The Brvtalist is pleased to present the music video premiere of "Massgraver" by Xultur. Over the last couple of years, the Los Angeles-based duo has pulverized listeners into submission with their warped vision of hardcore, gabber, acid and more. The video for "Massgraver" is directed by Chad Fjerstad and features MJ Brotherton.
The Brvtal List continues with Los Angeles-based writer and artist Lawrence Pearce.
Yin and Yang Gift Ideas
Books, music, and movies are always my favorite types of holiday gifts. They’re tiny little contained worlds which you can visit and revisit over and over again. Here are some ideas for gifts this holiday season accompanied by their compliment/counterpoint: yin and yang. All items are available on DVD/Blu-ray, digitally, and in print.
Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie and Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence From Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson
Yin: Ralph McQuarrie’s designs for the original Star Wars Trilogy are the visual spirit of a galaxy far, far away. Star Wars Art: Ralph McQuarrie is a lavish, massive, two volume collection of his entire Star Wars oeuvre from art book masters Abrams. I had copies McQuarrie’s stuff all over my wall when I was a kid right next to my Skinny Puppy and NIN posters. This book is an awesome collection of film history’s greatest concept art that will help you remember how visionary Star Wars is in case you’ve forgotten, and contains paintings and drawings that haven’t been seen before.
Yang: Controversial academic Camille Paglia’s Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence From Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson explores the work of Donatello, Shakespeare, Goethe, Emily Bronte, and Oscar Wilde (among others) using the Dionysian/Apollonian dichotomy borrowed from Nietzsche to dissect the work of Western Art and literature’s most revered figures. It’s as fascinating, annoying at times, eye-opening, smart, and as undeniable as its author.
Dhalgren and And Chaos Died
Yin: Samuel Delany’s Dhalgren is as postmodern and brain-melting as they come, polarizing readers since its publication is 1975 (Delany is one of new wave science fiction’s very brightest and most challenging stars.) Confusing, frustrating, life changing, and gender bending to the extreme, Dhalgren is mostly exiled to the dusty piles of the “sci-fi section” of used bookstores these days, but it is so much more than that.
Yang: Joanna Russ, (a close friend of Delany’s and another brilliant new wave SF figure) is science fiction’s grande dame of feminist meta-fiction using the modes of fantasy and SF to examine the form itself and the cultural forces which bring it about. And Chaos Died is a psychedelic dystopian masterpiece and one of my favorite books.
The Right Stuff and Event Horizon
Yin: Philip Kaufman’s The Right Stuff is funny, ironic, satirical, inspiring, and haunting all at the same time. Some great old school optical FX, a heroic score by the legendary Bill Conti, great performances, stunning cinematography by Caleb Deschanel, and a really strange, playful story structure make The Right Stuff one of the best American films of the 1980s—separate yet equal to Tom Wolfe’s acclaimed novel. It also reminds you that Dennis Quaid starred in so many forgotten, underrated masterpieces of the 80s.
Yang: Visually incredible with a cool sort of premise, Event Horizon is awesome with some of the most imaginative space imagery of the post-digital age (Event Horizon features real models composited onto film digitally) and some of the raddest gross out scenes of any era. Described upon its release as “Hellraiser in space”, Event Horizon for me is more like 2010: The Year We Make Contact meets Poltergeist. I fucking love this movie.
Autechre elseq 1-5 and Survive RR7349
Yin: At over 4 hours long with 5 album length passages, the only thing wrong with Autechre’s latest release, elseq, is that it doesn't seem long enough somehow. I could listen to this stuff all day, everyday, and I often do! Autechre are always at the very top of their game, each new release more masterful, more challenging, always blurring the lines between timeless electronic sound designs of yet discovered civilizations and badass musicality and arranging. No other major electronic artist seems nearly as contemporary or as a thousand generations ahead of anything else out there as Autechre. Autechre’s elseq isn't just otherworldly, obtuse daydream music… It’s therapy for your brain that’s hovering somewhere in a frozen aquarium beneath the surface of the moon.
Yang: Like Autechre, Austin’s Survive are at the very top of their game, but in a truly yang-ish fashion from Autechre, neutralizing and moving far ahead of all previously encountered synthwave cliches. Survive’s aesthetic is more 70s to me in a way than “80s”, evoking stoner flights through galactic wallpaper and purple lava lamps than any 80s soundtrack I’ve ever heard (and I’ve heard them all, believe me.) Yet it’s all remarkably, paradoxically, refreshingly contemporary. RR7349 much like “THX 1138” suggests the bar code on the back of a confused, rebellious clone’s shaved head or the number on some obscure synthesizer invented by the Soviets in the 70s. I enjoyed it more than their Stranger Things soundtrack, which is also excellent and, like RR7349, a lot less “retro” than everyone wants to think.
Yojimbo and Point Break
Yin: It’s a tough call, but Yojimbo might be my favorite Kurosawa film. It’s basically a Japanese gangster movie with swords. Unlike the stoic heroism and sacrifice of Kurosawa’s other samurai classics, Yojimbo has a cynical swagger, the type of which Tarantino’s later revenge epics try to emulate. The story is based on noir guru Dashiell Hammett’s The Glass Key and Red Harvest, but it becomes its own thing inspiring and influencing everyone from Sergio Leone, John Milius, David Lynch (Lynch stole the image of the severed hand in the dog’s mouth in Wild At Heart from Yojimbo), and The Coen Brothers whose film Miller’s Crossing (also highly recommended) is also based on Hammett’s The Glass Key. Awesome, timeless filmmaking. I’m a sucker for samurais and ronins.
Yang: Point Break is a modern day Kurosawa with surfboards, machine guns, bank robbers, pop zen new age glibber-glabber, and, much like Top Gun and Road House, not so veiled male homoerotism (I mean, come on… Keanu’s female love interest is androgynous and boyish, and Keanu’s scenes with Swayze are more romantic than the love stuff with the woman.) Containing some of the craziest action scenes every filmed, a surprisingly original story, timeless dialog, Keanu’s best ever performance, and a solid, crowd pleasing, yet sort of tragic climax, it’s the best film Katherine “I usually have no clue how to end my movies” Bigelow will ever make. Great soundtrack by Mark Isham too. And Keanu’s character has the best movie name of all time: “Johnny Utah.”
Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters and I Shot Andy Warhol
Yin: Mishima is Paul Schrader’s complex biopic about the complicated Japanese gay writer/filmmaker/fighter pilot/military officer/media personality/quasi-fascist Yukio Mishima. Featuring a typically exquisite music score by Philip Glass filled with prerequisite existential dread and revelation, Mishima is unlike any biopic you’ll ever see. A monument of great filmmaking on every conceivable level, and featuring one of the most complex story structures ever set to film, it will leave you changed forever. I cant praise or recommend this film enough.
Yang: Andy Warhol liked to collect weirdos, but not really out of any solidarity with them as outsiders, but more for hipster cred and a source to exploit for his own projects. Mary Herron’s excellent film about feminist hero and icon Valerie Salanas is also about the equally complicated Andy Warhol and his darker side of dumping people in his circle when they no longer suited his ambitions. I Shot Andy Warhol humanizes both of them without ever judging them as people nor their dubious acts brought about by their different/not so different obsessive geniuses. One of the film’s very last shots of Salanas in an institution being hosed down in a shower is one of the most heartbreaking things you’ll ever see. And while other period films like Oliver Stone’s The Doors come off as corny, the recreations of Andy Warhol’s Factory in Herron’s film capture fairly accurately all the emptiness, shallowness, douchebaggery, and brilliance of that brief atmosphere of partying and high-minded exhibitionism.
Fanny and Alexander and A.I. Artificial Intelligence
Yin: Bergman’s sprawling, mostly autobiographical epic about childhood (his own) isn’t so much watched as experienced. It just sort of unfolds and you’re carried away and hypnotized even during the film’s darkest moments. Bergman is the opposite of his more joyous and sentimental Italian contemporary Federico Fellini whose childhood remembrances embrace the fantastic and imagination, often bordering on the outright schmaltzy at times. Not Bergman. Though there’s all sorts of wonder, romanticism, and acts sacrifice in Fanny and Alexander, there’s a dark cloud over everything that never seems mopey or overly sentimental. Plus Bergman loves ghosts. Bergman’s ghosts are metaphors for the things that will never leave you no matter how much you try to move on, and Fanny and Alexander is Bergman’s greatest ghost story.
Yang: I prefer A.I. (which started out as a Stanley Kubrick project) to Kubrick’s half-assed final film Eyes Wide Shut. Spielberg’s polarizing toy come-to-life adventure is his Fanny and Alexander. All of Spielberg’s previous issues and fears of maternal abandonment are on full display in A.I., a film that despite its glaring flaws is somehow unforgettable, and features the eeriest, creepiest final 20 minutes (a final 20 minutes that will forever be debated by lovers and haters) I’ve ever seen in a science fiction film. It’s like Solaris level creepy. And don’t let the sugary coating and piss drippy piano music of the film’s false lullaby final moments fool you. The ending’s as dark as they come. A.I. is an end of the world fantasy that’d make Bergman stand up and applaud.
- Lawrence Pearce
It's that time of year again - cold temperatures, depression, anxiety and most importantly, gift giving! With the holidays fast approaching we are pleased to present THE BRVTAL LIST Holiday Gift Guide 2016. Last year's LIST saw some great contributors from all over the world and this year we invited a few of our closest friends and favorite artists from here in Los Angeles to give us some of their holiday gift ideas. Without further ado...
Fragrance. Byredo is my go to fragrance house. Their scents are unisex so their fragrances or candles will make great gifts for anyone. https://byredo.com/
Fleet Ilya Leather Goods. Beautifully crafted leather accessories handmade in London and one of all time favorite fashion brands. If you are new to Fleet Ilya, something small, like a choker or belt is a great first addition. http://www.fleetilya.com/
Art books. You can never go wrong art or photography books as a gift. You can find some rare and hard to find items from instagram accounts such as "Idea books" or on amazon's bookstore. For a more in store experience the folks at These Days LA and Mount Analog in L.A. have a very well curated section of books that are updated regularly. http://www.ideanow.online/home
August Uncommon Tea. I'm usually a coffee person but once a friend had me try a cup of August Uncommon Tea, I was hooked. You can tell a lot of hard work goes into creating the different blends and I found I get a similar "alert" feeling similar to drinking a good cup of coffee. I recommend the Silenco to start with. https://august.la/
Wallpaper Housewares. There are so many beautiful and unique pieces from Store Wallpaper LA that I've had my eye on for a while but their sculptural cocktail glass collection would make a great gift on any occasion. http://store.wallpaper.com/
Erik Adrian. Erik Adrian is a designer and another LA based brand I don't have enough good things to speak about. His designs are functional and unique and the bags themselves are handmade from durable and high quality leather. His structured duffle bag is on my wishlist. Highly recommend checking out his pieces. https://erikadrianstudio.com/
Fine Lingerie. Gift certificate to Panty Raid. http://pantyraidshop.com
Classic Steel Flipper Knife. For all occasions. http://www.knifeart.com/
Sensory Deprivation Tank. Gift an hour to relieve stress. www.justfloat.com
Handcuffs Ring. http://www.titanium-buzz.com/
Shikama Ring. You can't go wrong with a NOH ring. http://www.sarahshikama.com/shop/noh-ring-2
Thanks to Corinne and Aly for these great selections. Tune in tomorrow for more!
For over a decade, Raíz has been one of the most important projects in West Coast techno. Spreading their unique sound throughout the world on labels like Historia y Violencia, Electric Deluxe, Construct Reform and more recently on their own imprint, VRV. Their Droid Behavior collective is responsible for some of the best events and has become renown for cultivating a stable of talent that has influenced dance music from L.A. to Amsterdam. For the seventh release on VRV, the duo enlisted some of the best local talent to leave their own impressions on Raíz material. The result is a warehouse crushing 12" that offers a vast array of underground sounds.
"Cored 3" finds us caught deep inside an industrial echo chamber with Silent Servant's unique take on EBM-infused techno and heart racing rhythms. Truncate and Drumcell's lauded Cell Injection project takes on "Cored 2" and the result is a futuristic take on pads and dark, dystopian soundscapes. Rounding out the release is Subversive's remix of "Cored 4" which finds rich, soothing melodies and metallic percussion which quickly infects your veins.
As always, all releases include artwork by Raiz / VRV family member and collage artist Vanessa Vargas who's visual interpretations capture the sentiments of the music chosen for this label. VRV continues to do an excellent job elevating the Los Angeles techno sound and we look forward to more releases from the label. If you're in the City of Angels this coming weekend, be sure to check out Raíz open for one of our favorite artists, Rrose at Blk Stk Srs on Saturday, December 10th. VRV 007 is available now on 12" and digital formats.
Between the holidays and the state of the world, it's pure madness right now. To help cope, The Brvtalist is proud to feature a new mix from Los Angeles-based artist Friend X. Bouncy Castle Mix is a rave approved selection of hardcore, gabber, trap and original edits for 30 minutes of pure bliss. The mix comes in support of the event of the same name, presented by Blk Rainbow and happening tomorrow, November 26th at The Lash.
This will be the first of a monthly event series aimed at capturing the nostalgia and purity of the old LA rave scene while updating it for the future. It will also be the first local party to feature virtual reality (by Jonathan Sims) as well as a photo booth and a whole host of great DJs. Get ready with the mix now:
For more information, visit the event page and we will see you at The Lash tomorrow.
As I press play, pronouns, genres and gender all lose any meaning and purpose. And for some reason I know what to expect, without actually losing that feeling of excitement whenever I listen to a new release. It’s like pieces of an old puzzle I played with before, that get rearranged in a whole new way, and everything still makes sense.
Sounds bend and lights melt, and the perception of the surroundings is changed. We are in a constant dialogue with each other through music, since music is perceived differently by different pairs of ears and as each listener gets lost in its flow, rediscovering his or her own identity being changed. And then you enter the world of Rrose Sélavy.
Rrose doesn’t offer your regular dancefloor oriented music, but rather a more trance inducing composition, with a highly aestheticized and conceptual framework, which builds a drone-y, almost soporific atmosphere, dragging you into a space of introspection, where music is strongly connected to every part of the body, not just the ears.
This EP is an invitation to experience music at its fullest. Dark tinged sounds pull you from reality and then throw you in a meditation space. You can feel its texture, its roughness around the edges of sounds which materialize into objects. Multi textured music which fills in the spaces between the dancers, keeping the crowd in constant motion, allowing each individual to dwell in geometric sounds.
Arc Unknown makes you think of galaxies, planets orbiting around a source of sonic vibration, with multiple layers unfolding as the track progresses, so that in the end you get lost in a kaleidoscope of rhythms and echoes.
Specimen 2 feels like a pulsating heart spiraling down into a subconscious recollection of dreams and fears. As the percussions create an ominous feeling, distorted moaning voices resembling chants come to haunt the listener.
Finally, Specimen 3 creates a sonic collage, with elements that bind together in a coherent flow of percussions and droney beats, while fluctuating waves of intense angst seem to embrace the listener like quicksand.
Rrose’s solo debut is an immersive experience where every dissonance and chaotic association of sounds starts to make sense once we stop trying to put it in a box. It is like a waterfall of emotions poured over the listener.
Infrastructure would also like to announce a series of upcoming label showcases, which includes an Rrose live set November 18th at Berghain alongside Function (live), Vatican Shadow (live), Inland (live), Campbell Irvine (live), BMG (live), and Karl Meier (event info: http://berghain.de/event/1820)
Infrastructure Label Nights:
18.11.2016 INF @ Berghain
25.11 2016 INF @ Goa, Rome, IT
26.11.2016 INF @ Dude, Milan, IT
03.12.2016 INF @ MMA, Munich, DE
30.12.2016 INF @ Concrete, Paris
11.03.2016 INF @ Hinterhof, Basel, CH
There is still much beauty in the world and sometimes it comes by way of expertly crafted leather goods. Enter the eighth collection by emerging brand PB0110. In just a few years, the German label has pushed the boundaries of bags and accessories and has created sought after items that are both rebellious and luxurious. The Spring/Summer 2017 collection builds on previous offerings but has a new set of designers and utilizes European vegetable tanned leather, fine brass and even pure linen.
We love the simplicity of this collection which infuses geometry and as always, top quality materials. Smaller bags and wallets plays upon our minimalist tendencies and after the deep colors of the brand's A/W 2016 collection, Spring sees more refreshing tones and invigorating shades of yellow and blue.
Ayzit Bostan continues the formal and visual geometric volume of the AB series – this time as the large and small handbags AB 38 and 43. A horizontal trapezium shape defines the cut of the new bag designs AB 39, 40 and 41.
Friedericke Daumiller, designer of the metal fittings on all PB 0110 models, presents an independent collection of accessories from her bag details. These include practical companions like a minimalistic key ring in the form of a classic D-ring and a bag mirror in a leather casing.
Berlin-based designer Christian Metzner has developed a rucksack that echoes features of the outdoor segment in both design and function, and can be carried both on the shoulders or by the handles. To minimise its weight, it is available in two materials – in linen and leather CM 26 and 27. As an accessory, it complements a new wallet that reveals even more practical features, such as a removable pouch, card compartments that can be organised by usage frequency and a newly arranged compartment design.
The Spring/Summer line from PB0110 already has us looking forward to the warmer months ahead and the brand continues to prove it is one to watch in the category of find leather goods. For more information and e-boutique visit PB0110.
“...altered states of consciousness are the key to unlocking one's magical abilities”
(Peter J. Carroll - Liber Null and Psychonaut)
For Peter J. Carroll, Liber Null sets the grounds for what is known as Chaos Magic, a postmodern approach to magic, offering a guide for the uninitiated and initiated alike. For Berlin, Liber Null brings all that to the dancefloor, creating an experimental platform where all the senses are fused together and the crowd is able to undergo a personal metamorphosis; a ritualistic experience meant to liberate them from the constraints imposed by society, by the people around them and by the limitations of their own ego. Liber Null doesn’t belong to a space or time, it can only belong to the people.
With every party organized, the crew behind Liber Null aims at creating a community for like-minded people, where underground music and provocative art are the main driving forces behind the performances, while the principles of chaos magic bind everything together into a coherent conceptual ritualistic event.
The latest Liber Null installment is a collaboration with Potnia Theron. The event will take place at Arena Berlin on October 27th, and this time, the main theme comes from Greek Mythology, celebrating the brutality of "Theron", mythologic cruel creatures whose mistress, "Potnia" (a Homeric name used to refer to the deity of the beasts) is the only creature able to dominate and regulate them.
From the greek Thēríon. A generic term for wild animal.
A brutal, cruel nature. A beast, a crawling creature.
Thēríon never refers to animals used for sacrifice.
Therion, a deity of Thelema.
A monster hidden behind the consciousness.
Do what thou wilt.
Enter Liber Null.
Spread accross 2 floors, the Mauris and the Thelema, this edition of Liber Null will be, as usual, an immersive experience, pleasing all the senses of the participants, capturing the eyes, the ears and the body of each and everyone with A/V live shows, dance performances and art installation, so that ultimately, the mind can be released from its own confines.
Headlining this installment, O/H (Ontario Hospital, Oddie/Huren), the collaboration between David Foster and Rich Oddie - two artists who have been working in the border between noise and techno for over twenty years. Foster founded the influential techno outfit Teste in the early 90's and has since been creating an uncompromising fusion of techno and power electronics, primarily under the Huren moniker. Oddie is one half of the long running industrial techno act Orphx and is also known for his recent solo output and collaborative work with Eschaton (Orphx + Ancient Methods) and Oureboros.
Named after an infamous local asylum, Ontario Hospital combines the rhythmic tropes of techno and EBM with an improvisational approach informed by power electronics, early industrial music and the confrontational performance art of the Vienna Actionists. Foster's vocals reflect the brutality, absurdity and insanity of modern life, accompanied by the relentless rhythm and noise of the duo's abused electronics.
DE vs. Troit will open the doors to the obscure event performing an unusual experimental dj set between hypnotizing drone, dark ambient soundscapes, dead beats and mental frequencies featuring the intervention of the performer Valentin Tszin.
The Liber Null head Unhuman and Sinus O. from Order - Paris, will perform for the first time in Berlin (after their debut performance in South Korea) their analogue live set, delivering the sound of power electronics merged into dark atmospheres and animated with straight rhythmic noise.
The residents of Liber Null will evolve the journey to more physical directions and body moves; Sirio Gry J, also head of the Berlin based Monolith Records who recently released a 12" Ep on the London based 'Several Reasons Rec', will select the finest Industrial/Techno/Power tunes to keep the journey evolving and bring the dancefloor temperatures to red, leaving to MXM the duty to close the event with EBM waves.
A special coherent environment is needed to give the right accents to the aesthetics of the event, the art floor 'Thelema' curated by Nullam Rem Natam will see a live installation of the same curator dedicated to Aleister Crowley, a live sound performance about agony and heavy spiritual matters performed by Emre Zaim Demirtas and Ivan Nabokov will expose a second installation made of glass, light and blood as an elixir of life; everything will happen alongside lights and visuals from Licht Pfad.
Make sure you RSVP on Facebook for more updates.
Nothing is quite as it seems when evaluating the works of Canadian photographer Jessica Eaton. Her pieces are mesmerizing, painstakingly handmade and in a sense, illusory. On first glance, one might assume the use of digital editing or software enhancement but that is far from the case. These incredible works are shot using an analog camera and then light, material, and more are all manipulated to create such hypnotic, tonal images. For nearly 10 years, Ms. Eaton has dazzled the eye with her unique sense of color, variation and technique. Her latest solo exhibition simply titled, Jessica Eaton, opens September 24th at the always impressive M+B Gallery, Los Angeles.
Ms. Eaton's latest show is an excellent example of the artist's vision and technical mastery. Three new bodies of work push the boundaries of the photographic medium and challenge the viewer to see beyond the typical use of film. These magnetic works also involve chemical processing that create illuminated colors and geometric forms that are unlike anything we have seen before.
Also included are Transition(s), which build upon the artist's acclaimed, Cubes for Albers and LeWitt (cfaal) series. These are striking pieces which pull you inside a multi-dimensional world surrounded by geometric patterns and rich, vibrant colors. Also on view will be a selection of Pictures for Women, celebrated examples of artwork by female artists as interpreted through Eaton’s experimental camera techniques.
Jessica Eaton opens September 24th with an opening reception from 6-8 p.m. at M+B. The exhibition runs through November 12, 2016 and we urge our readers to experience these works in person. For more information, please visit M+B Gallery, Los Angeles.
Amsterdam's senscommon is more than just a fashion brand. It's a utilitarian concept that was created to fit the needs of day to day life. While still in its infant stages, the label has unveiled their first piece to the world, the Cyclist Raincoat. Designer Laura Silinska has crafted perhaps the perfect coat which mixes high fashion, minimalism and practicality into one matte black garment. From the designer :
The Cyclist Raincoat is a breathable, lightweight overcoat ideal for cycling. An everyday essential, determined to be the minimalist techwear item of your wardrobe.
Using state-of-the-art technology melded with a simple utilitarian design, the unisex Cyclist Raincoat is effortless to use - on and off any two-wheeler, protecting against all elements in all seasons. Some call raincoats the Tupperware of the modern wardrobe, but we can change this perception if you join our journey and support our campaign. senscommon introduces Cyclist Raincoat - a new unisex classic for urban living.
This is no ordinary raincoat. Using a uniquely developed fabric (made of an exact blend of nylon and polyester), the material is literally water tight. Further, the legs have a specialized push button system, the hood is designed for clear side vision and there's even discreet reflective patches for night riding. We love all of these details and feel it sets the jacket apart from others on the market. The label has launched a Kickstarter to help fund the project and there is just a couple weeks left. For the final push, we thought it would be great to sit down with the designer and talk about the brand, the Cyclist Raincoat and what inspires her. Please find our Q&A below.
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The Brvtalist: Talk about the mission of senscommon and what inspired you to start the brand.
Laura Silinska: senscommon is born out of my passion for workwear and utilitarian apparel. It is certainly not a fashion brand but a slowly built collection of urban lifestyle wearables. I intend to creates contemporary relevance through restraint, utility and simplicity - where the every day meets textile technology, and the construction influences the total look. Let it be a coat, a bag, a suit or a curtain, my interest lays in developing new textiles and challenge existing production methods to create things that shape the future.
TB: How did you decide to make the Cyclist Raincoat the first piece and how did you go about creating it?
LS: Cyclist Raincoat is the beginning of my research in performance textiles and the concept of a minimal black waterproof coat that also totally works for people like me, who cycle every single day, it just had to be done! The world needs it. I focused on the most essential functions of a raincoat worn when cycling and designed a pure elongated silhouette of matte black, soft feel fabric, unisex coat that also delivers on comfort and safety on the road. It is the only lightweight, waterproof yet breathable raincoat made for urban cyclists with strong taste. I think it is good to start, as an independent designer, with a piece that people actually need.
TB: What other art forms inspire you?
LS: Music is my drive. If it existed as one genre, I would be listening to a mix of space-age pop/ funk/ rythm'n'blues/ psychedelic pop and vaporwave. But as it doesn't, I listen to all of it separately. I also love "set photography" and collage. Artists like Seth Price, Kenneth Anger, Eva Stenram, Kate Bonner...I call all this recycling art - retro futurism and that is exactly how I can describe my work.
TB: Talk about what's next for the brand and what direction you would like to see it go in.
LS: senscommon will continue to research into new textiles and contemporary uniforms. I am looking forward to collaborating with other designers and artists for the products to come. Also interior objects and home wearables are a niche I want to explore.
TB: And finally, how can people support the brand?
LS: To manufacture such quality technically advanced products like Cyclist Raincoat, I launched a Kickstarter campaign. It has reached 60% of the necessary funds so far and you are really welcome to help us get to 100%! You can contribute and pre-order senscommon products for another 2 weeks right here - bit.ly/senscommon.
We would like to thank Ms. Silinska for speaking with us and it is our pleasure to feature this great, upstart brand. If you haven't done so already, we urge our readers to support the campaign and we look forward to seeing these coats out in the world. You can also follow senscommon on Facebook and Instagram.
*All photos by Sabrina Bongiovanni