Mr. and Mrs. Quan are celebrating their 50th Anniversary. We take a look into their past from early 1960’s and follow their marriage through seasons of struggles and joy.
Director: Stephen Bullen
Assistant director: Xuejing Xu
Director: Stephen Bullen
Assistant director: Xuejing Xu
Abstracters Anonymous by Daniela Olejnikov is a project, series of posters based on trashy glitch art aesthetics, visual poetry, pop fiction movies. It deals with the themes of online anonymity, crime, abuse, secret cults, corporate terrorist groups and their hidden techniques of modern cybernetic psycho-terror methods within the bases of present psychological warfare.
What’s your diet? Wholesome, healthy, naughty, gluttonous? What’s your visual diet? Narcissistic, addictive, sexualised, retouched?
We are force-fed tens of thousands of images every day. Many of these hyper-retouched, sexually gratuitous and highly addictive. We want to make people aware that, just like you are what you eat, what you see affects your mental health. Through this campaign, we aim to promote a balanced visual diet to prevent our audience from binging on overly-processed, body and mind -negative content.
The initiative is being led by Mimi Gray, Head of Visual Content at M&C Saatchi and partners with Marine Tanguy of MTArt Agency, an award-winning agency for the world's most exciting up and coming visual artists and world-renowned British Photographer Rankin, who believes that selfie culture is both monotonous and dangerous.
The health of our visual diet and its impact on our mental health will be explored at a forthcoming panel and exhibition to be hosted at the agency on 24 January.
The Visual Diet project also includes an in-agency exhibition of five inspiring artists throughout January, plus an Instagram account and a website, visualdiet.co.uk, where people can vote for which images they feel have a positive or negative effect.
The exhibition, on 24 January at M&C Saatchi’s offices on Golden Square, features five artists, including three represented by MTArt Agency, whose work engages with Visual Diet.
Adelaide Damoah will be creating a piece of performance art for the project called “My Face” to challenge our self-image on social media and performing on our launch night.
Clemence Vazard will be showing her lightbox self-portrait currently on display in Paris, with a special-made audio reading of young women’s stories of how social media and media portrayal has affected their self-esteem.
Federico Clapis will be displaying some of his sculptures, which deal with the social impact of art.
Joseph Turnbull will be displaying a large-scale installation of 96 painted studies from social media. The piece holds a mirror up to the superficial world of instant viewing and the three second rule phenomenon on Instagram.
Camila Gonzalez will be displaying her piece, “Instagram Face,” which illustrates the unattainable beauty standards set by social media platforms.
Technology gives us infinite opportunities to design our lives everyday. We create, copy and upload leading a fast-paced existence. It is an overwhelming and numbing process. More so we lose the ability to form deep relationships because we do not have to - a better one might be waiting around the corner. This Is why the concept of “forever” scares us. We even prefer superficial friendships in order to avoid potential crisis.
Actors from the Italian theater company Ludovica Rambelli Teatro recreate paintings by Italian painter Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, or, more accurately, they’re recreating how Caravaggio created scenes to paint with live models. The performance is called La conversione di un cavallo, 23 Tableaux Vivants dalle opere di Caravaggio, or Tableaux Vivants. It’s set to Lux aeterna, the final section of Wolfgang Amedeus Mozart’s Requiem.
Collapsology is the latest work by award-winning director Daria Geller, shot for the 2018 collection of Russian fashion label Brier.The film is the second video installment Geller’s has created for the brand, in which she explores the relationship between self-destruction and love. The first one, Brier, won Best Middle Eastern film at Berlin Fashion Film Festival 2017.
With her latest work Geller explores the theme of Collapsology - a term used to refer to the belief that civilisation is destined to collapse. Interpreting this theme from her personal perspective and making it relatable by using relationships as an example, Collapsology reflects on men and women’s flair for self-sabotage.
In Collapsology we are granted a view into the thoughts of a man struggling to come to terms with the expectations others have of him. Feeling caged, trapped and filled with doubt, his crescendo of anxiety is reflected through the man’s internal monologue, visually expressed with quick bursts of emotionally charged shots, set against a dark colour palette. In an ironic and comedic twist, his emotional distress comes to a halt the moment someone compliments his coat, a simple gesture capable of putting things into perspective and a way to return our focus back onto Brier’s designs.
Commenting on the film, Geller added: “Collapsology is describing a feeling that we are all too familiar with. The feeling of wanting to escape responsibility, concerned that those around you are going to be let down by you. But it’s also about having the realisation that most of the pressure comes from within ourselves and remembering that all it takes to snap out of it is small acts of kindness”.