Here’s your invitation to the TOKiMONSTA concert at Rust tonight…
Los Angeles native, TOKiMONSTA (Jennifer Lee) is known for her unique take on indie electronic/r&b/dance music. Her classical upbringing and eclectic music taste has allowed her to create vast textural soundscapes—a reverberation that fuses vintage sensibilities with progressive inclinations.
Today TOKiMONSTA will be giving a concert at Rust, so get going if you’re up for another blast…
Check out soundcloud.com/tokimonsta for more!
Vi er utroligt stolte over at kunne offentliggøre, at Danske Lotteri Spil har valgt Very som Brand Activation-bureau efter udbudsrunde!
Der er tale om en rammeaftale for brand activation-ydelser for alle Danske Lotteri Spils brands. Opgaven går dog i første omgang på en brand activation-plan for Lotto, men senere kan øvrige brands komme til.
Hos Very har kernen altid været at skabe relevante løsninger baseret på en utraditionel tilgang til marketing – det bliver også fokus med brandaktiveringen af Danske Lotteri Spil. De utraditionelle løsninger skal vi nu bruge til at gøre Lotto endnu mere relevant for hele Danmark i samarbejde med de eksisterende bureauer – og det er en udfordring og opgave, som vi virkelig glæder os til!
Du kan læse mere om den glædelige nyhed lige her…
Introducing The Jaunt – Qua Patet Orbis
(Photo courtesy, Miss Lotion, www.misslotion.com)
A little over a year ago I meet a guy named Jeroen Smeets. I helped him facilitate an art space for an exhibition he had been curated together with many interesting artists. Jeoren was the jedi mastermind behind the whole thingy. Anyways, we became friends through our shared interest in the art. He’s that kind of guy who’s constantly producing ideas and concepts, which usually has a different angle and outcome.
In early 2013 the latest project came to life: The Jaunt. Basically, the project is mixing both travel and art, giving it a twist and making it interesting for the customer who’s buying the pieces. Confused? Let me explain…
The Jaunt combines the two best things in life: Art & Travel. In short, artists explore the world where they seek inspiration. All with the aim of stepping out of the comfort zone and thereby make us open to new impulses and ideas. From all these new impressions and inspiration the artists make a unique artwork, which is screen-printed in a limited edition of 50 pieces. However it is not only the artist that is going on a trip, everybody can join. You are able to buy one of the artworks and follow the artist on his or her travel through a daily travel journal kept by the artist. There is one catch though, to keep it exciting and interesting for everybody, you are only able to buy the artwork before the trip takes off. So you only know which artist is going to which location, and not yet what the artwork will look like. Sounds interesting, right? But wait, it gets better – I asked Jeroen to tell us about the next trip since I know it is featuring the first collaboration with a Danish artist.
Tell us about the #5th trip of The Jaunt…
“Our next trip is going to Marrakesh, Morocco. It’s the first time we are working together with a Danish artist, the lovely Miss Lotion is setting her sail towards the African continent. Miss Lotion started out as a graphic designer, but throughout the years her love for illustration has become more and more apparent. Her work is a mixture of analogue and digital processes – best described as ‘character heavy work’. Creating series of whimsical universes, filled with weird creatures and excitement,” tells Jeroen Smeets.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed reading and that you’ll check out both The Jaunt and Miss Lotion…
The Jaunt / Qua Patet Orbis // www.thejaunt.net
Miss Lotion // www.misslotion.com
Trip #1: Helsinki, Finland – Artist: Hedorf
Trip #2: Porto, Portugal – Collin van der Sluijs
Trip #3: Riga, Latvia – Artist: Saša Ostoja
Trip #4: Glasgow, Scotland – Artist: Amanda Marie
Lorenz Brunner aka Recondite is a German artist who started releasing his tracks on his own imprint, Plangent Records in 2011. Ever since then Lorenz has been a busy guy. On November 11, Recondite released his highly anticipated second LP, and first for Ghostly International, Hinterland. A 10-track collection of lush house and techno explorations.
Recondite has a unique emotional depth to his music and he is truly one of a kind on the electronic music scene at the moment…
Stream Hinterland via Ghostly’s Soundcloud:
The other day my colleague Anna told you about how regular people now can sell their Instagram-pictures through the Foap App.
And in other photography news a Danish company called PhotoPitch is now emerging on the market as well. It functions as a creative pitch market for companies and photographers in three easy steps: Companies in need of pictures log-on to the website and describe the picture they need; then photographers search their archives for such pictures, or maybe shoot completely new ones, and submit them. In the end the organization picks the favorite pictures and the winning photographers gets paid. The higher the reward the higher the chances are that a photographer will submit.
Compared to Foap this website is tailored for more established companies and photographers, but still thrives on the vibe of user-driven and co-created high quality outcomes. By uploading a picture idea you might even get submissions from passionate international photographers that you otherwise would not have reached.
The site also has a blog where you can see interesting pictures, and read inspiring entries from photographers around the world.
Take a look at how it works from a user-perspective below…
Visit their website: https://photopitch.me/
The American lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret really knows how to hype their shows on social media to make it over the top and exclusive.
The people behind Victoria’s Secret have shown several times that they know how to throw a show that is bigger and better than any other show – actually I think the term ‘mind-blowing’ would be the best way to describe them.
But what is their recipe to success? Basically, their strategy is a bit different than the ones carried out by other brands. Once a year they throw their big fashion show in which they toss the most beautiful models with the most well proportioned bodies anyone has EVER seen. Then they add some cute/sexy/fun/beautiful underwear, which they spike up with wings, and feathers, and on the top of that they add a couple of the biggest singers to perform and makes sure that anyone who is anything will be sitting front row.
Is that all? No. They wait a whole month to air the show for the viewing pleasure of the public, which gives the show a certain mystique and exclusivity. At the night of the show, Victoria’s Secret’s media team keeps everyone interested by posting backstage and runway pictures. They also release pictures of the runway looks on every one of their sites even though the show will not air in full length until a month after.
Furthermore, the chosen VS models, also referred to as ‘The Victoria’s Secret Angels’, made sure to eternalize the show by being VERY active on social media by posting backstage pictures of themselves in luxurious VS robes.
The angels this year counts the two Danish models Caroline Brasch Nielsen and Josephine Skriver together with VS all-stars such as Karlie Kloss, Adriana Lima, Cara Delevigne and Jourdan Dunn, and the lovely ladies got to walk down the runway to the tunes of Taylor Swift, A Great Big World, Fall Out Boy and Neon Jungle – rumour has it that Taylor Swift looked stunning as an angel herself…
I think it is safe to say that A LOT of people will be watching on December 10th when the show is airing.
Friday the 15th we threw the best damn party that Friday had to offer… Loads of lovely people, free drinks, great music, and simply just a celebration for the sake of celebrating! If you weren’t there you can have a sip of good times here. If you were there – but don’t remember everything (we understand) – then hitch a ride down memory party lane…
No matter what – it’s most important that you remember this…
Hee-haw, see you next time!
That smart phone in your pocket has changed you. You’re not just able to stay in contact with your friends and family all the time — you’re also a photographer! Old school photographers will tell you that photography used to be an elite profession – difficult to do, hard to enter, and not for everyone. But now that everyone has a camera on them at all times, it seems like we are being bombarded with ‘ingenious’ Instragram filtered masterpieces from every angle. Like it or not the omnipresent smart phone seems to have changed the photography trade forever, but at the same time it has also enabled new business ventures to emerge.
One company seeking to take advantage of this trend is Swedish startup Foap. Launched in 2012 Foap lets users upload their photos to the startup’s marketplace via an app where they can be purchased for $10 a piece, with revenue split 50/50 between the photographer and Foap. The photos uploaded are royalty free and are manually approved first to ensure that the quality remains high and that there is market demand, and interestingly Instagram filters are not allowed.
In this way, Foap competes with stock photo services as well as regular photographers, and targets companies that seek photos with an more ‘authentic feeling’. Considering the increasing trend towards authenticity, taking place gradually over the last few years – away from overdone, fake, glossy, polished and plastic, and towards natural, simple, unpretentious, relatable and real – these kinds of photos should be in high demand and perhaps especially relevant for brands that create content marketing.
Either way, I think Foap is an interesting take on how to exploit the increasing number of amateur photographers and maybe disrupt the stock photo business.
Danish menswear label Soulland has just opened the doors (or internet browsers if you may) to their new web shop. For many seasons, Soulland has been pushing boundaries with innovative digital alternatives to the classic fashion show. Their new web shop will continue down that path and create a new unique online shopping experience.
“An appreciation for digital opportunities is in the Soulland DNA. And it will definitely be stated with our new online shopping experience. Yes, it’s a web shop, but with a contemporary, interesting and at the same time clean approach.” Silas Adler, Soulland
But that’s not all from Soulland. Today is the launch and celebration of their new capsule collection in collaboration with GOODHOOD. Inspiration has been found in such different places as skateboarding and Oscar Wilde…
“We are all of us in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars.” as the collection is called (it’s an Oscar Wilde quote). It can be found online and in selected stores.
Stop by the Soulland store today to check out the collab. Drinks will be provided by Carlsberg and music by yours truly.
I foråret satte KiMs sig for at styrke rørchips-kategorien med et nyt koncept rettet mod unge. Det hjalp vi dem med – og efter et halvt år med konceptet Alt hvad de unge vil have – Nu Som Chips må det siges at have været en succes. Det er vi ret stolte af!
I løbet at 5 måneders aktivering har Nu Som Chips genereret 8 millioner eksponeringer, en PR-værdi på +300.000 DKK, 1.400 brugerskabte Instagram-billeder med #NuSomChips, 130.000 views på Youtube og ikke færre end 400.000 solgte rørchips. Samlet set har Nu Som Chips givet KiMs rørchips-kategori en vækst på 19,6% i perioden fra april til juni, herunder index 200 i den vigtige discount salgskanal. Alt sammen uden paid media, på nær enkelte promoted posts på Facebook.
Det vigtigste at nævne i denne sammenhæng er, at vi fik lov til at lege… Selv KiMs ikoniske logo kom under kærlig og kreativ behandling. Samlet set, så har konceptet Nu Som Chips skabt en relevant anledning, som unge målgrupper ønsker at deltage i og tale om – og det er jo det vigtigste. Godt gået, Very. Ihh tak, vi er så glade for det.
Læs historien på Huset Markedsføring
Eller lige her: Ungdomskoncept booster KiMs’ rørchips
Og så kunne du jo også gå ind på Nu Som Chips og følge med i, hvad de unge vil ha’…
Designer Marco Marco’s latest runway show at Style Fashion Week in Los Angeles is going viral these days, and why do you think that is? – Gimmicks or artistic talent?
The designer who dresses A-listers as Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry and Lil’wayne decided to only let men present his spring/summer women’s collection and male underwear line. Some in drag, some in heels, and some in almost nothing. Whether you find this tacky, fierce, or over the top, there is no denying that this runway show is not like them others.
Many of the drag queens are former contenders on the cult reality competition RuPaul’s Drag Race, and boy did those gurls turn it out. Get into Marco Marco’s show below.
If you are just the least acquainted with social media you are also aware of what a ‘selfie’ is and it definitely seems as if the selfie phenomena is escalating these days.
Basically, this is a guide to fashion selfies that can hopefully be helpful to everyone who are a bit lost when it comes to this sort of thing and make fashion in social media, mainly on instagram, a bit more understandable (and maybe even a bit funnier). ‘Fashion selfies’ are most often used by fashion bloggers, models and people in fashion in general and the most common kinds are the following:
The Mirror Selfie:
There are different kinds of this type of selfie and it is mostly used by fashion bloggers. The kind of mirror selfie that is most often used is the “fitting-room selfie” in which you snap a photo of yourself with your smartphone in a mirror in a fitting-room to show the outfit you are wearing OR even maybe to get the public’s opinion about an outfit you are trying on to figure out whether to buy it or not – very useful!
This category is basically a way in which you can show some of your outfit, your shiny hair and your great sunglasses to everyone and make it okay by writing your mood like for example ‘great weather today, and btw I love my new Acne scarf’ or ‘I am riding a taxi in NYC with my it-bag next to me in the backseat’.
I am with another blogger/fashion-personality/awesome person and we are having SO much fun selfie:
This is definitely the most popular kind of selfie in the world of fashion selfies (together with the fitting room mirror selfie). It will show people that not only are you awesome by yourself, you also hang out with people who are extremely awesome and fashionable! These kinds of selfies are often taken at fashion shows, at events, parties etc. The “group selfie” is great because it gives you a partner in crime and makes the whole selfie-thing a bit more tolerable, plus there is a good chance that people will get a little jealous by seeing not one, but TWO awesome fashion personas together, and who does not want that…?
Sometimes it seems the world economy is in an uncontrollable downward spiral leaving many (including myself and Russell Brand) feeling disillusioned and suspicious of the system. The recent boom in information technology has only increased awareness of the fact that millions of people are suffering and everywhere we look we find evidence that the system, in which we put our faith, is failing.
Fortunately, we are also witnessing the emergence of many initiatives that challenges the capitalistic system in its currents state. One example is social entrepreneurship. The term is difficult to define because of its complex nature, but overall social entrepreneurs aim at creating innovative and sustainable solutions to societal problems while simultaneously striving to balance between economic and social values. Thus, social entrepreneurs are driven by dual objectives: make a living and make a difference.
Traditionally (in literature) it seems there has been a clear distinction between doing well and doing good. This distinction is also present in the media where revelations of social enterprises, which also turn a profit, often are accused of trying to make money off of other people’s misery. As if the ‘social’ is a cover up for greedy capitalists to make money.
But if you think about it, society and business have always been in close relationship with one another as good business is highly dependent on a healthy society and vice versa. In this perspective there is no immediate trade off between doing good and doing well. On the contrary the two are highly interconnected, almost grown out of the same pot. Trouble occurs, however, because our means for evaluating value are narrowly conceptualized within the terms of economics, numbers and matrixes that allow little complexity. We are not fully able to measure the social value of a business in complex terms, and in order to “do well” and satisfy business stakeholders, emphasis is often put on making the numbers look good.
It is my opinion that to answer the needs of people and society in the future, we need new ways of evaluating value that motivates businesses to “do good by doing well”.
Here are three cool Danish examples of social entrepreneurship:
Jepti is based on the idea that most people own things that they never – or seldom – use. For example an electrical saw. Jepti.dk is an online platform, which allows users to rent out the things they seldom use. And the benefits are both economic and social. Economic, because you save money by borrowing from other Jepti users instead of buying yourself. Social, because you take a stand against overconsumption and contribute to a more sustainable world.
Ruby Cup is social business, which provides menstrual cups to girls living in poverty. Girls living in poverty might not be able to afford regular pads or tampons. Scared of leaking in public, they stay home from school during their period, missing about 20% of their school-time. With every Ruby Cup purchase, one Ruby Cup is giving to a schoolgirl in need. The Ruby Cup is reusable for up to 10 years, meaning that she can pursue her education freely without worrying about her period.
Behind Cykelven are two energetic social entrepreneurs who are passionate about getting Danish people to use their bikes for transportation all year around. To make life easier for the bikers they form partnerships with workplaces and fix employees’ bikes while they are at work using their mobile bike repair service. Some of the proceeds are used to start up bike shops in Africa.
Copenhagen seems to be overflowing with all kinds of festivals, but one of the more interesting additions is CPH:DOX, which celebrates its ten-year anniversary this year. It’s one of the largest film festivals in Europe, counting almost 52,000 visitors last year.
CPH:DOX’s program includes work from major international directors as well as new talents. It kicks off with a spectacular gala evening in DR’s concert hall, and you’re invited!
Screening first is [OU1] Andreas Johnsen’s new movie about the house arrest of world-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. Check out the trailer here:
Another film I look forward to is Naomi Campbel[OU2] , a candidate for the main festival prize, the CPH:DOX award. Not a movie about the 90s supermodel, it documents Yermén, a transsexual woman in her mid-thirties. Her neighbors scowl at her, unsure about her gender, and some suspect her of being a witch. Yermén’s wish for changing her gender leads her to a TV show, where the prize is a plastic surgery of her own choice.
In a minutes time or so you won’t be able to enter public space without being bombarded with jingles and other types of Christmassy shiiiiat left and right – and if you run around November and December feeling like Ebenezer Scrooge or the Grinch you can relate to a ’I don’t celebrate Christmas before December the 24th at the earliest’ kinda guy…
On the other hand, if you adore everything about Christmas then please allow me to present 5 tunes that will make you feel like it’s already tomorrow that you will wake up to find your stocking full! Full of this…
Afroman – 12 J’s of Christmas
Ying Yang Twins – Deck Da Club
RUN DMC – Christmas in Hollis
Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’
Easy-E – Merry Muthafuckin’ Christmas
// Santa Bawws
Photo by Steve, from olafurarnalds.com
He started out as a drummer in a hardcore/metal band but now Ólafur is viewed as one of the most interesting and promising composers at the age of only 26. Ólafur hails from the suburban Icelandic town of Mosfellsbær, just a few kilometres outside of Reykjavík. In 2007 his debut album ‘Eulogy for Evolution’ came out on the German based label Erased Tapes Records and earlier this year he released his 3rd album ‘For Now I Am Winter’. On this album it’s clear to see that the Icelandic composer has turned up his artistic and professional ambitions.
Ólafur Arnalds plays in Copenhagen on the 24th of November at DR Koncerthuset.
Fun fact: Arnalds also produced the music for the movies ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Another Happy Day’.
Ólafur Arnalds – Hands, be still:
Ólafur Arnalds live during SXSW 2013:
Danish fashion is not particularly well-known for making a lot of large gestures, but things may be changing. At least it seems so if we take a quick look at this week, which is the host of no less than three awesome collaborations in the Danish fashion industry.
The first one is between the hyped limited edition brand Magic Illuminator and none other than the prince of Danish fashion Mads Nørgaard. This collaboration is very interesting as it combines one of the most classic and iconic Danish fashion brands with the essence of “street”. The ambition of Magic Illuminator is to make collections, which are only available in a very limited edition, so that the brand remains exclusive yet still affordable – something which might actually work very well with a brand like Mads Nørgaard. As far as we can interpret from Instagram, the collection will mainly consist of beanies and caps that combine the two brands. Definitely a must-have for cool boys as well as hot girls this winter!
The second collaboration is between some of the most experienced bloggers in the business: The girls from the blog collective BISOU, and the clean-line and very chic Danish brand Won Hundred. The collection ‘Bisou pour Won Hundred’ basically consists of 14 different styles that reflect on the personal style of each of the girls. It combines the aesthetics of BISOU with the classic designs of Won Hundred. As we can see from the lookbook the result looks absolutely stunning and the collection really seems to successfully combine the girly and feminine universe with the more classic and tomboyish style and 1st class quality.
The third collaboration is between Han Kjøbenhavn and Pendleton. The collaborative collection goes under the name ‘The Sea Wolf’! Pendleton is not Danish, but this does not make this collaboration less interesting! Han Kjøbenhavn is known for their original style and irresistible quality, and even being a girl and everything, I’m dying to get my hands on some of the styles from this collaboration. The main focus of the collaboration has been to create a collection, which combines Danish aesthetics and colours with American made fabric, so basically it combines the best of two worlds. It definitely sounds interesting, and I think it is safe to say that this collaboration will provide an interesting take on the original designs of both brands together with flawless top-quality.
I am looking forward to seeing some new takes on Danish fashion this week and get my hands on all three collaborations!
I saw this info-graphics video last week shared on Facebook. I guess it has been out for a while, but didn’t go viral until it was shared on Reddit and subsequently on Upworthy (a startup dedicated to spreading socially redeeming memes). The video shows the difference between how Americans think wealth is distributed in the United States and the actual numbers. It illustrates how there is an extreme wealth concentration among a tiny percentage of the U.S. population despite the fact that 92% of Americans agree a far smoother distribution of wealth would be preferable. The video is a simple animated info graphics, which makes the message very clear and effective.
Afterwards I spend some time reading through some of the comments below the video on Youtube and it turns out that Wikipedia has a chart that shows that 99.889% of the world population holds 19% of the world’s wealth. The other 0.111% of the population has the remaining 81% of the world’s wealth. I don’t think I was aware of that – or at least I never thought of it – in that way. To me those numbers are mind-boggling.
One doesn’t need an occasion to travel to the city of love. But if you think you do need one, then Pitchfork Music Festival is the perfect occasion.
Pitchfork Music Festival is organized by Pitchfork Media, and originally it has only been held in Union Park, Chicago. But since 2011 Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris has been the European venue for the festival that gathers some of the best names in independent and electronic music.
Pitchfork Music Festival Paris will welcome inspiring and unique artists such as The Knife, Disclosure, Blood Orange, Youth Lagoon, Hot Chip, Junip and many more!
Watch out for Danish wonderkid Kia Utzon-Frank. She has just finished her MA from Royal College of Art in Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork & Jewellery. Her newest invention is the patent pending mechanism ‘The Louver Twisting Comb’ (working title), a completely new type of highly aesthetic window blinds with increased control of sunlight and privacy. It’s cordless and very easy to control and therefore eliminates all the known problems with existing window blinds solutions. This patent pending invention has potential to be used in numerous other applications – blinds are just the beginning.
Her inventions have already given her a lot of recognition. She’s won numerous awards like the InnovationRCA fellowship, the Theo Fennell Award, the Helen Hamlyn Award for work and city, NEWH Award for work suitable for the hospitality business and furthermore she has been nominated for a Dyson fellowship, which only two students from RCA received nominations for this year.
Check out some of her stuff here or go to kiautzon.com for more!
Photos: Jacob Robinson, Erik Hedman & Thomas Adank
Marble print: Laura Silke Berg Nielsen