Archive for September, 2009

Tape art… (New shit has come to light, Man)

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Most of you who were born before 1980, will remember what it was like recording your own selection of music on an audio cassette player. Sitting by the radio, waiting for that one song to come by and hoping the Disc Jockey wouldn’t talk through the intro. Those cassettes were played over and over again, until the tape would finally die. Some cassettes would be too precious to give up on, so I would try to rescue them. Then what mostly happened was the tape would run/come out completely, leaving me without any hope… 

An artist named iri5 managed to find an alternative destination for her old tapes. Using these tapes, iri5 has turned them into a remarkable work of art in a series that she calls “Ghost in the Machine.”  The series portrays celebrities and musicians such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Marilyn Monroe and my all time favorite movie character “the Dude” from The Big Lebowski. Her style focuses on recycling materials, such as those old cassettes, VHS tapes and used books.

She says: ”It feels great to work with strange, older materials. Things that have a mind of their own. Most everything I use has been thrown away or donated at some point. Past its prime, like some of the finest things in the world.” Everybody says: you go girl. As is the way of the web, click on the picture above to see her great works of art… making sure you also check out her compositions made out of photographs.

From Russia with love…

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From Russia with love, granted, not the best Bond film, but the title certainly describes this piece of automotive engineering and design. The car you see above is from the Russian company, MaRussia. It is a sleek and silky looking little monster which has at it’s heart some surprising credentials. Mainly it’s a hybrid. Yep, it’s a hybrid Supercar.

Unveiled last year, you can now order one of these motors, for a price of around €100,000. The car is an example of how the hybrid can be pushed to reach new limits, with it’s claimed 0-60mph of around 5 seconds, and a range of 400Km it certainly will be interesting to see if anyone can be converted from the traditional sports car powerbase of petrol to a mixture of electricity and fossil fuels. The insides are just as impressive, with wireless connectivity and digital video cameras all round, giving feedback to the driver constantly, and offering a whole host of entertainment options it could easily become the new choice of premiership footballer plaything.

The inventor/developer is a Russian fella, Nikolay Fomenko, who seems to have done most things in his life (he’s been a singer, news anchor man, theatre actor and racing car champion) is a bit of a renaissance man. He sees the car taking part in the FIA GT championships in 2010, which will add some great kudos to the car itself, as well as the hybrid genre in turn. Certainly an ambitious chap.

The design of the car looks familiar in many ways, glance from different angles and it invokes a look of the Lotus Elise, the Alfa R8 and McLaren F1 amongst others… But then that isn’t always a bad thing as these are some of the finest looking cars on the road today. As usual, take the mouse to clicky town to get more information on this, and maybe order one too.

So, whilst we’re still not huge fans of hybrid cars just yet, this might make us come one notch closer to that way of thinking, but we just can’t help thinking this is the Captain Drago to Ferarri’s Rocky Balboa. Yo Adrianne!

Heineken, Fashion in the city

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This summer Everybody participated on a creative competition by Heineken the City Fashion to design streetwear inspired by Heineken. Since Everybody’s creativity is not limited to print and online stuff we came up with some awesome streetwear.

The idea was to create an outfit without using the populair red and green, only silver, grey and black. From the 314 contestants we ended within the last 20 who made it through the finals. At the start of the AIFW 2009, short for the Amsterdam International Fashion Week, our design was shown on the in- and outdoor catwalk during the opening of the Fashion Week DOWNTOWN in Heineken the City.

The area was so crowded it even caused traffic jams in the heart of Amsterdam. As a Rotterdam based company we are proud that not all good design comes from Amsterdam.