Knight Opens Heart For 4

As revealed here last week, Channel 4 has commissioned four leading imagemakers to adorn a giant 4 logo outside its headquarters. First up, photographer Nick Knight whose contribution was unveiled today: a
9-step lenticular using images of eleven different bodies.

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As revealed here last week, Channel 4 has commissioned four leading imagemakers to adorn a giant 4 logo outside its headquarters. First up, photographer Nick Knight whose contribution was unveiled today: a
9-step lenticular using images of eleven different bodies.

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Apparently, “the idea for the piece was to reflect the channel as a multicultural, responsive entity”. According to Knight’s ShowStudio website, “in response to your movement, the bodies appear to gently heave and writhe to a subtle heartbeat soundtrack created by SHOWstudio contributor Nick Ryan.”

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The 48-feet-high steel number 4 was erected last week.

Designed by Freestate, in conjunction with engineers, Atelier One, and built by The Mike Smith Studio, it will mirror the channel’s award-winning idents with steel bars forming the 4 logo only when viewed from a certain angle. Over the next year, four different artists have been given the challenge of decorating it: after Knight, will come Mark Titchner, shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 2006 and Ghanaian sculptor El-Anatsui. The fourth artist will be the winner of a competition open to young arts graduates, run in conjunction with the Saatchi Gallery.

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Photographer Nick Knight will be the first of four leading imagemakers and artists to take on a major new public art challenge in London – a 48-feet-high steel number 4 to be erected outside the headquarters of Channel 4.

Icograda Congress Report: Cuba Gráfica Show

CR’s Mark Sinclair is blogging from the Icograda World Design Congress in Havana. In this post, he visits the Cuba Gráfica exhibition, a retrospective of Cuban graphic design from 1959-2007 and talks to Eladio Rivadullo, the designer of the very first poster created for the Cuban revolution of 1959 (shown above).
In addition its seven day conference, the Icograda Congress boasts a range of satellite events and exhibitions. With Cuba hosting the Congress this year, many of the country’s designers have taken the opportunity to show some of their best work in a host of different venues around Havana. The largest show, Cuba Gráfica, was a comprehensive retrospective of Cuban visual communication design, and included examples of editorial and identity design, posters, websites, motion graphics, packaging and stamps from 1959 to 2007. Curated by Pepe Menendez, Pedro Contreras and Hector Villaverde, the exhibition is currently on show in the stunning setting of publishing house/gallery, Casa de las Americas, in the Vedado district of Havana. The opening night was popular with Icograda delegates and Cuban designers alike and I also had the pleasure of meeting a special guest, too – Eladio Rivadulla, the man behind the first poster ever designed for the Cuban revolution of 1959.

Unidentified Flyposted Objects

Should you happen upon this flyposted message, you’ll be struck by its beguiling duality: How offensive – yet how beautiful! Especially with that gold-foilblocked censor strip. Let’s face it, it’s not everyday you see a flyposted poster (flyposter?? Or is the flyposter the one doing the posting of the posters???) with gold foilblocking, more’s the pity. But wait, we’ve also been getting reports of sightings of more suspiciously well-produced posters popping up around London – ones with varnishes, scratch-off type and even heat-sensitive ink…

The Sony orchestra

While the advertising world has been busy debating whether the latest Sony Bravia spot, featuring those lovable Play-doh bunnies, is or isn’t a rip-off of Kozyndan’s art, Fallon in London has slipped out another spot for Sony online, this time for the brand’s new Walkman digital media player.

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