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Beauty Cake Contest

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I’ve been cleaning up my computer and finding all kids of stuff. This is part of a letter I wrote to swedish lifestyle magazine BON a while ago. They had arranged a cake baking contest called “Beauty Cake Contest” together with an artgallery here in Gothenburg. I thought our contribution “D.I.Y. Instant Beautycake” was by far the best entry, but the art critics called it “too conceptual” and gave the first prize (lifetime subscription that I really wanted) to a really boring traditional cake. I got really really mad and actually thought about throwing Instant Beautycakes in the faces of the jury (but I settle for some long discussions). I’m still pissed haha… And BON didn’t even reply to my long and beautifully pretentious letter. Boring people!

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Update (16/08/13): This post was part of a week-long “Next Century Modern Blog” stint, by¬†guest blogger Jesper Larsson.

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Happiness

main_img01So I made my way to the new Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills this past Friday for the opening exhibit, HAPPINESS: A SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR ART AND LIFE. It often felt like a mishmash of things, arbitrarily put together (to me at least, altough I’m sure the curators would disagree as they have put great effort in creating 4 thematic spaces), but which gives us a great opportunity to enjoy such a variety of artists and mediums in one show. Some of my favorite things on show were a 15-minute video projection on 3 screens by Chinese artist Yang Fu-Dong called MINOR SOLDIER YY’S SUMMER, a few works of propaganda (some tongue in cheek, like the Luo Brothers excellent I LOVE TIENANMEN SQUARE series pictured above, and some not, like the works from the North Korean Worker’s Party’s Mansudei Artists’ Studio), the pictures from Araki Nobuyoshi’s Tokyo Monogatari series, the idea behind the video installation by Superflex, and a bunch more that you’ll have to see for yourself by visiting the exhibit. It was nice to see so many works actually comissioned for the show, and all the care that has been put towards the presentation. I also love the mini-guide to the show that you can buy for 500 yen that contains full descriptions of all the works/artists in a well-designed little package. The place itself is also to be enjoyed, and it makes the 1500 yen you pay for the show seem like a bargain as it includes access to the observation deck which offers you an amazing view of the city (it’s also interesting how certain works in the exhibit incorporate this view). Definitely worth checking out.

I was also surprised to get recognized by someone while I was exiting the exhibit space, by a reader who actually lives not too far from here. It’s my second public recognition (first time was at the most recent Momus show at Superdeluxe).

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Supertalk

supertalk144The Superfuture site has just launched a new BBS called Supertalk. Adds even more functionality to an already great site.

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Claska

I’ve recently seen write-ups in a few magazines on a just-opened (September) boutique hotel in Meguro called Claska. A friend went to a party there last night and says it’s fabulous. The lobby is operated by the people behind Office and Sign (regular readers of this site are certainly aware of my love for Office). There’s a review of the place at Superfuture.

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Momus Radio

Have a listen to Momus Radio.

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Zatoichi with Subtitles

It has come to my attention through a comment (thanks, Victor) that the Virgin Cinemas in Roppongi Hills is showing ZATOICHI with English subtitles. While I was there yesterday I checked and can confirm this. I hope I can go see it sometime this week. Times can be checked at the following site.

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This is the first thing you see as you enter the “Happiness” exhibit at the just opened Mori Art Museum in Roppongi Hills. Went there today and fully enjoyed it. I’ll write a seperate post about the exhibit later. I tried moblogging while I was there, but Mfop seems to be down right now.