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Britsh Knights

British Knights is a shoe company founded in 1983 by Jack Schwartz Shoes Inc, based in New York City. In the 1980s, British Knights distinguished themselves as an inner-city and music driven brand, appealing to the predominantly male youth in urban communities.

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Butoh

Every Butoh performance itself is an ultimate expression... If Butoh dancers were content with less than the ultimate, they would not be actually dancing Butoh, for real Butoh, like real life itself, cannot be given rankings. — Iwana Masaki

Butoh is the collective name for a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement inspired by Ankoku-Butoh (Dance of Utter Darkness) movement. It typically involves playful and grotesque imagery, taboo topics, extreme or absurd environments, and is traditionally performed in white body makeup with slow hyper-controlled motion, with or without an audience. There is no set style, and it may be purely conceptual with no movement at all. Its origins have been attributed to Japanese dance legends Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno.

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P A N D R O G E N Y : 0 3 Communication

The third installment in a series of ongoing "micro-films", presented by The Young Never Sleep studio.

Direction: Branden M. Collins
Costumes/Choreography: Branden Collins, Madeline Moore
Co-Direction/Colorist/DP: Brian Smith
Sound Design: NEVR (Omar Ferrer)
Special thanks: Cando Cal & Zaneta Hodari

More information on: www.theyoungneversleep.com

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Das Triadische Ballet

Das Triadische Ballet (The Triadic Ballet), is a ballet developed by German painter, sculptor, designer and choreographer, Oskar Schlemmer. It premiered in Stuttgart, on 30 September 1922, with music composed by Paul Hindemith, after formative performances dating back to 1916, with the performers Elsa Hotzel and Albert Burger. The ballet became the most widely performed avant-garde artistic dance and while Schlemmer was at the Bauhaus from 1921 to 1929, the ballet toured, helping to spread the ethos of the Bauhaus.

In 1970, Margarete Hasting, Franz Schömbs and Georg Verden recreated the performance which is the film you see here.

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Daisies (Sedmikrásky) 1966

Věra Chytilová (born 2 February 1929) is an avant garde Czech film director and pioneer of Czech cinema. Banned by the Czechoslovak government in the 1960s, she is best known for her controversial Czech New Wave film, Sedmikrásky (Daisies).

Daisies is known for its un-sympathetic characters, lack of a continuous narrative and abrupt visual style. Chytilová states that she structured Daisies to “restrict [the spectator’s] feeling of involvement and lead him to an understanding of the underlying idea or philosophy”. The film was banned within Czechoslovakia upon its initial release in 1966 until 1967 due to its depictions and imagery of wasting food, but in 1966 the film won the Grand Prix at the Bergamo Film Festival in Italy. Daisies cemented Chytilová’s career both nationally and internationally.

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Love is Only Good When It Hurts Baden Powell and Vinícius de Moraes – Canto de Ossahna

Ossanha is an spiritual entity, one of the Orixás worshipped in African and Afro/Brazilian religions such as Candomblé and Umbanda. Ossanha is the Orixá responsible for the ritual and medicinal leaves and plants. The music tells about a very common use in Brazil, the witchcraft for love.

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Craft In The Anthropocene

How will the Anthropocene era redefine raw material and craft ?

Artist, designer & "material teller", Yesenia Thibault-Picazo searches for the answer with a research led project, "Craft In The Anthropocene", that investigates the future of geology and interrogates our evolving relationship with nature.

The Anthropocene era is a new geological epoch evidencing the impact of global civilisation on Earth. The term was coined a decade ago by Paul Crutzen and suggests that humankind has become over time a global geophysical force intertwined with the most powerful forces of nature.

Through our collective actions, we spread specific elements in nature, rare in the pre-human era, which will become prevalent sediments, building up the future planetary strata.

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Aldo Tambellini’s BLACK (1965)

The Black Film Series, a sequence of seven films made between 1965-69, is a primitive, sensory exploration of the medium, which ranges from total abstraction to the assassination of Bobby Kennedy, the Vietnam War and black teenagers in Coney Island. This first installment, simply entitled BLACK, was created entirely without the use of a camera. Tambellini physically worked on the film strip, treating the emulsion with chemicals, paint, ink and stencils, slicing and scraping the celluloid, and dynamically intercutting material from industrial films, newsreels and broadcast television. Abrasive, provocative and turbulent, the series remains relevant even today and is a rapid-fire response to the beginning of the information age and a world in flux.

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La Vitesse Et La Pierre

"La Vitesse Et La Pierre" is an epic short film created with audio and still images. A film about the restrained Iris and the fleeting Bernard and the solitude that unites them. It is a fun, poetic, melancholy and a highly visual voyage. "La Vitesse Et La Pierre" was created by film director Igor Zimmermann and photography duo Frode Fjerdingstad and Marcus Palmqvist. The film was produced by B-Reel Films in collaboration with Whyred.

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Why I am not a Christian

Bertrand Arthur William Russell, born in 1872, Trellech, United Kingdom. The mathemetician, philosopher, logician and essayist engages in a brief yet compelling discussion questioning the practical necessity for religion and theist dogma.

Russell described himself as an agnostic, "speaking popularly" and "in regard to the Christian God", and also "speaking to a purely philosophical audience". For most of his adult life Russell maintained that religion is little more than superstition and, despite any positive effects that religion might have, it is largely harmful to people.

He believed that religion and the religious outlook (he considered Communism, Capitalism, Secular Humanism, Socialism, and other systematic ideologies to be forms of religion) serve to impede knowledge and foster fear and dependency, and are responsible for much of the war, oppression, and misery that have beset the world.

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Gerhard Richter at Work

Gerhard Richter is a German visual artist. Richter has simultaneously produced abstract and photorealistic painted works, as well as photographs and glass pieces. His art follows the examples of Picasso and Jean Arp in undermining the concept of the artist's obligation to maintain a single cohesive style.

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Lunette: The Cup

Maybe a tabu theme or maybe categorized as boring? Maybe it is only for women? If we can go to cloth diapers for babies we can also rethink menstrual cycles and tampons.

In average a woman uses up to 17.000 pads or tampons during her lifetime. The resulting waste amounts to a global annual of 45 billion feminine hygiene products and it creates not only an ecological but also a health problem: bacteria, imbalance of vaginal flora and bad odor to name a few.

The first reaction to the word „menstrual cup“ is usually something between disbelief and repulse. But it shouldn't be. This little invention dates back to the 1930s. Now it makes a big come back by the Finns. Lunette is biodegradable, healthy and sin free.

More information on www.lunette.com

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Petro Wotkins, Russian artist, closes the Mumok in Austria creating a commotion the museum would wish to cause with their regular exhibitions.

Listen to this short interview with Petro Wotkins on his motif and advice to the directors of the museum.

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Brad Pitt Debuts as New Face of N°5

A legendary bottle, its very own signature. An abstract fragrance with visionary composition that breaks with the times. A communications campaign that is endlessly renewed, ever bolder, forever anchored in the dream.
One name, one number. And for the first time, the perspective of a man – Brad Pitt – on the most feminine fragrance of all time: CHANEL N°5.

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Koudlam Brother

Directed, shot and edited by Frederik Jacobi
Music by Koudlam, Label Pan European Recording

"Last night I took in French recording artist Koudlam at the Austrian Cultural Forum on 52nd. Koudlam describes his music as electronica/tropical/psychobilly; duly apt. The vibe was very Easton Ellis party piece; first scene of The Informers moody or alternately Less Than Zero coke-fete-montage creepy jubilance. Maybe it was the sunglasses. While sucking on an imported bottle, Koudlam crooned (think time-stretched "Bela Lugosi's Dead"), virtually motionless in front of a laptop. All told, the performance and vibe added up to a sort of Vangelis featuring Jim Morrison collaborating on a cocktail of Adderal and THC vibe." By The Silent Flute.

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Crybaby by Cookies

Described by Interview magazine as a "hip hop infused electro pop" genre, Cookies is a band from New York City specializing in popular music.

Qompendium likes their approach of a physical representation of music in 2012 and, after making a couple 10" vinyl singles for their early work here they come with  a new single  "crybaby", and a crybaby pillowcase - hand-sewn pieces, in different colors and sizes. In an an invisible, mp3 era, why not mark a musical work by a pillowcase rather than a CD, or tape, or record. Clever people. We love.

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Geometric Porn

Tango & Hawaii is collaboration between two visual artists, Luciano Foglia and Anrick Bregman. Working from their studio in Hackney Wick, they create sound and visuals which explore the interplay between the randomised mathematical unpredictability of code and the tangible textures and nuances of real life.

GeometricPorn is a project by Luciano Foglia, a multidisciplinary visual artist. He has been working in the design industry for over ten years focusing on interactive design, code based animations and music. His personal time is spent exploring new ways of expression in music and art, working from his studio in London, Hackney Wick.

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Raquel Welch in a rare video: The Sci-Fi Dance

The Sci-Fi Dance, 1967 with Raquel Welch, born September 5, 1940, is an American actress, author and appointed sex symbol.

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Dirty Dick

Edward Salem asked Mithajibat women in Paris to wash the filthy windows of a brothel in Pigalle, Paris' red light district (Muslim women who cover their hair are known in Arabic as Mithajibat). The French government has outlawed the burqa and attempted to ban the hijab from public schools on the pretext that these garments oppress women. That these proscriptions are motivated by xenophobia masquerading as concern for women is evidenced by the government's protection of the Pigalle brothels, where women are degraded in a way not even comparable to the wearing of a headscarf. In the context of a simple and voluntary act of service and protest, the condition of the Muslim women is contrasted with that of the prostitutes, whose debasement is perhaps the truest measure of the French government's concern for women.

Film by Edward Salem

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Beard Burn

Mohamed Bouazizi was a 26-year-old Tunisian whose self-immolatation in front of a local government building became the catalyst for the Tunisian Revolution. Bouazizi's act of protest was also the first in a wave of eight self-immolations in the Arab world that inspired and emboldened activists in the region, sparking revolutionary protests in several other Arab countries.

Film by Edward Salem

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No Nonsense Panty Hose

Pantyhose advert from the 80ies with Nicolette Sheridan.

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Epic Panasonic Advertisement

Panasonic Corporation (パナソニック株式会社, Panasonikku Kabushiki-kaisha?), formerly known as Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., Ltd. (松下電器産業株式会社, Matsushita Denki Sangyō Kabushiki-gaisha?), is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics corporation headquartered in Kadoma, Osaka, Japan. Its main business is in electronics manufacturing and it produces products under a variety of names including Panasonic and Technics.

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Maxell Hi-Fidelity

Hitachi Maxell, Ltd. (日立マクセル Hitachi Makuseru) commonly known as Maxell, is a Japanese company which manufactures consumer electronics. The company's notable products are batteries – the company's name is a contraction of "maximum capacity dry cell" – and recording media, including audio cassettes and blank VHS tapes, and recordable optical discs like CD-R/RW and DVD±RW. But the company also sells electronics and several kinds of accessories, ranging from CD and DVD laser cleaners to storage boxes. On March 4, 2008 Maxell announced that they would no longer manufacture their optical media, but would start contracting other companies to manufacture Maxell media.

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Calvin Klein Jeans: Survival of the Fittest

Vintage Calvin Klein Jeans with Miss Brook Shields - we are in the year 1980.

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Russian Lipstick Advertisement

Epic vintage video from 70ies. Thanks to our contributor Serge Sns.

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How to Pronounce Ayn Rand

From Ayn Rand to Qatar and Hermés this channel has it all. One of our all time favorites.

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How to Pronounce Paradigm

The word paradigm has been used in science to describe distinct concepts. It comes from Greek "παράδειγμα" (paradeigma), "pattern, example, sample"from the verb "παραδείκνυμι" (paradeiknumi), "exhibit, represent, expose"and that from "παρά" (para), "beside, beyond" + "δείκνυμι" (deiknumi), "to show, to point out".

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How to Pronounce Pseudo

The prefix pseudo- (from Greek ψευδής "lying, false") is used to mark something as false, fraudulent, or pretending to be something it is not.

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The art in tattoos and the artists behind

Artists Thomas Hooper and Chris O'Donnell collaborate on full back tattoo. Session one.

Music: This Will Destroy You.

Collaborative Tattooing - Saved Tattoo NYC from Taylor Toole on Vimeo.

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Anatomy of a Computer Virus

An infographic dissecting the nature and ramifications of Stuxnet, the first weapon made entirely out of code. This was produced for Australian TV program HungryBeast on Australia's ABC1

Direction and Motion Graphics: Patrick Clair, www.patrickclair.com
Written by: Scott Mitchell
Production Company: Zapruder's Other Films.

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Glengarry Glen Ross: The Music

Glengarry Glen Ross is a 1992 independent dramatic film, adapted by David Mamet from his acclaimed 1984 Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play of the same name.

The music for this great movie is composed and selected by James Newton Howard, an eight-time Academy Award nominated American film score composer, orchestrator, and music producer, better known for his frequent collaborations with director M. Night Shyamalan. He is one of the most sought after composers in Hollywood because of his rich and critically acclaimed resume. He is well known for his highly emotional and powerfully subtle music, supplying his talent to an array of films such as The Fugitive, The Sixth Sense, Signs, The Village, the two Christopher Nolan Batman films; Batman Begins and The Dark Knight with Hans Zimmer, Peter Jackson's King Kong, I Am Legend, and most recently, Green Lantern.

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Always be Closing.

Watch Alec Baldwin performing one of the best scenes in the movie Glenngarry Glen Ross in his role as Blake.

A-B-C. A-Always, B-Be, C-Closing. Always be closing, always be closing.

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Alec Baldwin performing one of his best roles as Blake in the movie Glenngarry Glen Ross.

Blake: You see this watch? You see this watch?
Dave Moss: Yeah.
Blake: That watch costs more than you car. I made 0,000 last year. How much'd you make? You see pal, that's who I am, and you're nothing. Nice guy? I don't give a shit. Good father? Fuck you! Go home and play with your kids. You wanna work here - close! You think this is abuse? You think this is abuse, you cocksucker? You can't take this, how can you take the abuse you get on a sit? You don't like it, leave. _I_ can go out there tonight with the materials you've got and make myself ,000. Tonight! In two hours! Can you? Can YOU? Go and do likewise. A-I-D-A. Get mad you son of a bitches. get mad. You want to know what it takes to sell real estate? It takes BRASS BALLS to sell real estate. Go and do likewise gents. Money's out there. You pick it up, it's yours. You don't, I got no sympathy for you. You wanna go out on those sits tonight and close, CLOSE. It's yours. If not you're gonna be shining my shoes. And you know what you'll be saying - a bunch of losers sittin' around in a bar. 'Oh yeah. I used to be a salesman. It's a tough racket.' These are the new leads. These are the Glengarry leads. And to you they're gold, and you don't get them. Why? Because to give them to you is just throwing them away. They're for closers. I'd wish you good luck but you wouldn't know what to do with it if you got it. And to answer you question, pal, why am I here? I came here because Mitch and Murray asked me to. They asked me for a favor. I said the real favor, follow my advice and fire your fucking ass because a loser is a loser.

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Lipstick Enigma

Janet Zweig is an artist who lives in Brooklyn, NY, working primarily in the public realm. Her most recently installed public works include a moving light sculpture for a library in Washington, a sentence-generating sculpture for an engineering school in Orlando, a memorial in the lawn of Mellon Park in Pittsburgh, and two sculptures for a bridge in St. Louis.

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Freaks don’t come for free by Julien Love

Freaks don’t come for free
by Julien Love

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Leon Levinstein: Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball

In excerpts from a 1988 archival recording, Leon Levinstein talks about his work.

Leon Levinstein (American, 1910 to 1988), an unheralded master of street photography, is best known for his candid and unsentimental black-and-white figure studies made in New York City neighborhoods from Times Square and the Lower East Side to Coney Island.

Courtesy of the www.metmuseum.org.





 
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