Cool Hunting Video: Fire Island Opera: Reviving the classic artform in a provocative and accessible manner with open air contemporary peformance

Cool Hunting Video: Fire Island Opera


After ferrying over to the beach community of Fire Island last summer, we attended the inaugural Fire Island Opera Festival. With the image of the grandeur of traditional opera burned into our minds, we were…

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Cool Hunting Video: Reverend Gadget’s Art Car: Electric innovation at Burning Man 2013 with a solar-powered art car

Cool Hunting Video: Reverend Gadget's Art Car


Among the dust in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, we spent six days braving the mayhem of the 2013 Burning Man Festival. There were plenty of interesting and strange characters roaming the playa, but…

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Interview: Jon Rust: The London DJ sheds light on the UK music scene, staying balanced and the natural energy pulsating through Dimensions Festival

Interview: Jon Rust


Dimensions, Croatia’s four-day underground electronic music festival, is a veritable force for any fan to take on. The festival’s UK-based team gathers over 300 artists to perform in Fort Punta Christo’s seven unique venues, and…

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Pig Mountain 2013: Live high on the hog at a punk-inspired feast in the Catskills

Pig Mountain 2013


Pack your bags this month for Narrowsburg, New York and make a weekend out of Pig Mountain’s annual pig roast on 24 August 2013. This is the event’s third year of pig roasting and it looks…

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Pig Mountain 2013: Live high on the hog at a punk-inspired feast in the Catskills

Pig Mountain 2013


Pack your bags this month for Narrowsburg, New York and make a weekend out of Pig Mountain’s annual pig roast on 24 August 2013. This is the event’s third year of pig roasting and it looks…

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LungA Festival 2013: Creativity takes center stage at Iceland’s fascinating festival

LungA Festival 2013


by Maj Hartov A celebration of art and creative practices, the LungA festival on the east coast of Iceland invites attendees to partake in a full week of activities during July each year. Set in a…

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LungA Festival 2013: Creativity takes center stage at Iceland’s fascinating festival

LungA Festival 2013


by Maj Hartov A celebration of art and creative practices, the LungA festival on the east coast of Iceland invites attendees to partake in a full week of activities during July each year. Set in a…

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London Design Festival iPhone App

Weave your way through the fair with a handy tool that fits right in your back pocket

London Design Festival iPhone App

Like many of the world’s art and design fairs, when the London Design Festival began 10 years ago, the biggest challenge was actually navigating the event itself. Always teeming with a surplus of exciting offerings from across the creative disciplines, fairs present a vast array of work under one…

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Das März Heft

Two Düsseldorf artists bring their photo fanzines to the city’s experimental music festival
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A combination of experimental art and music, the Open Source Festival hits Düsseldorf this Saturday, and two of the city’s leading artists will be there peddling the latest issue of their notoriously coveted fanzines. Produced in limited edition, Issue #41—entitled “Das März Heft”—comprises eight evocative images creators Katja Stuke and Oliver Sieber shot in Japan last March. Out of their standard run of 105 copies, 15 pack an extra special punch accompanied by a clear vinyl record from Elektrohorror, a project by Düsseldorf musician Sven Vieweg.

Festival-goers that don’t get their hands on the special OSF issue can still take home a unique edition. Stuke and Sieber are bringing enough photographs with them for around 50 people to create their own zine. Once the fanzines sell out and the festival is over, they will release a final batch of 35 copies, still comprised of entirely different photos reflecting their time spent in Tokyo, Sendai and Osaka, which will also be available for purchase online.

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The creative duo behind Germany’s subversive ANTIFOTO photo show (which this year included Jason Evans, Ted Partin and Olivier Cablat to name a few), Stuke and Sieber are known for their candid portraits and have an extensive roster of international exhibitions in their portfolio along with their self-published zines. Pick one up from their website for €65, where you can check out several other books and projects.



The Great GoogaMooga Posters

Illustrations revisit the Roaring Twenties

by Joanna Prisco

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For the last six months, New Yorkers have been hotly anticipating The Great GoogaMooga, a free food and music festival to take place in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park this weekend, 19-20 May. Created by Superfly Presents—founders of Bonnaroo and Outside Lands—the GoogaMooga has sparked much dialogue among summer concertgoers for shifting the spotlight from the stage to the concessions. While food lies at the heart of the inaugural fest there’s a focus on design that sets it apart from its ubiquitous predecessors.

Superfly tapped the Rockwell Group to craft the aesthetic of the grounds, marrying a carnival atmosphere with 1960s-era spirit from which the festival takes its name. But at a handful of exclusive gatherings being held inside the Extra Mooga paid-ticketed area, guests will be transported even further back in time to a roaring, golden age.

“There will be four parties inside of the Boathouse,” explains Superfly co-founder Jonathan Mayers. “And they will all have a 1920s vibe, with each hosting chefs such as Marcus Samuelsson, The John Dory Oyster Bar, Fedora or Monkey Bar pairing food and drinks to that time period.”

To further infuse the ambience with ’20s flair, Mayers commissioned Paris-based illustrator Rick Tulka to create posters featuring New Yorker-esque caricatures of the events.

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“I was introduced to Rick a few years ago by a mutual friend and I’m a huge fan of illustrations,” said Mayers. “So we sent him a bunch of images of Marcus, Gabe Stulman and imagery from the Monkey Bar and let him kind of run with it.” Having spent the past 36 years illustrating for publications ranging from MAD Magazine to The Wall Street Journal, Tulka’s creative process was uninhibited by the fact that his subjects were across the Atlantic.

“Since I am a humorous illustrator, it really helps when the client has a good sense of humor too,” said Tulka. “For me, the 1920s theme added a really nice touch to the feel of the images.” In keeping with the look of that decade, Tulka suggested the idea to print the posters in sepia. And since the illustrations were all caricatures with a main subject, he kept the backgrounds more line and less tone.

“I wanted the subjects to pop out,” said Tulka, who sprinkled various food-focused details throughout the posters with piles of shucked oysters on the floor here and knife-and-fork cufflinks there. The result is both charming and appetizing. “When the illustrator and the client are on the same page and work well together, it makes for a fun job,” said Tulka. “Oh, and listening to 1920s jazz while working didn’t hurt either!”