Monthly Archives: December 2011
And so the festive season has become. Which means booze, fine food, party and hedonistic tendencies will form en masse. And on that note, INFX shall close until the new year has blossomed. Next year we‘ll be upping the ante and drawing focus on specific topics; in pursuit of more underground artists and personalities. Keep watching our Global Profiles series as it too blooms into a somewhat incongrous portrait of life on this Earth of ours.
So that‘s it from us; below are the Top 5 posts that drew the most attention in the past year. And also an Autobox DJ mix recorded live by yours truly, with a host of breakbeat tracks over the ages, to revel in on those sweaty summer afternoons by the pool. May your news be good news, Good luck and goodnight.
CARL SCRASE: http://infx.com.au/2011/03/04/carl-scrase/
VEIN ONE: http://infx.com.au/2011/08/05/veinone/
Video from the official DPRK News Agency KCTV reporting the death of the Great Leader, Kim Jong-il. Presented by a KCNA official newsreader clad in black, she is clearly emotionally devastated and besot by tears of unimaginable grief.
We hit Signore Alberto up for a quick Q&A the other day and the man was happy enough to share his thoughts with us. Here we have one of the best in the business: a heavyweight of the European graff scene in general, and Italy in particular. Nolac comes from Vicenza, a pretty hip-to-the-game town between Verona and Venice, in Italy‘s Veneto region. He recently kicked some arse in the global Meeting Of Styles event, this year hosted by Venice.
INFX: Was this year‘s Meeting Of Styles in Venice the first time you‘ve participated in MOS?
NOLAC: No, I‘ve been taking part to MOS since 2003.
INFX: Cool. Have you travelled with your art very much?
NOLAC: Yes, I travelled a lot. I‘ve been all over Europe and I had the chance to meet and paint with some of the most influent people involved in the graffiti world. In the 2010 I took part in an exhibition with the legendary Martha Cooper and in 2011 with the master T-Kid.
INFX: Martha Cooper, Eh? That would‘ve been a real privledge. You use various monikers including ‘SHOW‘, ‘TACO‘, and ‘ABE‘ (among others) -why do you write so many different names?
NOLAC: I write several tags because it‘s useful to improve my skills and to develop my own style. Sometimes it‘s even boring using and writing always the same name.
INFX: Nice, mix it up a bit… You‘ve been using Ironlak a bit but do you really think it is the best paint? What are your favourite cans?
NOLAC: Sometimes I paint with Ironlak. Most of the colors are nice and the pressure level is as good as the old Montana Hardcore. They are very clean.
INFX: Where do you see yourself (and your art) in 5 years time?
NOLAC: Honestly I don‘t know. I have no plans, I mean, I‘ll be painting for sure but graffiti is not my job, it‘s just a hobby.
Recently I haven‘t been painting as much as in the past because my job get me very busy. By the way graffiti is and will always be a need to me.
Frrresh! A big thanks to Alberto for taking the time out to chat.
Hailing from San Franciso‘s Mission District Other Cinema (or ‘OC‘) is an alternative film & video production, performance, and distribution network that brings a voice to the Media Arts community. This counter-cultural outfit has been operating for nigh on 30 years, and it continues to spearhead Fine Arts film-making. Craig Baldwin established this vanguard of ‘underground cinema‘ under a range of names from 1978, because he “didn’t see anything coming up from the ground that ended up on the screens”. Since then, OC has developed into an artistic collective led by a dedicated team of curators and artists. Other Cinema continues to enhance Film & Media Arts projects in the Bay Area; which of course flourishes elsewhere due to the renowned esteem of OC.
Currently, Other Cinema is in the midst of a Benefit initiative, to raise money for their operations. As part of the fund-raising effort, they have compiled the video below, to engage with the public in what the OC has going on:
The Hume Freeway is the jewel in the crown of Victoria‘s road network. This arterial runs from the M80 Western Ring Road in Melbourne‘s North, to the New South Wales border at Albury-Wodonga, where the road continues as the A31 to Sydney. This freeway provides an uninterrupted dual-carriageway road along its entire length; after numerous rural city bypasses were constructed. The upgrade project was completed in 1996 with the Wangaratta Bypass section. The freeway was named in 1928 after Hamilton Hume (1797-1873), a famous explorer in the early 19th century who in 1824 (with William Hovell) were the first Eropeans to establish an overland route between Sydney and the newly established colonial outpost of Port Phillip -the original name of Victoria.
Organic, geometric and full of magic, Beastman lets you see through the cracks. With a style that could easily be compared to the spiritual and visceral art of ancient religions, his work is simply mind blowing. In his solo exhibition ‘Cosmic Nature’, Beastman explores the nature of our reality and how small we really are on a cosmic scale. What this man can do with an aerosol can, will never cease to amaze me.
An exhibition of new paintings, Cosmic Nature opens this Thursday 8th December at 7pm and continues until 18th December at Kind of Gallery, Darlinghurst.
Some months ago INFX featured a short tribute mix by DJ Dexxx1 to the late Gangstarr MC Guru. This time we return to the turntable maestro (and beatboxer/ drummer) on a lighter note; to check out the skills our man was droppin‘ during a practice routine back at his place last night.
One of the true underground hip-hop DJs on the West Coast, Los Angeleno DJ Dexxx1 AKA DJ Dexterity is a keen fan of the late JDilla, and frequently drops Dilla‘s beats during his sets and routines all about L.A. Dexxx says of Dilla‘s productions that “the type of rawness on the beat among others shows you not only does Dilla have that Neo soul,The Ummah, SV type soul on lock, but he also has a dark rugged steez as well in his repertoire. Rip to in my opinion the illest beat maker in hip hop history...” and you can hear it as he tells it in this mini-routine right here: