Sunday, May 16, 2010

Brandazza cycling-inspired fashion show

Manuel Brandazza is a designer from Argentina. This was sort of a comeback show for him because he quitted making clothes about five years ago. The show was done at Parque Thays, a big park near Retiro station that hosts a huge Botero sculpture of a naked torso, which added a classic and strangely decadent feel to the show. As you see, the clothes mix very different fabrics and textures and feature geometric and symmetric designs that often resolve in sort of a demonic face from a manga hell. It's astronaut chic with tribal designs: the kind of clothes that the musicians from the Sun Ra Arkestra or the characters in a science fiction utopia would wear. All Brandazza clothes have an otherworldly quality to them. This collection was inspired by cycling. These are vintage/future/alien cycling and living clothes.

Before the show...
My girlfriend Ana got the best dress!




The show




After

Then, ambient pop artist Aldo Benítez played some tunes. Just him, his mic and his boom box...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Another fourteen songs about cycling

Mogwai Superheroes of BMX

múm Slow bicycle

Red Hot Chili Peppers Bicycle Song

Brian Wilson Roll, Plymouth Rock

XTC Season Cycle

Madness Riding on my bike

Luka Bloom Acoustic Motorbike

Fiona Apple Extraordinary Machine

Autechre Bike

Alain Bashung L’arrivée du Tour

Belle & Sebastian The Fox in the snow

Clouddead Bike, Part 1

Danny Elfman Park Ride from Pee Wee’s Big Adventure OST



Lisa Germano Riding my bike

Sunday, May 9, 2010

BA cycling

Very bad video (shot by myself) that shows the basics about cycling in Buenos Aires. In a nutshell: lots of cars (some illegally parked), no other cyclist in sight, no bike lane and not a single driver that even remotely considers the possibility of a bicycle approaching their car.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Critical Mass: May ride

I wasn't there this time. My girlfriend Ana took the picture. There were almost 400 hundred bikes. she says.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bike ride to work

Saturday Morning. I took off from home at 9 AM. After a few blocks along Córboba Ave. I got to Alvarez Thomas Ave. Luckily there are almost no cars.
A fellow worker on his bike.
This street is Galván, the barrio here is called "Saavedra", I´m about to leave the city. Notice that there aren't any bike paths in sight.
This little brigde crosses to the Greater Buenos Aires, what we call "provincia". Below me, the General Paz Ave. that separates the "city" of Buenos Aires from the "Greater" Buenos Aires.



Not the way you wanna go. The "riachuelo" (small river) is extremely polluted, specially around heavily populated areas like La Boca (one of the barrios that the tourists like to visit here). The riachuelo has been cause of controversy over the years because every government has promised to clean it but none has fulfilled the promise yet.
This is called "Villa Martelli", typical middle class barrio of the Provincia de Buenos Aires.
Going under...
and under. Another fellow worker/cyclist. Two bike commuters in half an hour is not a bad average at all for this city!
9.30 AM Not there yet. Still no bike path. No need for suspense, I won't find any on the whole trip.
Almost there.
Some 19 kilometers from home... The Telefé studios in Martinez, the place from where one of the shows that I work for is broadcasted live.
9.45 AM I park the bike.
The lot.
Work

Monday, April 12, 2010

Green & Orange

Our friend Felix, sent us these photos