"Chaos is not the opposite of rhythm but the milieu of all milieus"
Deleuze & Guattari



Thursday, 15 December 2011

LAURENCE OWEN FOR EXCHANGE SERIES






ARTHURS ALL OF FAME
by Laurence Owen
at Arthur's Cafe

www.happenprojects.com

For more on Laurence Owen's work:

www.20projects.co.uk

www.anothermagazine.com
www.artrabbit.com

AURELIE DELLASANTA FOR EXCHANGE SERIES





CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS
by Aurelie Dellasanta
at The Launderette

www.happenprojects.com

For more on Aurelie Dellasanta's work:

www.designcatwalk.com/aurelie-della-santa

www.showoff2011.com
www.aureliedellasanta.com

SARAH COCKINGS FOR EXCHANGE SERIES



PACKAGE DEALS
by Sarah Cockings
at Eyes Only Opticians

www.happenprojects.com


For more on Sarah Cockings' artwork:

www.huffingtonpost.com/artinfo
www.telegraph.co.uk/news
www.welcometohappy.co.uk

EXCHANGE SERIES DETAILS



COLOUR COPIES
by Hato Press
at Dalston Stationers

HAPPY MINI NEW CAB YEAR
by Alexandre Bettler
at Diamond Car Service

www.happenprojects.com

EXCHANGE SERIES PART II






"TURN THE WIGS AROUND"
by Pipa Greenbank and Olivia Hegarty
at Afro World


PACKAGE DEALS
by Sarah Cockings
at Eyes Only Opticians


CLEANLINESS IS NEXT TO GODLINESS
by Aurelie Dellasanta
at The Launderette


www.happenprojects.com

Saturday, 10 December 2011

EXCHANGE SERIES


COLOUR COPIES by Hato Press at Dalston Stationers

This Monday, we at Happen Projects are launching Exchange Series, a sequence of 8 collaborative installations to mark this moment in Dalston.


HAFRICA by Damien Poulain at Afrique Fabrics

We've paired 8 local artists / designers with 8 shops / services, to create a sequence of visual dialogues along the Kingsland Road.


HAPPY MINI NEW CAB YEAR
by Alexandre Bettler at Diamond Car Service


The idea is to create a cultural crossover within each shop space, taking each artist out of their usual context and inviting them to work with the shopkeeper to develop a display that communicates with the shop's customers and those passing by, as well as with the neighborhood's creative community.

Above you can see 3 of those that have gone up so far... more will be appearing over the next couple of days.

Watch this space...


Thursday, 20 October 2011

MUSEUM OF EVERYTHING





Behold some of the superb shop windows at Selfridges, created by the important, beautifully executed and ever so popular Museum of Everything.






The serious stuff, however, is to be found several floors up in the Old Selfridges Hotel, now a sprawling concrete space that makes the Peckham carpark gallery look slick. Here the museum is exhibiting the haunting work of Judith Scott, whose Cocoon pieces use giant coloured threads to wrap up bunches of commandeered objects until they intimate bodily shapes, both human and alien. These forms hang from the industrial ceilings, casting geometric shadows on the peeling walls.

Dark and disconcerting, Scott's sculptures
surrounded the drunk and dancing crowds at the opening party during Frieze week. The night was an epic melange of temporary architecture and overlapping musics that was frankly one of the most brilliantly cacophonic concoctions for revelry that we've ever seen.






Scott's life and work was recently represented on The Culture Show (19.50 onwards) as well as in the documentary Outsider.

The exhibition
continues until 25th October: museumofeverything.com.

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

SONIA RYKIEL MAISON



www.lelievre.eu

READING THE RICH + FAMOUS


Parrot Cay is a titchy Caribbean island with a high celebrity head count. Poking around their houses on a recent work visit, some bookshelves provided a brief insight into the areas that interest three big stars -

Donna Karan:


Quoted in interview as saying 'it's all about the body'. Well, quite.


Bruce Willis:


Herodotus hey? Mixed with social satire and pop culture. We like.


Keith Richards
:




Popular history, blues memoirs, controversial autobiography, grandfathers' etiquette, literary classics and pirate-related tales. Living up to legend then matey?

Residents say Keith just reads. And drinks. And plays dominoes. The sweet side of island living.


Monday, 26 September 2011

INTERVIEW WITH BOKJA

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Who are Bokja?


Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri. We joined forces in 2000 and are both Lebanese designers who share a passion for the detail and history in ancient tapestries, textiles and antiques. The name is a Turkish word that describes an intricately worked fabric created to cover a bride’s dowry. We cover furniture designs from the '50s, '60s and '70s, unearthed in Beirut’s flea-markets with exuberant tapestries and textiles from the Levant and the legendary Silk Road countries of Central Asia.






What is your design practice about?


We try to combine ancient culture with re-purposed modern design. Bokja is about creating one-of-a-kind pieces that offer an explosion of color, pattern and a richly textured sense of history.





How did your new installation piece for the Phoenica hotel happen?


The Phoenicia Intercontinental was one of the most prestigious and iconic hotels of pre-war Beirut. After surviving all the conflict during the war, the hotel has risen again and regained its stature. Today it is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and our way of paying homage to its history and revival was to create this installation.




Inspired by Beirut’s glory days, we decided to present this cartographical portrayal that evokes a sentimental attachment to Lebanon’s most beloved cultural icons.




Lebanon’s three-dimensional map is hung as a punching bag, raw and vulnerable. The piece combines an upholstered iron frame made of Bokja assemblage together with various types of embroideries executed in our atelier.



The piece turns a critical eye towards our collective amnesia and our nostalgic yearning for the good old times while simultaneously expressing our inherent optimism and aspiration for the country.



Can you talk about some of the details?


The map is filled with history; it represents Beirut in the pre-war golden era and carries icons that affected Beirutis. Younger generations are also familiar with these figures through constantly listening to their elders reminiscing about those wonderful carefree times. We are proud of our heritage and proud of these figures that left a mark inside each one of us.




That beautiful lady with the mole on the cheek is Samira Tawfic, a great popular singer and actress from the era that has been influential up until today - her songs are still repeated and sung by the public, despite her absence from the artistic scene. Chouchou was a famous Lebanese comedian and singer, his plays are still shown and highly appreciated, almost 35 years after his passing. We've also shown the Lebanese Lira, maybe to suggest mourning its depreciation.


Every Beiruti dreams of those lost times, when the city was the Paris of the Middle East, where people were live a happy untroubled life. Every detail of this installation represents a moment from those glory days.






What's on the horizon for Bokja?


It looks optimistic. We're now preparing for an exhibition called The Arab Fall, taking place in Kuwait at the Sultan Gallery on 5th October this year. We're showing a series of globes and an installation, inspired by the wave of social and political developments now sweeping the Arab world. By presenting the globe series in different coloured upholstered designs we hope to show the region as the seething macrocosm of change that it is and to express the extent of its scope and diversity.






What's happening in Beirut right now?


Beirut’s region is undergoing some big changes in political and economic matters. We can only hope these changes will affect it positively. We believe in Beirut, we love Beirut, we trust Beirut.



What are you doing tonight?


Funny you should ask - we are going to the vernissage of our installation at the Phoenicia Hotel. We're excited to finally reveal our creation. Wish you could be there!



Thanks Bokja xxx



Beirut cityscape photos by Sam Pilkington