Archive | October, 2009

Waiter Or Coke Dealer?

14 Oct

I asked the waiter how big was the portion… he answered 130 grams. Either he’s a coke dealer or I need to start carrying around a scale…

Barcelona goes GLOBAL for the battle of design @ Cut&Paste 2009

13 Oct


 October 16th the battle for the hottest illustrator goes global at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

48 artists representing 16 Countries will go against each other for a timed design competition as the world watches. Each artist will have only 15 min to create a work in one of the three areas of competition(2D, 3D and Motion Design) while an audience of hipsters and  industry leaders watch on from the sidelines. It is a sort of  “DESIGN OLYMPICS” only with cooler sneakers and slicker music.   

The contest will be live on  and  the godfather of cool Josh Rubin from COOLHUNTING will be judging the 3D portion of the contest.

Lets Meet the Boys from Barcelona…




After a life time of painting, drawing and spray painting  on any surface he could find Marco, opened up his own studio bringing together over 10 years of experience in “Urban Artistic Expression”.  The design challenge was to come up with a shirt from a prisoner’s uniform  with the theme being : Taboo.  This was his wining piece.




Bernat is a digital student here in Barcelona, his passion is 3D images which as you can imagine take a lot of time and concentration in order to put these images together. Bernat is currently working for Kotoc – a major computer graphics firm here in Barcelona.  His design challenge which allowed the artists 20 mins to create a piece work inspired by the word: “CARTHARSIS”




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Originally from Uruguay,  Sebastian  now resides in Barcelona where he works as a freelancer  with his partner in crime Robokid.  His website features his new work as well  has  spots for FORD as well as SEAT.

The theme of his competition was the Crisis.


We will publish the results of the CUT & PASTE compition on Sat, hoping that the guys will be among those winners.

For the rundown of how Cut &Paste started- here you go:

“Laptop to Laptop , Mano a Mano”

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Sonimagfoto & Multimedia show

11 Oct


son-imag-foto-2553-1The crisis has effected all sectors, but this year Sonimagfoto focused on the experience. With several booths allowing the crowds to interact with the products and artist at hand.

One of my favorite exhibits was Argos,  a space that allowed visitors  to sit back and watch a slide show  of 8 different artists. The space it’s self was a disappointment. With Argos, being sponsored by Panasonic, it was obvious that the director of marketing had no idea what an oppertunity this could have been for the company to reinvent themselves.  Handing over just 2 televisions for the exhibit and a flimsy banner , Panasonic just ended up looking like a cheap big brother for a show specializing in multimedia.

The possibility of partnering up with 8 of the most promising photographers  was something that was not taken into the equation, especially when the majority of the attendees were being wowed by more complete spaces such as CASIO and CASSNOVA

However, the exhibit still was one of the most eye catching and refreshingly raw talent at the show. Focusing on human rights and social issues this space curated new images by 8 outstanding photographers and artists that brought together photography, video and music.  Below are a few of my favorites…


“Forced Identity”. Pep Bonet. New exhibition The life of homosexuals and transsexuals in Honduras, viewed with respect and sensitivity, forming part of a series of photographs on AIDS in the world today. This Majorca photographer won the second World Press Photo Award in 2008 with these images.



“The forestman”. Daniel Loewe. New exhibition An impressive series of photographs documenting the life of an old hermit who lives in the Collserola mountains near Barcelona. Loewe has photographed him over the last four years and the results are now exclusively presented at this year’s show.




 “Barcelonaskyline”. Sergi García Panoramic views of Barcelona taken from the mountains or from the sea, at dawn or at sunset. Barcelona in all its splendour.

All in all it was a pretty tame show however, it would be nice to see companies stepping up to the plate and really showing the support behind these shows and what they can achieve as far as showcasing new technologies and new ways of displaying what lies ahead.

Matar En Barcelona

11 Oct


The Gothic Quarter at 4am on a school night, Montjuic at dusk,  El raval at 7am, all the type of places your mother warned you about but you never listened.

Only those who live in  Barcelona know how well the city keeps her secrets. Dimly lit  narrow streets, and strangers lurking everywhere.

Twelve young authors shed some light  on twelve real crimes in Barcelona, many of them quite recent. This is the premise the narrators of Matar en Barcelona (To kill in Barcelona) have based their fiction short stories. In this anthology, the authors have tracked a series of murders through news articles and other witnesses to build twelve stories inspired in the most mysterious crimes in the city’s history.

Matar en Barcelona comes as the second installment of a trilogy that started with Odio Barcelona (Melusina, 2008).

The vampire woman of the Ponent Street, the  Eixample serial rapist or the killer of old women are the protagonists of these short stories in which fiction fuses with chronicles in an exercise to blur the boundaries of the nouvelle noir, post-modern short stories and urban myths. Pure invention comes by the hand of journalist chronicles.

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ULLS FESTIVAL 09- Art For The People.

11 Oct


The ULLS Festival takes over the streets of Barcelona, October 14-18,  invading the city with four days of  Dance, Music, Film and Theatre.  This week the  ULLS Festival  sets up shop at the Palau de la Virreina and various points around the city. 

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 This festival is one of  Barcelona’s most radical and alternative of cultural festivasl  which the city hosts.  Now in it’s third year the  emphasis of this festival is placed in the performance of art.  All of the events are free of charge  in order to generate an open access to ART.

Imatge ULLS 2009 (2)A  festival to be enjoyed by all who call the “cuidad condal”  home, regardless of money, social class, or citizenship.

The only requirement is to be one of an open mind.

The four day event will host a total of 8 theater performances, 5 concerts, 5 workshops, 3 film screenings and 2 performances by alternative artists.

Among the other events are art workshops for the kids  as well as an art exhibit.

 14 countries are participating in this forum, which is meant to act as a cultural exchange between Latin America and Europe revolving around artists  sharing their concept of life and art between the two continents.

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Cine Ambigu_Film Series OCT 2009

11 Oct


Back from their summer break  100.000 retinas <> pick up where they left off, bringing you the best independent movies every  TUESDAY  in OCTOBER 

 Their commitment in screening the best movies without commercial distribution and major works of international festivals, that rarely see box office success. This time around they  present 3  underground movies in the indie movie palace known as VERDI PARK in the Gracia neighborhood<> the cities epicenter of all things indie.


Tuesday OCT 13 – YOUTH WITHOUT YOUTH (2007)

Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola returns to the director’s chair after a ten-year hiatus with this adaptation of Romanian author Mircea Eliade‘s tome detailing the arduous journey of a professor whose life is thrown into chaos as World War II looms ominously on the horizon. When the 70-year-old scholar is struck by lightning, his age begins to reverse as his mind grows infinitely more brilliant. Now determined to understand the origins of language and consciousness, the fugitive professor leads authorities on a wild chase through Romania, Switzerland, Malta, and India. Tim Roth, Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, and Marcel Iures star in an ambitious low-budget drama trumpeted by Zoetrope as a “return to personal filmmaking” for the revered Godfather director.

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Tuesday Oct 28-OF TIME AND CITY(2008)
British filmmaker Terence Davies pays homage to the city of his birth in this visual essay on the seaside town of Liverpool. Described by Davies as “a love song and a eulogy,” Of Time and the City uses vintage home movies and newsreel footage to paint a portrait of the Liverpool he knew as a child, a tough working-class community where decay and resilience walked side by side, even as many of the efforts to “improve” Liverpool in the ’60s accomplished little beyond robbing it of its character and rough-hewn beauty. Combining a variety of found images with music and poetry, Of Time and the City explores how this slow evolution of Liverpool impacted the people who lived there, and how the people also became part of the city’s ups and downs. Of Time and the City was screened as a special presentation at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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Tuesday Oct 27- THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD (2009)

Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonanno are “The Yes Men,” two guys who combine political activism, performance art and the love of a good prank in the name of demanding the private sector take responsibility for the damage it’s done to the world and its people. Bichlbaum and Bonanno specialize in setting up realistic looking mock web sites that claim to represent famous and powerful multi-national corporations, and when they’re contacted to speak on the companies’ behalf, they deliver absurd satirical presentations that sometimes fool their audiences into believing they’ve seen the real thing. The exploits of Bichlbaum and Bonanno were chronicled in the 2003 documentary The Yes Men, and their further adventures have spawned a second film, The Yes Men Fix The World, which follows the radical pranksters as they claim responsibility for a major environmental disaster in Bhopal on European television, demonstrate a new corporate rescue orb, “defend” corporate interests in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and publish a mock edition of The New York Times that declares the end of the war in Iraq. The Yes Men Fix The World received its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

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La Foto Del Dia

10 Oct