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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sweatshoppe – Rollin Out a Way to Paint with Video

SWEATSHOPPE, The Landing from SWEATSHOPPE on Vimeo.

Graffiti’s acceptance in the high art and commercial worlds has ensured longevity to a select number of pieces. Of course, governments painting over what gets thrown up on walls outside of galleries continue to impose a state of impermanence to the rest of street art. Taking such temporality into their own hands, more and more artists are making use of the increased accessibility of projectors. Call it a reclamation of control or just pure tech nerdery, there’s a growing scene of digital graffiti artists.

The newest breakthrough in this scene is Sweatshoppe‘s “video painting” style, captured in their first video “The Landing” [see above], where they essentially wheat paste moving images on walls.

What makes it different from previous “Guerilla Projection,” “Photon Bombing,” or “Urban Projection” pieces is that they are able lay their projections on a surface, paint-stroke by paint stroke–as opposed to just projecting the entire piece at once. They’re not the first to recreate the act of throwing paint up, for which most accredit Graffiti Research Lab. However, they’ve taken projected video and applied it to the physical act of bombing–which is one for the history books.

SWEATSHOPPE, 4spots, the landing extras from SWEATSHOPPE on Vimeo.

Sweatshoppe describes itself as “a new multimedia performance collaboration…that works at the intersection of art, music and technology.” One of the men behind the collective is non other than New York video artist Bruno Levy, whose previous work has been blogged right here on Trashmenagerie! The other half of Sweatshoppe is Blake Shaw, a young and wickedly talented interactive video artist currently based in Vermont.

I had a chance to catch up with Bruno and ask him more about this new project.

Waxyjax: How did you and Blake meet?

Bruno Levy: We met in Kathmandu. I had a little restaurant and he told me he wanted to throw a rave, the place was packed at maximum capacity (30 people), and that’s when I knew we could could take it far.

WJ: You made a name for yourself as a VJ with Squaresquare. What are your
goals for sweatshoppe?

BL: As a VJ, I reacted to someone else’s music. SWEATSHOPPE’s goal is to
create a whole interactive performance that leaves its viewers “sweaty”.

WJ: What can you reveal about the inner workings of “video painting”?

BL: Blake wrote the software in Max. The paint roller does not use any sort of paint, it simply contains green LEDs. The software tracks the color green and outputs the x y position which are sent to drawing commands and the strokes are textured with video. I could go into direct detail but I don’t want to expose our secrets just yet [wink]. The paint roller is an actual paint roller that we sort of “pimped-out” with faux-fur, green LEDs and an on/off button. We plan on eventually releasing the software–but only after it is much more refined, buffed up with features and user-friendly.

WJ: What was the toughest part of that whole process?

BL: Remembering to bring all the cables.

WJ: I’ve asked around and no one can think of any other artist who’s done something like this. What kinds of attention have you gotten so far?

BL: So far its been nothing but positive. I’m just happy to create something very unique–we use software written by Blake, video created by me, music by us both and we get to perform with a glowing paint roller. It’s tactile and, to me, is more interesting than just clicking on buttons. I’ve already been approached by arts publications and organizations to do performance demos at their events. Can’t say who exactly since we’re still talking.

WJ: What’s next?

BL: We want to take this idea further, use it more with the architecture, and start layering video. Also we are developing lots of other software that will enable us to play with video and sound. We are making music, working out and sweating.

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posted by Waxyjax at 1:10 pm  

Thursday, August 27, 2009

South East in East Kicks off Fri Aug 28!!!

SOUTH EAST IN EAST kicks off your weekend festivities with a bang!!!
CLICK THIS LINK FOR FULL DETAILS AND NEW UPDATES!!!!!!

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posted by Lovestar at 1:40 pm  

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

SOUTH EAST IN EAST

Off Modern, in collaboration with Too Pure Singles, Kruger, FACT, No Pain in Pop, Holy Roar and Backyard Records, presents 7 days of visual and aural stimuli at the upcoming SOUTH EAST IN EAST festival of music and art, showcasing new talent from South East and East London. It all pops off Friday 28 August through Thursday 3 September at Vibe Bar, Brick Lane. By the looks of this stellar line-up, there should be no hesitation, what-so-ever, to attend!!

Since we love a good event, and like to give our readers a taste of all the fun, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to 1 lucky winner and a friend!! Send an email to: trashmenagerie AT gmail DOT com Subject headline: SOUTH EAST IN EAST. Let us know which day you’d like to attend.

The young creatives behind Off Modern will introduce an eclectic mix of these dynamic South London collectives to London’s East End during this Summer’s August bank holiday week, bringing together these two vibrant scenes in Brick Lane’s Vibe Bar for seven days of live music, art, and more.

From Friday 28 August – Thursday 3 September, the Vibe Bar will host SOUTH EAST IN EAST, featuring art exhibitions, workshops, film screenings and a series of live gigs. During the day the venue will come alive with art, film and workshops, and in the evenings there will be performances by some of London’s hottest new live music talent and DJs. A free acoustic stage will also host performances outside in the Vibe Bar Courtyard from 3pm – 6pm on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Off Modern are a collective of artists, writers, promoters and curators, based in South East London whose aim is to provide young artists with a platform to exhibit their work in unconventional spaces. Their monthly nights in Corsica Studios already have a cult following and they have begun publishing a quarterly arts magazine.

To get you ripe for the festivities that will ensue, have a listen to these remixes by FACT Magazine’s Bok Bok and Mad Decent’s L-Vis 1990, resident Dj’s at Night Slugs, London!!


Dre Skull – I Want You (Bok Bok Remix)


Joker and Jakes – 3Klane (L-VIS Dubble Step Edit)


Crystal Fighters – Xtatic Truth (L-VIS 1990 Remix)

LINE UP:

Friday 28 August – OFF MODERN PRESENTS
UPSTAIRS:
HOT CLUB DE PARIS * MY TIGER MY TIMING * FICTION * THEE VICARS * LIXO * FICTION * NASTY MCQUAID * TOMFOOLERY *
8pm till Midnight
Now only £4 instead of £7!!!

Saturday 29 August -
OFF MODERN & KRUGER PRESENTS
CASIOKIDS * IT HUGS BACK * SUPER TENNIS * BRADLEY ZERO * FEEDING TIME * OFF MODERN DJS
+ SPECIAL GUESTS
Barden’s Boudoir on Kingsland Road, Dalston
8pm till 4am
Now only £5 instead of £7!!!

Sunday 30 August – BACKYARD RECORDS PRESENTS
ALI LOVE * TEENAGERS IN TOKYO * PUBLICIST *DOLLOP
Old Blue Last
8pm, £4

NIGHT SLUGZ CARNIVAL AFTER PARTY
Vibe Bar, upstairs
8pm till 3am
£5

SUNDAY DAYTIME FREE ACOUSTIC STAGE
1pm – 6pm
WOE * JAMIE COMMONS
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE
NASEBY FOX * SAUDIS * DIRTY HONKY vs HANDSOME PETE * 18 CARAT LOVE AFFAIR

Monday 31 August – HOLY ROAR PRESENTS
YOUVES * LOVERMAN * HOLY STATE * TURBOWOLF * HOLY ROAR DJS
OUTDOOR ACOUSTIC STAGE – TBA

Tuesday 1 September – NO PAIN IN POP & FACT MAGAZINE PRESENT
A GRAVE WITH NO NAME * DEEP SHIT * TOMB CREW * SKULL JUICE * NPIP DJS * VITAMIN CLUB * FACT MAGAZINE DJS

Wednesday 2 September – TOO PURE SINGLES CLUB PRESENTS
MAGIC AND FUR * FRIENDSHIP * BEAR HANDS * THE CROOKES* THREE TRAPPED TIGERS

Thursday 3 September – OFF MODERN PRESENTS
THE INVISIBLE * MAZES* POST WAR YEARS* CRYSTAL FIGHTERS

INFORMATION:

Ticket prices vary per day and are available from See Tickets
Door times: 8pm – 12am daily

Vibe Bar
The Old Truman Brewery
Brick Lane
London E1 6QL

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posted by Lovestar at 8:00 pm  

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

SWATCH MTV PLAYGROUND

So this is a new creative community and competition that features the best and cutting edge creative talent. Winners get $20,000 for project funding and professionals can win an inspirational worldwide art trip. But it’s much more than that…

See below and get involved!

The next generation of creative talent.
Swatch MTV Playground is an exciting new community that builds upon the Behance.net collective to showcase creative talent from across the globe.

Alongside the Behance network – the world’s premier creative platform for the very best in creative talent – Swatch MTV Playground will create the biggest international collective of imaginative minds and designers from around the world, a truly cross-media platform, existing on-air, online and throughout a series of events across Europe and Asia. The best entries will feature across the worldwide MTV network.

Swatch MTV Playground’s first competition is open now. The brief “Imagine Time in the Future” can come from the following disciplines: music, film, print design, 2D animation, 3D animation, motion design, illustration and fashion.

Prizes include $20,000 towards a choice of either tuition fees or project funding for students. Professionals will win an inspirational trip to an acclaimed exhibition or celebrated art event.

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posted by Terence T at 9:55 am  

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Artist Dan Stiles Does Justice, New Poster Art, and Skate Decks

dan stiles, music poster, justice, new years eve, chicago, justice, paris, ed banger,

One of Trash’s favorite graphic artists, Dan Stiles was recently commissioned to created limited edition hand numbered & signed posters for the New Year’s Eve event, Revolution Number 9 in Chicago. The REVNO line up includes second time Grammy Nominee’sJustice, along with Ed Banger label mate and artist – So Me, new line up additions – Peanut Butter Wolf, Home Video, along with local favorites – Hey Champ, Willy Joy, Zebo, The Glamour, Dark Wave Disco DJ’s, Skyler, and Bearries.

Collectors listen up! A portion of the limited edition posters will be available for sale at the Revolution Number 9, NYE event, a handful will go to the artists, and the remaining few will be made available on www.DanStiles.com after the NYE. A small limited run of variants (very limited – only 15!) will also be available. Collectible shirts will also be produced, (again, not to beat a dead horse, in “limited quantity”), so be sure to jump on this opportunity come January.

Additionally, Dan has just produced a second run of his award winning Feist poster, available from now, until they last,  just in time for the holiday’s, and if you order today, Dec. 17th, Stiles & Co can ship in time for Christmas or, as Dan acknowledges, “whatever winter holiday your people might celebrate”.

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Feist poster specs:
Event: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR
Date: Nov 6, 2007
17 x 26, redish orange, blueish green, and opaque white, black 100# cover stock
Signed and numbered edition of 200, marked second edition

GET THEM HERE!

Dan’s now designing & creating custom skate decks! To celebrate the new venture, he’s giving one away. And this isn’t just any deck, as of now, it’s the ONLY deck of its kind in existance. The “Witch Doctor” design, was inspired by the band Yeasayer. To have your chance at nabbing this primo exclusive, gratis, simply buy anything on www.danstiles.com between NOW and Jan 31, and you’re automatically entered to win. I don’t skate, but even if I did, this baby would never know what pavement was, it would got straight up on my wall with the rest of my art. Click the fancy banner below to check out his arsenal of fine work and other goods. Dan’s full line of stake decks will be a launching in 2009.

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posted by Audio Pimpstress at 1:01 pm  

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

New Posters from Award Winning Artist Dan Stiles

dan stiles, stereolab, music poster, art, limited edition
Stereolab
Wonder Ballroom, Portland OR – Oct 18, 2008
18 x 24 – Cyan, magenta, yellow, and black – 100# cover stock – screen printed
signed and numbered limited edition of 110

dan stiles, music poster, limited edition, my morning jacket, art
My Morning Jacket
Edgefield, Troutdale OR – Sept 27, 2008
18 x 24 – Orange and dark red – 100# black cover stock – screen printed
signed and numbered limited edition of 165

dan stiles, music poster, spiritualized, limited editon, art
Spiritualized
Neumo’s, Seattle WA – Sept 14, 2008
18 x 24 – Two hits of semi transparent white and red – screen printed
100# black cover stock – signed and numbered limited edition of 115

dan stiles, glasvegas, uk, music poster, art, limited edition
Glasvegas
The Leopard, Doncaster UK – July 8, 2008
15 x 24 – Light blue and red – 100# black cover stock – screen printed
signed and numbered limited edition of 180

Dan, Dan, the poster man . . .

No one really calls him that, (I think?) I just made it up now, needed a clever intro, yeah, I know, i’m reaching. Anyway, one of my favorite poster artists, Dan Stiles, just made some of his recent work available online at www.danstiles.com

I’ve been a fan for years, and as i’m writing this, i’m looking at some of his works of art hanging on my wall. His art is in high demand, and he’s created custom, limited edition posters and other clever merch and collectibles for just about every band/musician you can imagine, for well over a decade.

And once it’s gone, that’s all folks! Resellers have been know to snatch up his poster art in bulk, sit on the goods, and once they sell out on Stiles’ official site, release them, and resell his work for up to $500.00 a poster. (Maybe more, but that’s what i’ve come across in my latest searches.)

So, i’ve wised up, I go straight to the source as soon as Stiles’ puts new work on his site, I pick a few favorites, and get them while they last at an amazingly great price. (Practically a steal in my opinion!) Cause like I said, once they’re gone, the probability that i’ll have to break my piggy bank to get my hands on one is high, I could very easily go broke fast. However, the flipside is that all good art appreciates in value, such is the case with Stiles’ work, so my little addiction is actually an awesome investment!

Alas, here are the latest, there are plenty more waiting for you on his official site, where you’ll have the opportunity to have a really hard time making a decision on which posters you want to nab.

You can also peep one of his Sigur Ros posters that accompanies the great “Mish Mix” – 100 Favorite Tracks of 2008, Selected by Top Music Industry Tastemakers. (And unfortunately, this poster sold out a while ago.)

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posted by Audio Pimpstress at 4:29 am  
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