You might remember a call to action back in March for the Mercedes-Benz #Untamed digital photo installation in Paris in promotion of the independent spirit of the CLA. Well, if you missed it, the event happened last month and thousands of creatives submitted their own images—resulting in a very cool, revolving display contained in an all-white loft space. We never really know what to expect from projects like this, but the final product was fantastic. More images and a video recap after the jump.
Occurring this April in Paris, #Untamed is a unique digital photo installation utilizing instagram that inspired the new Mercedes-Benz CLA. Initially accessible through the portal untamed-installation.com, the goal is to have individuals upload fantastic images, or as the brand puts it “The natural enemy of the average.” Whichever way you take it, this is an opportunity for you to show your work internationally to an audience of art and culture enthusiasts. And think about it this way, you can drop the line “yeah, I have some work at a group show in Paris” for at least a month. Pretty impressive. But don’t think of this as a free-for-all, only the best work gets into the show. So put your personal style on blast, take it to an #Untamed level, and make an impression by uploading your instagram photos to untamed-installation.com
In the Spencer Susser-directed short Eugene, a film inspired by Four Stories winning screenwriter Adam Blampied, we meet an endearingly timid traveler, who finds himself the recipient of a magical Ultrabook™: one which grants his every wish.
In his Extreme WOW Suite at the stately W Washington, D.C., Eugene gets a bit carried away with his new device. From new sneakers and ice cream cones to choo-choo trains and a cowboy hat, we see his room fill with countless treats and toys; however, none of these things can fill the hole that’s in his heart.
Watch the film to find out what happens Eugene goes too far, and then participate in our Eugene Photo Contest for a chance to win an Intel-inspired Lenovo Yoga IdeaPad* Ultrabook™ and 40,000 Starpoints* for use at any W Hotel of your choice!
Post a photo of what you’d wish for if you had a magical, wish-granting Intel-inspired Ultrabook™ with #fourstories on Twitter or Instagram, and we’ll pick two winners on March 7th. You can also check back to see entries here to see what other people are wishing for.
Check back on March 7th to see which two lucky contestants won!
Finally, an affordable portable speaker with a capacity for volume without sacrificing the quality of sound. That’s the a.m.p. SP1 portable bluetooth speaker in a nutshell. Take it to the park, the beach, some secluded spot where the action is, or just use it as your own tiny GhettoBlaster. The music goes wherever your phone goes. Maybe you’re just tired of the crappy sound quality from your computer? Boom. Here’s your answer. And if you need to take a call, no problem! The SP1 functions as a speakerphone as well, so you can kick it on a conference call. So there you have it, the a.m.p. SP1 portable bluetooth speaker, one of the easiest recommendations we’ve had.
Your first pull off a Bloog will be enough to convince you that maybe—possibly—you can ditch that traditional cigarette altogether. The Bloog delivers that feeling of smoke, while being absent of it entirely. Take a puff here, take a puff there… it doesn’t matter. No smoke, no scent, only pure satisfaction. Plug it into your computer to charge it through a usb, stick in a fresh nicotine cartridge and you’re ready to go. Seriously, that simple. Forget about that red flame you’re used to, the butter is in the blue light that your Bloog emits. Indoors and out, welcome a new friend into the nicotine family.
Smirnoff wants your ideas for new nightlife. The vodka brand has teamed up with German nightlife impresario Tensnake to seek out original and creative concepts in nightlife. If you have any ideas, simply tweet using the hashtag #YoursForTheMaking and get heard.
Red Stripe really nails it with this viral project involving hidden cameras and a bodega turned musical instrument. In the spot, unsuspecting Red Stripe patrons are treated to “Rudy, A Message to You” played through such common items as bottle trumpets, food can xylophones, and nut packet shakers.
The film was directed by award-winning director Greg Brunkalla, with instruments by creative technologists Hirsch & Mann.
Set to the Danzig-written, Misfits-performed 1979 track, Where Eagles Dare, this short film is a celebration of all things Sailor Jerry. It also marks the first time The Misfits have allowed any of their music to be used commercially, testament to them sharing the spirit of the tattooing legend Norman ‘Sailor Jerry’ Collins whose signature the rum bears. Incorporating WWII-era Honolulu film footage from the Hori Smoku documentary telling the life and times of Collins, along with scenes from legendary Sailor Jerry parties, The Anthem captures the authentic spirit that the brand has worked hard and honestly to cultivate.
It appears Ketel One is more than just a spirits brand, it’s also an angel investment firm.
In May 2012, Ketel put out “A Gentleman’s Call”, asking for eco-friendly business ideas with a philanthropic skew. The ideas had to be well developed enough to be written on a bar napkin.
After combing through thousands of submissions, they landed on five finalists whose ideas range from an infrared laser-powered device that collects wasted water as you shower, to a vertically integrated rooftop garden-cum-market.
Had Alfred Hitchcock decided to make Psycho in the 21st century, he would have had no problem. A modern day movie studio would have shown little hesitation towards the film idea, and even if they had, Hitchcock could have gone straight to kickstarter to make it happen. However, Alfred Hitchcock made the film in 1960 and the tools in place and attitudes were much different than they are now.
In Fox Searchlight’s Hitchcock—the first narrative film directed by Sacha Gervasi—Alfred Hitchcock (played by Anthony Hopkins) is looking for his next big, shocking movie. Following up North by Northwest, he is drawn towards Robert Bloch’s novel, Psycho, a story inspired by the serial killer Ed Gein. Unable to secure funding for the film, Hitchcock decides—with the go-ahead from his wife and collaborator Alma Reville (played by Helen Mirren)—to mortgage his Bel Air mansion and finance the movie himself. Hitchcock is both a look at the creative process of the director during this picture, and a glimpse into the life of collaboration and jealousy he shared with his wife Alma. In many ways, Hitchcock is a creative love story.
On top of the stellar performances by Mirren and Hopkins, the film features a cast of electric co-stars: Scarlett Johansson nails it as the ice blonde Janet Leigh, Toni Collette is perfectly poised as Hitchcock’s loyal assistant Peggy Robertson, and Jessica Biel suitably plays Vera Miles, the actress who just cannot wait to get away. And to top it all off, Danny Elfman does wonders controlling the film’s score while never overshadowing the original composer Bernard Herrmann.
If you’re looking for a movie that both you and the in-laws will enjoy this weekend, Hitchock is it.
Hitchcock opens in limited release this Friday, November 23rd.
Do you control your desire? Or do you allow it to control you? The elusive devil can be a sensory – and involuntary – appetite starting with a gleam in the eye. So when a leather-clad Dougray Scott walks out of a dimly lit diner, temptation of course awaits.
The Scottish actor aspired to make billions as Ethan Hunt’s nemesis in Mission Impossible 2 and he’s been both Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. He’s played at being a sadistic killer (New Town Killers), a chef falling in love (Love’s Kitchen), and is scheduled to be Dr. Godfrey in the soon to be released goth-horror Hemlock Grove. In this short video directed by Antony Hofman, we find Scott behind a gleaming Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG.
And he’s not resisting, of course, to harnesses the power and beauty of a 1695 kg amalgamation of precision design, performance, and aesthetics being fed by a V8 engine and controlled by a DCT 7-speed sports transmission, charging you up to 317 km/h. As the machine sparks over the dark streets of Los Angeles, the attraction ultimately rests on the drive you get.
This past Saturday in nine cities across the globe, a quiet army of white-aproned, fashion forward people marched through busy city streets in silent promotion of next week’s global launch of Maison Martin Margiela with H&M. However, these mobs (twelve groups of twenty-five each) will be nothing in comparison to those on November 15th, when the collection hits stores.
Thursday night we attended the opening night party for Microtropolis, a massive, interactive model of Manhattan located on Pier 57. Brought to life through Windows 8 touch devices, the city installation features a maze of curated guides to every neighborhood in Manhattan. From legendary restaurants in Tribeca to cool record stores in the East Village, it’s all there for you to interact with and experience inside the Microtropolis.
The space is open daily (10am – 6pm) until Saturday, November 3rd at Hudson River Park’s Pier 57.
The creators of Ketel One Vodka have partnered with Wallpaper* to call on contemporary craftspeople around the world to join the Modern Craft Project – a competitive quest to discover, celebrate and support the most talented and entrepreneurial modern craftspeople; those who want to take their work, skills and themselves to the next level.
The Modern Craft Project will help up to three modern craftspeople in each participating country, in their pursuit of crafting excellence through the Ketel One Legacy – a substantial sum of money to further their work and vision, for example purchasing new equipment, taking on an apprentice, or taking space in a creative quarter. In addition, modern craftspeople will be offered the chance to feature in Wallpaper* magazine and on Wallpaper.com, bringing extraordinary levels of global exposure. The panel of experts, including Bob Nolet, 11th generation distiller of Ketel One Vodka and Tony Chambers, Wallpaper* editor in chief, will be looking for determined talent that thrills and inspires.
Those craftspeople who have mastered a skill, maintain a meticulous attention to detail and a personal commitment to their chosen passion, ignoring limitations and expectations to achieve their goals. They will demonstrate mastery of traditional skills applied in a modern context, showing an outstanding passion and dedication for excelling in their craft. Inspiration for the Modern Craft Project was gleaned from the fascinating collision of modernity and heritage which epitomises Ketel One Vodka. The product of over 300 years of family distilling expertise, fused with modern techniques and one man’s creative vision.
The Project will be helping selected craftsmen to take their work to the next level and to an even wider audience by giving them the chance to win a share of the Ketel One Legacy prize fund of £30.000 (Germany: €30.000).
ELECTRIFIED: One Million Volts Always On is magician David Blaine’s latest performance, and no matter where you are, you can see it live 24 hours a day. Beginning tonight (October 5th) at 7pm and continuing for 3 days and 3 nights David Blaine, in concert with Intel’s Ultrabook Experience, will go without food, drink, or sleep as he stands in the center of a 44-foot diameter globe surrounded by 1,000,000 volts of electricity streaming from 7 Tesla coils. One of the most interesting parts of this performance is that people all over the world (Intel Ultrabook stations are set up in Beijing, London, New York, Sydney and Tokyo) will be able to interact with the electricity and metallic orbs that stream electricity around the artist via the #ELECTRIFIED hashtag.
David Blaine had this to say about the performance:
“My goal is to create a visual image that everyone will always remember, one that makes people curious and mystified. Intel is giving me the opportunity to perform the most daring thing I’ve ever done and has created a way to bring different people from all walks of life on to a global stage.”
For those in NYC, head over to Pier 54 at anytime from 6pm tonight until Sunday to see the performance in person. It should be best late at night, or even more so on Sunday at 7:30pm when Andrew W.K . plays a one million volt keyboard solo with Blaine.
Vice has created an amusing microsite for the video game DISHONORED (on shelves October 9th) based around the art of revenge. From The Greatest YouTube Revenge Pranks to a revenge skit by Dave Chapelle based on the $55 million he had made just before pulling the plug on the Chapelle Show, there’ll surely be something to pique your interest whether you’re a believer in the “Eye for an Eye” approach to life, or not.
On August 26th and 27th, The Notting Hill Carnival returns to London for the 48th straight year. Working with Red Stripe, the legendary photographer Pennie Smith has shot portraits of the creators of the Carnival, the talented souls who make it all happen to bring one of the world’s most famous events to life. These folks are ‘the Makers,’ the ones who you may or may not notice as your senses are overloaded with the aroma of jerk chicken, and the pulsating music of the Caribbean. These ‘Makers’ are there though, and this is about them.
You’ll need to apply by sending in details of previous/relevant work experience, up to 800 words on why you’ll be right for the job, a recent photo and images you’ve taken with your smartphone camera app, before the 14thAugust to JDTH@cirkle.com
Long gone are the days where a high top sneaker was strictly for basketball. Introducing the adidas chizzle hi, a shoe combining the legacy of adidas Originals with the technology and fashion of today. Worn with the tongue out, boasting the Metal trefoil shield, the chizzle hi is a for-real statement shoe for statement dudes. In black/black/red and army green/black colorways with details like patent leather trimmed overlays, a nubuck upper, vulcanized outsoles, and tiger camo lining—these are no longer sneakers, gentlemen, these are shoes.
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