Even though the big shopping centres were announcing it since February, it’s now, in April and looking at allergic’s red swollen eyes when we can assure that, at last, Spring is here. Here come the “taking off your clothes baby” stage, bright patterns and the happiness when the weather forecast says that, indeed, next weekend the sun will shine and temperatures will go up. This excitement state must be celebrated and I think that’s why cities set up music festivals, to manage all this hormonal meltdown making us pass the time all together and preferably away from the city centre.
Barcelona is an expert in this sort of social control; a good example of it are the Primavera Sound, Cruilla, Mobile World Congress (same levels of cocaine and binge-everything-ing but with men in suits) and our favourite, Sonar festivals, that this year, apart from the amazing FKA Twigs, Roysin Murphy or Flying Lotus bands, they’re bringing Bomba Estéreo for their line-up. This Colombian group has managed to bring cumbia and chambeta styles back to life mixing them with electronic music and, thus, making them cool. Lliliana Saumet, their lead singer, is a total blast live and with songs like “Fuego” (“fire”) she is able to lit the dullest audience. Bomba Estéreo and hail to Spring!
I know, I’m like a pain in the neck going on and on about music, partying and shaking your booty but it’s just that the second edition of Lapsus Festival is here with a very interesting lineup (Agorazein, Moiré, Mouse On Mars, Pina…), the sun is shining (in Barcelona), people are feeling naughty and you can smell the build up in the atmosphere. Beloved readers, we understand your needs and that’s why we’ve already made the perfect Saturday plan for you: 5pm at the CCCB (as centric as it gets). The mambo-fiesta season is officially inaugurated with Lapsus Festival.
Have you ever shared some time with someone that plays any sort of percussion? No matter if they come from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the side band for Cliff Richards or some grindcore metal group, they will all have something in common: that constant “playing” everything around, the the need to rhythmically tap the table or a leg.
Felix Faire has taken playing the environment to a whole new level. This British musician, architect and coder has created “Contact: Augmented Acoustics”, a technology project that turns any tactile surface in a music instrument. Faire is young (1991), but using microphones and knock recognition wave analysis he’s already been proclaimed one of the 7 designers of the future by Design Week. A crazy mix between Minority Report, giant piano rugs and an intergalactic musical, Augmented Acoustics looks like a key part of the future.
Felis Faire will be talking and playing his show on Thursday, 5th of March, at the Mazda Space Barcelona invited by Sónar+D by Mazda Rebels.
Looking at last years pictures and seeing that days are longer every day, we can only wish that Summer would come sooner; we’re willing to stop dressing like an eskimo, going to the beach and wearing those glitter sandals that blister your entire existence.
Paris based Fred Lahache‘s “Mediterráneo” photography series has reminded us of all these and more. It emanates just what its name says; the purest and most authentic atmosphere of the Mediterranean coast. Lahache was brought up surrounded by family references to Naples, Barcelona, Corsica, Algeria and Turkey (the boy used to spend his Summers there), what pushed him to make a visually exquisite and full of memories tribute to them.
“Mediterráneo” is colour, purity and harmony. Pray for Summer to arrive NOW.
Warning: I’m gonna get sentimental here. Seven years ago I moved to Barcelona like another graphic-designer-to-be, without a clue of basically anything and hungry for new experiences, amongst other things. 84 months, thousands of problems, millions of good times and billions of parties after (you know, welcome to Spain), we bring you PeBe (Pablo Benito), former classmate and partymate. In fact, we’re going to talk about going out, because PeBe re-draws this clubs and joints you so eagerly attend and turn them into divine illustrations to hung up on your living rooms; if you turn the music on, there’s no need to go out even. From my beloved Apolo club to Razzmatazz, Berghain or Fabric, you can buy them, all of them, in his online store. If, on the other hand, your body is not up for partying, you can also find prints of historical buildings of touristic destinations to which we would go right now. Desk pride; congratulations Pablo, this is ace.
Do you know that moment when your breakfast toast slips off your hands and, while you’re watching it go down, you still doubt whether it will fall on the butter side and cause a big drama or not? That moment when you still feel some hope that your day will not open like a total disaster? That little heart attack?
That anticipation sigh, the tension moment, is something Jacob Reischel know well. These two multidisciplinary Industrial Designers based in Berlin create scenes in which the watchers can grasp there’s something missing, some information about what’s happened or what’s going to happen. You can not know how did they get to that image, but you can feel there’s a process and an outcome. Minimalism and amazing graphic power, Jacob Reischel’s toast always falls on the bread side.