Dan Cullen-Shute

Kraken & Eggs

Dan Cullen-Shute
Kraken & Eggs

Friday 10th May 2019

A monthly collection of creative ferocity from your friends at Creature


Portrait of Humanity

Portrait of Humanity is a new photographic initiative which invites photographers all over the world - at any level - to submit a portrait that captures a unique but ultimately universal expression of humanity. 200 portraits have been shortlisted which will feature in a book soon to be released by Hoxton Mini Press (a ferocious little publishers in themselves).


The Internet In Print

The New York Times recently produced a paper, which tried to put the internet into an analogue format. It broke all the rules of design - the articles weren't in the traditional linear format we are all used to in print - they were broken up across pages and fragmented boxes. Full bleed images interrupted paragraphs, and notifications and cat pictures were littered throughout. 

This could not be read as a traditional book format - to read this insert effectively, the pages should be laid out flat. I think this is a really interesting experiment and a true reflection of what it's like to be on the internet, doing five things all at once. 



I think you should leave with Tim Robinson - Netflix

This is a sketch show. Each episode is only 17/18 mins long. 6 episodes.
Don't watch the trailer as it doesn't do the show justice.
This is one of my favourites and an incredible example of casting the right people (or in this case, person) 

Dead to me  - Netflix again
This is a black comedy drama. Each episode is only about 30 mins. 10 episodes.
Don't read anything about this, just watch it.


Little Inventors by Dominic Wilcox

Dominic is an artist, designer, and inventor who I'm told has already graced Creature with his presence. He's managed to make a living out of wacky ideas like a reverse listening device, trousers that work like blinds, sat nav shoes, and a cereal crane. He also started 'Little Inventors' which is a wonderful collaboration that inspires kids to feed their creativity by making their invention ideas for real. He's totally bonkers, naturally, and very endearing. Watch one of his talks here.

Color Dot

After designing the logo for a platform that is mainly all about the words (and quite often full of nasty ones), a guy called Martin Grasser has created a new typeface that makes the internet a lot friendlier and challenges our relationship with language. Interesting.


Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition

Step inside the world of Stanley Kubrick, one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century. Not just a visual feast, but a real insight into his thinking and general personality.
His letters to people and notes on pre-prod work are particularly interesting. 
Here's a link to tickets

Four Tet x SquidSoup

Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet took over Alexandra Palace, adorning the entire Great Hall with a mesmerising light installation created by dynamic international collective Squidsoup. Made up of 42,000 immersive hanging lights and full exemplary surround sound for an experience like no other, Mixmag called it “the best live show in the world”. I liked it too. 

Here's a clip... IMG_5612.MOV


Aysen Gerlach
Aysen Gerlach is a Brooklyn-based illustrator whose zine Just Lookin' explores queerness in heteronormative mainstream media (because you can find the gay in just about everything) with humorous candour. You know how everyone always talks about the gay subtext between Sherlock Holmes and Watson? Yeah, that. But with pop culture things like Mean Girls or the iconic Spinelli from our childhood TV cartoon Recess. And the subtext is just plain text. Issue 4: 'Is This Sufjan Stevens Song Gay or Just About God?' is a personal favourite because I ask myself that all the time. (Oh, and the answer is both.) 
Vogue's #CampTheMovie Instagram shorts for this year's Met Gala, directed by Bardia Zeinali, are stunning, campy AF works of art. Celine Dion staring directly at camera and maniacally cackling? Yes, please. 


The Social Media Memorabilia Auction House

Half satire half tribute, S.M.M.A.H is devoted to providing access to the world’s most fascinating and enigmatic figures on social media through a unique collection of their personal objects and concomitant artefacts.


Chemical Brothers

The new Chemical Brothers album is a thing of beauty. It's like they've taken everything they've learnt from the past twenty years of making music and bottled it into this album. It's packed full of bangers, with the exception of one quite boring track in the middle. Would recommend.
Here's a link

Plus there's a wicked new music video for 'We've got to try' by one of Creatures early collaborators* Ninian Doff. 
Check it out here
*He did a wicked light projection installation in our windows one Christmas.


The new remix from Soulwax for Marie Davidson's song 'Work it' is outrageous. How they've made something so simple such a banger is incredible. And it's  filthy AF. Check it out here  


Don McCullin

'Sir Donald McCullin, CBE, Hon FRPS, is a British photojournalist, particularly recognized for his war photography and images of urban strife. His career, which began in 1959, has specialised in examining the underside of society, and his photographs have depicted the unemployed, downtrodden and the impoverished' 

Great documentary:


Museum of London Docklands
Everyone should visit this amazing free museum in the renovated docklands area which explores the areas past within the most futuristic part of the country.