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5 pieces gallery

The 5 Pieces Gallery is a venue for the sale of high quality art including paintings, collages, photographs and limited edition prints.
They focus on fine arts and photography emerging from urban subcultures and support some of the most exciting and innovative contemporary artists working around the world.  The annual 5 Pieces Group Show takes place in Berne, Switzerland.

Kate Garner - Kate Moss

Here’s more about this project from Dennis Ammann, their gallery director:

Interviewer:Could you describe the scope of the 5 Pieces Gallery?
Mr. Ammann: The 5 Pieces Gallery represents a select group of emerging and established artists and is commited to introducing groundbreaking art. We try to offer an original and multidisciplinary programme, showing artists from all horizons to an
international audience. Our clients are as heterogenous as our artists, we deliever the whole spectrum of clients from the poor art student up to the rich art collector, some are buying works to hang on their walls, others see a great investment in it and some just want to support young artists.

Christopher Ilth - Untitled (Print R)

Interviewer: Where do you find artists and what is your metric of selection?
Mr. Ammann: First and foremost the artist and the individual work must appeal to me personally. It’s a dangerous philosophy to follow trends or, worse still, a mathematical calculation in the hope of making money. Whether we like it or not, art is emotional, it
evokes an emotional reaction. After the initial spark, the originality of the work is essential. It’s also important to us that our line-up features artists who come from a variety of countries and cultures, providing diversity in content, perspective and style.
Furthermore, since we see art as an important means of social and political engagement, the gallery has a desire to challenge the viewers, social norms and itself.
So it’s not only about technique, beauty or understanding of light and figure, it’s more about how well the art mirrors the society of its day. In the end, I think good art stands out on its own merits, and we still like to believe that this reigns supreme. We ignore and
avoid the hype, we judge the work with our eyes and hearts and not our ears. Popularity should not be confused with importance. However, our purpose is to showcase the very best artistic talent the world has to offer, so we put a lot of effort into the search for new
talent. It is imporant to us to show them from the beginning honestly how we work and what we have to offer, and be supportive rather than prescriptive in approach.

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Intersection: Intimacy & Spectacle -undisciplined art in Prague


As part of the next Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, the world´s largest performance design event held in Prague once every four years, Intersection: Intimacy and Spectacle will transform Prague, introducing to the city center an ephemeral artistic dwelling composed of thirty boxes. These boxes will be inhabited for the duration of the Prague Quadrennial from June 16-26, 2011 by performative projects realized and performed by scenographers, performers, choreographers, visual artists, film directors, drama theatres, installation artists, fashion designers, writers, and painters, etc… Thus suggesting an interesting cohabitation: where else could you find an installation gathering such varied artists as Romeo Castellucci, a major European theatre director and one of the key figures of the Avignon festival, Markus Schinwald, Austria´s representative at the next Venice Bienale, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, unmissable Ukrainian-born visual artists, Anna Viebrock, the famous German scenographer, Josef Nadj, choreographer and director of the Centre Chorégraphique National d’Orléans, and many others? This outdoor performing exhibition will be a journey for audiences, explained by Intersection Curator and the Prague Quadrennial Artistic Director Sodja Lotker, "It will all question one and the same thing: what is performance? And who is performing? Is theatre something theatrical – an illusion, a straight-forward lie? Or is theatre just one of the basic ways to express ourselves? …everyday"" Out of the boxes, the Intersection project will cover the entire city of Prague, thanks to various site-specific spectacles and installations, created by Árpád Schilling / Krétakör, Claudia Bosse / theatercombinat, and many others.

The Intersection project is organized by the Prague Quadrennial (CZ) in cooperation with New Theatre Institute of Latvia (LV) // Escrita na Paisagem Festival de Performance e Artes da Terra (PT) // the Victoria and Albert Museum (GB) // Kiosk (RS) // Krétakör (HU) // the National Theatre in Prague (CZ) // MiBAC-Direzione Generale per lo Spettacolo dal vivo (IT) // Kiasma Theatre, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (FI).

Following the Prague Quadrennial, during 2011 parts of the Intersection project will travel to Santacangelo (IT), Munich (DE), Évora (PT), Bergen (NO), Riga (LAT), Nitra (SK), Terni (IT), Belgrade (RS), Helsinki (FI), and Budapest (HU).

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Protest art

Lapiro 2Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize winner, released in Cameroon.

The winner of the 2009 Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize, Lapiro de Mbanga, was released from prison in Cameroon after three years imprisonment under harsh conditions. Early in 2008, angered by high living costs and a constitutional change that would allow the president to stay in power indefinitely, people in Cameroon took to the streets. Amid nationwide strikes and mass demonstrations, popular singer Lapiro de Mbanga, who had demanded that the president resign, was arrested and charged with inciting youth unrest. In September 2008, he was jailed for three years.

Commenting on his release, Freedom to Create spokesperson Priti Devi said, “We are delighted that Lapiro de Mbanga has finally been released from imprisonment. We hope that he will continue to use his talent to inspire others to challenge and change the world through creativity and the arts, so that we all may flourish.”

“In the developed world, we take our creative freedom for granted. But in many societies, political repression, intolerance, ignorance and religious extremism inhibit creative expression, especially for women. Artists play an important role in breaking these barriers and championing creative, economic and political freedom.” Priti Devi added.

For nearly 20 years, Lapiro has used the power of popular music to campaign for social reform. Freemuse, the campaigning forum which nominated Lapiro for the 2009 Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize, described Lapiro as someone with rustic wisdom who provided a cultural prism through which Cameroonians interpreted and commented on political behaviour. “His songs constitute a cultural megaphone by which the disenfranchised and politically endangered can vicariously exercise free speech.” they stated.

Lapiro de Mbanga was imprisoned for his song ‘Constipated Constitution’, which was critical of President Biya of Cameroon. Lapiro was awarded the Freedom to Create Imprisoned Artist Prize in 2009 for his courage and creativity, and only received his trophy earlier this year, when campaigners for his release visited him in on Music Freedom Day on 3 March 2011. Lapiro’s case was followed internationally and last year, a petition was made to the UN for arbitrary detention.

The Freedom to Create Prize

Each year, Freedom to Create presents the ‘Freedom to Create Prize’, a US$100,000 Prize that is open to artists in all creative fields.

The Freedom to Create Prize celebrates the courage and creativity of artists who use their talents to build social foundations and inspire the human spirit. Artists serve as champions of the freedom of expression essential for healthy societies and vibrant economies. They play an important role as positive change agents, expressing the aspirations and angst of ordinary people.

Nominations for the 2011 Freedom to Create Prize are now open and can be accesses through the Freedom to Create website:

Revolutionart Magazine 29 is out !


Two months ago, when we selected the NUCLEAR theme for this edition, there was nothing to indicate that the world would soon be facing the current crisis affecting the Fukushima reactors. But we were aware that NUCLEAR energy would have a great impact on our lives in one way or another.

Japan, one of the world’s most fully prepared countries when it comes to earthquakes, with one of the world’s most advanced nuclear energy industries, found itself taken by surprise by unpredictable events. Much to the concern of the entire world, at the time of going to press with this edition, a radioactive leak has already been confirmed.

We had hoped that those who have contributed to this edition would perhaps provide views both for and against the use of nuclear energy. However, particularly in the light of current events, the majority seem to associate nuclear energy with destructive forces. Without a doubt, this has emerged as a rather dark edition of Revolutionart, but nevertheless it deals with an important aspect of what humanity does. 

And that is why we have invited two members of the most destructive heavy metal bands in the world: Slipknot and Cradle of Filth. They will speak to us of their artistic work, their new projects and their vision of a possible nuclear future.

For some years now, Revolutionart has been inviting talented people to share their visions, without censorship. Our philosophy is revolutionary, and we seek to communicate patterns of current thought regarding issues that concern all humanity. At the same time, we seek to color our approach with positive ideas.

For that reason, in our next edition we will seek to express the most splendid longing of human imagination, that perfect and sublime place which is different for everyone. The next subject of Revolutionart is PARADISE.
Enjoy this edition… 

Download Revolutionart #29 – “Nuclear”

Fukushiyama Japan Nuclear Explosion

A powerful explosion has hit a nuclear power station in north-eastern Japan which was badly damaged in Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami. A building housing a reactor was destroyed, but authorities said the reactor itself was intact.

The government sought to play down fears of a meltdown at the Fukushima 1 plant. But officials later announced the cooling system of a second reactor at the plant had failed. The news sparked fears of a the risk of a further explosion or leak of radioactive material.


Revolutionart solidarizes with the Japanese people and all other regions of the world affected by the current crisis.

DotMov 2010 festival

DOTMOV is a digital film festival organized by online magazine "SHIFT", aiming to discover unknown talented creators and provide an opportunity to show their works. They had a total of 237 works from 26 countries this year, and an excellent 11 works among them were selected by guest judges. All the selected works are also presenteded on their website.
This year’s festival will take place in several cities in Japan and oversea during the whole month of November, 2010.

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11/01 – 12/25__Sapporo, CAI02
11/01 – 12/03__Fukuoka, Gallery Artlier
11/03 – 11/07__Porto Alegre (Brazil), 2010
11/03 – 11/13__Kagawa, Tokiwa Art Gallery (Cinema Square 2010@TAG)
11/05 – 12/02__Tokyo, TOKYO CULTUART by BEAMS
11/05 – 11/18__Kobe, Kobe Design University, Library
11/17 – 11/21__Belo Horizonte (Brazil), 2010
11/19 – 12/19__Stockholm, FÄRGFABRIKEN
11/22 – 11/28__Kyoto, Cafe Independants
11/23 – 12/05__Kyoto, Dojidai Eizo Studio 1928
11/25 – 12/12__Osaka, digmeout ART&DINER
12/10 – 12/23__Sendai, TRUNK (occur2010)
12/06 – 12/12__Nagoya, Golden Child Cafe
12/17 – 12/18__Buenos Aires, G104
12/24 – 12/28__São Paulo (Brazil), 2010
01/14 – 02/12__Shizuoka, CCC
0March 2011 (scheduled)__Kuala Lumpur, KLDW2011

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– This event is supported by Revolutionart Magazine

The Met Hotel

Art needs space. Spaces need art.


For many years now, this has been the premise behind much of Christina Chandris’ work, a premise she realised in several of the art projects she curated. Always on the lookout for both well-known and unknown artists, her collector’s eye has been sharpened and she developed unfailing instincts for contemporary art. Highly committed to the fostering of art in her private efforts, she also supports and supervises large-scale art projects that are open to the public. The MET Hotel’s art collection is a new and unique project by Christina Chandris. For the first time worldwide, an exhibition concept that follows museum standards was developed and realised in the rooms and spaces of a hotel. Christina Chandris and all who are involved in this project want to offer an extraordinary experience to the guests of the MET Hotel: to live in close contact with works of art that usually can only be viewed in museums or private art collections.




Tips to choose good fonts for your projects

1. The Letterform
The ‘ductus’ represents the framework of a type. It is very important. For legible text we need typographies with a simple ductus without complex details. Those details distract from the reading process and we need the reader to pay attention to the content and not the text.

2. The Weight
When we discuss the ‘weight’ of a type, we refer to a consistent relationship between the characters themselves, and the light of the page that flows around them. If you use a light version of a type for a lot of text, reading of this text will probably become tiring and nobody will want to read it.

3. The Contrast
The contrast refers to the thickness difference between vertical and horizontal strokes. The difference between the thicker and the thinner part of the character. Bodoni and Didot are very contrasted type designs. Try to read the photocopy of a photocopy of a photocopy of text layed out in Bodoni. You will probably see only vertical strokes. Good type design should be able to resist a lot of copies. It must be strong, solid, but not coarse.

4. The axis
In my view, the axis of a type design could affect reading. Vertical strokes prevail in a text type and if the axis is diagonal, the eye will have trouble following that line of text. If the type uses more than one axis, a line of text will appear as if dancing which makes is harder to read. If we use an orthogonal axis, the characters can’t dance.


5. x height
The area between baseline and x height contains most of the readable information (75% of the lower case letters). It is a very important area at the moment of reading text. Long ascenders and descenders require a small x hight. If we compare two types of designs, one with long ascenders and the other with short ascenders, we can see that the x height of the second one will be larger, so it will obviously be more legible. Look up for the difference between Times New Roman and Mrs. Eaves.


6. Capital letters height
Older typefaces designs consider the same height for the ascenders and the capital letters. In any cases capitals are bigger… But the appearance of a word in upper case between lower caps is usually ugly. When I write the word ‘Garamond’ I feel the ‘G’ as a dinosaur and the ‘a’ as its prey…


7. Endings and details
When we use a font in a big size (for example in a poster), we enlarge everything. All the small details of the type design become evident, as well as the mistakes. A lot of typographies are badly drawn. As designers, we should not accept this.


8. Text and texture
A block of text looks like a texture from a distance. This texture must be uniform, without thicker characters or spots that could attract the attention.


9. Degree of the Counter Opening
In many type designs, the counters are too closed. It could cause legibility problems, because somebody could read ‘o’ instead of an ‘c’. So, if the internal counter is too opened (as in Frutiger), it will start to mingle with the external counter, generating a lot of white (and it looks ugly).


10. The Fish Effect
This effect becomes evident when the internal counter is bigger than the space between characters. It looks very strange where round and straight characters join.


11. External counter
There are small details that make a text type design more legible. A carefully designed external counter leads to better text understanding. Think about the connection between the vertical stroke of the ‘n’ and its curve, or the difference between ‘rn’ and ‘m’.


12. Internal counter
A small eye in an ‘a’ or an ‘e’ character will probably disappear, especially in small type sizes. These are the most used characters in most of the languages, that is why this becomes a very big problem.

13. Is the set complete?
How many times do we note that the font we are using lacks a character? It always happens when our design is almost finished. Terrible! We must change the type and check out the complete text again. Many type designers don’t design some characters such as ñ, written accents, tildes, points, commas or numbers… It is better to check the font out before using it.

14. The family
It is important to verify that the type family is plentiful, with variations in weight, black, whites and italics… Check out that the italic is as legible as the regular version. Sometimes they have a lot of rococo details.

15. Letter spacing
There are fonts with bad or non-existent letter spacing and obviously, they don’t work well. A good designer will try to correct the letter spacing that he (she) considers bad, but it is too much work when all the spacing looks bad… There are software packages that can help, but it is not the same as good typographer work. Try to use fonts with correct letter spacing and metrics…