A school in Paris has been transformed into a work of art after more than 100 graffiti artists were invited to use the building as their canvas.

As part of the Rehab 2 festival, the artists were invited to one of Paris’ Cité Internationale Universitaire dormitories and asked to paint the interior of the student residence however, wherever and in whatever style they liked.

The dormitory is due for renovation, so after three weeks of creative labour the building was opened to the public for one month, before the artworks are destroyed.

As it’s common for graffiti artists to use abandoned spaces to demonstrate their skill, the use of the dormitory in the festival was an organic evolution of how visitors experience this type of art.

Even if you can’t get over to Paris to view the art before it disappears forever, you can view the photos here.


A Twitter account has gone viral for its witty take on renaming everyday objects with much more accurate - if slightly bizarre - monikers.

The @CorrectNames Twitter account, run by Mark Dempsey, attributes weird and wonderful names to everything and anything from animals to appliance and furniture.

We’re sure at some point in your life you’ve marveled at the majesty of a sea flap flap (that’s a manta ray), relaxed on a boneless couch (a bean bag) or maybe even sampled a baked yeast grenade (a bread roll, if you didn’t guess that one).

Once you’ve read them, it’s hard to see why we ever used and stuck to these items’ boring old regular names. We’ll be referring to Cheerios as bagel seeds from now on.

You can see the full list of ‘correct names’ at the Twitter account here.


We all have our own unique desk style, whether it’s plastered in photos, covered in knick-knacks or a zen, clean space. But how did the world’s greatest brains like to work, and where?

An infographic created by National Pen explores the workspaces of the world’s most famous thinkers, doers and creators, from Frida Kahlo to Albert Einstein.

Frida Kahlo famously enjoyed a bright, airy and colourful studio filled with ornaments and mementos, while Albert Einstein’s desk was famously messy, with him once saying: ‘If a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind, then what are we to think of an empty desk?’

Whether you associate clutter with genius or tidiness with an orderly thought process, it’s fascinating to catch a glimpse of how, where and why the world’s most revered minds worked.

You can see the infographic in full here. How does your workspace compare?


Game of Thrones has returned to our screens at last, but a recent photoshoot by Miles Aldridge for TIME magazine shows the stars looking a little more polished - and colourful - than usual.

The British photographer’s vibrant shoot takes the stars of HBO’s biggest show a million miles away from Westeros, transporting Kit Harrington, Maisie Williams, Peter Dinklage and other cast members to somewhere a little more whimsical.

In an interview with the magazine, Aldridge cites Albert Durer and Lucas Cranach as his influences for the shoot, describing how both artists worked with ‘bizarre super reality of detail’.

‘These sort of images were fascinating because of their insane attention to detail,’ adds Aldridge. And with things already looking bleak in season 7 of Game of Thrones, it’s nice to see the Starks, Lannisters and friends (sorry, enemies) looking a little cheerier.

You can see the photoshoot in full here


You’ve spent years curating the most aesthetically-pleasing Instagram account, placing every image with painstaking precision, but have you ever wondered what your Instagram’s overall colour scheme is?

New website ColorKuler.com helps you define – or just find out – your true Insta-style. Simply enter your username and the site analyses your posts to give you an insight into the colour scheme of your posts.

From light steel blue to dark slate grey, every colour combination is accounted for and, assuming users post things they are drawn to, suggests the colours you subconsciously love, or at least post habitually.

Across the internet people are praising ColorKuler’s simplicity, with some even saying they’ll use the colour schemes it produces to decide on clothes purchases and interior design plans.

You can try the site for yourself here. What’s your Instagram colour scheme?


The world according to Wes Anderson movies is a pastel-coloured, eye-pleasing utopia, and now a subreddit has sprung up dedicated to capturing locations throughout the world that look like an Anderson set.

From Scotland to Hong Kong, life imitates art and Redditors happily snap buildings, public spaces and even remote countryside locations with the colour and cinematic quality unique to Anderson’s direction.

And it’s even inspiring people to look at everyday places differently: ‘I’ve walked by that building numerous times and never saw it like this,’ says one user, ‘It’s crazy what you don’t take in sometimes.’

You can see more here.


A provocative artwork from a Brooklyn, US-based artist used over 12,000 pieces of mirror-finish stainless steel and took nearly two years to complete.

Jason Griska’s ‘Wreck’ is based on a CGI model of a Mercedes Benz luxury Sedan S550 used in a video game, manipulated to look like it was involved in a fatal crash. The piece is intended to question ‘perfect’ digital design, which is often rendered without giving thought to everyday, less-than-perfect reality.

The perfect geometry and flawless materiality of the piece reflect the inspiration of idealised digital design,’ explains Griska, ‘[It’s] in stark contrast with the grimness of the reality it represents. Beauty, technology and engineering collide with death and reality.’

Unfortunately, ‘Wreck’ is owned by a private collector and rarely exhibited, but you can see more of Griska’s work here.


A new advert promoting a production company has a harsh reality to it; promoting a film company, the ad advocates becoming ‘less stupid’ by watching a film and consequently helping save the world from becoming a place where ignorance really is bliss.

The campaign parodies how seemingly self-obsessed our culture has become, showing paramedics taking selfies and discussing which filter they should use for the most ‘likes’ on social media instead of helping an injured man.

‘Wherever the world is heading, don’t go there. At least for two hours,’ advises the campaign, encouraging viewers to snap out of social media and spend their time watching a short film instead to broaden your horizons in a world that thinks less.

You can watch the advert in full below:


A Spanish street artist known as ‘Belin’ is combining the avant-garde with inspiration drawn from the deconstructed portraits of Pablo Picasso to create his own, unique style of graffiti.

 

Dubbed ‘’Neo Post Cubism’, the surreal-yet-hyperreal portraits are simultaneously fractured and lifelike. Belin’s works are made using just spray paint, oils and pencil and are created entirely freehand, giving them that ‘almost breathing’ quality.

 

Belin’s unique contrast of styles has gained him thousands of followers on Instagram and a worldwide following. You can see more of his work here.

 


A familiar face for Game of Thrones fans can be seen in the latest KFC advert; actor Kristian Nairn, better known as loyal-but-doomed GoT character Hodor, recreated the iconic ‘hold the door’ scene for the fast-food chain, but instead of White Walkers the star was faced with hordes of hungry customers.

Nairn plays a KFC employee who, as the clock strikes 12, is overwhelmed by the rush of lunchtime orders as crowds rush the restaurant demanding chicken and fries. As more and more people scream their order at Nairn, the panicked server can only repeat ‘chicken and fries’ over and over until it becomes, ‘Chicken with… rice?’.

Nairn’s desperate attempts to ‘hold the door’ to save the young Stark children became ‘Hodor’ in the fantasy series’ now-famous scene, and while many GoT fans have expressed their delight at seeing the sequence recreated, many felt it was simply too soon.

You can watch the advert below and decide for yourself.


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