Archive for December, 2012

Wim Wenders: Places Strange and Quiet series

During the month of December, s[edition] released six new editions by filmmaker and artist Wim Wenders as part of his Places Strange and Quiet series. The series includes nine photographic works from his explorations for his films around the world. Find out more about the editions here:

Places Strange and Quiet series

Wim Wenders’ “Places Strange and Quiet” series refers to a selection of forty photographs taken by the artist between 1983 and 2011 while location scouting for his films or simply traveling the world for travels’ sake. The collection features everything from industrial “beaches” in Palermo, Sicily, to abandoned fun fairs in Armenia. Wenders: “When you travel a lot, and when you love to just wonder around and get lost, you can end up in the strangest spots. … I don’t know, it must be some sort of built-in radar that often directs me to places that are strangely quiet, or quietly strange.”

 
Open Air Screen

Open Air Screen

During a trip to Palermo, Sicily, in 2007, Wenders took several photographs that became part of his “Strange and Quiet Places” series, including Open Air Screen. The image depicts an empty outdoor movie theatre where a crowd of abandoned bright orange chairs is assembled as if they were a conglomeration of spectators. In their accumulation and same orientation, the chairs seem anthropomorphous, attracted by the empty bare stone screen.

The work is available in editions of 1,000 at just £5.

 

Sun Bather

Sun Bather

Not a single thing depicted in Sun Bather seems to make sense when considered in connection to another. In Wenders’ own words: “‘Nothing exists without its opposite.’ (Who the heck said that?) But what could the opposite of this be? And where would it exist? I couldn’t help thinking that this “beach scene” in Palermo was already part of a parallel world.”

The work is available in editions of 1,000 at just £5.

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel 

Ferris Wheel is typical of Wenders’ desolate solitudes. The photograph was taken during his travels through Armenia in 2008, where the artist came across an abandoned defective ferris wheel in the middle of an empty field. Wenders explains that photography allows him to focus on a place rather than people – unlike film. And yet, once places “speak”, they speak of “all those (people) who once were there, who lived there, who passed through, and who messed something up”.

The work is available in editions of 1,000 at just £5.

Street Corner in Buttle

Street Corner in Buttle 

Street Corner in Buttle, taken in 2003 in Montana, USA, is of an exceptional painterly sensibility and composition that almost seems uncanny: the slightly tilted lamp post breaks the picture’s vertical alignment perfectly, the red fire hydrant creates a central focus point that pulls all other aspects of the image together, the stark contrast that renders the shadows black balances out the use of colour with Mondrian-esque sophistication.

The work is available in editions of 1,000 at just £5.

Onomichi Sunset

Onomichi Sunset

In 2005, Wim Wenders traveled from Tokyo to Onomichi, taking the reverse journey undertaken by the protagonists of Wenders’ favourite film: “Tokyo Story” by Yasujiro Ozu, 1953. In the movie, an old couple from Onomichi visit their children in Tokyo one last time, after which the wife dies upon their return home and the husband is left alone.

The work is available in editions of 1,000 at just £5.

Wim Wenders

Wim Wenders (1945, Düsseldorf, Germany), is best known for his work as a film director and is one of the most important figures of the New German Cinema period, which emerged in the 1970s. As well as creating iconic films, the artist works with the medium of photography and addresses themes of memory, time, loss and movement.

Wenders studied medicine and philosophy before settling in 1966 as a painter and engraver in Montparnasse, Paris. His career as a filmmaker began in 1967, when he enrolled at the newly founded Academy of Film and Television, Munich. In the late 1960s he made several short films, which were influenced by American artists including Andy Warhol; these were characterised by their long and uneventful scenes.

 

s[edition] Holiday Extravaganza

For the s[edition] Xmas Party and as a belated celebration to our 1 year anniversary last month, we took the team Go Karting. Congrats to our QA speed demon Jacky Guo for taking first place for the fastest lap. Go Karting was followed by dinner on Bermondsey Street with the unwrapping of Secret Santa presents, music and drink. A great year for the s[edition] team. Looking forward to upping the ante for next year!

Go Karting

s[edition] team

Jacky Guo

Dinner

Secret Santa

A piece of Internet Art that never gets boring

JacksonPollock.org

JacksonPollock.org is one of the most famous works of Internet Art created by artist Miltos Manetas in 2003. It’s a super simple Flash application that allows any visitor to create one of Jackson Pollock’s drip paintings by clicking and dragging the mouse. The application has also now been developed for iPhone and iPad for endless creativity on your device.

Manetas is a Greek artist who studied conceptual art at the Academy of Brera, in Milan. In 2009 he founded the InternetPavilion for the Venice Biennial. He is also founder of the art movement Neen, which appropriates technology for the creation of unexpected and wondrous creative results. Check out our Jackson Pollock creation here.

A special guest artist in our office today

Mustafa Hulusi

Lucky us! Mustafa Hulusi came by to the s[edition] office to work on a new edition. Mustafa Hulusi (born 1971) is a London based conceptual artist that uses a diverse set of mediums for his work, such as painting, photography, video and installation. Being of Cypriot-Turkish origin Hulusi explores his dislocated cultural background in his work which deals with hybrid identities.

His two works on s[edition] include Afyon and Extasis both available at £10 in editions of 1,000. His works are inspired by the flowers and fruits from the landscape of his home country. Watch out for new editions from him soon.

Three Innovations at the WIRED Pop-Up Store

s[edition] has the honor to present alongside some exciting digital innovations at the WIRED Pop-Up Store open from 30 Nov-5 Dec 2012 on Regent Street in London. This is the inaugural WIRED Pop-Up Store in the UK, which has previously been held in New York in 2011. The Pop-Up Store presents “products, exhibits and demonstrations celebrating the concept of the “New Industrial Revolution” — where creative thinking meets new technologies to inform manufacturing techniques, product customisation and smart business innovations”. Here are three inspirational innovations we found:

ONE: Huit Denim is a company based in Wales which makes hand-made jeans that has been integrated with a ‘History Tag‘ which is essentially a code that can be entered on the History Tag website to view the making and story of the item. Owners of the jeans can enter their own stories and experiences to the History Tag that is then passed on to others in the life of the jeans. The tag is printed on the inside of all of the jeans which also details the intricate story of their making in Wales.

Hiut Denim

Hiut Denim

TWO: Mackie Lab is a company that creates custom-designed 3D printed dolls. Create your design on their website where you can customise the hair, eye colour, and clothes. You can create as many designs and digital avatars as you like for free. It costs about £200 and two weeks if you’d like your doll to be printed. The dolls have a porcelain appearance, but are in fact made of thermoplastic used in the 3D printing process.

Mackie Lab

Mackie Lab

THREE: Little Printer is a mini printer that allows you to print out small memos, tweets, news updates and images from your mobile phone. This tiny (and cute!) box can be programmed to print notifications any time of the day. It is a compact wireless device that allows the little things to be printed out in your every day.

Little Printer

Little Printer

25 Days of Inspiration: Holiday Countdown

For the holidays, s[edition] will be sending out 25 emails to our members with an artwork from s[edition] to promote the spirit of giving during the holiday season. From the 1st to 25th Dec 2012, we will send out one email per day with an artwork which will be accompanied by an inspirational quote from the artist. Get the chance to win a free artwork by sharing the artwork on Facebook. Join our Facebook page and get 25 chances to win: www.facebook.com/seditionart

To join our mailing list, simply sign-up to s[edition] at: www.seditionart.com

We began our 25 inspirational emails with Tracey Emin’s This is My Favourite Little Bird. All proceeds for this work will go to supporting the NSPCC.

 
“All my work is about emotion. It is about feeling, subjection, and witnessing. It’s personal and it isn’t cathartic, but it is a means for me to express myself.”
 
– Tracey Emin

 
Tracey Emin