Grimm Tales at Ballet Austin

Visual art and dance forming a feverish nightmare

Grimm Tales at Ballet Austin is a hyper-stimulating visual experience wherein Natalie Frank‘s compelling drawings and Stephen Mills‘ contemporary choreography demand equal attention. Seen through Frank’s women protagonist-focused perspectives, these fairytale adaptations draw into light the gruesome warnings the original Brothers Grimm stories tell. Two years in the making, the production began when the curator of Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art, Veronica Roberts, introduced Mills to Frank’s …

Ulysse Nardin’s Erotic, Oceanic “Classico Manara” Collection

Italian cartoonist Milo Manara partners with the luxury watch brand for a 10-piece line

There’s a torrid history of erotica in watch design. From graphic automatons on dials to hidden (or obvious) hyper-sexual imagery, the time-telling industry has toyed with sexual iconography for centuries. Last year, at Richemont‘s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève (SIHH), acclaimed watchmaker Ulysse Nardin unveiled an orgiastic Jaquemart repeater—or a timepiece featuring a mechanical animation that chimes. It was NSFW to say the least. This year, at SIHH, …

Interview: Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec on “Observe Collect Draw!”

We speak with the designer friends and Dear Data founders about their new journal

Designers, artists and friends, Stefanie Posavec and Giorgia Lupi are fans of non-traditional data gathering. The two (who live on opposite sides of the world) started collecting their own weekly statistics and illustrating postcards with the information—sending them to each other. The practice was both pragmatic and personal. Eventually, that year-long project—called Dear Data—became a book that blends art, facts, and friendship. (The entire collection of postcards was …