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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A good walk/large swathes of city spoiled

‘An 18-hole round of golf typically takes four hours to complete. During a typical summer day (8am to 8pm) that equates to a maximum number of 216 players per course. On this basis, if Regent’s Park in central London were to become a golf course, at 166 hectares it could only be used by 105 people at the same time – or 314 people per day. Visitor number for London’s parks are quite difficult to obtain, but [in] August 2007 Regent’s Park actually had 809,039 visitors; or just over 26,000 visitors each day.’

‘This is not a war on golf.’ Although would that be such a bad thing? The Golf Belt, a study by architect Russell Curtis (via the Guardian) / some other things. sheep-shaped heart / illustrations by Camilla Perkins / knitted animation by Chloe Lemay / illustrations by Peony Gent.

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Things get in your eye

The challenge of moon dust / the Österberg Collection Online Catalogue, the origins of netball and the gymslip / the soundtrack of Wipeout / an interview with J Masic / eBay is awash with haunted dolls / generative artwork by Yann Le Gall / the dance music archive / the Moviedrome archive (both via b3ta) / save the Crystal Palace Pool / Cinemagraphs / Recovering Lazyholic, a blog / nuclear-powered rockets and robots / photographs by Brendon Burton.

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Noise annoys

Marc Ribot Makes the Case for Loud Music at Lithub (via tmn) / the Washington Tunnels, an underground atlas of DC / Sunday Suns, 100 suns by Tad Carpenter / minimalist techno at Naiad Records / music from The Catenary Wires / to celebrate the return of Changing Rooms, we give you Room for Change / and as a bitter chaser, ’99 Portraits of Americans in Debt’, The Debt Project, a photographic study by Brittany M.Powell (via Kottke) / how fast can you type the alphabet? / a selection of spooky music by UFO Sightings / generative cat-trees / some more music by Smooth Kiwi.

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Cheery thoughts

Modern life is rubbish, part 78. Britain’s Idyllic Country Houses Reveal a Darker History. An excellent piece on the National Trust’s struggles with context and interpretation, in the face of vocal opposition from people who are seemingly desperate to avoid any kind of self-examination whatsoever / ‘End of the line for Uber‘, investigating a global scam that is leaving all of us poorer / ‘Learning from the Vessel: How cities can be designed to prevent suicide‘. Minimise access to highly visible vertical opportunities / rain noise generator, presumably to blot out the sound of real rain and rapidly advancing climate change / add fast fashion to the list of obviously awful but casually overlooked things: ‘In Ghana, they call them “obroni wawu” — dead white man’s clothes‘ / Orford Ness, home to an Artangel installation by Tatiana Trouvé. Some more images / ‘a door, a window’, a photographic series by Paul Clifford / how to make a bowling ball. But can you ever get rid of it? / the lucky few can escape to an island / the Matchbook Archive / music by lost space department / three dimensional murals by Peeta / ghost in the machine: Sahara Itza Live Chat (via Electric Eel). Creepy.

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Visions of a life

The James Bond Corgi Aston Martin / an online book fair / art by Callum Eaton / live in a concept house in Milton Keynes / the Winnebago Heli-Home / paintings by Sarah Connell / why imaginary adverts became so popular in the USSR / New Home Quality Control, a sad indictment of contemporary housebuilding in the UK / Nestflix, films within films, via MeFi / Afterness, Artangel in Orford Ness, Suffolk (via the Guardian) / paintings by Damian Elwes / synths by Make Noise / AeroFiat, a project by Alain Bublex, who conjures up alternative technology and design futures and makes them ‘real’. Other projects include the Plan Voisin, exploring how Archigram’s visions might have appeared, and a constructed vision of the modern American Landscape.

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Song Work: ‘Capturing the disappearing sounds of the workplace‘ / Crazy About Magazines / gaming mags at the Out of Print Archive / Wild Patterns, a website for ‘Dreamed Out Music / Vintage Obscura, streaming obscure music from around the world / abandoned cars in rural France versus Chinese bicycle graveyard (the latter via Greg Abandoned) / sort of related, where all the bits and pieces from the bankrupted Bristol Cars ended up before auction / staying abandoned: the recently sold D’Oyly Carte Island on the Thames, a private island and a neglected house / make your own Bauhaus-inspired graphic (via Kottke). Sadly the sort of thing that adds to the lie about abstraction being a somehow lesser art form / speaking of which, Instagram is over, apparently / the panel-bending comic adventures of Mr Invincible / word salad alert: London’s hottest startups, 2021 / rarely seen architectural drawings from Sir John Soane’s collection.

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Friday links

The art of the sub-editor, much missed / the excellent London Picture Archive / The Computer Graphics Museum has an extensive YouTube playlist / Trussart Steelmaster guitars / Radical Gaming, an upcoming exhibition about digital worlds / behind the scenes of the Venice Flood Defence System / all you ever wanted to know about space elevators / one year on, Beirut is still scarred / all about the Cartrivision / music by James Holden / Automotive Prototype Camouflage and its relationship to the art of Dazzle Patterns / 20 GOTO 10, ‘Retro Computing by Numbers’, a proposed book by Steven Goodwin.

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