Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Music auction at Philips de Pury

Auction house Philips-de Pury will held a Music auction on Friday 10 December at 5pm in London. Vicious Vitamins went to the exhibition and particularly enjoyed the Alan Vega/Suicide memorabilia and a picture feature the three legends David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed. A number of rare items will also be auctioned such as a collection of 52 vynil covers designed by Andy Warhol (including the Velvet Underground banana cover), a picture of Joy Division front-man Ian Curtis by Kvin Cummins or some Black Flag gig posters designed by Raymond Pettibon.

On a similar topic, we were happy to discover (probably late, sorry...!) that Rizzoli released a new book about Joy Division featuring photographies of Kevin Cummins with foreword by writer Jay McInerney and text by Joy Division founder Bernard Sumner.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Aleksi Cavaillez at Espace Fiction

Last week end to see "Espace Fiction - Drawings from the moon", exhibition by Art Posthume artist Aleksi Cavaillez at Espace OFR, 20 rue Dupetit-Thouars 75003 Paris (MOnday to Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 2pm-7pm). You can also download the beautiful catalogue here:

Friday, September 17, 2010

Superflex in Metz

French industrial group Bel (The Laughing Cow, Babybel) launched earlier this year Lab'Bel, a program dedicated to promote contemporary visiual arts. For the Nuit Blanche, a night of events and visited organized in the largest cities throughout France, Lab'Bel invited Danish art activists Superflex.

Vicious Vitamins interviewed Superflex last year for the issue #2 released during Frieze and FIAC (issue 2 that you can download by clicking on the right margin of the site). For the Nuit Blanche in Metz, Superflex will present a work already featured at Art Unlimited 2010, Flooded Mc Donald. The performance will consist of a rise in the water of a Mc Donald restaurant until complete flooding. Mixing humour and tragedy, Superflex, here again, chalenges our lives of consumers and the power of brand in the developed world.

Flooded MacDonald's (2008), 1 October 2010 from 18.00pm to 1am
Salle des fetes du Lycee Fabert, Metz.


Wednesday, September 8, 2010


Here is the new track of our friend Christian Jay

Christian Jay new track

Friday, September 3, 2010

Too Cool For School - New-York hipsters in Paris and London

In September, two exhibitions in Paris and London will feature the hippest generation of New-York artists. Galerie du Jour-Agnes B in Paris will show works of artists the gallery has long-standing relationship with, Harmony Korine, which new film will be produced by Agnes B, Dash Snow and Ryan McGinley. East-End London gallery Ritter Zamet will present over ten emerging artists from New-York in an exhibition called The Coke Factory including Scott Campbell, Dan Colen, Nate Lowman, Aurel Schmidt, Agathe Snow and Dash Snow.

At Galerie du Jour, Ryan McGinley will show studio pictures of unprofessional models met in gigs and parties. Unfortunately there is nothing that has never been seen already although this serie should be seen in its entire context of 150 pictures of 150 models, left free to adopt the posture they want – Is Ryan McGinley trying to become a new Rankin? Let’s give him a chance but the pictures he originally took of his friends and daily life were so beautiful that it is hard to understand why he is now being so conventional and bourgeois in a professional studio. Although Harmony Korine probably spends most of his time working on film projects (Mister Lonely in 2007 and soon Trash Humpers that we are really looking forward to watch), he still finds time for other visual arts. At Galerie du Jour, he will present mixed-techniques portraits that somehow remind the fear and anxiety of Munch works. Harmony Korine is probably the most interesting artist of this generation emerged from street and skateboard culture. Dash Snow will be remebered with a beautiful dyptique made in 2007 (see picture below - click on picture to see the entire high def picture). In addition, Agnes B herself will show some of her videos.

Harmony Korine, Scumbag and baby, 2010, technique mixte

Ryan McGinley, Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere , 2010, Photographie nxb. 30x45 cm

Dash Snow, « Untitled (Metallic trees) », God Spoiled, 2007. Photographie, dyptique.

At Ritter Zamet, a bunch of hipsters will take over the space and questioned their creative process in light with the over-mechanised and consumerist Western society. This show will include Dash Snow (the picture of the beautiful dyptique above will be shown at Galerie du Jour), a year after his death and who will also be at Galerie du Jour in Paris, his former wife Corsican borned Agathe Snow, and some Purple Diary characters (that gives you an idea of the hipness !) such as Aurel Schmidt or Scott Campbell. Pictures of The Coke Factory will maybe be added to the post soon(ish).

3+1 at Galerie du Jour Agnes B, 9 September-6 November 2010: 44, rue Quincampoix 75004 Paris –

The Coke Factory at Ritter Zamet, 9 September-23 Octobern 2010: Unit 8, 80a Ashfield Street E1 2BJ London (opening reception Thursday 9 September, 6pm-8pm) –

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Artus in surfland

Our friend Artus de Lavilleon is in residency at Roundhouse in Hossegor (France), a villa openned by French magazine Clark with the support of Nike (who is now entering the surf industry). During his time at Roundhouse, Artus will produce drawings in an studio left only for him. Drawings and parties ahead... sure that Artus will share that with Vicious Vitamins very soon... More info on the blog of the Roundhouse: (in French only)

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Ich Bin Ein Berliner 2.1

Vicious Vitamins was at the first party season 2 of Ich Bin Ein Berliner at SO36 in Berlin and it was great !!!!

David Mars and Emmanuel(le) Hubaut, two of the three promoters of the party

Stephane Herve and Alexis Gaffuri, two third of Dead Sexy Inc

Valery Renay (Noblesse Oblige)

Alexis Gaffuri (Dead Sexy Inc) and Jemek Jemowit
Sebastian (Noblesse Oblige) and Randy Twigg backstage

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Shopping selection from Vicious Vitamins

Dear Vicious Vitamins Friends !!

It's been a while I haven't put anything on this blog, believe it I'll make more work going forward and I already added a shopping selection on the right hand side margins. From there you'll be able to access DVDs, CDs, books selected by Vicious Vitamins... To start with I highly recommend the new album of Berlin-based duo Noblesse Oblige, Malady. A masterpiece !! More to come... You can also follow my travels on Dig For Voodoo, the B-side blog of Vicious Vitamins:

Love to All,


Tuesday, June 8, 2010

ICH BIN EIN BERLINER - The compilation

Vicious Vitamins' friends Araknid records alongside with DJ and Dead Sexy Inc singer Emmanuel Hubaut are releasing a double CD compilation featuring the best of SO36 parties Ich Bin Ein Berliner.

Ich Bin Ein berliner festival is a monthly event organized by Andreas Schwarz, David Maars, and Emmanuel 5 at legendary club from Kreuzberg SO36. It's an Electro Glam & Rock party with “a touch of Queer” where you can see and listen to Bands, Performers, Djs, who are based in Berlin and often a special " just for one day " Berliner act. It started august 2009 and became one of the best and freaky party in town. Many artists already played there such as : Gloria Viagra, Steve Morell, Noblesse Oblige, Mount Sims, Snax, Aerea Negrot, Randy Twigg, Squeezebox Band, Nachlader, Scream Club, Electronicat, Bürger P, Glamour to Kill, We are Enfant Terrible, Mittekill, Sue Denim, Kamikaze Queens...

You can listen and buy the CD on Araknid Records web site:

Friday, May 14, 2010

Sofia Cordova

Vicious Vitamins recently discovered the work of Sofia Cordova, a San Francisco-based artist borned in Puerto-Rico in 1985 who recently graduated in MFA from the California College of the Arts program in San Francisco. We strongly recommend to visit her web page and listen to her music.

Her work seeks to give body and testament to Caribbean identity, as compromised by Caribbean Diaspora, through the creation of a concept album and installation space. The album, which exists currently in two EP forms (Lamento Borincano & Baby, Remember Your Name), is performed through and by the group ChuCha Santamaría Y Usted (myspace: and details simultaneously occurring narratives borrowed from family photographs and Caribbean histories (primarily pivotal points in Caribbean colonialism; resistance of and assimilation with) through the lens of dance music.

"I approach dance music both as it existed for me as a kid: a beacon of glamour and mutable identities as well as in the way that it exists for Caribbean immigrants and their similarly marginalized Gay and Black contingencies upon arriving in the States. These same photographs also serve as the source for photo-paintings designed to inform the domestic chronology of ChuCha. The installation Baby, Remember My Name, is a space which serves as the receptacle for the 'remixed' photographs, music videos, costumes and promotional materials which constitute the mythology of ChuCha. The space acts as a facsimile of a teenager's/superfan's room and a dressing room, potentially belonging to ChuCha herself. In this fabricated liminal zone, I hope to describe the space of dance songs recorded off the radio late night; songs which to me were laden with the lure, possibility and sorrow of leaving home to study/work/'be better off' in the US."

Sofia Cordova web site:
ChuCha Santamaria y usted:

The MySpace page features the first 3 songs released in the first EP "Lamento Borincano".

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Noblesse Oblige new album: Malady

Berlin-based duo Noblesse Oblige is about to release their third album, Malady. Noblesse Oblige was formed in London, 2004 by French actress/singer/songwriter Valerie Renay and German musician/producer Sebastian Lee Philipp Their debut album Privilege Entails Responsibility is considered one of the classics of the Independent Electro underground scene. After moving to Berlin in 2007, the band released their second album In Exile which won the renowned Russian Steppenwolf Music Prize and an endorsement by the German ministry of Culture. Since their formation, Noblesse Oblige have played over 300 Live show throughout Europe and South America. In June the new album and its spectacular Live show will be presented on a European tour.

More information on and and

Purchase the album:

For UK:

For France:

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Night is Young on CINEMOI

We strongly recommend to watch Leos Carax "The Night Is Young" ("Mauvais Sang") on the French movie channel, Cinemoi (, accessible through SKY.

Film Showtimes
Sat 20 Mar - 6:30pm
Mon 22 Mar - 12:30am

‘The Night is Young' (‘Mauvais sang') is a stunning multi-genre and layered work that is hard to pigeonhole. Another unique vision from the incredibly talented and elusive Leos Carax, this unconventional post-modern noir is a must see for all fans of French cinema.

The plot loosely follows the codes of film noir, with its protagonist finding himself roped into a lucrative robbery. Alex (Denis Lavant) has recently lost his father, whose criminal friends, Marc (Michel Piccoli) and Hans (Hans Meyer), believe it was murder by the hand of a notorious gangster called ‘l'Américaine' (The American woman). Known to have inherited the nimble hands of his father, Marc offers Alex a role in their next job: to steal the cure for a new, deadly virus plaguing Paris, STBO, which infects those who make love without being in love. Alex agrees and, having broken up with his girlfriend Lise (Julie Delpy), falls in love with Marc's girlfriend Anna (Juliette Binoche).

Carax's work is a visual feast, which employs the photogenic French capital in a novel way, infusing its streets with colour and vibrancy, while shooting most of his material at night, exploiting the unnerving darkness and shadow play. The incongruous effect is one of a place that is situated within a familiar yet alien time and space. The analogy to the outbreak of the AIDS epidemic is indeed an empirical issue to the film, but the pervading post-apocalyptic aura moves it to a dystopian temporal plane.

Carax's labyrinthine Parisian streets are navigated through stunning camera work, most notably in the sequence that follows Alex's lengthy run along an unending street in homage to Truffaut's extensive tracking of Antoine Doinel's escape in ‘The 400 Blows'. The jolting cinematography is equalled by the film's elliptical and daring structure, which eschews narrative coherency in favour of the evocative affect of the visuals and simmering tensions between characters. Carax is a director who aims directly for the senses and forces of feeling as opposed to those of reason.

This remarkable story, which incorporates elements of thriller, noir, sci-fi and romance, is played to perfection by a cast who stake major holds in contemporary French cinema.

Carax's muse Denis Lavant (‘Les amants du pont neuf', ‘Beau travail') is once again disconcertingly off-beat and displays another physical performance that attests to his roots in theatre and circus. Juliette Binoche, fresh from her breakthrough in Téchiné's ‘Rendez-vous', radiates an enigmatic beauty and disquiet in another assured performance, which signals her impending status as one of THE actresses of her generation. The legendary Michel Piccoli (‘Le Mépris', ‘Les Choses de la vie', ‘La Grande bouffe'), proffers an authenticity to his role as the ageing criminal, who, although on the wane, proves he is a force to be reckoned with. Finally, Julie Delpy makes a César winning performance as the naive Lise (years later Kieslowski would attribute leading roles to Binoche and Delpy in the masterful Three Colours Blue and White respectively).

A bold romantic, Carax is arguably the most genuine inheritor of the New Wave (especially Godard), whose films challenge convention and fashion a completely novel and thrilling form of cinema. ‘The Night is Young' is a prime example of this but unfortunately (and this is where he differs from his prolific Nouvelle Vague influences) is one of only four full-length features this exceptional filmmaker has made. To be savoured accordingly.

French cinema in London

Cinemoi, the French movie channel accessible through Sky, organizes a private screening of In the Electric Mist, Bertrand Tavernier’s first US feature, boasting an all-star cast of Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman and Kelly Macdonald, is a superior psychological thriller set in the eerie backwaters of Louisana. This exclusive director’s cut of the film is a testament to the consistent quality and longevity of Tavernier’s cinematic career (Laissez-passer, L.627, Capitaine Conan, Clean Slate).

The 6.40pm screening will be preceded by a cocktail reception at 6.00pm
RSVP compulsory: T. 020 7819 6311 or by Monday 15 March

Information on

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Art fundraiser for the Bhopal Medical Appeal

On Thursday 4 March, London street art gallery Pure Evil is launching an art fundraiser show for the Bhopal Medical Appeal. The gallery will be full of amazing works donated by the artists. All the money made from the sales of these artworks will go towards helping people who are still suffering the effects from the Bhopal disaster, which was the worlds worst industrial accident.

For those who cannot make it to the gallery, the show will be on-line at:

Official opening: Thursday 4 March at 6pm at Pure Evil Gallery (108 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH) -

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Died Young Stayed Pretty - UK DVD release

died Young Stayed Pretty, Eileen Yaghoobian documentary on rock poster artists, is now taking on Europe. Eileen will be in Amsterdam and Copenhagen in April for a screening and the film will be released on DVD in the UK by the ICA.

You can also read Paul Dale article on "One is left in no doubt that this bunch of eccentrics, loners and mad men are exercising their artistic freedoms in ways that few artists ever do" (Link:

Congrats to Eileen for the success of this truly independent film !!!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Didier Clain at Sycomore (Paris) and Centotto (New-York)

Our friend artist Didier Clain is showing his works at Paris gallery Sycomore (7 bis, rue Geoffroy Marie, 75009) and Centotto in Brooklyn, new-York.

The Paris show closing party will be on 25 February from 19.00 to 22.00 with more works and installations of Didier and other artists. More pics to follow on our B-Side blog Dig For Voodoo (click the link on the right).

Sycomore Art: 7 bis, rue Geoffroy Marie 75009 Paris. Metro Grands Boulebards (

At Centotto, the exhibition "Terrae and The Ether" will remain present through February. Opening was on 5 February and the next general reception will be on 19 February from 6pm to 10pm.

Terrae and the Ether Bridging a recently bygone simposio exhibit denuding creative process with an upcoming simposio exhibit authorizing poly-authored forgeries, Terrae and the Ether, an interstizio exhibit, merges the patent nominalities of photographed places and persons, or places and things, with paintings of an indefinite, abstractly envisioned ether that might conceivably dwell therebetween.Featuring works by Tim Kent, Layton Hower, Myles Dickason, Miguel Kim and Didier Clain.

Centotto: 250 Moore Street #108, Brooklyn, NY 11206

Information: and +1 908 338 3590