Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Soko Magazine

I came upon this somewhat randomly.  

Soko is an independent magazine put together by artist looking for freedom.  What they have produced is a raw, beautiful work that is now on it's fourth iteration.  Mostly what comprised of what would be fashion photography/typographic art, illustration and film are also included in interesting ways. 

"A year ago we started Soko with the idea of having our own creative space, a kind of experiment with images, text, typography and illustrations. Today we have a new year, a new soko, a new vision.
Soko started as a game as a way of showcasing the work of Pogo and I can say that in just one year Soko gave us joy, total freedom and pleasure, full us of knowledge, taught us that although we are across the planet people are incredibly sensitive to what you do, give us lot´s of new friends as well as enemies, but above all made us grow as a studio, designers and people.
We have no words that could explain what thankfull we are to everyone that supported us in this incredible year.
Sincerely yours,
Ardi & Pampa, editors in chief."

Check out their site to see the one year anniversary issue and download the older issues.  They also have a Calendar that is unfortunately not available in the US.

Here is the teaser for the calender. NSFW

Teaser SOKO zine Calendar 2010 from POGO on Vimeo.

Monday, June 21, 2010

"hello Brooklyn"- Jay Z

Jay Z's newest video is a must see.  A composition of stills in virtual 3d space with integrated typography, the video is wonderfully spacial on many levels.  Just take a look.

Jay Z - "Hello Brooklyn" from Gregory Solenström on Vimeo.

Sunday, June 20, 2010


The  "Geometry and functions In 'N' Adaptations" is perhaps one of the most interesting concept cars I have ever seen.  BMW set out to redefine the process of making cars and this seems like an amazing step forward in thought about car construction.  Here are a few videos that should get your thought juices flowing...

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

New Ok Go Video

Ok Go always seem to have cool music videos and here's another!

Apparently they are releasing a series of special videos for their recent album, "Of The Blue Color Of The Sky".

The video for "End Love" utilizes time-lapse photography over a 21 hour period.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Object Society Exhibition

Object Society's 2nd Annual Exhibition

Tuesday, June 15, 2010
6-10 pm at 217 North Carpenter Street, Chicago, Illinois.

members of Object Society, in the gallery at 217 North Carpenter Street, Chicago, IL 60647.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 from 6 to 10 pm

Featured designers:
Michael W. Dreeben
Ray W. Doeksen
Michael Koehler
Carson Maddox
Jason Lewis
Elizabeth Hayes
Ross Fiersten
Manny Torres
Bridgette Buckley
Jonas Wahlstrom
Jonathan Martin

And in the auxiliary gallery, Object Design League,
showing work from their 2010 workshop: ‘Bags.’

The 6th Annual Guerrilla Truck Show

The 6th Annual Guerrilla Truck Show

Tuesday, June 15th, 5:30-9pm
1008 W. Randolph Street

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hip Hop/R&B Architectural Videos

Stick with me here kids. Some what randomly I came upon some music videos that I found to be vary spacial despite the steriotypes of what there respected genres generally entail. This is not to say that these videos are devoid of sexy scantily clad women, but if you notice these both take place in beautiful spaces. The modern house has taken the place of the flashy cars and the often McMansion found in other videos to show wealth.

The first video is from Jeremih's with "Birthday Sex". You may remember this somewhat ridiculous song from about a year ago. The video chronicles the singer and how he is celebrating his girlfriend's birthday. (you can interpreter that however you want).

The video shows the couple in a modern home.  Through out there are shots of nearly every space in the house as if out of Dwell magazine.  Details of furnishings and fixtures are also showcased. These include a frosted glass front door, beautiful double sided fireplace, a minimalist bathroom, a cantilevered platform bed (despite the fact that he mentions a water bed in the song), the heavy woven couch and minimal dinning table and chairs are also highlights.  The artist is also kind enough to talk about, and demonstrate, how all of these spaces and furnishings can be used in imaginative ways.

The second video takes a little different tacked.  Common's "Go!", takes place in another modern home.  The space and live action is all augmented by the motion graphics of one of my favorite production groups MK12.  Once again there is no lack of barely clothed (or unclothed) women, but if you wish to look past that there are some very cool spaces and graphics.  Rotoscoping and rendering was used to create these spaces and surreal imagery.  MK12's graphics are always very spacial as I have pointed out in previous posts.  I also just like this song.  

Friday, June 4, 2010