The Desearch Repartement is a group of “desearchers” (as they put it). They use a satirical form of expression to break down into pieces the commodification and camouflaging of human injustices and oppression in our contemporary world. In their work they’re highlighting in various ways the structures/peoples that are holding today’s sociopolitical realities in place. They created full-body suits which are providing anti-recognition to the person who’s wearing it while also displaying the powerful structures/people they are criticising.
The Desearch Repartment initiates exhibitions and workshops around their work, they also produce digital images & videos based on a movement they created, the Essential Happiness Possibility. You can check out their work here, and their blog here.
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Our latest digitale couture became physical French couture!!!?
Kocher aims to bring together a vision of urbane contemporary dressing spliced with the exquisite crafts seldom harnessed in the real world. “It’s a melting pot of Parisian romance, Asian color-clash, the New Yorker’s cool sportswear. There are easy nylon track pants and dresses requiring hours of embroidery to create,” the designer said, as her chill cast milled around in the corridor. Point in case, a lightweight parka delicately fringed with feathers, bejeweled crop tops, or fantastic low riding jeans with a singlet one-piece. Everywhere, pseudo ethnic silver jewelry (if your tribe is the neo-raver one) twinkled and tinkled.
This is the don’t-care-for-gender dress form of athleisure, a savant mixture of the trappings of 1980s, 1990s sportswear combined with the craftsmanship of couture.
All of it smacked of questionable youthful taste, but that would be missing the painstaking attention to details where snobbery might only see dubiously printed polyester and lurid laces. By deploying the arsenal of age-old crafts on the synthetic and man-made, is Kocher breaking the last taboo, or bridging a divide no longer necessary? For the Willow and Jaden Smith generation, Koché is exactly what couture means.
We exhibited Scandal Aqua, our 2013 collection at the town hall of the 2nd arondissement of Paris, as part of Nuit Blanche. This collection is a visual scenario inspired by the latest political sex scandals, it expresses the mediatization and tabloidization of politics.
The town hall of Paris (la Mairie), with its political context and the church wall in its courtyard where the teenager girls were projected, was absolutely the best exhibition place for Scandal Aqua. You can find more information concerning the collection here.
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For the Dutch Independent Style Paper Glamcult, for their big fashion issue of March, we made a print-extravaganza editorial with photographer Duy Vo and stylist Lisa Anne Stuyfzand. We made the models emerge in our ecstatic patterns. The March issue features also an interview with us.
Glamcult is free and is available in The Netherlands and Belgium.
The scarf wants to expose the benefits of the alternatives for real fur in fashion by showing the beauty of the unnatural and the artifice. In order to symbolize the endless possibilities of artificial fur, we made the entire panthera family parade on a fashionable scarf. Blood drips of the anti fur campaigns are replaced by stains of rainbow colors ornamenting the panthers’ fur. The print displays an optical illusion of rounds that mimic a cut on the surface of the scarf. Utterly fake fur strains are peaking out of these graphical rounds; proud to be fake.
Bont voor Dieren (Fur for Animals) is a Dutch animal protection organization dedicated to the rights and protection of all fur-bearing animals. They campaign against the production and use of fur by raising public awareness on issues such as animal cruelty and welfare. Bont door Dieren supports Fur Free, an initiative by Jojanneke van der Veer and Femke Dekker. Fur Free organizes Fur Free shows, Fur Free exhibitions, publish Fur Free magazines and write Fur Free manifesto’s.
The Fur Free Scarf is part of the exhibition PROTEST!. Fur Free invited print- and graphic designers to come up with their very own iconic Fur Free protest poster. Participating designers are: Alex Kaséta, And Beyond, Antoine Peters, Bas Kosters, Bart de Baets, Experimental Jetset, Glamcult Studio, Hansje van Halem, Karen van de Kraats, Nicole Martens, Nieuw Jurk and Our Polite Society. The exhibition is on from January 21st till January 26th, all designs will be on view at De Slang, one of Amsterdam’s oldest squats on Spuistraat 199.
Photos of the opening by Mgr Madhatter:
For the December issue, BULLETT Magazine interviewed sensational Courtney Stodden and her mother. We made the artwork illustrating the article. A year ago Courtney made the headlines with marrying Doug Hutchison at the age of 17. She is quite loud about her religious beliefs, putting an emphasis on God being her only plastic surgeon. While respecting her Christian beliefs (in glitter) we played with her teenager meets woman, playboy looks meets church aesthetics, coming together with her infamous prune lips and her fashion.
This entry was written by Decadence, Ecstatic Surface Design, Gender, Ghetto gold, Glam Chaos, Graphic design, Pinar&Viola, Published, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on December 16, 2012 at 3:37 pm, filed under
New York-based producer and DJ Brenmar creates his bassy trademark sound by mixing up house music with R&B and hip hop, clearly drawing on his influences from growing up in Chicago during the 90s – yesterday Dazed Digital premiered his brand new track “BF/GF”, with the album artwork we designed and our online love message service, 4eva. The very talented Brenmar wanted us to hand tailor an haute fashion cover for him. We offered him a cyclopean ghetto gold-ruby diamond wrapped in a Cartier à la Pinar&Viola jewel Box. The song is now the over and over of the studio. You can download it here.
This entry was written by Craftsmanship, Decadence, Digitalization, Ecstatic Surface Design, Friends, Ghetto gold, Graphic design, Music, Pinar&Viola, Published, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on December 11, 2012 at 9:25 am, filed under
This post is made possible thanks to Raoul Zöllner.
This post is made possible by Jonathan Puckey. (ps: Special thanks to Selby for the Crazy Fetus tip.)
We’re finalist for the Mini Young Designer Awards 2012. We exhibit our work with the two other finalists, Borre van Akkersdijk (winner) and Studio Formafantasma. The Dutch Design Awards exhibiton is at the Town Hall Square of Eindhoven and lasts until the 28th of October. The exhibition is part of the Dutch Design Week.
Over long years of tireless campaigning, The Hans Brinker Budget Hotel Amsterdam has striven to become the worst hotel in the world. Its stance of proud incompetence has led to great success, especially among those with an appreciation of brutal honesty. Six hundred guests daily can’t be wrong.
In fact: they’re right.
Because of the guests’ decades-long devotion, we can add a new superlative when describing the Brinker: it’s Amsterdam’s No.1 attraction.
The truth is that the Brinker collects the best of Amsterdam’s popular attractions in one place. The beds are as cruel as any rack in the Torture Museum. The staff stare as vacantly as any dummy in the Wax Museum. And you just nip to the Brinker’s overflowing bathrooms to experience your own personal canal tour.
All these attractions under one hotel roof are especially attractive to the average Brinker guest, who rarely regains consciousness early enough to make it outside in daylight hours.
You’re invited to experience Amsterdam’s No.1 attraction, the Hans Brinker Budget Hotel.
Art-director: Gijs van den Berg
Copywriter: Niek Eijsbouts
Creative director: Erik Kessels
Graphic design: Pinar&Viola
Producer: Daphne Linthorst
This entry was written by Amsterdam, Craftsmanship, Ecstatic Surface Design, Folk, Friends, Glam Chaos, Graphic design, Pinar&Viola, Poster, Visual ecstasy. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink., posted on October 10, 2012 at 9:25 pm, filed under
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 Collection, Diva 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 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., posted on September 12, 2012 at 6:58 pm, filed under