Archive | September, 2009

Tim Robbins presents:1984 in BARCELONA * Orwell’s future is here _

30 Sep


Walking through  the Ramblas this morning I came across a sign in huge white letters; simple font on a black background-  it read:


 -With security cameras, mobile messaging, facebook, twitter  -and google maps tracking our every move, we have managed to create a society that not only promotes interaction with one another but charts our every move. We are quick to sign up to every single website that is “all the rage”, clicking the user agreement box and ignoring the fine print, just to save time (at least I do).

With all this technology readily available at our fingertips- now more than ever is George Orewll’s timeless classic 1984 so appropriately  insynch with the times.

Across the world, our culture capitals have evolved into interatcive platforms.  Plazas that bombard us with ads; parks that have become wireless zones. Cites that now closely resemble video games, instead of the agoras of public interaction and debates that were so common years ago.  The private has become public and no matter how hard we try we can’t escape the watchful eyes of each other. The citizen is now fast resembling an Orwellian  citizen. A  one man machine- chronicling the ebbs and flows of  the streets and pulse of the concrete jungle.

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Yet, where does all this information go?

Where is all this data going? Who is watching the watchers?

Actor Tim Robbins and his theatre group “The Actor’s Gang” have taken over the -TEATRO POLIORAMA- , on the Ramblas, to stage the a limited run of the adaptation of  George Orwell’s classic futuristic novel, 1984.

Robbins has not only chosen BARCELONA as the background for where the story unfolds, but has also done some interesting market research on the streets of “La Cuidad Condal”.

Orwell’s ties to Barcelona run deep- his love for the city and respect for it’s anti-facist ways had  always facinated the writer, leading him to call Barcelona his home during the spanish civil war. His passion for the voice of the people, prompted him to write: Homage To Catalonia a chronicle recording the will of the city against a regime that grew strong before their very eyes.

In a twist of irony the George Orwell Plaza located in the Gothic Quarter remains under tight suppervision by Big brother himself- security cameras. A fact that Orwell himself would find mind blowing. 


With 73% of Catalans not finding anything wrong -with the digital repression , that has slowly infiltrated our streets, we take one-step closer to a future that not even Orwell could have imagined.


The play which begins tonight, aims to stimulate an important conversation and encourage the people of Barcelona to think about whether they really are perfectly happy being watched over by their elected officials.

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Foto Del Dia

27 Sep


La Foto Del Dia

26 Sep

La Merce 09Teatro Grec- Fiesta La Merce 09

Recdi8_An International Design Treasure Chest In El Borne

23 Sep

logoIf  “design” is your drug of choice; then look no further for a supplier.

Design shop treasure chest  recdi8, will satisfy the urge of even the most jaded cool hunter.

This small store located in the painfully cool neighborhood of EL BORNE,  carries the latest and greatest from such great designers as Tom Dixon, and Barcelona’s latest  “IT”  deisgn force MITE MITE (,  whose crime fighting bag made headlines around the world. ( **The crime bag can also be found at recdi8)

The store’s playful approach to design is a welcome sight in an area populated with hipper than thou shoe stores and modern tapaterias. 


 The brainchild  of owners Alex Baeza, Albert Vuidez, Norbert Frei; recdi8 is a shop that makes design readily available to the masses. With over 15 years of design experience, the shop in the Borne is an extension of their  design firm which has been dressing up Barcelona’s slickest spaces to date.  With an eye for global trends and their calibrated eyes every piece in here is worth it’s weight in gold.

If you are searching for limited edition pieces and unique home accessories; head over to recdi8 and get your fix.

Recdi8_Design Shop:  C/Espaseria 7,  El Borne

Recdi8_Showroom:  C/ Flor del Lliri, 4, El borne

The Wonderful World of Dani Torrent

23 Sep


In 2008, illustrator Dani Torrent took on the project of adapting Hans Christopher Anderson’s “The Little Mermaid”. The result is an adaptation that dives deep into the darkest corners of the so called  “fairy tale”.

Torrent,  beautifully creates a fairytale for adults , weaving his own personal vision and intertwines them with childhood memories of gypsies, fishermen, and vagabonds. The story set in a post war Barcelona,  places the main character in an industrial setting where chimneys replace trees ; and abandonded power plants substitute palaces.


 “The Mermaid”, which took over 18 months to complete has yet to find a publishing house.  Dani, whose version has stayed true to the text by Anderson, wanted to explore the darker side of the story. ” I was intrigued by the parts in the story that are never talked about, the things that are brushed under the rug.  Disney never tells you that the Prince would only allow her to  sleep outside his door, on  the doormat”


Inspired by this image, he began creating an androgynous looking mermaid, one without the perky breast and the perfect smile.  A soul that drifts quietly between two worlds, who is willing to change everything about her, and will suffer miserably, in order just to be loved.


Dani Torrent a native of Barcelona,  found his passion for art at an early age. He studied art in Bologna,  but moved back to Barcelona to pursue a career in film.  At the same time he began taking classes on illustration and decided he felt more at ease creating the storyboards. His work has been commissioned by lawyers, greeting card companies and was selected by author Jan Beltran to create his book cover. Up next for Torrent, is a children’s book as well as an upcoming exhibit in the fall.


To fall through the wonderful  world of  Dani Torrent please click below:

Foto Del Dia

23 Sep

DSCN2744Barcelonetta 13:30

OBILIQUE_Music Is My Medicine

22 Sep


Three lovers of Barcelona’s electronic music scene have joined forces to  form Oblique the latest blip on the indie scene radar. The band made up of frontmangirl are Sonja (vocals & lyrics) Gonzalez (synth & programming) & Linn ( bass and synth support). Together they make a perfect trifecta, pumping out the infectious dance beats with a lo-fi edge.

StairsInfluenced by the sounds of bands such as The Human League, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Client, Ladytron, Tiga, Soulwax and many others  have defenitley left their mark on Obilique’s style and it  is reflected in their unmistakable personal look and style.

Obilique manages to create an electronic universe where the 80’s culture and the dark-dance and dancing music have wedge their place in  dance floors across Europe.

This Barcelona band’s latest video has been placed in heavy rotation on MTV Italy and the band’s popularity is spreading across Europe to underground music lovers in Germany, Portugal, and United Kingdom. After this past years killer performance at Sonar, the band is heating up to be one of the break out stars of 2009.


To Listen to OBILIQUE’s retro futuristic sound click on the video below or go to their myspace page :


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*Portfolio_ The Intrusive Eye Of Biel Capllonch

21 Sep


Fotos by_Biel Capllonch

Barcelona based photographer Biel Capllonch , has been shooting images for nearly 15 years.  His body of work is extensive as it is diverse, he has shot campaigns for Ikea as well as covers for LeCool.  A master of composition, his work leaves you questioning what is at the periphery of his lens.  Both intense and shrouded in mystery his images are quietly chaotic and conceptually well restrained with a calm force of candor for his subjects at hand.

When looking at his images one gets the feeling of being an intruder in a world that only Biel has stumbled upon and one which only he knows what really happened that day. Are we voyeurs? Do the subjects know we are watching? Do they like it? Did we get there to late?

 His photography evokes a certain kind of awkward silence; a journey behind closed doors of the suburban, the glamorous and the elite.  It is a study in human emotion, fears, and the peeling back of veils. Nothing is what it seems. Nothing will ever be same.


The “ME” Hotel in Barcelona’s 22@ district

19 Sep

chairstowelpool ladder Photos by_David Naveira

A tower of glass and steel becomes a beacon of style in the up & coming neighborhood called 22@

Located on Diagonal the ME- Barcelona opened earlier this year, bringing effortless sophistication to an area heavy with  development.  Part of the Sol Melia group, the company has  opened only  four ME properties within the last 2 years (*Barcelona/Madrid/Cabo/Cancun) . Tailored for the young urban professional; the hotel is the perfect place to get away with a weekend with friends or for a romantic weekend.

The hotel boast an impressive Spa, Gym and most importantly a pool scene that rivals anything in Barcelona. High above the city you can enjoy the pool deck which also houses the lounge/club aptly named “ANGELS& KINGS” owned by rocker Pete Wentz , of the band Fall Out Boy.

angels The club brings a touch of  Rock & Roll edge to the hotel  by dressing up the space with embossed black latex wallpaper, louis XIV chairs,  red velvet drapes, and walls littered with mug shots of rock and roll royalty.  Unisex bathrooms are the norm and come equiped with chalkboard walls to help you pass the time -writing or drawing while you wait in line.

ME Barcelona

Take the elevator up to the 25th floor and you will be rewarded by the heavenly DOS CIELOS restaurant.  This restaurant,  has not only  managed to grab the attention of the culinary elite, but was also featured in Conde Nast Travelers 2009 HOT LIST.

Head chefs Javier and Sergio Torres ignite the palate with innovative dishes and a selection of drinks and deserts as eclectic as the city of Barcelona.

After dinner,  chill out on the patio where  with lush electronica plays softly, as the waiters keep the mojitos flowing on the moonlit terrace overlooking the mediterranean.

 In an area filled with highrise 5 star hotels the ME shines brighter than any other hotel in the area due to the stunning design and unique details.

For more information on the  ME Barcelona click below:

The Art of Irene Bou @ ARTEVISTAS

14 Sep

gotico street

Tucked into a quiet street in the Gothic Quarter ARTEVISTAS flies under the radar of  the hundreds of tourists looking for mosaic plates, T-Shirts and mugs. The only hint of this bohemian space is the metal sculpture hanging from the entrance. A simple calling card if there ever was one. 

Representing local artists working in Barcelona,  Artevistas has represented Irene Bou since the opening of the gallery gallery two years ago.

 “People are absorbed by her paintings. Her art is very different and her body of work grabs you attention and  many times it makes you think of things that you maybe have inside and only she knows how to express, with her talent” – artevistas


With only 26 years of age, this young artist has already  managed to create a name for herself in Barcelona but is set to take the international art world by storm.

Irene Bou’s work has been often compared to the  globally recognized Neo-expressionist  Jean-Michel Basquiat however, her work and style is definitely her own.  Her work  has recently caught the attention of one of the most prestigious galleries in Paris;  Galerie Lisette Alibert, a gallery specializing in contemporary primitivism. The gallery will host her first solo show in Paris this coming spring.


Like any great artist, her latest work has been inspired by her constant questioning of the world around us.  Her unique point of view and manner in which she chooses to express herself is what makes this city tick with creative energy.

Irene Bou’s newest exposition will open  September 17,  is simply titled:

” Conversaciones con Dios y con el Diablo (un clásico) “

“Like  everybody  in this time and space  I have often wondered about the existence of an infinite being, creator of all this paranoia that we fail to understand.  Curiously,  a literary classic” The Devil and God “by Jean Paul Sartre appeared in my hands; obviously it did not bring the answers to this ancient riddle but  it created in my mind a thousand and one image of a God who speaks through men and existing or imaginary creatures, from an eye that sees us with  a mute voice and other troubling eye that haunts us. “

– Irene Bou

ARTEVISTAS- Passatge del crèdit nº4 08002 Barcelona
Tel/Fax (+34) 93 513 04 65

Shout Out- “Dr. Sativo”

13 Sep

…And now a word from Dr. Sativo,  Barcelona’s King of Latin Reggae/Jazz 


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La Foto Del Dia

12 Sep
Parque de Horta

Parque de Horta

Barcelona Fashion Week 2009 _ Miriam Ponsa

9 Sep

BCN FASHION WeekBarcelona Fashion Week, drew to a close on Friday, after a week of star studded front rows, gift bags, air kisses, and after-parties. The glitterati turned out in full force to support 080 BCN Fashion Week. After the announcement earlier this year to pack up the now infamous Bread & Butter show, and take it back to Berlin, Fashion junkies were in a desperate need for a quick fix. Picking up where Bread & Butter left off BCN Fashion Week is shaping to be a force to reckon with. With the city supporting it’s latest addition to the international scene, 080 has now become the ugly step sister that’s name is on everybody lips. Taking over Pavilion 8, designers for all over Europe showed at the years fashion week all vying for attention in a market dominated by Madrid. One of the most original Catalan designers that Showed this year was Miriam Ponsa. Showing an incredibly minimal and chic collection, her muted tones and ethereal music reflected her collection simply titled :”Les Trementinaires” Inspired by the traveling healers who wandered Europe in the mid 19th Century, these traveling pharmacies became the way to bring medicinal plants to the far corners of the continent. With mint and lavender placed on the first few rows the smell tinted the air already thick in excitement for the latest of Catalan designers whose work as already permeated Japan, Norway, Italy and Saudi Arabia












In continuing with my coverage of up and coming designers, Miriam will be answering some questions next week about her collection and inspiration. So stay tuned.

After a week of wild parties and the stress of designers vying for the public eye one image seemed to sum up the feeling at yesterdays closing.


Fashion roadkill

Style and Substance meet at LA XINA

9 Sep

SalaIn 2008 Tomas Tarruella and his partner Rosa Maria Esteva packed their bags and took 16 of their employees on a trip of a lifetime through the Orient on a journey to inspire them recreate the mystery and elegance of the Cantonese culture and cuisine.

After packing up four land rovers and traveling over 3000 miles from Peking to Shanghai, the out come of this voyage through China ended in the creation of LA XINA, a modern take on the tradition Cantonese Dim Sum Restaurant. 

Grupo Tragaluz teamed up once again with the designers of the critically acclaimed Hotel OMM-  Sandra Tarruella and Isabel Lopez, to breathe life and sensuality to this bi level space overlooking the  world famous Ramblas at the entrance to former Barrio Xino. Over looking the dining room, the huge paper dragon watches silently over diners reflecting the strength and mystery of far east in a more intimate setting in Barcelona.


La Xina- Pintor Fortuny 3 Barcelona, Spain

Metro: Liceu <L3> the dragon


7 Sep



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