Efterklang in Concert

I mentioned in my last post that I spent last Saturday night at the Metropolitan Museum of Art seeing Efterklang in concert with the Wordless Music Orchestra (as the lead singer pointed out, the auditorium where the concert was held was just off the museum’s Egyptian wing, which presented quite the contrast). I haven’t been to a concert in what feels like ages, and I’ve never been a great reviewer, so I won’t include any real recap or review here. But I am so, so glad I went — how often do you get to hear a small band you like perform with a full orchestra? Not often enough, I say! The concert was part of Efterklang’s Piramida Concerts, which they’ve been performing all over with different orchestras. This performance last year at the Sydney Opera House with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra performing “The Ghost” should give you a near-perfect idea of what the concert on Saturday was like.

Also, Efterklang’s new album, Piramida, came out this week. I heard most of it at the concert on Saturday, and even without the orchestrations from that night, the album itself is still likely to get a lot of plays. You can watch a trailer for the album here, which gives a peek into Efterklang’s unusual surroundings when they were making the album. It also features one of my favorite songs from the album, “Dreams Today,” at the 1:20 mark (and yes, lead singer Casper Clausen’s running footsteps are part of the song). There’s also an interview here with Clausen in which he talks a bit about the process behind the album, and how they “found the sounds” on Spitsbergen before actually writing the songs. How cool is that?

Hvass&Hannibal

Over the weekend, I went to see Danish band Efterklang perform at the Met (Museum, not Opera) with the Wordless Music Orchestra as part of the Piramida Concerts (I’ll have a post about the concert later this week). When I think of Efterklang, I often think of the cover of their 2010 album, Magic Chairs, for which the band worked with Copenhagen-based art and design studio Hvass&Hannibal.

I don’t know what it is, I just really like those flying multi-colored ribbons. There’s a great behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Magic Chairs album cover on their blog that I highly recommend checking out.

When I was looking up Hvass&Hannibal, I came across their other work, and I wanted to share all of it here. Instead, I tried to narrow it down to some of my favorites.

Album cover design for Performing Parades, Efterklang & The Danish National Orchestra

Cover illustration and design for Danish book Legatbogen

Hvass&Hannibal had a show in London in 2010, Hvass&Hannibal: Losing the Plot. From the show’s description:

In short, the show consists of a series of graphic experiments that are all a sort of “visual word game” on the idea of collecting data. They are like distorted diagrams without context or information. Most of the pieces are made of painted wood, but there is also a series of eight posters (five hand benched screen prints and three off set prints) and a mobile consisting of 600 painted wooden sticks. Apart from being graphic interpretations of information graphics, many of the pieces are also inspired by textiles and woven grids, as well as 60’ies opart. Some of the pieces are also studies of light, colour-reflections and shadow.

‘Topographic Reflection’ (detail), wood and paint, 60×60 cm

Find a lot more of Hvass&Hannibal’s beautiful work here. I love that they provide details about their projects and the ideas behind them (while I’m no graphic designer, I still get a lot out of reading about the process behind a designer’s work). They even have a shop!

All images and designs from Hvass&Hannibal

Cos Fall/Winter 2012

Truth be told, I’ve never gotten that excited about shopping for summer clothes. Shopping for shorts is not “fun” for me, and I find myself spending aaaages looking online for summer sandals that I like the look of and will remain comfortable on long walks around the cement city that is New York in the summertime. But there is something about shopping (or browsing) for fall clothes that I really enjoy. Maybe it’s the association with the start of school, or a way of convincing myself the humidity is coming to an end. Either way, there’s something in the air with fall that really makes me look forward to the coming months, and that includes all the fall/winter clothes appearing in stores.

I am really into the sophisticated and crisp (and yes, Scandinavian) look of COS‘s autumn line.

I also can’t stop looking at the Autumn Winter 2012 Lookbook. So very stylish.

Have I convinced you yet? Sorry for all the pictures, I just couldn’t choose! Now: When, oh, when are they going to open stores in the U.S.?

All images from COS

Exhibiting Light

This past January, I made it just in time (the last weekend!) to see Carsten Höller’s Experience exhibition at the New Museum, after months of saying, “We have to go!” and never doing so (except for one earlier unsuccessful attempt where my friend and I couldn’t get in). There are a number of exhibitions, however, that I wasn’t able to get to, either due to my own laziness/business or being unable to get reservations. When I saw this Black*Eiffel post on solar spectrum art, I was reminded of artist James Turrell’s exhibition Bindu Shards. The exhibition was on display at the Gagosian when I was in London, but I found out about it too late to make a reservation (way too late, apparently, as the exhibition was fully booked a day after opening!).

James Turrell, Bindu Shards, 2010

It sounded like a unique experience and an overwhelming one at the same time. Those lucky enough to get a reservation would enter a “spherical chamber [where they were] deprived of sensory stimuli and witnesse[d] a 15 minute coloured light performance, allowing an experience of ‘behind the eye seeing’.” The rest of the description of the exhibition can be found here. The picture above is of the spherical chamber.

James Turrell, Dhātu, 2010

I was unfamiliar with James Turrell’s work (and still am — I had to Google gagosian +light exhibition +pods to find this exhibition!), but I am really intrigued by what he does with light and color and would love to see his work in person. This video (in German, with English subtitles) below gives a good overview of some of his past works. Turning a crater into an observatory? Wow.

Have you ever seen any of James Turrell’s works in person?

Bindu Shards and Dhātu photos from the Gagosian Gallery

Untranslatable

A couple years ago, I bought on a whim a copy of Adam Jacot de Boinod’s I Never Knew There Was a Word for It, intrigued by the title and the book’s description. The book is a compilation of the author’s three earlier works on language and “strange” words — The Wonder of Whiffling, The Meaning of Tingo, and Toujours Tingo. To give you an idea of what the books are about, the cover of The Meaning of Tingo provides an example: In German, there is a word for “someone who pays without leaving the bill,” Zechpreller. In the intro to I Never Knew …, we learn that in Czech, nedovtipa is “one who finds it difficult to take a hint.” I’ve yet to really dive into the book, but it’s great to pick up and flip through, as I’m bound to learn a new word in a language I’m (likely) unfamiliar with.

With this in mind, I was excited to come across Fuschia Macaree’s collection of “untranslatable words” (available in a full A–Z print here!), via The Fox is Black. It’s nice to see the Swedish word fika on there (defined as a “relaxed social event with good friends involving coffee and pastries”), which I became quite a fan of when I studied abroad in Stockholm. I think it’s the somewhat roundabout/multi-word English translations that make these “untranslatable words” seem special. I particularly like komorebi, the Japanese word for “dappled sunlight through trees,” and mamihlapinatapai, the Yaghan word for “a shared look of desire which neither party are willing to initiate action upon.” Haven’t we all been there?

 Find more words here!

All images from Fuschia Macaree via The Fox is Black

LA: Part 3

Okay, last round of LA photos! I’m a true New Yorker at heart, but California will always be calling my name, I think. I really hope to get back to San Francisco and explore Napa Valley one of these days, too.

Lemons at Third Street Farmers Market

Ice cream from Sweet Rose Creamery

Brentwood Country Mart | Sign along West Sunset Blvd.

Huckleberry Bakery and Cafe in Santa Monica

LA: Part 2

As I mentioned a few posts ago, I ate a lot of really good food when I was in LA. There were a few times when I really wanted to take photos of my meal (like the pizza my friend and I split at Pizzeria Mozza), but more often than not, it just didn’t feel right for me to pull out my camera and take photos. That, and I haven’t yet mastered the art of food photography (especially in low-light settings). But oh, well. The food was still delicious, and there were still plenty of other things to photograph. Like more of the Getty!

Umami Burger | Sunset over LA from outside Griffith Observatory

Macaron tree at Bottega Louie

I went to Sugar Paper!

The Hollywood sign and Griffith Observatory from Barnsdall Art Park

Stone Canyon Reservoir

Walt Disney Concert Hall

All photos by Taking of Toast