The Laboratory Arts Collective




A haunting and beautiful version of - Ashes to Ashes (David Bowie) by Michael Stipe & Karen Elson.



Anthony Doerr’s book about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.


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Stones to Stains: The Drawings of Victor Hugo at the Hammer Museum Los Angeles.

SEP 27-DEC 30, 2018


In 1967 Jorgen Leth produced a film entitled ‘The Perfect Human’, this film later went on to become a favorite of friend and mentor ‘Lars Von Trier’. Von Trier then gave Leth the task of remaking The Perfect Human 5 times, but each time with a different obstruction, and that obstruction was to be given by Von Trier. The 5 Obstruction are as followed:

Obstruction 1: Leth was given the task of remaking the film in ‘Cuba’, he wasn’t aloud a set and each frame could be no longer than 12 frames.

 Obstruction 2: Leth was given the task of remaking the film in the worst place in world, but this place was not to be shown on screen, Leth chose to remake the film in the ‘Red light District’ of Bombay.

Obstruction 3: As Leth did not complete obstruction 2, Von Tier decided to punish him. He told him to either remake the film in any way he chooses, or redo obstruction 2 in Bombay again. Leth chose to remake the film in any way he chooses, so he decided to remake the film in ‘Brussels’ using a split screen effect. – Leth completed obstruction 3 successfully.

Obstruction 4: Leth was to remake the film in animation. – Leth completed obstruction 4 successfully.

Obstruction 5: Von Trier had already made the fifth version of ‘The Perfect Human’, but it must be credited as Leth’s, and Leth must read a voice-over narration ostensibly from his own perspective but in fact written by Von Trier.


V and A

The V&A Dundee
One of the most significant new openings of the year is Scotland’s first design museum – and also the first V&A anywhere outside of London. The museum building sits on the river Tay and boasts a bold, radical design by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma – its shape and form inspired by cliffs on Scotland’s east coast. It will celebrate Scottish design, objects in its collection ranging from a Cartier “Valkyrie” diamond tiara commissioned by the late Mary Crewe-Milnes, Duchess of Roxburghe, to original artworks of The Beano.



One of the most beautiful of the early Parker pens was nicknamed the “Pregnant Parker,” because of the bulbous design of the alternating pearl and abalone slabs which are soaked until soft so they can be so shaped.



Museum of Bags and Purses (Tassenmuseum Hendrikje) in Amsterdam.

Trunks, carrybags, puches, cases, suitcases and everything else that falls into the category of bags and purses can be found at the Museum of Bags and Purses in Amsterdam. The collection here dates back to the 16ht century. The largest museum of its kind in the world, it features over 4000 bags and purses from the Middle Ages. There is also the most exquisite tea rooms.


French cuisine is good for you. The oldest person ever whose age has been verified is Jeanne Calment (1875–1997) of France, who died at the age of 122 years, 164 days.

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