewing  fabric  fashion 
march 2008 by robertogreco
Aeolian Ride!
"52 people in wind-inflated-suits riding bicycles through cities around the world...inspired by a love for bikes, city cruising, critical mass, costumes, sillyness + things that inflate, i decided to make a free, mass participatory event with a sense of h
bikes  sculpture  culture  art  wearable  costumes  glvo  events  fun  inflatables  wearables  inflatable 
february 2008 by robertogreco
Fashion tip of the day
"For the Demoniac Babble series Estelle Hanania met 12 wild and demoniac creatures, gathering in the mountains of Switzerland and followed them through their ritual walk from farm to farm."
creatures  costumes  glvo  myth  photography  switzerland  storytelling 
december 2007 by robertogreco
How furry is it? | The Register
"Silicon Valley subculture of stuffed animals is the largest in the world"
animals  people  trends  costumes  behavior  human  glvo  identity 
july 2007 by robertogreco
Costume ideas and community | Costumzee.com
"Dying to find a unique costume idea? Costumzee will help you find great costume ideas! Browse through thousands of popular costume ideas, search by keyword (i.e., tag) or check out our most popular costume ideas by category!"
projects  fun  search  shopping  halloween  costumes  community  resources 
october 2006 by robertogreco

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