The Energy Exchange
12 March 2013
Watch out K-pop boy toys and Hello Kitty girl groups, there is a Godzilla tearing through Tokyo’s music scene—a six-headed, war paint-smeared, hot dog-spewing behemoth. It is a force to be reckoned with, and a force to be taken seriously. It’s name? Trippple Nippples, of course. The collective’s completely unique and outlandish performances, along with their music and video art represent a new sound and style emerging from Tokyo. In some ways, it is reminiscent of the musical performance art of late ‘60s psychedelia or late ‘70s punk. But in other ways, it marks a distinctly Japanese knack for anything-goes cultural hodgepodge – electronic music, raw punk energy, pop, and experimental art. For their efforts, the group has drawn accolades from fans as diverse as DEVO, Pharrell Williams, and The Flaming Lips. Stop, drop, and roll!
Learn more about Trippple Nippples HERE.
Editorial Lead by Agi Habryka / Directed by Kateb Habib / Produced by Yuka Uchida / Camera Assistance by Alexandre Cas / Music by Bunnystripes
A native of Serbia, Ana Kraš is a New York-based designer best known for her handmade modernist objects, including the Bonbon lamps, which are colorful, modernist, pendant lamps that she says engross her in a form of meditation as she makes them one by one.
“I want to be comfortable, and I want the objects around me to be user-friendly, and help me to do my life in the easiest way,” she explains.
Her designs, she explains, are usually “shy and quiet” and are riffs off more classical forms that she transformed with playful and attractive twists. Kraš’s love of handmade objects originated from her studies in Belgrade, where without the benefit of computers she was forced to realize her ideas by hand. If you were to describe Kraš’s work, you might call it elegantly simple but visually luxurious.
In her film for The Avant/Garde Diaries, Kraš takes us into the private world of her creativity, her studio, her romance, and New York City itself, the metropolis she now calls home.