Yann Gross has recently published a collection of photographs documenting the lives of the skateboarders who skate Uganda’s first skatepark in Kampala. You can find the book here and here.
Back in 2009 I wrote something about the Ugandan Skateboard Union for Club Mumble, what they were up to and the films they were making.
“our film is slow but in the works. It will cover the construction of the park, interviews with the skaters, a super hero short film, skating footage, and lots of goats and ducks”
They have some amazing photographs and stories on their blog, like how they originally had to skate barefoot and how the first mini ramp was destroyed by heavy rain last November (the structure of the original ramps was actually made from soil). The website has some additional information about the work the Uganda Skateboard Union are doing to bring skating to Uganda’s youth through small donations from all over the world. You need to take a look at the photographs they have, really inspirational stuff.
This takes me back to the days of planning how a job could be done as we didn’t have enough RAM or Photoshop only had one layer, when you had to leave the Mac running over night just to run a radial blur and when it finally finished it wasn’t what you were after… Days gone by, hard work but fond memories. Have a look for those who remember and for those who don’t, a history lesson.
The stickers are custom vinyl and can be easily removed without damaging property. It’s a fun, low-barrier tool for citizens to provide civic input on-site, and the responses reflect the hopes, dreams, and colorful imaginations of different neighborhoods.
This project was created by designer Candy Chang and launched in New Orleans with the Ethnographic Terminalia exhibit Nov-Dec 2010. Thousands of free stickers were available in corner stores, cafes, bookstores, bars, hair salons, and other places around the city. Grids of blank stickers were also posted on vacant storefronts and blighted houses around the city to invite passers-by to share their thoughts. See select photos here, share more on Flickr (tag your photos “iwishthiswas”), or email photos. A digital version is in the works, and responses will be mapped in the coming months.
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Funeral Party are a four piece American band made up of friends, Chad, James, Kimo and Tim. They have just released their debut album on Sony music this month. We were pretty excited when Sony asked us to design the cover art for their debut album, And as we all know every great band has great cover art, these guys are no different.
Here is a link to the first track off their album, More cowbell please…
CATEGORIES: Design, Music
Syntheastwood are a collective that curate and produce creative events and projects all over the world. Interactivity and crowd involvement is central to what Syntheastwood do. Between them they have 12 eyes, 12, 6 brains and one new web site that puts them firmly on the cyberspace map. With an informative blog and some great social media integration check out the new site HERE and keep up to date with these internet cowboys.
I will be performing live as part of the audio division of the Modulate Collective at the Hair and Hounds on Thursday the 17th of February at the first event staged by Sound Kitchen UK an organization founded by the sound artist Annie Mahtani to promote experimental music and sound art. Should be a excellent line up of acts see them here. Sound Kitchen Facebook
After three years without a website Yokoland are back and online. One of their recent projects was The Notch festival in China, showcasing Nordic and Chinese artists and designers. Yokoland where asked to present a selection of graphic design work for an exhibition held in Beijing. In search of finding an interesting form of presentation they came up with the idea of using their own studio. They built a box in China with the same dimensions as the studio, high resolution photographs of the walls were printed and mounted as wallpaper together with identical light fittings and a reproduction of their yellow meeting table was placed in the centre of the room, creating a space identical to the original studio in Oslo.
“we had to down size the installation by 20%, but since Chinese people are in average 20% shorter than the Scandinavian giants; the room was still in scale”