Friday has come around again like the office cold, but rather than try and eradicate it with tissues and Lemsip, we’ll welcome the end of the week with welcome arms and a hot water bottle in tow. This week in the world Time named Trump its Person of the Year 2016, Michael Gove and Ed Vaizey had a spat on Twitter about the Turner Prize and people have been talking about how Martin Creed’s anti-carol Christmas song should be this year’s festive number one.
For more natty tidbits from the internet, check out this week’s Best of the Web, where we’ve got all sorts of goodies.
Fred Rowson has directed the hilarious video for Joe Goddard’s new single Lose Your Love, about a Catford-based, UFO worshipping cult called Colour Spectrum. (Jenny)
“Take a look at this douche,” – the weird collection of the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission. (Owen)
Throw back alert – recently I have become obsessed with watching Robbie Williams live at Knebworth from 2003. What a man. Just the sheer volume of people is incredible! Here he is singing a personal favourite Feel “I’m a singer, I’m a songwriter and I’m a born entertainer…This is what I do!” (Lucy)
A look back at some classic covers of D.H Lawrence’s Lady Chatterly’s Lover. (Beccy)
Everyone Else is a wonderful project from producer Eva Krysiak, which she calls a “photographic podcast”. She pairs recorded interviews with interesting London characters with portraits by Tori Ferenc, exploring their personas from two angles. (Jenny)
Jake and Dinos Chapman have released a set of self-construction cardboard dinosaurs, based on the sculptures The Meek Shall Inherit the Earth, But Not the Mineral Rights (2007) originally made in corten steel and shown in the Royal Academy courtyard. (Andrew)
The new ACNE studios website is quite something. (Owen)
This made the rounds last year, but it’s never too late to revisit Barbie: The Plastic Religion, a project by Argentinian artists Emiliano Pool Paolini and Marianela Perelli. Risking religious wrath, the pair created a series of religious figures using Barbie and Ken dolls drawing from Catholicism, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism. (Beccy)
Who To Follow
If weird gifs of people “doing it” in strange situations is your kinda thing, you’ll want to follow illustrator Joe Schlaud.
“In an arena where other photographers are working, Blaise Cepis is playing,” were the words Gideon Jacobs in our feature on the photographer this week. If that doesn’t give you a good excuse to enjoy Blaise’s Insta feed, we don’t know what else will.
Alex Paulus’ Insta feed is really weird and very funny. What else do need?
Photographer Thomas Prior’s Instagram is packed of interesting pics from his worldly adventures.
21 Downham Road
21 Downham Road is the Instagram account for all the behind scenes stuff that happens in the It’s Nice That / Anyways studio. We think it’s very good, of course.
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- Michel Gondry’s John Lewis Christmas advert – Moz the Monster – is unveiled