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Graphisme Utopique vs Architecture Radicale

Graphisme Utopique vs Architecture Radicale

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Next Friday we open a new solo exhibition in Nantes. The show will be in two parts and split between L’Espace LVL and Maison de L’Architecture des Pays de la Loire. Titled ‘Graphisme Utopique vs Architecture Radicale’, the exhibition will primarily explore the influence of Architecture in our work over the past 10 years (yes, it’s been that long!).

It’s our first real solo exhibition since 2009 so we’re really excited about this one. There will be a range of work on show, both old and new, so if you’re in the area it would be great to see you at the opening. Above is the poster for the show and flyer for more info.

Norbert Schoerner “Third Life”

The new book of (rather lovely) work by Norbert Schoerner launches next Tuesday in London. Third Life is published by Violette Editions (+ includes text by La Boca cohort Geoff Cox). Here’s the invite and a sneak peak at some spreads.

Pierre Cardin Bubble House – Cannes

Continuing this weeks Cannes theme. Many, many moons ago (2002), we designed the UK theatrical posters for the release of Oshii Mamoru’s Avalon. To this day one of our fondest Cannes memories was attending the launch party for the film which was held in the incredible Pierre Cardin ‘Bubble’ House. Just wish I hadn’t drunk so much on the night and could remember it more clearly! More pix and background info on the house here.

Anna & The Juniper Dog – Book Launch

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Book launch tonight at the Horse Hospital in London. All welcome.

Art Vinyl Awards 2010

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We were happy to be invited to take part in the nominations panel for this year’s Art Vinyl sleeve of the year award. Public voting is now open here.

For One Night Only… Storm Thorgerson and Roger Dean 28/10/2010

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The increasingly relevant Unit Editions are bringing together two of the all-time greats of sleeve design for the first in a series of talks. Storm Thorgerson & Roger Dean will be taking to the stage in London on the 28th October – more info and tickets here. A must-see we say.

Playtime

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Our boys Sixpack are hosting their first music festival. Check it.

Mixed Blood (Free) Launch party

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A must-do for the diary this Sunday – Richard Sen (Padded Cell), Cazbee and ‘Evil’ Eddie Richards (playing an exclusive disco set!).

The Horse & Groom
Sunday 9th May – 8pm-2am
Free Entry
The Horse & Groom, 28 Curtain Rd, London EC2
Nearest Tube: Liverpool St
www.thehorseandgroom.net

All Time Low Productions

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For those of us eagerly awaiting some new releases from DC Recordings (late summer we’re told!), All Time Low have stepped up to fill the gap in our lives. They have some tasty stuff going on at the moment, including the Zombie Zomie event we’re working on and a couple of EPs by our pals The Oscillation and Higamos Hogamos. Looks like they have much more to come too – Keep an eye on them…

Chris Cunningham – Royal Festival Hall

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Last night we went along to see the new A/V live show by Chris Cunnigham at the Royal Festival Hall. The main performance centered on a large video triptych accompanied by an original score, also by Cunningham, and true to form, both audio and video are designed to pleasantly fuck with your head a little bit. The first half in particular grips you relentlessly, almost to the point where you’re not sure if the experience is enjoyable or not.

Overall, the video work is of course incredible, but unfortunately it relies largely on reworkings of the recognisable stuff we’ve seen before such as Rubber Jonny and the symmetrical Playstation girl – I think I was hoping to see a bit more new work in the show.

Support on the night came from Beak>, the new project by Geoff Barrow of Portishead, which was OK(ish), but probably didn’t quite live up to expectations on the night. Overall, a mixed but enjoyable evening – especially the cocktails at Skylon afterwards.

Shout Out Out Out Out – In the UK!

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We’re very excited to welcome our favorite Canadians Shout Out Out Out Out to the UK this month. The band will be playing their first ever shows here in preparation for the UK release of their rather fine album Reintegration Time on May 17th.

Here’s a rundown of all the European dates and a couple of live vids to get you in the mood…

April 8 • UtrechtTivelli Di Helling
(w/ Aeroplane, Rory Phillips, and M.E.N.)

April 9 • Amsterdam
SuperRauw @ Melkweg
(w/ Goose, Green Velvet, Uffie, and Harvard Bass)

April 11 • Liverpool
Korova

April 12 • Glasgow
Captains Rest
(w/ Hunx and his Punx)

April 13
YorkFibbers
(w/ Your Twenties)

April 14
LondonBarfly Camden
(w/ The Detachments, Clip Stamp Fold)

April 15
LondonYo Yo @ Notting Hill Arts Centre
(guestlist only – see the YoYo Myspace for more details soon)

April 16ParisScopitone
(w/ Juno)

And if that wasn’t enough, our man The Emperor Machine has also finished a tasty remix for the boys…

Zombie Zombie – Battleship Potemkin

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This weekend I’ve been in Paris to see our pals Zombie Zombie play a live score to Battleship Potemkin at the very nice amphitheater in Cité de la Musique. Great show, and an interesting audience – 50% Parisian hipsters X 50% Parisian OAPs? – but somehow it all came together and judging by the triple standing ovation at the end most people seemed to have enjoyed themselves. I’m hoping for more shows like this next year please.