Recent artwork by Banksy found in Wales sells for “six-figure sum”

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An artwork that appeared in the small Welsh town of Port Talbot, later confirmed by the artist himself to be the work of Banksy, has sold for a “six-figure sum”. The piece titled Season’s Greetings, which shows a child playing in what appears to be snow on one wall, and the burning skip bin producing the ash on the perpendicular wall, appeared just before Christmas on the garage of local resident Ian Lewis.

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B.A.M’s new identity for White Cube is an “evolution rather than a revolution”

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London-based design and art direction studio B.A.M recently started work on its identity for White Cube gallery, with an unusual aim: “I have a strong view that an identity, especially for White Cube, should be invisible,” co-founder of the studio David McKendrick tells It’s Nice That. Across its galleries the White Cube houses impeccable artworks and B.A.M quickly identified this as a focal point. In turn, the studio didn’t want to design an identity which would draw eyes away from the likes of Gilbert and George or Tracey Emin, but instead, build the graphic design foundations which would house the artworks, and enhance them too.

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Mosh Pit Simulator, perhaps the craziest VR game yet, launches later this month

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There’s a new VR game coming out at the end of this month, and it’s sure to give Beat Saber a run for its money. The brainchild of renowned games designer Sos Sosowski, Mosh Pit Simulator was actually created by accident two years ago when Sos was playing around with simple AI algorithms to programme human models. This serendipitous discovery informs the basis of Mosh Pit Sumlator, whose characters, called “zombies”, flip-flop around in jerky movement according to the code: “if chest is below 1m, bump chest up”. The premise for Mosh Pit Simulator centres around these manic, “brainless, boneless humanoid creatures” in this highly anticipated, albeit slightly mad, new game.

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Fantastic Man releases What Men Wear, an anthology of male dressing in the 21st Century

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“I wouldn’t call this a book about fashion. Some men talk about fashion, many simply talk about clothes; there’s a distinction,” explains Eliot Haworth, on the new release from the makers of Fantastic Man: What Men Wear. An anthology of Fantastic Man’s online feature Questionnaire which instigates conversations from one question – “What garment is key to your personal style?” – the publication brings together a selection of insightful figures to create an oral history of male dressing in the 21st Century.

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Film machine / Filmautomat 1940s – 1960s. Germany. Via…



Film machine / Filmautomat 1940s - 1960s. Germany. Via Technoseum.

There were times you could only take a picture if you had not only a camera but a film (with a very limited amount of possible pictures), so in case of emergency (i.e. on the weekends, at night) you could get a standard supply of roll films (here Agfa) from a nice red machine, probably waterproof.

Jenny Schweitzer’s latest short is an uplifting account of life in an American retirement home

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Those of you with a memory for such things will likely be able to recall the last piece of work by filmmaker Jenny Schweitzer we featured on It’s Nice That. Girls in Chess was, as the title suggests, an exploration of the gender gap in the world of competitive American scholastic chess. It was charming, funny, warm – the sort of short film you foist upon friends and family, knowing full well that they’ll love it as much as you did. Now turning her lens towards an open, honest, and at times hilarious account of life in a retirement home nestled on the shore of the Hudson River in the Bronx, New York. We’re almost certain that her latest project, The Blessings of Aging, will garner the same reaction.

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Next 2 Nothing is the how-to manual of tips and tricks for any aspiring filmmaker

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In February 2016, London-based publisher and filmmaker Freddie Fraser-Forsyth launched topsafe.tv, a platform to showcase films made without briefs or brand involvement. Through providing this platform, and a resulting collaboration with Stop Play Record, Freddie met a load of people he wouldn’t have otherwise, and received a whole load more cold email submissions from directors. “Through these experiences I learned what the London film industry at grassroots level was like and how difficult it was to make work you love,” he tells us of the decision to start his magazine Next 2 Nothing.

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