Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Music is the New Silence

How is visual culture interacting with global changes in the production and distribution of music now?
Music is the New Silence

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, ICA Boston

April 15 - September 5, 2011

The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl, organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, is the first museum exhibition to explore the culture of vinyl records within the history of contemporary art. Bringing together artists from around the world who have worked with records as their subject or medium, this groundbreaking exhibition examines the record's transformative power from the 1960s to the present.

Through sculpture, installation, drawing, painting, photography, sound work, video and performance, The Record combines contemporary art with outsider art, audio with visual, and fine art with popular culture.

The exhibition features 99 works by 41 artists, including rising stars in the contemporary art world (William Cordova, Robin Rhode, Dario Robleto), outsider artists (Mingering Mike), well-established artists (Jasper Johns, Ed Ruscha, Carrie Mae Weems) and artists whose work will be shown in a U.S. museum for the first time (Kevin Ei-ichi deForest, Jeroen Diepenmaat, Taiyo Kimura, Lyota Yagi).

Laurie Anderson

Playing her instrument:

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Guardian Readers recommend: opening album tracks

Herbie Hancock in 1986
Losing track ... Herbie Hancock struggles to hear the beginning of his latest LP. Photograph: Rex Features

Music is increasingly sold digitally, one track at a time. Which means that albums are, sadly, becoming an anachronistic form. But before the dear old LP rides off into the sunset, let's consider a strategic moment of every album: the opening track.

From the listener's point of view, "side one, track one" is one of the most important moments. Does it draw you in? Does it make you want to continue listening?

Most albums are carefully plotted, the order of the tracks crucial to taking the listener on a journey. Sometimes an artist (or the record company, which usually has a say in these matters) might want to show their hand, hitting the listener between the eyes straight away with their best track. Or they may just want to whet our appetite, giving a mere hint at pleasures to come.

True, some albums are carelessly slung together. But even then, the running order of the tracks can work fine. Whatever the reason, tell us about your favourite opening album tracks.

The toolbox:

* Listen to others' suggestions and add yours to a collaborative Spotify playlist

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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Paper Record Player

Wedding invitation. They created a paper record player to house + play a flexi disc pressed with their original song, inviting guests to the wedding.

Check out the full song here:​song.mp3

And more about the project:​blog

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Record Store Day at Quebra Orelha

Afonso Macedo (the owner)
Been compared to:

by Tiago Eiras

Catarina Leal

My posters.

David Rodrigues & Octupossy Crew member António Rebocho


Emma Get Wild (espanha)
Birds Are Indie (portugal)
Tó Trips (portugal)


Afonso Macedo
David Rodrigues [cosa nostra]
Octopussy Crew


Jorge Simões . "Shuffle" . photography
Col. Recolher Obrigatório . "Violarte" . multimedia (at Arte à Parte)
Catarina Leal . "Parede Branca Que Já Não é..." . painting

Special edition for Record Store Day
Wraygunn . Amateur . 10" + Poster . 50 copies.


Tó Trips photos: Nuno Ávila


Birds Are Indie photos: Nuno Ávila

Friday, April 15, 2011

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Exactamente Antunes {Exactly Antunes}

As part of the Odisseia showcase, we bring back Antunes, that extremely Portuguese version of Ulysses, a character invented by a Modernist visual artist who was also a poet, an essayist, a playwright, a caricaturist, an actor and a dancer: José Sobral de Almada Negreiros (1893-1970). However, during the process of adapting, rewriting and/or reinventing that peculiar Bildungsroman entitled Nome de Guerra, Jacinto Lucas Pires brought to the stage not only Antunes, but the rest of its extravagant cast of characters: the experienced Dom Jorge, Judite – she who, actually, is not called so –, angelic Maria, the Uncle, and the novel’s Author himself, with his boiler-suit. Directed by Cristina Carvalhal and Nuno Carinhas, Exactamente Antunes will be mostly anything and its opposite: a romantic comedy, a Lisbon soap opera, a social documentary, an American musical, a fake melodrama. Or, quite simply, a play in which to experience the ingenuousness and ingenuity of Almada – the ‘little boy with a giant’s eyes’, as he once described himself – his view of the body and of the city, and his inquiry into identity. “Woe is he who is so ignorant of his own dream.”

photography JOÃO TUNA

Making Of

Photo Section with actors

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