Year: 2015

Interview with Jay Shogo | fluoro

On a building wall in Tokyo’s Shibuya district is a mural, spanning more than three floors. It was created for the weeklong art event POW! WOW! Japan, and was painted by eight different street artists including Japan based street artist, designer and illustrator Jay Shogo. Jay Shogo is making his mark in the street art world, for his bold pieces and he is renowned for his exclusive use of the Sharpie marker. The marker’s practical focus: “it’s sold everywhere, readily available, and all you need to do is take the cap off” is one of the reasons why this is a material of choice for Shogo. “I used a marker “Mckee” in Japan, but now use Sharpie”, said Shogo, but now also uses a range of other materials. There is a certain entrepreneurial spirit that Shogo embodies, perhaps like most creators, which has seen Shogo charter additional artistic territories, including apparel, of which he is certainly not a stranger to the world of fashion. Shogo once worked in a select shop in Tokyo as a shop …

Between Cities

Oftentimes I find myself in another city. Though not necessarily physically, my mind may wander, triggered by a scent or a scene, or anything in between, and I’m in London, New York, Tokyo, Amsterdam…Daily life can get quite restrictive at times, so it’s not always possible to be there, even though you may really want to. Until we make it to these locations, we mentally transport ourselves, one-way ticket and all, and we’re there. feature image Shauna Leigh Robinson / FlickrCC

Amsterdam

Amsterdam: A City of Creation | fluoro

“I see drawings and pictures in the poorest of huts and dirtiest of corners.” – Vincent Van Gogh Amsterdam. A city renowned for its culture, history, art and UNESCO world heritage listed canals, will see a surge in creative events this month with the renowned Amsterdam Art Weekend and International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) taking place in locations around the city. A walk around the Herengracht, Prinsengracht or Keizergracht – Amsterdam’s three main canals, will weave you through what the Dutch city has to offer. The tightly packed canal house gables, icons in their own architectural right, display the mastery of Dutch architecture from the 16th to 20thCenturies. They are richly decorated and among them we see other important buildings such as the Westerkerk Tower and DAM Square, a nod to the artistic values that Amsterdam is renowned for. A vivid arts scene where one can listen to the world renowned Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra or visit the Van Gogh Museum, or for that matter, any of the 140 galleries or 40 museums that the city …

Jamie xx

Interview with Jamie xx | fluoro

Here’s a recent interview that I wrote for fluoro. Please note that the interview was not done by me. We spoke to Jamie xx about his new album In Colour, journey as a producer and his work as a solo artist. Jaime Smith, better known as Jamie xx never thought he’d get to live his dream. “I definitely never expected to be on this pathway although I grew up making music, and even just like making stuff up on the piano when I was very small, but I never thought that I would actually be able to do this as a career,” he said calling through for a quick chat from LAX airport as he waited to board his flight back home to London. “I never thought that I would be able to, like, get up on stage on my own…it just was not a desire of mine to capture attention, but it’s taken some time to get used to it. Now I really enjoy it,” he said. Jamie xx rose to prominence with The xx, alongside Romy Madley …

Professor Profiles: Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann

From the age of four and throughout his youth, Professor Ghil’ad Zuckermann was considered a mathematical prodigy, but always felt that it did not have the soul, social interaction and emotional intelligence that languages have. “I might be wrong but I was certain,” said Professor Zuckermann from his Adelaide University office. He has always been interested in languages, both Language (with a capital L) and languages, and has always been ludic and playful with words. He used to write palindromic stories and bilingual homophonous poems, which are now widely found on the Internet. “Children’s writer Russell Hoban described language as an ‘archaeological vehicle’, full of the remnants of dead and living pasts, lost and buried civilisations and technologies. The language we speak is a whole palimpsest of human effort and history,” quoted Professor Zuckermann by heart. He shifted in his chair, gesticulating gently, and explained that palimpsest is a beautiful metaphor for language.Coming from Greek,it means ‘scraped again’, ‘re-scratched,’ referring to a text written on top of another text. “A language is multi-layered, it encodes …

Solving the London Housing Crisis | fluoro

Today London is facing a tough challenge, with an inflated population and increased pressure on the housing market. Statistics from the Valuation Office Agency, a body that lends valuation and property advice to government, show sharp increases in housing prices over the last four years, forcing people to rent smaller more affordable properties, house share, and reside in dwellings including old office buildings and police stations. Innovation in the housing sector was a must, so together with with the Mayor of London Boris Johnson, think-tank New London Architecture (NLA) created a competition which called for proposals from architects, town and city planners, developers and everyday residents, to develop great ideas to help solve the London housing crisis. This attracted more than 200 entries from 16 countries with industry professionals displaying great innovation and design prowess, generating a range of ideas to create ingenious housing solutions for future generations. The entries were truly innovative. An idea put forward by BACA, called Buoyant Stars, proposed that starter homes be built to float over London’s vast water networks, claiming that 7,500 water homes could be delivered …

Hussein Chalayan

Hussein Chalayan: Gravity Fatigue | fluoro

Hussein Chalayan is showing us his creative mastery once again, this time with a new dance production at London’s Sadler’s Wells dance studio. Chalayan’s new production Gravity Fatigue has seen him collaborating with acclaimed choreographer Damien Jalet, who has had a longstanding partnership with Sadler’s Wells Associate Artist Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, who together created Bolero, a collaboration with performance artist Marina Abramovic for Paris Opéra Ballet in 2013. Alistair Spalding, Sadler’s Wells’ Artistic Director and CEO, says that the production sees a complementary union between dance and fashion. “Both dance and fashion deal with the moving body and one’s sense of identity, and in Gravity Fatigue the two art forms don’t just enhance each other, but are truly complementary in their delivery of the show’s concepts and, ultimately, of Chalayan’s distinctive aesthetic vision,” he said. Chalayan’s distinctive vision has meant that he is no stranger to performance. His fashion presentations often erring towards performance, an evocative meaning often embedded throughout them. For instance, his show After Words, presented in 2000 on the Sadler’s Well stage, centred on the theme of displacement …

The Creative Benefits of Walking

From an early age Rousseau developed a passion for walking; finding delight especially from the journeys guided by chance: peripatetic randomness, or what he calls, “the pleasures of going one knows not where.” Such walks allowed his mind to wander as he penned in his Reveries of the Solitary Walker, where we are introduced to 10 ‘walks’ from Rousseau’s autobiographical musings toward the end of his life. Through his walks, Rousseau delved deep into self-reflection and self-analysis, rejoicing in his freedom to “converse with [his] soul.” “There is something about walking that animates and activates my ideas; I can hardly think when I am still; my body must move if mind is to do the same,” wrote Rousseau. Fast forward to 2014 where French Philosopher Frederic Gros released his book A Philosophy of Walking and he also speaks of the mind-freeing quality of walking. “A long walk,” writes Gros, “allows us to commune with the sublime,” he penned. He notes the flaneur, coming from French meaning to stroll or to lounge, the casual saunter, roaming the many pathways of a city, observing, musing, …

You’re 1 in 4 Hundred Trillion

In a Ted Talk by Mel Robbins, she points out that the odds of you, or any single individual, being born is 1 in 4 000 000 000 000. When you think about it like that it magnifies what our lives are composed of: what we’ve done and what we haven’t done, what we have and what we don’t have. Forget about material possessions like your dream car, or dream home. Think about your life’s goals. From book you want to write, the job you want to get, the marathon you want to run, to the body you want to be in. How many of these have you not achieved because you haven’t started to pave the way there? Why? For most of us it could be that we put off starting our journeys because we’re think about the effort it would take, the trials and tribulations that we we would experience, and then somehow conclude that going through that trouble isn’t worth it, and our current states are ok after all. In other words, we trick …

How To Order An Extraordinary Cup of Coffee

For many Melburnians coffee is essentially the elixir of the Gods. The velvety milk, or the glorious golden crema of an espresso, our baristas are artists in their own rights, steaming, frothing and pulling hundreds of their pieces de resistance for the grateful masses. But how do you ensure that you always order a coffee that will actually be good? I asked some coffee aficionados from Sydney Coffee Academy, Muffin Break, Jamaica Blue, and local baristas to help you order the right brew anywhere, every time. Sam Taylor, teacher and course coordinator of the professional Barista course at Sydney Coffee Academy says that the consumer can be part of the process as well. “Communicating how you’d like your coffee is of vital importance, poor communication or equally poor understanding from the barista will result in an ineffective outcome,” said Sam. It’s better to form a relationship with your barista. “Chat to your barista and engage with how they feel their product is best made and how that can be moulded to suit your taste,” he said. Jeremy Regan …