PopSchau – Contemporary Video Magazine

Give a warm welcome to PopSchau, the platform created by Ferdinand Prinz, Vito Leccese, and Vincent O. An online video show that allows you to stay on top of contemporary culture, providing an overview of what video content the leading magazines and blogs are publishing about each week. Don’t waste any more time browsing through websites and videos trying to find something worth watching!

Whether on-the-go or during lunch, PopSchau delivers your weekly dose of popular culture merging 10-second previews of the best weekly popular culture video content from leading magazines and blogs into one 2.30- minute video.

The weekly videos are in a news show format (and have an invisible moderator voice) and offer the user the maximum amount of infos about current popular culture in the minimum amount of time. Thumbnails link back to the source of the full video, in case the user has gained the impression of wanting to actually watch the full video. Want to learn more? Check the following links.

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Fuck Taboo – The Italian exhibition about homosexual identity

© Wolfang Tillmans

© Wolfang Tillmans

In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde wrote: “There is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about”. While Hollande’s government in Paris is formally considering the draft law on marriage for all and homoparentality in Milan there is a shy echo: Camera16 is opening a pioneering exhibition, if considered in the Italian cultural environment, that explores the homosexual identity conjugated to the artistic activity through multiple perspectives: both existential and aesthetic.

© Nicola Guiducci

© Nicola Guiducci

The exhibition primarily aims to reveal the works of the most powerful and interesting artists in the wide international set with images that may cause a reflection, a knowledge, which induces a change, at least a little, of the idea of a world that in Italy is often hidden, known only by those who take part of it. Whether or not the discussion is a social phenomenon, a trend, or a real change in society, the  debate about the right to equality has un undeniable importance, especially for the new generations. Once again in Italy it is a private reality giving voice to a cultural change typically neglected by public authorities.

© Jacopo Benassi

© Jacopo Benassi

Artists: Gianpaolo Barbieri, Jacopo Benassi, Lisetta Carmi, Larry Clark, Lovett/Codagnone, Marta Dell’angelo, Neal Fox, Daniele Galliano, Fausto Gilberti, Paolo Gonzato, Kenny Kenny, Kings, Nicola Guiducci, Noritoshi Hirakawa, Bruce LaBruce, Federico Luger, Yasumasa Morimura, Zanele Muholi, Franco Paleari, Giuseppe Stampone, Wolfgang Tillmans.

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Unreasonable – Florence Cantié-Kramer

© Florence Cantié-Kramer

© Florence Cantié-Kramer

Yesterday I went to Unreasonable, the solo exhibition of Florence Cantié-Kramer at Galerie Rabouan Moussion, Paris. In the exhibition space several materials are in constant opposition and respond in an ongoing dialogue, highlighting in turn their fragility or their density. It is a work of great sensuality, which collide with the sacred and the profane. Materials overlap without losing their raw character.

© Florence Cantié-Kramer

© Florence Cantié-Kramer

© Florence Cantié-Kramer

© Florence Cantié-Krame

The artist invites the viewer to abandon his earthly body to enter into a lunar atmosphere. Mythology stops where there is no natural light, but the brutality and fragility of neon. Thus, the modulated field refers to the idea of a general dialectic between nature and culture that resembles the Arte Povera.

© Florence Cantié-Kramer

© Florence Cantié-Kramer

© Florence Cantié-Kramer

© Florence Cantié-Kramer

With the friction between materials, Florence Cantié-Kramer gives rise to multiple meanings. A bunch of asparagus carved in alabaster are currently presented at the gallery. And if the show is built around the notion of conflict this works appear as an incentive for peace and mutual respect of shapes and structures.

© Florence Cantié-Kramer

© Florence Cantié-Kramer

Indeed, its collector Charles Ephrussi estimated this work just to pay up to the pleasure it gave him.

Florence Cantié-Kramer

Galerie Rabouan Moussion

Find it – Liu Bolin

Let’s restart the year with an artist the world is totally going crazy for: Liu Bolin. Liu Bolin is a Chinese artist known for his photographic self-portraits in which it is difficult to distinguish the artist from the background. Before taking the photo, Liu Bolin work on a makeup to blend perfectly with the surrounding environment, after studying closely the lines and lights.

© Liu Bolin

© Liu Bolin

© Liu Bolin

© Liu Bolin

© Liu Bolin

© Liu Bolin

Liu Bolin began working on the concept of mimicry and transparency in Beijing in 2005, after the decision of the Chinese government of demolition of Suo Jia Cun district, an area that was home to the largest community of artists in Asia. In protest against the lack of consideration of the government towards the artists and their contribution to the Chinese company, Liu Bolin has been photographed in various areas of Beijing after getting to be practically invisible.

© Liu Bolin

© Liu Bolin

© Liu Bolin

© Liu Bolin

© Liu Bolin

© Liu Bolin

After Beijing, Liu Bolin created several series based on the same principle, but set in Venice and New York. In collaboration with the magazine Harper’s Bazaar, he then, met the designers Jean Paul Gaultier, Erber Albaz (Lanvin), Angela Missoni, Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli (Valentino), and he has rigged as it usually does for himself in the background of some clothes that they had created for their collections.

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