I’d rather not say too much about these photos. Philip Sayer is a genius as he captures the ominously glorious nature of Stalin’s skyscrapers. Here is an excerpt from the article by Rachael Crabtree of Domus:
His black and white photos capture the brooding architectural dominance of these colossal structures, including the 27 storey Foreign Ministry, 24 storey Transport Ministry and the 240m tall Lomonsov Sate University, which encircle the city of Moscow. These striking architectural representations of social realism, although fuelled by optimism for the future, can be seen as huge exercises in Stalinist propaganda. He captures the complex history of these immense, commanding, and highly symbolic constructions – as awe inspiring feats of engineering, as anti-monuments to a failed optimism, and as sinister markers of a dominant regime.
You can catch the exhibit in London at Marsden Woo Gallery, you know if you are lucky enough to be somewhere in that neighborhood.
Photos: ©Philip Sayer
I have been slowly listening and absorbing the sounds of jazz, moving like an amoeba through the different styles and engulfing what I find appealing. I like the traditional jazz but find that at times its too fast and ends up sounding like one extended solo. Don’t get me wrong, I still like it, but I can only handle so much of it. I found myself listening to more and more of the jazz fusion with elements of funk and groove, listening to those same artists that moved from their traditional jazz roots for the more melodic and funky notes, such as Donald Byrd and jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers. But in exploring other genres of jazz I came upon a little gem from Polish producers/DJs Skalpel. This took jazz into a whole direction that I was not familiar with. The duo have been collecting Polish Jazz record samples and have created what we hear below, which to me it sounds like traditional jazz deconstructed and reinterpreted. Though it is a stark contrast from the funky grooves I’ve grown fond of, I really enjoyed this take on jazz and ended up purchasing the whole album.
The video is pretty cool as well. It has this James Bond feel to it and I half expect Sean Connery to step out and point a gun straight at me mid video.
Song: Break In
Invader has completed space invasion in 35 cities worldwide. Click the Space Invader below to see some of the aftermath in Kathmandu.
Its kind of like Where’s Waldo without the red and white stripes, and without a human. I could spend all day looking for those little invaders. Maybe I will…
In honor of International Women’s Day I wanted to bring to the spotlight artist Faith47. Based out of Cape Town, South Africa, Faith 47 is well known for her street art depicting social issues important to her.
From her website:
Faiths images thrive on broken-down cars and old factories, down dusty side roads of lost towns and inner-city alleyways. Her deep affinity with lost spaces allows her to gracefully bring attention to the most humble of environments. Her interactions resonate with our fragility and our elusive relationship with dreams, memory and human interaction, reflecting harmonious and sometimes dark tones.
Included below are some of her works. You can view the rest here and here.