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Thursday, November 13, 2003
Sorry for the delay, some kind of Blogger issue.

Ruins / Souvenir is a joint exhibition at East London's Transition Gallery (via Catfunt). We like Souvenir best: ‘a souvenir is actually something that reminds us of a particular time, place or person.’ The artists stay anonymous until the end of the show – a little like the RCA’s Secret Postcard Show (2002 collection here), although it's slightly less of a media free-for-all. All the RCA cards can be seen online at Bowieart.com.

Catfunt also links Design Observer, a kind of semi-pro design website - contributors include Rick Poynor and Jessica Helfland. Poynor in particular excels at the short, informative essay, such as 'It's a man's world', a musing on our penchant for graphic ephemera, as manifested in the books of Princeton Architectural Press and Chronicle Books. The book in question, It's a man's world (launch party pics), features cover after cover of rugged males battling the elements, animals, other men and even women. Artists like Norm Saunders excelled at this savage pulp style: 'we can only guess at the raging psychopathology they fueled.'

Also related: Massive Change (via Ashley B): ‘We must ask ourselves, now that we can do anything, what will we do?’ What can design culture do to change the world? We’re honoured to be participating in Ashley’s Grid blogging experiment. More as and when. As well as the instigator, other participants include: elastic space, Dr Menlo, v-2, glowlab, junk for code and Freegorifero.

Happy Victims, by Kyoichi Tsuzuki (via Anglepoised). A photographic study of the obsession of shopping – consumers consumed by the output of one particular label (‘There are the three young Osakan girl-‘goths’ who share their lives, their apartment and their love of Jane Marple, a designer who defines the Japanese Goshiki or gothic style and there’s the woman who buys Isabel Marant because she can’t afford Francesco Clemente paintings’ - although we can't quite see how the last two are related). Some more images here. Many more Japanese Gothic links at Avantgauche.

A vast archive of World War II pictures, arranged by date. Trace Europe’s lengthy slide from one war to another, via cartoons (‘I’m conserving wool, this bathing suit’s painted on’) and many, many images (search the main page with the date for caption info): Kamikaze (1945/05/11), bombing (1945/07), liberation (1945/06/05), London in ruins (1940/09/14), a V-1 flying bomb in flight (1944), even the discovery of the Lascaux Caves (1940/09/00).

A century in shoes (flash) / accelerated histories, video cards from 1996 to the present (via muxway) / memory plays funny tricks: bad toon rising / the Sideways bike.