Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Barontieri Concept Art

At the moment, I'm going through a fantasy art phase (along with all my other phases!) and one guy that really stands out in the field is BARONTIERI.
"Thierry Doizon aka BARONTIERI is an Art Director and Concept Artist of the French Mafia dominating the industry right now! He is currently working in Ubisoft Montreal. For the last 10 years he has worked in the game industry and CG Production around the world with studios like Acclaim, Digi-Guys (Pinewood Studios), Splash Damage and many others."

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All images are Copyright of Barontieri 2007

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Andre the Giant comes to London

Not satisfied with merely admiring the new Obey pieces springing up all over London, the ESP/adapta crew met up with the Brain behind the Giant - Shepard Fairey whilst he was setting up his new show NINETEENEIGHTYFOURIA which opens Thursday 1st November.

The exhibition will be huge - covering over 20,000 square feet and will feature some appropriately enormous prints.

ukadapta will feature a brief interview with Shepard soon. Also: look out for his part in our upcoming DVD documentary.

Anti VJ

Anti VJ is French VJ collective based in Paris and Bristol. Me and Selph met them at Glade Festival 2007, when they were vjing at Overkill stage. Anti VJ interview is coming soon on UKADAPTA web magazine (!! Check out their audiovisual installation videos. Wicked!

3Destruct audiovisual installation
at Biennale d'art contemporain in Louvain, Belgium. May 2007
Produced by Yannick Jacquet (Lego_man), Jérémie Peeters et Thomas Vaquié.

Live visuals installation in Berlin - January 2007
Sculpture by Visomat
Visuals by Joanie Lemercier [ANTIVJ]
Music: Sleep Archive

Your choice

Ok ESPV readers I thought I would do something different. I am going to let you choose what anime I review in about three week’s time (that’s around 17/11/08). You can choose from 15 titles some are new and some are older. I have also included some longer series like Ghost in the shell and Ranma 1/2 and If you choose one of these; I will review each season and movie separate i.e. GTS stand alone complex, GTS second gig and so on. So all you have to so is write the anime you would like me to review in the comments box and on 10/11/08 at 12:00pm GMT I will count all your votes.

Trinity Blood
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Last Exile
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Ghost in the Shell (TV series and movies)
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Spirited Away
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Neon Genesis Evangelion
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Ranma 1/2
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Full Metal Alchemist
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Elfen Lied
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Hellsing (The TV series not the OAV)
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Gunslinger Girl
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Witch Hunter Robin
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Boogiepop Phantom
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Now it's up to you to choose.
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David Mach

David Mach makes mad artwork using common household items like coathangars for the gorilla above and matchsticks for the heads below! Now that's a progressive form of art.......

Post from HERE.

South Korean Subway Cars

Why do Asian cities get the coolest subway cars? These photos are from Seoul's underground system where all kinds of marketing and viral campaigns are underway all the time.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Been Mad Busy!!!!

I'm sorry for the lack of updates on my part but I have been crazy busy with some film interviews for with Irieman recently. We are working on a documentary about Progression in British Creativity and have been lucky enough to interview some of the biggest creatives in their fields. I don't want to give away too much yet, but this week we have interviewed Insa, Hi-Res! and Shepard Fairey (Obey).

The greatest thing is that I am getting to interview some of my creative heroes of the UK and beyond. Next week will be D*Face, Conor Harrington and One Dot Zero but on a more manageable time scale so the blog will return to its normal daily update.

Images from HERE, HERE, HERE & HERE.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Visual x Architecture

Amazing visual installations projected onto monumental architectures. Watch the youtube video below.
A monumental video show creates a single event using the innovating system of mapping 3D video Neoproj, technique that consists in applying video onto a monumental architecture playing with its forms and its volumes.

Showreel 2007

Extreme Unicycling

This guy is an absolute nutter! The title of the post says it all.....

Alexandre Orion Reverse Graffiti

Alexandre Orion spent last year doing graffiti in Brazil. However, he was actually doing the government a favour. His style of graffiti doesn't use paint or markers but instead he employs the power of a towel. He wipes scum/soot and pollution offwalls in order to bring out the colour from beneath the grime. A form of reverse graffiti. However, the government, not being keen to allow any form of expression ordered every tunnel in the city to be washed down. It's amazing that it took the work of an artist doing them a favour to realise that the city needed a clean. Something that really grinds my gears. Why suddenly now do they decide to wash their walls? Check out the video below to see all of Orion's hard work washed away in a mater of minutes.

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Haibane Renmei

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My other half decided to buy this series because it was different and it was cheap, we were both in for a surprise when we watched this anime. Haibane Renmei is a 13 episode series created by Yoshitoshi ABe (a graphic artist), it was originally a dōjinshi comic series, there was only one produced and there is little similarity to the anime. ABe is also responsible for the character design on other anime series such as: Serial Experiments Lain, Texhnolyze and NieA under 7 (his own creation) which is why they all have the same style. Unlike the norm in Japan with most manga artists ABe does not use a ruler to draw, this gives his work a rough edge to it.
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Haibane Renmei follows the life of Rakka the newest Haibane to arrive to Old Home in the walled city of Glie (no one in the town is allowed out of these walls). The anime starts with Rakka falling out of the sky (this is her cocoon dream) and Reki one of the oldest Haibane, finds her cocoon. When Rakka finally ‘hatches’ out of her cocoon she is a teenage girl with no memory of her past. She is welcomed by the other girls in Old Home and soon finds herself fitting in. The series takes a dark turn when Kuu takes her day of flight and leaves Glie in a flash of light in the western woods. Rakka doesn’t understand why Kuu left and falls into depression with the grief of losing a friend. Rakka is helped out of this depression and in the process discovers she is there to help someone else.

This is a very good anime but we are never told why the town of Glie exists or even where it is. But I think this is good; the character never finds out either, they can only guess and we are left doing the same. Some have said that the Haibane are kids that have committed suicide (I thought this as well) but ABe disagrees with this interpretation, but he encourages readers and viewers to come to their own conclusions. And I think this is great as not everything needs to be handed to us on a plate and it keeps the mystery of the anime. I would recommend this anime as it is a real gem and I am glad my other half bought it because it sounded different.
This is a good trailer but some of it is in German.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Organised Chaos

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Each day, I am forwarded loads of amazing images from ESPV's readers that I thought I'd share them with you in a special series of posts that will be labelled "Random" in our Tag Cloud. If you want more info on each image, jump to the links under each image.

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Aurel Schmidt

I'm always looking for new and inspiring art and this artist is no exception. Aurel Schmidt is a young Canadian artist who enjoys making portraits of people that don't exist. Their faces made up of trash and everyday objects (cigarettes, dead animals, spiderwebs, pebbles etc.) all subtedly joined together to create highly detailed paintings. The details she adds to her pieces are incredible and really complex which causes the viewer to spend ages looking at each specific part. Personally, I'm loving it!

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