Saturday, 27 December 2014

'2001' DISCUSSION AT THE BRITISH FILM INSTITUTE, WITH KEIR DULLEA & GARY LOCKWOOD


For the full BBC recording of the BFI panel discussion, which also features Brian Cox and Christopher Frayling, go here ( available on BBC iPLAYER until Friday 2nd January 2015 ).

Come back soon - a new '2001'-related feature coming in 2015!

Friday, 21 November 2014

NEW VIDEOS - COOLY G // BRODINSKI // FKA TWIGS

Some new articles coming soon, but until then, check out these beautiful vids...


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Monday, 10 November 2014

WHAT IF...'CAPTAIN AMERICA WINTER SOLDIER' WAS JUST ANOTHER BAD VHS MOVIE?

Lord knows Cap has had his fair share of godawful movie try-outs ( the 80s TV movie with the plastic shield, and the 90s one with Frank Langella as the Red Skull ), but now that they can do Cap right...here's what might have happened if the superb Winter Soldier movie had the misfortune of becoming yet another VHS remainder in the bargain bin of film history...enjoy this awesome fan trailer. See if you can spot the other movies they used when cobbling this together. Great effort, guys!



Music:
00:11 Vengeance - Power Glove
00:21 Rage Main Theme - Perturbator
00:35 Escape From New York Soundtrack
00:42 Maniac Soundrack
00:47 Night Stalker - Daniel Deluxe
01:20 Pino Donaggio - Theme From Blow Out
01:40 Maniac Soundtrack
01:50 Maniac - Mega Drive
02:07 Machete Trailer Music Exerpt
02:11 T-800 - Rain Sword
03:07 Vision (End Credits) - Protector 101
03:25 Mega Drive - Digital Ghost


FUTURE ROCKER WILL BE BACK IN LATE NOVEMBER!


Monday, 4 August 2014

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - REVIEW

MARVEL'S LATEST CONFECTION IS A MIXED BAG


Art: Copyright Marvel Studios


After much anticipation, thanks to the customary year-long publicity drip-feed ( and inventive use of continuity crossovers ) Marvel’s newest addition to their so-called ‘Cinematic Universe’ has arrived. Since Iron Man unexpectedly stole the thunder from household names such as Spiderman and DC Comics' Superman, Marvel were quick to realise that there is gold in their comic-book hinterlands, and now serve us the first instalment in what is Phase 3 of their comic-book film universe ( Phase 2 spanning Iron Man 3 to next years' Avengers: Age of Ultron ).

Once the cinematic Avengers and its spin-offs got established, many were caught off-guard by the choice for Marvel’s second super-team launch ( the Fantastic Four and X-Men still being handled – rather shakily - by other studios ). Guardians was originally a 'C'-list comic property, memorable for its whacky characters that, being set in the far future, wouldn’t trouble the continuity of the regular Marvel universe too much. This reviewer seems to dimly recall characters such as Starhawk ( who for some inexplicable reason, could switch from being a man to a woman ), and Nikki, a chick whose head was permanently on fire. Certainly, the abiding memory is that at the time, Marvel creatives were kicking back, and having a bit of fun. They were probably heavily stoned, too.

So, ten Marvel films in, does Guardians of the Galaxy bring anything new to the table?

The film is marked by its breezy use of sweetshop colours ( a fizzy purple and lime-green palette with just about every other part of the spectrum cranked up for good measure ), lending its alien characters, hardware, and most impressively, spaceships the look of a Roger Dean and Chris Foss fantasy art mash-up ( are these guys even on the payroll? – because they should be ).*

On the rare occasions you get to see an Earth-type planet, it's an architectural visualizer’s dream – all newly-built promenades and walkways drenched in sunshine that renders the whole thing a painterly vision of California Futuroid. So the film could get a pass on its visuals alone.

Admirably, Guardians gives us the fastest origin story in movie history, and after establishing that Peter Quill - AKA StarLord – is a hero with the obligatory parental-separation issues, we can get on with story at hand. Namely that he’s gone from 1980’s suburban earth-kid to intergalactic pirate within thirty seconds. Getting picked up by space police while on a scavenger hunt, he ends up in a criminal line-up, where he meets the rest of the ‘Dirty-Dozen-In-Space’ – forms the Guardians, and mayhem ensues.

Unfortunately, the brevity of the build-up does leave the audience grasping for a central thread by which to anchor the spectacle. Seeing the film with local writer and aficionado James Burr, we both exited the film thinking that there was something missing, but we couldn’t quite put our finger on it. ‘Maybe because it didn’t feel like there was a three-act structure..?’ my colleague pondered. It certainly felt more like a ‘middle-movie’, and perhaps that’s why the Empire Strikes Back similarities have been mooted on the internet. Unlike the landmark Star Wars sequel however, Guardians lacks any real emotional depth, therefore there is little corresponding investment in the characters’ story arcs. My friend also mentioned that the 3D – which he was seeing in a cinema for the first time – though impressive, was distracting, occasionally making him look at places away from the actual story-telling. Upshot: Stick with 2D.

Either way, we did feel a sense of anti-climax, as the publicity campaign had led us to expect a sharp Douglas Adams-style intergalactic romp. A bunch of characters pointlessly bickering between set-pieces, is not exactly Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. Hell, it’s not even Tony Stark and Pepper Potts.

There are, I suppose, many movie-goers who would appreciate being jacked straight into the story, with no messing about. And it would seem that the casting department contributed to this notion – they didn’t exactly stretch themselves, put it that way. Chris Pratt as a semi-loveable layabout? Check. Zoe Saldana as a feisty arse-kicking person-of-colour? Check. Michael Rooker as a shouty ( blue ) redneck? Check. ( Bradley Cooper as an annoying squirrel?...you get the picture. ) So it’s difficult to wrap your mind around what it is that director, former Troma schlock-trooper James Gunn, actually had to direct. ( ‘Don’t stand there, or you’ll get blown up...no, don’t stand there, either’ ).

Ironically, several elements do succeed where you don’t expect them to. Many of the humans still manage to bring out a performance despite being buried under layers of makeup and prosthetics, notably Dave Bautista as the amusingly literal Drax, while Groot the Tree Guy is a brilliant piece of animated pathos.


The marketing department certainly did their job, as the film is on track to score the biggest August opening in history. However, as far as the summer of 2014 goes, it’s not as good a superhero movie as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, nor does it pack the pathos or punch of Godzilla’s beautiful reboot. Ultimately, Guardians is a cheerful palate-cleansing confection to round off the summer, and the kids will love it. Those not used to a diet of Skittles and Cherry-ade, however, may feel like a detox is in order.

*14th January 2015: It looks like Future-Rocker's content droids should make more effort to crawl the end credits of movies. Apparently Chris Foss's art played an important part in getting the film green-lit, and Chris was also brought on board to contribute designs, as James Gunn explains at COMICBOOKMOVIE.COM . Apologies to all for the incorrect information!


KEEP SCROLLING FOR THE BEST ART & MUSIC FROM 2014


Purple Girl by Axel Ki

Monday, 21 July 2014

SUMMER TUNES feat. BURIAL, BROKEN BELLS, SIINAI, FHLOSTON PARADIGM, LONE, PORTER ROBINSON

All you need for a futurist summer soundtrack!

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'DEALER' - a short movie featuring BURIAL's new track RIVAL DEALER

Dir: BEN DAWKINS

( music starts at 00:55 )




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FHLOSTON PARADIGM - THE PHOENIX - 10-minute album mix ( Visuals: Mike Todd )





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...OR IF YOU'D LIKE TO ROCK-OUT TO BRAND-NEW BLUE STAHLI, ORGY PLUS EISBRECHER, GO HERE

...and for May's Summer Tunes, featuring the ultra-hard sounds of Die Antwoord, Skrillex, and Rachel Aspe
go HERE


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Compiled by Alexi K Artist, with additional contributions from Andy @LeftForDeadshop

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

DOUGLAS COUPLAND EXHIBITION, VANCOUVER ART GALLERY MAY 31 - SEPT 1, 2014

A friend of Future-Rocker's drew our attention to this exhibition. I've even read books by Douglas Coupland, yet had absolutely no idea that he was also an artist. Paintings, Lego, QR codes, graphics...this show is everything I want to see in an art exhibition. Totally beautiful - check out this clip!

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

32 TODAY! See BLADERUNNER in six minutes, here!

Ridley Scott's landmark - and career-defining - film, was not a hit when it was originally released in 1982. Too slow and ponderous for the action blockbuster crowd, it suffered from bad word-of-mouth arising from film-goers who had been led to expect a gung-ho action movie in the wake of Star Wars, and Scott's previous hit, Alien. It wasn't until late-night re-runs on TV, that it slowly began to gather momentum and attract a fanbase. 

Things came to a head in 1990, when a 'workprint' of the film ( the original cut without the expository Raymond Chandler-style voiceover ) was accidentally released for a one-off cinema screening. The resultant positive response prompted the studio to re-release the 'director's cut', first on the arthouse cinema circuit, and then later on home video.

With its visually-arresting cinematography and art direction, and with a score by electronic music genius Vangelis, the film now rightly appears in all-time 'best movie' lists.

Below is a beautiful edit of some of the film's key scenes, cut to a soundtrack of New Order's Blue Monday, assembled from cover versions by Orgy, Zook, Cliff Martinez and Chemical Brothers. 

If you haven't seen the movie, this will very much whet your appetite, and if you have seen it, what better way to have a quick refresher of Scott's singular vision of the future?


Audio: LEE DM101
Visuals: THE REBORN IDENTITY

Play loud, and with headphones.

Note: Contains spoilers.


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Archive: BBC Radio 4, Summer 2014

The Two Georges ( biographical comedy drama based on Philip K Dick's life )

BBC Radio 4 'Dangerous Visions' Homepage

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

FUTURE-ROCKER'S BRAZIL SPECIAL STARTS HERE!


'CAVEIRÃO' BY BRAZILIAN FILMMAKER GUILHERME MARCONDES


HAAS & HAHN: FAVELA PAINTERS IN BRAZIL

For links to donate, see the end of this article.



Eight years ago, Dutch artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn began a project that has since expanded into a global art initiative to bring colour to some of the world's bleakest urban vistas. Beginning with a mural called 'Boy with a Kite' in the favela of Santa Marta, Rio de Janeiro, the project expanded into painting the thirty or so houses that surrounded a public square in the same neighbourhood.


Recruiting and training locals to help bring the plans to reality, the idea is now regarded as a way to open up a dialogue between the disenfranchised citizens, and the architects, urban planners and elected officials who dictate how people live. 



Thus, the two Dutchmen have created a blueprint that gives local people the power to affect their environment and stamp some character into the increasingly faceless urban sprawls of the twenty-first century. And in the favelas of Rio, they have inadvertently turned what was once regarded as a no-go area, into a big tourist draw.




In the intervening years, many projects have been completed, but in 2014, Haas and Hahn will return to Rio with an even bigger project, having successfully raised $250,000 to finance the latest phase of their unique urban regeneration.

Details with how you can help are at the bottom of this page. In the meantime, take a look at these pictures, exclusive to FUTURE-ROCKER.





















FOR LARGE DONATIONS AND OTHER QUERIES EMAIL:



BUY PRINTS

GOOGLE MAP OF MURAL LOCATIONS

Many thanks to Willa for the exclusive photos!

PEARLS NEGRAS - PENSANDO EM VOCÊ

OLIVIA PEAKE: FUTURGARDE

Olivia is a UK artist, and here she talks to FUTURE-ROCKER about her unique brand of Neo-Futurism.

I first started to get back into painting, having investigated different mediums in drawing, photo-editing, collage and textiles. I had gained a great interest in technology, having worked my ideas through photoshop and had a love for high intensive colours, manipulating hues, saturations and contrasts. 

I wanted to investigate how I could make my paintings interact with the ideas of new technology, and the modern lifestyle we see today. This is where the urban architectural structures and utopian virtual spaces began, and I started to produce my large-scale abstract paintings with fluorescent vibrant paint.



Olivia Peake: Futurgarde ( Painting One ), 2013




I am influenced by Greenberg, Fried and Douglas FogleThe Trouble with Painting, and the manipulation of painting to reform the canvas into a new hybrid form. Melting the edges of the restrictive canvas into three-dimensional form, light and installation and intervening within the architecture of the gallery space, to depict a metaphor for the collapse and re-development of painting itself.



Olivia Peake: Futurgarde ( Painting Two ), 2013





Further influences of mine were from movements within futurism and modernist abstraction: Utopian spaces that present a state of re-development and movement, reminiscent of the work of Julie Mehretu, Ian Monroe and Constant Nieuwenhuis' New Babylon. As intricate and complex as my paintings are, my work also follows minimalistic structures, taking inspiration for the work of Mondrian in the use of geometric forms and technological pixilation, and creating stark building structures with contrasting subtle reflections.


Olivia Peake: Futurgarde Installation, 2013





I develop my paintings by constantly editing, erasing, re-doing, and working through levels of improvisation and intuitive responses, combined with precision and decisiveness of perspective and forms. In a way my work is in a constant battle with itself, being manipulated from a wall based canvas to a sculpture, then to an installation. Conflicting responses between the virtual vs. actual, abstract vs. representational, from the plastic aesthetics of Perspex to the glossy reflective surfaces of paint.



Olivia Peake: Urban Dynamics, 2012





My work is always shifting and developing and has began to take influences in ideas of alter-modernism and the interventionist work of Katharina Grosse, and I am excited to know where it will lead next.

Olivia is currently living and working in Derby, UK, and further developing her paintings at a smaller scale and continuing to involve the use of installation and sculpture.



With thanks to Charlie Levine and Artfetch

ALEXI K: KONSTRUCTIVISM - A NEW LEVEL

I am an artist based in Birmingham UK, inspired by Futurism, Cubism and Constructivism, as well as Bauhaus, and the Dutch Avant-Garde. I'm a founding member of The Cobalt Blue art collective, where we make a point of seeking out great artists to join us on projects. We are not dictated to in any way, either by institutions, or the strictures of funding programs.

About the current series of paintings: I've been working on some canvases recently, that ideally need to be 'read' in sharp lighting, because of the level of accumulated detail ( in the relief patterns on the surface ). These allow you to see the 'history' of the piece - a bit like viewing a tract of land from an aeroplane.

Ultimately, you're seeing structures within structures, paintings inside paintings.


These close-ups work as finished pieces in themselves, and have inspired the next phase of my art.



Alexi K: HYPERION - Acrylic on canvas, 2012








Alexi K: QUARTERLY PROJECTION - Acrylic on canvas, 2014










Alexi K: SUPERHIGHWAY - Acrylic on canvas, 2014









Below: The finished version? Maybe.


All artwork, copyright Alexi K, 2012 & 2014





SCROLL DOWN FOR THE PREVIOUS EDITIONS!


Above: Geneva, by Alexi K, 2012

SCROLL DOWN OR CLICK ON 'OLDER POSTS' FOR VIDEOS AND ARTICLES ABOUT:
DIE ANTWOORD, SKRILLEX, HR GIGER, 1969: A SPACE ODYSSEY, JUNKSISTA

AND MORE!

Saturday, 31 May 2014

STEPHANY FOLSOM'S BLACKLIST-ED LIVE PERFORMANCE OF '1969: A SPACE ODYSSEY...'



Above: The event's beautiful poster art by Fernando Reza of Fro Design Co.

The Black List is an annual film-industry-nominated selection of the 'best unpublished screenplays' currently doing the rounds of Hollywood. 


Stephany Folsom's 1969: A Space Odyssey, Or How Kubrick Learned to Stop Worrying and Land on the Moon is due to get its first public airing in the form of a live script reading at The Los Angeles Theater on June 14th.

The idea is a clever one: NASA's Apollo Space Program is faltering - how can they get mercurial film-maker Stanley Kubrick to film a fake moon landing, in order to 'win' the Cold War space race? 

The script has generated a lot of buzz, and with previous 'fake movie' hit ARGO also being a past Black List nominee, the feeling is that with enough momentum, '1969' will eventually make it to the screen, too.

COMING SOON ( FALL 2014 ): AN INTERVIEW WITH STEPHANY FOLSOM

MICHAEL HEILEMANN'S 'ANNOTATED STAR WARS'

Michael Heilemann - interface director at Squarespace and self-confessed Star Wars nerd, has assembled a version of the film intercut with information and footage from the actual inspirations behind George Lucas' ground-breaking classic.

This includes samurai movies, westerns, bandes dessinées, Buster Crabbe serials...the list goes on.

It accompanies a project called 'Kitbashed', which is an ongoing and even more comprehensive e-book guide to 'The Ancestry of Star Wars'.



Presumably, with a new JJ Abram's-directed Star Wars episode on the way, the original film will be released yet again. Future-Rocker thinks Heilemann's exhaustive e-book and re-cut could be fantastic extras in a future DVD collectors' package. However, he may need a good legal team to get clearance from all the respective owners..!

[Additional: Scroll down for last week's message from the director of the new Star Wars movie, JJ Abrams.]

Thursday, 29 May 2014

SUMMER TUNES feat. DIE ANTWOORD, SKRILLEX and NEW DEATH METAL STAR RACHEL ASPE!

DIE ANTWOORD - PITBULL TERRIER

Cape Town seems to be the place to be at the moment for dusty, decayed Urban Sci-Fi environments ( as seen in the movies District 9 and Dredd ). Here's the latest video from South Africa's rap-rave duo Die Antwoord ( Afrikaans for 'The Answer' ). Stunning, creepy, and definitely not for the nervous. Contains disturbing imagery and profanity.





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SKRILLEX - RAGGA BOMB


The new video from dubstep wunderkind SKRILLEX has a grimy post-apocalyptic look, and if it has a familiar District 9 look to it, it may be because it was shot in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa. 

Enjoy the brain-melting electronic rocknroll, and make sure you stick around for the fabulous lightsabre duel.






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A HEAVY METAL STAR IS BORN - ON SIMON COWELL'S FRANCE HAS GOT TALENT!

''She sounds like the girl from The Exorcist!''

Future Rocker found this incredible clip entirely by accident, while browsing ground-breaking female metal singers like Dawn Crosby and Sabina Classen on YouTube. Lifted from the Simon Cowell franchise La France a un Incroyable Talent, and with four million page views and counting, after this performance we think Rachel Aspe's debut album could be the biggest-selling extreme metal record since Slipknot first appeared...

'Hello madame, where are you from?'

- 'Grasse.'

'And what is your talent?'

- 'I sing.'

 


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UPDATE - VIDEO AND PRESS RELEASE!


Just over a year ago, Rachel joined the established French groove metal band ETHS, and in March of this year, they released a new EP, full details below.



New EP EX UMBRA IN SOLEM

Having finally completed an extensive tour in support of our latest album III , we recently recorded an EP with our new vocalist Rachel Aspe. The new release is entitled Ex Umbra In Solem and will come out on March 14th.  

The title-track of Ex Umbra In Solem is a brand new song recorded, produced and mixed by our guitarist Staif Bihl himself. It is backed by three classic tracks of the band, recorded live on last October 24th at the Divan du Monde in Paris, mixed by Nikhertz at Studio Phantom. 

Last but not least, the EP includes three songs from the III album, re-recorded with Rachel’s vocals. 

1. Ex Umbra In Solem 
2. Samantha (live) 
3. Bulimiarexia (live) 
4. Crucifère (live) 
5. Voragine (Rachel on vocals) 
6. Harmaguedon (Rachel on vocals) 
7. Proserpina (Rachel on vocals).

Once again, the artwork was created by photographer / designer Nicolas Senegas, who already worked on the art of III and has no equal when it comes to adapt ETHS musical universe into graphic art.   

Ex Umbra In Solem will be strictly limited to 1000 numbered copies on Digipak CD and is available for pre-order on Season of Mist e-shop ( - we checked and they're already out of stock, although still appears to be available on Amazon UK ). Of course, it will also be released digitally.
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...and finally, for the completists, here is the full demo of the song featured on Rachel Aspe's Talent show appearance ( it's actually a cover version of Swiss Industrial Metal band SYBREED's song 'Emma O' )...







NEW! DEATHCRUSH'S 'YOU NOW'

Named after a seminal album from the Scandinavian Black Metal scene, Norway's Deathcrush recently played Birmingham supporting White Denim, and reportedly tore the roof off the venue.


Tuesday, 13 May 2014

HR GIGER, 'ALIEN' CREATOR, PASSES AWAY

A huge influence on artists, designers, futurists, and followers of 'the fantastic', he will be greatly missed.

HR GIGER, 1940 - 2014

For an update on the new GIGER documentary directed by Belinda Sallin, click here. 

Until then, here are some Giger-related clips you may be interested in...


MAKING OF 'ALIEN' DOCUMENTARY ( EXCELLENT QUALITY )

In-depth documentary featuring all the writers and creatives who worked on the sci-fi classic.





UPCOMING JODOROWSKY'S DUNE DOCUMENTARY ( TRAILER )





HR GIGER BAR, 10TH ANNIVERSARY





1970'S DOCUMENTARY, FROM VHS: GIGER'S NECRONOMICON AND THE MAKING OF 'ALIEN'






Thursday, 1 May 2014

RACHEL ASPE: A HEAVY METAL STAR IS BORN

Future Rocker found this incredible clip entirely by accident, while browsing ground-breaking female metal singers like Dawn Crosby and Sabina Classen on YouTube. Lifted from the Simon Cowell franchisee La France a un Incroyable Talent, and with four million page views and counting, after this performance we think Rachel Aspe's debut album could be the biggest-selling extreme metal record since Slipknot first appeared...


'Hello madame, where are you from?'

- 'Grasse.'

'And what is your talent?'

- 'I sing.'


'It's the girl from The Exorcist!'


BREAKING NEWS - VIDEO AND PRESS RELEASE!


Eths with Rachel have just released a new EP, EX UMBRA IN SOLEM...

check out the new live video HARMAGUEDON below...


New EP EX UMBRA IN SOLEM

Having finally completed an extensive tour in support of our latest album III , we recently recorded an EP with our new vocalist Rachel Aspe. The new release is entitled Ex Umbra In Solem and will come out on March 14th.  

The title-track of Ex Umbra In Solem is a brand new song recorded, produced and mixed by our guitarist Staif Bihl himself. It is backed by three classic tracks of the band, recorded live on last October 24th at the Divan du Monde in Paris, mixed by Nikhertz at Studio Phantom. 

Last but not least, the EP includes three songs from the III album, re-recorded with Rachel’s vocals. 

1. Ex Umbra In Solem 
2. Samantha (live) 
3. Bulimiarexia (live) 
4. Crucifère (live) 
5. Voragine (Rachel on vocals) 
6. Harmaguedon (Rachel on vocals) 
7. Proserpina (Rachel on vocals).

Once again, the artwork was created by photographer / designer Nicolas Senegas, who already worked on the art of III and has no equal when it comes to adapt ETHS musical universe into graphic art.   

Ex Umbra In Solem will be strictly limited to 1000 numbered copies on Digipak CD and is available for pre-order on Season of Mist e-shop ( - we checked and they're already out of stock, although still appears to be available on Amazon UK ). Of course, it will also be released digitally.


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...and finally, for the completists, here is the full demo of the song featured on Rachel Aspe's Talent show appearance...


Wednesday, 30 April 2014

THE RING CYCLE: THE SOUND OF A TREE ( with axe accompaniment )

Bartholomäus Traubeck is a sound artist who specialises in creating music from unexpected sources. 

In 'Years' ( 2011 ) he has used the eye camera from a Playstation to read the data from the rings of an Ash tree. This data is then translated into a musical score by a program called Ableton Live. To us humans, music is an important form of mass communication. Do trees have the equivalent? Our anthropomorphic minds want there to be. The result is eerie and beautiful.


Below: Modified record player, wood, sleeves, 2011





In the punningly-titled 'Two Axes in a Forest' ( 2014 ), the artist loops the sound of guitars humming through one another. Where the imperfections in the manufacturing process prevent it being a perfectly resonant drone, a musical 'tune' is spontaneously created by the objects.

Below: Installation, Guitars, Amplifier, Transducers, 2014

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

WOLVERHAMPTON'S X-RATED RAIL RE-BRAND.

Quality Assurance: This is no April Fool, there is no Photoshop used in this article!




Even for frequent users of the various neglected rail stations across the UK, arriving in Wolverhampton can be a shock. Though the town itself boasts many examples of great architecture in a variety of styles - from the Classical, Romantic and Gothic ( take a stroll around the Town Centre ) to Thunderbirds Brutalist ( see the Art & Design faculty ) - none of these prepare the viewer for the hideous exemplar of Chernobyl-chic that greets them upon arrival at Wolverhampton's rail station. 

A corroded, mouldering agglomeration that is an insult to any great city not policed by roving death-squads, it seems that some bright intern has had the idea of re-branding the entire station to commemorate the forthcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past movie.

Maybe the visual pun of the site's resemblance to the 'world's worst nuclear accident', and a film about a mutant insurgency, was something the admen couldn't resist?

For the sake of a nifty film tie-in and some cute pictograms, one wonders how many confused travellers have accidentally continued on to Wales, thinking that this wasn't their stop? 


See photographs, below...






All photographs, copyright Alexi K Artist, 2014
 All signage, pictograms featured, etc, presumably copyright Virgin Trains!

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STOP PRESS!! Photo courtesy of John Morris at Tamworth Station, via Twitter 
( @JohnMorrisHello )


Possibly the nuttiest movie ad campaign ever..!




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X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST
Official Trailer