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VERB TO LAUNCH ARTIST-SERIES RANGE AT CITY SLICKERS, CAPE TOWN



On Friday 16th April, the new artist-collaboration clothing and skateboard brand, Verb, will be launching its first range of artist-series skateboards and clothing to the public at the City Slickers Poster Art Show in Cape Town.

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RESTAURANT REVIEW: ASOKA - TUESDAY JAZZ SESSIONS

It’s hard not to love the perks of the job, and last Tuesday night’s dinner and jazz extravaganza at Asoka was no exception. one small seed was invited to come along to the suave nightlife hotspot nestled in upper Kloof Street, the capital of Cape Town cool, to try the food and watch the band. So, having only popped into Asoka once before for a pre-drinks G&T or two, I went along—admittedly expecting far less of a place whose renown comes from its chic clientele and extensive cocktail menu rather than its food or live music.

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AD CAMPAIGN: FIAT C TREE PLANERSMILAN



I love this website, The Cool Hunter. You always find the raddest stuff there. Check this out. It’s another manic advertising campaign, this time by Fiat for the Fiat 500 C. The launch of the car happened in February this year, and the beginning of this month saw the cars appear in Milan’s high-fashion street, Montenapoleone, in an unexpected role. Twenty fiberglass replicas of the car, identical in shape and size, have been positioned along the street as… tree planters. They’ll be there livening up the city until 30 September 2009.



The event has been named “Per fare un albero” (Create a tree), and is a cooperative effort between the City of Milan, Fiat, and artist-designer Fabio Novembre. In Novembre’s words, his solution to merge into one object trees and cars, two elements always vying for urban space, is a “symbol of a new way of living.”

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WARNING: ART KILLS (ADVERTISING) - THE POPAGANDA OF RON ENGLISH



I recently interviewed Ron English for the latest issue of one small seed, on his ‘Art of Popaganda’ that attacks monopolisers of public space (corporates, government) who use deception to sell. Sometimes we call it propaganda. Sometimes we call it advertising. Call it what you will. Ron English draws attention to this blatant, shameless manipulation that perpetuates modern society in his artform called ‘subvertisements’.



In these, Ron takes existing ads, brands, even political campaigns, and creates spoofs out of them. MacDonalds is predictably one of the principal targets of his attack, along with Camel, US government, religion and war. With the former two he picks on the health factor, focussing specifically on the way in which they’re aimed at young people, usually children.



Some examples of these can be seen below:

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NEW AD CAMPAIGN FOR WINDOWS VISTA



Yes, yes, I know Windows Vista has become the bane of everyone’s existence and a lot of people put Microsoft up (down?) there with Saddam, Malema, Maccy Dees (well, I definitely speak for myself on this one) and The Devil Himself, but… I still kinda like their latest print ad campaign. Something cute and squishy about it. Almost makes you forgive them for all those system error messages…

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GREAT NEW ADS BY PRIORIN

Some great new ads by JWT Frankfurt for ‘extra volume’ Priorin shampoo.

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THANKS TO MUGABE: THE WORLD’S 1ST TRILLION DOLLAR AD CAMPAIGN

This is a really smart advertising campaign by TBWA/Hunt Lascaris for a small Zimbabwean newspaper (The Zimbabwean). Quipped ‘The World’s first Trillion Dollar advertising campaign’, it draws on that oft-repeated gibe that it’s cheaper to use Zim dollars as toilet paper these days. I saw the ad recently on a billboard at JHB airport and it really is an ad printed on money that has been carefully woven together like tapestry.

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SPLASHY FEN MUSIC FESTIVAL - THE BIG TWO ZERO



This year is South Africa’s longest running music festival’s 20th anniversary. Celebrating the big two zero, Splashy Fen promises to be massive as usual – if not more so than ever – living up to its name as the country’s most renowned annual music festival.



Held over Easter weekend on Splashy Fen farm in the Southern Drakensberg, among mountains and rivers, dams and grasslands, replete with tie-dye and hippies, campfires and drum circles, painted ponies and even a camel or two… Splashy Fen has been South Africa’s best alternative to an Easter egg hunt in the bottom of the garden for my whole recallable life. If you’ve ever been before, chances are, like me, you’ve never stopped going. In fact, you’ve probably spent half the year counting down the sleeps left ‘til Splashy and the other half reminiscing about it – it’s that much fun.

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EXHIBITION REVIEW: AVANT CAR GUARD: VOLUME III AT WHATIFTHEWORLD

Thursday evening saw the opening of Volume III at Whatiftheworld in Woodstock, presenting the new body of work by Avant Car Guard. The Avant Car Guard collective are three Joburg creatives - Zander Blom, Jan-Henri Booyens and Michael MacGarry - all established artists in their own right, who work as a single entity to produce artworks that satirise the local contemporary art world and the South African political milieu in a way that is wry, dry, and goddamn funny.

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EXHIBITION REVIEW: KIND POCKETS BY RICHARD HART

For those of you that haven’t been down to Whatiftheworld gallery lately, do yourselves a favour and fit a trip into your agenda sometime in the next two weeks. Last week Wednesday I went exhibition-opening hopping, and what started off rather horribly (taking a detour through Woodstock up the dodgiest alleyway we could find, to witness a pigeon being steamrolled by the truck tyre of the usual toothless bergie who seemed to get much satisfaction from making a white girl scream (sorry, I’m not from cape town - is it not very pc to refer to the locals as bergies? I haven’t worked it out yet) while five metres away a baby bergie played with the remains of another dead fowl… Just great to see how the other half live…) and continued less than well (sorry to the guys at Bell-Roberts, their current exhibition is a little more than disappointing), but, happily, ended on a super duper note as we arrived at whatiftheworld to find the best painting exhibition I’ve seen in a long time - so good in fact that I didn’t even care that the wine had run out.


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