Dream worlds

Hidden patterns in tropical fruit / underground test / The Sun In Ultra-HD / art by Russell Moreton / the Frinton Park Estate Mini Guide / 25 years on from Adam and Joe / technology is beautiful: Docubyte (via Synth History) / Ghost Signs: A London Story (via Meanwhile) / the Porsche 911 price index / the Smithsons’ Upper Lawn / music by Softie / music by Numan / the cinematography of Denis Villeneuves (and his collaborators) / landscape paintings from Western art / Behind You, art by Brian Coldrick / Brick Bending / art by Eliseo H. Zubiri / Turkeys voting for Christmas / Jodorowsky and Giraud’s storyboards for Herbert’s Dune: estimate, c25k euros. Sale price? €2.7m. With art by Chris Foss and special effects by Dan O’Bannon

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Missed opportunities

Amectran Exar-1, 1979, at Concept Bunny. The Amectran (‘AMerican ECological TRANsportation’) was ahead of its time, styled by Pietro Frua and has almost as many conspiracy theories as GM’s EV-1 / two books to support: To Have and To Hold: ‘a collection of paper bag ephemera from a bygone era’ / Clangers: The Complete Scripts 1969-1974 / special effects explained at the Stan Winston School / the Robert Bruno-designed Steel House is for sale / How we made The Only One I Know / miniature art by Tatsuya Tanaka / Chile’s desert dumping ground for fast fashion leftovers / First person Brexit Britain / TV too high? Ask the experts / the original Gittler guitar / the things we have lost to the internet / it’s grim up North.

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Going behind your back

Carter and Goldfinger explain the County of London Plan, at A London Inheritance from 1945 / illustrations by Vorja Sánchez / art and installations by Antti Laitinen / Arquitectura libre, a project that ‘focuses primarily on the architecture of remittances; the fantastical houses being built by financing from Mexican immigrants in the US who send money home’ / what’s the point of the Lego Titanic? Except for 9090 pieces. See also, the rise of the ‘kidult’ Christmas list / The McMansion Hell Yearbook reaches 1981. It’s a doozy / sort of related, Secret Bases / when Pininfarina built six Ferraris for the Sultan of Brunei’s awful brother. Without telling Ferrari / in memory of designer Bob Gill / seen everywhere, but worth your while: Jurassic Park with a cat / why is this interesting? The Taylor’s Version Edition. On music, rights, and re-recording. See Taylor Swift – All Too Well: The Short Film / the Tesla Death Ray (remember the Tesla flamethrower?) / minimalist games and interactions by Hakim El Hattab / photography by Catherine Hyland / The Family Museum, a research project based around a ‘collection of around 25,000 original British amateur family photographs and 300 photo albums, dating from the 1850s to the noughties.’ Some of the collection can be seen on the Family Museum Blog.

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Moving on up

Dadrock posturing special: Screamadelica Stratocaster / carvings by Zoe Wilson / an accumulation of things / Architecture // Architects as jazz album covers, by Eugene Schlumberger / exploring a semi-abandoned Chinese city / a pair of dream woodland houses: Cadbury Camp Lane and Loch Tummel House (both via Wowhaus, I and II) / the Nakagin Capsule Tower faces an uncertain future / ‘A strangely alluring cocktail of dad dancing and traffic chat: architecture on TikTok‘ / photography by Rumi Ando / a marvellous postcard collection / which are the most wanted cassettes at Discogs?

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Music and more

Dune: we simulated the desert planet of Arrakis to see if humans could survive there’ / Nick Cave talks with Mick Harvey and Warren Ellis about Bad Seeds’ B-sides and more / 35 interesting maps / happy birthday Loveless. Lots of good links / architectural art by Charlie (‘I like tiny details’) / The Verge’s worst gadgets / exploring the hidden world of forgotten slate mines in north Wales / Hundred Rabbits, combining endurance sailing and software coding / art by Betty Jiang / EL TALLER pino, an exploration into the structure and design of electrical equipment / Jess Allen makes beautiful paintings.

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Sound reasoning

The new issue of Paperboy Magazine is out now / The Library of Misremembered Books / a full copy of Cartoon Modern: Style and Design in Fifties Animation from 2006 / Pavel builds Kalimbas / Studio Drift’s Materialism, reverse engineeringthe materials in everyday objects, from smart phones to sub-machine guns (via the Guardian) / Jay Nelson makes camper vans that are also art / music: Giles Turnbull’s show Unreel / excellent live videos from the guitar-heavy Brixton Windmill scene and elsewhere by Lou Smith. Includes bands like Black Midi, Goat Girl, The Romance of Baba Loco, Children of the Pope and many more / epic soundtrack sweeps in Ladytron’s The Mountain (Blakkat Dub) / Iman Joy El Shami-Mader is the mythical creaturologist / paintings by Miranda Boulton / Laura Kampf makes excellent videos about making things / Paul Slade’s Secret London.

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Fights and findings

The Battle of Brixton, 1957 / the demolition of the Elephant and Castle shopping centre / Historical Reconstruction of the 1915 Ford Model T Assembly Line / Retro collectors are uncovering hoards of old data / Mountain View Cemetery: star of Hollywood funeral scenes / pulp fiction: Paperback Mannie / time traveling with words / Volcanic Activity In Japan Is Lifting Abandoned Ships Out Of The Ocean / objects from The Ricky Jay Collection, the late magician’s history of magic / see also Karl Lagerfeld’s design collection at Sotheby’s / At home with Jeff Koons / paintings by Sebastian Blanck, complete with time lapse films of works in progress / shifting sands, the latest in beach engineering / Pawtuxet, ‘a steel string guitar with soundboard left a whole year in a beehive. Cedar, Bubinga, nomex, honeycombs, rosewood, mahogany, beeswax finish, and propolis’ / Gogotte Formations.

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Mid-week round-up

This and that from here and there. Art by Victor-John Villanueva (nsfw in a pixellated kind of way) / Crafting sound and embroidering circuits with Sam Topley / a new children’s book, My Daddy Has 100 Synths. There should be a Mummy version too, quite frankly / Tesla quality control / new stations means a new London Underground map / paintings by Hope Gangloff / Rock, Paper, Scissors, the deluxe edition / the debut of the Balloon World Cup / the work of Frank Brangwyn at the Modern British Art Gallery / this is good: Awesomely Weird Alibaba EV of the Week (via Kottke) / classic Modernist facades by Studio Sander Patelski / Stories from Architecture: Behind the Lines at Drawing Matter, ‘the imagined histories of twenty-five architectural drawings and models, told through reminiscences, stories, conversations, letters, and monologues.’ For example: How to Fire Frank Lloyd Wright (thanks TT).

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Thursday ephemera trawl

A collection of things. Jarvis Cocker’s Aline, Aline, a video directed by Wes Anderson. See also Anderson’s train carriage for British Pullman / farewell to Rick Jones of Fingerbobs / 2001 A Space Odyssey: Dubstep re-edit. See also 2001: A Spiritualized Odyssey / post-tourism Bali / a profile of architectural photographer Hélène Binet. Hélène Binet’s website / 8 BIT, a documentary about art and videogames / which animals are bastards? There is no right or wrong / the origins of techno-paranoia, Illustrations of Madness: James Tilly Matthews and the Air Loom, at the Public Domain Review (via MeFi) / Klimt vs Klimt, lavish presentation of the Austrian artist’s work at Google Arts & Culture / the Walk of Life Project, enhancing film endings old and new / the Hollywood Age Gap / Ride’s Andy Bell on Revolver / sample collections at the Piano Book / First Woman, the tale of the first woman on the moon, an online comic from NASA / art by Pierpaolo Rovero / Walking the Capital Ring, a set of guides from the Inner London Ramblers / a huge collection of unknown but useful websites / some top tips on aggregating and assembling a personal digital archive.

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Truth or bear

A Place Like No Other: the mysteries of Suffolk Pink / a new book about Mid-Century British architecture / Berlin U-Bahn Architecture & Design Map (via Wallpaper*) / a review of ‘The Great Beanie Baby Bubble’ by Zac Bissonnette. At one point, ‘Beanie Babies represented 10 percent of eBay’s sales.’ / Twisted Toys want your data / A True Story About Bogus Photos of People Making Fake News / a new documentary about Dinosaur Jr / The 70-Year Evolution of the IKEA Living Room / remembering Steve Jobs / build a virtual replica of a 1950s electronic recording studio / join the Peckham Conker Club / make (a lot of) toast. The more the better.

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All that is solid

Collections and archives. the Thames Television YouTube archive (via MeFi) / the London Picture Archive / File Not Found, ‘A generation that grew up with Google is forcing professors to rethink their lesson plans’. How the ‘traditional’ metaphor of files and filing cabinets means nothing to cloud-based Gen Z’ers / Mu:zines, ‘a non-commercial, labour-of-love archive project to collect, scan and re-publish old music production magazines’ / The Digital Death of Collecting (via MeFi). Platforms no longer conjure up nostalgia and loss, but a sense of actually being lost in culture: ‘The shifting sands of digital technology have robbed these collections of their meaning; the context in which they originally existed can no longer be experienced and they only appear as nostalgic ruins, the remains of once-inhabited metropolises gone silent.’

Other things. Inside Prora, a film about the ‘Colossus of Rugen‘ / Battleship Berlin, a documentary about the city’s brutalist heritage / The Police Shooting of Mark Duggan, a new investigation by Cabinet magazine and Forensic Architecture / Just Checking In, a classic piece of writing / the best-selling vehicles in American by State / the subtle and self-defeating art of Revenge Bedtime Procrastination / Schadenfreude watch, skyscraper edition / Artist Thierry Mandon Lives in Suspended Domestic Scenes Within the Ghost Rooms of Severed Buildings / virtual instruments by Plogue / I’ll Be Your Mirror: A Tribute to The Velvet Underground & Nico / Azimuth, an undulating digital soundscape.

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Collect the set

What would a flat earth really be like? / a new issue of Dirty Furniture is forthcoming / The Witching Museum / a new version of Jenni Sparks’ hand-drawn map of London / for Autumn, 56 trees in modern British art / Why is this interesting? The Chatbot Edition: On Turing, patterns, and arguments / the McMansion Hell Yearbook has reached 1980. Collect the set: 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, and 1979 / In-A-Gadda-Da-England, ‘A book of documentary photographs about England made from 2002-2020’ by Edward Thompson / paintings by Francisco Sierra / get your records pressed at Press On Vinyl.

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Top of the pops

So where are the small slivers of optimism? / a universe in your browser (via b3ta) / The Myth of the Productive Commute / the Drone Photo Awards 2021 (via Kottke) / 24 underrated websites / Bespoke Synth, ‘an alarmingly blank void that quickly becomes a bewildering adventure in audio…’ / How the vinyl industry reached breaking point / A Minor Blog by photographer George Kroustallis / this link will take you to China’s Ugliest Buildings (via Guardian). It doesn’t work for us though.

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10 PRINT “RIP”, 20 GOTO 10

The Royal Institute of British Architects page at Arts and Culture / aerial photography by Brad Walls / Pelle Cass’ digitally manipulated sports photographs / Amelia, The Trilogy of Terror, fun short film from the 70s / China’s Ghost Cities. The strap, ‘Eye candy for pessimists’, pretty much sums up the blend of schadenfreude and sheer escapist fantasy that characterises the second-hand experience of urbex / the Lamest edit wars on Wikipedia / post-rocky music by Intervention; spooky synth pop by Murmur; gloomy doom from Dawn Fades / signs galore at God’s Own Junkyard / 3D printed map of San Andreas / Pertinent to our interests: “Rewilding Your Attention“, on how to step off the algorithmic path (via MeFi) / Farewell, Sir Clive. Some good links and memories. See also the excellent World of Spectrum.

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Noise annoys

This and that, starting with the Mystery of Havana Syndrome / art by Doug Reina / twitter digressions on aviation by AeroDork / landscape paintings by Lucy Kent / 25 Wallpaper* artist covers / AIDS in the Art World: A Timeline / The Shock of the New, rendered in indignant verse, c.1913 (via MeFi) / The Infinite Corpse, an ongoing chain comic / folded paper art projects by David Umemoto / small realms by Michael Pederson / run your own ant farm / Ludwig Favre’s photographs of the Amalfi Coast / how to stutter and glitch.

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Where we’re going

Friday randomness. Art and illustration by Katherine Lam / 80s digital dashboard designs / Public House: A Cultural and Social History of the London Pub (via Wallpaper*) / Garfield thrown out of the window / Lesbian Horse, soundscapes and beats / How to talk about “Big Data”? Suggestions for analogies for our complex times / art by Yuri Suzuki / a couple of car collections: the London Barn Find. More of a warehouse really, but it has the requisite amount of dust. And an (apparent) auction of the vehicles from Mad Max: Fury Road. Related, Lego Doof Wagon.

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All paintings great and small

Honey, We Shrunk the Art! The Return of the Micro Gallery / creative year zero, with shades of Chris Burden’sSamson‘: Commodity Fetishism, a switch that ‘in all likelyhood will destroy your power supply and, depending on a wide variety of factors, either at minimum damage most of your pre-existing modules or at the worst destroy them outright’ (via Gearnews) / make new beats with the Patternarium / Roland Hauke makes extraordinary guitars / many, many live shows by Mogwai, amongst many, many others at Relisten.net / Dromik, a tumblr / the dying art of the hatchet job / ArtNet goes for the listicle: 7 Unbelievable and Contentious Takeaways from a new documentary about ‘Salvator Mundi,’ the $450 Million ‘Lost Leonardo’ / top ten 35mm cameras from 1982 / By Design: ‘White communists, socialists, feminists, and capitalists tried to engineer society using kitchen design’ / Wallpaper*’s 2021 Architects Directory / the Lloyd’s Register Archives / ‘Tulip, Summit, Mound: can urban properties really be ‘experiences’?‘. A cynic might say that these are essentially public spaces being sold back to us.

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A different view

Londons – The Polycentric City, an exhibition by eight photographers, Luca Piffaretti, Francesco Russo, Henry Woide, Sue Barr, Caroline Charrel, Simon Kennedy, Andrew Meredith and Polly Tootal / Considering Immersive Art Rooms and Why We Love to Escape (via TMN): drawing a line between panoramas and frescos and Cycloramas and the modern hunger for ‘experiential spaces’ / an oral history of Mr Blobby / Vieux Pays of Goussainville, a ‘forgotten’ village (too) near (to) Paris CDG / Peter Hook: The New Order Collection. For bootleg enthusiasts / not sure how accurate the BPM Database is / Oh my fucking God…

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The man who went up a hill

The Secret City, the latest map from Herb Lester / O and Planks have a split 7″ covering two unexpected classics (via DoomRock) / Aoko Matsuda’s The Woman Dies, at Granta. See also, Let’s All Be Final Girls / the boat houses of Equihen-Plage, France. Originally a functional necessity, now a somewhat ersatz choice / ‘Stop that! It’s not Tourette’s but a new type of mass sociogenic illness‘, or, as this Wired article explains, the new phenomena of ‘mass social media-induced illness’ / 6 Echo Chambers That Shaped the Sound of Pop Music / the Mound goes free. You now have the right to roam over this not-so-secret temporary part of London.

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A mixed bag

A mixed bag. This Islington apartment has a bunker (via b3ta). Housed in the Research Building at the New River Head site / another property, this time in a former WWII observation tower in Nova Scotia / Chipperfield vs Mies. It seems that only now have we got the technology to achieve the vision of architects like MvdR, but when it comes down it, their visions aren’t really worth expending all that energy on to achieve / some neon-drenched future cityscapes by nagafujiriku / velour-drench 1974 motorhome / Douglas Coupland, in defence of Elon Musk / the evolution of Android / see also, Google’s muddle of messaging apps (via MeFi) / The Ides of August, a good read on Afghanistan / some light insights into the drumming of Charlie Watts / The Cursed History of the Sexy Green M&M / photo essays collated at Landscape Stories, including Bedroom Rockers by Christopher Woodcock, From the study on Post Pubescent Manhood, by Stacy Kranitz and Notting Hill Sound Systems, a 2004 project by Brian David Stevens / Dog days of summer, a new album by Owl in the Sun.

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