28.05.15 by Jeff

Photographer Jake Michaels

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Photographer Jake Michaels has updated his site with some more terrific street photography. I recommend following him on Instagram: @jokemichaels. More images below.

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27.05.15 by Jeff

“Blues” by Photographer Tim Barber

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Photographer Tim Barber has a show called “Blues” up at agnès b. in New York until July 5th. The show features gorgeous traditional cyanotype prints, have a look at a selection of the work below.

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07.05.15 by Jeff

Documentary: “Hitters” by Scott Carthy

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Scott Carthy returns with another dance documentary, this time focused on New York’s street dancing legacy. Watch “Hitters” below.

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27.04.15 by Jeff

Event: Vancouver-Based Dance Collective OURO

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Heads up Vancouver, 7pm this Friday and Saturday (May 1st and 2nd) the creative dance collective known as OURO is hosting an evening of contemporary and street dance, and will be premiering a 20-minute piece that they’ve been developing over the last six months. Both nights will feature several performances, visual arts, and yummy drinks courtesy of the folks at The Juice Truck. No tickets to purchase, it’s by donation at the door.

Full disclosure, my girlfriend is one of the dancers in the show. I’ll be there both nights helping setup, so if you come out please say hello! I know nothing about contemporary dance but I’ve seen OURO perform twice and their work is really fun and accessible – you’ll enjoy it.

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04.03.15 by Jeff

Booooooom Project: Make Pencil art at the Juice Truck

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Today from 11am to 2pm I’ll be at the Juice Truck shop (5th and Ontario) decorating pencils with anyone who wants to join me! Feel free to bring a pencil and art supplies or just show up without anything as I’ll have a ton of pencils, felts, paint, xacto blades, wood burners – whatever you want.

FYI – Anyone who mails pencils this week is eligible to snag one of three copies of the first-ever Booooooom book (I was given a few advanced copies, the book comes out in a couple months)! Include your mailing address when you email in your photo.

 

PROJECT INSTRUCTIONS

If you haven’t heard, we’re working with Tangible Interaction to build a collaborative sculpture in Barcelona for the IAM INTERNET festival. We’re using 3D-printed connectors to build a sculpture out of pencils mailed in from around the world. We want you to be a part of it!

1. Get a new or used pencil. The pencil can be round or hexagonal but should be standard width (if the pencil is too thick it will not fit our connectors) .

2. Use felts, paint, x-acto knife, whatever you want to decorate/personalize it. Include your name and city somewhere on it.

3. Photograph yourself holding your pencil. This part is optional but we would love to have a gallery of portraits of all the contributors.

4. Email your photo to: projects@booooooom.com with your name and full mailing address (if you wanna be eligible to snag a book).

5. Mail your pencil (you can send as many as you like) to:

Tangible Interaction
304 – 1000 Parker Street
Vancouver BC V6A 2H2
Canada

OR

Imperfect Future
Attn: Andres Colmenares
Carrer Sant Gervasi de Cassoles 37
6-3. 08022, Barcelona, Spain

 

Deadline for pencils is March 16th.

 

 

03.03.15 by Jeff

Booooooom x Flexfit: “Skate Heads” by Zenga Bros

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I’m excited to finally announce the official release of “Skate Heads” our art/skate film, directed by Vancouver-based Zenga Bros. This film is part of an ongoing collaboration between Booooooom and Flexfit, to give emerging creators a chance turn a dream project into reality.

In the Zenga Bros own words:

“Skate Heads was a way to combine a bunch of things we really like: mobile living spaces, DIY skateboarding and ECCENTRIFING THE WORLD! It’s about bringing something unexpected into the streets and having a rad time.

Skateboarding is inherently about adapting and repurposing the urban landscape, but somehow even skateboarding can settle into a complacent state, where certain approaches become the norm. When street skating first started it was weird and abrasive, and that’ll always be there with wheels rattling down the sidewalk, but it’s good to remind ourselves to maintain a sense of foolishness, exploration and wonder; that is skateboarding. For us, making a backyard ramp was the ultimate form of creating our own adventure playground. Skate Heads has been a continuation of that.”

 

 

 

 

02.03.15 by Jeff

Booooooom Project: Pencil Submissions!

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Thank you to everyone who has already sent in pencils to our latest project! We’ve got so many already! Pencils are coming in from all over North America, UK, Asia, Australia, Brazil, even Sri Lanka – it’s amazing!

If you haven’t heard we are working with Tangible Interaction to build a collaborative sculpture in Barcelona for the IAM INTERNET festival. We’re using 3D-printed connectors to build a sculpture out of pencils mailed in from around the world. We want you to be a part of it!

1. Get a new or used pencil. The pencil can be round or hexagonal but should be standard width (if the pencil is too thick it will not fit our connectors) .

2. Use felts, paint, x-acto knife, whatever you want to decorate/personalize it. Include your name and city somewhere on it.

3. Photograph yourself holding your pencil. This part is optional but we would love to have a gallery of portraits of all the contributors.

4. Email your photo to: projects@booooooom.com with your NAME and CITY.

5. Mail your pencil (you can send as many as you like) to:

Tangible Interaction
304 – 1000 Parker Street
Vancouver BC V6A 2H2
Canada

OR

Imperfect Future
Attn: Andres Colmenares
Carrer Sant Gervasi de Cassoles 37
6-3. 08022, Barcelona, Spain

 

Deadline for pencils is March 16th.

 

 

25.02.15 by Prosthetic Knowledge

How Canada pioneered the GIF event, bringing net art away from the desktop and into a show

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If there was one digital medium that caught the attention of the online public in the past five years or so, it is obviously the Graphical Interchange Format, commonly referred to as the GIF. Initially employed as a file format for simple animations, over time it became the medium of choice for many artists and creatives to present their work thanks to improved bandwidths and easier storage on social media platforms.

Over the past year or so we have seen GIF art implemented in mainstream gallery spaces such as The Museum of Moving Image or Tate Britain’s 1840s GIF Party, or by way of Augmented Reality, presenting works at physical spaces through a smartphone device via barcodes, such as Rua Red’s Glitch Festival or GIF Art blog 15 Folds exhibition at the Lyst Gallery.

Back in 2012 the Photographers Gallery, London, was smart enough put together a major show about the format ‘Born In 1987‘, but before this all became fashionable in the art world, an organizer and artist from Toronto saw the potential of integrating this format into real-world events and collaborated with another artist whose medium of choice is the GIF itself, curating a collection of works created on a computer by artists from around the world, and projected on walls to accompany the surroundings.

The show was called ‘Sheroes’, a monthly event started in 2011 to 2012 that each month focused on female pop-icons ranging from Nina Simone, Erykah Badu, Yoko Ono, Madonna, Dusty Springfield or Dolly Parton, a range of artists whose distinct talents enriched pop culture, a “League of Legendary Ladies”. Here I will talk to Rea McNamara and Lorna Mills about the origins of this emerging scene and how it all started.

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