1. Sienna Miller takes on a very convincing Tippi Hedren disguise for her latest role in "The Girl". The film will document the infamous relationship between Hedren and legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. The film premieres October 20th, but until then you can see the trailer!
2. The 10th anniversary London Design Festival began this week with multiple landmark installations including the BE OPEN sound portal in Trafalgar Square. The large black structure will expose people visiting the chaotic public square to the acoustic sounds of five musicians and sound artists. The project will provide a melodic experience to rival the spectacular visuals of last weeks London Fashion Week. The installation will be up and running from 8:30 AM to 10 PM until September 23rd.
3. David Byrne's new book "How Music Works" met its publication date today. The eccentric musician has combined autobiagraphical aspects of his own career with more formal and informative writing on the music industry and the history of recorded sound. Published by McSweeney's.
4. To commemorate their 20-year partnership, Michael Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak; better known as one of the most influential design duos of the 21st Century, M/M, are releasing an ambitious and insightful monograph depicting their evolution. Often blurring the lines between design, art, and visual alchemy, the highly acclaimed creative duo have collaborated with Bjork, Nicolas Ghesquière, Pierre Huyghe, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, among many others. M to M of M/M will be available mid-October.
5. CLOUD is a large-scale interactive lighting installation by Calgary-based artist Caitlin r.c. Brown as part of a Nuit Blanche all-night Contemporary Arts Festival in Canada. Conceived from over 5,000+ light bulbs the project reimagines waste and invites the veiwer to interact by pulling the strings to create a flickering aesthetic of an electrical storm.
6. From bondage vests and statement zippers of Mandy Coon to the deconstructed tartan looks of Thom Browne, the Spring 2013 runways continue to include punk-inspired aesthetics, lending elegance an underbelly of edge For music-oriented fashion connoisseurs, the cross over is one of mutual honor and respectable intellect. The ultimate proof that a genre has made it's mark: An exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum and the Constume Institute coming in 2013
7. A recent project by American artist, Bryan Lewis Saunders, has Flaunt a little bemused. Embarking upon a life project back in 1995 to draw a self-portrait every day, Saunders has recently added narcotics to inspirations by drawing himself under a gammet of influences including: Ambien, marijuana, Klonopin, Meth, bath salts, and more. Due to his suffering "letharg[y] and mild brain damage," he has begun conducting his portraits over greater lapses of time. Perhaps this is not one to try at home...
8. From our very own West-facing Art Department came shrieks of glee this morning. With noise and commotion a worthy excuse to abandon our computers, we gathered, nose to the glass, to watch the Endeavour space shuttle fly by. The Endeavour space shuttle will meet its final resting ground, The California Science Center, in October.
9. Shot on location at Blue Lagoon in Sweden, Prada Men's F/W 2012 campaign laucnhed this week. Directed by Axel Lindahl and starring Clement Chabernaud, the video is entrancing to watch. And those sound effects really twist our insides.
10. Traditionally associated with couture millinery, Heather Huey's latest venture, 'Cages' is a reprentation of the contradiction between the confinements and freedoms of humanity. Working with the lines of the body, the various wire-built components that make up the installation can be seen suspended in the windows of New York's Clic Gallery. If you can't get to New York, see the haunting photographs by Steven Chu here.
11. Masterworks of Expressionist Cinema: Caligari & Metropolis, is the lastest exhibition dedicated to cinema at LACMA. Opening this weekend, the exhibit will explore the influential works of Fritz Lang and Robert Wiene and their profound effects upon the film industry. Stills form the sets, vintage posters and actual film clips are some of the components that make up the exhibit on show until March 10th 2013.
12. Glorya Kaufman opens her 10th season at the Walt Disney Concert Hall with Benjamin Millepied’s new dance project. Six ex-NY dancers will dance Millepied’s newly choreographed “Moving Parts,” with costumes designed by Rodarte. Along with the performances, Millepied’s 30 acclaimed dance films will also be screened.
13. Celebrated record cover designer Vaughan Oliver will be holding a talk next week at the University for the Creative Arts in Epsom, Surrey. The talk, entitled: Visceral Pleasures: 30 Years in 60 minutes will discuss his lengthy career, which is perhaps best associated with his work for album covers for the likes of The Pixies and Cocteau Twins.