In honour of Kraftwerk we decided to write this blog post in German (a language I happen to speak quite well). Here we go:
Einen passenderen Schauplatz hätte Kraftwerk sich sicherlich nicht aussuchen können als das Tate Modern, ein zu einer Kunstgalerie ausgebautes altes Kraftwerk. Als wir in der ‘Turbine Hall’ ankamen saßen bereits zahlreiche Menschen friedlich auf einem der Kissen die am Eingang verteilt wurden. Wir waren uns zunächst nicht sicher, ob wir auf den Kissen sitzen bleiben müssten, aber schon bevor der erste Ton ausgeklungen war, standen die rund 1.200 Menschen bereits.
In der vierten von acht Retrospektiven war Kraftwerks meist zelebrierte Album ‘Man Machine’ an der Reihe. Eröffnet wurde mit dem letzten Titel des Albums ‘The Man Machine’ gefolgt von Spacelab bevor es mit dem bekanntesten Lied des Albums und dem größten Hit, den Ralf Hütter in England verbuchen durfte, ‘The Model’ weiterging. Nach dem alle Lieder des Album gespielt waren folgte ein best-off. Kraftwerks größten Hits unter anderem Autobahn und Tour de France wurden zum besten gegeben. Begleitet wurde jedes Lied von 3D Projektionen, die neben der Musik großer Bestanteil des Gesamtauftrittes waren. Von einfachen geometrischen Formen, über an Matrix erinnernde grüne Raster, bis hin zu einer Autobahn fahrt in einem alten VW war alles dabei. Was alle 3D Projektionen gemein hatten war eine Einfachheit, die verglichen mit anderen 3D Medien die man heutzutage gewöhnt ist wirklich hervorstach.
Das Tate war wirklich der perfekte Ort für solch einen Auftritt, der mühelos einen Bogen zwischen Musik und Kunst spannte. Zeitweise war das Publikum sehr still, aber nicht weil ihnen nicht gefiel was sie sahen, sondern aus großer Bewunderung und der Erkenntnis heraus, dass sie Zeugen eines phänomenal Auftrittes waren, an den sie sich lange Zeit erinnern werden.
Translation to follow shortly. In the meantime why not give google translate a go (not that it’ll make much sense).
Posted by Darren on 12 February 2013
WHATEVEREST is a short documentary on the creation of a music video for the track ‘Inspector Norse’ by Todd Terje.
Marius Johansen Solem, aka ‘Inspector Norse’, is a norwegian guy who is partial to dance music. As well as being obsessed with dacing to electronic tunes, on occasion he buys a whole load of stuff at DIY stores, mixes it together and creates his own drugs in his kitchen. He then rocks the Norwegian suburbs and uploads his ventures to youtube.
Inspired by this slightly weird character, Todd Terje created a track and named it ‘Inspector Norse’ after Marius’ internet alias. Aparently the track was a hit in the dance scene last year.
Marisu has undoubtably got a great personality and I applaud him for the way he’s immersed in his own world, and doesn’t care about what people think of him. Some people are saying the video’s a mockumentry, but either way it’s a great film and definitely worth a watch. Enjoy.
Went for a digital stroll on Sunday as a way of getting over a hangover and came across this great short film by Ninian Doff. I never knew Unicorns could fire rainbows out of their horns and it seems you can pick up said mystical creature down Brick Lane. Sadly I’m allergic to horses, my head balloons like Rocky, and so I’m presuming the same goes for owning a Unicorn.
Anyway it turns out the very talented Ninian Doff has a bit of previous in creating really great shorts and videos and it’s definitely worth checking out Ninian’s site.
A few of my personal favourites are below from the very simple ‘No Handed Bike Moves’, the clever ‘Ello Guvnor’, too the freaky Crows with Hands video for Fulton Lights. Enjoy.
New year = new playlist. But before we go ahead and create a new playlist we thought we’d share our 2012 playlist with you. The playlist contains 100 songs we listened in the studio throughout the year. We’re also aiming to create regular shorter playlists for you to enjoy.
The original variant is now joined by a more traditionally recognisable green absinthe, La Maison Fontaine Verte, a close relative to the World’s most awarded blanche absinthe, Fontaine Blanche.
Secondly, inspired by a handwritten 1920’s Crème de Cacao recipe found in the recipe books of La Maison Fontaine’s Pontarlier distillery, LMF decided to push the creative boundaries and have created La Maison Fontaine Chocolat absinthe liqueur.
The extended La Maison Fontaine family will start making its way into the markets over the coming weeks and months.
We decided to follow on from last year’s Christmas screen printing extravaganza by doing something hands on again this year, and since we’ve had a few small bake offs in the office recently we decided to go to E5 Bakehouse for our Christmas Party, where we learnt how to bake a variety of breads including the bakeries famous Hackney Wild (a classic pain de campagne), bagels, ciabatta and a 66% rye bread.
E5 Bakehouse is an artisan bakehouse and coffee shop in the railway arches near London Fields. As well as selling bread in store and baking bread for local restaurants, E5 Bakehouse also offer fresh lunches including sandwiches made from the day’s batch of sourdough, salads and homemade cakes – all locally sourced, organic and at decent prices.
Our course leader for the day was Ben, the brains behind E5 Bakehouse and a very nice chap indeed. The course is very hands on and by the end of it we all walked home with enough bread to feed a small village. We had a great time and E5 Bakehouse is definitely worth a visit whether you want to learn to make bread or you simply want to buy a loaf of delicious, handmade artisan bread.
Very happy to finally be able to share this music video with you that we helped put together for very talented Alex Highton. Alex Highton’s debut album Woodditton Wives Club is packed full of witty, thoughtful songs. Simple, mellow acoustic guitar melodies paired with Alex’s charming vocals make this album really stand out. We love it and if you do too do yourself a favour and buy his album from his website or iTunes. A big shout out to Joe Marcantonio for helping us put this video together. Sit back and enjoy!
Somerset House is currently home to ‘Story Teller’, an exhibition focusing on the wonderful work of fashion photographer Tim Walker. I went at the weekend and loved it. We used some of his images for mood boards in the past. He really is a very talented and inspirational photographer.
Beside his photography on show there is a selection of his large props he used for his imagery including a giant doll, large insects playing instruments, and an almost life-size replica of a Spitfire fighter plane. It’s great being able to see the fantastical props alongside the final images.
The exhibition is beautifully put together and his photography amazing . Tim Walker Story Teller, runs from 18 October – 27 January 2013, daily 10am – 6pm, free admission, at Somerset House, London.
Tim Walker (born in England, 1970) is a British fashion photographer.
Tim Walker’s photographs have entranced the readers of Vogue, month by month, for over a decade. Extravagant staging and romantic motifs characterise his unmistakable style. After concentrating on the photographic still for 15 years, Walker is now also making moving film.
On graduation in 1994, Walker worked as a freelance photography assistant in London before moving to New York City as a full time assistant to Richard Avedon. On returning to England, he initially concentrated on portrait and documentary work for UK newspapers. At the age of 25, he shot his first fashion story for Vogue and has continued to work to much acclaim ever since.
The Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London include the photographs of Tim Walker in their permanent collections.
Here is a shameless bit of self promotion for DF’s latest identity work. Life with Law is a series of free talks offering inspiration and ideas for living a good, happy and satisfying life (whilst practising law).
So if you’re a lawyer type who’s working too hard and finding it hard to enjoy enough ‘me’ time, then this is the event for you. I rest my case M’lord!
Design Friendship reaches another small landmark today, as we celebrate our 5th Birthday.
Both myself and Nat would like to say a big heart felt thank you to everyone who’s ever contributed to the DF cause. To all our employees, freelancers, clients, suppliers, friends, family and those who are sadly no longer with us (but still keeping an eye on us), we appreciate every single one of you so much and couldn’t do it without your continuing hard work and support.
So here’s to the next 5 years, we hope they’re filled with just as much excitement and random potty-mouth-ness and the last 5!