#TPIA : Café d’Anvers Turning People Into Animals since 1989

Today I’m actually posting a pretty special post. A birthday post. Yes, mine, but also of Café d’Anvers. We are both turning 25 today. Being born in the night of 18 and 19 October, 12.00 precisely, I actually feel entitled to celebrate the entire weekend. Because who is to decide whether I’m an 18 October girl or a 19 October girl… Well, actually my mom was, and she decided 19 October would be the day, but I’m 25 now and I feel old enough to disagree.

Anywayz… I’m not the only one turning 25, Café d’Anvers, a nationally and internationally renowned club, opened its doors exactly 25 years ago. Their slogan: Turning People Into Animals!
And doesn’t that happen to be what I’m doing on this blog, right here, right now?

Café d’Anvers is not one to pass a good reason to party, turning a quarter of a century may be one of those times you want to make memorable. So they did and they will. I opted for a birthday weekend, they chose a birthday month… With an entire birthday campaign, filled with art and spectacular music.
They even hired Steven Lemmens to turn famous artists and celebrities into animals. With a stunning result. Sergio Herman, Amélie Lens, Tanguy Ottomer, Nick Bril and Johnny De Mol all got a make over and look absolutely ferocious.

The artwork will be travelling through Antwerp during the entire campaign, but will land in Café d’Anvers during the birthday weekend, 17 and 18 October. The closing event of the campaign.
Afterwards the artwork will be sold on eBay and will serve a worthy animal inspired cause. (If you haven’t gotten me a present yet, you might want to take this hint.)

But the party itself will probably be pretty amazing itself. Café d’Anvers will be fitted with a new and unique decor, just for the birthday weekend. Antwerp based artist, Charlotte De Cock will get an entire wall at her disposal to decorate as she pleases – but in the theme of the slogan, of course. De Cock’s artwork will then stay on the wall until the next birthday.

Tonight the club will host Chicago legend Lil Louis, aka The Godfather of House. A suitable choice because his hit “French kiss” is also a 1989 baby. Lil Louis will be assisted by Reboot, a contemporary Cadenza artist. And of course Café d’Anvers will also be scheduling some of their residents: Compuphonic and Bollen & Fichtner to finish up their line up.

Yesterday the line up consisted of the best and most notorious of the past residents. Café d’Anvers hosted a ‘Best Of’ filled with artists who played at the club during the past 25 years. Former resident artists the likes of Sven Van Hees (1991-1996), Steve Cop (1994-1998), Koenie (1989-1998), Prinz (2000-2014)and Smos (1991 -2014) took the opportunity and the stage to fire up the club for this special occasion.

Hope to see some of you there to join in on the festivities!
More info @ http://www.cafedanvers.com/

Birthday weekend

The Karl Daily

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Haute of the press!

Have you scooped up a Karl Daily yet?

Karl Lagerfeld has done it again. When he zigs he zags, and when you think he’s gonna zag, he zigs just for the hell of it. When the fashion guru is not busy being a brilliant photographer or the architect of some kind of fabulous event, whilst pampering Choupette, he publishes his own newspaper. Yes, the man lifts multitasking to a new level.

If I didn’t already love him because of the creative mastermind he is, I do now more than ever because he confesses to being “a paper freak” to Women’s Wear Daily (WWD).

I love paper. I’m a paper freak. Paper is the material I use for sketching. I always need to have paper under my fingers in order to express myself. I like newspapers. Maybe the iPad is very modern and everything, and I’m not against it, but I like the physical contact. And the physical contact of metal and glass is not as sensuous as paper.”

You tell ‘m! They won’t listen to me.

Books, newspapers, sketch books, magazines… where does he find the time to keep up? Apparantly he barely does…

I read whenever I can, but you know, between the collections, the photos, and all the other things I do, interviews included, there is not so much time left, huh?” – Karl Lagerfeld to WWD.

But still, he managed to publish a gazette.

What to expect? Well, the magazine is mainly Karl in pages. It features his talents for sketching, fashion insight, wordplay, photography and humor prominently, and a couple of pages are reserved for advertising (for his own brands). Like in every decent paper, there will also be a comic strip and it wouldn’t be ‘fashion’ without some street-style elements. Lagerfeld will also treat his readers to a list of hot spots and who doesn’t want to know what he finds hot and where you can spot him? I’m hooked.

And don’t you worry, Choupette will have her part. The fashionable cat was hired as a guest editor and reporter and won’t hesitate to shine her light over the going-ons in the world. Several other contributors will also bring you more exclusive insights into the amazing universe of Karl Lagerfeld.

The newspaper also carries Lagerfeld’s fall campaign picturing model Kati Nescher posing in a mock newsstand stuffed with copies of The Karl Daily.

Check out The Karl Daily and enter the Karl world by visiting his website, Karl.com.

You can also access the full newspaper here.

Don’t forget to like Karl Lagerfeld’s facebookpage for more interesting (& stylish) footage. Because he may share my love for paper, he’s also very aware of the visual world. Being an accomplished photographer and director, he spices up several social media feeds with his classy videos and teasing pictures.

 

PS. Eternal reckless love for the animal who finds me one of those paper Karl Lagerfeld newspapers… I haven’t been able to get my hands on one – yet.

Ibeyi : French Cuban Twins with a Yoruba soul, freshly signed by XL Recordings

XL Recordings added a new star to its musical galaxy. Or 2 stars actually. The British independent record label who has also embraced artists the likes of The XX, Jack White and Sigur Rós, signed the French Cuban Diaz twins aka Ibeyi (which means Twins in Yoruba).

A smart move. Ibeyi certainly seems to have that indie glow that makes the XL Recordings stars shine and stand out. Their je ne sais quoi is as rock’n’roll as it is genuine and mystical.

Naomi and Lisa-Kainde Diaz ooze heritage in their repertoire. Their songs, sung mainly in English and Yoruba, take you into a spiritual trance and make you want to echo their prayerlike lyrics and sounds. Because that is what their songs sound like: prayers. Sometimes possessed cries of worship, sometimes honest-to-god pleas filled with devotion to higher spirits no mind can grasp. A sound that is as minimal as it is complex and layered. A perfect blend of modern, electronic influences, acoustic renditions, and traditional Yoruba elements, strung together by a soulful and natural percussion that gets you in and through the rhythm of the tracks and gives every song its own heartbeat.


Although Naomi and Lisa-Kainde mainly grew up in Paris, they do stay true to their Cuban roots and Yoruba culture. They cite some more modern influences like hip-hop, ragga (a sub-genre of dancehall music or reggae), dancehall, soul and electronic music, but also jazz and blues, like Nina Simone. Another important influence seems to be their own upbringing. Being the daughters of famous percussionist father Anga Diaz and a mother who they described to Pigeonsandplanes as “a musician without an instrument”, the musical talent and rhythmic creativity seems to stem as much of the blood as it seems of the mind.

It is thanks to her [their mother] that we are musicians today, and thanks to our father that we knew we could be musicians.” – Pigeonsandplanes.com

Wherever their inspiration comes from, I’m eagerly awaiting what these multilingual, multicultural artists are up to next. But I’m sure XL Recordings will be a productive breeding ground for them. Not really fitting any kind of category, they were asked how they would label themselves, but they also admit there’s no real existing category to file them under.

It is hard for us to describe our music. If we had to we’d say we do contemporary Negro Spiritual, since our music is based on prayer.” – Pigeonsandplanes.com

Make sure to check out their website, Facebook page, and take the time to really discover them and all the facets of their musical portfolio.

Spotted in Antwerp : Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov

Actually Vitaliy Raskalov and Vadim Makhorov spotted Antwerp.
Vitaly and Vadim who?
Well, Raskalov and Makhorov are two crazy daredevil Russians, who don’t have a fear of heights. They are known for climbing up and down stuff, like skyscrapers, spectacular bridges, monuments… Sounds superlegal right? Yeah, it’s not. But who cares? The pictures are breathtaking, and not only when you do suffer from vertigo.

And now ladies and gentlemen, they found Antwerp on their route. Finally!
Central station being chosen as one of the most beautiful train stations in the world, apparently sparked some inspiration. They also deemed the Boerentoren worthy of their time and took some amazing pictures standing on top of it.
Take a look and discover Antwerp from a new point of view…

But of course Antwerp is not the first city these guys lend some new perspectives too. Far from it!
Check out their dazzling work on their website On the roofs and don’t forget to subscribe!
Also, check out this video of them climbing the Shangai Tower (650 m up in the air):

And follow these raging Russian rebel rooftopclimbers on Instagram and Facebook.

Icy & Sot – Iranian Underground Art

Icy and Sot, a band of brothers armed with a talent for graffiti and stencil art, spraypainted themselves from the streets of Tabriz, Iran, right into the country’s underground youth/urban culture. Defying law and censorship, their talent brought the two young artists to Brooklyn.

A bold, but necessary move since western art has been forbidden in Iran since the revolution of ’79. This is also the reason why you won’t find Icy and Sot’s work on the streets of Iran. They always had to document their work digitally fast, because graffiti would often be removed after one or two days, making their work ephemeral. At least in Brooklyn they can legally show their art and work in peace, without risking being thrown in jail or getting physique punishment.

Nevertheless the underground art scene in Iran flourishes. With talented filmmakers, musicians, writers and other artists finding their voice in the shadows of the law, it seems like the oppression is kindling the artists’ fire. Many of the Iranian creative crowd find themselves in similar positions as Icy & Sot, and decide to make the move to America, who in recent years seem to have been welcoming foreign artists. The brothers also made the leap inspired by a befriended punk rock band named The Yellow Dogs (see insert below), who fled Iran in favour of Brooklyn. The band’s manager, Salehezadeh (an Iranian-American) embraced the two boys upon their arrival and took them under his wings.
Icy & Sot - made in Iran ft. yellow dogs

At the moment they even have an exhibition going in Europe. They are currently showcasing their work in Amsterdam at The ABC “American Book Center” Treehouse [Opening Saturday, September 13th – 16:00 to 21:00]. You can even meet the artists on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th of September. Find more information on the expo and the boys here.

More information on Icy & Sot you can find on their website (be sure to check out their videos ) and don’t forget to follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

See them in action here…

The Slap

Everybody remembers the beautiful, but oh so fake, kiss-a-‘random’-stranger video that went viral a couple of months ago. This is not a sequel. No, this is more of a cynical, turned slapstick, parody with a more sincere edge to it. This is people slapping each other in the face. Which is totally different. And painful in a more physical rather than emotionally awkward way. Because let’s face it, you more often want to hit a random stranger than kiss one. (Peace and love to all of you people out there by the way…)

So who do we have to thank for this abundance of slapping? That would be Max Landis. Who you should definately follow on his YouTube channel: Uptomyknees, because sometimes he has stuff to say about “Superman and superheroes and shit” and he posts some nice material like I featured in this blog post.

How did he get to making this video? In the description box beneath the behind-the-scene footage on YouTube he explains:

Several months ago, I discovered a white studio space on the edge of Los Angeles. The idea occured to me instantly to shoot something there, but what? A sequel to my minorly viral series of Superman videos? A music video? The blank white space stretched out before me and I clutched my beer and squinted my eyes and found myself thinking of something that felt unbelievably obvious: I should get my friends to hit each other in the face.

So he got his friends and acquaintances (some of whom are models and actors) to consensually hit each other. And yes, that is Haley Joel Osment in the movie. Their reactions are priceless. Watch how they direct each other. “So you go first…” The awkward violence is the cutest! And the gasps and giggles and expressions of disbelief make the video so much more real, spontaneous and relatable, because seriously what would you do? How would you react? Slap a friend nearby if you’re not sure.

So what was his theory behind the film?

The theory was: A slap, robbed of its violating context, is more intimate than a kiss.

True, I guess. How badly do you have to trust someone to let this person knowingly hit you. Though I still prefer lips over fists.

You can see behind the scene footage beneath and read more of his comments and his philosophy in the description box. Enjoy!

Purple Ferdinand – Birds | Some tattoos, some ukelele and so much Soul

Recently my attention got drawn by a new up and coming artist by the name of Purple Ferdinand. A ukelele playing tattoo artist who launched a single titled ‘Birds’. Since I believe every artist who can combine my love for tattoos, ukelele and birds needs to be featured on this blog, I dedicate a post to her.

She brings beautiful songs that are deeply soulful as well as (neo-)folky. The snares of her ukelele pluck and plonk you from happy to sad to blissful tranquility. It’s a lovely vibrating melancholy that once made me fall head over heels in love with the sound of Amy Winehouse. Her sound also brings back memories of that Summer my playlist mainly consisted out of Eliza Doolittle, Corinne BaileyRae, Selah Sue, Jamie Woon and Hindi Zahra. Although Purple Ferdinand’s sound is completely her own, I do believe her songs will make this Summer as happy as that one.

I read on Pigeons and Planes that her debut album, Dragonfly, will launch July 23.

Don’t forget to check out her Tumblr account and Facebook page or her other YouTube videos! Especially Beautiful Anomaly and Speak True are more than worth a listen (x10) to.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

#DefineBeauty – Nowness takes a look at the definition of beauty

With #Define Beauty Nowness takes a look at the different definitions artists give to beauty and reminds me why this is one of my favourite websites. During 5 weeks, Nowness will release a new film every week on their blog. In this serie of 5 short movies, film makers reflect on beauty and beauty ideals, perfection and imperfection, and what makes it all real to them.

Director Saam Farahmand was granted the honour to kick off the series. He took this chance to take on the body hair debate with his movie: Les Fleurs, in which he lets a naked woman gradually transform from the hairless ideal image society has of a naked body to a more natural state.

 

 

Part 2 of the #DefineBeauty series took on the prejudice that falls upon plastic surgery and other forms of body enhancement. Director Clara Cullen sees plastic surgery as a form of art, which inspired the title of her short movie: Beauty Is A Form Of Genius. She found inspiration for her film in her home town of Buenos Aires. The women in her film all depict the Argentinian beauty prototype. For the story of her film she teamed up with novelist Maxine Swann. They constructed a film based on four stories that combines motives that vary from vanity to insecurity. You can click on the link below to watch the movie in HD.

Nowness – Beauty Is a Form of Genius

 

Don’t forget to check out the next part of the #DefineBeauty series, A Maximum Illusion: Creme Caramel, that will be launched on Nowness.com May 20th.

 

 

Supermarket Prestige : “Wheat is Wheat is Wheat”

Wheat is Wheat is Wheat is an exhibition by Peddy Mergui. It explores the levels of ethics in daily consumerism and luxury brands. Mergui gives you an inside look of what a supermarket would look like if prestige brands put their name on daily products, which shows us some fashionable fast moving consumer goods.

Wheat is Wheat is Wheat is a humorous yet provocative commentary on global consumer culture that may just have us questioning our next purchase. – SFMCD.org

 

The artist questions what the consumer actually buys when it spends money on a ‘brand’. Because wheat is wheat and sugar is sugar, no? Does the brand add this much to the actual value?

The exhibition will be open until the 15th of June and is being held in the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco.

All Love Is Equal : Portraying Romance

Another beautiful example of how Kickstarter makes creative dreams come true. The All Love Is Equal project is a true celebration of romance. Being a firm believer in love and the narrative magic of good photography myself, I can’t but include a post about it on our blog. Make sure to watch the video and get to know the artist behind the pictures.

Braden Summers, the photographer behind the pictures, challenges himself to capture the most beautiful romantic moments all over the world, crossing cultural and stereotypical borders. Because his lens puts focus on the LGBT community, who he finds underrepresented in romantic photography. 

All of my references for idealized romance were completely hetero-normative. It is of a man and a woman, we all know the story, we grew up with it.

So Summers, who is actually a classically trained painter, paints a picture of love with his camera and goes beyond the clichés. He illustrates what he thinks iconic romance should represent.

Now, I know firsthand that there’s a lot of love and romance in the gay community, and what’s lacking is representation of this in these mediums. Now what we do see of the LGBT community is often overtly sexualized and sometimes deviant. I want to show a campaign that illustrates the love and romance in various cultures around the world, that communicates all love is equal.

In his kickstarter video Summers explains what inspired his idea.

Last year I found myself living a dream. I was in love, I was in Paris, and I was inspired by the old world architecture and fascinating people and their classic French style. So, I created a bunch of portraits and I shot couples dancing in the streets of Montmartre and women gazing over the city of Paris from balconies. It was amazing. After creating some images of hyper realistic Parisian couples and glorified portraits, my boyfriend had suggested that I photograph a gay couple, and I asked myself, as a gay man, why was that something that I had not thought of instinctively? In fact, why had I not considered this at all?

But with this beautiful vision comes a budget. Insert Kickstarter. Summers calculated that he would need $20,000 to realize his vision. The money would be financing a team of creatives, models, a producer, and production costs for the iconic shots.

The plan is to travel to global destinations that capture the various cultures and romance the world has to offer. Starting in Paris, going to Mumbai, Beirut, Johannesburg, Rio de Janeiro, New York City and Los Angeles. If we surpass our goal, I will continue to cities such as Mexico City, Bangkok, and Tokyo.

And yes, he succeeded! He gathered a $23,121 budget to fund his dream project.

So follow his website or facebook page to follow his dreamy romantic activities.

All pictures courtesy of Braden Summers. Like it? Check out his website for more!

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