Sergei Polunin, “Take Me to Church” by Hozier – Directed by David LaChapelle

Polunin directed by David LaChapelle

Ukranian ballet dancer Sergei Polunin has performed his stunning visual interpretation of Hozier’s “Take Me To Church” and it’s so good, you have to see it to believe it.

Directed by David LaChapelle, the atmospheric video sees the 25-year-old pirouette and sauté to the chart-topping anti-gay oppression anthem, against a beautiful backdrop of a studio amongst the trees.

Former British Royal Ballet principal dancer Polunin performs dressed only in nude tights, as sunlight glimmers through the white room’s arched windows, creating a spiritual effect.

His passionate four-minute sequence reflects the demons of Hozier’s hit and showcases his impressive artistry and skill.


Credits:
Ballet Dancer: Sergei Polunin
Direction: David LaChapelle
Soundtrack: Hozier

Sparked – Cirque du Soleil.

Sparked - Cirque du Soleil

Cirque du Soleil, ETH Zurich, and Verity Studios have partnered to develop a short film featuring 10 quadcopters in a flying dance performance. The collaboration resulted in a unique, interactive choreography where humans and drones move in sync. Precise computer control allows for a large performance and movement vocabulary of the quadcopters and opens the door to many more applications in the future.

Video:

Take a look at the Behind the scene.. sorry Behind the technology video:

Credits:
Cirque du Soleil: http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/
ETH Zurich: http://www.idsc.ethz.ch/Research_DAndrea
Verity Studios: http://www.veritystudios.com/

Surfboards art – Jerryn Dower.

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What happens to old surfboards when they’re old, leaky and ready for retirement? If they’re really lucky, they’re given to Australian artist Jerryn Dower who gives them a new life as slick wall art… or hey, stick it in the sand.

Growing up by the ocean, Dower’s art revolves mainly around beach and surf culture. Most of the works here were done with paint pen and employ a meticulously applied stippling technique for their smooth gradients. You can see more of his fine pieces, or hit him up for a commissioned piece, on Facebook.

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Via Visual News

Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters – Sandro Miller and John Malkovich

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Sandro Miller with Malkovich as his dashing unisex model, recreated some of those influential photographers’ most important portraits in a photo series called “Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to photographic masters.”

The series puts both Miller’s exceptional photography and Malkovich’s masterful acting talents front and center. Miller gets each amazing portrait’s lighting, mood and composition down perfectly, while Malkovich replicates the subject’s emotions and expressions so perfectly that the photos become nearly indistinguishable, regardless of the age or gender of the original subject. And it was all done without Photoshop!

via Bored Panda

b4-XVI – Cecilia Azcarate.

A new art history inspired Tumblr entered the universe yesterday, courtesy of f Tumblr veteranCecilia Azcarate. Ikea b4-16 finds classic Ikea items in paintings made before 1650 and most of the results are surprisingly spot-on.

With art history’s iconic holy moments happening frequently in the home, it’s no wonder Azcarate found so much material to work with. Her Tumblr is a great exercise in looking past the divine action in the foreground to take in the exquisite detail in these Northern works. Our only criticism is that we wish she had identified all of the works she used as source material, in addition to linking to the Ikea furniture.

 

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Twisted porcelain figurines – Maria Rubinke.

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Danish artist Maria Rubinke creates wonderfully twisted porcelain figurines that are experiencing all manner of surreal misfortunes. For more of her work, see her page:

http://imgur.com/a/km7N0#0

Palestinian Artists Turn Rocket Strike Smoke Into Though-Provoking Images.

 

The conflict between Israel and Palestine is responsible for countless civilian deaths on both sides. No wonder, then, that many Palestinian and Israeli artists feel the need to discuss the ongoing conflict and showcase its disastrous consequences through art. These Palestinian artists draw symbolic, inspiring and thought-provoking images that they see in smoke rising from rocket strike sites. Their work forms an online protest against the conflict.

This is a perfect example of how, in moments of terror and grief, artists can become ambassadors of peace and story-tellers from a civilian perspective – on either side of a conflict as politically charged as this one

the Ghost in the Machine – Erika Simmons.

Erika Simmons is revealing the Ghost in the Machine – that’s the apt title for her unusually creative artwork which uses the relics of the 20th century – namely film reels, music and VHS cassettes – to create portraits of the person the tape may have featured.
She unwinds the magnetic tape inside and, carefully cutting and twirling it, arranges it into incredibly perfect portraits.

She collaborated with lots of brands, see below the making of for Ray-Ban:

Books About Town – National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art.

In an effort to promote literacy and add artistic flair to the city, the National Literacy Trust and Wild in Art have collaborated on a public art project called Books About Town. As of right now, there are dozens of benches shaped like open books, boasting colorful illustrations, throughout the streets of London.

The 50 BookBench sculptures created for the project will be on display along four trails (which can be viewed and downloaded here) until October.
On October 7th they will be sold at a public auction, with all proceeds going to the National Literacy Trust—a charity dedicated to raising the literacy levels of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK.

To see a full list of the books and artists represented, be sure to check out Books About Town’s website.
http://www.booksabouttown.org.uk/

 

1984 – George Orwell
1984 - George Orwell

Around the World in Eighty Days – Jules Verne
Around the World in Eighty Days - Jules Verne

Dr Suess – Theodor Seuss Geisel
Dr Suess - Theodor Seuss Geisel

Jeeves and Wooster Stories – P.G. Wodehouse
Jeeves and Wooster Stories - P G Wodehouse

Mary Poppins- P.L.Travers
Mary Poppins - P L Travers

Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
Mrs Dalloway - Virginia Woolf

Noughts and Crosses – Malorie Blackman
Noughts and Crosses - Malorie Blackman

On the Origin of Species – Charles Darwin
On the Origin of Species - Charles Darwin

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
The Day of the Triffids - John Wyndham

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
The Hitchhiker s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe - C S Lewis

The little white bird – J.M. Barrie
The Little White Bird - J M Barrie

The Time Machine – H.G. Wells (back)
The Time Machine - H G Wells - back

The Time Machine – H.G. Wells (front)
The Time Machine - H G Wells - front

War Horse – Michael Morpurgo
War Horse - Michael Morpurgo

Wisden Cricketer’s Almanack
Wisden Cricketers Almanack

Work relation 2014 – Marina Abramović + adidas.

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Adidas presents its collaboration with performance artist Marina Abramović, unveiling a short film by SHOWstudio that celebrates the performance brand’s partnership and support of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
The three-minute video captures the first ever re-staging of Abramović’s 1978 performance ‘Work relation’ – which focuses on commitment, teamwork and the strength found in togetherness – re-imagined through the lens of the popular quadrennial sporting event. in the reenacted piece, eleven performers reference the total members of a football team.
Together, the performers harness the fundamental principles of the sports world – teamwork, discipline and perseverance — to once again transport stones from one side of the room to the other.
Using only buckets and human labor, the three models compare and contrast systems of cooperation and efficiency, with the participants’ bodies serving as the medium.

 

«The chain is the most efficient message. The chain has the most endurance. The chain stays forever».

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