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Joe Villion

Every year one of the highlights during the big annual exhibition at the Berlin University of the Arts is the exhibition of the illustration class. The class is supervised by Henning Wagenbreth, whose unique visual style has a big impact on every single work of his students. This year’s exhibition actually reminded that for months I already wanted to do a post about a young illustrator working under the pseudonym of Joe Villion, who was one of Wagenbreth’s students and graduaded in 2010 (as far as I remember). Besides doing some freelance work she is founder of Slalom Press, a small independent publishing studio in Berlin.

Xtal Extended (in collaboration with David Tovar and Marc Hennes):

contribution to the BAMBAM zine “Quotable”:

 Nobrow No 6:

It’s oh so quiet:

Joe VillionSlalom Press

Marie Sjøvold: She is

This is actually the picture that caught my eye first and let me dive more into the work of young Norwegian photographer Marie Sjøvold:

One of Marie’s series calles She is fascinated me most. It’s a beautiful and very intimate portrait of a young woman reflecting the transformation of her body, the body image as well as the transformation of interpersonal relationsships during her pregnany. Even more it’s a very dialectic and poetic series about strength and weakness, shame and self-awareness, intimacy and distance.

Marie Sjøvold

Allyn Yu

Beautiful work by recent graduate Allyn Yu.

Rube Goldberg machines

Are you also a great lover of nonsense machines as I am? Then, especially when you are Dutch (I am not), you already might know this piece that made it through the blogging scene some time ago called Melvin The Magical Mixed Media Machine by design team HeyHeyHey:

Machines misusing (not only, but mainly) objects for the simple purpose of creating a complex chain reaction are called Rube Goldberg machines.


Rube Goldberg machines are a huge playground for children, artists, engineers, for simply everybody, because they are not limited to any technical or pysical knowledge. Fascination lies not that much in a conceptual idea behind it or the outcome but rather in functionality itself.  The journey is the reward! Still, quiescent objects start to move, they interact with each other, jump, nudge each other, start to come alive and perform human actions. The beholder starts to tremble: although it concerns a machine, an organism of perfection, the whole chain reaction depends more or less on a chain of coincidences, non controllable courses of actions that don’t garant success.

One of the mos famous contributions by artists as to Rube Goldberg machines is a piece called Der Lauf der Dinge (The way things go) by Swiss artist duo Fischli and Weiss made in 1987. It was set up in warehouse with a length of more than 30 metres:

David Weiss said in an interview by Frieze Magazine:

We were sitting in a bar somewhere and playing around with the things on the table, and we thought to ourselves, this energy of never-ending collapse – because our construction stood for a moment and then collapsed before we built it up again – should be harnessed and channelled in a particular direction.

This is another installation I saw in a small gallery space in Augsburg/Germany, a machine made of straws by Achim Stiermann:

Another of Achim Stiermann’s work called Light Gravity Machine:

Not only the big grown-ups can do so. Every year the MIT Museum hosts an event called Friday after Thanksgiving to build a huge Rube Goldberg machine out of loads of small ones built by kids, engineers, families, creatives…: (sorry, somehow embedding doesn’t work here)


Can’t get enough? Watch the OK Go music video:

Creed Comeback in 2009

Creed are back after they broke up, rockin more than ever before!

The Visitors by Czech director Jindřich Polák

“In the 25th century—more precisely, in the year 2484—people live in a peaceful world. Thus, mankind is horrified when CML (Central Brain of Mankind), the main supercomputer managing the fate of humankind and Earth, announces an upcoming disaster. It has spotted a huge space object on a collision course with Earth. The impact is unavoidable, and the prediction is that a significant part of the Earth will be destroyed.”






Don’t miss the part with the chicken in min. 5:48!

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Animals in Art #2: Polly Morgan

Polly Morgan

Animals in Art #1: Christiane Möbus

Christiane Möbus

Russian beauties

Due to research on russian letterforms for my own typeface I got stuck on        this website filled with beautifully old, hand-drawn, vanguard and quaint books.



The absence of gravity

Performances by Berlin artist Johan Lorbeer.