Thursday, December 31, 2009

on the carpet, on the street

So me!

 Gabriele M. (thank you!) facebooked this street jewelry (literally):

Wednesday, December 30, 2009


This is what I've got for Christmas from myself - elBulli: Food for Thought. Thought For Food, a book on food and art, Ferran Adria's creations at elBulli - world's finest restaurant, known for it's innovative cooking processes. The book is curated by the master himself, Richard Hamilton and MoMa's Vincente Todoli.

There are no recipes in this book, yet a lot of inspiring images and texts/discussions on food as an art form (Adria participated in Documenta 12, elBulli was one of the pavilions there). The recipes would be useless anyway, for conventional kitchen doesn't have the required high-tech equipment (vacuum-boiler, anyone?). Oh ok, I think there's an electric screwdriver somewhere at home to make  olive oil caramel spring.

I wish I could quote all of it, but here's very few:

I remember the electric milk, which anaesthetised me and turned me into an insect.

- Jerry Saltz, art critic on Ferran Adria's food.

That's what I call a cookbook!!!

All products have the same gastronomic value, regardless of their price.

Cooking techniques, both classic and modern, are a legacy that the cook  must know how to exploit to the maximum.

Taste is not the only sense that can be stimulated; touch can also be played with (contrasts of temperatures and textures), as well as smell, sight (colours, shapes, visual illusion, etc.), whereby the five senses become one on the main points of the reference in the creative cooking process.

The search of technique and concept is the apex of the creative pyramid.

A culinary language is being created that is becoming more and more ordered, and on some occasions it establishes a relationship with the world and language of art.

Decontextualisation, irony, spectacle and performance are completely legitimate, as long as they are not superficial but respond to, or are closely bound up with, a process of gastronomic reflection.

- from elBulli's philosophy

Flower paper (left) - flowers of different colours and flavours on a candy floss base

accurate abstract art
you touch the sensibility
rice is a neutral media
mustard is an abstract

-Hu Fand, fiction writer, art critic and curator, inspired by the dinner at elBulli on the last day of documenta

Beautiful graphics of the menu from Documenta 12 (left), Antoni Miralda and Carsten Holler in the garden at elBulli prying through a window into the kitchen (right)

Now, I don't know if I'll get to post again this year, but here's a song from summer 2009, which I think is that perfect white handkerchief to wave goodbye for the year passed. Actually, I hate celebrating new year (hate fireworks and hopelessness of the whole euphoria), but this song has that tickle, that makes me think about it with a smile.

Joakim - Love & Romance & Special Person

get me a scarf

I met this girl over a week ago in local Christmas design market, her knited pieces are simple and hilarious, take a look!

This song made my yesterday:

Loose Joints - Pop Your Funk (7" Instrumental Mix)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

music break

Wildbirds and Peacedrums is a Swedish duo - drums and voice (+ sometimes a steel drum), simple yet brilliant as that. The lady releases it and pushes her voice to the edge, quite rare and moving I think.
Wildbirds & Peacedrums "There is No Light"

Caprice Records | MySpace Music Videos

Suddenly I get to know, that they were supporting mighty Chrome Hoof - british doom-disco-rock always-looking-good orchestra, leaded by lovely notoriously-faced Lola, which is one third of Spektrum as well. Sadly enough both projects are silent for a while now.
(I'm loving this remix as well)

And after this I get to know that Chrome Hoof were sharing a stage with super producer JP Massiera. This is a classic, but he was hiding under loads of other names:

i hate glue

so maybe that's why I find these peaces so alluring - the pattern of these garments are laser cut and the pieces are assembled together like a puzzle without sewing it.

all pics from

The creative mind behind this is Nicola Morgan and I think she's a student or a recent graduate at least.

Friday, December 25, 2009

this is the start!

Ok, so from this day on I'm starting to blog.
Since I've gone a bit international recently, that is, I found myself split between Vilnius and Riga, I decided to do it in English.

Surely, there are gazillion things I want to blog, but hey, ok, I'll start with one or two.

Here is this Icelandic visual artist Hrafnhildur Arnardottir, she labeled herself as Shoplifter (I like the name a lot, it's ungoogleable and irrelevant just like mine!). She's 40, living in NY and doing all these beautiful crazy things, mostly with hair and thread. I know it's helluva sweat to work with hair, basically you have to hold it tight and use a lot of hot air to arrange it.

all pics from

Oh, and here's a song about how I feel after two days of heavily delicious Christmas' food marathon - I'm in the bottom of the ocean and my body decomposes. (Harry Nilsson is my dead über-love).