is a different kind of dancer. To be specific, he is a Flex dancer.
This unique performer brings something new to the table with his bonebreaking movement.
I'm a big fan of his particular brand of movement. (especially the duet near the end of this video) I also managed to track him down to answer some questions for SHOWstudio.
BONES THE MACHINE X CHRIS SUTTON
To me SHOWstudio represents somewhere where people attempt to answer wonderings and explore answers to questions that have not arisen yet. Bone's movement is something that inspires me personally to make fashion.
So i was curious.
i sent Bones some very brief questions. I wanted to know just a little bit more about this performer. Simple.
CS- Where are you from?
BTM- i am from Brooklyn NY.
CS - Where did you develop your style of movement. It appears to be unique, very personal and i want to know how you developed into such a powerful performer.
BTM- Thank you.. i developed my style here growing up in my neighborhood. ive practiced alot on my flexibility and made different moves and movements to incorporate with my typical dance, like waving tutting. im inspired by movies , scary movies and most of all music. Being 1 of the few that can do my style makes me unique, and the more i come up with new pieces to show the world, it makes me feel powerful. inspiration is everything!!
CS -What is the most exciting thing happening in dance right now that you have seen recently that you would want to share with me.
BTM- i will say dance is becoming really big, and we get way more respect as artists than someone thats just dancing in the backround.. we are the voice of the body when the mouth cant explain, now theres dance in commercials, tv shows about dancing, dance events everywere, and im happy to see people ive watched. People that inspired me coninue to move on doing something that they love.
It's a sad day in the studio. After 4 fun-filled years our wonderful technical supervisor Neal Bryant is leaving us. I think I speak for everyone at SHOWstudio when I say that Neal has been a dream to work with - he is a force of calm and reason (a valid asset in a studio filled with creatives!). I don't know what we will do without his focus, optimism, creativity, trouble-shooting skills and audio guru tips. He will be sorely missed by the whole team and all our visiting panelists (many of whom are now heartbroken). What will we do without you? Goodbye Neal.
Yesterday, 31 October, the wonderful Amanda Harlech was in the studio to work on her Punk film with Marie Schuller. Appropriately, given that it was Halloween, Harlech was covered in fake blood! Stay tuned for her film...
It's the 1st of the month and Californian musician Morgan Fox's week-long Tumblr curation is already in full swing. Switching things up from our usual format of pure visuals, Fox's posts are entirely text based, similar to what you can see on his blog page 'The Werner Herzog Appreciation Society'. Todays's surreal and satirical reflections include such gems as;
She just swallowed a cigarette. Her friends were daring each other to do stuff and they dared her to eat a lit cigarette and she did it without any hesitation. This might sound crazy, but I think I may have found my future wife.'
SHOWstudio Shop is delighted to announce the launch date of our exclusive collaboration with streetwear brand Stussy. On Wednesday 7 November, we will release a Stussy x SHOWstudio range of original hoodies and caps in tandem with an exclusive interview with British film maker and musician, Don Letts. Sign up to our newsletter now to be alerted to all the latest SHOWstudio news!
Nick Knight chatted to photographer Steve Johnston about shooting punks on the Kings Road in the latest of our Punk: Photographyinterview series. The photograph, taken during a day of street casting, was part of a series commissioned by Terry Jones that would pioneer 'the straight up' style of photography that formed the basis of i-D magazine. In the candid phone call, Johnston reveals his process of capturing the personal style of the punks. 'In those days because money was tight, so I had to get it right. So if it was a roll of thirty six, there would be thirty six punks on that roll. As Terry Jones would testify.'
Fox is musically known as Pregnant Women as well as one third of Californian punk band So Stressed. Consistently drawing inspiration from the original punk scene both in terms of music and attitude, he is sure to prove an exciting guest curator.
New digital art platforms are springing up every day. From Paddle 8 to Artsy, the art world is desperately trying to find a way to translate the gallery experience online. It's not easy. The gallery system depends on very strict measures of control. The encountering of the art object is crafted in itself and maintaining the primacy of the original copy is key. But breaking down the domination of the white cube is not by any means a new concept and the de materialisation of the art object has been a recurring theme for nearly 50 years. While the distribution capabilities of the internet are antithetical to the standard one on one art experience, the potential in the digital sphere is too great not to try to harness. Art:I:Curate attempts to merger these two worlds together. They're creating an online community of artists and curators who submit artworks to be liked by their wider followers. The most popular works are selected for physical exhibitions, mostly in London and New York and so potentially you can have the best of both worlds. The initiative has also cleverly engaged with art professionals through their Curated By feature. Every 2 days, a new curator, writer or artist is given free reign to post imagery to Art:I:Curate's home page and their respective social media sites.
This week, I've been asked to be one such curator. I began posting yesterday and shared a number of artworks that have featured in SHOWstudio's gallery venture, the SHOWcabinet. We also tread the fine line between a physical and online space with a format that avoids the traditional white cube and is always supported by informative digital content. I've showcased a fantastic collection of artists and designers that we're really proud to call collaborators, including Iris van Herpen, Una Burke and Tobias Klein to name just a very few. And for my second day of curation, I've decided to propose a mini online exhibition titled Grey Matter which thinks about photography and film as sculptural mediums. The selection of images includes predominantly emerging London artists like Ella McCartney, Alex Ball and Sophie Clements, interspersed with some major heavy weights like Alina Szapocznikow and Phyllida Barlow. The works chosen engage with sculpture and photography simultaneously, and so lend themselves to a digital presentation and play around with this idea of shared space.
Today, we launched not one but two punk fashion films by Marianne Maric. The first, Kiss my Ashes, serves almost as a trailer for the main feature Ass to Ashes, which features a remix by Justice's Xavier de Rosnay of Suicided by producer Busy P. The French contemporary artist's take on punk revolved around her musing that 'to be well dressed today is punk', and contains a reference to the first 'punk t-shirts' made by Vivienne Westwood using chicken bones.
Frequently using her friends in her work, Maric puts an emphasis on the importance of the subject. Her punk film offerings star the actor and designer Louis-Marie de Castelbajac as an aristocratic 'punk pervert' engrossed in demented acts of destruction and self-adornment. Her choice of participant is also a nod to his fashion designer father Jean-Charles de Castelbajac, whose surrealist and pop-art influenced clothes were a notable part of punk fashion.
In the latest of Nick Knight's phone interviews with the photographers who captured punk's key moments, Ray Stevenson talks about his shot of Siouxsie Sioux performing at the Screen on the Green. Stevenson gives an insight into the stories behind the shoot including his background photographing folk bands, his disagreement with Vivienne Westwood and the fact that he actually hated this particular image.
On The Banshees front-woman herself he says, 'Siouxsie loved being photographed… She'd get upset if you didn't take her picture, she'd gone to all that trouble to dress up, and just the make up must have taken a fair amount of time, so not being photographed would be the insult'. Listen to the interview now.
Yesterday, Rhizome hosted their first international Seven on Seven conference at the Barbican's new Milton Court venue. The event pairs 7 contemporary artists with 7 technologists who are given just 24 hours to devise a project, which they must present to an audience in its raw state on the following day. Having gathered momentum in New York, the initiative takes steps to cultivate the use of technology within creative practice at the highest level. The organisation is a media-art affiliate of the New Museum in New York and it's a partnership that yields a fine crop of artists. Recent exhibitors at the museum bolstered the roster including Turner prize winner Mark Leckey and Haroon Mirza (who unfortunately couldn't make his presentation). They were joined by less established but equally engaging artists including Cecile B Evans and Aleksandra Domanovic. The technologists also boasted impressive resumes like Alberto Nardelli of Tweetminster and Smari McCarthy of IMMI.
Our attention was focused very much on creative software developer Ryder Ripps. Associated with a particular group of creatives that could equally inhabit the role of artist or technologist including Ryan Trecartin, Brad Troemel and Olia Lialina, Ripps' presentation was by no means hampered by the absence of his partner Mirza. Ripps developed a website called aboutwhateveritis.com that allows users within 0.1 miles of one another to post messages anonymously to its home page. Determined by geographical proximity, it is the kind of tool that could allow free discussion on an art object in a gallery or conversation on a film in a cinema or indeed allow audience participation during a presentation as was the case here. The site was inspired by his dad's reply of 'People don't look at one another any more' when he asked if the world 'sucked' before the internet. In one way, Ryder's solution perpetuates the same behaviour Mr Ripps laments, in another it facilitates an initial connection. Crucially it is democratic in its nature, all participants are stripped down to an equal footing, encouraging involvement and engagement with art objects displayed in institutions. Or indeed it can be used for anonymous gutter talk, 'Ryder Ripps is hot' typed one enamoured audience member.
Ryder was in the minority having produced a functioning product at the end of his somewhat one sided collaboration. The other pairings came up with various methods of intervening with major digital platforms. Alice Bartlett and Cecile B. Evans' app Entropy randomly adds users to your twitter feed. They claim unexpected behaviours help you to allude algorithmic categorisation and will scramble the type of tailored advertising you receive. Why? They say 'just because it's annoying'. Jonas Lund and Michelle You developed eeeeemail.com, which sends an already sent email from your inbox to a random contact. Reminiscent of Miranda July's inbox exhibition We Think Alone where members sign up to receive 20 previously sent emails for 20 weeks from its collaborators, the project removes any original context and reveals the various ways one might comport themself through their correspondence.
One of the most illuminating talks came in fact from the introduction by technologist Jamie King. His musings on ownership and value in the digital sphere laid bare the decreasing 'cost' of data sharing and the turbulent challenge to instill and maintain 'value' in an easily transferable creative product. His series of documentaries Steal this Film is a technological re imagining of Abbie Hoffman's 1970 book Steal this Book that examines piracy, grass roots distribution and file-sharing and encourages fresh thinking on the concept of intellectual property within this realm.
Rhizome is an important and worthwhile venture, recognising the potential one day can hold and pushing leading creatives to make technology and artistic practice co habit. Looking forward to the next one.
piers1 13:33 29 Oct 2013 It is brilliant and highly encouraging to see this.
I also completely agree with the stated objectives.
It is a very different world out there visually and we need art that talks with the new language of this new world.
Great review too.
Emerging fashion illustrator Josie Hall popped into the studio today to show us her intricate line drawings of designs from Spring/Summer 2014. We liked them so much, we've invited her to cover Collections for us next year!
Today's Punk fashion film offering comes from Mancunian stylist and photographer Fia Yaqub. Nude is a darkly sexy take on punk that focusses on the movement's associations between fashion and sex.
'We felt that there's a provocative, erotic and feminist undertone in punk, and discussed how we associated punk with wearable bondage and sex. The garment and the film had to be of an erotic feel, something that would cause provocation when viewed because it gave off a distinct air of sexuality. We aimed for something beautiful, yet slightly dark in its beauty, something obscene.'