Simulating Reality | OLLIE MA’

People have been escaping reality since the dawn of the frontal lobe, but since the dawn of video games and the internet, humans have almost disappeared completely by creating worlds of their own, virtually. British artist and photography student, Ollie Ma’ showcases this new paradigm of reality by integrating photography with images from the popular video game, Grand Theft Auto V, to create his series, Open World. He highlights the feelings of dislocation and disconnection of young people growing up in small British towns. The results are simulating and stimulating to the senses.

People have been escaping reality since the dawn of the frontal lobe, but since the dawn of video games and the internet, humans have disappeared and created worlds of their own, virtually. British artist and photography student, Ollie Ma' showcases this new paradigm of reality by integrating photography with images from the video game, Grand Theft Auto V, to create his series, Open World. He highlights the feelings of dislocation and disconnection of young people growing up in small British towns. (1)

People have been escaping reality since the dawn of the frontal lobe, but since the dawn of video games and the internet, humans have disappeared and created worlds of their own, virtually. British artist and photography student, Ollie Ma' showcases this new paradigm of reality by integrating photography with images from the video game, Grand Theft Auto V, to create his series, Open World. He highlights the feelings of dislocation and disconnection of young people growing up in small British towns. (2)

People have been escaping reality since the dawn of the frontal lobe, but since the dawn of video games and the internet, humans have disappeared and created worlds of their own, virtually. British artist and photography student, Ollie Ma' showcases this new paradigm of reality by integrating photography with images from the video game, Grand Theft Auto V, to create his series, Open World. He highlights the feelings of dislocation and disconnection of young people growing up in small British towns. (3)

People have been escaping reality since the dawn of the frontal lobe, but since the dawn of video games and the internet, humans have disappeared and created worlds of their own, virtually. British artist and photography student, Ollie Ma' showcases this new paradigm of reality by integrating photography with images from the video game, Grand Theft Auto V, to create his series, Open World. He highlights the feelings of dislocation and disconnection of young people growing up in small British towns. (4)

People have been escaping reality since the dawn of the frontal lobe, but since the dawn of video games and the internet, humans have disappeared and created worlds of their own, virtually. British artist and photography student, Ollie Ma' showcases this new paradigm of reality by integrating photography with images from the video game, Grand Theft Auto V, to create his series, Open World. He highlights the feelings of dislocation and disconnection of young people growing up in small British towns. (5)

People have been escaping reality since the dawn of the frontal lobe, but since the dawn of video games and the internet, humans have disappeared and created worlds of their own, virtually. British artist and photography student, Ollie Ma' showcases this new paradigm of reality by integrating photography with images from the video game, Grand Theft Auto V, to create his series, Open World. He highlights the feelings of dislocation and disconnection of young people growing up in small British towns. (6)

When Towers Collapse

A brilliant video by Ecotricity :”It’s time to move on. Our country, and all of us, need to move from a fossil fuel past to a renewable energy future.

“The mood in Britain has turned very much against the Big Six energy companies. And it’s not hard to see why. People are fed up with the unethical pricing, complex tariffs, awful customer service and the dire lack of investment in new sources of green energy.

“It’s become quite unbearable, self evidently. Even the government are calling on people to leave the Big Six.

“People:Power can bring change to the energy sector — when people join Ecotricity they vote with their energy bills – and the more that do so the better. Together we can harness the energy bills of Britain and direct them to a proper outcome – the creation of a Green, energy independent Britain — a Green Britain.”

An all-black production of Waiting for Godot is a British first

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Starting tomorrow at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in Leeds, England, Britain first all-black cast of Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” will be put on by Patricia Cumper, outgoing artistic director of black-led theatre company Talawa.

The London Guardian notes of the significance: The play’s very open-endedness makes it resonate, Brown (the director) suggests; sometimes it feels universal, sometimes eerily prescient. “We’ve lost our rights?” asks Estragon. “We got rid of them,” replies Vladimir. Says Brown: “You don’t have any backstory, or sense of who they are. And it doesn’t contain the things you expect from a play. But actually, it’s full of action, and there is a kind of narrative.”

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Meet Britain’s First Two-Star Pub: Hand and Flowers

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We are big fans of the well-done, well-crafted British meal, and there is a handful of places in London that we know of that do a great job. But this is something different, Britain’s first Michelin two-star pub, and the “Breast of Suffolk Chicken with Pistachio Crumble, Lovage Poached Turnips, Soft Polenta and Autumn Truffle” on the Sunday lunch menu looks delightful. Can we get a pint with that, too? Hand & Flowers, we will see you on our next visit.

Nice write-up in Tmagazine.

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Richard Long

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We have long been distant admirers of the work of Richard Long, and his “Art made by walking in landscapes, photographs of sculptures made along the way” body of work. After seeing his work at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2006, in an exhibit called The Path Is the Place Is the Line, we became even bigger fans. Born in Bristol, England in 1945, and has shown internationally since 1968. His last major exhibition was at the Tate Britain in 2009. These particular landscape images range from the 1960s to 1980s, and are all shot in black and white.

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http://www.richardlong.org

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INSA

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FIFTY24SF Gallery in Association with Upper Playground presents: ”MORE” – A collection of new work by INSA

SAN FRANCISCO, CA [1.28.11] – Upper Playground and FIFTY24SF Gallery are pleased to announce London-based graffiti, conceptual, and fine artist INSA’s first solo exhibition in San Francisco opening on February 3rd, 2011. The exhibition is appropriately titled, MORE.

Within the new body of work in MORE, INSA explores themes of aspiration and expectation, wants versus needs, and happiness versus success in his most comprehensive study to date. Using exaggerated symbols of sexuality representing the commodification of both everyday life and underground subcultures, INSA examines the illusions of seduction while employing his own iconic brand of aesthetic allure to draw the audience in. INSA’s new work revels in lurid excess, embracing the insatiability of consumerism and highlighting the duplicity of morality and enjoyment.

Followers of the artist will be familiar with some of the themes displayed in MORE. INSA, constantly involved in interesting new projects, recently gained worldwide attention for his piece “Anything Goes When It Comes To (S)hoes,” (more commonly referred to as his “Elephant Dung Heels”) which were exhibited at Tate Britain in London. He has also been a pioneer in the world of graffiti on the Internet with his visually stunning, labor intensive “Gifitti.” This is all in addition to INSA”s continuing insatiable need to cover any surface with his signature “Graffiti Fetish” pattern.

MORE will feature 9 new provocative works, with INSA utilizing media such as sculpture and lights adding to the “glamour” of his work. The exhibition will also feature an exclusive SF edition of INSA’s classic “Heel” print and a selection of photographic prints.

MORE will run at FIFTY24SF Gallery from February 3rd, 2011 – February 28th, 2011

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INSA Opens Tonight

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Just a friendly reminder that we are opening a new exhibition in San Francisco tonight, for London-based artist INSA. That gif up there? That is a special piece for this show. You saw some of the murals, so come see much MORE tonight.
FIFTY24SF Gallery in Association with Upper Playground presents: “MORE” – A collection of new work by INSA
SAN FRANCISCO, CA [1.28.11] – Upper Playground and FIFTY24SF Gallery are pleased to announce London-based graffiti, conceptual, and fine artist INSA’s first solo exhibition in San Francisco opening on February 3rd, 2011. The exhibition is appropriately titled, MORE.
Within the new body of work in MORE, INSA explores themes of aspiration and expectation, wants versus needs, and happiness versus success in his most comprehensive study to date. Using exaggerated symbols of sexuality representing the commodification of both everyday life and underground subcultures, INSA examines the illusions of seduction while employing his own iconic brand of aesthetic allure to draw the audience in. INSA’s new work revels in lurid excess, embracing the insatiability of consumerism and highlighting the duplicity of morality and enjoyment.
Followers of the artist will be familiar with some of the themes displayed in MORE. INSA, constantly involved in interesting new projects, recently gained worldwide attention for his piece “Anything Goes When It Comes To (S)hoes,” (more commonly referred to as his “Elephant Dung Heels”) which were exhibited at Tate Britain in London. He has also been a pioneer in the world of graffiti on the Internet with his visually stunning, labor intensive “Gifitti.” This is all in addition to INSA”s continuing insatiable need to cover any surface with his signature “Graffiti Fetish” pattern.
MORE will feature 9 new provocative works, with INSA utilizing media such as sculpture and lights adding to the “glamour” of his work. The exhibition will also feature an exclusive SF edition of INSA’s classic “Heel” print and a selection of photographic prints.
MORE will run at FIFTY24SF Gallery from February 3rd, 2011 – February 28th, 2011

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More, more, more… INSA @ FIFTY24SF Gallery

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FIFTY24SF Gallery in Association with Upper Playground presents: “MORE” – A collection of new work by INSA

SAN FRANCISCO, CA [1.28.11] – Upper Playground and FIFTY24SF Gallery are pleased to announce London-based graffiti, conceptual, and fine artist INSA’s first solo exhibition in San Francisco opening on February 3rd, 2011. The exhibition is appropriately titled, MORE.

Within the new body of work in MORE, INSA explores themes of aspiration and expectation, wants versus needs, and happiness versus success in his most comprehensive study to date. Using exaggerated symbols of sexuality representing the commodification of both everyday life and underground subcultures, INSA examines the illusions of seduction while employing his own iconic brand of aesthetic allure to draw the audience in. INSA’s new work revels in lurid excess, embracing the insatiability of consumerism and highlighting the duplicity of morality and enjoyment.

Followers of the artist will be familiar with some of the themes displayed in MORE. INSA, constantly involved in interesting new projects, recently gained worldwide attention for his piece “Anything Goes When It Comes To (S)hoes,” (more commonly referred to as his “Elephant Dung Heels”) which were exhibited at Tate Britain in London. He has also been a pioneer in the world of graffiti on the Internet with his visually stunning, labor intensive “Gifitti.” This is all in addition to INSA”s continuing insatiable need to cover any surface with his signature “Graffiti Fetish” pattern.

MORE will feature 9 new provocative works, with INSA utilizing media such as sculpture and lights adding to the “glamour” of his work. The exhibition will also feature an exclusive SF edition of INSA’s classic “Heel” print and a selection of photographic prints.

MORE will run at FIFTY24SF Gallery from February 3rd, 2011 – February 28th, 2011

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It took 92 years, but Germany ends WWI reparations with £59m final payment

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Better late than never, and in this case, we are sure this is a lot better than never. It took 92 years, but the Germans have finally paid off their reparations set to them by the Allied Forces after World War I, aka the Great War. One £59m final payment, and game over on that chapter of debt.

According to the Daily Mail, “The £22billion reparations were set by the Allied victors – mostly Britain, France and America – as compensation and punishment for the 1914-18 war.

The reparations were set at the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, by the Allied victors – mostly Britain, France and America.”

Read more of this really interesting story…  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1315869/Germany-end-World-War-One-reparations-92-years-59m-final-payment.html#ixzz10z0tIvHN

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The Super Cars of London

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Nothing like a Persian Gulf oil tycoon and his blue super car in London to spark a NY Times article. Apparently, not all Londoners like the super cars.

Here is a big excerpt, because it explains the young oil tycoon with expensive car trend in London:

With Britain still struggling to climb out of recession, and the new governing coalition embarked on a historic campaign of budget austerity, wealthy young men like Khalefa — who declined to give his full name, or his nationality — encounter a conflicted reception when they flee the conservative social mores and the 130-degree heat of the Middle East in high summer to enjoy the cool breezes of millionaires’ row districts of London like Belgravia, Mayfair and Knightsbridge.

On one hand, the young men and their families get an eager welcome in the hotels, department stores, and jewelry and fashion boutiques that rely heavily on the visitors’ wealth in otherwise lean economic times. Many local people, too, at least in London, enjoy the excitement and panache that come with a parade of exotic cars with Arabic license plates from gulf oil states like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and, especially, the United Arab Emirates.

But a display of vehicles that rival anything to be seen at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Élégance or Monaco’s Casino Square at Grand Prix time has its downside, too, with residents complaining that some visitors have exploited the easygoing atmosphere of the West End in summer to flout parking regulations and stage what have amounted to races of their own in the deserted streets after midnight, in what one of Britain’s tabloids called the Knightsbridge Grand Prix.

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