Thursday, February 28, 2008

Sound and Vision

An exhibition of images and tracks from Visionaire 53 SOUND is currently on view at Visionaire Gallery in Soho, NYC (11 Mercer Street at Howard, open Monday–Friday noon–7pm and Saturday noon–6pm).

SOUND took over two years to put together and was the last of nine issues I worked on with Visionaire. I'm really happy with the way it came out. The issue was sponsored by Mini Cooper and consists of five picture discs containing one-minute recordings by more than 100 different musicians, artists and fashion designers. It comes with a special edition Mini Clubman vinyl killer—a toy car with a record needle in the bottom that drives around a record, tracking on the grooves and playing the songs through an internal speaker. (You can see some more images at

I was actually not that involved in the graphic design of this issue, focusing mostly on sourcing the vinyl killer and the picture discs, and getting musical contributors. Lalo Schifrin, Fiery Furnaces, Miranda July, the Go! Team, Liars, Th
urston Moore & Kim Gordon, José Gonzalez, Panda Bear, David Byrne, Michael Stipe, Cat Power, Spank Rock, UNKLE, sunn O))), Dan the Automator, Malcolm McClaren, Karen O, and many others each contributed exclusive one-minute tracks.
Raymond Pettibon (above left), Peter Saville, Robert Longo, Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin, Mario Sorrenti, Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott (above right), Nick Knight and others contributed visuals for the picture discs.

The issue is available now from Visionaire for $250, or for $675 you can start a three-issue subscription with this issue. Check the website for more info.

Top, photography by Dan Forbes

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