July 11, 2009
During the day the space functions as a gallery space, but at night At Proud truly comes alive. The main room is an old horse hospital where each stall has been converted into personal dens for large groups to enjoy on their night on the town. If this gets dull, feel free to move into the adjacent room for live electronic, indie bands and FREE facepainting. During the summertime be sure to wander onto the large outdoor patio space in the back. Wherever you may find yourself at At Proud, you are sure to have a good time!
Camden Town, NW1 8, UK
June 24, 2009
Now that we have officially welcomed in the first day of summer, it is time to prepare for this year’s P.S. 1 Warm Up Party. Every summer the MoMA’s contemporary art outpost in Queens hosts a summer party on Saturday’s that is the closest thing you will find to an outdoor rave this side of the Atlantic (although I’m norave expert, so someone please feel free to correct me). Starting July 4 through September 5 the courtyard will blast with music from Reagenz toDaniel Bell aka DBX to Stars like Fleas. For $10 between 2pm-9pm on Saturdays, enjoy live music and experience the new “urban shelter” in the courtyard designed by MOS Studio, known as Afterparty. The outdoor art structures are shaped like conical, primitive huts that serve as a respite from the blaring summer sun.
Rock out – P.S. 1 Warm Up
22-25 Jackson Avenue @ 46th Street (Queens)
May 18, 2009
Linz, Austria was recognized as the 2009 European Capital of Culture. For guests coming to explore the city of Linz, the Pixel Hotel invites guests to experience a unique art and architecture collaboration and an unconventional lodging experience. With six different rooms spread out over the city, guests can experience a holiday in an urban space. With options ranging from a riverside tugboat to an abandoned soup kitchen to a 1963 caravan to a modern art gallery, each guest will find their stay truly unusual. Blurring the definition of a traditional hotel, Pixel Hotel offers rates starting at $250 a night. Shack up!
April 22, 2009
This past weekend everyone made the trek to Indio, CA for the Coachella Music Festival. For the event many sculpture artists and architects were challenged to create pieces of art that would allow visitors to interact and better experience the space. Here are two that caught my eye:
Nearly 90 ft tall this bamboo starscraper created by Gerard Minakawa served as an impressive refuge from the blazing sun. Minakawa is the founder of Santa Barbara-based furniture bamboo company, Ukao, and is currently working with Aids for Aritsans in Bolivia to create new products with indigenous craftspeople. A great example of sustainable art, Minakawa donates all materials used in the creation process to Habitat for Humanity at the end of the show.
False Profit Labs is a San Francisco based company that creates science inspired artwork. For Coachella, they designed a piece which allows people to experience themselves in art. With a clip-on heart monitor the Pyrocardium amplifies and illuminates the beat and shoots flames from 12 ft tall pipes that pulsate to their heart’s natural rhythm.
March 6, 2009
The Hotel on Rivington in the Lower East Side features a downstairs lounge adajecent to the restaurant, which transforms into a bar scene as the sun sets in Manhattan. Filled with lots of European types, the lounge manages to fulfill the gap between club scene and relaxed bar nicely, providing a space to enjoy cocktails, people watching, and still manage to hear your friend sitting next you in. In addition the design of the space is beautiful and if you do it right you may be able to sneak into the secret club next door….
107 Rivington Street (Ludlow & Essex Streets)
New York, NY
(212) 475 2600
March 4, 2009
Located in the East End of London right outside of the Angel tube station, this new restaurant/nightclub is attracting lots of buzz. Wander down a small alley of industrial steel workshops and you will find the non-descript (although the crowd of people will be the clear indication) entrance to Double Club. The project was created by Fondazione Prada with German artist Carsten Holler. Their vision was to create a temporary restaurant, bar, and dance club space that would ‘pop up’ for only 6 months. The interior walls are covered with vibrant works from both Western and Congolese artists, side by side, which makes for a fun and interesting atmopshere.
Double Club is a non-for-profit with all profits from the temporary club going to the City of Joy charity which is dedicated to helping abused women and children in the Congo. Is there any better reason to party?