Facekini, not Pussy Riot










For two weeks only, we’re giving a workshop at Royal Academy of Art, The Hague about the contemporary meaning, usage of the mask and new strategies where masking is applied today. We’re guest teachers at PlayLab, the class of Roosje Klap and Job Wouters. Last week, students came up with quite some good examples. Face-kini being one.

What we learned in the West is that the skin tan is basically a business model and one of the main reasons for going to the beach. While in China, some are going to extraordinary lengths to avoid getting a bit of sun with a new item of beachwear – dubbed the Facekini – causing something of a stir in the coastal tourist city of Qingdao, Shandong Province.

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 30, 2012 at 12:58 pm, filed under Chinese sugar, Fashion, Folk, Research, Utterly China, Workshop. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Fabio, a.k.a Mr. Romance

Artwork we made for Bullett Magazine

Custom-tailoed artwork for Bullett Magazine’s Romance issue. The ecstatic image recursively displays Fabio Lanzoni, an Italian fashion model, spokesperson, author, actor, who appeared on the cover of hundreds of romance novels throughout the 1980s and 1990s. For their September 2012 issue, Bullett Magazine made Fabio, a.k.a Mr. Romance answer their readers’ questions about love, relationships, intimacy and romance.
Hereby an example to these questions:
Dear Fabio, what is the secret to true love forever? My friend, you have the heart of a romantic. This is a question that only you can answer for yourself. In my travels I have found that honesty, friendship, loyalty and mutual respect are essential elements. Enjoy the journey!

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 24, 2012 at 8:08 am, filed under Craftsmanship, Digitalization, Ecstatic Surface Design, Pinar&Viola, Published, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Celestial Soul Portraits















You can visit Erial’s website to make your celestial portrait done. If anyone is keen to offer us a gift, this is the hint : ) XX

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm, filed under Craftsmanship, Digitalization, Folk, Internet, Other ecstatics, Things 'n Flings, Various, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Madonna Inn

Madonna Inn is already our favorite hotel, ever!
We’re planning an extended NY & LA trip in May-June, where we’ll be going to OTIS as a guest teacher at the end. Currently fantasizing a few days of stay at Madonna Inn and make another in-situ blogpost.




















This blogpost is made possible thanks to Selby Gildemacher

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 14, 2012 at 3:56 pm, filed under Craftsmanship, Decadence, Folk, Other ecstatics, Various, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

2013 Collection: Scandal Aqua















Exhibition of Pinar&Viola’s Ecstatic Surface Collection 2013 at Pilevneli Project, Istanbul

Ecstatic Surface Design duo Pinar&Viola are generators of commentaries in the margins of visual culture. Every year they launch an autonomous collection that explores excessive events in politics, culture and economy. With their Ecstatic Surface Collections, Pinar&Viola aim to encapsulate the beauty and horror of the contemporary in flat singular surfaces. The duo is strongly focused on the aestheticized and commercialized designed surfaces that surround us. With their works, they seek to investigate the latent violence and the power structures behind today’s idealized surfaces. 
Pinar&Viola have collaborated for three years, their previous collections were The Credit Card CollectionDiva Opaque and the love message service 4eva

This year’s collection, Scandal Aqua – Thrill Seekers Leaked, is a visual scenario inspired by the latest political sex scandals. The collection expresses the mediatization and tabloidization of politics. The hyper detailed collages explore the influence of real-time transparency of social media in politics, therefore narrowing the gap between politicians and citizens. Pinar&Viola’s over-filled hyper detailed surfaces in Scandal Aqua are attempts to conquer empty space in a metaphorical sense: empty (political) rhetoric and tabloid journalism, that by its sheer abundance becomes meaningless. 

Scandal Aqua comprises a series of teenage style, girly pink beach towels that display overly self aware portraits of a fictitious politician. Alongside these towels are a series of mirror self-shots of teen girls in their bathrooms, wrapped in these ecstatic pink towels.
The portraits display the confusion about women’s sexual liberation and sexual objectification fitting today’s casual attitude towards sexual explicit imagery.

Scandal Aqua provokes the suggestion that political sex scandals seem to be the perfect fit for our highly sexualized culture and it’s constant flow of entertainment spirit.
The exhibition is open until the 22nd of September.

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm, filed under Art, Craftsmanship, Ecstatic Surface Design, Exhibition, Glam Chaos, Graphic design, Pinar&Viola, Vernissage, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

KPOP GRLS

South Koren Pop and it’s optimized looks of end 90’s – beginning 2000 American boy bands and pop girl groups.

















This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 10, 2012 at 1:39 pm, filed under Fashion, Music, Persona, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

KPOP BOYZ














This post is made possible thanks to Jonathan Puckey.

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on at 1:15 pm, filed under Fashion, Music, Persona. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

*FREAKY PRINCE$$*

The style of Brooke Candy, a.k.a. Bloody Guts, a.k.a. the girl from the Grimes video.















All the images are taken from bloodyguts.tumblr.com/
The blogpost is made possible by Jonathan Puckey.

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 4, 2012 at 10:30 am, filed under Fashion, Ghetto gold, Glam Chaos, Other ecstatics, Persona, Various, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.