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i searched for a wide variety of elf ludins and ull londins until i finally came upon ulf lundin, a photographer whose name i’ve been trying to remember since the summer.

lundin lives and works in stockholm, and has shown at moderna museet, london’s frieze art fair, art forum berlin, and more!

the project that sticks out in my mind most vividly is still films. he sets up a camera in a spot and takes photo after photo for some predetermined period of time; then, he layers the images to produce a snapshot of time, “somewhere between documentary and staged photography”.

his video bless you shows people trying to sneeze. sometimes, they do.

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from darkness is lundin’s exploration of the effects of isolation on portraiture. he leaves his subjects alone in a dark room, unaware of when the photo might occur. the resulting blank faces and dull stares provide an intriguing look at what people are like when they are alone.

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ulf-lundin(all photos by ulf lundin)

duh, we love photography. duh, we love anything swedish. BUT mr. lundin is one of the more thoughtful photographers we’ve seen lately, and we respect the way he uses his art to get at deeper issues of time and existence.

and his name is ulf. we dig that, too.

[ stefanie ]

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the highlights of hannuka were as follows:

more latkes than i could ever hope to stomach

a pair of mittens made out of alpaca (they are so warm)

cranium WOW (the pieces come with interchangeable hats!)

the world of edward gorey, by clifford ross and karen wilkin

gorey is an artist (and sometimes costume designer) who does crazy dark nitpick-y sinster type black-ink line drawings. he sets his scenes in a macabre victorian england, mostly, and writes books with titles like the doubtful guest and accompanies his drawings with captions such as “her laugh made beetles swoon; her frown / made geese and cows turn upside down.”

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edward-gorey-b(this is how i would like my future children to learn the letter “b”)

it is a must-read for aspiring illustrators and owners of freakishly dark senses of humor alike.

ps, it is fashion week in stockholm! HOT DAMN. more updates on the most fashion forward city evah to follow.

[ stefanie ]

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berlin fashion week (28 jan – 1 feb) is gonna rule.

facehunter will be there (a tip, if you are eager to get your picture taken, is to wear an eye-catching hat and/or talk loudly about stockholm), as will iekeline stange (projektgalerie is putting up an exhibit of her polaroid photography, entitled “i like ponies”, which should be nifty, and also she has such a wonderfully quirky style), and a lot of really fuckin cool berliners.

the city itself is wonderful — covered in graffiti, full of galleries and dark bars and artists’ squats and falafel places — and fashion weeks are always fun to loiter around.

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img_0111(photos are from spring break 2007; the top one is from the east side gallery, and the bottom is en route to the medical history museum; if you are ever in the same place as a medical history museum, and are not the squeamish type, go right away)

who else is in berlin, you ask? an artist by the name of chiharu shiota, is who, and last we saw she was creating enormous installations of dark string, windows, baby shoes, and burned wedding dresses.

chiharu-shiota(photo from the artist’s website)

here are some german words to take with you on your travels:

mitgefuhl

fernweh

sehnsucht

[ stefanie ]

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i had a dream once in which i was wearing the dreamiest pair of flat black lace-up boots.

incidentally i went antiquing a few months later and stumbled across the dreamiest pair of (inexpensive!) flat black lace-up boots, and they have been a staple of my day-to-day life ever since.

we find shoes like this to be just right for many many outfits:

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( both photos are from facehunter, the top one from some months ago and the bottom one from this past thursday )

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( those boots would be perfect with these dresses; this photo, by the way, is by diane arbus, who can always be counted on to produce endlessly fascinating images; if you are ever in stockholm, there are three fantastic onces to see in moderna museet )

if you are in the market for some footwear of your own, start with these patchwork boots on ebay, and there are tons more (slightly less mondrian-esque) pairs to be found if you search for words like vintage flat laceup grandma pixie boots. for a decidedly larger sum of money you can get this amaaazing woven pair from urban outfitters. in brown or white, they will attract very positive ogling from all angles.

[ stefanie ]

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oh hello there

we at festo are super into all things lively and cultural

something lively and cultural on our minds at the moment is fashion week, duh, and as we are ferociously tearing through photos of (sheer sheer sheer brights pastels long blazers ohmygod is it the 90s again and haven’t people been rolling up their mom jeans for a while now?) gorgeous clothing, we thought it appropriate to share some of our thoughts. don’t you worry more will soon follow.

charles anastase, wheeere have you been since spring/summer 2005? with the caveat that we melt for big ugly hip old man glasses, and also any collection that merits a mention of lula, we thought his mellow spring-y colors & fabrics (look number one, the little white dress in eyelet lace, awww) combined with snazzy puffy silhouettes, make it easy to picture what one would want to wear while following a herd of well-dressed sheep around a flowery meadow. also of note: that straw hat that was all over marc jacobs, puffy tutu shapes a la miu miu last spring, onesies like whoa (reminded us of stella mccartney’s pajama party), layers layers layers, prominent socks and ankles (a trend we first noticed in stockholm last year), and softness punctuated with leather and other tough stuff. charles, we like you.

oh and luella, holy crap luella, what pretty perfect outfits. asymmetry without being icky, really successful blending of bright colors without looking too much like the klaxons used to (put that neon green away, and grab some tangerine instead, and then throw on some purple, and then, kapow), hair bows!!! we totally knew the 50s were on the upswing (another stockholm-related epiphany), coco chanel esque layered pearls, one shouldered dresses, still floral prints of the liberty-inspired variety, and teased hair all over the place. oh we are fans. such enormous fans.

and another thing, we were reading the latest issue of tokion yesterday, and learned about a techno festival in new york that features a deaf disco, that plays music with the bass turned up so that deaf festival goers can feel the vibrations and dance about with all of their hearing friends. pretty bitchin.

come back soon. read more. we’ll bake you a pie.

[ stefanie ]

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