Some house-keeping. Apologies for the recycled photolog
and the general lack of new pieces. There are a couple of articles lined up, but redesigns are taking up most of our time. We've stumbled on some fine links while attempting to bolster up captions and enhance images, though. Visit the website of artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
(read their 'Punishment of Household Objects
' in things 10
) to see a comprehensive catalogue of their neo-constructivist art. We also discovered that Magnum
has Elliot Erwitt's entire Dogdogs
archive online, all 488 pictures! Read our review
, also from things 10
Imber is an abandoned village in Wiltshire, taken over by the army in WWII for training purposes, and never given back. The village was always remote, located in the centre of Salisbury Plain, and every year the remaining evicted residents make a lonely pilgrimage to its fourteenth century church (which is now Grade I listed) for a special service. We're intrigued by the sound of this concert
, by the Georgian composer Giya Kancheli. It's being held in the village itself during August, and involves a male voice choir and the Matrix Ensemble (who often back Ute Lemper
) and sounds utterly wonderful.
This Wired article
on the X-prize
(a topic I'm sure we've mentioned before) was fascinating. What was most intriguing was the description of the various 'geeks' (read, contemporary CEOs) hoping to be amongst the first civilians in space, and how amassing their vast fortunes has essentially been a means to an end - a way of buying themselves into orbit. These are the true children of the space age, the ones who were playing with plastic rockets when Neil Armstrong crackled onto the world’s TV sets. Amazon's
Jeff Bezos goes further: '[his] biographer Robert Spector thinks Bezos's life goal is to "amass enough of a personal fortune to build his own space station."'
Elsewhere. Stamen on Lars Muller's Helvetica
(which he features in, apparently. Our review coming soon). Stamen also has some beautiful time-lapse
floral photography (which gave us an idea for a not-quite-good-enough google gallery
) / more art history lessons at Giornale Nuovo, this time on the work of Richard Dadd
/ the art of Natalie d'Arbeloff
, a weblog with an admirably bookish slant.
The crazy world of Johnny Spencer
), which has a Raymond Pettibon
-ish edge / sonic pop rayguns
/ in a similar vein, the cosmic liquidator
/ Parisian street names
/ State Ends
, where highways terminate (both via the freshly re-upholstered Coudal
). The latter site could be so much more interesting. The English model for ending roads - usually B-roads that are superseded by a broader, faster swathe of tarmac - is to turn the original winding road into a layby, a leafy dead-end that you can see, but no longer travel down.