Despite the many who’ve used his words for their own purposes, now feels like a good time for us to say to ourselves Nietzsche’s quote about not wanting to live in a world that doesn’t believe in dancing. Our sisteren of the vinyl cloth at Sister Ray spin records on Friday in the lobby. Which Friday? This one — because a dancing world is a hopeful world.
“As an admirer of people who make things but not being an artist myself, being able to see our products used by artists, architects, illustrators, designers and getting their feedback is very rewarding and a privilege.”
In the summer of 2012, our friend Julia opened Choosing Keeping, a specialty shop with all corners dedicated to the desk environment — regardless of whether yours is a place of work or creative escape.
Located on iconic Columbia Road — home of the Sunday Flower Market — Choosing Keeping offers a selection of beautifully-made utility objects, plus carefully-curated books and prints to stimulate the discerning synapses.
Julia’s a passionate, adorable shopkeep — the kind that has us making increasingly regular excuses to stop in. We’re going to need to find some new pen pals.
On surviving the winter: a poem paired with holistic remedies, shared by our dear friend and healer Yona Kanzen. With love from London.
The Guest House by Rumi
This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat each guest honourably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
If you feel that you are getting a cold:
Add water, a couple of cinnamon sticks, 1-2 pieces of cardamom and 2-3 cloves to a pot – bring it to a boil, simmer it for a couple of minutes and drink, you can add honey if you want. If there is any left in the pot you can keep it for a couple of days since it is concentrated, just add hot water and drink.
If you suffer from common or severe colds:
Try taking one tablespoon lukewarm honey with ¼ spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses.
If you have a nasty cough:
Chop an onion place it in a jar, fill it up with honey and keep in the fridge for 24 hours then take a teaspoon of the liquid every few hours (it tastes horrible, but it works!).
Mr. X here talking about the meaning of self, tattooing, life and fatherhood. That minimal piano music you hear in the background is by Russ Chimes. Alex Nicholson makes the tattoos of Mr. X slowly melt into his skin throughout the film.
Tattooing has been in important part of human cultures for over 5000 years. From the aristocracy in England to sea-farers the world over to indigenous peoples on most every continent, it’s been a way to distinguish and express ourselves. It’s nice to hear such a soft and connected voice speaking about how meaningful it is to commit to a piece of art for one’s life. Tattoos are the only artform that change with a person throughout their life, slowly blurring and melding with the skin.
“I like the black ink in the skin. ‘Cos it’s not really black — it’s this funny bluish stuff. It’s India ink — it’s basically carbon. Which is what we’re made of."
London-based poet, model and Ace friend Jack Royle recently released his first video, Chicken Town. This homage to John Cooper Clarke’s 1980’s “Evidently Chickentown” not only honors the English punk-poet but first and foremost resonates as the vivid testimony of a young lad in the jungle of the city, striving to speak up for himself. Time has passed but the feelings remain unchanged.
A few weeks ago, New York based humanist photographer and filmmaker Cheryl Dunn came to London to present her latest documentary, Everybody Street — a homage to the lives and works of iconic street-photographers in NYC, from Bruce Davidson to Joel Meyerowitz, to Jill Freedman, to only name a few. We asked Cheryl to answer five questions about herself by picking images.
How do you see yourself?
I definitely see myself in motion, sort of weaving through crowds. I have a dance background and have a strong sense of physicality and this is always on my mind when I work and in life. I am very conscious of how I move through an environment and how I physically handle my tools that I use to shoot. With documentary practices, my aim is to be fluid and make things appear effortless as to not draw attention to myself so my subjects stay as natural as possible. A really unrealistic fantasy dream would be to be a Pina Bausch dancer. So here is a shot of one of her dancers that I took in Wuppertal, Germany. (above)
How do you see the others around you?
In a wider sense sometimes I see people as objects in a composition. And sometimes I put on headphones and go out and shoot street pictures and really study people and try to guess what they are thinking and get in their heads.
What was the last place you dreamt about?
It was definitely a fantasy world. Sexy with good music…
What you feel when you hear your favorite song/band?
Ha that dream… Sometimes I feel transported to a location and sometimes I think of a person I love or a visualization of the first time I heard that tune.
A secret power you would like to have?
To time travel to the past. I’m a little afraid of the future…
‘What We Wore’ began as format on ISYS, the arts and culture based project and website, which is an exploration of British youth culture. Looking at image sharing websites like flickr a few years back, I noticed that there was a wealth of images that were for the first time being digitized and shared, and there was so much subtlety and nuance in them and the stories attached. The idea is for the images to allow people to tell their stories, to build a community around the stories.
Has your perception of fashion and style evolved?
Although the book is about style and fashion, the project aims to take you on an insiders tour of British youth culture and explore the notion of identity. Style is a key part of the way people belong, form groups, band and disband in youth movements and moments.
Are you able to define the essence of British style by documenting its evolution between the 50s and today? If so, what is that essence?
The essence of youth style is the way people reach out to each other to form connections. Style is the answer to an enduring need to affirm oneself. It is not just a British thing — it is the same for youth the world over, because this period of your life is particularly about defining yourself through what you wear on your body.
Things are more hybrid and fluid now with style, but people have always flowed through scenes and movements. There is still reinvention, new identities emerging in youth culture, not everything is as off the peg as the cynics would suggest.
Every year during the Salone del Mobile in Milan, Wallpaper* Magazine puts on Handmade — an amazing exhibition of work from the makers and crafters of design, fashion, food and the magical.
For its fifth edition, Wallpaper* invited our Lovage team to set up shop and concoct three exclusive recipes, according to the meticulous techniques they’ve mastered in their Shoreditch juice and elixir bar at our London outpost. Handmade opened today and our peeps seem to have already adopted the Milanese accent. If you happen to be in Milan this week, come say hello and try some of our Dopo, Calma or Chiaro elixirs.
Throughout the ‘90s and early '00s, American experimental music treasure William Basinski operated a now-mythical avant-garde incubator beside the East River in North Williamsburg — a studio and performance space that played early host to Diamanda Galás, Antony and countless others. Arcadia closed its doors for good in 2008, but London’s Art Assembly brought Basinski out to co-curate a series of Arcadia-inspired music and live art events in London — including a host of pretty spectacular shows at Ace London.
The mini-fest kicked off tonight and continues through March 20. We’ll be hosting several shows Downstairs — Basinski and James Elaine’s Melancholia film shorts, Julia Kent, Paul Prudence and more — plus Janek Schaefer's sound installation Lay-by-Lullaby will be posted up in the lobby throughout. More details are available at our calendar.
Last month we reported on London-based architectural photographer Andrew Meredith’s adventures documenting the eerie vacancy of Hashima Island. Some of the captivating results of Andrew’s trip hang this month in the gallery at Ace London.