After a tour and visiting several locations – such as Victoria Harbour’s and Pharrell’s Something in the wate in Hong Kong- Kaws Holiday sculpture will arrive at the foot of Mount Fuji in recent months.
In collaboration with AllRightsReserved and the support of Herschel Supply, this event will mark the fourth stage of Companion. The 40-metre long Companion will occupy the ground at Fujinomiya Camping in Shizuoka. The event is accompanied by a special sketch of KAWS, depicting a relaxed Companion with one hand behind the head, the other on the belly and legs bent.
The incredible camping experience will host a variety of limited edition collectibles made with AllRightsReserved. It will take place on July 18 and to participate you must register for a lottery, which opens at 21:00 on June 27 and ends at the same time the next day.
The series of 10 exclusive items includes a 20 cm plush – KAWS Holiday – in the shape of Mount Fuji stylized in three color variations, the Kokeshi Dolls in vinyl of 24.1 cm, ceramic plates in four colors, gold and silver pins and the Fire-King Mugs, each of which decorated with works of art of Mount Fuji. The other pieces will be cushions, t-shirts and tote bags in navy blue, white and pink. The entire collection will be on sale in the Ding Dong Takuhaibin online store.
Vintage cars, you know, are a precious asset but even more difficult to find, for this reason,LEGO has given the opportunity to fans to have their Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 of 1974 in miniature. It will be made of 180 bricks and you can recreate this icon of the races of the 70s, a must-have collection for the die-hard fans of the two-seater.
The 1974 LEGO 911 is incredibly full of detail and true to the original, with the Porsche logo, realistic rubber wheels, the iconic whale-tailed aileron – “Whale-Tail” – on the back, colored in a glittering white. The model has a removable windscreen that allows you to insert in the driver’s cabin a classic Porsche 911 lego man with his own black racing hatchet. All this is accompanied by three orange cones.
The entire car is 2.5 cm high, 12.7 cm long and 5.1 cm wide – the right size and portable so you can display it wherever you want. The car will also make its digital debut in the new Forza Horizon 4: LEGO Speed Champions on Xbox One and Windows 10 PC this summer. The Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 from LEGO 1974 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0 will be available in its stores on 1st of August.
Constellations is the digital arts festival that takes place in the city of Metz from 20 June to 7 September, for three years now.
The installations and projects of the artists involved in it are able to build parallel dimensions which is possible to visit thanks to three main courses offered to the public: Digital Stones, Street Art and Art and Gardens.
Let’s starting from the first.
The Pierres Numériques course invites the public to make a nocturnal journey to discover the architectural heritage of the city, including installations and projections that combine art and technology.
The artist Vincent Masson stands out the mighty Saint-Etienne cathedral with a mapping named Morphosis that defines the polymorphic character of the building, all this accompanied by a musical and animated narration to tell the most important events that marked the history of the city.
With the Vivam Memoriam project by Romain Tardy we arrive at the heart of the event, a sound and light show that takes place in New Temple, one of the most important Protestant buildings of neo-Romanic architecture, which celebrates the end of the digital age.
Being crossed by the Moselle canal, for the city of Meltz water is a primary and important source, so that the artist Joanie Lemercier has chosen to present his work Constellations on a water drops screen, which projections of lights create three-dimensional images that carry us through the rhythm of music between planets and stars.
In the cloister, which host the House of the Region, usually closed to the public, Olivier Ratsi presents Frame Perspective. It covers the four corridors of the construction of red rectangular neon lights that light up one after the other to offer a staging out of time.
The Basilica of San Vincenzo has been a desacralized monument since 2012, and the artist Guillaume Marmin with the agency TETRO have chosen to present their work in “1.3 seconds”. In addiction to being the title of the project, it is also the length of time that light takes to travel between the Earth and the Moon.
Each of these installations, and many others will carry you to a space never seen before.
With 950,000 visitors for the second edition, Constellations has been recognized as the summer art festival to discover absolutely.
Omar, a young Pakistani, manages to convince his uncle to let him run his old laundry. Johnny, played by a young Daniel Day-Lewis, helps him with the renovation and start-up of his new business. Their friendship will soon turn into a love story told with simplicity, without great romantic gestures, without epic scenes, but with the same shamelessness that has a love that is forced to grow in a context in which it is hardly contemplated.
My Beautiful Laundrette, outré to deal with the theme of homosexual love, gives us a glimpse of London during the Thatcher government and of the life of the Pakistani community in the capital.
We can’t help but mention Milk, the biographical film about the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly declared gay man to hold a public office in America. The director is played by Sean Penn, who, thanks to his extraordinary performance, won the Oscar for Best Actor.
The strength of this film lies in the choice of director Gus Van Sant to focus not only on the private life of the protagonist but to emphasize and recreate the American political atmosphere of the ’70s, witnessing a period of social change and ideologies.
“His life changed history. His courage changed lives.”
The Danish Girl
We continue with another biographical film that tells a story even before that of Milk. We are in the 1920s in Denmark and follow the story of Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne) and his wife Gerda (Alicia Vikander). Their marriage, and their lives, change when she asks her husband to pose for a painting instead of a dancer. It is at this moment that Einar understands that something in him is changing, indeed, that something that has always been latent in the depths of his heart is surfacing.
Einar Wegener is the first person in history to be identified as a transsexual, in fact, after 5 operations (in the film they are less) and lengthy negotiations, she was officially recognized by the state as a woman, or as Lili Elbe.
The Danish Girl is a must-see, both for its important history and for the brilliant performance of both leading actors.
Call Me By Your Name
What list would you be without Call Me By Your Name? The film that won Italian director and screenwriter Luca Guadagnino an Oscar for Best Non-original Screenplay. This is perhaps the film that took the theme of homosexual love to another level. That between Elio and Oliver is a love story told without stereotypes and with simplicity, a summer love capable of upsetting an entire life.
Call Me By Your Name to see for dozens and dozens of reasons, from the perfection of the script to the fantastic Italian landscapes that frame it, to the heartfelt and profound interpretations of both Armie Hammer and Timothée Chalamet.
Let’s close with a beautiful story of troubled and suffering love, that between Ennis and Jack, which makes Brokeback Mountain one of the best movies that deal with the theme of homosexual love.
The strength of this film is to tell a love story, with its obstacles and its romantic moments, but also to set the whole story during the ’60s, in Wayoming and play on the contrast between the common thought of society at that time and the feelings between the two protagonists.
We are not saying that the film has been a huge success among the public, making it one of those masterpieces always current and that never go out of fashion, but also a great critical success, coming to win three Oscars.
If we have not yet managed to convince you, maybe the names of Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger will do so.
The works of the artistJen Mann, are not only beautiful to look at, but represent the key points of his research that concern us very closely: from our generation’s obsession with social media, to the influence of pop-culture in our lives.
Throughout her artistic career, Jen has developed multiple bodies of work by stratifying these themes, creating medium to large oil paintings on canvas. She also uses digital references to create hyper-realistic worlds, using the photos she takes herself.
Colour saturation is one of the distinctive traits of her style and should be interpreted as an element that separates images from reality and adds a strong “pop art”/”Instagram filter” component.
In addition to colors, Jen Mann’s paintings also use some social languages, such as the one that involves inserting a text under certain images, very popular on Instagram.
Beyond the pleasant aesthetic practice, the artist’s work wants to question the idea of reality and make us reflect on how we perceive our identity in the post-internet culture.