Saturday, February 27, 2010

you came in with the breeze

Mr Brainwash

I interviewed my British boyfriend Chris Bell about the screening of Banksy's film "Exit Through the Gift Shop" in London's newest, darkest and dirtiest purpose built cinema. 
Where is Banksy's new cinema - Lambeth Palace and what was it like?
The venue was so good. It's located in the Leake Street tunnel, London where the Cans Festival is held. As you walk down the tunnel you can see a sign hanging down with a red carpet painted on the wall, and then two huge bouncers outside. Inside it is set out like a cave with all the tunnels you have to walk down and in the reception area is a huge fake bonfire burning a pile of fine art. The actual theatre is underneath a railway arch and it's such an experience hearing the sound of the trains above you. It was a really dark place but really great atmosphere.
I thought it was a pretty exclusive event, did you see any celebrities there, other than yourself of course?
Nope, he didn't want a show just for famous people. He wanted normal people to come and get stains on his furniture. I hope he means grubby stains like beer and bits of food... Only 2,000 people will get to see the film at Lambeth Palace before being released in cinemas.

Do you actually get to see Banksy in the movie? 
You see him, but his face is blurred and his voice is changed. 
And who is Mr Brainwash? 
Mr Brainwash is a French guy who started filming street artists. He got everyone on film apart from Banksy who really didn't want to be in it. But later on he needed help when he got into LA, so he contacted Brainwash. They become really close and Banksy agreed to let him film him.

Brainwash made the movie but Banksy told him that was shit and he told him that he should forget about the movie and try his luck at street art... and he did. He was so shit but he still put on an exhibition of his work and made £1 million at just one show! So in the end Brainwash tried to film him but Banksy ends up filming Brainwash. Its a strange one... with lots of clues to get you thinking.
Is it for real?
I think Brainwash is a character that Banksy created for the film so he can prove to the art world that you dont have to be good at art to be an artist. He's making a statement that some people will spend a silly amount of money on crap art, and in his next stunt he will say "I'm Brainwash and you just spent £100,000 on something that I made in 5 minutes!"

Then I saw graffiti in the bathrooms that said "you have been brainwashed and he aint fucking french". So I could be right.

Belly's Rating: 5 stars for the venue and 4 stars for the movie. But if Banksy is Brainwash... then 5 stars for the film!

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

the junkyard of art

" is the Junkyard of Art. This is the place where unfocused, blurry and unsharp images come back to life. Have another look at those images on your camera you would delete normally. Those images can be very beautiful. In fact sometimes these are truly works of art".

The Humble Vintage

Interview with Matt Hurst from The Humble Vintage today on The Design Files
"I believe that everything happens for a reason
people change so you can learn to let go,
things go wrong, so you can appreciate themwhen they're right
you believe lies, so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself,
And sometimes...things fall apart so better things can fall together".

~Marlyn Manroe

I don't know about the trust part, but I love the last line in that quote.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

fffound on fffacebook

I totally stole these from facebook. Is that weird? Probably, but how adorable does this little boat trip look? Like something out of the 70's! Pics by Cody Arthars, and if I could tag the lovely Topher & Sharon (on the right) I would.


I took this photo for my valentine, to whom it means a lot.

But I wish he knew just how much he means to me. 

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

unhappy hipsters

a dig at architecture photos that you might see floating around on design blogs. Amazing architecture, impressive photography but with quirky captions.
Trapped by the tawny palette, he struggled through yet another brown knit scarf.

For the second time that week, the living room had conferenced without her. Small comfort, but the dining area appeared to be shut out as well.

There it hung— a bicycle built for two, an exclamation point to her lonesome heart.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

a man with an empire

Parliament / a creative company, and quite possibly the most amazing work space I have ever seen. I envy their poster collection... holy wow! Stunning photos by Lincoln Barbour.

Friday, February 12, 2010