It’s that time of the year again — onedotzero_nippon is back in town, taking place at Unit in Daikanyama this year, September 30 to October 2. I’m a big fan of the festival, and try to catch a few programs every year (finances permitting). On top of the film showcase (have a look at the schedule here — the retrospective program this year covers the works of Mike Mills), Unit will host a few live events, on both Friday and Saturday nights, starting at 23:00.
Ken Mizutani, noticing that I tend to mention tees here a lot (still waiting for my Threadless order to come in), recently contacted me to talk about his UK-based online store/label called The World Chico. More than just a store featuring cool t-shirts, they also started an exhibition project that sounds interesting. Here’s more from Ken:
The project was launched in May to exhibit the work of established artists alongside talented newcomers some of whom are exhibiting for the first time and also for whom the exhibit provides a much-needed platform for their work. Our hope is that we can continue to attract new people of such high calibre to shine a light on their work and perhaps even help them along the first few steps of their careers.
Established artists who have allowed their work to be shown to support the project include: photographer Leon Chew (who’s work has appeared in numerous publications including Blueprint, ViewPoint & Next Level), illustrator Mr-Bingo (who has been commissioned by the BBC, Dazed & Confused and Carhartt) and illustrator and textile designer Eugenia Tsimiklis (whose fabric designs have been used by several high profile US fashion houses and whose illustrations have appeared in The Sunday Telegraph, The Big Issue and Etisoppo).
The success and enthusiasm for the artist project has inspired a second showcase for music that has also started to attract established artists, whose work will appear alongside unsigned acts. So far the site features a diverse range of music; Afro-latin house from Faze Action, spoken word artist Dwayne Morgan, Jazzy instrumental hip hop from Nick Nack, exotic lounge music from Rollercone and my personal favourite a guy called Capital who plays guitar beautifully he’s been on tour in Japan recently and
getting a big underground following!
And speaking of t-shirts, Graniph has recently launched a few new designs.
The one good thing about being stuck at home because of the flu is that you don’t have to feel guilty when you spend a couple of hours playing WE LOVE KATAMARI! What an absolutely beautiful blend of colorful pop graphics, simple yet addictive gameplay, and probably the best soundtrack ever to grace a game. I’m having way too much playing this — and my mind is clouded with thoughts of rolling the whole world up into a katamari…
Update: Well, that couple of hours turned into a few more. What a terrific game.
I owe you a post on the Swedish Style events I’m organizing at Cafe Pause in Ikebukuro with NCM (more specifically, with good ol’ Jesper), and unfortunately I’ve been hit with the flu and I’m just not feeling at all like sitting in front of the computer — there’s also a “This Week in Magazines” post I need to write up. I’ll try to get to it tomorrow, if I’m feeling better. In the meantime, here’s another shot of Pause’s interior, which I took the other day to help Jesper visualize the space for some installations.
I’m embarrassed to say that I still have never made it to Living Design Center Ozone — BUT, I will… one day… I swear. Maybe for this:
Professional industrial designers and design students come together to propose new ecodesign products. The students have been engaged in a workshop since May, and this exhibition showcases their output. (TAB)
It ends September 27.
You know what — I quite like the “peaceful nature imagery, […] unashamedly feminine women […] and reassuring pictures of cakes and cafes” found in Japanese magazine.
Members of popular hip hop groups Rip Slyme and m-flo are to team up with fashion designer Nigo (33) to make their recording debut in the US. Ryo-Z (31) and Ilmari (30) from Rip Slyme, m-flo vocalist Verbal, Kaze no Hito’s MC Wise, and Nigo as DJ will make up the 5-man unit Teriyaki Boyz. They will release their debut album “Beef or Chicken” on Def Jam Recordings on November 16. Nigo is best known for the A Bathing Ape street fashion brand, which has a huge cult following. He is a friend of Def Jam artist Jay-Z, and got the idea of putting the group together this summer. The album also has a stellar lineup on the production side, with Japan’s Cornelius alongside Grammy Award winners the Neptunes, Ad Rock of the Beastie Boys, French artists Daft Punk, and DJ Shadow. The group will hold a launch party in New York and play live dates in five cities towards the end of the year. There are no plans for the members to continue as a group after that. (japan-zone.com)
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