Monthly Archives: September 2013

We Are… Enthralled By Layers

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In preparation for this weekend’s OutsideIn Festival, I have set myself up with a pretty remarkable mix bag of mind-altering beats to tickle up my Friday. A few faves worth mentioning are Toronto’s BadBadNotGood, local cats Cosmo’s Midnight, and one of my most recent musical crushes, Oisima.

Whilst I consider music the schweet schweet nectar of the gods, we definitely appreciate the quality of a good visual here at WeAreLifeDish and I just had to share this one with you. With Oisima’s Everything About Her flowing from my speakers, I found myself drawn to the track’s artwork. One click led to another and I now welcome collage artist Jesse Treece into my life.

Good from you, internet. Good from you.

I definitely do not remember the collages of my youth looking anywhere near as eye-catchingly beautiful as Mr Treece’s over here. By using just a pair of scissors, some glue and a vast collection of vintage publications – and a sprinkle of creative genius, clearly – we are left with artworks that possess a depth and intensity that warrants a good questioning. Let’s face it, they are the best kind!

I keep trying to figure out where each layer begins and ends, what the original publication was, attempting to piece together the new amalgamated story. Its vintage style is perfectly balanced with a psychedelic flair, allowing for a moment of no boundaries. It’s almost like Jesse is letting us in on his mind trips – Awesome.

All pieces seen here and oh-so-much more are available through Jesse’s Society 6 page.

You know you wanna get in on this.

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– Ness

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We Are… Stalking Ghosts

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We all love the Google machine… right?

It gives us all the answers we could ever need. Who, what, when, where, and why are all quickly explained simply by typing a few words into the search field.

Then there’s Google Maps. Combined with the strength of Google Street View, we are left with an absolute godsend. It’s my go-to when I’m trying out a new bar or restaurant and I want to see what the location physically looks like… You know, so I’m not wandering the streets like an idiot whilst my well-oriented friends are comfortably seated, sipping on some over-priced martinis (of which I unfortunately can never refuse), waiting for little ol’, punctual, me.

But have you ever noticed the faces that are sometimes captured forever in a moment of Google Street View? Multi-faceted Artist Paolo Cirio has and he’s making sure we know about it, one paste-up at a time.

As our real and digital worlds continue to merge, Cirio has begun to question how the everyday pedestrian is pulled from their private lives to play a part in the establishment of commercial giants, such as the trusted Google machine. The question is, where do we draw the line on our privacy.

It could be a woman waiting to cross the road, a contractor at work, or perhaps it was you walking down Oxford St yapping away on your phone. Regardless of your momentary doings, Cirio saw an opportunity to bring these virtual ghosts into our reality.

Street Ghosts is a project that began in 2012 as a rebellious stance. Cirio traces the Street View globe finding interesting characters that have been trapped in interesting situations. He then prints out life-sized paste-ups and displays them in their real life location, creating an immediate statement of the individual’s digital presence: a presence the subject is definitely not aware of.

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His work can be seen in many cities, including New York, Berlin, London, Montreal, Bilbao, and even my hometown of Sydney:

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Ironically, as Cirio continues to spread his street art mark, you can follow his self-titled “interventions” on his own Google Map. Go figure.

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Keep an eye out gang, you may be the face of his latest digitally freed spirit…

Big Brother Is Watching.

(Gawd, I just said that.)

– Ness

Photos via Derek Mead and Paolo Cirio.

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We Are… Putting Grammar First

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Today I had a list of things to complete. There were even little boxes drawn at the end of each task, eagerly awaiting a firm “tick” to mark its fulfilment.

But then I remembered that UK trio London Grammar had released their debut Album If You Wait on September 9th and I did all but slap myself in the face because I couldn’t believe I hadn’t played it in full yet!

Well… there went my afternoon.

You’re lucky that I don’t have to talk my way through this blog post because quite frankly, I am speechless.

Hannah Reid.

Her voice. It is just, beyond.

Listen.

– Ness

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WE ARE… Inspired

Men. Muscles. Endurance. Flexibility. Grace. Power.

I give you, the Men of The Australian Ballet.

You’re welcome.

Jess

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