Tuesday 8 December 2009

Inspired Video's from Inspired brands

Great video from Inspired bikes, starring Inspired team rider Danny MacAskill and his bike. Crazy tricks and an amazing soundtrack ( Band of Horses) make this video so extremely pleasant to watch. Apparantly I'm not the only one to thinks so, as the video stars in the top ten of 2009 most succesful viral video's on Mashable.

Anyway, this one  hardly makes you think you're watching a commercial and as for (niche) brands with some street credibility, I think this is the way to go. Purely emotional brand experiences. Great stuff.

Tuesday 17 November 2009

Painting Video

Video painting. The multimedia duo SWEATSHOPPE (Bruno Levy and Blake Shaw) has some clever ideas...Combining LED technology with camera projection and movement tracking software (also outputting the X-Y coordinates for the projector), they are basically able to paint video on the wall.

In this video, 'the landing', they showcase their work.

(via Dsgnworld)

Saturday 14 November 2009

A Tribute to Kabouter Wesley

De vuil gebekte Kabouter Wesley kan toch steeds weer aan het lachen brengen met zijn absurde logica, grof gedrag en een steevast onvoorzienbaar einde...

Director: Jonas Geirnaert
Supervision/animation: Volstok Telefunken
Animation: Michélé De Feudis

Wednesday 11 November 2009

Travel Impressions of Paris

-nihilism dans le 4ième.-


la seine.

-"Il sont fous ces romains"-

-art installation at Paris Nord. representing some ascension or something, going up, blowing smoke and playing Gregorian choir music...

Saturday 31 October 2009

The Bubble

A controversial book and a nice advertisement. The bubble is a collection of Berlusconi's most funny, shocking or least intelligent statements and the ad says just that. The ad made me laugh, though the title of the book  is a slightly more gloomy...

(via Ads of the world)

Monday 26 October 2009

Massive Attack - Live at Vorst Nationaal with Martina Topley Bird

Een fijn concert gisteravond van een Massive Attack dat duidelijk in vorm is. Samen met zangeres Martina Topley Bird én met backup van een uit de kluiten gewassen videoscherm, zetten ze een stevige show neer in Vorst, die al mijn verwachtingen inlosste. 

Robert Del Naja en Grant Marshall (+ supporting act) lieten hun legendarische melancholie niet achterwege, noch de trippy beats, en wist bij tijden ook stevig te rocken, wat het uitverkochte Vorst absoluut wist te appreciëren. Een mix van hun meest gekende klassiekers en nieuwe nummers, hard en zacht, geëngageerd en soms gitzwart. De klassieker 'Teardrop' met Martina Topley Bird in de glansrijke hoofdrol (en in het oogspringende outfit) was alvast een onvolprezen voltreffer, wat mij betreft althans. Een glimps ervan staat op band.

Dat er een duidelijke socio-politieke boodschap schuilt achter de pakkende onliners en flarden tekst op het grote scherm valt moeilijk te ontkennen, maar 'te zwaar op de hand liggend' zou ik ze nauwelijks durven noemen. Ik ben ieder ieder geval naar buiten gegaan als geëntertaind muziekliefhebber, niet als een depri anti-kapitalist. Bovendien was het ook allemaal netjes vertaald naar het nederlands/frans, waarvoor dank.

Nu uitkijken naar dat nieuwe album.

Sunday 25 October 2009

Love is not on TV

In this (old) interview on Brazilian Television, Hunter Campbell Patchy Adams, the American physician, social activist, citizen diplomat, professional clown, performer, and author who lies at the base of the Hollywood movie "Patchy Adams" starring Robin Williams, explains how Hollywood misinterpret his story to make a mediocre comedy. Clear answers, some wise words and a great example of intellectual movie criticism. Watch the interview

Tuesday 20 October 2009

Neurosonics Audiomedical Labs Inc.

Watch the video. Visit http://www.neurosonicsaudiomedical.com/ for more information. Well, not so much info there anyway, just a very nice production.

Sunday 18 October 2009

Heavenly Lanterns

Artist Gu Wenda is exposing his Heavenly Lanterns - art work these days in Brussels, on the Mont Des Arts. It's part of the europalia art festival on China. Eevery 2 years the Europalia festival celebrates the cultural heritage of a specific country and this year, obviously it's China.

More than 5000 lampons cover the Bâtiment Dynastie. Defintely adds some color the city!

Tuesday 29 September 2009

Did You Know 4.0

Amazing visualisation of shifts in interaction patterns, social media habits, approach to advertising, mobile usage and more. (thanks to @geertdelaet's Wassup Session).

Monday 28 September 2009

Car free, Care Free

I'm a bit late with this post, cos the 'car-free-sunday' in Brussels was already more than a week ago, but as the summary is based rather on what I saw than on the actual fact of having a virtually car free city center that day, i judge it less important (to my own convenience, you understand).

Anyway, as I have no bike (in Brussels) I was forced to jump on my skateboard as only means of travelling. Lukily I did have a cycling companion to take care of the uphill parts. A logic pleace to roll down to was the skatepark at La Chapelle (Kapellkerk), where Brussels FM had installed their truck to pump some beats. Ragga at my time of arrival ,I remember. Nice.

After a beer and hanging around around we continued our way to Bar Recyclart, where some customizing was going on for bikes and skateboards. Also some fine skateboarding as a matter of fact. I took the opportunity the check the inside of the heavily painted station again and took some pics to document.

It was a nice day and a nice initiative to ban all cars out of the city for a day. Therefore I must disagree with the nerdy chit chat about Brussels being even more dangerous when the cars are banned... Car free is care free :)

Friday 18 September 2009

Thursday 10 September 2009

Escama Studio - Recycled Fashion

I'm not a handbag man, nor a fashionasta, don't get me wrong, but I think this is cool. Handbags made from pull-tabs or pop-tops as they call it. A cooperative of women in Brazil is producing this great stuff, real recycled fashion. They also have an amazing website where you can see which person actually created your bag, as her name is on the hang tag inside the bag. The cooperative provides a basic income to people in the community through the production of these handicrafts. In a setting where they can make friends and regain self-esteem. Nice!

Monday 24 August 2009

A Day at Pukkelpop (with 50 Cent)

Een dagje Pukkelpop, in een lekker blakend zonnetje, het moet gezegd het was de moeite. Met alleen 50 Cent aangevinkt op m'n lijstje voor de mainstage,werden mijn verwachtingen al vroeg op de avond ingelost. Best wel entertainend. Daar getuige ook de video's van. In de boiler room blijven me dan weer vooral Ellen Alien en Tocadisco bij, hoewel ik me ook nog wat herinner van een steengoede set door Ed&Kim...Het feest was verzekerd!

Een moment opname tijdens het 50 cent optreden. Wie niet groot is, moet slim zijn:

Anderen hebben het dan weer van wat beter dichter bij in beeld gebracht:

Tuesday 18 August 2009

T Rex in the street

Passing by the Chaussée de Wavre pretty regularly, always enjoy this one at the Museum of Nature Sciences. Dinosaur street art.

Wednesday 5 August 2009

Tamil teacher driving over hands

Good one. A Tamil teacher driving over the outstretched hands of his pupils. Apparantly this is just one of many practices schools in Tamil Nadu use to show off the strength and skills of the kids they educate.

The argument is that the pupils in fact derive their skills from karate practice and are therefore not hurt by the bike driving over their fingers. (Seen the long tradition of yoga and other meditation techniques it wouldn't surprise me if the training includes breathing excercices).

Parents would (paradoxically?) be releaved to see their children going through such a challenge and coming out unhurt. It is told to give them more strenght and confidence. Yet schools are now told to ban all of theirs stunts to avoid accidents.

Still the picture might look quite shocking through western eyes...

picture from Café Foto [DS]

Thursday 30 July 2009

Cellcom commercial goes wrong

McCann Erickson made a not so subtle commercial for Cellcom, a telecomoperator in Isreal. It depicts Israeli soldiers and Palestinians alike, playing a fun game of soccer over the (internationally condemned) 'anti-terror' wall. To show the world what really happens when a football is shot over the wall, the Palestians made their own version.Great viral marketing?

If you are looking for a telecom operator that actually does something for the Palestinians click here. (in NL.)

Thursday 23 July 2009

The Apple App Wall

Apple displaying their iphone apps in a very cool way. The wall displays all apps available in the Apple store. Everytime an application is purchased, the icon pulsates. Tech crunch caught it on camera for us.

Monday 20 July 2009

Grey Goose Bar Brussels

Yesterday a foreign friend of ours arrived in Brussels asking, to go to the Grey Goose bar in Brussels. For those who don't know, Grey Goose is a vodka brand.

Apparantly the news about the great design of this particular bar had reached even the distant shores of Brazil. Eager to check this out I started looking for it on the net, with a rather mixed result.
Yes the bar exists, but it's not accesible to the public. It's the headquarters bar/meeting room of Grey Goose in Brussels.

Meeting room? Yes indeed this is where they receive guests in the company. Nice one. Must deliver a great brand experience. On top of that the design has started to life a life on itself, getting exposure on several blogs and design sites.

Good work and good taste.(by Pursang Antwerp)

photographs by Frank Gielen

Monday 13 July 2009

Billboard Mania

Browsing through pictures of last year, I came across a little movie I shot from a billboard in Chennai. We were safely behind the glass of Sid's AC-ed car and therefore the music of the car kind off synchronises with the billboard...I like it (as much as the associated memories ).

It was a campaign from Vodafone and one of the few billboards that actually caught my eye. The other pic is to give an idea of what all the other billboards looked like...

chetpet bridge

ans some more from Flickr to illustrate:

We hate Jaundice We love... Indian copywriters?

Monday 15 June 2009

Street Art from around the corner

As I'm moving out in a couple of days, I thought it useful to take some pic's from the (street) art that I see daily on my way out. They became familiar to me and I guess they are worth sharing with you. Goodbye Anneessens.

Saturday 13 June 2009

Banksy vs Bristol Museum

‘This is the first show I’ve ever done where taxpayers’ money is being used to hang my pictures up rather than scrape them off.’

Great teaser video to go and see Banksy's works in the Bristol Museum.
Found on http://www.woostercollective.com/.

Tuesday 9 June 2009

Abrazos Rotos

Great movie. Great photography. Very recommandable. Maybe these clips can convince you.
Abrazas Rotos from Pedro Almodóvar.