1. Begining November 13th 2012, The National Museum of China in Beijing will be hosting a major exhibition dedicated to the house of Dior. Esprit Dior will pay homage to the legendary designer, displaying over 100 iconic pieces alongside images taken by noted fashion photographer, Patrick Demarchelier. In addition, viewers will be able to view Dior-inspired work created by some of China’s most famous artists.
2. In a powerful statement for a global cause, 23 of the UK's most notable contemporary artists have reinterpreted decommissioned AK 47s, customizing them into items of intrigue and works of art. Displaying now at London’s Institute for Contemporary Arts, the idea for ‘AKA Peace’ came from London-based photographer and Amnesty International Media Award winner Bran Symondson. Each piece will be auctioned off on October 4th with proceeds going to Peace One Day’s Global Truce 2013 Campaign.
3. Though we think it is important to acknowledge the broader interpretation of a symbol, we’re not sure Dolce & Gabbana’s most recent design choice warrants the “racist” accusation. The ornate jewelry is an amazingly intricate representation of an African woman adorned with jewels and a fancy traditional headress. We agree its more celabratory than derrogative and whatsmore, we don't remember any similar promblems arising from Dior's figurine heels in Spring '09.
4. After ambitiously sending one of his trademark “Space Invader” tile motifs in to orbit a few weeks ago, French urban artist Space Invader has gone to new depths with his most recent project. Trading the upper levels of the stratosphere for scuba gear, the Invader has taken the tiles underwater off the coast of Cancun – installing them on underwater sculptures by Jason deCaires Taylor.
5. Attracting an impressive 32,000-strong crowd to the La Merce Festival in Barcelona last week, 'Ode à la Vie' by Moment Factory transformed the exterior of Antoni Gaudi’s colossal church, Sagrada Familia. The vibrant, almost psychedelic lighting and sound spectacle required 16 video projectors, 13 computers and 25 massive moving lights. Believing color to be the 'essence of life', the display drew inspiration from the renowned architects original sketches and dream to see the façade full of life and color.
6. Wallflower in a new concept in home decoration. Just as easy to apply as they are to remove, the self adhesive wall coverings are fade resistant, eco-friendly, and printed on a biodegradable fabric. Transforming any room is now as simply as applying a sticker, that can be applied hundreds of times and doesn't leave residue behind. Finally a way to make the stained walls of your lackluster rental appartment gorgeous!
7. This week also heralded the arrival of collaborative music efforts between Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth) and Yoko Ono - “YOKOKIMTHURSTON.” Recorded prior to the announcement of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore’s separation, the tracks are full of musical radicalism and avant-garde vocals. The album is truly a culmination of the years the three of them have spent in close acquaintance with pop music. Listen to it or download it here.
8. Carolina Fontoura Alzaga's 'Connect' series features chandeliers made entirely from recycled bicycle chains. Composed predominantly of salvaged “junk," the various tiers of her creation are confined to the standard circumferences of various bike wheels. Alzaga’s art is not only aesthetically pleasing, but promotes the idea of channelling creativity into rethinking what is trash, and what can take on a new functions. We think this would look fantastic in Limp Bizkit's house next time they get a visit from MTV Cribs.
9. Los Angeles-based artist Dave Muller’s new exhibition, “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” opens tonight at Blum & Poe in Culver City. This will be Muller’s seventh solo show with the gallery. Throughout each room of the gallery, viewers will see a visual timeline of the top 100 music hits from the years 1962-1970. The show will run through October 27th, in case you miss tonight’s opening reception (free and open to the public!).
10. These eery paper silhouettes may look like scenes from the latest Tim Burton animation, but they're not. The intricate displays are the creation of photographer and designer, David A. Reeves. Painstakingly chopped, trimmed and layered, the final result is an image with great depth of field and a creepy air to it. Visit his website to see more.
11. While traveling the world, Diplo and Shane McCauley will be documenting various cultures and musical genres in their new monthly zine series titled, “Blow Your Head.” The first issue is close to 100 pages exploring the streets of Jamaica’s Trenchtown. It will be officially available October 1st, through Picturebox.
12. Creepy and realistic, this pencil-drawn eye is the product of Jasper Branse's meticulous hand and eye for detail (no pun intended). The 20-yeard-old artist is based in the Netherlands and has a portfolio composed of portraits and facial features, each one as intiricate as the next. Interested? Branse accepts portrait requests via his online presence if you fancy seeing an identical hand-drawn replica of yourslef.
13. Barbara Rix-Sieff, the widow of renowned French photographer Jeanloup Sieff, is set to release a photography book/retrospective of her late husband's work. The collection will include a huge range of iconic images taken by Jeanloup, from 1960 up until his death in 2000. Sieff Fashion will be published by Prestel on September 26th and October 17th in the UK and U.S., respectively.