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26 AUGUST 2016

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Netflix Original Series ‘Stranger Things’

The world has gone crazy for Netflix series Stranger Things – a supernatural adventure set in the ’80s. Taking place in small town America, the show also explores the ‘Upside Down‘ – a dark and dangerous parallel world. The series has kickstarted a renewed interest in 80’s nostalgia and weird, alternative universes.

Blog posts, fan theories, memes and videos surrounding the ‘Stranger Things‘ phenomenon have flooded the internet. Some of our favourites include creating your own version of the title logo, watching (future star) actress Millie Bobby Brown get her head shaved for the part of Eleven, and a film showing all the show’s vintage film references.

Cult classic film ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth‘ starring David Bowie as an alien arriving on Earth, has been restored as part of it’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Set for re-release in UK cinemas on 9th September 2016, the film soundtrack is also being released for the first time.

A sequel to the film, musical production Lazarus is coming to London’s Kings Cross Theatre in October, following a recent sell-out run in New York.

Elon Musk, billionare founder of Tesla Motorsand SpaceX says that in all likelihood we are living in a computer simulated universe. This video explains the theory.

Musk has also launched OpenAI, a non-profit artificial intelligence research company, aiming to advance the technology in a way that is most likely to benefit humanity.

New video game No Man’s Sky has launched, setting players free to explore a new universe full of infinite alternative worlds. The game contains 18 quintillion procedurally generated planets, meaning even with millions of players, 99.9% of the universe will never be reached.

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Massive Attack created a hypnotising and otherworldly video for their track ‘The Spoils’.  The clip was directed by John Hillocta and starts Cate Blanchet. The actresses face changes into various dark distortions over the course of the video, creating a slow and unnerving transformation.

David Schermann, a Vienna-based conceptual photographer, captured alien landscapes in his recent project Bigger Than Us.’ He took a Russian spacesuit into the mountains of Vorarlberg, Austria to shoot the images. Schermann then digitally painted the landscapes red to add an otherworldly quality.

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THIS WEEK ON USP

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016 finished last week. We look at our favourite artworks on show in terms of colour and print inspiration.

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PINTEREST

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TREND SNAPSHOT

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We love these Pantone GIFs created by Lisbon-based artist Teresa Freitas. She has replaced the iconic colour swatches with poolside hues.

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BEST OF THE REST

A look at the changing nature of the music industry and album releases
(highsnobiety.com)

We can’t wait to visit the ‘Bjork Digital’ exhibition at Somerset House
(somersethouse.org.uk)

Lena Dunham models for new un-retouched lingerie ad campaign
(dazeddigital.com)

Interview with super-stylist and Vetements collaborator Lotta Volkova
(vogue.com)

A look at the growing trend for minimalist packaging design
(dezeen.com)

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