Thursday, December 30, 2010
Hats off to any of you who have attended, played or followed DO IT! since we started out in a dark Doric November back in 2008 - we celebrate two years of events and collaborations this month! From the moments Jon Reid, Jonathon Brown and I (Alexander Horne) sat in my parents house evolving the idea having returned inspired from several years in Barcelona, to the kind gesture from our last performing artists in Oslo - it has been an exciting journey and great excuse to meet people pro-actively involved with culture across Europe. Photos from our 2nd birthday shindig in Aberdeen can be found on Resident Advisor. At our closing Oslo show, Halvor Bodin once again set the visual barometer high with a complete package of pre/post event work to combine with his ever-evolving live performance. Pics from this and other shows can be found on our FB group here.
videos: DU 'Softness' (Sprutbass remix) and Rustie 'Bad Science' by Halvor Bodin, 2010
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
In a society where convenience and familiarity regularly wins over pragmatism and social openness, I was delighted to discover Michael Tompert and Paul Fairchild's 12LVE exhibition this week. Although it can be argued that Apple products are a well designed piece of equipment, recent episodes have left me feeling part of a minority observing swathes of cash ready consumers lurch towards the latest gadget in the brand-led belief that it will greatly improve their life. Turning your back to other punters in a cafe or bar to play a retro video games or being wired to emails buzzing through 24 hours a day is not a social progression in my eyes. In Norway alone the statistics are startling, almost 20% own an Iphone. As much as a great gadget it is for business, watching grown up professionals fight to whack their gadget out reminds me of being in a Primary School gym class observing the tension between owners of a pair of Nike air sneakers and the poor chap with the Hi-Techs mulling about in the corner. Which is why it is so refreshing to see someone smash up some Apple products for the sake of art. These products are not perfect untouchable icons, this exhibition reminds us of the lack of natural aura consumer products have and of their temporary existence. Read more here.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Sunday, October 10, 2010
It is with a relative degree of sadness that The Villa closed their doors after one last dance on 2/10/10. Although the club had sat below pizza institution Hells Kitchen for less than five years, it had won a place in many music aficionados hearts in Oslo and from overseas. From New Wave to old age disco via dubstep, skweee and house - the club was the only spot in town close to rekindling memories of clubs such as Edinburgh's The Venue and old Bongo Club (sadly also both defunct). For readers not familiar with those venues, perhaps the best comparison came from one revered DJ visiting for a set during Oslo Live who compared The Villa to Plastic People in London - only better. The Oslo nightscape maybe changing with the arrival of new venues and rumors of takeovers on the horizon but, in the meantime we salute you The Villa; door and bar staff, regulars, visiting acts and in particular the booking team of Tore Jazztoback (Ost from Ost&Kjex) and Scot Electric Lane (Jen McConachie). It was a pleasure to play there on several occasions and in particular for our DO IT! event during Øya.
video: Oslo Experimental presents: DO IT! Oyafestivalen, The Villa 13.8.10 by Halvor Bodin
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Sunday, August 15, 2010
poster: by Alexander Horne (me) and Cupofill. 2010 / video: Sprutbass 'Matt Huffley' by Halvor Bodin
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
ESRU logo design by Alexander Horne
Monday, July 26, 2010
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Was pretty impressed with Anti's black metal takeover at PechaKucha Oslo a few months back whilst showcasing their black denim label, Anti Sweden. This public act and some well thought out international collaborations, that include gore artist Justin Bartlett and more recently Jeremyville, really spell out this Norwegian label as one to watch amongst the sea of Swedish fashion sharks that dominate the Oslo high streets. Its been refreshing to see a Norwegian label turn the tide on an image of being a rich consumer paradise to a country with dark soul and witty come backs of their own, in reply to the permanent jibes from the yellow and blue neighbours. You can read my article and interview with Anti in Vice Style here.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Of the big acts for those with more discerning tastes; complete with towel on head and fetching female aides, Moodymann played a wonderful midday ode to vinyl - spinning solely slabs of wax with live playlist commentary, a real education for the techno heds. Flying Lotus went as far out as to drop some Weather Report on Friday night (the first time someone dropped jazz at that stage!?) and gave everyone who plays only one genre of music a lesson - jumping from beats to jazz to deep house to electro to garage and back again. Joining these two in the big name league; Hudson Mohawke who also played off Sonar events most nights and the Saturday LuckyMe showcase complete with hippo mask disguise. Friday night he made his own with a memorable DJ set alongside Olivierdaysoul on the mic - his presence and sounds filling out the 8,000 capacity SonarPub stage.
Although there was many other acts worth mentioning, Hovotron playing a live set at new Barcelona record store Discos Paradiso for a Lo Fi Funk showcase being one, the main surprise and show stealer was Brooklyn gal Pursuit Grooves who I only previously knew as one of the producers featured on the first Beat Dimensions compilation from 2007. Curious I made my way to the front and was blown away with the soulful jaw jack beats and house euphoria of her live set. Punching pads from a Dilla tiempo through to a bouncy house hop via uplifting acid house moments - she even had time to jump on the mic to whisper some slick rhymes, when not jumping energetically around the booth. A fantastic live show which, had everyone in the RBMA tent grabbed and bouncing. Listen back below:
Thursday, June 24, 2010
JUNE 25TH AT BLÅ FROM 22:00 DO IT!
Monday, May 31, 2010
Live session 28.05.10 by Uraki Riddim
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Monday, April 26, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
OFFSHORE - DO IT! abz - May 7th at The Tunnels
INKO - DO IT! oslo - June 25th at Bla
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
An article for Architonic magazine questioning the tangibility of the terminology 'sustainability'; it's common misconception, examples of use and how we could use such terms in an eco-effective and holistic manner. The article, entitled 'Sustaining Sustainability', features references to the excellent Architecture for Humanity group and an introduction to recently developed 'sustainable' programs such as Cradle to Cradle design and Miljøfyrtårn. As discovered through the harsh reality of economic downturn - the Western world has been overproducing and consuming. Many design services are sprouting through the rust of those who have bolted themselves to the sinking ships of dated production mechanisms. But, who is governing these design services? What gives these companies the power to certificate producing designers? These are issues that need to be addressed as design molds into something that can bare more visible relevance to all in society. Read the full article HERE. Godt Nytt År (Happy New Year) as they say here!