Holy visual stimuli.
Bibo, a new gastro restaurant in Hong Kong is offering diners the chance to experience safe street art housed in a fabrication of an abandoned French tram station. The interior of the restaurant is decorated, jam packed, tagged… however, you want to put it, with the work of renowned street artists Banksy, JR, Vhils, Daniel Arsham, Invader, amongst others.
Bibo was born from a collaboration between design agency Substance and a mysterious project coordinator known only as Bibo.
Their tagline ‘offering diners a new way to experience art while giving creatives a chance to showcase their work like never before’, sounds pretty interesting, but the execution looks pretty kitsch to me.
The excitement in witnessing the works of artists like D*Face and Invader is stumbling onto them in the wild, so to speak – not crammed on the wall next to my table or being the backdrop for my waitress as she hauls over overpriced entrees on a tray.
Maxime Dautresme, creative director of Substance, says, “We wanted to connect the decade, street art and gastronomy. Street artists often begin their careers spray-painting trains and trams. They also like to occupy disused heritage buildings and construction sites. They express themselves by layering their art on surfaces with a history.”
I’m not saying that people won’t enjoy this experience, but I quietly wonder if street art themed restaurants make this form of art seem like a fad. I suppose I’ll let it go unless I hear about a gift shop full of trinkets you wander through on your way out.
Photography by Nathaniel McMahon
via My Modern Met
Miami, Florida – My pictures do it little justice – the orchestrated rip in the ground filled with replicas of everyday objects that project our generations wanton needs and everyday desires.
The site specific exhibit, Welcome To the Future transforms the Locus Projects into a archaeological dig yet to happen. You stand on the edge of the trench, peering over into a sea of VHS tapes, keyboards, boom boxes, video game controllers, film reels, Blackberries, SLR cameras all rendered from obsidian (dark natural glass the forms when lava cools), rock dust and crystals. At your feet lay the devices that have all, at one time or another, seemed impossible to live without, now representing narratives of past, present, and future. As I stood there, I wondered what the objects might say to future generations about our use of time. Will they be able to determine what our relationships to these ‘things’ were?
It excavated a lot of feelings, being made to look at iconic references from the 21st century in way that predates the way of life I still recognize. The conflict, I’m sure will be individually unique and open to the interpretation of each viewer. Welcome to the Future has a surprisingly even-killed feeling ( a calmness partially due to the objects graduated tones of white and grays) for an exhibit that plays on your concepts of stability and consistency.
Overall, I think Arsham intends to engage us in thoughtful dialogue without forcing you to fake finding a ‘purpose to life’ amongst the rumble. I say that in a wholly appreciative way.
“Welcome to the Future” will be open to the public until January 2015.
Daniel Arsham Welcome to the Future @Locust Projects
3852 N. Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33127