One of Cuba’s leading contemporary artists, Carlos Garaicoa, brings together new and recent works comprising sculpture, installation, drawing, video and photography, which explore the themes of architecture and urbanism at the Irish Museum of Modern Art today. Cuban life—social, political, and cultural—inspires Garaicoa’s work. After the Cuban revolution in 1959, many architectural projects and buildings were left unfinished or abandoned, in Havana and in other Cuban cities.

Garaicoa created a series of pop-up books depicting the decrepit turn-of-the-century buildings in Havana’s Plaza Vieja district and other cities. Garaicoa also addresses these collapsed buildings by pairing black-and-white photographs with drawings made of thread rendering the reality of the absence of these structures. Garaicoa often illustrates his vision in large installations using various materials such as crystal, wax candles and rice-paper lamps.

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You have probably heard of the urban graffiti artists Roa, Bansky, D*face and Blu, but have you heard of the Sixeart?

Sixeart (real name Sergio Hidalgo) is a multidimensional graffti artist and sculptor started his artistic endeavor in the world of graffiti in the late 1980′s by tagged the streets of Barcelona, developing his own personal graffiti style. In the mid 1990′s he started experimenting with sculpture and painting, until in 1998 he felt he needed his own studio, where he was able to to establish himself as a plastic artist.

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When eight students head into the mountains for Easter break at an isolated cabin in the woods, a strange man proceeds to tell them the horrible tale of a Nazi group, who during World War II, were notorious for causing murder, mayhem and dabbling in stealing treasures not too far from their current location. They laugh at the man and brush off his crazy story as folklore fiction, until one of them disappears and zombies infiltrate the cabin.

Dead Snow, a Norwegian export directed by Tommy Wirkola, starts out with a young woman (Ane Dahl Torp) running through the snow covered woods of Norway, when she is devoured by a zombie. Cut to scenes of joyous friends (played by Lasse Valdal, Charlotte Frogner, Stig Frode Henriksen, Bjørn Sundquist, and Jenny Skavlan) who’ve come together for a quiet vacation in the mountains, and it plays out like an ordinary set-up in a horror film. They laugh at one another and bicker, there are playful shots of them frolicking together in outdoor activities, a gratuitous sex scene,  the let’s all sit around telling stories and oooh-I-found-something-secretly-hidden-inside-the-house-let’s-see-what-it-is moment that starts the snowball rolling into zombie territory. I wouldn’t do that if I were you.

Once they find that secret in the house, the mayhem starts when the Nazi zombies end up on their doorstep. What made these characters in peril different than most in horror films, was they at least tried to kick ass instead of screaming and cowering in a corner.  Some went to great lengths to assure their endurance; like sewing their own neck shut or killing crows that wouldn’t shut up.

The zombie make-up is pretty effective and authentic. The zombies don’t jerk and jiggle too much; they know how to walk and are intelligently organized. Zombies with brains. One doesn’t even know if they are contagious. People do get bitten but it’s never explored, because it is not necessary to the storyline, it’s all about ‘the hunt’ and intestines. Intestines play a recurring role in Dead Snow. I am not sure if it was intentional with some greater hidden meaning or the special effects department simply had an affinity for entrails.

The ending is par for the course with movies in this genre. It can only go one way or another, so no there is no dramatic twist at the finale, sorry. Blood spattering gore, unique survival techniques and a believable cast make this movie very entertaining.

Rating: 8/10 stars
Running time: 90 minutes

Review I originally wrote for Open Book Society.

We have taken on a 30 day photography project titled “The Sky Tonight: 30 Days of Dusk“, where we snap a photo of the sky (from the exact same spot in our backyard) at around dusk. The time fluxuates (because the axis of spin of the Earth is not vertical to the plane between the Earth and the Sun, obviously) but the shots are snapped right before the sun dips to visit the other half of the world.

The interesting thing about this is we are not using an standard point and shoot camera for these photos, instead using a cell phone (Palm Pre) camera. We’re suckers for simplicity.

It is quite amazing to see how different the range of colors and cloud formations are on any given day. At the end of 30 days worth of shots (give or take a missed day due to some unforseen reason we cannot be in our backyard), we shall put them all into collage form.

This was the first picture…

You can currently find the other two photos we have taken thus far on our Gilbert Musings: Art Collected mini-blog or follow our progress on our Gilbert Musings Flickr page. There was a few days gap from the first photo because the project wasn’t decided on yet.

For the lazy people who don’t like to use their wrists, or for people who like techy toys, Rubix Cube comes in Touch version. Just like the iPhone or Palm Pre, with a swipe of your finger, you can solve this classic puzzle from TechnoSource USA.

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We all love posts with links to cool stuff we either want to know about, we never knew existed, or love to read about. Well, we peruse the internet for such things, so you don’t have to. ‘Click That Link’, is a complied list of useful website links worth checking out.

(If you want to submit a link find out how at the end of this post.)

NEW YORK BLOGS - A hand full of blogs that focus on the in’s and out’s and intricate workings of the city that never sleeps.

Chelsea Hotel Blog – Notes from the most famous bohemian hotel in Chelsea.

Ephemeral New York – Faded and forgotten artifacts of New York.

Forgotten New York – Quirky finds about New York City.

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Now besides showing off to people that you wear Gucci, when asked what hotel your staying at, you can tell them “I’m staying in Gucci.”

Gucci is set to launch a new hotel in Dubai, the ultimate destination for over extravagance. Gucci is not the first fashion house to open their own hotel. They are following in the footsteps of Giorgio Armani whose first hotel opened in April in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.

Gucci also plans hotels in Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Oman and China.

I am sure the rooms will be replete with Gucci logo towels, bathrobes and slippers.  (I’ll just stick this in my suitcase and hope no one notices.)


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