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Many pictures of Tokyo based photographer Daisuke Nakashima at first sight look like snapshots, but according to the artist they were all set up carefully, focusing on what he calls “the gap in the rhythm of life between myself and others”. Nakashima portrays his surrounding environment and the people within it, seeking to create distinct atmospheres, while leaving enough a lot of space for the viewer’s imagination. Most of the photographs below have been published in his photo book “each other” from 2008, which can be ordered both via Seigensha Art Publishing (Japan) or via Dashwood Books (US). For more of his work and current exhibitions check out his website.

The gang’s all QUEER (2009-2012)
Oakland based designer and artist Mekhi Baldwin has started The GAQ in May 2009 after unsuccessfully searching for a blog that caters to the work of queer artists of color. Over three years, the tumblr has become one of the most important sources for queer art and culture beyond the mainstream and has contributed to a new self-awareness in the community. A few weeks ago Mekhi has decided to stop working on The GAQ, so the site is no longer updated, but can still be visited as an online archive.

MIXED MEDIA
Amazing art tumblr by artist Julio Torres Salcedo, a self-described “27 y/o fatqueermexican”, who combines pictures of his own work (I especially like his shirts with drawings of new and old queer idols and role-models) with critical reflections on race, queer culture and the body + the work of other exciting artists. You can also find him on Twitter.

BLUE LIP BLACK WITCH-CUNT
Tumblr by artist and House of Ladosha member Juliana Huxtable, who you may know from her guest appearance in Le1f’s new “Soda” video or as a model for Bcalla or for photographer Amos Mac (see picture, with pink pics). Like her awesome Neon Ladosha blogspot site the tumblr focuses on fashion, arts and queer pop + neo-goth culture with a heavy bent on the work of queer artists of color. (UPDATE: The Neon Ladosha blog is NOT run by Juliana Huxtable Ladosha, but by, yes, Neon Ladosha. See comment below. Sorry for the misinformation!)

1-800 Friends/Thugs Mansion
“Welome to my little corner of misandry”: Fragments of contemporary queer culture + trans* culture + QPoC culture + pop culture by Oakland based accessorizer/artist Terry X, designer of the “Butch Please” cap.

The BANG Gang
Awesome all-gender hipster fashion tumblr with a focus on metallic fabrics, crazy prints, transgressive outlines and dramatic gold/silver jewelry.

FEMINIST DYKE WHORE
Colorful photo collection at the intersection of feminism, fashion and (black/queer) pop culture.

Queering The Game Of Life
“I’m a fat brown cis male queer who posts about stuff relevant to that, as well as other things that interest me, things I think are pretty, music, other forms of popular culture, and the occasional personal post with little to no consistency. I also run the body positive blogs fuckyeahchubbyguysofcolor and fatnudes, if you’re into that sort of thing.” Nothing to add.

THBGL
Tumlbr by photographer Tomoaki Hata, who’s photobook “The night is still young” about the Osaka gay/drag scene we featured earlier this year. Campy view on past and contemporary Western and Asian pop culture.

utopian asthetic
Exciting source for avantgardist fashion, design and art.

~ (Martyr Men)
Art, fashion, guys and porn posted by Kwame, a 22 independent pornographer. The site also features his own indie porn productions (= stylish wanking videos guys & re-edited porn). Via Okan.


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Peter Berlin is the image of sex for the generation of gay men who came of age in the 70s. He cut an iconoclastic figure in his skintight pants and blond pageboy atop a sleek torso, pectorals as hard as his cock and as high as his cheekbones. He was a gay cult figure, a fetish object in multiple senses: both an icon for worship and sexual fixation. And the highest Peter Berlin devotee was Peter Berlin himself. The photographer, filmmaker, mixed-media artist and designer used himself as his own model and muse, elevating self-portraiture and naked, unashamed gay eroticism to new levels of artistic legitimacy. Now, some of his most evocative photographs are on sale, offered by the Leslie Lohman Museum in New York City.

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From the duo’s new ”Liquid” EP (out now via Boysnoize Records on ITunes and Vinyl). Video for directed by Sam Jones, who also did the “Wut” video.

On Saturday the New York artist collective FCKNLZ will conquer the Broadway with the “Toni Bernice Show” at the Museum of Arts and Design. The new stage piece, which will be taped live, is the culmination point of Club Kid Herstory Month, a six week theater project through which the group examined the legacy of ’90s club kids by re-creating their legendary appearances on TV talk shows.
Tickets for the event can be purchased here (“$15 admission includes complimentary champagne and poppers”) – the people in the audience are invited to dress up as their favorite club kid or invent their own – the best costumes will be awarded by special guests Astro Erle and Sophia Lamar. For more information check out the FCKNLZ website or the event’s Facebook page. Below you find trading cards with all characters and a video segment from the show. Picture on top by Ben Pier.

25 years ago writer Sarah Schulman and filmmaker Jim Hubbard (“United in Anger”) started MIX NYC, a festival for experimental queer films, showing movies that were neither shown at gay film festivals nor in museums. Since back then, MIX NYC has become one of the most important platforms (if not the most important platform) for experimental movies of queer and trans* artists and has motivated artists and film fans around the world to start their own version of the event. MIX has also become famous for its unique way of presenting its movies in special environments and in combination with arts installations and performances.

The 25th edition of the festival will take place at a venue in the Boerum Hill section of Brooklyn in a 17,000 square foot warehouse, which was redesigned from scratch (accoding to the MIX Facebook page the theme for this year’s venue transformation “involves cocooning and hammocks”, which sounds like fun). Like ever year MIX will feature both excting short screenings dealing with various subjects (my personal favorite is “Exploding Lineage!”, a program showing “queer of color histories in experimental film” curated by Queer Rebels Productions, trailer here), as well as feature movies like the Fifth Column documentary “She Said Boom”Cheryl Dunye’s “Mommy Is Coming” or “Desaliniados”, a three-way romance by Argentinian director Pablo Oliverio. In conjunction with its 25th anniversary the festival will also take a look back and show important milestone in queer avant-garde film from the last 25 years, curated in collaboration with the makers of the queer screening series Dirty Looks NYC.

The MIX 25 opening night entitled “You Can Have It All” (trailer above) will take place tomorrow, Tuesday 13, and will feature a special appearance by performance artist Jess Dobkin. For the complete festival program please check out the MIX website and/or follow MIX on Facebook.
A special note to all New Yorkers: The festival is still looking for all kinds of volunteers to make it happen -> check out this Facebook site for more information or sign up here rightaway.

http://mixnyc.org


[Ssex Bbox] is a bilingual web documentary project by Sao Paulo/San Francisco based filmmaker Priscilla Bertucci. The series portraits people, who live their gender, bodies and sexuality beyond the boundaries of societal norms. Since January seven episodes shot in San Francisco, Sao Paulo, Berlin and Barcelona have been released, all of them dealing with the most important concepts and ideas of (post-) modern (sexual) identity. I found some part of the show a little too didactic, at the same time Bertucci and her team have managed to bring together a nice collection of interviews and portraits of interesting artists and activists from around the world. Below I’ve posted episode #6, which discusses the term “queer” from different angles. You can watch all episodes in English and Portugese on the project’s website.
Along with the documentary series comes a quarterly [Ssex Bbox] magazine, which shares the same approach as the show and can be previewed and ordered online. The current issue “It’s Complicated” was published in spring and asks for the future of relationships.

http://ssexbbox.tumblr.com

Download here (via Mediafire).
More Mykki Blanco.

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Track from the “Leisure Forever” EP, released on December 3rd via Leonizer Records. Video directed and edited by Black Cracker.


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New band of Mika Risiko (Sissters) and Sarah Adorable (Scream Club). Touring through Germany and the Czech Republic as support of Edie Sedgwick in November and December.

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Last year we’ve already featured a couple of beautiful paper-cut illustrations by Berlin based artist and part-time DJ Lavender Wolf. Now Berliners have the chance to see his latest work at Schlesische 19, a new arts space that belongs to the legendary Barbie Deinhoff’s bar and can be found right next to it. The invitation text for the one night only (!) exhibition of his new “Shapeshifter” installation sounds a little cryptic, but exciting – I quote: “The piece features images of seven of the artist’s matrilineal ancestors, each with a message and an ability that they wish to pass on to their descendent. The impetus for this installation was the history and practice of art used in rituals and ceremony from Feng Shui to Hoodoo, for the appeasement of deities passed on by force, to those who’s names have been long forgotten. Every seventh daughter will have her day.” The show takes place tomorrow, November 8th, at Schlesische 19 open from 7 to eleven pm (after-party @ Barbie’s). Below you find two preview images and a third one I found on Lavender’s Facebook page. For more information about the artists and more of his artworks check out this nice interview with him on the Kaltblut Magazine website.

Directed by Jonathan Turner. Stream full EP on Dazed Digital.

Brack-Man was founded by George Alvin, a former actor and graduate from the London College of Fashion from Essex, who just recently founded his own menswear label. According to Alvin the name “Brack”, which is also one of his nicknames, refers to Cubist painter Georges Braque and the boxy forms in his works. The lookbook of the young designer’s debut collection “Flavours of Light”, which combines high wearability with clear, utilitarian forms and techno fabrics, was previewed on Dazed Digital this summer, styled by the magazine’s fashion assistant Elizabeth Fraser-Bell. For more pictures of the “Flavours of Light” collection visit the nicely designed Brack-Man website, for interviews with George Alvin visit Dazed Digital or check out the latest issue of the free Base Magazine.

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