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Art Relax is a program that aims to bring our listeners both – good old and newly-discovered music on a regular basis. Of course, it goes without saying that Vox Groovy’s staff is very passionate about a variety of musical genres, so you can expect to see a number of different themes. Our radio hosts will always choose the artists’ best songs, introduce the theme and the idea behind it during the show’s 1-hour slot.

We would like to spotlight solo artists, bands, and even lesser-known sub-genres, so there’s definitely a lot to look forward to! Do you want to add new songs to your playlist? Don’t hesitate to tune in and get inspired.

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Retrospective:

MUBI and Its Unique Brand of Cinema

Friday’s Art Relax had us talking about MUBI—a streaming service for cinephiles. Its subscribers have access to 30 hand-picked films, and in the hopes of bringing you more film-related shows, the RVG team is now among them. One of the films we discussed in depth was Aaron Katz’s Cold Weather (2010). This mumblecore piece explores its director’s home town, the characters’ insecurities, and the main protagonist’s unfulfilled potential as a detective. It’s not without its flaws, and the mystery’s a little slapdash, but we think that you’ll enjoy it if you’re into your indie dramas. In the end, we had to make room for architecture because Jana wanted to show us the work of Frank Gehry, a world-famous architect who is often recognized for his use of unique design features. His buildings have already impressed the world countless times, but tonight, he impressed RVG and its listeners. We can’t begin to imagine how difficult it must be to realize some of his visions in real life!

As usual, we thank you for tuning in and hope to see you again this Sunday!

Back to Moominvalley

On Tuesday, we revisited the Moomins of Moominvalley. Together with Nina, we compared two of the characters’ theme parks—Moomin World and Moomin Valley Park—helping you choose the right one to visit the next time you want to relive your childhood. Following on from that, we listed 5 of the best film festivals from around the globe. You can expect to learn a little bit more about Cannes, Sundance, TIFF, etc., and with that, finally figure out where you need to be if you want to be among the first cinephiles to experience the best 2019 has to offer in film. Of course, we understand that not everyone wants to cross the Atlantic just to see a movie, so Jana picked out a couple of events that you can go to in Slovakia. Both VIFI Fest and Bazant Kinematograf are unique experiences with a lot of charm and a friendly atmosphere, perfect for the budding film fan who isn’t quite ready to venture far (yet).

If you tune in to listen to our reprises, you’ll be able to learn about all of that and more. In the meantime, we’ll be looking forward to hearing from you all soon!

A genuine landmark of culture

On Sunday, we read that a world-renowned film magazine included Broadway Cinema in their list of 10 best cinemas from around the world. This was a pleasant surprise for us because we frequent Broadway for its warm, welcoming atmosphere and unique program. So, once again, we’d like to congratulate them on their continued success! After that, we talked about the sixth Dietrich & von Sternberg film—The Scarlet Empress (1934). Here, Dietrich plays Sophia Frederica, a German noblewoman who would later become Catherine the Great. Because of her breathtaking performance, we ended up discussing the lack of big stars films suffer from today, and thanks to everyone’s input, we managed to arrive at an interesting conclusion. Finally, we visited Zvolen Castle. With all of its treasures, Gothic artworks and European paintings of the 16th – 18th centuries, this is a place that houses history we don’t want you to miss!

As always, our team hopes that you learned something new and hopes to bring you three new topics this Tuesday!

Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion

Friday’s Art Relax celebrated Pierre Cardin—a legendary fashion designer who has recently been rediscovered by many thanks to the Brooklyn Museum’s retrospective exhibition: “Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion”. Thankfully, this exhibition is on from July 20th, 2019 to January 5, 2020, so if you’re a fan of Cardin’s futuristic designs, you’ve got plenty of time to plan your next trip to New York! Next, we shared our initial impressions of David Byrne’s cult film, True Stories (1986). Now, if you’re seeing that name and expecting something as good as Talking Heads, you’re in luck, because this feature only solidifies Byrne’s rightful place in the house of incredible talent. In the end, we talked about World Music Festival Bratislava and how it continues to surprise us with music genres we didn’t even know about before it brought them to our attention. Maybe we’ll even add a couple of these unique acts to our playlists once the festival comes to a close.

As usual, we thank you for tuning in and hope to see you again this Sunday!

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Romain Jouandeau
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E3 is one of the biggest events in the games industry, so we’re sure you’ve all seen the Ghost of Tsushima gameplay reveal when it was first shown. It’s a visually striking action-adventure game set in 12th century Japan—putting you in the shoes of one of the few samurai who survived the Mongol Empire’s invasion of the island of Tsushima. The players have to “become the ghost” in order to fight for the freedom of the island’s people.

The art department over at Sucker Punch Productions did a fantastic job, so RVG got in touch with Romain Jouandeau, a French concept artist who’s currently working on key-art for Tsushima. Prior to his move to Seattle, Romain worked on an unannounced project with Warner Bros Games. He then decided that he wants to move over to the US so he reached out to Sucker Punch and got a job there! Those who frequent ArtStation will also remember the high-end environment concepts he produced for Detroit: Become Human (2018).

We know it goes without saying, but given his work history, it’s no surprise that he’s often given the opportunity to work on the key-art for AAA games. Romain has a background in fine-art so there’s no over-reliance on digital tools, it’s all hard-earned technical knowledge.

This is an amazingly talented artist, and if you want to know more about what it’s like to be an up-and-coming concept artist in the games industry, then be sure to check back for when we publish our exclusive interview with him.

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