Hotel Raphael on Avenue Klebler in Paris will be the official TI/Hiss Squad HQ for this season's shows precisely because it is located between the Grand Palais and Palais de Tokyo. But here are the 10 other reason's why we love it so.
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And there you have it . Prada has fired its full fuselage for Fall/Winter 2008 and it was what everyone expected but no-one quite anticipated. After a while the mannequins stopped looking like lace laden bourgeoise girls on their way to lunch and morphed into these fantastical shipwrecks barnacled in corals and shells . Opinions on the beauty or the ugliness of this are- as is the intention- divided. TI dug it because apart from the proposition of dressing a woman, there was also the visual complexity involved in dressing an idea: that is bringing an abstract concept of what clothes could look like, to life. I loved that literally 35 mins after the show, it was all the Internet via yahoo.news, catwalking.com and thefashionspot.com. That's the modern world for you and I love the buzz-words that these fashion fanatic kids are using to decode what they saw. Prada is all about whimsy and whimsy saw Catherine McNeil, Isabeli and Anouck slinking alongside the severe Prada regulars....Hooray for whimsy... But now TI is rubbing the crystal ball overtime to get some glimmer of what's brewing over at Balenciaga. Capes? Leather? Batwings? Seminary manners as a look? Time to activate the Paris cell of the Hiss Squad!
CURRENT READING: The Man Without Qualities Vol. 1: A Sort of Introduction and Pseudo Reality Prevails: Robert MusilSubmitted by Wayne on Mon, 2008-02-18 10:30.
"In the realm of the aesthetic . . . even imperfection and lack of completion have their value."
Prepping for a burst of travel which means digging into a good book. The reason why Robert Musil's "The Man Without Qualities" feels like perfect reading right now is because this Austrian novelist proves it's possible to craft prose that is very erudite and very funny at the same time. The wry way it looks at the declining aristrocratic culture of Vienna in 1913 has brought many a comparison to Proust's "A la recherche du temps perdu". The contemporary application of this masterpiece is in the wise things Musil has to say about living in a society on a moral, cultural and political precipice. From one fin de siecle era to another, this book has an eerie sense of prescience. Known to be a literary perfectionist, due to his obsessive rewriting, Musil never really finished the two volumes that make up "The Man Without Qualities" but the fact that the work still proved to be so potent is what is very inspiring to me right now.
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TI is intensely obsessed with the art of David Claerbout at this point in time. Claerbout's work is highlighted by video installations that play with the idea of time passing and time captured by the still and video camera. As Stephan Berg explains in the monograph " Claerbout removes from the photograph a piece of its static quality that is oriented towards fixation and takes from films its impulse of movement". In other words we are treated to photographs that move unexpectedly and films that freeze for significant periods of time. What I love about the work is the detail and the texture of the images. It is as if a dark shadow has fallen on the banal scenes of the modern landscape. An example of the rigor and technical complexity of Claerbout's work is in my favorite art work of his ,"Shadow Piece" . That black and white video, inspired by an archival 50's photograph, features a series of figures (in this frame a man and a woman) vainly attempting to open the doors of a modernist house. Its very Antonioni film meets Vogue Italia spread if I were to be simplistic about it. But in his depictions of a Bauhaus world that has been sold to us as an ideal of geometric perfection, Claerbout captures the frustration and sense of futility that comes with that world. The tension thereof drives to me adore David Claerbout. The book too is beautiful. Black, gray, sepia with the pages edged in black. Must buy!
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I grow more and more in awe of Joe Lally each day. He's become a super-sharp contributer to The Imagist, with not only his snaps of very beautiful boys, but in his ability to turn us on to the coolest art ventures, right this minute. Here's Joe's latest piece:
A recent installation of artist/designer/construction worker Chris Rucker, who works primarily with wooden sheet material, in this case strand board, a material traditionally used as a plywood replacement for exterior sheathing and sub-flooring. This work is in the basement of a building being constructed in Williamsburg, Brooklyn that Rucker has worked on as well as photographed throughout its construction. The work incorporates the basic building block from Rucker's furniture line he began in 2001. His first basic unit is a chair which he uses as a simple prop to stand a full sheet of material on its edge. This connects with much of the photography and drawing that form how Rucker looks at many of the processes of building. CHRIS RUCKER IS MAKING FURNITURE AND SPACE INTO AN ART MEDIUM, AND THIS IN MY VISUAL REPORT: