Tour de Kyoto
Bicycle culture is on the increase around the world; the number of related events, projects and collaborations seems to be growing every day. It’s good to see that the Paper Sky Bicycle Club is continuing to expand on their series of talks and events with their annual Tour de Kyoto in the old capital, Japan’s most bike-friendly city.
The event took place over ten days during the Golden Week holiday with the simple idea of bringing Japanese local culture and people together through cycling. The first stage began with a ride around the city, taking in beautiful temples and parks and a climb up the steepest hill in Kyoto. The day ended at one of the last remaining running water
—Lee Basford, 29 July 2011
“Not My Type: An Out of Character Experiment” is a typographical exploration of 26 letters (and a few sneaky characters) by 35 talented illustrators, designers and artists, all displayed in one giant alphabet.
The work is going to be stylistically diverse, with artists ranging from Jon Burgerman, I Love Dust, Sam Pierpoint, Lewes Harriot, Dan Westwood and members of The Outcrowd. (I’ll be bringing a big wooden ‘O’.) The exhibition will be showing initially in the Created In Birmingham store, opening May 6th; all prints will be available to buy from both the store or through the Facebook group where they’ll be shown for the first time to coincide with the opening night.
—Lee Basford, 20 April 2010
To Haiti With Love is a worthwhile cause with a slight difference: when you donate, you actually get a piece of artwork as a digital file. You can send this on to a friend or simply use the image as your own desktop wallpaper. Each piece of work will be sold as a digital postcard for £1 to raise money to help the situation in Haiti.
There are artists from around the world donating work, with more getting involved daily as this project snowballs. So far, the list includes David Shrigley, Genevieve Gauckler, Bob Kronbauer, Rob Ryan, Simon Peplow, Alex Trochut and Anthony Burrill with photographers Ye Rin Mok, Cass Bird and Valerie Phillips recently signing up.
—Lee Basford, 06 February 2010
VBS TV continues its output of quality programming with a look at the dark realities of Blackpool. The partially-subtitled 30 minute documentary on England’s “Las Vegas of the North” focusses on how the city is faring in the modern world. Sad and funny in equal measures.
—Lee Basford, 02 December 2009
We mentioned the amazing low-fi Digital Harinezumi camera a little while ago. Superheadz have just released its successor—the Digital Harinezumi 2—with higher resolution images and the ability to record in black and white and with sound. To mark the simultaneous release around the world they have an exhibition at Logos gallery in Parco in Shibuya to explain the history of the camera and its evolution from 110 film camera to its current format.
The all star exhibitors include Charlotte Gainsbourgh, Miranda July, Spike Jonze, Nick Waplington, Harmony Korine, Michael Stipe, Bruce LaBruce and Jens Leckman.
—Lee Basford, 17 November 2009
Gizmon, a Japanese camera company that makes add-on lenses for various compact cameras, have just released two new external lenses for the iPhone. There’s a fisheye and a wide/macro lens which both use a magnetic attachment to connect on top of the built-in iphone lens. Prices start at £23 for the wide/macro and £45 for the fisheye.
—Lee Basford, 06 November 2009