A New Gallery Beneath Paris [underground art]

There is nothing I love more than underground culture, where art and creativity furnishes in the dimness of an urban city. Paris, the octopus of asphalt and chaos and smelly expensive cheese, underground art sees light in the darkest places. This work is a collaboration of several gorilla and none gorilla artists. This is formless free art that will remain for years and years snoozing under Paris for the discovering of wandering  souls.

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” Imagine walking with a flashlight through this tunnel of darkness and discovering the 12 foot high stencil portrait by hometown Street Art star C215 as it hovers slightly above you. The large grizzled face looms as a memory, perhaps a miner or a railroad worker, with one eye closed, or missing. Maybe he is wincing at you because of the thick dust in this airless tunnel ”.

via huffingtonpost.com also via brooklynstreetart.com

Galaxy Nexus Google’s titan [tiny review]

I like reviews short and cut to the core, so here’s the butter

Specs
Screen: 4.65-inch, 1280 x 720 resolution
Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS
Camera: 5-megapixel camera
Storage: 16GB non-expandable
Battery: 1730mAh
Size/Weight: 135.5 x 67.9 x 8.9mm, 135 grams

Love
Amazing screen, Ice Cream Sandwich is a huge leap forward, pure google

Hate
Camera is a disappointment, feels fragile

Verdict
spectacular, despite feeling kinda plasticy, but who cares right.

Here’s a little hands on from Engadget to know who it looks and feels

Audi AreA1 [area design]

INTERESTING  

”The AreA1 Roadshow – combining a distinctive mobile brand space and theatrical Driving Experience, to launch the Europe-wide marketing campaign for the new Audi A1.

To launch the marketing campaign of the new Audi A1, the Barcelona waterfront was chosen to stage the AreA1, an intensive brand and product experience that combines a distinctive Audi brand space with a theatrical Driving Experience. The architecture projects a high value message, presenting the new Audi A1 in intricate detail as it targets the young, urban crowd.

Visitors to AreA1 are led through a series of zones that follow a clear dramaturgy. First come several showroom modules that present the new A1 in perfect light. Next come exhibition areas designed to display product information, vehicle configuration and connectivity issues in a lively and engaging manner. The last stop on the visit is a small, central marketplace with a bar, seating, and WLAN. This meeting place is also the starting point of the Driving Experience, where visitors can join Audi instructors on a test drive of the new A1. The high-velocity journey incorporates full braking and sharp curves, before looping back into a sling test with 180-degree turnaround on a wet and smooth stainless steel plate, followed by a slow drive through the quarter pipe. The driving course, which takes up an area of under 3,000 sq m, will allow anyone to discover for themselves that this new small Audi is the real deal.

The design language of the modules was inspired by the A1’s single-frame radiator grill that forms a strong and recognizable modular brand architecture. The different kit – from S (165 sq m) to XL (1,000 sq m) – are flexible in configuration and size, and produce a variety of spatial compositions, as well as open and closed perspectives. The AreaA1 Roadshow also features a 10 meters wide x 8 meters tall Audi A1 landmark that illuminates Barcelona’s entire coastline.

The concept of the German corporate statement “Vorsprung durch Technik”  is exemplified by high-quality materials, surfaces and workmanship that give full expression to the architecture. Instead of using conventional display equipment with scaffolding, spotlights and loudspeakers, the AreA1 Road show consists of a single, distinctive design space, best described as a “mobile brand space.”

The lighting rigs were designed exclusively for AreA1, with programmable light and sound systems to ensure a spectacular show at night. The customized display furniture has clear edges and no visible joints or seams, and was specially developed for the occasion and is suitable for outdoor use. The hard-foam material from which the desks and other furnishings are molded, is coated with a special rubber material to form a surface that delivers a unique and striking feel. The entire structure sits on a slightly elevated 25 m x 34 m stage that is also constructed from high-quality materials. The stage integrates all the elements to create its own unique brand space in the middle of an urban environment – a true urban island in Barcelona’s prime location.”

via – contemporist.com