Weston Frizzell

3 06 2012

After many years of working together, Otis Frizzell and Mike Weston’s creative partnership evolved from that of a celebrity artist (Otis Frizzell) and his art dealer, producer and manager, (Mike Weston) into a full blown art collaboration.


Their Warhol influenced production line approach and entertainment industry influenced promotion and management has taken them from the street art  and pop culture melting pot of Auckland’s K road into the fine art world. Their output draws heavily on appropriated imagery, style and content. Presented with satiric and often ironic subtext, it challenges notions of authorship and originality.

About Mike Weston 

Mike Weston (1963-) is the proprietor of The Area, an independent music studio and art gallery on Karangahape Road in Auckland. During his twenty-year career he has worked as a recording engineer, DJ, music producer, event promoter, clothing designer, visual artist and artist manager. He has created original music under the names Black Girls Machine, Theta State and Field. As a music producer he has worked with Anigma, The Warners, Reptiles@Dawn, the Dakoda’s, The Lils, Christine White, Mechanism, ICU, Field, OB1, Miss DJ, The Nairobi’s, Fruit, and Shima, among others. In 1994 he started the techno record label Pulse. Between 1994 and 2002 he coordinated New Zealand tours for international artists such as Jeff Mills, Derrick May, Juan Atkins, Stacey Pullen, Freddie Fresh, Dave Angel, Mark Dynamix, Sandra Collins, Chris Lee and Shaheen. From 1998 to 2002 he produced mix albums and managed dance club events and tours for club LOVELY and Renegade with DJ OB1. With graffiti artist Askew (Disruptiv), Weston produced a series of graffiti art events including Fresh Fresh Fresh, Disrupt the System 2000, Damage Control and Contents Under Pressure, seeding careers for Askew, Misery (Illicit), Otis Frizzell and the late Martin Emond (Illicit), among others.


About Otis Frizzell
Otis Frizzell (1971-) is a television celebrity, hip hop performer, radio personality, tattooist, graphic designer and chauffeur to the stars. If there are any barriers to where Otis Frizzell’s diverse, irrepressible talent and colourful personality will take him, he has yet to be stopped by them. Otis entered public life in his late teens as half of popular hip hop duo MC OJ and Rhythm Slave. He has performed as Joint Force and Stylee Crew. His partnership with Mark “Slave” Williams carried the duo into a long-running Wednesday drive-time radio slot on BFM called “Slave and Otis,” now the morning drive show on Base FM. The duo’s radio celebrity transferred to television with the award winning “The Mo’ Show.” Otis has more than 15 years of public graffiti art experience, and since 1998 has retained his position as New Zealand’s highest profile graffiti artist. His work is on walls in Saatchi and Saatchi, IE Music (Robbie Williams’ London management office), in celebrity collections, on KFC packaging, breast cancer T shirts, Playstation Ads, TV2 promos and the record sleeves of Che Fu and Concord Dawn.

IntErupt | Fake Taupō Festerval | unofficial posters

26 03 2012

download, print, use & distribute as you like under creative commons license…

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25 07 2011



from wikipedia

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer-songwriter known for her powerful contralto vocals[1] and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz.[2]

Winehouse’s 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys,[3][4] including three of the “Big Four“: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. On 14 February 2007, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist; she had also been nominated for Best British Album. She won the Ivor Novello Award three times, one in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for “Stronger Than Me“, one in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for “Rehab“, and one in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Love Is a Losing Game“, among other distinctions. The album was the third biggest seller of the 2000s in the United Kingdom.[5]

Winehouse was credited as an influence in the rise in popularity of female musicians and soul music, and also for revitalising British music. Winehouse’s distinctive style made her a muse for fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld. Winehouse’s problems with drug and alcohol abuse, and her self-destructive behaviours were regular tabloid news from 2007 until her death. She and her former husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were plagued by legal troubles that left him serving prison time. In 2008, Winehouse faced a series of health complications that threatened both her career and her life.[6][7]

Winehouse died at the age of 27 on 23 July 2011, at her home in London;[8][9] police have said that the cause of her death was “as yet unexplained”.[10][11][12]

promo van gets tagged

15 07 2011


Drawing The Line: A Portrait of Keith Haring

30 04 2011

Drawing The Line: A Portrait of Keith Haring

This 1989 documentary by Elisabeth Aubert contains some great footage including Jeffrey Deitch with a hair helmet.

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BiG D dubstep drop

2 03 2011

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Kotahitanga – Unity Concert

29 01 2011

ARTIVIST : creative provided a low key high tech production for this event in January.

A 12 hour music concert held in Paeroa… It is a collaborated effort and vision by four Paeroa Marae (Tirohia, Te Pai o Hauraki, Taharua and Kerepehi Marae) – to celebrate the concept of kotahitanga ‘unity’ in marae, whanau, communities, Hauraki and Aotearoa-wide. The concert will feature an impressive line up of New Zealand musicians and artists.

The infamous Aunty Mabel was the humorous MC along with Lana Garland. Entertainment by; Ardijah, 1814, Pitch Black, Whirimako, Dam Native, Moana, Chantdown, Mihirangi, NativeSons, Phaze, Ni-n-jah, Local Vocal, Crew kapa haka & more.

Maori arts, crafts and fashion, exhibits by local service providers and taonga Maori – TaMoko, Waka and Raranga demonstrations. Complimented with an array of local kai delicacies.

Join Facebook’s ‘Kotahitanga Unity concert 2011’ page for more concert information.

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WAKEdUP = wakefest 11 / Mangakino : MUSIC | wake / skate / dirt | FESTIVAL

24 09 2010

Whakamaru Domain Sat 19 Feb 2011

WAKEdUP = wakefest 11 / Mangakino : MUSIC | wake / skate / dirt | FESTIVAL


>>> the fresh KIWI music & play festival mix’n it up with some wakeboarding, skateboarding, freestyle bmx, MotoX, Jetski action & NZ’s finest bands, BIG PARTY & free camping! we’ll bring you great music & action! If you LOVE DnB, Dub or Dubstep then get on this track… if you LIVE wake / skate / dirt then get on this run… if you don’t like any of this we bet you’ll get off on the WAKEdUP friendly peeps!!!… on the beautiful Whakamaru Domain this site offers free camping, a great access to the river & a safe spot to party with 2000 other peeps… 

From Friday 18th Feb’ at noon the gates will be open & the party will start that evening… we’ll play for 48 hours until Sunday noon with a whole lot of event action & entertainment to keep you vibed the whole time!!!

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ARTIVIST : propagande par le fait

9 09 2010

ARTIVIST : creative has started work on a new model of PR based on the concept of propagande par le fait – or Propaganda of the deed…

The basic concept is from the Italian revolutionary Carlo Pisacane (1818–1857), who wrote in his “Political Testament” (1857) that “ideas spring from deeds and not the other way around.” Mikhail Bakunin (1814–1876), in his “Letters to a Frenchman on the Present Crisis” (1870) stated that “we must spread our principles, not with words but with deeds, for this is the most popular, the most potent, and the most irresistible form of propaganda.”[1]

>>> more to follow…

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ARTIVIST : contracting based on the Nash Equilibrium

2 08 2010

Recently ARTIVIST : creative has developed a series of contracts that involve a shared risk/shared profit that helps venues & artists achieve a common goal – successful events!

subgame perfect Nash equilibrium

The contract, developed for Salmonella Dub, lowers standard deposits & works on a percentage break of gross profit; both the artist & the venue need to expel effort to maximise returns & both benefit greatly by working together to achieve this success.

“We modelled the contract at a couple of gigs earlier this year & it went well… since then a major festival has picked up the idea & it was essential in securing acts” says JoFF Rae of the contract… “the key is to make an agreement & see the benefits to yourself & to others in the equation & stick to it through to delivery – possibly a practical example of the Nash Equilibrium.

The Nash Equilibrium – informal definition:

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Informally, a set of strategies is a Nash equilibrium if no player can do better by unilaterally changing his or her strategy. To see what this means, imagine that each player is told the strategies of the others. Suppose then that each player asks himself or herself: “Knowing the strategies of the other players, and treating the strategies of the other players as set in stone, can I benefit by changing my strategy?”

If any player would answer “Yes”, then that set of strategies is not a Nash equilibrium. But if every player prefers not to switch (or is indifferent between switching and not) then the set of strategies is a Nash equilibrium. Thus, each strategy in a Nash equilibrium is a best response to all other strategies in that equilibrium.[3]

The Nash equilibrium may sometimes appear non-rational in a third-person perspective. This is because it may happen that a Nash equilibrium is not Pareto optimal.

The Nash equilibrium may also have non-rational consequences in sequential games because players may “threaten” each other with non-rational moves. For such games the Subgame perfect Nash equilibrium may be more meaningful as a tool of analysis.