Strange animal rings are becoming a thing, none stranger than Strange Wilderness. Based in San Francisco, the new jewelry line is the brainchild of designer and artist Josh Dorey, who digitally sculpts and 3D-prints his animal heads — ram, falcon, wolf, rhino — before casting them in sterling silver. More animal heads are in the works, for those who like to wear their spirit animal on their finger.
$395 at Strange Wilderness
The Fondazione Prada investigates the history of peculiar musical instruments and the relationship between the visual and the aural in its latest exhibition in Venice, Art or Sound, curated by the art historian and inventor of Arte Povera, Germano Celant.
Organized chronologically, Art or Sound begins with musical instruments made from unusual and precious materials in the 17th century. It continues with 19th-century examples of automated instruments and avant-garde experiments, such as 1913's Intonarumori by Luigi Russolo, the Futurist artist, composer, and author of The Art of Noises manifesto.
Also exhibited are works by composers Alvin Lucier and John Cage, sound boxes of 60s artists Robert Morris and Nam June Paik, kinetic sculptures by Takis and Stephan von Huene, and sound installations including Robert Rauschenberg’s Oracle (1962-65) and Laurie Anderson’s Handphone Table (1978). There are also Arman's motorcycle pianos and other hybrid instruments by the likes of Richard Artschwager and Joseph Beuys.
Art or Sound, June 7 - November 3, 2014, Fondazione Prada, Santa Croce 2215, Venice
Only two days left to visit Kenzo's digital pop-up in Paris devoted to its No Fish No Nothing endeavor, in partnership with Blue Marine Foundation. Blue's mission is the protection of 10% of the world’s oceans by 2020 in an effort to turn the tide of overfishing. To assist financially, Kenzo has launched a spring line of unisex sweaters and T-shirts with the slogan No Fish No Nothing, in reference to the plain fact that without living seas and oceans, we are nothing.
Cleverly, the jumbo screen inside shows a school of fish swimming around, some of which disappear every so often to represent the marine loss already experienced around the world. But every purchase or post to Instagram with the hashtag #NOFISHNONOTHING, the virtual aquarium is restocked.
March 21-27, 2014, 11 Rue Debelleyme, 75003, Paris
If it's de rigueur this spring clash prints and textures, look no further than Acne's latest capsule collection with Liberty of London. For spring, the Swedish house has collaborated with the 140-year-old makers of busily sweet prints, applying them to its own leather items — biker jackets, jumpsuits, skirts, shoes, sunglasses — to delightfully jarring effect.
"When we started exploring Liberty’s extensive heritage for this project, it almost felt like an overwhelming voyage," says Acne's creative director Jonny Johansson. "We realized we had to come up with a strong contrast in order to make sense of it, so the team and I picked one favorite print each and integrated them with some of our classic leather pieces.”
Coincidentally, one of those favorite prints is the Jonny, a paisley pattern made at Liberty’s Merton printworks between the 1890s and the 1910s. Another, Eva, is a Japanese-inspired art fabric originally used for furnishings in the 1880s. Alma, meanwhile, is another art fabric from around 1890, a mix of Japanese design and early art nouveau.
At Liberty of London, Acne Studios stores and soon at acnestudios.com
If you're going to go to all the trouble of making jewelry, you might as well go over the top. That seems to be the thinking behind a new jewelry collaboration between London jewelry designer Dominic Jones and Lady Amanda Harlech, who's known mostly as Karl Lagerfeld's number-one muse after she was John Galliano's number-one muse.
Harlot & Bones, apparently a play on their names, takes its cues from Edwardian mourning jewelry and vintage heirlooms. Its 13 pieces include a "Poison" signet ring in onyx, a black rhodium locket pendant, beetle wing-motif pendants, and gold-plated locket cuffs. The signature piece — as shown in a campaign image shot by Nick Knight and featuring Amanda Harlech's daughter, Tallulah, as a kind of art-nouveau nymphet — is a perfume-bottle necklace inlaid with turquoise stones.
€236 – €1,424 at Colette, Liberty, Net-a-Porter.com, Corso Como, Showstudio. Additionally, a student of the writings of Henry James, Harlech has written a poem accompanying each piece.
While James Murphy, he of LCD Soundsystem fame, has always made crowd-pleasing alterna-pop tracks, he has higher aspirations. Specifically, arranging sounds that transcend music altogether and become a more integral part of people's lives. Now that LCD Soundsystem is but a fond memory, it seems he'll have plenty of time to devote to his latest aural pursuit, the Subway Symphony.
He explains thusly: "The sound of the subway is kind of a drag. Every time you swipe your MetroCard, the turnstile emits a flat, unpleasant 'beep.' Each turnstile emits its own beep, all of which are slightly out of tune with one another, creating a dissonant rubbing-styrofoam-on-glass squeak in stations all around New York City."
"What I propose to do is to create a series of 3 to 5 note sequences, all unique, one for each station in the subway system. These sequences will be part of an intersecting larger piece of music, which would run from station to station, and cross one another as, say, the 4, 5, 6 line (one musical piece) intersects with the L, N, R, Q and W (another musical piece) at Union Square. At each turnstile in Union Square, as you tap your new tap and ride card, a pleasant bell tone will sound, in one of a set of possible notes, all related to that station's note sequence. The effect would be that at the busiest times, like rush hour, what was once cacophony would now be music."
"I think people who do what it takes to live here and work here — the commutes and the crowds — deserve a small sonic gift." So while bedraggled users of the city's archaic subways, particularly those in shamefully neglected outer boroughs, might wish for more pressing updates to the system, at least they'll feel slightly less miserable while stranded on a lonely platform, fading to grey.
If you thought you had issues, get a load of the T-shirt Issue and their animated bird shirt. The interdisciplinary art collective combines fashion, design and technology to create unique, mind-bending items of clothing that range from daily basics to conceptual installations, all stemming from digital experimentation.
The group is particularly fascinated by the triangular polygon and the unlimited 3-D shapes it can produce in regular old jersey. For their Muybridge series, on view at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD), three frozen frames from a bird in flight are rigged and animated into a garment-based interpretation of the pioneering work of the 19th-century photographer Eadward Muybridge, who first captured a sense of motion through a succession of stills — the original animated GIF.
Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital, Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, NYC
Looks like one of our 2014 predictions is already coming true. Last night at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, chipmaker Intel announced plans to explore the realm of wearable technology. The terrain, however, has been anything but smooth, judging from other tech giants. In response to its much-heralded Glass eyewear, Google can barely get more than an air kiss from the style-minded.
Intel has an advantage, though. They're working with Barneys and Opening Ceremony, as well as the CFDA, on a fashion-friendlier accessory — a bracelet — that presumably won't look like it belongs to a Russian robot from the '50s. OC will help with the design of the smart device, which of course would use Intel technology, while Barneys will carry it in their stores (as will OC).
“The collaborations we announced today are indicative of Intel’s collective and conscious approach to the wearable market,” said Intel VP Ayse Ildeniz. “Our shared vision is to accelerate wearable technology innovation and create products that both enhance peoples’ lives and are desirable to wear.” It's going to be a tough road, but no one said starting trends was easy.
We're probably excluding ourselves from the test pool, but please can it look like these? ...
A metaphorical indictment of society's addiction to luxury and consumerism, "these 24K gold-leaf capsules turn your innermost parts into chambers of wealth," says Ju$t Another Rich Kid's Ken Courtney. "Consume and digest."
A reissue of his 2005 "Indulgences" collaboration with the late artist-designer Tobias Wong, the glittering flecks safely disperse throughout one's bowels, gilding and beautifying its contents for your most sparkly bathroom visit ever. Talk about pot of gold.