The Avant Garde Diaries

The Avant Garde Diaries

December 21 2011

A self-described renaissance man, Mark Hunter’s sensibility is shaped from an early immersion in the vintage scene.  Open to artistic expression through all forms, Hunter takes a break from his well-documented portrait work to share his views of culture, and the role vintage plays in influencing the runway.

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The Avant Garde Diaries

December 5 2011

The Dada art movement found a spiritual home in Zürich with the founding of Cabaret Voltaire in the midst of World War I. To this day it remains a pillar of the Dada movement, led by Philipp Meier. While Meier is charged with preserving the Cabaret Voltaire's artistic tradition, his passion lies beyond that gallery walls, imaging the Dadaist practice in contemporary terms. Not surprising that inspiration comes from city streets and from the likes of MacGhillie -- an unsettling, camouflage suit, which at it's core, defies our innate desire to classify and apply judgement.  Check out more here:

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December 4 2011

The culture is rarely impacted by honoring the status quo. An authentic, lasting contribution requires a disregard for convention while turning a blind eye to risk. That's undoubtedly the experience of Matt Kliegman & Carlos Quirate, modern-day Renaissance men who together, have re-imagined the social & cultural landscape of lower Manhattan with venues like The Jane & The Smile. Scott Lipps, a veteran shot caller in both the music & modeling industries details their rise. Check out more here:

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October 25 2011

Michael Schmitz has a unique relationship to water. He's a professional surfer from a country which sits below the sea level. Being a surfer in Holland presents myriad challenges. Surfing on a daily basis isn't a given and the coastline is constantly eroding. The response is Zandmotor -- "An Island in the Ocean."  A sand bar over 100 soccer fields long, Zandmotor is an innovative approach to coastal protection. By wave, wind, & current, the sand bar will spread over 20 years to protect & preserve the Southern coastline in Holland.  All the while creating the best waves in Holland, a wonderful confluence of art and science for surfers like Michael Schmitz. Check out more here

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October 24 2011

Andre Saraiva's talent & passion for graffiti proved instrumental in graffiti's ascendancy from street art cred to art world currency. He has created a design language all his own through his alter ego Mr. A while reimagining Parisin nightlife with the venerable Le Baron. His friendship with the inimitable Olivier Zahm is enduring. Both share a limitless appetite for challenging conventional and pioneering the new.
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October 23 2011

Bruno Kohlberg nurtured his art practice through collaboration with friends hosting underground parties.  Seeing Bella Berlin was a touchpoint for him and others. Bella Berlin's luminescent Living Disco Ball boldly challenged the conventions of the prevailing club scene. For Bella Berlin Living Disco Ball was merely a starting point for the personal journey of creativity and her expressionist kaleidoscope. Check out more here

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October 22 2011

Architect Sabine Chardonnet reflects upon a collaborative project with her students exploring the relationship between space & the inherent movement of soundscapes. Choreographer Vanessa Le Mat mines her experience as a dancer to apply the principles of choreographic movement to unorthodox spaces. Check out more here:

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September 3 2011

Former Tokion Publisher Chris Ambrose speaks with Paris Smeraldo, founder of the seminal Bushwick restaurant, Northeast Kingdom. Laying the foundation for the likes of Roberta's, Northeast Kingdom pioneered the farm-to-table concept in the midst of Bushwick's industrial landscape. 

Forgoing the more established Williamsburg, Smeraldo's restaurant created a hub for the creative community which has gone on to foster the growth of several cafes, galleries, & performance spaces which flourish to this day. Check out more here:

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September 2 2011

Rosemarie Köckenberger's experience as part of Balestra Berlin no doubt shaped the creation of KJOSK.
A double-decker bus reimagined - KJOSK is part kiosk, part urban oasis for Berliners seeking well-curated
staple goods sourced from local farms. It stands apart, much like Balestra Berlin, known for it's unique, collaborative approach and stand-out projects like Kubik, a lantern-like light installation. Check out more here: