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Holi Phagwa

Making culture visual!


I bet you all heard about the holi fest. This holi fest is about the celebration of the spring, the good over the evil and a celebration for the new year. This Hinduism celebration is really popular, not only amongst te locals, also more and more tourists attend this celebration and this is even held in parts of America nowadays. During this celebration everyone goes into the streets and they throw colored powder to each other. Why is this related to visual culture I hear you asking? Just take a look below at the images and this will become clear. A lot of photographers have made amazing pictures of this celebration, therefore this cultural celebration has been made visual!



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Google ‘reef-view’ & Art on your desktop

Google “Reef-View”

Do you all still remember my last topic about the 9 eyes of google? This time I came across something interesting related to that. Instead of the street view Google introduced the underwater view within Google maps. From now on you can take a look at six different reefs around the world, just as you were used to looking at the streets.

Art on your desktop!

And then the topic for today, art on your desktop! Kuvva introduced a app for your computer (Mac and Windows) which shows you beautiful wallpapers from some of the worlds leading photographers, designers and artists. Whether you want to have new wallpapers every hour every day or every week. This even works for your twitter account. When you see a wallpaper and you are interested in this artist just with a few clicks you can find out more information about the artist. And that is how I came to know more about Icy and Sot. These street artists from Iran make artworks about: Love, hate, peace, human rights, Iranian Culture, hope, despair and children. Their work has been exhibited around the world. One ‘wallpaper’ I found really interesting is the one you can see below.


The reason why I think this is such an interesting project is because they show the reality of life as it is in Iran. People are working to build the country, but at the same time it gets torn down. In my opinion they can really inspire people by these street art projects. At least I am already inspired by this single image. And I hope a lot of you will be inspired as well.

Are you interested to see more beautiful arts just straight onto your desktop? Take a look at the website from Kuvva. And if you want to know more about the artists Icy and Sot take a look here.

Keep inspiring and stay inspired!


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One Third

While conducting research for best practices that combine visual culture with our societal challenge which is food waste, I have come across this project by the Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler.

One Third is a project on food waste and is a series of rotten food still lifes. Pichler not only focuses on the individual wastage but also draws attention to globalized food production and waste. His work is inspired by a study about food waste published by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, which announced that one third of the world’s food supply end up as waste.

The series of photos show arrangements of decaying food as “classical still life” with a black background, enabling to rivet on the details of each rotten produce – be it pineapple, meat, watermelon or any other kind of perishable food. These still lifes are also accompanied by a profile, clarifying the place of production, cultivation method, transport distance and means of transportation as well as the carbon footprint.

This impressive project is a great example of combining visual culture and the social issue of food waste; it provokes a mixture of disgust, fascination and alarm – it definitely gained my attention and made me more aware of this societal challenge! It is simply amazing!

What do you think of this project?


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The influence of artwork or the phenomenon of record heads….

I would like to dedicate this blog to something that I am particularly fond of, music. I have always loved music and bought many CD’s and even some vinyl. Next to the music being an art itself, the artwork in my opinion has a very strong influence on the record. The art work reflects the intention of a record, it can become a symbol for the record and sticks in people’s minds. We probably all remember these records, because of their artwork:

Next to the well known artworks, there are many records by smaller bands with impressive and very creative artworks, like this one:

Touche Amore – Parting the sea… (designed by Nick Steinhardt)

Besides enjoying to buy records with great artwork and owning some of my own, I have friends that own shelf’s full of vinyl: vinyl with great artwork designed by creative people. I have the honor of being friends with some very creative talents from all over the world, working for example for companys like Smog Design in Los Angeles, who design covers for famous artists like Britney Spears, Katey Perry and Disney movies like Brave. You should check out their portfolio, it’s impressive. Click here to visit their website…

While we are on the subject of records, I came across something interesting a while back and have been fascinated and amused at the same time ever since. A phenomenon with many different names: sleevefaces, record heads, LP Portraits: People cover a part of their body with an LP sleeve to create an illusion. They create funny and/or authentic pictures with different record artworks. There is a book about this form of art, as well as websites, flickr pools and millions of pictures all over the internet.

These are a few of my favorites that I found over the time, to share exclusively with you:

If you are interested in looking at some more sleeveface, LP portraits or record heads you can find the flickr pool here, the website here, a tumblr here and the google picture search gives you a great choice of pictures.

You could also go ahead and buy the book, I am definitely going to do the same. Enjoy! SH

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The 9 Eyes of Google street view and visual culture

This title might need some explanation. You probably all know about Google streetview. These images are made by a camera that is mounted on top of a car and this camera has has 9 different lenses; therefore this is also known as the 9 eyes of Google. The Canadian artist Jon Rafman collected images from Google street view that captured unusual moments everywhere in the world; with these images he had an exhibition in the Saatchi gallery in London.

These cameras from Google now and then capture weird, unusual, funny moments. Rafman tries to be the first to notice these pictures, even before Google had the chance to blur the unusual aspects or even remove the pictures. Google already removed a lot of these pictures from the web, but a huge selection has been remained thanks to Rafman.

For example there are pictures of a child falling of his bike, an accident that happened on the streets of Mexico, prostitutes working on the sides of the streets, a man walking around with a stop sign, and many more.

But besides all these things that have been captured by accident, there are also situations that are provoked by the Google cars and the camera, for example children running towards the car in a township, people walking towards the car with guns, a deer running away from the car in Norway.

Personally I really liked this work from Rafman. He made something that we all use on a regular base, at least I do, into an arts project. While he actually didn’t do anything with the pictures, he just pointed out the things that happen around the world. This for me shows that the use of visual culture can be in the smallest things and when it is put together in a good way, with a good story something can all of a sudden become really interesting.

Below you can find some examples of the street view images as they have been used by Jon Rafman. For more examples and other projects take a look at his website www.jonrafman.com



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The Power and Influence of Images…

Images can express more than words, they can influence, make you think and aware of trivial things – they have an impact on you.

Recently, I have followed one of my favourite photographer’s work on a new exhibition called “Underwater Suicides” – sounds morbid? It does, but knowing the story and concept behind this title, it all makes sense! I am talking about Mehmet Turgut, a professional photographer from Ankara, Turkey.

The aim of this exhibition is to become aware of what we are actually doing – according to Mehmet Turgut, we are unconsciously committing suicide by polluting our environment and that we need to stop.  This wake-up call, expressed in strong images, is a brilliant example of bridging between a societal challenge and visual culture. Not only is his work inspiring but it also gives me food for thought. What about you?

The exhibition “Underwater Suicides” – curated by Ayşegül Dinçkök, İpek Sorak as art director and Umut Eker as fashion editor and professional diver Selin Beşkardeş Öztunalı as model – can be visited from the 27th of September until the 4th of October 2012 in Hasköy Yün İplik Fabrikası, Istanbul – so if you happen to be in Istanbul around that time, do not miss out on this!

You can find more info about this exhibition by simply clicking on the poster above (info is in Turkish only!).

Want to see more of Mehmet Turgut?! You can find him on Facebook and deviantART.

And because images are stronger than words – here is a Behind the Scenes video from the photo shoot:


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