Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2013

The first Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong just finished in the last weekend. The 3-day event hosted a wealth of contemporary art from all over the world at a relatively affordable price (HKD1,000-100,000). Founded by Will Ramsay in London in 1999, he aims at bringing contemporary art to the mass. “Fundamentally, we believe art should be…

Internet Nostalgia

As we previously reported, MoMA is planning to put video games in its permanent collection. Another exhibition on digital history is recently created by ad agency TBWA\NEBOKO. The Big Internet Museum is a online museum which let you know about the history of internet from ARPAnet to ICQ and Instagram. Popular games and memes are also included…

3D Printing Photobooth in Japan

3D printing is destined to be the future, but how can it be brought to mainstream? Japan-based creative company Party created a pop-up store named Omote 3D Shashin Kan in Harajuku area of Tokyo. Using 3D scanning and 3D printing technology, you can create a mini-figure of yourself in this new type of photobooth. A…

Going Slow: Low-Tech Factory by ECAL students

ECAL (École Cantonale d’Art de Lausanne) students presented a series of low tech installation in the low-tech factory exhibition during designers’ saturday in Langenthal. The low-tech solutions to manufacturing is an antithesis to the technological world we are experiencing. Oncle Sam machine focuses on the transformation from corn to popcorn and celebrates each one in…

Zen-tuary: silent retreat in exhausting world

It’s a world without rest. In this hyper-connected digital society, there is little chance for a real pause to reflect. Yet we need the space and time of silence. In a recent report, after-work silence is spreading among working Chinese. According to a survey by China Youth Daily, 83.1% of the 2,750 respondents said that they keep silent after work to various degrees. Exhausting work and ever-demanding social network keep us too busy. That’s…

All About Body: Inside Out

As part of the body series (see part 1 body architect Lucy McRae post here), we move underneath the skin and get anatomical. Inside Out exhibition at Natural History Museum in London just finished last week, it featured nearly 100 plastinate and capillary specimens, from goats to giraffes and octopuses to ostriches. Strip off the skin, you…

To Last, or Not

Damien Hirst’s retrospective at Tate Modern has been up and running for a month and I finally got a chance to pay a visit yesterday. Despite it’s a Saturday evening with room full of visitors, there’s a pervading smell of death. Hirst is obsessed with this topic. A series of animal preserved in formaldehyde shows…

The woman hiding behind polka dots – Yayoi Kusama at Tate Modern

An exhibition not to be missed. Tate Modern is running a retrospective for Yayoi Kusama till 5 June. This conceptual artist is one of the leading figures in New York avant-garde movement during 60s and 70s and probably the most well-known Japanese artist alive. She loves repetition to extreme; it’s almost like obsessive compulsive. In…

Send to Print/ Print to Send

I believe we are approaching the tipping point of 3D printing. Additive manufacturing (another term for 3D printing) has been in the manufacturing industry for almost 30 years. It is used mainly for creating prototype for industrial use. The high cost and inefficiency have been the barriers limiting the application in producing finished products until…

A New Space Around Body

Korean Cultural Centre in London is currently holding a exhibition called A New Space Around Body, showcasing designs from new Korean fashion designers. All of these designers are recent graduate from Central Saint Martin’s, London College of Fashion or Royal Academy of Fine Art in Antwerp. Currently Doo-ri Chung seems to be the biggest Korean name…