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Not since the banquettes at Brasserie have I seen such a contemporary twist on the traditional booth. Originally designed as a fixed booth for the Fabbrica Restaurant in Bergen, Norway, Dutch designer Frank Tjepkema and his Studio Tjep have now come out with a variation for the at-home diner who wants to be transported. The wood and steel all-in-one piece called Il Treno, features two facing banquettes with hollow backs that can store all your tableware, or anything else you’d like to put in there. The piece suggests travel and promotes intimacy and romance. Fun.
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Not only is this a fun-looking bag, but it’s an innovative approach to water transport and profits from its sales go towards funding a humanitarian initiative in South Africa to provide sanitary water transportation solutions. The CellBag is the brainchild of industrial designer Mathieu Lehanneur (previously here) and David Edwards (and his students) who came up with a concept for water transportation at Harvard University’s Wyss Institute. Inspired by the way in which biological cells transport water and nutrients, the CellBag divides into two parts: a rounded zippered pouch for snacks or lunch and an accordian-style bottle that holds up to a liter of water. These tubes can be strung together for larger quantities of water and can carry several days’ worth of liquid.
The bags were originally only available to the Moretele community in South Africa but now are sold in four different colors at the Paris-based Lab Store. I would definitely consider one of these as an alternative to a canteen or water bottle, but I’m not really buying the guy biking with the huge water hose at the end of the video below.
Free& Cheap things to do
Free & Cheap things to do this weekend in NYC (4/12/13 to 4/14/13) from art exhibits, to music, multiple literature-related events, a Gif festival, theater, dance, talks and food! Fun and interesting events all weekend long. Click through on images above for official event pages with more info or in the descriptions below.
2. MUSIC/ART: All Weekend – 3rd Annual Brain-Cave Festival featuring more than 30 of Brooklyn’s most versatile underground and indie artists and musicians. $12 to $40. Tkts here
3. MUSIC: Fri 4/12 –The Crystal Ark play their electronic dance music live. 7pm. FREE
4. ART/COMICS: Fri 4/12 and Sat 4/13 & through 5/11 – The Art of Harvey Kurtzman, cartoonist, writer, and founding editor and creator of MAD magazine. One of the most important figures in comic art. At the Society of Illustrators. 12pm to 5pm FREE
5. MUSIC: Fri 4/12 – Stereo Total (love these guys!) witty alternative/indie/pop based in Berlin but drawing from musical influences across Europe. 7pm Doors $18
6. LITERATURE/TALK: Fri 4/12 – Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz talks with the New Yorker’s Hilton Als. 7pm. Purchase of his latest book or $20 gift card.
7. ART/OPENING: Fri 4/12 – Opening reception of Richard Hughes exhibit at Anton Kern where the artist turns the the gallery into a stage for a dance performed by lamp posts, walls, and statues. Fri 6 to 8pm and through 5/18 10am to 6pm. FREE.
8. ART/TECH: All Weekend – Moving the Still: A GIF Festival, every 15 minutes on the hour on the BAM sign at Lafayette and Flatbush Aves, SE corner. Through 6/30. FREE.
9. THEATER: Fri 4/12 & Sat 4/13 – Exile by Nastaran Ahmadi An Iranian-American video game tester develops a game set in a post-nuclear-apocalypse Iran, even as her own relationship becomes a fallout zone. 7pm and also 3pm Sat, $19
10. ART: Fri 4/12 & Sat 4/13 – Pratt MFA Open Studios – over 100 artists presented in all mediums. Fri 5 to 9pm, Sat 12 to 6pm. FREE
11. DANCE: Fri 4/12 & Sat 4/13 – A House Made of Salt: Miriam Wolf’s evening length work is a dance for two performers dealing with some of the most fundamental rules that govern us as humans. $10 to $15
12. TRIBUTE/PERFORMANCE ART: Fri 4/12 & Sat 4/13 – Avant-Gard-A-Rama: New Moon. A tribute to the late downtown mentor performance artist Tom Murrin. Hosts Dynasty Handbag and Jonathan Ames with Elevator Repair Service and many more. 8pm $15
13. ART: Sat 4/13 & Sun 4/14 –Black Power: featuring works by Ron Wimberly, Coby Kennedy, and Jorden Haley. 12pm to 5pm at Superchief Gallery at Culturefix. FREE.
14. TALK/PERFORMANCE/MUSIC: Sat 4/13 – Ask Isaac: Isaac Mizrahi answers questions and murders some tunes with the Ben Waltzer Quintet. 7:30pm at the Laurie Beechman Theater $30 tickets.
15. READINGS/PARTY: Sun 4/14 – Inaugural Downtown Literary Festival. Daylong celebration of literary culture of NYC, readings, snacks and afte-party at Pravda with Russian Lit-themed cocktails. 10am to after 7pm.
16. ART/MUSIC/PERFORMANCE: Sun 4/14 – Sister Spit: a literary performance cabaret featuring novelists, magic marker artists, poets, performance artists and more from the queer, feminist, POC underground. 3pm $10 to $12.
18. ART/TECH: Next Sat 4/20 – Get tickets for Seven on Seven Conference. 12 to 6pm. 7 leading artists are paired with 7 game-changing technologists and challenged to develop something new over the course of the day. $39.50
MUSIC >> Sat 4/13 – Project Bone Machine: an exciting bill of great bands perform Tom Waits’ 1992 album Bone Machine in tracklist order. Bushwick. 10pm $5.
FILM >> Sun 4/14 – Subway Series Films: Tunnel Stories & Spraymasters. Two films, one short, the other long, focus on the artists, taggers, and vandals, who make their mark underground in tunnels and on trains. 7:30pm. Suggested donation $9.
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Free & Cheap things to do this weekend in NYC (3/22/13 to 3/24/13) in art, music, theater, performance, dance, architecture, film, design and general fun. Click through to event pages for more info, either on images above or in the descriptions below.
1. ART: Fri 3/22 & Sat 3/23 through 4/20 – Sergie Tcherepnin: Ear Tone Box. Works at the intersections of sound, sculpture, and theater with objects taking on hybridized personalities, inviting play between things and bodies. At Murray Guy in Chelsea FREE
2. THEATER/DANCE: Fri 3/22 and Sat 3/23 – Breaking Surface: merges dance, acrobatics, flight, water, & poetic imagery in a watery adventure that defies expectation. 8pm. $25
3. BOOK/MUSIC/PARTY: Fri 3/22 Celebrate Touré’s new book I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon with a dance party featuring a night of Prince music spun by Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest. 7pm. $5.
4. FILM: All Weekend – New Directors New Films: $12 to $15. See schedule
5. ART: Fri 3/22 – Anne Lilly: Temporal Tincture. Beautiful and elegant interactive kinetic sculpture (one of my favorites at Scope). Noon to 5pm. Reception 5 to 8pm Galerie Swanström, 136 Sullivan St. FREE
6. MUSIC: All Weekend – Planetarium by Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, and Nico Muhly at BAM. A few $25 seats left.
7. DANCE: All Weekend – DanceBrazil at the Joyce Theater. Tkts $10 and up.
9. FOOD/DRINK/MUSIC/FUN: Sat 3/23 & Sun 3/24 – The Big British Invite will take place from 12pm-6pm. Drinks, dance, express manicures. FREE
10. MUSIC/FOOD/FUN: All Weekend – Freetown Produce Festival with Cajun Music and Cooking. Day Passes $30 to $37. See schedule
11. ART/TALK: Sat 3/23 –Artist Hans Haacke and Irving Sandler in Conversation on Haacke’s practice, including his contribution to the German Pavilion at the 1993 Venice Biennale. 3pm $8
12. MUSIC: Sat 3/23 – Fredericks Brown & Jean Grae: a double bill of Soul and ground-breaking hip hop. 7:30pm $20
13. COMEDY/PERFORMANCE: Fri 3/22 & Sat 3/23 – NYC Improv Fest. See schedule for shows. $8ea/$40 for Fest Pass
14. FOOD: Sat 3/23 & Sun 3/24 – Big Cheesy Competition: Seven Grilled Cheese sandwiches from 7 chefs compete: $25 (This is apparently sold out.)
16. ARCHITECTURE/WALK: All Weekend – Go for a stroll on the brand-spanking new bouncy Squibb Park Pedestrian Bridge with yet more spectacular views of the NYC skyline. FREE
17. FOOD/WALKING TOUR: Sun 3/24 – Big Onion Multi-Ethnic Eating Tour. Combines the history of the diverse LES with a series of small food sampling, or “noshing” stops from local shops. 1pm $25 with RSVP
Check last week’s COTC, or the week before, for some ongoing events. Enjoy!
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Will humans be compared to lichen, sea slugs and salamanders in the future? With the future in mind, U.K.-based designers Michiko Nitta and Michael Burton study and design alternative ways to fuel the body. Algaculture offers a symbiotic relationship between humans and algae. It proposes humans to be semi-photosynthetic allowing us to gain food from light, the way plants do and, apparently, lichen, sea slugs and salamanders. Burton and Nitta have come up with an Algaculture Symbiosis Suit enabling the mutually beneficial relationship with algae to occur. Last September, one of these suits was used in The Algae Opera at the V&A in London. An opera singer sang using her large lung capacity to produce high-quality algae-product. The photosynthetic plant-like organisms fed on the carbon dioxide from the singer’s breath, creating a sample of the future food source. The audience was not only invited to appreciate her music, but also to savor her unique blend of algae. If you think this sounds unappealing, think again; Burton & Nitta’s Republic of Salivation is much harder to swallow.
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I’ve heard of sandwich shops with cool bathrooms (i.e. the now defunct Bar 89) but a bathroom-turned-sandwich shop? More specifically, an 1890s men’s urinal in London. That’s what partners Peter Tomlinson and Ben Russell did with their new cafe Attendant. After removing 12 layers of paint dating back to 1890 from the wrought iron entrance, cleaning up the stairs, and removing just a single wall from the downstairs space (see the before photos above), as well as investing $150,000 in the renovation including polishing up the urinals and inserting a wooden bar connecting them all, Attendant was born, with the kitchen taking over the old Attendant’s office space, hence the name. Definitely original, if a little strange.
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First time I saw one of New York-based artist Jennifer Rubell’s Nutcrackers was last year at the NY Frieze Art Fair, but now I came across her website and see that the fun pecan-crushing mannequin was only one of 18 life-size female interactive sculptures, all surrounding a pedestal containing one ton of Texas pecans. Not surprisingly, Rubell used to write about food before turning to art where she frequently employs food and drink as part of her often participatory installations that blur the lines between performance art, installation and happenings. The pile of nuts beckons to the viewer to take one and place it in the mannequin’s inner thigh (or, in the case of the one at Frieze, a little higher.) Then, by pushing down the upper leg…voila(!) the nut gets cracked.
Rubell likes the idea of breaking the traditional boundaries between viewer and artwork, also evident in her other installations such as Padded Cell, a freestanding room insulated with pink cotton candy.
Here is one of the Nutcrackers in action:
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If I liked cotton candy this would make me especially happy but, even without being a fan of the sugary substance, this zany interactive art installation by Finnish artist Erno-Erik Raitanen made me smile. Cotton Candy Works are a series of site-specific ephemeral cotton candy installations that engage all the senses. Each sculpture only lasts a few hours before the sugar reverts to its original crystal form. Not sure if the bag at the bottom is an opening night party favor or the way the artwork is packaged and sold. Either way it’s a fun idea.
You might also want to check out Raitanen’s Bacteriograms as well, where the artist cultivates bacteria samples on photographic film resulting in amazingly colorful results.
You can see Raitanen creating one of his Cotton Candy Works in the video below.
Click on individual photos for official event page or use the corresponding numbered links below.
This weekend’s picks for Free & Cheap things to do in NYC (2/8 to 2/10) in art, music, theater, film, performance, dance, architecture and general fun.
1. ART: All Weekend & through 2/16 – Pratt Senior design student Stephie Miller (and our good friend!) has her Chelsea debut as part of Sweet N Low along with Hannah Antalek & Kelly McNutt at Studio 7D. Thurs through Sundays; noon to 6pm. FREE
2. TALK/FILM: Fri 2/8 – A Conversation with Jessica Chastain at 3pm Tkts FREE at the box office 1 hour before, first-come first-served basis.
3. FILM: All Weekend – Athena Film Festival: highlights the diversity of women’s leadership in real life and fictional world. FREE to $12 see schedule
4. CONFERENCE: Fri 2/8 and Sat 2/9 – Get Ready for the Marvelous: Black Surrealism in Dakar, Fort-de-France, Havana, Johannesburg, NYC, Paris, Port-au-Prince, 1932-2013 1 to 5:30pm FREE with RSVP
5. ART/ARCHITECTURE/ENGINEERING: All weekend & through 2/11 – Canstruction amazing structures created with cans that are donated to City Harvest. 10am to 6pm. FREE though a donation of a can of food per person is suggested.
6. MUSIC: Fri 2/8 – BadBadNotGood: jazzy electronic trio with hip hop breaks. 8:30pm $12.
7. FOOD: All weekend & through 2/28 – 21st Annual Hot Chocolate Festival
8. MUSIC: Fri 2/8 – Joseph Arthur and Martha Wainwright 6pm doors, 8pm show. $15 to $25
9. DESIGN/FASHION: All weekend & through 4/13 – Shoe Obsession: contemporary footwear designs. FREE
10. CONFERENCE/ARCHITECTURE: Sat 2/9 – Waterproofing New York 9am to 5pm all day confrence
11. ART/FOOD/MUSIC/FUN: Sat 2/9 – Lunar New Year Celebration: food, mahjong and music with Confettisystem & Gather. 3 to 6pm $10
12. FILM: All weekend & through 3/14 – Film series Amos Vogel and his text Film as Subversive Art $10
13. ARCHITECTURE/DESIGN: Sat 2/9 – Modern Architecture & Design Scavenger Hunt 11am to 7pm $30 (Postponed due to storm till 3/9)
14. ART PRESENTATION/RECEPTION: Sat 2/9 & Sun 2/10 – Aliya Bonar: PowerSuit Camp – What would your most courageous self would do, say, and wear? Public Presentation and Reception Sat 6 to 9pm Open house; Discussion Sunday 2 to 5pm. FREE
15. MUSIC: Sat 2/9 – The Rolling Tones deliver a rocking performance of songs from the Rolling Stones. 11pm $10 to $12
16. ART/ARCHITECTURE/TOUR: Sun 2/10 – Art and Architecture of the Subway Tour; 2pm $20
17. THEATER/INTERACTIVE: Sat 2/9 & Sun 2/10 – Trade Practices an interactive live art event drops audiences into a living market in the trade of short serialized performances. 8:30pm $10 to $15.
18. MUSIC: Sun 2/10 – Truth or Truffles Concert. Music by Strauss and Hartmann’s different approaches to the devastation of WWI & WWII. Concert at 2pm, Conductor’s Notes Q&A at 1pm. $25 to $50; half price tkts through 2/9 available here.
Check our previous Culture on the Cheap posts for ongoing events and check back over the weekend for possible updates. Enjoy!
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Alexander Lervik (previously here) has just come out with a very unique lamp: The Poetry of Light chocolate lamp. Wanting to explore darkness in contrast with light, Lervik set out to play with the idea of melting solid chocolate with a light source to reveal the light. Originally cube-shaped, the designer realized that the way chocolate melts worked better with a pyramid. The lamp begins in complete darkness and as the light source heats the dark chocolate it begins to melt, at first revealing a tiny ray of light and after roughly a 15-minute period the bulb is completely exposed and the melted chocolate ends up in a sectioned tray and can be taken out and consumed like a chocolate bar. Very fun.
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There’s been a recent resurgence of 7-Eleven shops around NYC, much to my dismay. In fact, I’ve always associated the chain with the suburbs and find it surprising, and a little depressing, that they should be cropping up all around town. But maybe, just maybe, it would be a little less painful if they were to implement the new identity BVD created for their Swedish market; foregoing the retro look for a clean and modern one.
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Thomas Mailaenderis Paris-based multimedia artist who started out doing documentation work. These comical food-related photos, sculptures, and installation are all included under the name L’Union Fait la Farce (The Union is a Farce) which is a play on words with the motto L’Union Fait la Force (Unity is Strength.) The zaniness in these really appeals to me, from the unique coffee-serving technique up top, down to the yakitori-grilling iron and the sock fan at the bottom. All of it cracks me up.
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I noticed Dan Cretu’s mini-sculpture of a salami tape cassette among the photos on lagaleriademagdalena’s #EnCinta exhibit wall and loved it. Upon googling I came across more of his food sculptures on his facebook page and tumblr. Not surprisingly, Cretu works in advertising, but his food works have met with online success and will probably lead to an exhibition in the near future.
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French artist Lilian Bourgeat takes everyday objects and recreates them larger than life. Yes, this has been done before and tends to have an instant appeal with people of all ages, but Bourgeat’s art is both meant to appeal as well as mock the contemporary art world. At the same time, the artist enjoys the challenges he confronts in executing the production of these objects at such a large size. His works are participatory in that without the people, the scale would not be appreciated. He has exhibited his Le Dîner de Gulliver (Gulliver’s Dinner) on multiple occasions, offering a Rabelaisian meal on a surprisingly large table with proportionately large chairs, glasses, cutlery and dishes. No doubt with those over-sized glasses of wine, a viewer could attribute the distortions that surround them to the levels of alcohol in their system!