The history and evolution of the Pigalle Duperré Court

The history and evolution of the Pigalle Duperré Court

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 months ago · Design

Since 2009 in Paris, more precisely in the 9th arrondissement, in the Pigalle district, has been located the colorful Pigalle Duperré Court.
The project, to date curated by Stéphane Ashpool, founder of the Pigalle brand, Nike and the creative studio ILL Studio, was born from the citizens’ desire to have a place where children could play, right there in the middle of two buildings characterized by the classic and charming Parisian style.
So it was that all the inhabitants of the neighborhood and the players of the local basketball teams started painting the first court alongside the French-Asian artist Yué “Nyno”, born from the ashes of an old abandoned parking lot.
Also present at the inauguration were Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Spike Lee and LeBron James, protagonists of one of the four walls.

In 2012, on the occasion of the launch of the new collection, Ashpool commissioned the new design to ILL Studio, famous for having already worked with brands such as Louis Vuitton, Converse, and Supreme.
The result was a basketball court characterized by shapes and colors never seen before, but above all the beginning of what would become a globally recognized project.
Moreover, on this occasion, the design of the basketball court was also reproduced inside the stadium where the new collection was presented.

Always ILL Studio, first in 2015 and then in 2017, was responsible for giving a new look to the Pigalle Duperré Court.
In the first case, inspired by the colors and geometries of Kazimir Malevic’s painting “Sportsmen”, in the second one, instead, giving life to what, according to them, could be the future aesthetics of a basketball court, characterized by bright colors.

Through this basketball court we try to explore the relationship between sport, art and culture and what comes out is a powerful socio-cultural indicator of our time. ILL Studio

This brings us to the last court, the one inaugurated at the beginning of 2020, always made by the same dream team.
The colors remain strong and iridescent but what changes is the source of inspiration that, perfectly in trend, moves on the gaming world, with signs, symbols and numbers that decorate all the walls of the field.

“The Power of Sport to Move the World”, this is the motto of a project that does not hint at putting down the brush, on the contrary, the goal seems to be to take it around the world.
In September 2019, in fact, the project arrived in Beijing, where a new basketball court was built for girls and young people in the Chinese capital, made with Nike Grind, a material created from recycled shoes and scrap.
This too was designed by ILL Studio and, according to Ashpool, marked the beginning of something new and bigger.
And a few months later, in December, two more courts were opened in Mexico City at the Gimnasio Olímpico Juan de la Barrera, former Olympic site and home of the basketball team Capitanes de Ciudad de México.

But going back to our Pigalle Duperré Court, if you are one of the few who have not yet made two shots at one of the most famous baskets in the world, this awaits you at number 22 of Rue Duperré, between the Moulin Rouge and Montmartre.

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Human Flow, Ai Weiwei’s book dedicated to refugees

Human Flow, Ai Weiwei’s book dedicated to refugees

Giulia Pacciardi · 1 week ago · Art

In 2017, in collaboration with Amazon Studios, the Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei presented the moving documentary Human Flow in Venice.

The film tells the drama of migrants through a journey through 23 countries, from Afghanistan to Sicily, from Kenya to Iraq, from Berlin to the border between Mexico and the United States, with the touching participation of more than 600 refugees and humanitarian workers.

It is news of the last few days, however, the decision of Ai Weiwei to transform the documentary into a book: Human Flow: Stories from the Global Refugee Crisis.
Inside the tome it will be possible to read more than a hundred interviews that the artist made during the trip, accompanied by 44 black and white photos that he took himself during the shooting of the documentary.

All the unpublished material tells the story of men, women and children who are forced to travel for years for miles and miles, making their homes refugee camps and other places that can hardly be considered a good place to stay.

If you want to buy the book you can go here.

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TENET, the new film by Christopher Nolan

TENET, the new film by Christopher Nolan

Giulia Guido · 6 days ago · Art

UPDATE MAY 22nd

The closure of cinemas and the production stop does not stop Christopher Nolan. The release of his latest film, TENET, does not seem to change. The appointment remains for next July 17 and to confirm this is the new official trailer, which reveals much more about the plot. Watch it below!

We’ve been waiting for him for three years, since the release of his latest film Dunkirk and now he’s finally here. Yesterday the official trailer of Christopher Nolan‘s latest pharaonic feat was released, which, as his films are used to, gave us an indescribable rush of adrenaline, but raised a thousand questions.

TENET, which will be released in cinemas on July 17, 2020, promises to be a scientific thriller in which there will be a good dose of action, a world conflict at the gates and the inevitable time swings to which Nolan has become accustomed.
Two international spies are sent out to stop ‘World War III’ at the hands of a mysterious threat, using the unique technology of time-reversal” so cites the officially released plot.

The two main characters are played by John David Washington and Robert Pattinson are joined by an exceptional cast including Kenneth Branagh and Michael Caine, two veterans of Nolan’s films.

Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the afterlife.

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Testimanifesti, there are phrases that deserve a Manifesto

Testimanifesti, there are phrases that deserve a Manifesto

Emanuele D'Angelo · 6 days ago · Art

Cubic characters, phrases that go straight to the point between colors and shapes of all kinds, this is the essence of testimanifesti.
There are phrases that sometimes deserve more than just a normal drawing, phrases that should be repeated endlessly to never forget them.

Everything comes from an idea of Marco Petrucci, a young graphic designer, who sometimes ironically, sometimes a little more serious with his posters addresses current issues.

Phrases but not only, in the feed we find posters of films, TV series, songs and much more, there is no lack of historical and political references as in the iconic poster “The first partisan” dedicated to the historic secretary of the Socialist Party Giacomo Matteotti.

The phrases of texts are many, the content is really varied but never trivial, the certainty is that they all deserve a poster.

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Nike launches new Never Too Far Down campaign

Nike launches new Never Too Far Down campaign

Giulia Pacciardi · 3 days ago · Art

Sweat, tears, joy and pain.
The lives of professional athletes are punctuated by ups and downs, the most unbridled cheering, the front pages and trophies, but also those moments when a mistake, a defeat or an injury determines, for others, the end of an entire career.

And it is precisely to all the athletes who never gave up that Nike decided to take inspiration for the new Never Too Far Down campaign.

A campaign told by LeBron James with the participation of world-famous athletes such as Serena Williams, Tiger Woods, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal and many others.
One clip after another of the worst and best moments of their careers, in a crescendo of emotions and thrills.

“But it’s when we’re given no chance that we somehow found that last bit of strength to keep fighting. And then we did what no one thought we could, not even ourselves. We came back from the impossible.”

LeBron says when the images of the most difficult moments, leave room for comebacks, for the strength of mind and the joy of having made it when it seemed no longer possible.

A campaign launched by Nike at a time when sport, and everything about it, has come to an sudden halt.
A time when all the stadiums and fields in the world have stopped, have been closed due to the spread of coronavirus.

“Right now we’re fighting for something much bigger than a win or a championship. But if we learned anything from sports, it’s that no matter how far down we may be, we are never too far down to come back.”

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