A must see event in our hometown of Birmingham. Volume is a three day event promoting independent publishing. Books, prints, illustrations, stalls, art commissions, workshops, music and a key note speech by Bill Drummond ( Man who burned a million hard cash ) will be just a few things to see there. 5th – 7th of December at the Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square, Birmingham B1, full details available right HERE.
Everyday is play, a celebration of the video gamer. This unique book unites the historical and contemporary gamers capturing thoughts and inspiration through the likes of interviews and fan art. Gamer or not, an interesting read. Soma amazing pieces of art also from various designers. Press Start, to have a look at it right here right now.
A thought provoking programme on how video games have changed the way we live our lives today. Featuring Jonathon Ross, Dara O’Briain and Charlie Brooker. Check it out HERE
The wait is almost over. . . in nearly a few weeks time we will all be able to get our hands on one (or both?!) of these babies.
The jury’s out at Fluid HQ, but if you had to base your decision on these two glorious ads, which one would you get?
Oh and a lil bit of video trivia: the talented moving-image company The Mill contributed post-production/ visual effects for both “Invitation” (Directed by the uber decorated Bryan Buckley), and “Perfect Day”.
Enjoy. . .
The ‘Phonebloks’ concept conceived by Dave Hakkens was a big hit on the internet—the modular smartphone concept visualized a phone that can help reduce waste. A huge rally of supporters around the world showed that this was a phone worth keeping, and it’s safe to say that their wishes have been granted.
View the article on Taxi here
Apple’s senior vice president of design Sir Jonathan Ive, together with fellow industrial designer Marc Newson, has created a one-of-a-kind camera for Leica. See Here
While a great deal of time on Google Street view seems to be spent, by the vast majority of us, doing little more than visually retracing everywhere we’ve ever been and laughing at ignoble images of people caught unawares by the Street View cars (StreetViewFun.com, we’ve all been there…), the application can, on occasion, be used for something altogether more worthy.
When the tsunami and earthquake hit Namie, Japan in 2011, residents had to abandon the town which was home to a nuclear power plant as it became a radiation exclusion zone. Two years on, and after requests from the displaced residents to see the current state of their hometown, the town’s mayor has invited the Street View cars in to document worldwide the effect of this nuclear incident.
The results, images of abandoned and even disintegrated buildings in what is now a ghost town can be seen on Google Street View or at a dedicated site, Memories for the Future. A moving project indeed…
Fancy a Bioshock Blitzer with your Mario Kart? Or how about an Earthworm Gin with your Portal 2 co-op?
We’ve been made aware of a pretty exciting development: the imminent opening of a second café from the people of Loading. It’s a pop-up bar at the moment, but will be arriving permanently in London as of April this year.
What’s so special about a café you ask? Modeled on the gaming cafés of Tokyo, this bar, like its sister café in Cornwall, lets guests play games with their drinks. Just a glance at the lovingly created menu with its themed, character-based concoctions and it becomes clearly evident that these people really, genuinely love games.
Its always great to see someone’s idea become reality and it’s a worthy one, a project that will hopefully spread the number of people positive about the culture of gaming and for those who already are, a community space to hold events. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter project with loads of big name backing from people like Ubisoft, BioWare and Codemasters, gamers in Soho will soon have their very own space to indulge in a spot of community spirit. Find out more at their website.
Wonder if they have their sights set on the second city?
We love a good documentary here at Fluid, and when it comes to documentaries the more dedicated and absorbed the subject, or the more obscure the hobby or occupation the better.
Its in this vein that we present to you…Sign Painters, a brand new documentary chronicling the resurgence in hand painted signage in the USA. Though we’ve only watched the trailer, it looks a treat. The filmmakers wanted to explore the world of traditional sign painting as, in their words, “like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper” giving way to a “creeping sameness into our landscape”.
The brushstrokes and stories of over two dozen American sign painters are featured in the documentary, which you can learn more about here.
Those who remember the Arts Labs that sprung up around the country in the late 60s, and those with memories of the Birmingham Arts Lab in particular, will be interested to know that as part of the Flatpack Festival a set of dates will focus on a homage to the period in the form of documentary films, audio interviews and memorabilia.
The Birmingham outfit is an interesting case as it was able to carry on throughout the decade when many other Arts Labs across the country fizzled out, and in a large part this is attributable to its strong film programme, which arguably subsidised the music, visual and theatre output. Its key players in film were Tony Jones and Peter Walsh, who assembled a rudimentary cinema from salvaged bits and pieces and showed films that would not be screened elsewhere in the city. Their stories and those of many others have been unearthed and brought together in a ‘bricolage of memories’ of this creative culture.
Among the events are the chance to see Tony Palmer’s documentary on the city from 1971, a collection of interviews unearthed by Trevor Pitt in an atmospheric audio installation, and a talk headed by many of the Lab’s original participants about what worked, what didn’t, and what we can learn from the Arts Labs today.