Your daily dose of cut n’ paste alternative git the links and go find out more for yourself culture… Over in West London, Portobello Road to be exact, Graffik gallery are getting ready for their first show of the year. Looks like it should be a good one, Japanese street artist AITO has been picking up a lot of rather deserved attention from those who like to keep an eye on the ever evolving London street art scene.
Here’s what the Graffik people have to say about the forthcoming AITO show “Mugenzikkou“…. .
“Let’s set the scene for the first exhibition here at Graffik Gallery/ Introducing artist “AITO” originating from Japan, his work is renowned for being clever, witty, unique and finished with an air of class, so much so that he has been dubbed the “Japanese Banksy”.
For our lovers or urban art, AITO’s debut UK Solo Show is not to be missed It’s been a real privilege watching AITO’s ideas come to life on the streets of London over the past few years. This year will see him return to his native country Japan and continue his exploits in a country with Zero tolerance to Street Art and Graffiti. His beautiful, detailed and touching stencil work will for the first time be transformed on to canvas, available to purchase”.
AITO’s solo show opens at Graffik on Thursday January 16th at 6.30pm
MEANWHILE – A Spectre is haunting the World – the Spectre of Laibach …
Longstanding industrial experimentalists Laibach have announced more details of their forthcoming album as well as previewing a track via the Mute Records Soundcloud page…. Here comes a taster or two along with some of the Mute press release that just landed today said…….
A Spectre is haunting the World – the Spectre of Laibach …
“LAIBACH release a brand new album, SPECTRE, on March 3rd, yhe album comes out of CD, vinyl and as a download . The deluxe edition of the album will come with four extra tracks plus the SPECTRE Partybook: a laminated linen bound party membership book with SPECTRE’s manifesto and an invite to register your allegiance to its thesis.
LAIBACH (photo: Maya Nightingale_
SPECTRE follows the band’s widely acclaimed conceptual album VOLK (2006) – where Laibach interpreted national anthems of historically imperialistic nations – and the release of the side projects LAIBACHKUNSTDERFUGE (2008) and IRON SKY: The Original Film Soundtrack (2012),
SPECTRE’s release will be followed by a worldwide tour, which includes dates at KOKO, London (March 12th) as well as the band’s first foray into China: a live date on 22 March will be preceded by a Laibach Kunst exhibition (17 January-20 March), plus a Laibach Seminar at the City University of Hong Kong on 21 March.
Laibach has once again ‘re-invented’ itself in a newly born, yet polished and solid, formation. And, as is now customary, Laibach calls into question all the rigid and cemented interpretations (and prejudices) about itself, about its music, intentions, philosophy and ideology. Laibach are masters of escape, true escape artists. And yet, despite everything, SPECTRE resonates as a real and full-blooded Laibachian work and nothing else.
With SPECTRE Laibach has created a big, important, and almost dangerous step forward; it seems that this time it has fatally crossed the Rubicon. On this album the group – which has never defined itself politically, but has, nevertheless, constantly analysed politics through its work – comes across as politically engaged as never before. SPECTRE literally sounds like a political manifesto manifest in poetic form. Titles and lyrics couldn’t be more direct. With these lyrics and songs, Laibach, who has always given a controversial impression – or an impression of controversy – especially in terms of its political orientation, is now very clearly taking a position on the political spectrum and probably irreversibly abolishing its own (to some extent quite comfortable) political ‘freedom’ and neutrality”.
An ORGAN encounter with Laibach in the form of an interview conducted at the Mute Records office back in 1996
Aito Kitazaki – You Never Know Unless You Try – Cambridge Gardens (2013)