In 1979, SONY debuted the WALKMAN®, introducing to the world a new way to enjoy high-quality music, anywhere, anytime. To celebrate the WALKMAN 40th anniversary, SONY has opened an exhibition in Tokyo’s Ginza district. The “#009 WALKMAN IN THE PARK 40 years since the day the music walked” exhibition focuses on the people for whom the WALKMAN has been a part of their everyday life. 

For us old enough to not only remember, but also used, the SONY WALKMAN®, this portable cassette player was the “thing” in the 80s. I had a red SONY WALKMAN® which I bought in 1985 or 1986 and I used it till it broke… I really like that SONY celebrate the WALKMAN 40th anniversary. That makes me truly nostalgic and happy. (via Designboom)




Will be awesome. Don´t miss out if you are in Copenhagen. #StanleyKubrick #GLStrand#CPH


“This is not a toy” – Guest curated by Pharrell Williams
, Design Exchange, Toronto, Canada
, February 7th – May 19th, 2014.

In recognizing the rise in the production of designer toys — part merchandise, part art — Canada’s design exchange (DX) has dedicated an entire exhibition to these types of pieces, enlisting contemporary cultural figure Pharrell Williams, an avid collector himself, to co-curate the show. In collaboration with instigator and co-curator John Wee Tom, and DX associate curator Sara Nickelson, the three have realized a presentation of work that highlights the practice of more than a dozen key artists and toy designers who have established a following in this creative and commercial genre. ‘This is not a toy’ is the first occasion whereby the vibrant sculptures, figurines, and paintings grouped in the collectible toys category are being displayed within the setting of a museum.

Drawing its namesake from the disclaimer often found on the packaging for objects that may be called toys, but aren’t meant to be played with, ‘This is not a toy’ is dedicated to exploring the notions surrounding the conceptual toy; something which lingers between a fine art and design object, and whose price ranges range from just a few dollars, to thousands. Though ‘designer toys’ employ technical methods of mass production, they do so in a way that results in unique pieces and limited edition objects, typically associated with the art world. ‘this is not a toy’ aims at providing insight into how these vinyl toys are made and customized through interviews with such artists as KAWS, huck gee and frank kozik, along with stop-motion videos created by fans of kidrobot figures.

The scenography of the exhibition space has been conceived to compliment the humorous, sometimes dark, figures being presented, offering bold wall coverings featuring various patterns to help visually and thematically divide the gallery. visitors are invited to engage with ‘This is not a toy’ through a number of sensory experiences, as they are immersed into a vibrant world that is filled with music video and vinyl.  (via Design Boom)

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If in Malmö/Sweden between 6 September  – 29 September, do go and see Emma Svensson´s truly moving photo exhibition “I Kroppen Min” (“In My Body”) about Kristian Gidlund´s (drummer in the band Sugarplum Fairy, journalist, author and blogger) fight against terminal cancer at Galleri Vasli Souza.


“Emma Svensson, founder of Rockfoto has followed Kristian Gidlund, drummer in Sugarplum Fairy, journalist, author and blogger, during the last year. The year when his cancer came back. This time with very poor expectations.

Emma about Kristian and how this exhibition came to life:

“Kristian is one of my closest friends, we have known each other for ten years. That was when we began our careers. He as a rock star, I as a photographer. We went together and I took pictures of him, the band and their album covers. In 2010 he became ill with cancer. He started the blog ‘I kroppen min’ so that the people close to him would know what happened. He managed to write so beautiful about something so terrible. In 2011 the doctors told him he is free. Free from cancer. He focused on another dream: journalism. He no longer writes the blog, it belongs to the disease. He is the editor of a start-up magazine and freelancing for some of our most established newspapers. He is happy. Glad to have defeated the terrible, glad to start living again after a year of life on pause.

It’s on ‘Way Out West’ a year later, in August 2012. Kristian looks not well, he’s tired and lethargic. A completely different person than the one I just met a few weeks earlier at the ‘Peace & Love’. Some days later, he started blogging again. The cancer is back, and this time it does not look good at all. ‘I kroppen min’, the blog that nobody ever wanted to pick up where it left off, has now had more than 7 million visitors and it became a book. I have followed Christian’s journey with my camera. Documented his life. To create something lasting. In honour of my friend. ”


If in Malmö/Sweden between 14 September 2013 – 12 January 2014, do go and see the fine exhibition “Russian Avant-Garde – Visions of A Future” at Moderna Museet.


“For the third year running, we are diving deep into the Moderna Museet collection for an extensive presentation, which takes up almost the entire museum building. This time, our focus is on our eastern neighbours and the Russian avant-garde. A total of 150 works by seminal artists such as Tatlin, Rodchenko, Malevich, Popova and Exter will be featured. Most of these have never before been shown in the Öresund region. Between 1905 and the 1930s, Russia and the Soviet Union experienced radical political change and furious social development, and this was also reflected in the field of art. The Russian avant-garde was far from a homogeneous artist group, but they all shared a desire to express their era. They were inspired by the latest trends in Western contemporary art, such as cubism and Italian futurism, but also by Eastern folk art and icon painting.

In Russian Avant-Garde – Visions of a Future, 150 works highlight several of the main tendencies that emerged in Russia at the time, such as constructivism and suprematism. The exhibition demonstrates how the new radical art was used as an ideological tool to create a new world, but it also presents artists who were opposed to art in the service of the state. Naturally, highlights such as Vladimir Tatlin’s visionary project, the model for a monument for the Third International, “Tatlin’s Tower”, will be featured, along with Kazimir Malevich’s Black and White. Suprematist Composition – both of which are being shown in the Öresund region for the first time. The multi-faceted Alexander Rodchenko is highlighted in the exhibition, especially for his work in revolutionising the art of photography. Key works by Lyubov Popova, Alexandra Exter and Wassily Kandinsky, and, above all, by the Swedish pioneer of abstract art Hilma af Klint, will also be shown. The exhibition also includes many propaganda posters, and avant-garde films such as the critically acclaimed Battleship Potemkin by Sergey Eisenstein and Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, and a unique portfolio of Soviet periodicals that have never before been shown.”






A Practice for Everyday Life (APFEL) has worked with architectural studio Carmody Groarke on the exhibition design for Bauhaus: Art as Life which opened at the Barbican Art Gallery the past week in London.

The show, which runs until August 12, contains over 400 works from the most prestigious and extensive Bauhaus collections in the world and looks to provide and in-depth exploration of the school’s 14 year history, focusing on the lives of its students and staff and the community they created. (via Creative Review)


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