A weekly curated page by the laboratory arts collective contributors, artists, writers and free thinkers with a selection of their favorite things.
THE LABORATORY ARTS COLLECTIVE PRESENTS
OUR GUEST CURATOR IS DIGITAL ARTIST HUGO ARCIER
Roman Opalka – “Rencontre par la séparation”, AFAA, Paris, 1987
35mm film roll box from Éclair, which one of the oldest (1907) and biggest laboratory for film development for movies in France.
They are ugly but delicious. “Farçous” by my mum, without meat, just chard and parsley.
ARTIST JO BERTINI
Indi Rain by Thomas Studer
'Notes of a Painter' 1891-1908' by Matisse
SERAPHINE directed by Martin Provost
Marriage shawl - hand spun, woven, dyed and embroidered marriage shawl by the Dhebaria Rabari Women of Kutch in the far northwest frontier of India.
Jo Bertini at www.olsengallery.com
PERTH By Bon Iver
"One of those perfect albums. First time I heard Perth I knew I would always find shelter here."
"The Passion According to G.H." by Clarice Lispector
"This book and all the others by Clarice. And if you’re lucky enough, do read it in Portuguese."
Untitled from the Illuminance series, by Rinko Kawauchi
"To learn to look at the world as if in a dream state. One of my favorite living artists."
Lost in Translation Directed by Sofia Coppola - Focus Features
"Everything, just everything."
“Burning”, Rui Chafes.
"The sculptures of Rui Chafes belong to a time of silence and timeless beauty. “Under the skin” (“Sob a pele” in Portuguese) was the title of a small precious book recently published where he engaged in a conversation about his vision of art, and life. Highly recommended."
"A faithful companion of always, a Caran d’Ache 849 aluminium ballpoint pen."
"Perhaps the Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon. Bring your favorite book along, and find your secret spot."
Av. de Berna, 45A / 1067-001 Lisboa
38.7378° N, 9.1535° W
"A letter. To receive nowadays a handwritten letter, from somewhere far, far away. Little things I tend to cherish."
Claudio Reis : www.umclaudio.com
writer, filmmaker, poet, photographer AMANDA ELIASCH
QUELQU'UN M'A DIT by Carla Bruni
TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES By Thomas Hardy
LADY IN RED by Tamara de Lempicka
"I had the luck and pleasure to not only own Tamara's art studio in Paris for a short time, but also to sleep under one of my favourite paintings 'Lady in Red' by Tamara de Lempicka."
IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE by Wong Kar Wei
"I have had different stages in film. When I was young I loved Caberet and had my nails painted green for ten years. I watched The L shaped room when I was 12 and loved the way it was shot. Then later I loved Lust Caution directed by Ang Lee for romantic ideas about love, passion and integrity. Along with that period I loved Wong Kar Wei's film In the Mood For Love. The music too. I love cruelty mixed with passion."
V & A Museum, London
Christine Keeler, photographs by Lewis Morley, 1963. © Lewis Morley/National Media Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
FAVORITE OBJECT OF THE MOMENT
My orchid sculpture by Marc Quinn
"My favorite is The Rodin Museum in Paris but I have six main places to visit. London (where I live) Paris, Los Angeles, Bangkok, Venice and Marrakesh. These are the cities that inspire me.
"That I am a prude, and I love poetry particularly If You Forget Me by Pablo Neruda or any sonnet by Shakespeare."
If you forget me
I want you to know
You know how this is:
if I look
at the crystal moon, at the red branch
of the slow autumn at my window,
if I touch
near the fire
the impalpable ash
or the wrinkled body of the log,
everything carries me to you,
as if everything that exists,
aromas, light, metals,
were little boats
toward those isles of yours that wait for me.
if little by little you stop loving me
I shall stop loving you little by little.
you forget me
do not look for me,
for I shall already have forgotten you.
If you think it long and mad,
the wind of banners
that passes through my life,
and you decide
to leave me at the shore
of the heart where I have roots,
that on that day,
at that hour,
I shall lift my arms
and my roots will set off
to seek another land.
if each day,
you feel that you are destined for me
with implacable sweetness,
if each day a flower
climbs up to your lips to seek me,
ah my love, ah my own,
in me all that fire is repeated,
in me nothing is extinguished or forgotten,
my love feeds on your love, beloved,
and as long as you live it will be in your arms
without leaving mine.
HAPPY NEW YEAR. WE OPEN THE CABINET OF 2017 with a fond farewell to SOME OF the best of last year.
'SOY YO' BY BOMBA ESTEREO
Official site: bombaestereo.com
Official music video by Bomba Estéreo performing "Soy Yo." (C) 2016 Sony Music Entertainment US Latin LLC
“Les diners de Gala is uniquely devoted to the pleasures of taste … If you are a disciple of one of those calorie-counters who turn the joys of eating into a form of punishment, close this book at once; it is too lively, too aggressive, and far too impertinent for you.”—Salvador Dalí
The first English edition of Les Diners de Gala was published in 1973 by FELICIE, INC, New York.
Republished in 2016 by Taschen for all our pleasure. Get cooking.
The Rain Room at LACMA
In 2016 the Rain Room came to LACMA. Random International’s Rain Room (2012) is an immersive environment of perpetually falling water that pauses wherever a human body is detected. The installation offers visitors an opportunity to experience what is seemingly impossible: the ability to control rain. Rain Room presents a respite from everyday life and an opportunity for sensory reflection within a responsive relationship.
Founded in 2005, Random International is a collaborative studio for experimental practice
Elle (French for "she" or "her"), directed by Paul Verhoeven and written by David Birke, based on the novel Oh... by Philippe Djian. Djian's novel was released in 2012 and received the Prix Interallié. The film stars Isabelle Huppert and tells the story of a businesswoman, Michèle Leblanc, who is raped in her home by an unknown assailant and plots revenge. Huppert is masterful in this outstanding film.
THE EYE OF MODERN MALI at Somerset House London - 6 Oct 2016–26 Feb 2017
The first solo exhibition in the UK of the late Malian photographer.
By far the favorite object of the year was spotted at the auction of David Bowie's estate. The Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglione, Brionvega Radiophotograph, model no RR 126, 1965.
Bowie was a voracious collector of the works of eccentric Italian designer Ettore Sottsass and the Milan-based Memphis group and th unconventional record player designed in 1965 by the brothers Pier Giacomo and Achille Castiglioni for Brionvega, both of which are definitive pieces of cutting edge Italian design fitting for the most innovative and daring musician of his generation.
The Mayor Of Scaredy Cat Town, London, England
The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, is one of London’s best kept bar secrets. Located at the back of London's Breakfast Club on Artillery Lane, which is next to the trendy Spitalfields Market. To get into The Mayor of Scaredy Cat Town, you have to walk through a Smeg fridge (which is literally just a single door fridge against a wall), follow a fluorescent sign that says "thrills," and ask the host to see the "Mayor." Only once you’ve done all that will you find yourself inside the dimly lit underground speakeasy for some opulent cocktails and the rest is up to you.
Pteronophobia is the fear of being tickled by feathers. This photograph from our latest issue BUILD of performance artist Marnie Scarlett was taken by Sam Fielding and provides 2016 with our grand finale.
PERFORMER - THE BOOK by Sam Fielding
FILMMAKER & WRITER
I see a darkness by Bonnie Prince Billy
"One of the most beautiful poems in music by a really special kind of singer/songerwriter Will Oldham ( Bonnie Prince Billy)"
And did you know how much I love you
Is a hope that somehow you
Can save me from this darkness
" It's a book I read nearly 20 years ago. It's from the french writer Sylvie Germaine; a very female view on the world by searching the soul."
Die weinende Frau in den Straben von Prag by Sylvie Germaine
When reading this German title, I discovered a Czech Poet, who was cited by Germaine: Vladimir Holan .
VLADIMIR HOLAN - When It Rains On Sunday
When it rains on Sunday and you are alone,
open to the world but no thief comes
and neither drunkard nor enemy knocks at the door,
when it rains on Sunday and you're deserted
and can't imagine living without the body
or not living since you have it,
when it rains on Sunday and you're on your own,
don't think of chatting with yourself.
Then it's an angel who knows, and only what's above,
then it's a devil who knows, and only what's below.
directed by Ari Folman
"I can`t really choose a favourite film as a filmmaker. But there is one which impresses me because of the artistic-faith. It‘s done by the Israeli director Ari Folman and he threw me into another world. In a way it's a movie about aging with a brilliant Robin Wright, who plays herself."
An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn't consider.
Carolina Nitsch Project Room in New York is hosting an exhibition “Spray On” by Marilyn Minter that will be on view through January 20, 2017.
Spray On #1, 2016 by Marilyn Minter
UV cured acrylic polymer printed on aluminum,
mounted on aluminum tube bracing
Signed, numbered, dated verso
30 x 24 x 1 inches (76 x 61 x 2.5cm)
Edition of 5
Published by Carolina Nitsch
Cockatoo Perfumed Smoke Consumer
"I bought an antique porcelain cockatoo at a small vintage shop in Berlin-Prenzlauerberg, right across the street from where I live. This shop used to be a really chaotic little shop (of horror), but has changed because the German-French artist Cat Soubbotnik now runs it together with the owner.
I love cockatoos but this is a special one.
Lothar, the old east-born owner told me: "It's called "Rauchverzehrer“ (Perfumed Smoke Consumer ) and was very popular in the former East of Germany during the 50's and 60's ( Aerozon-DDR). Inside there is a lamp which heats perfume (a stone or oil, mostly fir tree or lavender) and this should consume the smoke of smokers while also decorating the apartment. But then they found out that the stuff the perfume was made of was not so healthy because it contains formaldehyde, so maybe it poisoned people more than the smoke.
But still the porcelain bird is beautiful and I use it as a lamp."
Haus Schwarzberg in Berlin is an oasis in the tourist-area Berlin-Mitte. When you enter it, you think you are in another world. An Organisation tries to conserve it but it's a big long fight. It is the only house and backyard in Berlin-Mitte that has not been renovated and is the home of artists like "The dead Chickens“, an art collective who have existed since the 80's and made the "Monsterkabinett“.
Also it‘s the home of a special cinema "Central“, a small cinema which shows independent movies. Next to the House Schwarzberg, it is one of the oldest cafes in Berlin, Cafe Cinema.
"Not total selfless, I worked on this movie and shot the re-enactments as a director.
But surprising reactions. People all over the world love this award winning film which tells so much about the awareness of life and an important historical time before the Berlin Wall came down."
(The following images are from the re-enacted scenes)
Noah Purifoy Foundation - Joshua Tree outdoor museum
Lake Hillier is a pink-coloured lake on Middle Island, the largest of the islands that make up the Recherche Archipelago off the coast of Esperance in Western Australia.
WRITER, CURATOR, CONSULTANT, ARCHIVIST, PHOTOGRAPHY APPRENTICE AND PROUD MOTHER
"In general, lives seem to veer abruptly from one thing to another, to jostle and bump, to squirm. A person heads in one direction, turns sharply in mid-course, stalls, drifts, starts up again. Nothing is ever known, and inevitably we come to a place quite different from the one we set out for."
Read about it here The new canon
"This is an unfair question as I don't have just one!! I will name artists because it is the body of their work that should be enjoyed rather than singling out a specific objet d'art. This is just off the cuff and the list of names can easily go on for days..."
DaVinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Van Eyck, Bosch, Caravaggio, Rembrandt, Vermeer, David, Ingres, Turner, Courbet, Millet, Moreau, Pissarro, Manet, Degas, Homer, Cezanne, Monet, Van Gogh, Seurat, Cassatt, Munch, Klimt, Toulouse-Lautrec, Schiele, Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Hopper, Kandinsky, Magritte, Rivera, Chagall, Dali, Kahlo, Duchamp, O'Keefe, Rothko, Pollock, Warhol, Richter...
Muybridge, Steichen, Stieglitz, Cameron, Weston, Cunningham, Strand, Atget, Abbott, Brassai, Kertesz, Burke-White, Disfarmer, Arnold, Eisenstaedt, Burrows, Smith, Adams, Beaton, Karsh, Cartier-Bresson, Evans, Capa, Penn, Avedon, Sokolsky, Newton, Horst, Leiter, Bassman, Arbus, Frank, Brandt, Erwitt, Bravo, Eggleston, Davidson, Bailey, Winogrand, Mapplethorpe, Schapiro, McCullin, Mark, Adams, Ut, Lyon, Nachtwey, Burtynski, Brandt, Kander, Mann, Meyerowitz, Muniz, Morell, Shore, Araki, Moriyama, Sugimoto, Learoyd, Hujar, Goldin, Roversi, Moon, Ludwig, Winters, Ruhter...
Bombay Beach, 2016
Photograph by Ian Ruhter
Ambrotype, 24" x 30"
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection on view through May 7, 2017 at the Tate Modern, London, UK
Glass Tears by Man Ray
Director: Joe Wright
Cinematographer: Bruno Delbonnel
Focus Features with Working Title Films, 2017 release
FAVORITE PLACE TO VISIT
"Home. We have been traveling so much over the last year for work, I would have to say home!! We miss our boys - Gulliver, Charlie, and William, Kay, friends, the puppies, and the comfort of our own bed. We have been very fortunate that Gary's son, Alfie, is part of the crew for Darkest Hour - it has been extraordinary getting to see him close to everyday. Nothing like having family around for love and support!!"
"My son, William. Well, not a "surprising" choice but he constantly "surprises" me...how he sees things, his sense of humor, creativity, capacity to care, and his tenacity to challenge and conquer what life offers him. He is my little angel, and very much, my little devil."
"Gary introduced William to painting Warhammer. It is a wonderful hobby which William has wholeheartedly embraced. I favored one of the mini-sculptures, a Griffin, and William surprised me by painting it to resemble the depiction on the box - it is proudly displayed on my desk."
FAVORITE WORK OF ART
THE HUMAN FEMALE FORM
A little green Wedgwood wine tumbler.
"A mind blower when you first enter and go to its balcony, and forever after - in subsequent visits - a place of pagan picture making beauty despite its connection to Adam and Eve."
DAS RHEINGOLD by RICHARD WAGNER
FILMMAKER, WRITER & HYPNOTHERAPIST
The funeral motif explored throughout the soundtrack captures grief and the magical thinking that comes with it better than anything I've experienced.
What Ho Jeeves! by PG Wodehouse
I love anything by PG Wodehouse but What Ho Jeeves! is a decent place to start. The plots are beside the point. There's no real drama, nothing edgy. But the then turn of phrase! No one puts words together to examine the basic goings on of life in ways that make you giggle non-stop like Wodehouse.
Dreamy, twisted, adolescent boredom
The Others directed by Alejandro Amenabar
Gorgeous to look at, tense, frightening, sad, romantic. That fog...
Vertigo inducing medieval architecture hanging atop sheer cliffs and no safety rails.
Recently picked up my gorgeous polydactyl cat - Agent Six - from his cat nap for a cuddle and felt through his mass of dense black fur a rather substantive erection. Surprised us both I imagine.
"(Almost) unbearably beautiful music fashioned out of a collective memory of terrible loss. Life is very complicated."
"Buttoned up donnish types unwittingly unleash the forces of darkness in perfectly controlled prose. "Warnings to the Curious" indeed, as a later James story has it."
"Sander's striking photograph of a trio of young men got up in their Sunday best and out for a good time. I often wonder what became of these men stood in a muddy field in 1914..."
Style without effort. Even down to the formica. The coffee is good too.
In the context of the above: Woody Allen telling his moose story. One of the funniest and cleverest things I know.
CANDida CAVE RIDGWELL
"A beautiful, spiritual elegy"
"The most brilliant book I have read this year"
"A poignant portrait of his sister by one of Britain's most underrated artists."
"The greatest Britsh film?"
"The exhibition traces the fragile lines between utopian fantasy and its dissolution into dystopian realities"
"The Laboratory's theme scent?"
"Idyllic, unspoilt Tuscan town with superb restaurant"
"Delicious Dutch apple spread, great on crumpets"
Ghandi's 7 Dangers to human virtue
1. WEALTH WITHOUT WORK
2. PLEASURE WITHOUT CONSCIENCE
3. KNOWLEDGE WITHOUT CHARACTER
4. BUSINESS WITHOUT ETHICS
5. SCIENCE WITHOUT HUMANITY
6. RELIGION WITHOUT SACRIFICE
7. POLITICS WITHOUT PRINCIPLE
Evol in motion from homeland studios.
ARTIST CHRIS KENNY
"Mad Oulipean lipogrammatic tour de force"
"Mary Magdalene mistakes Jesus for a gardener, it's hardly surprising he's wearing a hat and carrying a spade."
"I am contractually obliged to say my show at Musee Herbert in Grenoble."
"A ceramic vessel in the form of a very large (quite realistic) walnut that I bought in a flea market in France in the Summer."
"I love provincial museums, my most recent example is Leicester City Art Gallery with the Attenborough collection of Picasso Ceramics and more German Expressionism than any other museum in the UK."
"I think I once read that all the stained glass of Chartres Cathedral stain glass would cover seven football pitches and I'm not going to find out if that is true either!"
ARTIST EMMA FERREIRA
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
ART TO WEAR
print maker and artist cathy weiss
“Cities, like dreams, are made of desires and fears, even if the thread of their discourse is secret, their rules are absurd, their perspectives deceitful, and everything conceals something else.” — from Invisible Cities
"My son is named after Michelangelo's David."
Revolution in the Making:
Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947 – 2016
"When I wake to my two dogs spooning me!"
THE LABORATORY LIKES
VISIT when it opens to the public
ZEAL HARRIS LIKES
ARETHA FRANKLIN - Aretha Franklin's 30 greatest hits
Wild Seed by Octavia Butler
"The Indigo Room or is memory soluble?"
by Edouard Duval Carrie
FRIDA KAHLO MUSEUM
"I recently went to Frida & Diego's house and loved it"
Myrlande Constant's Vodou drapeaux (a.k.a.Haitian sequined Flags)
lisa z.morgan likes
It was/is very difficult to to chose a favorite piece of music as there are so many, which move me, excite me, have me dancing or crying and each seems to mark a particular period of time, development and thinking/feeling. This one however was introduced to me many years ago by my former collaborator (The Hinge) on re-connecting after two decades apart. The piece was likened to some of my work. I remember being incredibly moved and felt that somehow, something concealed within had been revealed.
Sigur Rós - ( ) - 03 Untitled Samskeyti from the album Wallaaigiao
"This story left a decidedly marked impression. Desire embodied before I was fully aware of what that may even have meant."
"Object (The Luncheon in Fur)" by Méret Oppenheim
"I can still feel the frisson that I felt on first discovering this piece in the pages of an 'art book' and loved it further when I saw it in the flesh. Although it is absolutely familiar now, it continues to lure and delight."
"Every installation and permanent land piece at Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh. There are always particular favorites but the seamless integration of land with the works and the architecture is quite unbeatable."
My current favorite would have to be "Piss Flowers" by Helen Chadwick, swiftly followed by "Red on Green" by Anya Gallaccio
"I am taken with the notion of public shaming for carrying an umbrella and for it being a sign of a weakness in character. But more so that the man who wrote “Essay Upon Tea and Its Pernicious Consequences” would so embrace the umbrella."
This pioneer of weather management was pelted with insults and trash.
ESSAY BY MICHAEL WATERS
"The Lipstick Belt. This piece is a durational piece in a way as it began around 15 years ago. I wear the same lipstick all the time and have done since I discovered it when I was 20. I use on average 2 lipsticks a year and remove every last drop of the pigment with a brush. Apart from losing the occasional lipstick, each empty 'cartridge' is now housed within the belt. It began I believe, around 2002 and is now in 2016 is complete!"
MISS THACKRAY LIKES
"It's a wonderful world" by Sparklehorse, extra special because the film is directed by Guy Madden.
Ephithany by Ari Marcopoulos for GUCCI
THE CINDY SHERMAN EXHIBITION AT THE BROAD IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA USA
Monteverdi Hotel, Tuscany Italy