P&V Healing Prints

There is the overview of our latest image collection Healing Prints, which include Mother Earth in Paris, The Emancipation of Flowers, Silent Print, Sexual Healing, Paris Heart Club and Coral Gardener in Bali that we specially designed for the cover of My Wavy Sarong Book, and Healing From Capitalism that we designed for Ordinary Magazine. Please read our recent artist statement for the meaning of this work. We would like to thank Stimuleringsfonds for their generous support in making this collection happen. The pictures of The Mother Earth Dress is taken by Thomas Vassarot and the rest of the healing prints is photographed by Wendelin Spiess

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on July 20, 2016 at 4:02 pm, filed under Art, Craftsmanship, Ecstatic Surface Design, Fashion, Paris, Pinar&Viola, Prints and Patterns, Surface Collection, Uncategorized, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

We designed a holographic catwalk

Our studio designed the world’s first holographic catwalk for a virtual fashion line, all showcased on a real model, during Amsterdam Fashion week in July 2016. With this technology, we mimicked what Google’s Magic Leap will make us experience in the upcoming years. As for the future of fashion, we believe that people buy, throw, and mistreat their clothing because we do not feel connected with the inanimate objects around us. That is the reason why, with this catwalk experience, we made people emphasise with their clothing the way they do with their friends, where we visualised the spirit of the clothing.

Through animism, we gave life to the fashion line of Amber Slooten by adding facial characteristics like mouths and eyes and interactions between the dress and the model. You can find more information about this project on our interview in The Creators Project, and watch the making off of the hologram here.

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Silencio Pool Party

Last summer, around this time, Silencio, the renown Parisian night club, designed by David Lynch, opened their doors to a temporary summer house in the south of France. We have been asked to organise a pool party with our Scandal Aqua Collection towels, which were a highly aestheticised, open minded yet critical scenario for the future of political sex scandals. The party started with a champagne breakfast and lasted till very late at night with all the guests in the pool.

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on June 15, 2016 at 7:44 pm, filed under Art, Decadence, digital craft, Digitalization, Ecstatic Surface Design, Lifestyle, Pinar&Viola, Political glam, Surface Collection. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Mother Earth in Paris & MTV Ident

Pinar&Viola – Mother Earth in Paris from Pinar&Viola on Vimeo.

Pinar&Viola – MTV IDENT – Mother Earth, Who Are You from Pinar&Viola on Vimeo.

As part of ArtCOP21, the art events surrounding the ecology summit COP21, our installation Mother Earth in Paris was shown in Gleichapel Gallery in Marais. The exhibition features an installation that unveils revamped, contemporary, environmentalist messages of peace.

Through a video installation, Mother Earth reveals her grace and wisdom on a screen surrounded by prints having elements varying from Voynich Manuscript, root vegetables, peace banners, BC cave drawings of astral travels and liquid and sensual Mother Earth. With this eclectic choice of imagery, we show that the more we are driven by technology, the more we strive for knowledge and for the recognition of the sacredness of nature.

As we recently pledged in our Artist Statement, we’ll be devoting our work in creating highly aesthetic, charismatic activisms which will offer irresistible invitations for a more truthful and humane future. Mother in Paris is the first work we created after this altruistic pledge. Hereby the thorough interview we gave to Dazed about Mother Earth.

Later on, for MTV, as their ident, we created special extracts of our Mother Earth in Paris video, with custom wisdom quotes given by the Mother Goddess, where the Mother Earth catches your gaze and asks you “Who are you when no body is watching you”.

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on April 11, 2016 at 2:13 pm, filed under Art, digital craft, Digitalization, Ecstatic Surface Design, Exhibition, Fashion, Lifestyle, Natural, Paris, Pinar&Viola, Prints and Patterns, Published, Things 'n Flings, Vernissage, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

A heartful thank you to the Netherlands!

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on October 9, 2014 at 9:08 am, filed under Amsterdam, Art, Published. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

P&V Sweatshop

To install our last show, Blue Jeans On Thin Ice, we were in Los Angeles for two weeks. Essential elements of this new installation were 62 denim teddy bears. One by one, we crafted the bears by hand in our own, LA based, denim sweatshop. This terrific amount of craftsmanship was done under the supervision of the amazing Christi Baquet.

This post gives a glimpse of all hours spend in the making of the Blue Jeans On Thic Ice teddy bears. We could only achieve the beautiful result thanks to the help of these unforgettable people: David Charles, Melinda Gorham, Christi Baquet, Malvin Wix, Sean Costello (= the builder of the shooting gallery), Lady Karson, Noah Paul, BULLETT, Michelle Watson, Nico, Emi Tamaru, Joanna Rosso, Kali Nikitas, Gabe, Jeroen, Mike Gamms, Remy Brixton and the entire KKLA Family thank you, thank you, thank you!!!! <3

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on November 26, 2013 at 12:26 pm, filed under Art, Craftsmanship, Exhibition, Pinar&Viola, Surface Collection. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Blue Jeans on Thin Ice – P&V Shooting Gallery

We’re now in Los Angeles to prepare our upcoming show at KesselsKramer.

The opening Pinar&Viola’s Blue Jeans On Thin Ice
PRESENTED BY KK LOS ANGELES
Opening Party: November 14th 7PM – 10PM
Showcase runs: Until December 20th !

“Obama owns a pair of jeans, us too. And anyone can also own a gun.”
– P&V

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European multi-media artists Pinar&Viola are having their debut show in the US and their coming out with a
bang. Their show “Blue Jeans On Thin Ice” is an interactive installation that shines a light on the handgun
violence issues we face in America. They will create a dome and shooting gallery entirely out of denim and
people will not buy the art, but shoot with a rifle to win it. The prize, or artwork in this case is a custom made
denim teddy bears. They’ll have a total of 62 teddy bears symbolizing the amount of mass gun shootings
that occurred in the US since the day Pinar&Viola were born.

Pinar&Viola state:
“We find it such an imminent, important subject and we are surprised that due to the traditional narrowmindedness
of the country and the established gun companies that the country keeps on failing to take
action.”

The exhibition suggests a ground where people are free to satisfy their shooting needs, in a fantasy fun fair
format, while not harming anyone. They decided to take jeans as a metaphor and obsessively cover the
gallery because they find gun and jeans are both democratic. “One represents the American dream and the
other America’s nightmare.”
Pinar&Viola’s Blue Jeans On Thin Ice !
PRESENTED BY KK LOS ANGELES
Opening Party: November 14th 7PM – 10PM
Showcase runs: Until December 20th !
“Obama owns a pair of jeans, us too. And anyone can also own a gun.”
– P&V

NOTES TO EDITORS

ABOUT PINAR &VIOLA
As an eclectic young duo, coming from Istanbul and Amsterdam, currently living in Paris, they live, reflect
and initiate fast changing trends in their practice. This made them become today’s experts of avant-garde
image creation, working with galleries, publications and institutions who are the leaders in their line of
expertise.

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Photo credit: Isabella Rozendaal and Pinar&Viola

ABOUT KK GALLERY
KesselsKramer is an outlet for renowned artists to explore new stories, aesthetics or mediums they cannot
usually exhibit in a commercial gallery space. Work that is meaningful to the artist and to people who love art
and really good stories. KK Los Angeles is at 963 Chung King Road and has a sister gallery on Hoxton
Square in East London.
KK Los Angeles is at 963 Chung King Road and has a sister gallery on Hoxton Square
in East London.

CONTACT
Press materials + more info: david@kklosangeles.com
963 Chung King Road, Chinatown, LA, 90012

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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on November 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm, filed under Art, Exhibition, Pinar&Viola, Various, Vernissage. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

The dA-Zed guide to selfies

Our 26 point guide to 21st century narcissism

We were asked by Dazed & Confused to made an in-depth study on the selfie and to create an A to Z guide. Initially spawned by the webcam, the selfie has become an on-the-go medium of self-celebration and envy, and a form of self-portrait accessible to everyman and everywoman – as long as he or she has a smartphone. No wonder selfies, the democratized casual cousin of the auto portrait, have became one of the most popular cultural elements of our generation.

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A IS FOR ANIMAL BEARDING

Cats are like heroin to a junkie on the internet. They both need each other to exist. So a cat, the internet and you = pretty much the perfect storm – and what’s more fun than having your pet cover half of your face so its chin and neck looks like a massive beard? First known as cat bearding, the trend later on spread to dogs, and now even more animal crossovers are possible.

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B IS FOR BENNY WINFIELD JR

MrPimpGoodGame is the Instagram handle of Benny Winfield Jr, a man who is happy to show his happiness wherever he goes. He gained the internet’s affection by being completely ignorant of the social principles of making a selfie. From the name he choose for his profile, MrPimpGoodGame, to his uncreative selfies with a remarkable heartwarming smile, he reminds us of the times when we didn’t spend 10 minutes before making a post. Benny Winfield Jr makes us all jealous by being himself.

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MrPimpGoodGame, the Instagram alias of Benny Winfield Jr

 

C IS FOR COP SELFIES

Alongside with naked mom selfies, cop selfies are the selfie oxymoron. The authority of a policeman, combined with your average banal selfie pose, makes for perfect entertainment. We associate the picture-taking moment of a selfie with fun times, relaxation or some kind of punch-the-air, exceptional occasion. When that applies to a police officer, your mind can’t help but conjure up some pretty dark things.

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A typical example of a cop selfie

 

D IS FOR DOLLAR

The exclusive presence of $$$ alone is a solid reason to make a selfie. Itslavishbitch is the Instagram account of Param Sharma, the heir of a wealthy Indian family, also known as Lavish. What would a bored-out-of-his-mind kid with access to Rolls Royces, Rolexes, an American Express card do? He’d make selfies! Here are a few comments highlighting his now-global douche status: “More money on my chest than in yo bank account”, “These peasants keep hating while my money keep calculating” and “You made your bed so sleep in it, peasant”.

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E IS FOR ELEVATOR SELFIES

You’re dressed to kill, fresh, waiting alone for 15 sec (such a long time for kids of the internet age), alone with a mirror – yes, it’s the supreme moment for a selfie! In the short minute before the elevator doors open onto the real world, you’re private in a public space and it’s not a toilet. The elevator selfie can be made in any elevator, but it’s extra fabulous when its architecture reveals its exclusivity or the people you’re sharing it with have more followers than you do.

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F IS FOR FAIL SELFIES

Making a selfie has become something so banal and quick that we often do it as a reflective behavior. Mirror, front cam, I feel great, OK, let’s do it. Freezing that very moment, however, can be a fatal embarrassment for those who aren’t attentive enough or who haven’t yet mastered the art of selfie making. Trying too hard, overkill, being too sexy, overconfidence, a photo bomb, revealing something inappropriate in the background, and the annoying humblebrag… All violate the golden rules of the modern self-portrait and will land you on the selfie blacklist.

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Always check the background of your selfie

 

G IS FOR GUYS WITH FRIES

Our favorite! Two years ago, we featured this Tumblr with skillfully made collages on the Pinar&Viola blog. Your abs, the best project that you’ve been working hard on, combined with french fries, the top of the #cheatfood, the king of the forbidden food. I’m lovin’ it!

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French fries and abs – the perfect combination of excess and virtue

 

H IS FOR THE HILL SISTERS

Kayleigh, Emily and Torrie Hill are the sisters who known for sprinting onto the field to make a selfie during the College World Series baseball finals in June this year. Not only did they throw themselves into the game, got arrested and paid a fat fine, they also livetweeted their act under #freeteamhill and became a web-ternational troll. This proves that the internet will consider your selfie a fail if it’s too farfetched or braggadocious, but you’ll be hailed for your spirit and considered a hero if it involves a crime, TV and jail.

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The Hill sisters invaded the College World Series baseball finals

 

I IS FOR IPAD SELFIE REFLECTIONS

The iPad selfie is an internet meme that began with people taking the ridiculous look of the iPad selfies one step further. It reflects in different creative manners, as mirror selfies while holding an iMac, TV, white board or even a Xerox machine.

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iPad selfies: a variation on iPhone selfies

 

J IS FOR JUDGING

Clearly there’s a love affair between selfies, social media, and judging. The power of being judged for your selfie can be measured by that shivery kick when your screen gets filled with hearts, likes and comments on a picture of yourself. When you think about it, someone took the effort of pushing a button over something as unsurprising as your face, something they’ve probably seen a thousand times. Selfies help to empower our self-esteem while making us attention junkies. Definitely nothing wrong with that. Being judged on social media has made us become the channel, host and the only competitor of our own private X Factor.

 

K IS FOR KEVIN RUDD

The Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd made it to the internet mainstream with his selfies, varying from a shaving accident to a snap with a homeless person at the background. During a public appearance in August, his words “Just line up for your selfies” echoed over the speakers. As we have witnessed over the last few years, politicians with a fatal management of selfies and their public apology has become the sport en vogue. Thankfully in the case of Kevin Rudd, there is no weiner, nor vulgar nudity involved, but making the headlines for his selfie strategy and not his political ideology makes us think it’s time to fire his social media advisor.

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Kevin Rudd taking a selfie with a constituent

 

L IS FOR LEAKED SNAPCHATS

2012’s sweetheart Snapchat made it to our daily consumption list of social media with its magic trick of making photos vanish in less than 10 seconds. Not only did that crucial tweak change our interaction with the image, it also shaped our understanding of intimacy and prompted us to introduce nudity to our selfies. At first, each attempt to make a screenshot would fail and be reported to the sender – but you could still screencap it. It’s rumored that you won’t even be notified of screenshots if you’re running ios7. Yet some still believe in the magic and continue sending images which aren’t originally made for public consumption, only to be found on snapchatleaked.com.

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M IS FOR MONEY SELFIES

Believed to be deriven from sleeveface meme, money selfies are a creative way to spice up your auto portraits. With a small creative effort, you entertain your followers and be part of a royal currency context. Plus, it’s fun. Check out more examples on the Pinar&Viola blog.

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N IS FOR NAKED MOM SELFIES

This collection of naked mothers making selfies with their kids accidentally captured in the background makes the number one of oxymoronic selfies. Why are they quite so awkward? The problem isn’t that the mother’s attention is somewhere else than her kid for a second, it’s more that while she’s pleasing an unknown beholder while her child’s busy knocking his head on a wall. If you want to flaunt yourself on the sexier corners of the internet, keep your kid out of the studio set. Or maybe read this guide for parents taking selfies.

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Childcare sometimes comes second to selfies

 

O IS FOR ORIGINALITY

We’re all familiar with the few existing golden selfie rules, like no duck/cheese face, be natural, be nonchalant, look like you’re having a ball, find your best angle, etc. But on the path to making a great selfie, the hardest is composing yourself in the presence of a famous person. Pretending that it’s all cool is passé as our eyes are well trained for the humblebrag. Transparency is something rare and to be admired these days. Be original, be calculatedly sweet and express how nervous you are while holding back tears like a cute little child.

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Taking a selfie with a celebrity requires some talent

 

P IS FOR YOUR PERFECT ANGLE

If you already don’t know your perfect angle, we don’t know what you’re doing with your life. Let’s give few tips before you start exercising in front of the mirror. The experts point out that the majority of people look best when their face is tilted at a slight angle to the camera, as opposed to straight on. Also, a study shows that your left side is more photogenic. But limiting yourself to your face for the best angle is also quite conservative. Watch Kim Kardashian and learn. Look over the shoulder, have the pseudo-unconscious sexy gaze, puckered lips and for extra points, try to include your A-list booty.

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Various examples of Kim Kardashian’s perfect angle

 

Q IS FOR THE QUIET SELFIE

Back in 2008, Rihanna got a ‘Shhh’ tattoo and flaunted her creative ink with multiple selfies. In 2009, Lindsay Lohan and Lily Allen allegedly got the same ‘Shhh’ on their index finger. Since these three It girls, the quiet tattoo has made its way to the creative mainstream. It’s quite enigmatic how Rihanna didn’t make a scene out of these two copying her idea in the first place – the news channels reported it as copying but we see it as the sincerest form of flattery. But hey, let people mind their own business. Shhh!

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Rihanna’s ‘shhh’ tattoo sparked a selfie trend

 

R IS FOR THE ROBBERY SELFIE

We’re all familiar with this bathroom selfie of the robbers’ home-made balaclava with the kitchen knife. These two teenage girls are two cousins from the south of Sweden who decided to get their kicks by stealing and robbing a burger place, and decided that there’s nothing wrong with making a picture of the moment thrill supreme. A pre-robbery selfie, where you look like a criminal, screams out for likes. But here’s what puzzles us: did they take the selfie to get likes, or did they rob the restaurant to make the perfect selfie?

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If you a commit a robbery and don’t selfie it, it didn’t happen

 

S IS FOR SHERMAN, CINDY

In the history of art, several artists like Frida Khalo, Van Gogh and Freud used themselves as model. But it’s Cindy Sherman’s photography that is most relevant to the selfie. The introduction of photography, especially with a small apparat stuck in your hand, changed the dynamics of an artistic auto-portrait and blurred the line between art and vanity. While the artistic auto-portrait intends to reveal something darker that reflects an underlying insecurity, the selfie is all surface: coded as your own personal sales pitch, it screams what you see is what you get.

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Cindy Sherman, the originator of the 21st century selfie

 

T IS FOR TEARS

Photographing yourself crying is the rarest of selfies, but it does exist. Why would you do it, though? Posting a picture of yourself crying can attract likes for multiple reasons: you get to have extra attention and affection, people write more comments, and you even get to make artistic pictures. You are the best art director of yourself. The only danger here is that one day you may become The Boy Who Cried Wolf.

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Crying selfies: a cry for help?

 

U IS FOR UGLIFY YOURSELF

It can be hard to be a pretty girl. Every time you make a selfie, you make your less-pretty friends jealous. But if you can uglify yourself, you prove that you have a decent level of self confidence while getting everyone to laugh with you. When you make an ugly selfie, you emancipate yourself from the how-to-look-good social codes, but within certain limits. These selfies of girls who uglify themselves are often combined with a pre-ugly cute expression on the left, just to make sure you know they really are beautiful and that it’s all part of the joke.

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Cara Delevingne demonstrates the uglified selfie

 

V IS FOR THE VACATION SELFIE

If you don’t have a selfie from the holidays, it’s like you never went, right? Lying on the beach while facing the ocean, your legs are trim from your spring #10K records, sun burning up your tanned skin while the rest of your friends at the office hate you. Yes, you need to document this! On the other hand, you’re not the only one who came up with this artistic idea. Even though we laugh at it, every girl recognises something in the hot dog legs Tumblr.

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Hot Dog Legs is a Tumblr devoted to the most common vacation shot

 

W IS FOR THE WEBCAM

The webcam is one of those doomed technologies close to their expiration date, like the floppy disc or CD. Webcam entered our lives before the smartphone front camera, enabling us to make a snap self-portrait in the digital realm and sharing it without going through a bunch of cables and uploads. What is very specific to the webcam selfies is that they’re often made privately, via a desktop computer located in your bedroom. They reveal a very webcam-typical angle of your face, complete with personal information in the background.

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A typical webcam shot

 

X IS FOR XXX-RATED

The naked selfie has been critically interpreted as the rise of narcissism, self-objectification or the pornification of teenage youth. It may all be true, but objectified or not objectified, the XXX-rated selfie is a source of self-empowerment in the vain times we live in. Especially for certain people who’ve made exercise, sports and living a healthy lifestyle their full-time job and are looking for a certain type of attention. The self-confidence to try to make it to the top ten of #hotgirl is payback for all the time you spent improving your shape.

 

Y IS FOR THE YOGA SELFIE

Does checking your phone get in the way of your safety, like making a Vine while driving? If that’s a yes, in that case you can completely relate to the yoga selfie trend. Whether you’re running outside, in a hot bath, on Mount Everest, or in space, a moment for yourself means a moment for a selfie. Especially in these times, where the line between spirituality and distraction has never been so thin.

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Two girls show off their yoga pose

 

Z IS FOR ZZZ SELFIES

Caught Me Sleeping, often intentionally misspelled as “Bae Caught Me Slippin”, is a global inside joke involving a sleeping selfie that deliberately shows the mirror in which you took your own photo. It is born as a reaction to leaked real-fake sleeping selfies, and it consitutes such a meta use of the selfie that the motivation and the humor behind it may not be understood by the ones who are not internet-flexible.

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A prime example of ‘bae caught me slippin’

 

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 18, 2013 at 9:36 am, filed under Art, Craftsmanship, Digitalization, Internet, P&V for Dazed Digital, Selfies. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

The perfect gift for yourself

Make-up artist and art school graduate Vladimir Sushkevich makes dolls 2011. These miniature women replica dolls are used as home decoration. Each one is hand-made and hand-painted, making each production unique. The artist works with pictures of real people to sculpt the figure’s shapes. Everyone can order there own custom-made doll from his website by sending a photo or choosing between different creations.

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More information on artist’s website.

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on September 12, 2013 at 9:28 pm, filed under Art, Craftsmanship, Fetish, Folk, Lifestyle, Uncategorized, Various. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Webcam Venus

Are Botticelli and Hugh Hefner really that different?
A project by Addie Wagenknecht and Pablo Garcia where they asked online sexcam performers to replicate iconic works of art. This piece is an experimental homage to both fine art and the lowbrow internet phenomenon of cams.

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Webcam Venus project is developed for FAT lab by Addie Wagenknecht and Pablo Garcia. Webcam Venus is a work in two parts and will be shown in its entirety at FAT GOLD April 1-13 2013 at Eyebeam NYC.

This post is made possible thanks to Remco van Bladel

This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on April 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm, filed under Art, Craftsmanship, Dematerialization, Digitalization, Internet, Selfies, Various, Video. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

A conspiracy theory

Are we the only one who had to think of Gloria, the artwork Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla presented at Venice Biennale, after hearing the terrorist attack at the Boston marathon? Art inspiring reality is a given, but this time we cannot not speculate that it inspired evil.
All our prays are with the marathon attack victims and their families.

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Rijks Museum is now open

Thanks to our dear friends at BULLETT Magazine, we were invited to take part in the grande re-opening of the Rijks Museum Amsterdam, with a seat at the from the front row, as part of the international press. Hereby few snaps from the day. Follow us on instagram for more daily entertainment.

That moment… #RijksMuseum
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#HerMajesty #TheQueen #Beatrix is looking at me #sup @rijksmuseum
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Caribbean swag at #RijksMuseum opening
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Dutch prince #WillemAlexander Instagramming the press #RijksMuseum
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The queen arrives!!!!!! #RijksMuseumOpening
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Police dogs smelling the press before the #queen arrives #RijksMuseum #Opening
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This entry was written by Pinar&Viola, posted on April 13, 2013 at 10:01 pm, filed under Amsterdam, Art, Exhibition, Photography, Pinar&Viola. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

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