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Rethinking the Split House in Shanghai

The magical lane houses, which were once the dominant fabric that made urban Shanghai the intoxicating place that it was in the 1930s, are now slowly being demolished, taken over by high-density developments all over the city. Neri & Hu Design and Research Office was commissioned to reconstruct a dilapidated lane house left with almost nothing except its glorious shell in the historic and artistic Tianzifang area in Shanghai, and the mission was to transform it into three separate apartment units.

Neri&Hu’s strategy was to rethink the typology of the lane house–keeping the split level formation, a typical trait to lane houses in this city, and add spatial interest through new insertions and skylights to accentuate the architectural integrity of such a typology, contemporizing it for today’s lifestyle.

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I think kimonos are something we must not allow to become extinct. In olden times, kimonos were originally the family’s assets, and inherited kimonos are infused with spiritual feelings.

I have to be careful in terms of how I contemporize kimonos. I don’t think it is necessarily okay to make something so special that easy to wear. The inconvenience is one of the appealing aspects of kimonos. Also, the gesture of adjusting the hem or the sleeve is, for a man or a woman, really sexy, and I think that is important. If you get rid of it, you lose the splendor and sexiness of the kimono. So although I make traditional kimonos, I also think they are the most modern kind.

—  Jotaro Saito (in Kimono Now)

“I’ve always loved the idea of fairy tales, but somehow I never managed to completely connect with them. What interests me is taking those classic images and themes and trying to contemporize them a bit. I believe folk tales and fairy tales have some sort of psychological foundation that makes that possible.”

Tim Burton (pictured on the set of Corpse Bride)

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That is the best shark dancer I’ve ever seen

(At ConTemporal, featuring The Extraordinary Contraptions)

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Last weekend I attended Contemporal, a Steampunk convention in Raleigh. 2 years ago I sold in the artist alley but this year we just attended. The theme this year was 1933 Chicago World’s Fair so it was an interesting mixture. These are my outfits for Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday: Steampunk Dark Mokona (Dark Mokona from the Clamp series XxxHolic)

Outfit:
Blouse: Walmart
Bustle Skirt: Retroscope Fashions
Corset: Corset Story
Wig: Gothic Lolita Wigs
Goggles: Blond Swan
Jewelry: Handmade

Sunday: kind of Steampunk Maleficent- I had planned on new horns but they weren’t finished in time.
Blouse: Walmart
Bustle Skirt: Retroscope Fashions
Corset: Pendragon
Maleficent Horns- Toys R Us (with flowers added)
Purse: Home Goods
Jewelry: Handmade, Charming Charlie’s

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A new Michael Jackson album, featuring eight new tracks from the late artist’s archive, will be released on 13 May.

Titled Xscape, the track listing was chosen by Epic Records chairman LA Reid, who trawled through four decades of Jackson’s demos and off-cuts.

The tracks were then updated by the likes of Timbaland, who works with Justin Timberlake, and Stargate, who have produced Rihanna and Beyonce.

Reid called the process of reworking the songs “contemporizing”.

“Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with,” said Reid.

“We are extremely proud and honoured to present this music to the world.”

A deluxe edition of the album will also feature the eight tracks in their original form alongside the remixed versions.

Xscape is the only track on the album to be updated by its original producer - Rodney Jerkins, who worked on the sessions for Jackson’s final studio album, Invincible, in 2001.

John Branca and John McClain, co-executors of Jackson’s estate said: “Michael was always on the cutting edge and was constantly reaching out to new producers, looking for new sounds.

"He was always relevant and current. These tracks, in many ways, capture that spirit. We thank LA Reid for his vision.”

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-26824983

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❝ I’ve always loved the idea of fairy tales, but somehow I never managed to completely connect with them. What interests me is taking those classic images and themes and trying to contemporize them a bit. I believe folk tales and fairy tales have some sort of psychological foundation that makes that possible. ❞

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"Why Have Art Historians Been Silent About the Falsification of Biblical History in Artworks?"

A new article sure to ignite debate:

“… [E]xperts maintain that contemporizing – depicting figures in Renaissance settings, attire, and appearance – is typical of the ‘Renaissance style.’ For these experts, the 'style’ mantra has become an unexamined response that closes the book on the story. But contemporizing biblical figures is not the end of the story. It’s the starting point of a gross misunderstanding. Contemporizing – and fashioning in your own image – is one thing, but erasing identities is another matter, a serious matter with serious consequences.”