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November 2012


ART DIRECTION: STEFANIE SCHELLWIES ME. FORCED TO TAKE PICTURES FOR MY DRIVER’S LICENSE IN 2012. “ MOM, STOP LAUGHING OUTSIDE OF THE PHOTO BOOTH !!! “

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REMEMBER EVERYDAY WE ARE BOMBARDED WITH INFORMATION. WE ARE SHOCKED, AMUSED, STUNNED. WE SMILE ABOUT THINGS. WE SEND THEM AROUND. SHARE, SHARE, LIKE, LIKE. AND THEN? WE FORGET THEM.

The digital era is amazing - no questioning that - however, what happens to all this information running through your brain all the time? I mean, we haven‘t invented a drug à la limitless, yet, to access 100% of our brains, our skills, our memories. So if we smile about one thing today we will have forgotten its name in 5 years from now. Of course, there are tools like Elephant note and after a day of research my desktop is fi lled with images where I explicitly add the links with the amazing command and I information box tool. Nevertheless, I feel deprived of my memories. This is why the came to existence. Okay – it is also a school project, but all in all it derived from the urge to document things, document smiles, laughter and everything that made me feel how I feel and take this information and seperate it from the digital world. We want to be able to hold on to something when amnesia kicks in. At 23 it seems very early to worry about that, I know. But still, it will happen eventually and in 10 years from now there will be the option to grab this issue and remember what drove our thoughts today. Let‘s be kids again and never forget how it was to be young, when sky was the limit.


CONTRIBUTORS

NOVEMBER 2012

“ SPABELLI, CAN YOU WRITE SOMETHING FOR MY MAGAZINE? YOU WILL GET A BOTTLE OF MARTINI FOR THAT WHEN WE ARE BACK IN AMSTERDAM ;) “ “SURE, SPACKO!”

MY SOULMATE AND FAITHFUL FELLOW SINCE HIGH SCHOOL WHO PLANS OUR GREAT TIME AFTER RETIREMENT ALREADY.

ISABELLE SPORLEDER

AS LONG AS THERE’S RENTE

“FINDEST DICH EIGENTLICH MANCHMAL KOMISCH?” THE WEIRDEST, FUNNIEST GIRL I MET ON EXCHANGE IN TORONTO

SIMONE RIVOIR

“HEY MATEY, UP FOR BURGERS AT THE RAM AND A TUESDAY MOVIE?”

LISA STEPHAN

MY FAVORITE MOVIE CONNOISSEUR AND (ALTHOUGH VEGETARIAN) BURGER ADDICT FROM AUSTRALIA.

“GUTEN MORGEN SONNENSCHEIN”

SACHA STEPHAN

THE MOST CHILL GIRL ON THIS PLANET WITH AN INCREDIBLE TALENT IN SPEAKING GERMAN.

VANESSA LIMSINGH

SOURCES: IGNASIMONREAL.COM H T T P : / / S TAT I C . W I X . C O M / M E D I A / 4 0 A A E E _ C E 5 E 7 8 9 8 D 4 4 F D 3 0 0 E A 6 C 5 5 B 4 A F B F E 6 B F. J P G H T T P : / / S TAT I C . W I X . C O M / M E D I A / 4 0 A A E E _ D D F 6 E 0 D C 2 1 6 8 9 B D F 6 7 9 F 5 5 B 7 9 6 F 5 8 8 C 7 . J P G TIME.COM J U S T I N B I E B E R LY R I C S : “A S L O N G A S YO U L OV E M E ”


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A DIGITAL ERA NOT NECESSARILY ABANDONS REALITY, THE MAGIC LIES INBETWEEN THE LINES

I L L U S T R AT I O N FOR VERSACE HAUTE COUTURE BY IGNASI MONREAL


BRING THEM TO LIVE

IMAGE: IGNASIMONREAL.COM TEXT: ISABELLE SPORLEDER

IN OUR DIGITAL ERA IT IS NOT LONGER THE ODD PEN AND PAPER HELPING ARTISTS TO BRING ILLUSTRATIONS TO LIVE. THE MODERN VERSION OF PEN AND PAPER IS THE MULTI-LAYERED CANVAS OF THE 21ST CENTURY - ADOBE PHOTOSHOP. IN THE CASE OF IGNASI MONREAL, A MADRIDBASED FREELANCE ILLUSTRATOR AND GRAPHIC DESIGNER, A GREAT DOSE OF TALENT TO SHOWCASE HAUTE COUTURE IN AN EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL AND VIBRANT WAY IS DEFINITELY COMING IN HANDY.

Chanel, Versace, Gaultier or Dior - you can name them all - Ignasi Monreal had them already. With only 22 years he worked for the crème de la crème in the fashion business. Illustrating mouthwatering artworks and bringing fashion illustrations to live, is what he does for a living and I would say he is pretty good at what he is doing, isn‘t he? His background in comic and illustration at Escola Joso, in Barcelona, can be seen in every stroke of his virtual brush. Playing with our perception of reality on a virtual canvas, bringing fashion on ,paper‘ to live with a playful almost scaring realistic perspective. Out of the blue, even the original McQueen Team is back together, at least in our imagination they are. Ignasi Monreal is showing us that a digital era not necessarily abandons reality, the magic lies in-between the lines, managing to show how art can bound these two worlds. Ignasi Monreal is for sure a master in proofi ng us right that it is possible.


HARD TIMES MEAL TIMES IMAGES: SACHA STEPHAN & STEFANIE SCHELLWIES TEXT: SACHA STEPHAN, VANESSA LIMSINGH, SSC

SOMETHING WE WILL PROBABLY NEVER BE ABLE TO DO ONLINE IS EATING. FOOD SIMPLY HAS TO BE CONSUMED AS A REAL MEDIUM. HOWEVER, WITH LONG NIGHTS LURKING AROUND FACEBOOK AND MISSING COUNTLESS BREAKFASTS FOOD CULTURE AS WE KNOW IT HAS CHANGED.

YOU GUYS ENJOY BRUNCH DURING THE WEEKEND AND CREATED THE GREAT „TREAT YO SELF BECAUSE YOLO” BRUNCH TRADITION. HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THAT IDEA? SACHA: It started with a mutual love for brunch and just blossomed from there. Since brunch is not typically a meal you would indulge in every single weekend, the “TREAT YO SELF” tradition came about. VANESSA: Thanks to the best comedy ever, parks and recreation, and urban slang, boom! You got yourself TREAT YO SELF BECAUSE YOLO! The whole phrase just popped into our heads and nothing has ever so succinctly expressed the magical powers of brunch. SACHA: Defi nitely! In a way it justified our extravagance and so we could enjoy brunch to the fullest without worries about how much we’re spending or whatever else we should be doing during the allocated brunch time.


IN GENERAL HOW DO YOU THINK THE URGE FOR A MEAL LIKE BRUNCH CAME TO EXISTENCE? S: Basically I think a bunch of partiers were sick of waking up too late for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays and decided that breakfast could also be lunch. I thank any higher power for that every single day! V: When hangovers leave you feeling as if your stomach walls are melting, toast and coffee can no longer make the cut. It was then that brunch was discovered. My stomach walls agree with this.

DOES IT HAVE ANY RELAXING OR HEALING EFFECT ON YOU? OR DOES IT HELP YOU TO BE AT EASE? V: Well, in my humble opinion, it is the best cure for a hangover. If not, it is superbly effective in jumpstarting your day. S: True, it defi nitely helps to remind me that life’s not so bad. Sitting in an awesome spot, eating scrumptious food and chatting with good people it defi nitely puts me at ease. V: Have brunch and you’ve got that bounce in your steps!

WHAT MAKES IT SPECIAL FOR YOU? S: It’s an opportunity to get out, see the city, eat some good food with good people, and to further the experiment of how much I can eat before my stomach explodes. V: The company for sure and the fi rst bite you take which just fi lls your body with satisfaction.

ACCORDING TO YOU WHAT TIME IS THE PERFECT TIME FOR A BRUNCH? S: 11am, no question. It means you probably won’t need lunch, hooray! Perfect forthose with a “Struggling Student” budget. V: I agree: 11! Just in the nick of morning. but before noon. Let me also add that “sunny sundays” are perfect brunch days.

HAVE BRUNCH AND YOU’VE GOT THAT BOUNCE IN YOUR STEPS


WHAT HAS TO BE ON YOUR TABLE FOR A PERFECT BRUNCH? S: Some form of delicious egg concoction, for sure. Nothing better on this planet. V: Yes! Eggs combined with a variety of other foods: heavenly. Fluffy pancakes are always good too. Banana chocolate chip pancake? Amazinggg!

WHERE WOULD THAT BE? WHICH CAFÉ/RESTAURANT SERVES THE BEST ACCORDING TO YOU? S: Huge fan of Aunties and Uncles in Toronto. Huge servings, delicious food, good atmosphere, and not too expensive. Absolute winner. V: Any brunch place that serves a decent brunch portion bigger than a normal meal size and knows how to fluff those pancakes up and put the right ingredients in them!

DO YOU THINK THERE WILL BE A TIME IN THE FUTURE WHERE BRUNCH IS GOING TO REPLACE BREAKFAST AND LUNCH ENTIRELY? V: Perhaps. I‘m just assuming most people will still have to wake up early, which isn’t really the time for brunch, but appreciation for brunch will defi nitely increase, because Sacha and I will continue to spread the loveeeeeee S: Dear god I hope so.


TREAT YOURSELF BECAUSE


A HIPSTER KNOWS.

TEXT: STEFANIE SCHELLWIES & LISA STEPHAN IMAGES: VARIOUS SOURCES (PAGE 3)

IT’S A HARD KNOCK LIFE FOR TODAY’S HIPSTERS. MOUSTACHES AND ROAD BIKES AREN’T ENOUGH ANYMORE. SO SOAK UP THESE FACTS TO BE SURE YOU ARE IN THE KNOW AND CAN KEEP YOUR STATUS OF BEING HIP AND ABOVE IT ALL.

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The song “Hurt me tomorrow” by rapper K’naan might seem like one of those blabla rap songs about life philosophy, however, he has brillant references in his song, for instance: “I used to be a strange fruit, Billy Holiday” Know the song? Defi nitely general knowledge. S.SC.

speed SPEED BACON Bacon is an outmost delicious treat for your deluxe breakfast, but cleaning the pan and kitchen afterwards is rather unpleasant. Have you ever heard of microwave bacon? Kitchen towel, bacon on it, another one on top, microwave for 2 minutes - et voila - stomach happy, roomies happy S.SC.

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happy HAPPY macbook movember MACBOOK MOVEMBER Since last year men all over the globe use the month of November to grow a moustache for a good cause and - of course - to compete with other man whose is bigger and better. For everyone without a rigid growth of beard there is a fun alternative: Moustaches for your Macbook by www.stickwithmebaby.com. Happy Macbook Movember, everybody! S.SC.

3 4 Hey digital natives! Don’t forget the stuff you spent your childhood with. In short: Don’t forget your childhood. We can’t live without our high tech stuff. We work with it, we sleep with it, and we share our food with it. But remember, we as digital natives, we are the lucky ones. We can think back to the days L.S.

childhooc games CHILDHOOD GAMES blurrin’ 5 just JUST BLURRIN’ Most of us take photos every day. With a smartphone, compact cam or some of us might be lucky and have a fancy reflex camera. Meanwhile the majority is intending on razor-sharp pictures you may want to do something different. The easiest way is just to defocus. Even better when it is dark and you just have a few bright spots anywhere in your picture. Once you defocus manually (on a closer or further point as your lights are) the spots will blur and transform to a bigger bright circle. IMAGE & TEXT: L.S.


C O M P U T E R G E N E R AT E D D R AW I N G O F A H U M A N FROM HIS “TRAP CODE” 2012 SERIES.

IMAGES: RICHARD KOLKER TEXT: FEIFEI SUN WWW.TIME.COM

REALLY VS. DIGITALLY LONDON-BASED ARTIST RICHARD KOLKER HAS BEEN WORKING EXCLUSIVELY WITH COMPUTER GENERATED IMAGERY (C GI ) FOR THE LAST SIX YEARS. BUT THE FACT THAT HE COMES FROM A TRADITIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC BACKGROUND, HAVING PREVIOUSLY WORKED AS A COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHER FOR GETTY IMAGES, WOULD SURPRISE NO ONE: KOLKER’S IMAGINED PICTURES OF STILL LIFES, INTERIORS AND LANDSCAPES ARE RENDERED WITH SUCH PRECISION AND CLARITY THAT THEY APPEAR LIKE TRUE, DOCUMENTARY SHOTS.

Inspired by the online virtual world Second Life and games such as World of Warcraft, which both rely heavily on G C I , Kolker sought to create images that were the antithesis of the aesthetic found in these programs:

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“I wanted to create images that reflected a more mundane nature, as opposed to the more fascinating environments people were experiencing through the anonymity of an avatar,” he says. That quieter mood is seen in the image created for Kolker in this week’s education–themed issue of TIME. For a story that examines the potential of free online courses to upend traditional higher education, Kolker created a dark image of an empty classroom. “A lot of my photos have this dark shadowy entity to it,” he explains. “I wanted to convey the emptiness with this classroom image — like all the life has been taken out.” Kolker’s images typically take a couple days to create. And while the method may be seen as unconventional, he says the process itself feels similar to actual shooting. “I build a model like I would with plastic or cardboard, and I light it as I would in real life — but just with digital tools,” Kolker says. “ And then I photograph it with a computer tool [ Ma xon C inema 4 D] that has a shutter speed and aperture— so in many ways, it’s fairly conventional. ”

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I LOVE the THE ABILITY TO CREATE i love ability to create WHATEVER ITit IS is whatever IN YOUR IMAGINATION in OR your imagination FANTASY or fantasy For the most part, Kolker relies on his self-described “vivid imagination” to conceptualize pictures, although he’ll use an actual photograph as a starting point from time to time. In one series, “Reference, Referents,” Kolker looked to famous works by artists whose pieces recalled photographic elements, including David Hockney, and tried to recreate the perfect picture that might have inspired said work. He still carries cameras around when he travels, but says he never takes pictures anymore, preferring to continue his C G I work. “The whole world is shifting from analog to digital, and I love thinking about this digital code that you can use to create images of places around the world without ever having to go there,” Kolker says. “I love the total freedom of it —the ability to create whatever it is in your imagination or fantasy.”

HOW MANY GUMBALLS ARE IN THE GLASS?


FANTASY 3.0 TEXT & IMAGE: STEFANIE SCHELLWIES

“FASHION, FOR ME, ISNT ABOUT MODELS, IT ISNT ABOUT SHOWS, IT CERTAINLY ISN’T ABOUT SOME POWERPLAY PECKING ORDER IN FACT, IT ISNT EVEN ABOUT CLOTHES. ITS ABOUT FANTASY. FASHION ENABLES YOU TO DREAM. THATS WHY I STILL LOVE IT AND ALWAYS WILL.” - ALEXANDER FURY One of my favourite quotes about the meaning of fashion. There is no other one capturing so well, what fashion is about for me. However, after 2 years of my fashion studies I realized that fantasy as we know it has changed and the amazing Add-on which made that change possible is: the digital world. Let‘s call it Fantasy 3.0 – a fantasy which is enriched by digital tools, making art and design accessible for everyone. Especially in photography the digital medium changed the landscape of an art completely. The whole world takes fancy pictures with their smartphones and instagram, adjusting settings with a simple click, whereas in the past operating a camera was a lot more complicated than that and from the world of photography it is only a small step to the world of fashion. Knowledge, skills and talent in drawing and designing is simplified through digital tools like CAD and Photoshop and as far as I am concerned, my drawing skills do not to any extent get close to the end result in Illustrator or Photoshop. Those progammes are my saviour and a brillant addition to the tool box of today‘s artists bringing the creative process to a next level Another addition to the fantastic universe is the internet. Who wants to tell me they have a creativity block when there is a gigantic pool of inspiration at your fi nger tips? Click, scroll, see, like, save. Countless sources of information are conveniently accessible from everywhere – even your couch at home. Imagine how Signore Sottsass or Miss Zandra Rhodes had to fi nd their inspiration. There goes a lot of money for travelling, a lot of time for making notes, sketchess and taking countless photographs, not to mention developing them in the dark room. Of course, one can argue that to some extent the arts got less exciting and too effortless. But then again it made our culture so much richer, because everyone is able to show their creativity whether blessed with money and talent or not. Don’t you have anything to tell? What are you waiting for?



MONOGRAPH NOVEMBER 2012