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!! OMG, R.I.P. designer Eiko Ishioka !!


The innovative Japanese art director Eiko Ishioka has died after a battle with pancreatic cancer, according to The New York Times. She was 73. Even if you weren’t familiar with her otherworldly body of work, you no doubt came across it. She created memorable costumes for feature films such as Bram Stoker’s Dracula and The Cell, Broadway productions M. Butterfly and Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, and collaborated with musicians Björk and Grace Jones.
She also made forays into the world of advertising, most famously for Japanese retailer Parco for whom she created an ad in which actress Faye Dunaway silently peels and eats a hard-boiled egg. Watch that above and check out “Cocoon,” her 2002 music video for Björk, below.

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!! OMG, neighborhood showdown: Paris vs. New York !!

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This map (click to enlarge) is part of dashing French graphic designer Vahram Muratyan‘s new book “Paris versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities.” Like a quirky venn diagram of the the two city’s personalities, Muratyan’s colorful illustrations portray the differences and similarities between New York and Paris right down to our favorite office-party treats (cupcakes and macarons, respectively).

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!! OMG, click to fullscreen: ‘2011 // Year in Review’ !!


Here’s a look at one Brooklyn man’s tour of 2011, told through photos and video he created along the way, including stops in Portland, San Francisco, DIA Beacon, Chicago, The Moorefield Farm, Storm King Sculpture Park, and a gay and lesbian campground in the Pocono Mountains. “It begins where I started most days in 2011,” he says, “on the subway platform at Graham Avenue waiting for a Manhattan-bound L train…” Visit his blog, An Infinite Sky, for more wanderlusty goodness.

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!! OMG, please support ‘Community Action Center’ !!

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Artists A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner have created a collaborative film project called Community Action Center that features the work and stories of many talented artists, musicians, and other members of various queer communities.
Burns and Steiner are currently raising funds to compensate their contributors and tour the work across the U.S. We hope you will consider helping them out! They are halfway to their fundraising goal, which must be reached by December 21.
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Community Action Center has already been screened internationally at venues such as Toronto’s Pleasure Dome and London’s Tate Modern. Here is more about the project:

A.K. Burns and A.L. Steiner’s Community Action Center is a 69-minute sociosexual video incorporating the erotics of a community where the personal is not only political, but sexual. This project is a unique contemporary composition, an archive of an intergenerational community built on collaboration, friendship, sex and art. Burns and Steiner worked with artists and performers who created infinitely complex gender and performance roles that are both real and fantastical, set to a soundtrack of music by Chicks on Speed, Effi Briest, Electrelane, Chateau featuring K8 Hardy, Lesbians on Ecstasy, Light Asylum, MEN, Motherland, NGUZUNGUZU, I.U.D. (Lizzi Bougatsos & Sadie Laska), Kinski and Thee Majesty (Genesis P-Orridge), and featuring original compositions by Justin Bond, Nick Hallett & Sam Greenleaf Miller, Ashland Mines & Wu Tsang, Sergei Tcherepnin and Tri-State Area with AV Linton.

Click over to the fundraising page to watch the NSFW trailer.

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